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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.


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 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.

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

John 5 to Headline Namm Jam 2016 Presented by Delve Texas

Sunday, January 3rd, 2016

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GearZombie has attended this event for the last several years and it never disappoints. This year looks to be just as kick ass! Friday January 22nd John 5 & The Creatures will be headlining the night. Also on the bill is L.A. Guns and Beasto Blanco as well as the Coffin Case Fashion Show. Looking forward to seeing everyone there again this year at this great Delve Texas event!!

John 5 “Black Grass Plague” Video is awesome

Sunday, January 3rd, 2016

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John 5 has a new solo track out titled Black Grass Plague. “The video was produced and directed by Jonny Coffin of Coffin Cases,” says 5, who also plays lead guitar for Rob Zombie.

“We filmed it in a warehouse right next to Jonny’s place. It was swelteringly hot in there that day, but we got through it, and if anything, the heat contributed to the energy in the video. “The star-shaped stage with all the neon lights is actually Elton John’s piano riser,” continues 5. “It turns out you can rent it. Who knew? Thank you, Elton!”

The promo is dedicated to the memory of camera operator Khalil Tiner, who was killed by a drink-driver soon after filming was completed. Colleagues George Maria, Tyki Sato and Ryder Page say: “He was an amazing filmmaker and one of those rare people who could brighten any day with his smile. Khalil you are missed, and we are honoured to have called you friend.

It’s a kick ass video to watch unless you don’t like to watch kick ass musicians doing kick ass musician stuff. In which case may I direct you to the nearest cat video. John will be headlining the 2016 Namm Jam hosted by Delve Texas January 22 at the Grove of Anaheim.

Lemmy Kilmister and MOTÖRHEAD What Metal Is Made Of

Sunday, January 3rd, 2016

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Whether or not you’re into MOTÖRHEAD you know who they are. And even if you can’t name a single tune you probably know who Lemmy is. While one of the planets most iconic voices in metal was silenced Monday December 28th 2015 the legend will live on and god willing his example will as well. Admittedly I am not the biggest MOTÖRHEAD fan. I am however a massive fan of who they are and what they do.

While it’s very well know that Lemmy fueled most of his life with a buffet of various chemicals, that (believe it or not) is not the mark I am hoping he left on the music scene. In my eyes MOTÖRHEAD was about Rock N’ Roll at its very core. They were the working mans group. Never really had commercial success but still managed to become a household name, you sure didn’t see many pop tours headlined by MOTÖRHEAD. Yet they were always there, always going to be in your area in the near future. And I think that is going to be the toughest part, them not being there. While they didn’t really have commercial success, they still managed to obtain iconic status and in my opinion that could only be attributed to their hard-core work ethic.

This was a group of guys that played Rock N’ Roll because that was simply what they were put on this planet to do. Not to get chicks, or make money. They wanted to play in a band, embrace the excesses that came with it, push themselves to the edge and tell the world to fuck off. That’s really what Rock N’ Roll was rooted in anyway telling everyone to fuck off. Think back to the Beatles, or Elvis they were protested and perceived as dirty. MOTÖRHEAD to me is that kind of iconic, they were the pillar of heavy metal and godfathers that kids of today will hopefully look up to. They type of band your parents didn’t want you listening to but unknowingly could teach a lot of musicians a lesson. The lesson of just grabbing your buddies, playing unapologetically loud, and unapologetically saying uncomfortable things, touring until you’ve out run your transportation, equipment, and eventually your body. That’s the lesson that I hope some kid somewhere can see and capitalize on. It’s worth noting that while they were the bad guys of rock, you almost never heard a negative word about them. And with the passing of Lemmy musicians came out of the wood work to express their sorrow. Lemmy was God.

Lemmy and MOTÖRHEAD were honest at least in the spirit of music. You didn’t see them change their image, sound attitude, habits. They just did what they did. And you can’t say that for really much of anyone anymore. Everyone has an agenda be it financial or for fame. You didn’t see MOTÖRHEAD doing press tours, product placement. In part I’m certain because while that sort of thing didn’t fit their personality it also didn’t fit in much of mainstream society. But there is a certain type of beauty in that type of honesty. They always seemed to look like they played music because that’s what was hard-coded in their DNA. I love that.

Lemmy, whose health had been rapidly deteriorating had just been diagnosed with terminal cancer a couple of days before his passing. Lemmy sought treatment after his birthday party at the Whisky a GO GO in Los Angeles on December 13th. He was initially released from the hospital with a clear bill of health but they decided to continue testing due to irregular speech patterns. Having thought he had suffered a minor stroke they found “an extremely aggressive cancer” in his brain and neck which lead to the terminal diagnosis.

Todd Singerman tells Sky News.

“Nobody had any idea,” Singerman adds. “We just learned Saturday, two days ago (sic), that he even had cancer and the doctor told him he had between two to six months to live. He goes (dies) today as I was making calls to (band mates) Phil and Mikkey telling them to come on out so they could have a last goodbye while he was still upbeat and everything. He was feeling mighty low… He wasn’t expected to die like that … That (cancer) was the last thing we thought he would ever have. When you think about it he has been to every doctor and hospital around the world and nobody caught that… That comes as a massive shock.”

“He took it (the news) better than all of us,” Singerman tells Rolling Stone. “His only comment was, ‘Oh, only two months, huh?’ The doctor goes, ‘Yeah, Lem, I don’t want to bullshit you. It’s bad, and there’s nothing anyone can do. I would be lying to you if I told you there was a chance.’” Lemmy was also in favor of telling fans what was going on, even though the news was obviously sad. Unfortunately, Lemmy passed before that press release could be sent.

Memorial services for iconic MOTÖRHEAD frontman Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister will be held on Saturday, January 9 from 2:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. at the Rainbow Bar & Grill in West Hollywood, California.

RIP Lemmy and MOTÖRHEAD.

Namm Is Coming!!!

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

Starting to get excited for the Namm show. Any juicy rumors catching your ear?

I’m gonna jam out some new videos in the coming weeks (hopefully days). Working on setting some interviews, and working on launching a podcast as well. The podcast is going to revolve around all things music. Be it gear, tone, production, song arrangement you name it.

Thanks for checkin in!!!NAMM-Show-2016

Did you miss me? Looky what I got coming.

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

612A6608Hello all,

A lot has happened post Namm and please forgive me for dropping off the radar. I’ve been emailing manufacturers trying to get more gear in to demo. I’ve also been recording like a mad man trying to get some material licensed. But I have some cool stuff coming up.

First of all, working on getting some new amps in to review. There is a lot of killer stuff out there. Right now the one I am most interested in the is the 5150III S or Stealth. If you remember I had a 50 watt in the studio for a while and it produced some killer tones. I would like to have some time with a stealth and give it a proper review.

Ogre had some killer stuff. I’m hoping to get some of their effects in the studio to try out.

I have a box full of Hughes & Kettner tube loaded pedals I’m going to do a video on. I didn’t know these existed but my buddy had them all and sent them to my studio. I haven’t had a chance to try them out yet but it’s going to be cool.

Old Peavey Rockmaster. I have one of those preamps in my possession and man, loaded with new tubes running into my VHT 2/50/2 is bad ass. I freaking love it!! So video to come on that.

I’m going to do a video about my isolation box I use for recording and demoing heads. I get a ton of questions about that thing so I think it will make for a good video and write up.

Also I picked up an Ibanez RG7620 that’s seen way better days. This one we’re going to tear down and try to swirl it ourselves. I think I may pickup a 3rd party disappearing pyramid neck for this one too. Maple fret board of course!! I’ve been watching a ton of videos and reading a bunch of articles so hopefully this will turn out killer!!

Anyway, here are just a few things to keep me busy over the next couple of weeks. If you have a piece of equipment you want demo’d shoot me a message and I’ll be happy to contact the company and see if I can get a demo unit.

Later zombies!!!