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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 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!!!!

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.

Fractal Audio Axe Fx 2 High Gain Demo Diezel VH4 Das Metall Ibanez RG Giger Demo

Monday, June 24th, 2013

Fractal Audio Axe Fx 2 High Gain Demo Diezel VH4 Das Metall Ibanez RG Giger Demo

So I’m starting a series for YouTube and this is going to be my first installment. I want to record all of the high gain amp models on my Axe Fx 2. Maybe I will expand to all models, I don’t really know yet. Something I would like to do but the net doesn’t seem to care about anything other than high gain which is too bad. I’m not going to be scientific about it, because lets face it, what you would do and what I would do are very different.

My lack of science will include things like, playing whatever guitar I want, whatever tuning I want. In the end I just want to make a series of kick ass Fractal videos since as of right now that is my rig and I love it. I’m also hoping to work with Kemper in the future as well as Line 6 and do the same with their products.  So we’ll see hopefully they will give a shot to a Lil guy in the sticks trying to make some Internet noise.

What will be consistent, I’ve decided to go the mic’d cab route for these videos. So the entire signal chain is Axe Fx 2 (cab sim’s off) – VHT 2/50/2 – Mesa Boogie 2/12 V30’s in an isolation box – Shure SM-58 into a Motu 8-pre – into Sonar X1. (I need to upgrade to X2) Very minimal post processing. Very slight eq bump if necessary. And I’m trying to record a brief solo section in each of the tunes, using the same model as the rhythm and adding a little delay.

The only thing I avoided was running the Avalon 737sp in this chain. I avoided it because in one of my other videos people kept picking on the fact that I used an Avalon which makes everything sound great. True, but i’m an idiot so it was easier to just run it in the motu and be done with it.

My plan is to also talk about each one of these experiences and give people a bit of a glimpse of what I do to create the sounds I create.

For this track named (Butthurt Fanboy Disorder) I went with the Das Metall amp sim. I actually left the power amp sim on, I went back and forth on it and to my ears I liked the response better with it on. The cab sim was bypassed. I also used a T808 sim in the drive block. The mic is pointed direct on the cone but moved off of the dust cap.

The guitar is an Ibanez Giger RG all stock nothing special. I hope you dig it and keep watching for more vids.

Fractal Audio Axe Fx 2 Ibanez JS20S

Monday, March 25th, 2013

Fractal Audio Axe Fx 2 Demo all clean patches up till the end with a dirty lead.

This was day 1 with my Satriani Ibanez. I don’t have anything to ramble about on this one. I just wanted a clip with clean patches!! Fun guitar, great pre-amp. This is mostly clean patches but its worth the listen!!

Newsted Tour Dates for Spring U.S.

Monday, March 25th, 2013

Newsted, you know Jason Newsted the dude that walked away from Metallica. His new band announced a slug of tour dates in the US. From some updates on their website it appears that this is the first leg and will be making more rounds this year. Check out he video below if you’re unfamiliar. He’s cool, we like him.

http://newstedheavymetal.com/

Dates

04/19 Walnut Creek, CA – Red House
04/23 San Jose, CA – San Jose Rock Shop
04/24 Fresno, CA – The Starline
04/26 Sparks, NV – The Alley
04/27 Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
05/01 Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy
05/03 Las Vegas, NV – Vinyl
05/40 Mesa, AZ – Quail Run Park (‘KUPD Ufiesta‘)
05/15 Battle Creek, MI – Planet Rock
05/17 Pontiac, MI – The Crofoot
05/18 Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
05/21 New York, NY – Highline Ballroom
05/22 Cambridge, MA – The Middle East Downstairs
05/23 Asbury Park, NJ – The Stone Pony

Hughes & Kettner Triamp MK II Demo

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Hughes & Kettner Triamp MK II Demo.

Initially I could have cared less what the thing actually sounded like because it is seriously the coolest looking head on the planet!! But I never really gave it a fair shake because I picked up a 6505+ about the same time and was using that live. I found that for heavier playing this head did much better with a drive pedal in the front. In this case a TS-9 as well as an ISP Decimator. Without it, the head breaks up well at higher gain but the sound tends to squish rather than tighten up. For some that may be the sound you’re looking for, I however prefer the high and tight sound. Higher gain but super fast response no lag or squish which adding the Ibanez TS-9 does.

If blues or mid gain sounds are your thing, this would be a killer head. Very warm and appealing sound and a tone of character. This really is a great head for whatever application if you take the time to figure it out.

Diamond Nitrox Quick Demo Video with Ibanez RG Giger

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Here is a demo of the Diamond Nitrox. So many moons ago I was asked to film and take part in a project demoing a bunch of heads. My footage wasn’t used. But since I filmed the entire thing I had my footage sitting in my video vault with the other misfit toys including my sex tape from that romantic summer I had with Megan Fox and of course my pro bowl season with the Vikings. But that was a different time and now all I have left are the memories. And this video of my noodling with the Diamond Nitrox.

I have to say this is a really cool head. And maybe someday I can convince the good people at Diamond to loan me one so I can do a proper GearZombiee video with it!! I tend to play kind of all over the place and not a lot of heads work well with that especially for rock. It’s like you either chug, play wide open or whatever. And generally decent cleans are hard to find with higher gain heads. I found that this had good pronunciation great warm lead tone and a totally useable clean. So totally this would be a fun one to get in my studio and do a bunch of videos on!!!

So this is just camera audio and all and my playing isn’t terrible but ohh well. I’m glad I’m starting to post these and they are behind me.