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Buckcherry Tour Profile

Mix magazine interview with audio engineers and live sound crew on mixing audio for Buckcherry 2009 tour. Tips, techniques and equipment applications from Buckcherry’s front of house (FOH) engineer. Mix magazine April 2009


Rockers Buckcherry are co-headlining a U.S. tour with Avenged Sevenfold, promoting their latest effort, Black Butterfly. Mix caught up with their front-of-house engineer, Stephen Shaw.

How much gear are you carrying?

We are carrying 32 [Meyer Sound] MILO main hang, 16 Mica out-fill, 20-700HP subs and four M’elodie front-fill, all by Thunder Audio. At FOH is a Midas Pro 6 and a Digidesign VENUE.

What is the most important part of your mix?

Getting vocal clarity with a very high stage volume. Buckcherry onstage is around 110 dB, so it takes some creative wrangling at the console. The Midas Pro 6 also gives me back a great analog sound even though it is a digital console. I need this to achieve a straight-ahead, organic rock mix. I only use the onboard vocal harmonizer and tap delay for vocals. I don’t use any reverb for my live mix.

Engineer Stephen Shaw

Do you have a specific mixing style for this band?

I just try to make it warm, punchy and as clean as possible to not lose any translation in the arenas.

Is there anything new for you on this tour?

Nothing unusual; this is very much straight-ahead arena rock. We do have a cool LED video wall and little remote cameras around the stage to mix content and live performance. Other than that, it’s a rock show!

When you’re not on the road, where can we find you?

I live in Greensboro, N.C., with my lovely wife, Sara. I have a quiet existence there and miss it a lot!