Simon Neil From Biffy Clyro Shows Us His Touring Rig
Published on Jun 3, 2016
Before we go any further: Simon doesn't play much in this video – hardly at all in fact. If you want to hear him in action, a live show or album is absolutely the best place for that.
So, in this video, Dan talks to Simon and his tech Richard Pratt about the seventh Biffy Clyro album, Ellipsis (released July 8 2016), alongside Simon's needs for the 2016 tour.
We were kindly invited to Biffy's production rehearsal space; it's a working environment where we had the opportunity to get a guided tour of the rig that Dan was involved in bringing together, as it's all controlled by multiple G2s.
Despite the ostensible complexity, Simon's sound is actually very simple. His cleans go through a Fender Super Sonic 100, while the dirty sounds are through a Marshall SLP1959 (100-watt Plexi). There are also two Kemper Profiling Amplifiers to reinforce a handful of specific album sounds.
Everything else is there to make it roadworth, tourworthy and dependable.
One point of potential confusion is that the amps/cabs behind Simon aren't used in the conventional sense. The cabs are there as on-stage monitoring of guitar sounds for Simon, but the outfront amp sound is via single 12-inch speakers, mounted in Box Of Doom speaker coffins off stage. It's all in the video...
His pedals are:
Boss MT-2 Metal Zone
Boss MD-2 Mega Distortion
Boss DD-3/DD-6/DD-7 Digital Delay (a mix of 3s, 6s and 7s over the A and B rigs)
Origin Effects Cali76 Compressor.
The whole rig is repeated in backup form, which is why there are two of everything!
Thank you so much to Simon for his time during rehearsals, also to Richard for helping us through the rig, and of course the rest of the Biffy crew for being so helpful and accommodating. As always, it's an absolute education listening to these guys.
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