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A-T exclusive interview with Ted Keedick, FOH for Avenged Sevenfold

Front-of-house engineer for hard rock/metal band Avenged Sevenfold, Ted Keedick took some time to talk with us in the late summer of ’06.

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Front-of-house engineer for hard rock/metal band Avenged Sevenfold, Ted Keedick first discovered Audio-Technica’s 5000 Series wireless systems when Rob Zombie needed new wireless in the '90s. Keedick took some time to talk with us in the late summer of ’06:

A-T: How did you get involved in the pro audio industry?

Ted Keedick: My love of music led me to work for local bands in the NYC area in the late ‘70s. While I experienced every job description; live audio was where I really wanted to be.

What bands have you worked with?
Countless short tours over the years, but my long-term clients included Johnny Winter, Fates Warning, White Zombie, Rob Zombie, Powerman 5000 and now, Avenged Sevenfold.

What Audio-Technica microphones are you using? Can you tell us why you chose those mics and how they’re working out for you?
My first favorite A-T mic was the AT4050. I have used this mic as primary guitar mic for all my artists for the last seven years. More recently, I just love the AE6100’s for vocals and have requested them exclusively for the past 2 years. The AE3000 is a great all-around condenser, great on toms and guitar, and probably whatever you want. The AE5100 really does a nice job on cymbals, particularly hi-hat and ride.

What’s your favorite Audio-Technica mic?
The AT4050.

When you were out with Rob Zombie, we noticed you were using Audio-Technica’s 5000 series wireless. What made you select that?
To be quite honest, Rob needed a new system in 2005, and I did my research on quality, features and cost. I tried three other manufacturers’ systems and ended up choosing the 5000 Series. It got me hooked on the AE6100 also, and Rob Z. liked it too!

What are the unique challenges in mixing Avenged Sevenfold?
Just trying to keep the mix so that you can hear all that is going on. The band delivers a lot of sounds, and they deliver them well, but they all need to be heard. Most of all, they are a fun band to mix.

Are there any engineers whose work you especially admire?
Yes, there’s a few out there, but I don’t want to swell their egos any more!

Do you have any miking tips or tricks to share?
I would have to say that the typical methods may not always be best for you or your project. Experiment.

How do you maintain the health of your ears?
What? I like quiet in between work and only expose myself to high db levels when I am mixing.

Do you have any advice for people getting started in the business?