The members of alt rock band Linkin Park are back in the studio working on a remix album of the songs featured on their debut album, Hybrid Theory. Korg products are featured among the tools the band is using on this remix album, including the TRITON, TRITON-Rack, MS2000 and Electribes.
“We are experimenting with things that are not guitars, and that’s where the keyboard elements come in,” band MC Mike Shinoda said. “It’s a very heavy sample and keyboard-driven album. One piece of gear I’m using and like a lot is the TRITON-Rack–it’s really light and versatile. There are so many sounds and ways to manipulate those sounds to make them your own that you don’t just have to grab and use a stock sound. I also used the Electribes a bit. I used the ES-1 in particular to manipulate vocals or beats. There are certain effects in there that you can’t get with other equipment.”
DJ Joe Hahn, who remixed the cuts “With You” and “Cure For the Itch,” talked about using his Korg MS200: “I used it on the remix that I did for ‘With You.’ I mixed it with a lot of samples. I even took some sampled vocals and tweaked them in the MS2000. I’ve been using the TRITON and the MS2000 a lot.”
Hahn said that the Korg gear will again factor heavily into the mix: “It’s very versatile and the sounds are good. As far as any keyboards out there right now, Korg is at the top. They’ve got great variety, which is nice when you’re going for different types of sounds.”
“I want my equipment to be versatile and user-friendly,” Shinoda concluded. “And if it is, then I can get really good work done. The Korg gear that I’m working with now really has those qualities and helps me to achieve the type of music that I want to play.”
The Southern California quintet Linkin Park has gathered an enormous and diverse following. The band has remained in the Billboard Top 20 for more than 80 weeks, with more than 13 million albums sold worldwide and over 8 million copies of its debut CD, Hybrid Theory, sold in the U.S. alone. Hybrid Theory was nominated for three Grammy Awards in 2002, winning for Best Hard Rock Performance for “Crawling.” Find out more about Linkin Park and their latest projects at www.linkinpark.com. Visit Korg online at www.korg.com.