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Essential whenever or wherever you're unable to crank full performance volume and tone. The concept is simple. A speaker is mounted in a completely closed, hinged cabinet with a microphone suspended i... Click To Read More About This Product

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Essential whenever or wherever you're unable to crank full performance volume and tone. The concept is simple. A speaker is mounted in a completely closed, hinged cabinet with a microphone suspended inside. The cab has 1/4" in and outs, as well as a mic out to the mixing console. For recording, Isolation lets you record your amp full out, reflecting your true tone without waking the neighbors or inspiring visits from the cops. 12" Celestion Vintage 30 speaker. 18"W x 18"H x 31-1/2"D.

How to use it: Simply plug your 8 ohm speaker output from any amplifier source into the 1/4" speaker in/out of the ISO. With the top lid or rear compartment door open, tailor your sound as you would with any cabinet. (Note that the Vintage 30 Celestion is 60 watts so be aware that it cannot handle the same power as a 4x12 full of them). Next, close the lid or rear compartment and secure the latches. Now, plug a standard XLR cable into the XLR output and connect to any source that accepts XLR mic level. This can be anything from a channel input of the PA system to the smallest USB interface for recording. Finally, adjust for optimum level and you are done. Remember that there is no such thing as total silence, but the ISO cab approach eliminates most of the sound coming from speaker and allows use of loud amplifiers for home recording in situations where you can't blast and "Silent Stage" situations in which many players are forced to degrade their experience by using digital modeling products.

Features
  • Retractable handle
  • Celestion Vintage 30 - 12" speaker
  • Mic not included, condenser mic recommended
  • 8Ohm - 60 watts
  • Mic mount and mic clip (Mic not included)
  • XLR microphone output
  • 1/4" speaker input
  • Rugged casters
  • Sealed "top lid"
  • Convenient "closet size"
Specifications
  • 18"W x 18"H x 31.5"D
    75lb.
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2 year warranty on speakers.
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RandallIsolation 12 Speaker Cab
 
3.9

(based on 15 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (4)
  • Durable (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (5)
  • Home studio (4)
  • Outdoor events / games (3)
  • Performances (3)
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    • Experienced (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Isolation anxiety...

I've been searching for a studio quality guitar tone in my home studio for about three years now... I've always been frustrated by the poor room acoustics, and the need to record at...Read complete review

I've been searching for a studio quality guitar tone in my home studio for about three years now... I've always been frustrated by the poor room acoustics, and the need to record at reduced volume levels in order to keep the cops away. I thought this cabinet might offer a viable solution... but being a die-hard fan of the 4x12 configuration, I was fairly skeptical. My worries where alleviated most completely from the momment I plugged it in, however. In minutes, I had raging guitar tone the likes of which i had never heard outside of a proffesionaly engineered recording. Due to the lack of vents, this inclosure is naturally very heavy on the low end, and the mids can be a bit tricky. I highly recommend swaping the stock sm57, for it's beta series counterpart. This will give you the control over your mids, and the less sensitive low end neended to generate a well balanced, and natural sounding tone. After that, there is no limit... From thunderous rythm tones with that extra searing sizzle on top, all the way to screaming scooped middle leads, all the way back to the most quite and gentle of clean passages. You will not be dissapointed. I will add however, that the cabinet does more for the isolation of your recordings, then it does for the reduction of your level... while it does dramaticaly reduce volume, it is still clearly audible, even loud at extreme volume settings. So don't be to concerned about trying to seal this thing up with aftermarket products... The volume is still reduced enough to satisfy most any city sound ordinance.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great idea, looking forward to next gen.

I gotta hand it to them - this is *almost* a great product! I lead worship in a large gymnasium for about 800 people 3 times a week and use this to...Read complete review

I gotta hand it to them - this is *almost* a great product! I lead worship in a large gymnasium for about 800 people 3 times a week and use this to (a) reduce stage volume, and (b) give our sound guy an clear, isolated signal so we can maximize the signal in the mains and minimize monitor bleed. This mic cab certainly does what it says - you can crank a loud signal inside and get a clear feed to your soundboard without increasing stage volume - but I must be honest, there are some boneheaded design flaws in this thing. First, the mic stand inside isn't flexible (it's just a section of a straight mic stand). That means you can't really adjust mic placement on the cone. This would be solved by simply installing a gooseneck mic stand instead of a straght stand. Second, the mic hangs precariously above a bare speaker cone. If the box is jostled, the mic falls down on the cone and can cause damage damage... so why not orient the speaker sideways and mount the mic pointing at it? Problem solved. Third, the XLR input in the back ins't recessed into the box - this means it's easy to snag or chip the XLR input when moving this around (it's happened to us several times). Recessed inputs on this thing would make a huge difference. In regards to sound quality, I'm sorry but no matter what you do it still sounds different than miking an open-air amp. If you're OK with the change in sound quality, fine - but be prepared for a 'boxier' sound on your electric (well, what did you expect?). I've heard that switching out the speaker cone inside with something better can make a huge difference, but I haven't tried it myself.

All in all, this is a good first attempt at a product like this - but if Randall wants to stay in the game, I suggest improving it. With the right adjustments I could see this item becoming extremely useful to venues of all sizes.

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4.0

Good first iso cab.

By B McCrory Audio

from Austin, TX

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy To Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Randall Isolation 12 Speaker Cab:

    I have it in a closet of the same room I'm in.. As mentioned it is a boxier tone... i added a dual mic clip bar and put a brighter mic in with an sm57... I would probably not put a ribbon mic in there for fear of damaging it maybe.
    My 30 watt Fender is fairly isolated.... My 50 Watt Marshall has bleed from the iso cab that is pretty loud, but fairly manageable... with some common sense timing as well it makes a good first iso cab for the price.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    great idea, but........

    By Randjam

    from Middleton, WI.

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Reduces Volume In Room

    Cons

    • Sound Is Too Thin

    Best Uses

      Comments about Randall Isolation 12 Speaker Cab:

      I recorded the sound and it was too thin, especially the clean sound. Even when I added tons of low and mid it wasn't satisfactory. Maybe someone who works with software could get it how they wanted, but I returned the iso cab. I need a good low volume sound in my condo. I ordered a Peavey classic mini 20. I believe going with the MSDI out with speaker off OR attenuating down to 1 watt with a miked cab will do the trick.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Pretty good

      By Scott

      from DFW, TX

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Relatively Inexpensive
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Poor Sound Out Of The Box

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Randall Isolation 12 Speaker Cab:

      I needed a inexpensive iso box and I am not crafty enough to build one. At first I was disappointed at the overall recorded sound. It sounded quite boxy. I removed the speaker to find the space underneath the speaker was not padded and realized that this was probably where the boxy sound came from. I filled the space with foam pieces and it greatly improved the sound. With a few mods and proper EQing this can be a pretty good, inexpensive box.

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Poor quality sound, too boxy

      By RichP

      from Staten Island, NY

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

        Cons

        • Poor Sound Quality
        • Pricey / Poor Value
        • Unreliable

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Randall Isolation 12 Speaker Cab:

        I just spent time writing a clear review but it was deleted. Bottom line, this thing sounds like your playing in a box, hinges are cheap, the foam is cheap, and no mic adjustment. I am upgrading and modifying this thing and hopefully, I can get rid of the boxyness from recording inide of a box.
        Things you will need to buy: Better hindges, better foam, an adjustable mic arm; an sm 57 does not work well for me with this thing so I will try a different mic, and wheels for easy mobility. Good luck getting good/great tone out of this thing.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great for controlling stage sound

        By Gtrgy27

        from Columbus, Ga

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Performances

          Comments about Randall Isolation 12 Speaker Cab:

          I bought this because I needed to control my stage volume in church and hoped that it would also give me a better live mic'd sound. It accomplished both perfectly. Speaker sounds much better than the stock speaker in my HT-20 combo. I paired it with an e609 silver mic and I have a much more full sounding tone coming through the Mains now. I'd say it cut stage volume by 75%, so much that I use an in ear monitor now. The only thing that could have been better is the mic stand. Wish it had come with a flexible stand instead of a fixed one. I'd like to be able to have a little more flexibilibility in mic positioning. Overall, this cabinet exceeded my expectations.

          (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Not for me.

          By Daniel Jensen

          from New Mexico

          Comments about Randall Isolation 12 Speaker Cab:

          Its possible that this might work for someone else, but it wasn't the magic solution I was hoping for. I'm not going to list pros, because those are pretty obvious, and are pretty much listed in the description. Cons: Instead of room noise, you get box noise, which is odd sounding and pretty loud. The cabinet design is also not the best, so you'd have to play around with your eq a lot to get the sound you want. This is hard to do because closing the box changes the sound, but so does turning down the volume so you can open it. I can't say I spent a lot of time trying to record with it, but I wasn't getting anything I liked at all. Also, mine did not come with the 10 inch gooseneck, and the mount for the mic was on the side instead of next to the speaker. I ended up going back to my normal combo speaker cab, which I had feared would be too loud, but its not really that bad. The iso cab didn't offer me very good sounds for any level of clean or distorted, at least not what I could get out of it. (My amp is a Mesa Stiletto, sounds great through its own cab.) I'm going to return this item to GC and hope I get a reasonable amount of money back.

          (11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Great idea, looking forward to next gen.

          By Bassaholic

          from Los Angeles

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Not many other models

          Cons

          • Bulkyheavy
          • EXPENSIVE
          • Lacks recessed handles
          • Poor internal mic stand

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about Randall Isolation 12 Speaker Cab:

          I gotta hand it to them - this is *almost* a great product! I lead worship in a large gymnasium for about 800 people 3 times a week and use this to (a) reduce stage volume, and (b) give our sound guy an clear, isolated signal so we can maximize the signal in the mains and minimize monitor bleed. This mic cab certainly does what it says - you can crank a loud signal inside and get a clear feed to your soundboard without increasing stage volume - but I must be honest, there are some boneheaded design flaws in this thing. First, the mic stand inside isn't flexible (it's just a section of a straight mic stand). That means you can't really adjust mic placement on the cone. This would be solved by simply installing a gooseneck mic stand instead of a straght stand. Second, the mic hangs precariously above a bare speaker cone. If the box is jostled, the mic falls down on the cone and can cause damage damage... so why not orient the speaker sideways and mount the mic pointing at it? Problem solved. Third, the XLR input in the back ins't recessed into the box - this means it's easy to snag or chip the XLR input when moving this around (it's happened to us several times). Recessed inputs on this thing would make a huge difference. In regards to sound quality, I'm sorry but no matter what you do it still sounds different than miking an open-air amp. If you're OK with the change in sound quality, fine - but be prepared for a 'boxier' sound on your electric (well, what did you expect?). I've heard that switching out the speaker cone inside with something better can make a huge difference, but I haven't tried it myself.

          All in all, this is a good first attempt at a product like this - but if Randall wants to stay in the game, I suggest improving it. With the right adjustments I could see this item becoming extremely useful to venues of all sizes.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          WOW Randall Isolation Cab

          By Chris-8.sL5

          from Undisclosed

          Comments about Randall Isolation 12 Speaker Cab:

          Just got this after years struggling to record in my basement home studio with a Peavey XXX amp. Like most home recordists, I do everything in one room, which means there is no isolation from the guitar cabs. If you try to record at low volume it never sounds right. The iso cab lets you crank your amp and listen to the recorded tone through your monitors. For the first time I am actually hearing pro guitar sound through my monitors.It adds a nice layer of compression and air. Everything is balanced. No strange resonances. The iso cab knocks the volume down to about 1/3rd. It's still loud, but you can hear yourself think. I was planning to be disappointed, but I just plugged in and it sounded great from the start.I would consider playing out with this tone and using a PA for monitors. It is well made. It gets a 4.0 for features because the mic boom is fixed. I extended it to hold the mic over center of cone. Sounds great clean or with any level of gain.

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Isolation anxiety...

          By Doaml91

          from Dallas, TX

          Comments about Randall Isolation 12 Speaker Cab:

          I've been searching for a studio quality guitar tone in my home studio for about three years now... I've always been frustrated by the poor room acoustics, and the need to record at reduced volume levels in order to keep the cops away. I thought this cabinet might offer a viable solution... but being a die-hard fan of the 4x12 configuration, I was fairly skeptical. My worries where alleviated most completely from the momment I plugged it in, however. In minutes, I had raging guitar tone the likes of which i had never heard outside of a proffesionaly engineered recording. Due to the lack of vents, this inclosure is naturally very heavy on the low end, and the mids can be a bit tricky. I highly recommend swaping the stock sm57, for it's beta series counterpart. This will give you the control over your mids, and the less sensitive low end neended to generate a well balanced, and natural sounding tone. After that, there is no limit... From thunderous rythm tones with that extra searing sizzle on top, all the way to screaming scooped middle leads, all the way back to the most quite and gentle of clean passages. You will not be dissapointed. I will add however, that the cabinet does more for the isolation of your recordings, then it does for the reduction of your level... while it does dramaticaly reduce volume, it is still clearly audible, even loud at extreme volume settings. So don't be to concerned about trying to seal this thing up with aftermarket products... The volume is still reduced enough to satisfy most any city sound ordinance.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          WOW

          By ForgettingDecemberGuitar

          from IL

          Comments about Randall Isolation 12 Speaker Cab:

          This is a recording savior. I started tracking my guitar with my SL Plexi and had to keep the volume down around 3 but the sweet spot is around 6-7 and so I had to find a solution and BAM here it is.

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