It Seems that Periphery are Back to Using Cabs on Stage, and Our Emotional Roller Coaster Barrels On

It’s tough to find your footing in the up and down romantic comedy of Periphery’s rigs… or should I call it “rig”? The whole thing it networked together in a manner that surely leaves the band vulnerable to Cylon attack. As you’re likely aware, Periphery strive to be as progressive and tech-friendly as possible with their setup, which is built around several Axe-FX II amp modellers wired into signal routing for monitors and front-of-house sound, and the whole set runs like clockwork (tempo, preset changes, samples) to the rails of a Pro Tools session.

This is old news. But what’s new is that the band has re-integrated cabinets into their stage setup. I’d heard that Nolly was using a 610 first, because, you know, bass, but now the 3-pronged guitar ensemble is rocking a set of Zilla Cabs. It seems that the kids in the front rows like hearing guitars as much as the rest of the crowd does.

The other interesting change that I’ve noticed is that the band is virtually plugging into Peaveys now. In the past the guitarists had used the Axe-FX’s Friedman Brown Eye model, which caused that patch to spread through longtime Periphery BFF Tosin Absasi and over to Cynic’s Paul Masvidal, when he borrowed Tosin’s Axe for the Kindly Bent to Free Us sessions. But it seems that Jake, Mark, and Misha have left digital clones of boutique amps behind them and are using the “6160” patch. Nolly is using a 515o model as well, on his bass tone (paired with a sim of Mesa/Boogie’s 400+), but based on the Fender 5150 III.

There’s plenty else of note in Premier Guitar’s Rig Rundown, like how Behringer is stepping up their quality game to the point where their X32 rack mixer sits confidently next to gear-snob approved units like an RME Fireface UCX. But really I’m just impressed by Nolly’s 34-37″ scale, fanned fret, signature modded Dingwall Combustion bass. Those pickups are intentionally spaced so close together because they’re wired in series. Show of hands, who’d like to take that puppy for a spin?

Source: Premier Guitar

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Chris Alfano has written about music and toured in bands since print magazines and mp3.com were popular. Once in high-school he hacked a friend's QBasic stick figure fighting game to add a chiptune metal soundtrack. Random attractive people still give him high-fives about that.