The veteran prog-rock hero continues his fearless forays into the future with a tubeless setup heavy on digital effects and MIDI capabilities that give him ultimate control.

Inside Fripp’s rack sits a pile of modulation and routing boxes. From the top we have a pair of Eventide H3500 Ultra-Harmonizers, then an Eventide Eclipse, a TerraTec AXON AX 100 MkII, a Tascam LM-8ST Rack Mixer, and a Sound Sculpture Switchblade GL switching system. How does all this work together? More on that in a bit.


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