Ideas For Amp Isolation Cabinet Needed

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  1. jeff_farkas

    jeff_farkas Senior Member

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    I just got a mic for my amp and I found that I need to crank up the volume rather loud to get a good signal to my recording USB/Software.

    My issue is that I live in a duplex and I don't want to get my neighbor pissed off at me so what can I do to isolate the amp so I can crank it up and not bother her.

    I've seen plans for amp cabinets but I don't have any tools to build one.

    So,, and ideas on how to get the job done?
    1 Would facing the amp toward the corner of a room help?
    2 Or how about covering the amp/mic with heavy commutators do any good?

    TIA, as usual
    Jeff :confused:
     
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    Hey Jeff,
    Rather than turning the amp up....turn the gain on the mic pre up.
     
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    jeff_farkas Senior Member

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    I spoke with my teacher and he said it's likely the mic that's bad.
    I'll send it back and try another one.
     
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    northernguitarguy SWeAT hOg

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    I've been using a H&K Redbox 5 DI for patching into the board when we play live. Sounds great on a recording, as well. It is not the sound of my cab to a tee, but it sounds pretty damn good to my ears.

    This was recorded with moderate volume, certainly nothing to shake through the walls.
    https://soundcloud.com/northernguitarguy/morning-sunshine-turns-to-rain
     
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    ehb Chief Discombobulator Premium Member

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    Big thick foam pad to sit it on and a refrigerator box over it? ;)
     
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    There are lots of option but none are cheap if you want it to sound good. Off the top of my head:

    - Two Notes Torpedo Live. I absolutely love this thing. Load box with speaker/cabinet/mic sim. Maintains the character of your guitar and amp. $1,000

    - Rivera Silent Sister. It's a ported ISO cab. Gives you about 15dbs of reduction. I could crank my 50 watt Marshall and still have a conversation over it. With the port you won't get that boxy sound other ISO cabs suffer from. $1,000 with speaker. I've built these for $250 w/o speaker. They really do work well.
     
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    put it in the closet and crank it the fuck up
     
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    Back when I was doing home recording in an apartment, I'd load my amp in the closet and record it there. Close-mic it, you'll still get a hot sound, but the hanging clothes will still do a good bit to kill the roar. As an added benefit, it was also quieter as heard by the mic -- no ambient noise.
     
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    Yeah, I live in a triplex and I've figured out a pretty good dial-able silent recording rig using stuff I already had pretty much. I stuck my Mesa 1x12 in a old road case with two mics - a condenser and a dynamic and filled it with foam. The speaker out from the head is going into a THD Hotplate I got used on CL, it allows me to dial in the volume and pull a direct line. I track with three channels; my condenser, my dynamic and my direct signal. I blend them to taste during mix. Pretty much allows me to record 24/7 although I really like it with an external loudness of 80db measured (45 watt head with master on 9 and a 16db attenuation on the THD).

    All of these tracks have been recorded with that chain:

    https://soundcloud.com/sonny-king-rock-guitar
     
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    jeff_farkas Senior Member

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    Thanks for the input.
    I sent back the mic. My teacher thinks that it was defective since it should have been far more sensitive and picked up the signal better than it did.

    My plan is to get the H&K Redbox 5 DI. That looks like the best thing I can get for what I want to do.

    Again.. thanks!!

    Jeff
     
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    Getting this tomorrow!!
     
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    Right on, Jeffy. Lemmy know if you have any questions about using it.
     
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    I'll let you know and thanks for the recommendation. My teacher agrees with it totally!
     
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    Got the Red Box yesterday and it works perfect. Really glad I got it!!
     
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    That's great, Jeff! Best recording advice I can offeris to keep the level in 'the green'. I look forward to hearing a clip, when you're ready.
     
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    Sounding clean, you got it figured out! Have fun with it.
     
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    A few bands use the Palmer PDI-03 speaker simulator, abit pricy but you can crank the amp and drop it into a small mixer. It combines load impedance, a signal splitter and DI box especially designed for guitars.
     
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