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Guitar Isolation Cabinet or ISO Box Build

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

 

 

Here is my quick write up on my isolation box.  As you can see I have it loaded with my Mesa Boogie 2×12 loaded with Celestion Vintage 30’s and I love this thing.  The specs are pretty simple.  Basically it’s like this…

 

The front and back panel are 28″ tall x 36 1/2″ wide 3/4″ MDF.

The side panels are 28″ tall x 38″ wide.

The top and bottom panel are 38″x38″

If I were you I’d play around with the dimensions until you get what seems workable for you.  I wanted to have room on the top and in front for mics and such.

 

I screwed mine together with simple deck screws I had.  I use 2 hinges for the top that are 6″ hinges.  I used a simple weather strip door seal with adhesive back to go around the edge leaving a gap for cables.  And then a handle on the top.  Inside I used a staple gun to staple my 2″ foam and I used around 50 squares of 12″x12″ acoustical foam.  And of course I put casters on the bottom for easy movement.

My biggest recommendation if you decide to build one would be to make sure you build it where you want it as it’s going to be wider than a lot of doorways leaving you disassembling it when you want to change rooms.  This problem actually kept me from tolexing it which I wanted to do but hey, Namm stickers will always do.

Lastly, while this does cut a lot of volume it’s not quite and I think you’ll notice while it kills 20+db it really kills the top end so from outside the box all you’re really hearing is rumbling which isn’t as piercing .  My studio is on the other side of the wall and with the door closed, I can use my studio monitors to dial it in without much bleed through the wall.  However it is still audible upstairs, and if kids are an issue it’s still IMO too loud to not wake them.  (Maybe)  But to be sure, if you want to really cut volume the box in a box method would be your solution.  Basically build a box roughly 6″ or so bigger all the way around and then foam also between the boxes as air gap and foam will create greater noise reduction.


Part 3 of Double Track vs Copy and Paste Guitars.

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

Here is part 3 of my Double Track vs Copy and Paste Guitars.

 

Line 6 Helix Soldano SLO 100 Patch Dial In

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

Here is the YouTube video I did dialing in a Soldano SLO patch for the Line 6 Helix. I used the stock cab sims. If you dig the video and want to try the patches download them….

HERE. GZ SLO 100

And HERE.. GZ SLO 100 Lead

 

Line 6 Helix Recto Patch Dial In

Sunday, January 1st, 2017

In today’s video we start working on a patch dial in series for the Line 6 Helix. Bummed with the a lot of the reviews that I had read stating that the Helix is hard to dial in our hero sets out to dial in some base patches for people to try out.

GZ Recto Patch HERE…GZ Recto

GZ Recto Lead Patch HERE…GZ Recto Lead

Line 6 Helix Archetype PRS Archon Demo

Monday, December 12th, 2016

What’s happenin everyone? I got a handful of requests to do a demo with the Archetype Models in the Line 6 Helix so I slammed something together real quick. Here is a quick ditty using the Archtype for cleans and dirtys.

If you would like to download the patches you can get them HERE……GearZombie Archon Patches

Line 6 Helix Rack High Gain Demo and Patch Download

Thursday, November 24th, 2016

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Here is my first quick recording with the Line 6 Helix Rack. All sounds were recorded with the Helix. If you dig it and want to try out the patches I used, click the link below and give them a shot. Included are the high gain patch I used, as well as the lead and clean. Make sure to subscribe on my YouTube and keep an eye out for my podcast on iTunes. I’m just getting ready to start posting some episodes talking more Helix stuff.

Line 6 Helix Patch Download Here!!!!

Prince Reported Dead At 57 More To Come

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

TMZ is reporting that Prince was found dead in his Paisley Park studio in Minnesota earlier today. His plane was recently diverted to a Davenport Iowa hospital with what was reported as flu complications. Most other media is simply reporting this as a fatality and have not released the victim name as of yet.

Ibanez Gio Mikro and Line 6 Spider IV 15 Toontrack Superior Drummer Demo Video

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

There is more to come with this as I am doing full reviews on both the guitar and the amp. But here is a quick ditty I put together using my Son’s 3/4 scale Ibanez Gio Mikro, a Line 6 Spider IV 15, Shure SM57 and drums with Superior 2.0.

Foo Fighters On Indefinite Hiatus says Taylor Hawkins

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

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Rumors have been spinning around the old interwebs all day about a Foo Fighters break up due to a New York Post Page Six report. A representative for FF said the story was “utterly ridiculous”. Normally when a rep comes out and says things like that…. It’s totally true. Artisan News published a video with Taylor Hawkins that was short on January 16th saying that they’re taking a hiatus.

According to the page 6 article “The band is billing it as a ‘break,’ but it’s totally Dave going solo, and Taylor is pissed about it,” Grohl’s Oscar performance on Sunday night was his big entrance into his solo career.

But another source close to the group insisted to us that buzz of bad blood over a split is “completely untrue.”

Check the video below. The hiatus discussion starts at about the 5:10 mark

Sensaphonics Namm 2016 Interview With Michael Santucci

Monday, February 1st, 2016

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Every year I attend at least the winter Namm show if not winter and summer. And every year I leave with something that has me talking, something that on the trip back I keep going back to how cool that product was. And it’s generally not an amp or guitar I see tons of those and in general I think that we have those types of things pretty much figured out. Small things here and there will change your experience but we pretty much know what we’re getting into from instrument to instrument. And obviously not to discount any instrument manufacturer but the improvements from piece to piece are generally small modifications. Such as different woods or no woods, different type of pickups or change in drums heads.

In Ear Monitor (IEM) technology however, while great still has a lot of things that could be done to improve the experience for the user. In my conversation with Dr. Michael Santucci of Sensaphonics a few things became clear in short order. First, not only does he really know his stuff but also knows exactly what struggles you’re having with monitors. He has a great understanding of using IEM’s and all the downsides of them. And after doing some research you will find that not only is he a well-respected audiologist but also genuinely interested in musicians and creating a product to help make their lives better and safer. Part of what piqued my interest was they are set on solving problems associated with using IEM’s not just kicking out another ear hole filling sound device. It’s great to see a company that looks at a problem and really sets out to find a way to fix it. Think like anti lock breaks. Breaks worked pretty good before ABS for a lot of years. Cars stopped but ABS made breaks way better and has probably saved countless lives. The things Sensaphonics are doing in short looks at all the things we dislike about using IEM’s and tries to make them better.

I personally use a competitor’s product and I must start with a disclaimer. I love my in ears and I would buy from them again. My vendor has been great and helpful to me but I still have various issues with my molds and fit. In talking with the company I use they are more than willing to help me make things better but I have yet to take those steps. Mostly because I haven’t wanted to be without my molds for an extended period and I wasn’t certain if the steps taken were going to really fix my problems. In short I have a fit issue, once I get them inserted and comfortable they will only stay sealed as long as I really don’t move my mouth. The minute I smile the seal breaks and then disappears the bottom end and a chunk of my volume. My vendor discussed building up my molds and working on a solution but after talking to many that also use hard acrylic molds I found that for many this is just the way it goes. Enter my bass player…

What got me interested in talking with Sensaphonics was my giddy bass player who attended a presentation at Namm 2016 titled “In Ear Monitor (IEM) Fundamentals and Hearing Conservation. The speaker was Michael Santucci. After the presentation my bass player meets back up with us and says “I think I’m gonna buy these” after he talked about what was discussed I decided I wanted to see for myself as well as see if they would be kind enough to discuss with us on camera. In short he did order a set from them. He did not order the 3D active ambient which actually have mics built into them allowing you to blend ambient sound with your monitor mix. He just order a set of IEM’s in hopes that it would take care of his current issues he has with several pairs of IEM’s. I myself love the idea of the full package but the price tag is high, around 2k if you want the 3D’s with a single full range driver. $2500 should you want dual drivers. I’m by no means knocking the price they are great pieces of equipment and their list of artists speaks for itself. But I gotta get a few more pennies rattling around in my jar before I can pull the trigger on these. So for now I will just deal with problematic molds 🙁

Below is my video with Michael where he is covers everything from materials used in their product to how the brain perceives sound. As well as their 3D Active Ambient technology option. He covers a lot of information in this video but they have even more details on their site. For further info check out www.sensaphonics.com