I watched a very inspirational guide to recording guitars the other day, posted in a thread on SS.org ((here). It got me thinking about how I record. I've been through a fair few methods. I've used a preamp into impulses, used a Palmer speaker sim, used a Pod, a Pod with impulses, Pod Farm, and tried VST amp sims. The best results I've got are most recently, using my preamp into an impulse. Probably not surprising.
This video has left me thinking that I really would like to have a go at recording my setup. I get what I consider to be a very nice sound out of it, so it's always seemed a shame not to be able to use it. The only problem (besides not having a mic or mic preamp) is I live in a fairly old house that's converted into apartments, and I'm on the first floor. This means sound transfer is a real problem. I just can't use my rig at all.
Until I move, I don't think I'll ever be able to record the setup I have unless I give an isolation cab a go. But, as with so many things, there are an awful lot of rumours and opinions out there, and it's hard to find a definitive stance on how suitable they are for home use and what their sound is like.
So, my questions are:
Has anyone got experience with them?
Do they really make it possible to record in your apartment late at night? Can they really work this well (the sound transfer here is incredible, so if it's suitable for most at night, I think I can get away with that during the day)?
Is it possible to get a good non-boxy tone out of them?
Is making your own simple enough to outweigh the cost of buying one?
Quite a few questions, I know. I've been looking for vids on YouTube and reading lots, but only the AxeTrak demo them with the sort of tone I'd be looking to get out of one. And it's difficult to get a handle on how suitable they are for apartments.
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I have the Grendel Dead Room iso cab and recorded two albums with it. I'll post more later if you want, but here's a couple points:
--Avoid the Axe Trak. It's garbage.
--All iso cabs are boxy sounding. It's the nature of the beast. You can compensate with EQ and mic positioning, but don't expect to get the same sound as your favorite cab.
--I am going back to the Axe-FX direct, most likely. Careful work with impulses will probably get better results than an iso cab.