From a November 2011 article found on mesaboogie.com: "The core of the preamp switching and FX integration happens via Mesa/Boogie Amp Switchers controlled with Digital Music Corp.’s GCX Expander switching units. The Boogie amps being switched are two Triaxis Preamp’s run into a 2:90 Power amp. One Triaxis is set to the Mark IIC+ mode while the second Triaxis is used for clean sounds in the Green Clean mode. Like Kirk, James also has DBX Quad gates and T.C. Electronic G Major FX Processors along with a few extra pedals kept in the rack. The signal runs out of the 2:90 into two Mesa Traditional Straight 4x12s for a true stereo mix." (original source: http://mesaboogie.com/news/2011/11/metallica-live-rigs/)more
While recording 2 A.M. Wakeup Call, Vrenna used some virtual synths, lots of outboard synths, live drums, a live acoustic guitar, a six-string Taylor and a nylon string guitar, plus he borrowed a couple of 12-strings from some friends for a couple parts. There is a lot of live bass on the record as well. "We used a five-string Fender jazz deluxe, which is a really good-sounding solid instrument, and it was all recorded through the Line 6 Bass Pod," says Vrenna. “We did some direct stuff with the guitar, but we used the Mesa Boogie Triaxis. That one is pretty awesome for direct I/O".more
"The direct signal of [the Axe-FX] goes into his ears, and then it goes into the Boogie 2:One Hundred and that feeds one set of speakers. And the other side gets split off into the Triaxis. So we're blending the Fractal amp modeling with the real Boogies," says Mike Derks guitar tech, at 17:50 in this rig rundown video, by Premier Guitar.more
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