Ever wonder how Avenged Sevenfold’s sound translates from the stage to an audience’s ears? Mix Online caught up with Avenged Sevenfold’s front-of-the-house engineer Dave Nicholls and monitor engineer Bruce Danz to find out what they use to make it happen and how they go about doing it. An awesome read if you want to find out more about the technical aspects of what goes on on-stage, side-stage and in the FOH area.
Nicholls and Danz are no strangers to the hard-rocking world, as Nicholls previously mixed Slipknot and Danz worked with Marilyn Manson. Both agree that this type of music informs their mix, primarily focusing on gain. “It’s all in the gain structure,” confirms Nicholls. “Get that right, and it’ll pretty much mix itself. I learned how to mix the songs by emphasizing the ‘big bits.’ And more than anything the knobs say, listen.”
All in all, the engineers are enthusiastic about working with the band and look forward to more touring gigs with them. “It’s nice to see a band bring a big arena rock show to the fans,” says Danz. “They take me back to my youth in some ways and remind me of my faves like Kiss, Iron Maiden and Judas Priest.”