Amplification: 2 x Komet Trainwreck 60.  One has EL-34 tubes; the other one has 6L6.


Ambikabs:  2 Komet Ambikabs.  Each Trainwreck 60 has its own dedicated Ambikab, and each Ambikab has its own effects loop with a Source Audio Ventris Reverb and a Way Huge Supa-Puss Delay.  The 12″ speakers are Celestion Heritage 65’s.

Leslies:  2 x Leslie G-37.  One of the Leslies is dedicated to guitar, while the other is used for the samples coming from the McMillen 12-step.  There is a Leslie speed selector switch and a volume expression pedal that controls the Leslie volume.

Bass:  There’s a 50-watt Ampeg bass amp next to the Komets that is taking a slave signal from Tony Markellis’ amp so that Trey has better control over his bass mix.


Electric:  Koa #2; Ocelot is backstage tuned to drop D.  Trey is favoring the humbucker configuration and particularly the bridge pickup during this run.

Acoustic:  D-28, D-35 (drop D for Waste and others).  Both have the stereo Trance Amulet system under the bridge plate and a Sunrise magnetic in the sound hole.  Acoustics are strung with D’Addario EXP 16 phosphor bronze coated strings.

Mics: Trey’s rig is mic’d by a Shure SM-57 and a Royer SF-12.  Trey also uses SE GuitarF Reflexion Filters to isolate these mics.

•  2 x Tube Screamer
•  Klon
•  POG2
•  Beigel Tru-Tron 3x Envelope Filter
•  Boomerang
•  Eventide Space x 1
•  Moog MF-104M analog delay
•  5 x Way Huge Supa Puss (most of the five have the R79 removed from the printed circuit board, allowing for a smoother curve or more linear slope on the mix control)
•  Victoria Reverberato
•  Bradshaw Custom Tremolo
•  Shin -Ei UniVibe
•  Ibanez DM-2000 digital delay
•  McMillen 12-step midi keyboard foot controller and samples (see explainer below)

4-26-18 TAB Nola Floor Array - McMillen RST
Here’s a look at the floor array, including the McMillen 12-stop at the center-bottom of this picture, just on Trey’s side of the Boomerang.

4-26-18 TAB Nola full frontal
Here’s a frontal look at most of the rig, including both Komet heads and Ambikabs and the Ampeg Trey uses to monitor Tony (far left).  Also, in the top left quadrant behind Trey’s talk-back mic stand, you can see the side of the Beigel Tru-Tron 3x envelope filter sitting atop the rack.

4-26-18 TAB Nola Koa 2
Koa #2 was the go-to guitar for Spring TAB tour.  This guitar was used during the Baker’s Dozen for songs that required alternate tuning, including Cinnamon Girl (drop D), Izabella (Eb), and Wind Cries Mary (Eb). Other than that, it hasn’t been in heavy rotation for quite awhile. But Trey picked it up during the soundcheck at House of Blues in Cleveland and liked how it fit in with the trio.

4-26-18 TAB Nola Whammy Dark and Down
Trey working the Whammy during “Dark and Down” on 4-26.

Here’s the “Rosetta Stone” photo from Spring TAB tour; it shows us almost all of what’s happening at the beating heart of Trey’s rig. A numbered channel listing is below. Trey’s foot is on the Whammy II; above that is the CAE wah, then another expression pedal labeled “LOOPS,” which controls the mix of the samples triggered by the McMillen 12-step. Then toward the top of the shot are two more expression pedals, one for LESLIE speed and another for the speed of the CHOP coming from the Bradshaw Trem.

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Here’s a detailed look at the RST-24 from above.  The Leslie expression pedal at left is a volume pedal for the rotating speaker; the Leslie switch at the top left controls the rotation speed (fast/slow).

Below is a channel listing for the CAE RST-24 based on the “Rosetta Stone” photos above.  Note, this table compares each channel to what was in that space for the MSG NYE run with Phish.  Plenty of changes.

Channel NYE 2017-18 Spring Classic TAB
1 Leslie Speed Time Factor – Band Delay
2 Victoria Reverberato Victoria Reverberato
3 Bradshaw Trem CHOP (Bradshaw Trem)
4 Bass Envelope Filter Centaurus (Space)
5 DM 2000 DM2000
8 CAE Wah Wah
9 Leslie ON/OFF 6L6 Amp
10 Space (pre) Moog (MF-104M)
11 MuTron MuTron
12 Vibe Vibe
13 OC-2 Supa
14 Moog Puss (for the 2nd in-line Supa Puss)
15 POG2 POG2
16 Whammy II Whammy II
17 Tuner/amp A/B EL-34
18 Ross Klon
19 Less Less
20 Klon More
21 More Echo (3rd Supa Puss)
22 Moog Tap Tap (controls analog delays)
23 Eventide Tap BTAP (secondary tap *)
24 Boomerang Boomerang

* The BTAP sends midi cc for anything that reads midi.  It has been used for the Eventide Space and Time Factors both in the rack and in the Ambikab loops, depending on rig configuration.

The McMillen 12-step

The McMillen 12-step is a midi keyboard foot controller that Trey first brought out during his winter/spring 2018 solo tour.  He uses it to trigger sounds stored on a Mac laptop offstage.  The samples are mostly ambient, ethereal noises designed to fill in space and create textures that Trey can play over.  The sounds themselves were designed by Trey in conjunction with Strange Cranium Studios, a Manhattan-based recording, performance, and production studio.

Most sounds were captured using real vintage analog synthesizers running through MainBrain, a proprietary software developed by Strange Cranium.  The instruments used to develop the sounds included, among others:

EML ElectroComp 200
Publison DHM89
Publison Infernal Machine 90
Tridex Muse
Arp 2600

They also used a variety of vintage reverb and delay units (including a Binson Echorec and an AMS Nieve DMX 16 Reverb) as well as several modular synth units, including a Moog and an Oakley.

For the Trey solo tour, they ran direct to the board.  For Classic TAB/Trey Trio they run into a second Leslie G-37 rotating speaker, lending an even more ambient and ethereal swirling vibe.

2017_02_02 Strange Cranium Main Room_preview
Just a sampling of the technology available at Strange Cranium