2013 Rockstar Mayhem Festival: Wrap Up (Week 5)

By in Live Sound, Music Creation

The following is the final post in a five part series from guest contributor Steve Lagudi. Steve has been a touring live sound and studio recording engineer for over 15 years. He has worked with Testament, Exodus, Ill Nino, God Forbid, Napalm Death, Cannibal Corpse, Sepultura, Shadows Fall, and many many more.


As the saying goes, “all good things must come to an end” and that is what this week’s blog is about. This is my fifth and final blog from the 2013 Rockstar Mayhem Festival across the United States and Canada with the Oakland, California-based metal band, Machine Head, in which I used an Avid Mix Rack System system complete with an HDx Option Card for recording to Pro Tools HD10 using an HD Native Thunderbolt interface with a laptop computer.

I covered a lot of topics over the past five weeks, and even still, I feel as if I only scratched the surface of all the great features of this powerful console. Every topic discussed is real world applications. Not everyone will use the console the way I do, mix the way I do, use plug-ins the way I do, snap shots, etc., so feel free to use it for what works best for your specific needs. Knowing just what this console is capable of doing and has proven time and time again is a great piece of mind.

Now that the Rockstar Mayhem portion of the tour is over, we have four shows to do with Rob Zombie. Sadly I am not carrying a console for these shows. The first show, I was on a different console due to budget issues, the second show I was back on the Profile. As you will recall from the first blog just how easy it is to use show files between consoles, and that is exactly what I did, I loaded my last show file from the Mayhem tour into the console, and after changing the output configuration, I was ready to start my show. As usual, everything was spot on and rocking. Tomorrows show, again due to budget issues, I will be on a different console, but for the last show, I will be on the Profile. Which is great because, that is for the Heavy MTL Festival in Canada with an audience of 35,000. It is a great piece of mind knowing the show will be awesome, I can walk right up, insert my USB stick, load my file, configure the outputs and in just a few minutes my show will be totally dialed in.

This was definitely a great time and memorable tour. Getting to creatively mix my show, the way I wanted to mix it on an excellent, fully versatile console that sounds awesome each and every day was such a pleasure. You know you love your job when you wait all day to finally walk up to the console to mix your show and when its over, you wish that you had more time to mix even longer.

It was also a great and pleasant surprise getting to meet a lot of you folks who have read my blogs and came out to the shows and introduced yourselves. The same also goes for those of you who left comments—it’s a great feeling to know that so many people took interest in what I had to say. So I thank all of you for that.

I also would like to thank everyone at Avid for everything you guys have done and continue to do, and asking me to be apart of this blog—I really enjoyed it. I wish to thank my System Technician Anthoney Vanarsdall and Monitor Engineer Zach Teesdale from Miller Pro Audio, and Mikey T (Stage Manager from Jagermeister Rockstar Mayhem Production), Joel Lonky (FOH for Rob Zombie), Steve Walsh (Monitor Engineer for Rob Zombie who ran monitors for those four shows), Mud Billy, Rodrigo, Pando, Scott, Bobby and Larry, Joey (Machine Head’s manager), Big John, Ahrue Luster, Gary Boss and Roxanne Ricks at Audio Technica. Most of all, I want to thank Machine Head: Robb, Dave, Phil and Jared, and everyone over the years who has believed in me and supported everything I have done and continue to do.

Steve Lagudi has been a touring live sound and studio recording engineer for over 15 years. He has worked with Testament, Exodus, Ill Nino, God Forbid, Napalm Death, Cannibal Corpse, Sepultura, Shadows Fall, and many many more. Steve is a long time user of Avid Pro Tools and VENUE live sound consoles.
  • William McDaniel

    Awesome job at Heavy MTL Steve. I was going to come say hi after coming from the front after the set, but you were busy doing your post show stuff. Really enjoyed the posts, and looked forward to them each week, really interesting to see your perspective as I am someone coming up in the industry,hoping to be in a similar position as you in the future. And the fact that Machine Head are a favourite of mine made it that much cooler! All the best in your future endeavours, and who knows, may run in to each other on the road some day!

    • Steve Lagudi

      Thanks so much. I am happy that you enjoyed it.

      Words of advice I can give, learn as much as you can, and than get out there and start mixing. Getting desk time is the only way to go. This will develop your mixing style. Mix on as many different desks in as many different places you can get into. Hit up some local bands that you might know and offer to mix them, even for free. By doing that you can start building experience. And ya never know who might be listening. That is how I got every single gig in my career, just simply by other people hearing my mixes.

      Good luck to you.