Gear Update - Anthony

UPDATE - 3/24/15

Our music requires a variety of guitar tones and effects, in addition to accurate monitoring. My rig includes guitar gear, some vocal gear, and the brain of our wireless in ear monitoring system.

My guitar is an ESP HRF-NT with a Dimarzio Crunch Lab in the bridge, and a Dimarzio Liquifire in the neck. We tune to drop Bb/A#, and I use D'Addario XL strings 12-16-22w-34-46-68. My picks are the Dunlop John Petrucci Jazz III.

The guitar signal path is pretty straightforward.

Shure GLX-D wireless, Boss NS-2 Noise Suppressor, Boss TU-2 Chromatic Tuner, Line 6 Pod HD Pro X

I had been playing the Egnater Tourmaster 4100 for quite some time, but decided to switch things up for a variety of reasons. Modeling technology has come a long way, and for high gain tones I think the modelers do exceptionally well. I created my tone using studio tracks of my Egnater from our “Collapsing Chemistry” EP. The tones are very similar and the Pro X gives me much more flexibility and opportunity to do interesting things with my tone. As a three piece, it’s important for our sound to always be full and rich, and I now have even more tools to make sure that happens. I use the NS-2 and TU-2 before the Pro X for comfort more than anything else. I’m used to the response of the NS-2 and I trust the TU-2 for tuning.

My pedal board consists of a Radial Hotshot ABI mic switcher, my Shure GLX-D wireless, and a Peak FCB4X midi foot controller. The Radial allows me to run two microphones which I switch myself, and front of house only has to worry about one input (so they are only worrying about one level, eq, etc.) and I get to cover more of the stage.

The last component of the rig is the wireless in ear monitoring system. The receiver is the Shure P4R, and we have the Shure P4M mixer to provide XLR inputs. The mixer takes kick, bass, my vocal, and guitar. A great feature of the mixer is that all the XLR inputs have a pass through that bypasses any level or pan adjustment that I make for our mix. This allows front of house to plug in their lines and we can bring our own mics for the things we are monitoring. We get total control of what we're hearing, and front of house gets clean, uneffected lines. The mixer also has a 1/4 inch aux-in which we use to connect a small mixer that sits next to Jeff behind the drum kit. This allows us to get snare, Jeff's vocal, which also provides some ambient sound, and we have an additional ambient mic mounted to his kit to liven things up even more. For earphones, we use the Shure SE215s.

In my rack I also have a TC Helicon Mic Mechanic. I use it for my vocal and it is only feeding our in ear monitors. The pedal provides adaptive eq and compression along with rich reverb and delay sounds. I use the effects subtly and they are on the entire time I am singing which provides a rich, professional sound.

That wraps it up I think. If you have any questions or comments just message us on Facebook.

Cheers, Anthony