ISO BOXComputers have added a great deal to my studio: creative control, new capabilities and copious quantities of...fan noise. Thanks to the Iso Box from Nashville's Sound Construction and Supply, the turbine whine of hard drive and cooling fans can be a thing of the past.
The Iso Box is a large, acoustically isolated equipment rack available in 12/16/20-space sizes, priced at $1,000, $1,100 and $1,200. Put your noisy gear inside, latch the double-paned glass door shut and enjoy the quiet. Finished in glossy black with maple trim, our review unit had good cosmetic features, aside from a few rough spots. Heat within the foam-lined enclosure is dissipated by a pair of fans mounted on the rear access door. Just don't plan on putting your power amps inside-there is a limit to how much heat they can handle. A thermostat regulates fan speed while a two-digit LED thermometer glows reassuringly behind the glass.
Although the Iso Box is not completely silent, the remaining noise is a muted murmur. The graph below shows an A-weighted curve of a Mac Quadra 950 with and without the Iso Box. With more than 20 dB of attenuation at 3 kHz, I can now be distracted by the gentle rustling of leaves outside my open window rather than the hurricane gale of fans and the incessant screeching of HDs.
Sound Construction and Supply: 615/313-7164; www.customconsoles.com.