Bend's VocalBooth Provides the Perfect Sound for the Stars

Thanks to a Business Oregon-backed line of credit, a Bend musician's company manufacturing state-of-the-art sound recording booths for some of the world's top recording artists was able to grow and add new workers.

Business Oregon's assistance helped the company grow its workforce 30% to 15 employees since 2012. In 2012, the company was able to lease a 16,000-square-foot building near VocalBooth's main facility in Bend to provide more production space for working with sheet metal. Company founder Calvin Mann also told the Bend Bulletin that VocalBooth is trying to be more environmentally friendly, recently switching to recycled wood scraps and glue with less toxicity.

Business Oregon's $150,000 loan guarantee to the company, in conjunction with Columbia Bank, was funded with State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) funds from the U.S. Treasury. Business Oregon received $16.5 million in SSBCI funds in 2011. The funds are disbursed through Business Oregon's existing finance tools.

The company began in 1997 when Mann, a Bend singer and songwriter, began working on a sound studio in his garage. VocalBooth manufactures state-of-the-art portable vocal booths and sound isolation enclosures for the professional as well as the home recording studio enthusiasts at its 11,000-square-foot manufacturing facility. Sixteen years later, VocalBooth has built thousands of audio booths for companies including Intel, Microsoft and Dolby, as well as performers such as Lady Gaga and Mariah Carey.

The booths, which start at $4,000, come in a variety of shapes and sizes, from simple, square, 4-by-4-feet booths to diamond-shaped booths roughly 5 by 7 feet. The most common applications for the company's booths include recording, voice over, broadcast, studio control, audio post-production, drum isolation, rehearsal and meeting rooms. The company's products also are used in audiology for scientific testing and industrial sound dampening industries worldwide.