Avenged Sevenfold and Coheed & Cambria are out touring mid-sized venues with gear from Delicate Productions (Camarillo, Calif.). The bands' house engineers — Ted Keedick and Pete Robertson — are sharing equipment, including Yamaha PM5Ds out front.
According to Avenged Sevenfold's Keedick, “I'm impressed with the sonic improvements in the PM5D preamp section.” This is the first time Robertson is using the board for a tour rather than one-off festival shows. He is using the PM5D's recall function and I/O routing matrices to make quick changes to his show package.
The tour is carrying a Martin Audio system: 12 W8LC cabs and eight BSX subs per side powered by 4.2S power amps, along with four WT2 speakers for in/centerfills. “Delicate has been awesome,” Robertson says. “We are also using the Lake Contour system for our house EQ, with separate pages of EQ for the system and each band.”
From left: Pete Robertson, Ted Keedick and system tech Mike “Milk” Arnold
Keedick adds, “For rack gear, we have an Eventide H3000, as it delivers a certain vocal effect that is part of my approach. As for the [Summit] DCL-200 dual-compressor/limiter, I use it on backing vocals. I also use an EL8 [Distressor] on my lead vocal.” Avenged Sevenfold is using Shure wireless 58s on lead vocals and Audio-Technica AE6100s on backing vocals. All members are on Shure PSM700s for monitors. Coheed & Cambria use Sennheiser 945e vocal mics, Sennheiser G2 in-ear systems with Ultimate Ears UE 7 Pros and UE 7 in-ear pieces. I never want to go back to wedges!” Robertson enthuses.