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    Default Anybody use an isolation cab?

    I was thinking how annoying it must be for neighbours to listen to me noddle on the guitar, and I'd like to be able to play after the kids go to bed. Is there a way to get decent tone using real tube amps and an isolation cab? Can you make one yourself for little $$? I have a Vox amplug and Jamvox, but they suck tonewise and do not inspire me to play/practice.
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    Maybe get a closet to put your cab in and wrap the cab with blankets etc. Pete Thorn mentioned this for home recording in a recent PG column. If you have a combo you would have to get or make a cab but that would be the way I would go.
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    That column looks pretty cool! Ima read more of his, thanks
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    The iso cab thing is cool. They work but ... you're limited to essentially one mic'ing scheme - close. You can of course change out speakers and mics and amp heads. Thats potentially time consuming though.

    About 15 years ago a buddy and me built one. It was cheaper But definitely labor intensive. If you're gonna do it right it needs double walls with insulation in between and has to be completely sealed but with some space behind the speaker so it doesn't burn up. speakers generate heat and need to be able to breath a little bit. I wouldn't build another one. I'll buy one if I need it.
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    I think you're better off with an attenuator... or building an headphone out... still headphones are not really cutting it for me they do the job. That's why I play a lot more of acoustic than what I used to... my little VOX DA-5 is too loud for kids in bed... so imagine anything louder lol

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    You won't get any feedback with an iso cab, which is a negative in my view.

    If I were to get an iso cab for practicing, I think it would be the Axetrak. I tried one out a NAMM a while back, and it beats a hotplate dummy load speaker sim type solution, without breaking the bank. Plus it's small and portable.

    To me, it sounded more like a vintage 30 or greenback than anything else I could name, and I don't know if it would be suitable for playing country or any other style besides high gain rock and metal. IIRC, it even says in the manual (or used to say) that it is not made for clean tones. I'd look into it and see. It has a high frequency cut you can adjust that I think may have been added to address this concern, but I'm not sure. As discussed in the video linked below, it does tend, like any iso cab, to compress the audio to some degree, which would certainly make it, or any iso cab for that matter, imperfect for some clean tone applications where a great deal of headroom is desirable. Personally, I think it would be great for practicing any style or tone, and suitable for DI recording of high gain tones.

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    There are a lot of headphone type amps out there as well, I use a Korg Pandora for practicing, tone is OK and is quick and easy if I need to do some quiet practice or learn a tune. I'm sure there are other things out there as well.


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    Grendel Sound (Check YouTube) has what looks to be the best one.

    A POD works well, though. Especially the Small Tweed settings. Or, you could get a Z Vex Amp. Aren't those like 1/10 of a Watt? Can't remember the name of them though.

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    I have a ZVex Nano. I run the volume around 9 o clock so it's just breaking up and add an overdrive pedal for gain/ This is exactly what I do out with my big rig (1x12 10w combo).

    My cab is a 2x12 with an EVM12L and a V30. It sort of evolved that way. I'm sure that with a 1 speaker cab and something less efficient like a Greenback or a Jensen/Weber you could reduce volume further.

    A cheaper more elegant option would be a Vox AC4 combo. They sound ok.

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    I have a Rivera Silent Sister that I use live and at home. The soundman loves it because he never has any issues with volume from me and I can crank the thing. I live in an apartment as well so for me, its really nice to record my guitar stuff at home, even later in the evening. I swapped out the original speaker in there for an ASW Elegante. I've played both a DC30 and a Vox AC15C1 through it. Because the DC-30 is stupid loud as it is, I can totally turn it up now. If you have the money, its not a bad solution in my opinion.
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