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Protect and Store Concert Audio for Linkin Park's Minutes to Midnight Tour

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Letter Hot off their successful Projekt Revolution tour, Linkin Park hit the road in early 2008 to kick start their Minutes to Midnight tour. On board with the band once again is Ken “Pooch” Van Druten, their front of house engineer. Pooch stores multitrack audio files from each of the band’s live concerts on Sonnet Fusion™ D400Q systems and subsequently edits and remixes them for release and Web posting. Sonnet Fusion D400Q [now Fusion D400QR5] storage systems were instrumental in capturing the band’s Projekt Revolution tour performances and they are playing a similarly vital role on the new Minutes to Midnight tour. With a robust, industrial design that incorporates a simple swappable drive module configuration, the Fusion D400Q is simple to transport and setup at each venue along the tour while the included RAID/Enterprise hard drives provide reliability and flexibility in the storage of concert audio.

Pooch and his team from Evil Entertainment have used Fusion D400Q systems on every live audio recording of Linkin Park since the beginning of 2007. “I chose to work with the D400Q because of its well-established reliability, durability, and compatibility with multiple interfaces, including eSATA and FireWire® 800, for our Macintosh platform,” said Pooch. The list of features the Fusion D400Q sports is impressive: Up to 4TB through four swappable Enterprise/RAD Editon drives; a flexible interface that includes eSATA, FireWire 800, FireWire 400, and USB 2.0; a single cable that connects the system to the computer or its host controller; and an integrated port multiplier that enables all four drives to be accessed at the full speed of the respective interface. “No other SATA storage system has all of the features offered by the D400Q, and though they have traveled all over the world and been exposed to challenging transport and environmental conditions, our units have been problem-free. From outdoor stadiums to indoor arenas, the D400Q just works every single time.”

During audio recording, two Fusion D400Q systems are daisy-chained via FireWire 800 link, and another FireWire 800 connection links the systems to an Intel®-based, dual-processor Macintosh® tower equipped with Pro Tools® HD version 7, a Digidesign® 96 interface used mainly for monitoring, a Digidesign Command 8 control surface, and a pair of Genelec 8050 near-field speakers. The speed of the D400Q systems’ swappable drives has proved to be one of its most valuable assets in day-to-day use, as Pooch and his colleagues regularly move them from system to another throughout the day.

Fans attending the concert can purchase a digital souvenir package, a post-gig memento that features an audio download of the entire concerted—mixed by Pooch and made available on the Web after the show—along with show photos and a digital version of the tour program. Each show takes approximately 24 total hours of work from the time it is recorded until it is ready for release as a series of MP3 audio files. Pooch is booked to work with the band through their touring cycle into 2009.

To learn more about Linkin Park’s tour schedule and venue dates, visit www.linkinpark.com. For more info on Ken “Pooch” Van Druten, visit his production management company, Evil Entertainment, at www.evilentertainment.net.

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"Pooch" at the Sound Mixing Board




Quote MarkNo other SATA storage system has all of the features offered by the D400Q, and though they have traveled all over the world and been exposed to challenging transport and environmental conditions, our units have been problem-free. From outdoor stadiums to indoor arenas, the D400Q just works every single time.Quote Mark

—Ken "Pooch" Van Druten, Sound Mixer