When venturing off into the wonderful world of home recording you are immediately met with a vast array of obstacles, namely bad room acoustics. Not only does this present issues with mixing using studio monitors but it also can lead to you developing a few extra gray hairs when recording vocals. During this review I will break down why I think the Kaotica Eyeball may be the perfect solution for you.
Most people who are recording at home are not trying to spend money with both hands. Personally I began recording at home to save money on studio time while eliminating time restraints on my creativity. Since then I have been looking for cost effective solutions that would yield me professional results.
When I first embarked on my quest to achieve better vocal recordings I was discouraged by the lack of options I had to choose from. I could either build my own recording booth or buy one already assembled. I’m not a handy person and I sure as heck didn’t have a few grand to drop on either option. Since then many products have hit the market that offer affordable solutions at reasonable prices.
The Kaotica Eyeball is a new arrival and in my humble opinion it’s a game changer and here’s why. This isn’t some replica of a previous product but is a completely new innovative design. Most of it’s ancestors use a GOBO concept with highly reflective shells which are quite heavy to have attached to your mic stand.
However the Eyeball is a lite weight 1 1/2 inch thick high quality foam cylinder that houses your mic inside of it. It also comes with a removable wind screen that covers up the opening of the eyeball and boy does it look sexy! This cylinder design allows your microphone to be completely isolated from the rest of the room and causes your vocals to sound completely natural without any interference.
By not allowing your vocals to escape it causes your recordings to be completely focused which will consequently cause your vocals to be louder and much more crisp and clear. The best way that I can describe the sound is that it sounds just like you are in a professional recording booth. I never knew how good my Mic could sound until I used the Eyeball. If you we’re to close your eyes and listen to a before and after of me using the eyeball you would swear that I switched to one of those thousand dollar Mic’s.
The only possible con I could come up with about this product is it’s price point. It cost’s $200.00 but here is my theory on that. There are products that I have purchased for $100.00 that try to accomplish what the Eyeball does and they don’t even come close. This isn’t just some foam with a whole in it. This is a quality designed product that is going to enable you to get professional recordings regardless of the environment that your in. The results that you are going to get with the Eyeball is well worth it’s price.
I’m not a gearhead and my minimalistic studio philosophy is that it’s not about what you have it’s about what you do with what you have. It doesn’t matter if you have a 5,000 microphone if you have terrible Mic placement, with a signal that’s to hot that’s being recording in a crappy acoustic environment.