isolation for guitar amp?

Discussion in 'Guitars' started by swprophet, Apr 6, 2006.

  1. swprophet

    swprophet Guest

    OKay so my "studio" is in the basement. I was wondering about possible ways to create an isolation room for my guitar amp. It's just a Crate Palamino V16 - Does anyone create or know of any kind of plans to create a box to isolate the sound? Is this possible? Or am I crazy?
  2. StevenColbert

    StevenColbert Member

    Feb 13, 2006
    Maybe try placing it somewhere that you can cover the cabinet with a few heavy moving (shipping) blankets. Or whatever.
    And mic the cabinet with the entire mic and amp covered.
    I hope this suggestion makes some sense.
  3. therecordingart

    therecordingart Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    Or you can get the isolation cab by Randall.
  4. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2005
    Both suggestions make sense. The blanket theory works if you don't need TOTAL isolation, because it allows for you to vary the amount of "air" around the cab and the mic. If you use "hard walls" encompassing the rig, you tend to get a more "nasally", "boxy" sound out of it. And it's easier and cheaper to do, as well. Just grab some boom stands to make a "frame", and throw the blankets all over it.
    I have had a Randall box for a while. Don't use it as much as I used to, and when I do, it's usually at a church that needs to contain the geetarist.
    Sounds OK, certainly holds down the volume, but the tone isn't all that great or variable.
  5. gilligan204

    gilligan204 Guest

    unsure if this is any help , but ussually in my studio ( i have two rooms one main room and an isolation booth for drums) anyhow I ussually put everyone in one room , di some stuff put the drums in the iso booth, and then I run a lead to an amp down the hall way out the door , that ussually helps, (ussually I put the amp in the coffee room ! ) anyhow its outta the way of everybody else, dont know if you can pull that off in the basement, all yah need is 1 freaking long 1/4 and one freaking long xlr cable for the mic.

  6. JWL

    JWL Active Member

    Feb 12, 2006
    Portland, Maine
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    EM just ran an article about this. For me, if I need isolation (ie, no amp sounds in the drum overheads) then I just record basic tracks with a Pod and then overdub the amp stuff later.
  7. Screws

    Screws Active Member

    Feb 16, 2001
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    I recently started putting my 4x12 into my wife's closet, which is stuffed with clothing. Works like a charm.
  8. StevenColbert

    StevenColbert Member

    Feb 13, 2006
    Great suggestion. I once knew a guy who did the same with his closet. He could jam his half stack LOUD. And it was hardly heard, even standing right in front of the door.
    I could tell he put some time into sealing off the closet for good isolation. And it worked darn well.

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