Adrian Belew
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Adrian Belew

circa 2010

GuitarGeek

circa 2014

from Premier Guitar

  • Guitars: two custom signature Parker Flys (w/ Fernandes Sustainer in neck, DiMarzio in bridge, and piezo)
  • Amps: "Belew uses a 50-watt Atomic Reactor active wedge to monitor the more straightforward tones from his Fractal Audio Axe-Fx Ultra, while he routes aural “snippets” and other loops from his laptop through a Bose L1 portable loudspeaker system."
  • Effects: "A 13-pin jack connects his guitar to a Roland VG-99 V-Guitar System. From there, the signal is split, with one side hitting a MOTU UltraLite Mk3 Hybrid audio interface that feeds the front-of-house mix, Belew’s in-ear monitors, and the Bose L1. The other side of the VG-99 (his “regular” guitar output) hits a Keeley Compressor, Source Audio Soundblox Pro Multiwave Distortion, DigiTech HarmonyMan, and the Axe-Fx Ultra. The balanced outputs of the Axe-Fx feed the Atomic amp, and the unbalanced outs go back to the MOTU again, then to front-of-house and Belew’s in-ear monitors. Via the MOTU interface, the Axe-FX also feeds a laptop running Ableton Live. Belew uses Ableton for all his loops and other audio “snippets” that he triggers during the show. Belew uses a Liquid Foot+ 12 MIDI foot controller to send all the data and program changes for his very demanding live show. He also uses three Roland EV-5 expression pedals to control volume and other effect parameters."
  • Other: D’Addario NYXL strings
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