Their strength, as many of their fans would know, is drawn from diversity in taste and passion. And it's this open minded expression of their music that has always encouraged them to keep trying new things to develop, whether on the stage or in the studio.
Linkin Park's latest release, Living Things, is currently Number One on Billboard. And with their profound belief in trying out different methods of creating music, the boys have made an official endorsement of a new version of a software that makes both recording and performing music, even easier.
Although the software works any computer using a mouse and keyboard, Open Labs partnered with Dell to release optimized touch-screen PCs for the program. Now for the good news, the Linkin Park Edition of Music OS comes with hundreds of sounds and music scores digitally composed by Linkin Park that anyone can use.
When asked what makes them recommend Music OS to everyone? Linkin Park's own vocalist/instrumentalist-producer Mike Shinoda answers:
" We craft pretty specific sounds in the studio and were struggling to bring them to the stage until we found Music OS. Once that relationship started, the doors opened to create something that not only worked well for our band, but something our fans could create and perform with as well. Now, with the addition of Dell, we feel we've got a great piece of gear and software that musicians of varying levels and styles can use to make great music. It literally takes the place of 10 keyboards and samplers. Music OS is the best tool out there to organize and quickly access all my favorite sounds onstage, plus it can take a beating over the course of a rigorous tour."
Open Labs' product developer Matthew Presley adds that compared to digital audio workstations like Protools and Ableton that are geared more toward recording professionals, Music OS has made the task of recording digitally much easier, so as to let the musician focus on their creativity, not the tech part. "You can be making music within two or three clicks, it's that simple." With their endorsement, the band members of Linkin Park gladly provided Open Labs their thoughts on things about the system's functionality that can be tweaked and improved from their experience.
Open Labs CEO Cliff Mountain tells Rolling Stone magazine: "Mike Shinoda and Joe Hahn have both been instrumental in providing input on features and functionality. Both of those guys have a design background, so they've been giving us a lot of feedback on the user interface. We've worked with them really hard to push the boundaries of how easy can you make software like this."
A key function to Music OS software is how musicians can apply it in a live setting, as users are able to build a playlist for ease of live stage playback, seamlessly switching between plug-ins, samples and more by touching the screen. Music OS also has a crash protection feature that ables it to continue to play should any sound file fails due to corruption while performing.
Source: Rolling Stone