Guitar Speaker Isolation Box

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  1. cander328

    cander328 Member

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    Is it worth investing in an isolation box for recording guitar? I am recording at home and although I like the sound I can get micing my Mesa Lonestar Special it is just not always practical. My concern is that these iso boxes are not cheap and I am wodering how much they change the sound?

    Here is the one I am thinking about:
    http://www.randallamplifiers.com/products/cabinets/isolation/index.asp
     
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    Check out the Demeter Silent Speaker Cab.

    Also do a search here on the Demeter. There are a couple recent threads that discuss in details the pros and cons.
     
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    I was really impressed with the Axe Trak at NAMM. I'll be getting one before too much longer.
     
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    i have the randall iso-cab. not perfect but it's definately nice. i put a bad cat 12" speaker in it so i like that speaker with my bad cat much more.
     
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    Looks promising however there is no contact information on the site. Do you know how to contact them? Do you have any experience with using their box?

    Thanks
     
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    I've been looking at Axe Trak for a while. Anyone actually used one?
     
  9. Srini

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    Did you really like it? There are a lot of negative comments about it...

    Srini
     
  10. tonefreak

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    Srini-

    I own one... bought it about a year and a half ago. It's sitting in my garage collecting dust.

    Aleclee-

    I'd sell you mine, but I would feel badly afterwards.

    I've worked with Iso cabs, Isolation boxes that I put a 1x12 cabinet in, speaker emulators like the palmer stuff... I've done it all.

    Do yourselves a favor.... get a THD Hotplate and a PODxt or a Guitar Rig2:

    guitar > amp > Hotplate > lineout > PODxt (amp sim OFF; Studio mode) > recorder

    Just try it... a lot of guys I turned this technique on to are using it today with projects.

    If it doesn't work for you, put the stuff back on ebaY. I know a lot of folks here are sceptical, but unless you try it, you'll never understand how convenient and great sounding this technique is.
     
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    Yep... like I mentioned above... in my garage collecting dust.
     
  12. Srini

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    Is it really that awful? Did it not sound very speaker-like, or full, or....? Just curious...

    Srini
     
  13. Srini

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    Now that looks promising...
     
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    You're talking a 6" speaker... which is half the size of a 12". You're also locked into using the built in mic... no choice of switching out different mics.

    I couldn't get a decent lead tone to save my life with this thing. Rythmns were okay to pretty good.

    If you're going to go ISO box... pick one that uses a real 12" speaker with the flexibility of using different mics.
     
  15. Srini

    Srini Guest

    Good points....thanks!

    Srini
     
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    If you have time make your own... I made one out of plywood and carpet foam and put my whole amp in it. Sounds pretty good you can listen to some recordingds on myspace/kentmalmquist. Lead guitar was plugged straight no effects miked with a SM-58. Amp was on 3:00 o'clock. Making your own may be less expensive but its a matter if you have the time.
     
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    i own the demeter ssc and its great. Record on projects with it quite a bit and so far i love it.

    just my 2 sense
     
  18. Grun

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    If you are into Mesa gear already, you might want to look around for a Mesa Studio Pre-amp. I bought one of those puppies a few years ago and I really like it. Don't know what they are going for these days (they are no longer in production) but they were in the $300 range (used) when I bought mine.
     

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