â€” GRAMMYÂ® winners Linkin Park find â€œthe right soundâ€? with Waves â€”
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL, August 11, 2009 â€” Waves Audio, a leading provider of digital signal processing software and hardware solutions, announces that multiple GRAMMYÂ® winners Linkin Park have been named as the latest high-profile endorsers of Waves plug-ins. The bandâ€™s innovative instrumentation, with its layers of heavy, processed guitars and DJ effects, provides the perfect backdrop for the intense vocal interplay between rapper Mike Shinoda and singer Chester Bennington. With passionate dedication to songcraft, the recording process and their live show, Linkin Park are consummate performers and a welcome addition to Wavesâ€™ ever-expanding roster of artist endorsers.
Since bursting onto the music scene with 2000â€™s Hybrid Theory, Linkin Parkâ€™s unique blend of modern rock, hip-hop and electronica quickly established them as one of the biggest acts of the early 21st century. Hybrid Theory went on to
sell over ten million copies, making it one of the most successful debuts ever. The follow-ups Meteora (2003) and Minutes to Midnight (2007) both hit number one on the U.S. Billboard 200, cementing the bandâ€™s status as one of the decadeâ€™s premier artists. In addition to albums and singles, the band have been road warriors, spearheading the Projekt Revolution series of summer package tours and regularly selling out live venues around the world.
Linkin Park has a long history as Waves users. Says Shinoda, â€œWhen our band received our first big check, we spent it on gear â€¦ which included recording software and Waves plug-ins.â€? Shinoda, who in addition to performing rap vocals also has produced the band and played several instruments, notes how important Waves is to their songwriting and recording process: â€œI use the basics a lot. Renaissance Compressor and EQ, DeEsser, L2, MondoMod and MetaFlanger are must-haves. Whether you have a final idea or just a sketch, youâ€™re always trying to find the right sound [in the studio]. For me, having a comprehensive catalog of reliable, interesting plug-ins is a necessity. From EQ and compression to more unique effects, Waves plug-ins help us discover some great sounds.â€?
Waves is also very important to the bandâ€™s live performances. A key contributor to the bandâ€™s sound is FOH engineer Ken â€œPoochâ€? Van Druten, a Waves Live plug-in endorser who has made Waves an indelible part of the bandâ€™s signal chain. â€œI love the Waves stuff,â€? stated Van Druten. â€œEver since I purchased the Live bundle last year, I use it religiously.â€?
Shinoda notes, â€œA couple years ago, we decided to start recording our live shows and releasing them to the fans. That meant that, firstly, the band had the pressure to play well every night and keep the shows interesting from week to week; and secondly, we needed some kind of safety net on the mix end to ensure that the sound quality of the shows was going to sound good once it ended up on someoneâ€™s iPod. Pooch and I set up a template of tracks with plug-ins, which helped. But the key to making them sound consistent was the plug-in chain on the master channel. We set up a chain that ended in Waves C4 Compressor and L2 Ultramaximizer that helped make all the mixes sound good.â€?
Upcoming Linkin Park Tour Dates:
August 11 Okinawa, Japan Mihama Athletic Field
August 13 Taipei, Taiwan Taipei Soccer Stadium
August 16 Shanghai, China Shanghai Stadium
August 22 Pomona, CA, USA Epicenter 09