ProTools 8: Mike in the Studio

December 10, 2008

Thanks to DigiDesign, I got a chance to preview the new ProTools 8. I made a short new instrumental song on it. Here’s a link to the video, which includes audio of the song.

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  1. Andrew Leezan on March 18, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    Mike! You’re the best!


  2. Andrew Leezan on March 18, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    You’re Cool Mike!

  3. doubting_thomas on January 4, 2009 at 1:02 pm

    i must add my voice to the chorus of requests for a download of the song.

    i don’t know if you fully realise this, mike, but when you guys make a song, even just a little one to kill time or try something out, even something you don’t think is worth saving, it is still so far above and beyond most music that it’s a shame to not make it available.

  4. deanwin on December 26, 2008 at 6:49 am

    HEy mike

    So far the new track sounds good. I was wondering for your art show, are you going to asia to showcase your artwork, also if you guys are going to do show in the philippines in the near future

  5. nillp on December 16, 2008 at 1:49 pm

    really good that instrumental you were working on..

    hope the new album will sound something like that one.. since that ‘song’ seems different, fresh and new..

    i’m really excited waiting for new stuffs!

    someone said that “Mike Shinoda = GENIUS”.. this is FACT.

    anyway. have a great day.

    see ya. mk’nil :*

  6. Nancy on December 14, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    awesome! really like it and looking forward to hearing the new album~~~

  7. Ezza on December 14, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    that track sounded cool as cant wait to hear ur new album πŸ™‚

    does pro tools have realistic midi files or in programme instruments that u can make ur own loops with?
    since i know i’ll never be as talented as one of my friends who basically touches an instrument and can play it like a pro in no time and right now in this space of time dont have a band who can help me.

    the other thing is how does it run with vista home premium cuz ive heard ppl having probs with it and i really dont wanna crash my laptop that i got 6 mnths ago and cant afford an apple with the good specs even with the whole $150 student discount! ( V. irritating )

  8. Lynnie on December 13, 2008 at 3:03 pm

    Okay, apparently my last comment was removed, cause I can’t find it – and I know I posted one.
    ~Tries again~
    That track sounds awesome!
    I wish I understood Pro-Tools, but Visual Basic Studio ‘if’ statements allowing for validation rules in the loops while importing the math class to discover 10% of the variable ‘p’ dimmed as integer is about as much as my brain will allow.
    And loving Rob’s hair…can I stroke it? =)

  9. nickdube on December 13, 2008 at 10:22 am

    Mike Shinoda = GENIUS.

    That shit was so sick. Mike, PLEASE release another Fort Minor album!!! Take that ish to the next level, son!!!

    Seriously though, I love Linkin Park and cannot wait for the next album. But, I think I can speak for everyone when I say you should really release another Fort Minor record. The Rising Tied is so killer and I still listen to it almost daily. I need some more M. Shinoda tracks with S.O.B.!!!

  10. MS_Ineedyou on December 13, 2008 at 9:38 am

    The instrumental was really pretty … Like REALLY pretty …

    I loved it πŸ™‚ I don’t know too much about pro-tools though πŸ˜›

    —Brooke .

  11. lynndarwinharris on December 12, 2008 at 4:21 pm

    I don’t know much about protools, but I like the instrumental song you made!

  12. Mickey on December 12, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    Hehe, you’re such a geek, Mike. But yeah, even though I have absolutely no clue about ProTools, it sounds like you’re really excited about it.
    And the audio sounds really cool.

  13. Mikado on December 12, 2008 at 3:52 am

    Hi Mike. I always LOVE watching every new video of you and your band. What a pleasure! lol …and the audio you made on protools 8 sounds absolutely great. I love it right from the beginnig. Maybe you could put it as bonus-track on your next
    LP record. Thanks!!!
    Have a nice day.
    Mikado (aka “Hermine”)

  14. DINO on December 12, 2008 at 12:12 am

    GREAT lil song…. would love an actual audio file of the song…..

  15. ThePrincess on December 11, 2008 at 6:37 pm


  16. FCastro on December 11, 2008 at 5:16 pm

    I listened that instrumental and I’m glad to see a new and different style. I hop the new album this way.

  17. Hawaii_LP_fan on December 11, 2008 at 5:16 pm

    The instrumental snippet you shared with us is melancholy beautiful. I LOVE it! The melody formed goose bumps from the inside out….WOW! And this was created on the fly! I’m looking forward to LP’s album next year with bated breath! haha Good to see Mr. Rob doin’ his thing…my favorite drummer! :o) Thank you Mr. Mike for taking the time to share your creativity/work time with us…be inspired! You guys are amazing!

  18. spraypaintNinkpens on December 11, 2008 at 5:07 pm

    This is the best piece of music I’ve heard from you guys in years. I really hope the new album sounds a lot like this.

  19. BA on December 11, 2008 at 4:46 pm

    Hey Mike, B.A here. I’m really digging the track you made with the new ProTools 8. The song sounds alot deeper & darker for LP which is awesome. I see you guys are recording like a hip-hop system again, making instrumentals first then putting lyrics down. Good stuff, I can see this song being really great with lyrics that have as much meaning & depth as the music itself. It sounds like you guys are really ready to getting underway with this new album. Take as much time as you guys feel you need to, so this new record can be the best it can possibly be. I don’t care how long it takes for the album to get done, I care about how good this album can become. Off to a good start, Good Luck.

  20. moskitomagnet on December 11, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    That sounds amazing! I keep replaying the video just to listen to it. XD I’m even more stoked about the new album now!
    The video player is pretty cool, too.

  21. Fox on December 11, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    The little track you guys put together sounds really awesome, makes me even more excited about the album. I have to echo some other members, it would be awesome if you let us download it. Keep up the great work and thanks for keeping us in the know about the studio work.

  22. pepper on December 11, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    I love seeing the guys working!!! It’s soo exciting to see mike directing rob and all the amazing sounds being created. This album is gonna be so worth the wait =)

  23. ConfusedMuffin on December 11, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    Wow that sounds amazing Mike. I got chills where the guitar kicked at the end there!

    Download. Do want.

  24. alexlp on December 11, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    The instrumental is awesome ! Thanks for posting news about the new album πŸ˜€

  25. faiintx on December 11, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    whoa!! that sounds really good, mike!! LP is the BEST!!
    i can’t wait for the new album! ur my IDOL!

    — pallavi

  26. Mondreus on December 11, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    Wow! That song sounds amazing! It sounds like it should be an intro or something like that!

  27. Madlen on December 11, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    Omg that is amazing…i really hope it will be on the next album:)Mike thank you so much for sharing this with us…this is really amazing…I’m so excited:)Keep us updated:)

  28. MayLP on December 11, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    Will you sing something in this album?? [I dont mean rap]

    When you’re coming to Brazil??


  29. Philly_Willy on December 11, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    awesome instrumental, I like all other fans demand it be put up for download lol.With the new Pro Tools 8 did they take anything out of it?

  30. Alex92 on December 11, 2008 at 2:05 pm

    This instrumental is absolutely brilliant, please include it in the new album or put it to download somewhere, I love all the different instrumentals you’ve done over the years, keep up the brilliant work

  31. skindesbous on December 11, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    If Rob keeps playing that way for the new album I’m afraid I’ll fall in love with him… again HA! BTW, I knew I had seen Rob’s t-shirt before… that was the one that he weared when you came to Spain :D!

  32. JanekZech on December 11, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    That song is awesome! Mike, if it doesn’t have a title yet, maybe you could call it “Janek”. Please, please, please! =)

  33. analoggirl on December 11, 2008 at 1:18 pm

    Let me join the chorus of fans who love this instrumental. πŸ˜€ Thanks for bringing us into the studio yet again. I hope we don’t have to wait too long for an album because I’m excited to hear some new music, new ideas and new energy. I’ve been a fan since Hybrid Theory and I’m happy to have been with you every step of the way. I can’t wait to continue the journey. πŸ™‚
    One last, random message: nice co-promote with Pro-Tools. haha

  34. ninguem on December 11, 2008 at 1:09 pm

    mike you are a genius!! please put this instrumental to download, will be a great christmas present for the fans
    at least to lpuers, please do this πŸ˜€
    and have fun in studio

  35. Rolf_M on December 11, 2008 at 12:31 pm

    They actually sounded really awesome. That instrumental track would made a great outro or intro for a record, it really catched even though you just were messing around with your new tools…I hope you guys will get a new album out in 2009 and come to Denmark and play a concert again, I really look foward to see you guys live again and hearing some new stuff from you. Anyways, have a nice Christmas and keep up the good work with the new record πŸ™‚

  36. JohannesK on December 11, 2008 at 12:22 pm

    That’s an awesome instrumental! I totally love it =)

  37. yohannaaaa on December 11, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    i can’t wait for the new album, the instrumental song you did was so awesome…i don’t have any words.
    Love you guys so much.

  38. sterilepoon on December 11, 2008 at 12:04 pm

    That’s really brilliant, Mike. I’m stoked for the new album. =]

  39. Mr_Huhn on December 11, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    sounds awesome mike!! cant wait to hear more of your music!!

  40. ShadowerLiltani on December 11, 2008 at 11:45 am

    Wow, that was very pretty. Rob is so awesome ^___^; I’m really looking forward to this album, I can tell it’s going to be something new, and if you know me you know that I love new things.

  41. tpbarbosa on December 11, 2008 at 11:28 am

    OMG! Mike I just LOVED that isntrumental part! I see that Protools8 is really helping you out!
    I really think that if it’s the new album direction, I’m gonna love it!
    Really, it has such a sense of loneliness that I really liked!!! πŸ˜€
    Please Mike post more videos about the process of recording Please!
    I beg on my knees !

  42. Geister on December 11, 2008 at 11:11 am

    mike, if you keep this style of music the new album will be really unique! finally hybrid theory meets minutes to midnight…

  43. TinaPants320 on December 11, 2008 at 10:53 am

    I’m excited for the new album my heart’s pounding and I already have to catch my breathe watching that video…

  44. rockermeg on December 11, 2008 at 10:43 am

    That instrumental is so cool-very emotional and the drums kick ass! Rob killing it same as always
    Good luck with the new album,keep us updated!
    The studio looks very festive πŸ™‚

  45. Stevie on December 11, 2008 at 10:28 am

    Very cool instrumental Mike!!
    Hope you guys are gonna make more music like that and share it with us πŸ™‚

  46. Lvix on December 11, 2008 at 10:27 am

    Mike, if it depends on me…
    I think you guys need no producer for the album…
    I think you can produce it on your own!

    Actually, is there a reason why you guys should hire a producer?

  47. Joanna on December 11, 2008 at 10:11 am

    If that was just a TINY sample of what you guys have done for the new record, and it’s not even going to be out til probably later in ’09, then the record you guys are making is going to be incredible.

  48. zahra on December 11, 2008 at 9:55 am

    pls keep the song pls pls pls i really love it!!!!! keep it and pot it on the new album pls pls pls….lol………………have a great day mike…bye

  49. SkyOlker on December 11, 2008 at 9:46 am

    This new track in your video is awesome! I really hope it will be part of the new album, or at least part of some exclusive stuff. πŸ˜‰

  50. guilhermenight on December 11, 2008 at 9:40 am

    Mike! This music is so awesome _ I can’t wait for new album! I really hope that is follow this musical line ^^’
    ah, I love the cd of LPU8, so funny! Great job =} and I hope that Linkin Park comes to Brazil in a World Tour of the next album
    wait U guys. xoxo

  51. Jaclyn on December 11, 2008 at 9:38 am


  52. DRUMMERDALZIEL on December 11, 2008 at 9:28 am

    Liking the sound so far dude! Maybe some rapping and scratching over that track would make it complete? πŸ˜€

    Can’t wait for the new album, new series of LPTV soon!!!

  53. Kalini on December 11, 2008 at 9:14 am

    Mike, I don’t think you feel like working in the studio, it looks like you’re having fun in the studio. It’s great to see you smiling and so energetic! The instrumental song is more than amazing, so full of energy…. I’m speechless… It’s perfect for a movie soundtrack. Thinking about it, it reminded me of U2’s instrumental for Mission Impossible’s soundtrack. Just a thought. I’m happy that the new ProTools 8 will make your job easier. Keep on making beautiful music and enjoy your work! Thanks for the video! Krassie

  54. burningdaylight on December 11, 2008 at 8:29 am

    oooh….i really like that new instrumental! it kind of reminds me of “the unknown” by crossfade (off their first album)…it’s so pretty.

  55. Linkinboss on December 11, 2008 at 7:41 am

    ^^ it’s a great instrumental…better than all the lpu 8 cd xD. i hope you release this instrumental in the cd, lpu or in other way soon =D

  56. isadora on December 11, 2008 at 7:38 am

    That would be the new Linkin Park conceptual ? That’s awesome ! I love it πŸ™‚

  57. jagodka on December 11, 2008 at 7:12 am

    Mike… this song is awesome, amazing..just beautiful! I love it!

  58. karolp on December 11, 2008 at 7:06 am

    mikeeeee !! I loved the video !!! β™₯ β™₯ β™₯
    man, you’re amazing !! this new song that you’re working is amazing !!
    but please !! for god, don’t do (just) instrumentals songs in your new record please !! it’s not so cool !! put chaz for sing !!! and mike, please, we miss your rap !! like In The End… Faint !! please, please, please !! make one song with rap!!!

    we love you and we miss you here and Brazil !!
    kisses from Carol ;* β™₯ β™₯ β™₯

  59. Ewelina16 on December 11, 2008 at 7:01 am

    Oh my fu**ing God! THIS IS SO AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CAN’T STOP LISTENING TO IT!!!!!!! Thank you so much! I’m really glad, you don’t have to do the copying and pasting thing again….again….and again. Good job, guys. Drums, guitar…aaaaa!!!! xD Can’t wait the newest album!!!! ^^

    Keep up good work πŸ™‚

  60. D3lta on December 11, 2008 at 6:57 am

    Digidesign really listened to their LE customer base with this release. Upping the track count to 48 for standard, and allowing it to expand to 128 voices. NRG uses an HD rig so that’s not really important for them, but the new MIDI functionality, and Sibilus integration is sick. So when you mock up an orchestra piece in MIDI, you print the music off, and they can play it live. VERY cool. You also get more plugin inserts, more AUX’s, I think more bus’s, I may be wrong. Also, Pankakemunky, you don’t have to use the mouse to copy and paste in any of the PT versions. Simply use CTRL + C and CTRL + V or if you’re on a Mac I think it’s Option. Take it out of slip mode and into grid to be quicker.

  61. Scottckr on December 11, 2008 at 6:40 am

    whoa, I like it, put it up as a high-quality mp3 or smth on the blog, thx ;D

  62. Gabry94LinkinParkfan23 on December 11, 2008 at 6:33 am

    wuhaa, Mike!!! I LOVE this intruemntal song, it sounds so cool!!! i love the video too, good luck for the new record, i know u can ’cause u’re the best, EVER! πŸ™‚ keep rock on, Mike. Gabry x

  63. SK_2008_LV on December 11, 2008 at 6:24 am

    This instrumental is… WOW!! Great! And this guitar sound.. mmmmm… love it… Continue in that way. I hope to hear it in new album πŸ˜‰

  64. PankakeMunky on December 11, 2008 at 6:17 am

    that’s cool that protools 8 allows you to do the copying and pasting thing without even clicking that much on the mouse. i can’t imagine trying to copy and paste parts of a song over and over again because it didn’t have an easier way in the past. that would probably drive me nuts. the instrumental song sounds amazing. hopefully everything else is going well also. πŸ™‚

  65. Linkin_Paranoik on December 11, 2008 at 5:44 am

    mike! the song is amazing really i love it so much i really like it it’s so awesome it rocks
    i hope the album will be like that..rock is amazing and you do that good guys..anyway you rock
    congratulations for the song it really rocks

    i love the video

  66. Aqua101 on December 11, 2008 at 5:39 am

    Miikkeee! Love to see yr updates on the new album. I really can’t wait. Plz…hurry up!! It really a cool sample track, love to hear that drum beat and guitar. And so happy…to see my Roobbbbiiiieee!! He’s such adorable drummer!! Plz…plz…tell him that, Mike. U shld put Rob pics here more often…he-he-he. BTW, I’m not really into recording program but ProTools8 looks really great & so advance for recording sounds. I bet you’ll keep playing and trying on that new tool all night long…ha-ha-ha. Need any extra pillow for you to sleep in yr studio? (just kidding). Have fun, Mike. Yeepeee! New album is coming….;D

  67. nurba on December 11, 2008 at 5:31 am

    Damn… this song is amazing!!!can’t wait!!

  68. cuz on December 11, 2008 at 5:28 am

    I saw the video yesterday. This instrumental song is amazing!

  69. danielpsoad09 on December 11, 2008 at 5:24 am

    It sounds amazing Mike ! I think you should give us that instrumental song for free πŸ˜€ That would be an amazing Xmas gift πŸ˜›

    Come to Chile for your next tour !!

    Keep rockin’.

  70. Ash75 on December 11, 2008 at 5:18 am

    WoW, that was awesome! Love it πŸ™‚

  71. Deftones06 on December 11, 2008 at 5:07 am

    Mike…seriously….this instrumental sounds….SO FUCKING AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    And thanks for sharing πŸ˜‰

  72. LinkinTwins on December 11, 2008 at 4:29 am

    It’s awesome!!! I’m soo happy!! and I can’t find words, this sounds fantastic!!!!!! =)) I can’t wait for new record ;))

  73. lucky_cat on December 11, 2008 at 3:46 am

    Very nice post, Mike! It makes me smile in so many ways … The guitar sound reminds me slightly of a Cure guitar, you know … nice piece. Btw, who is the guy running around in the background ?

  74. Jen1983 on December 11, 2008 at 3:42 am

    Thanks for sharing some more music Mike. I really liked the guitar sound in that piece, would love to hear more stuff like that on the new LP album. Have fun making all the new tracks and using your new Pro Tools πŸ™‚

  75. redwoman on December 11, 2008 at 3:19 am

    you’re such a great artist and an amazing man. thank you for sharing this with us

  76. Shinodabestfriend on December 11, 2008 at 3:01 am


  77. eleni1997 on December 11, 2008 at 3:01 am


    lp rocks!!!!:P

  78. MasKid on December 11, 2008 at 2:56 am

    Freaking amazing! I will be very glad if that song coming to the next album!!! [=)

  79. soyuneik on December 11, 2008 at 2:46 am

    Get outta my head man. I swear I spent all day trying to figure out which way I wanted to die
    via Digidesign.(see: prices) So I think I’ve decided to go with the “I’m never going to have a car”
    package. Which is Protools HD, the cards, the c24, and doodads. I’m a Protools noob, so this will be a huge step.
    I’ve reach a point where my current setup is holding me back, I’m just wondering if HD is too much?
    I’m still researching it, but if you have any Protools veteran info you’d like to share with me, I’d definitely be grateful.
    Pros and Cons? Latency issues? Will I have to know rocket science to sync my Akai mpc up to it?

  80. LPfeather on December 11, 2008 at 2:45 am

    I heard the “Mike Shinoda touch” in it. The end of the track reminded me the end of “Slip out the back” by you and Mr Joe Hahn. That’s funny because this one is my FM favorite song.

    Anyway, THANKS FOR SHARING w00t!

    PS: i’m a hiphop listener, and i just hope more rap/hiphop in your new record. Please do that for your dawgs at least. Peace.

  81. rocksylvie on December 11, 2008 at 2:18 am

    I’m not interested in Pro Tools but thanks to DigiDesign to give you the opportunity to let you test that stuff, allowing us to listen this wonderful track! But first of all THANK YOU! Good job!

  82. Lobby on December 11, 2008 at 2:17 am

    This instrumental sounds wonderful. I wonder what lyrics can you guys make up for this track. I’m being kind of… Impatient right now, can’t wait… πŸ˜€ When’s LPU 8 coming out? /Edit/ What, it’s out? :O Omg how could I have missed it.

  83. JPkaukonen on December 11, 2008 at 2:13 am

    great video! the new stuff sounds amazing i can tell you. this all just showed again why i love you so much. especially you mike. take care : ) and good luck with the upcoming art ( :

  84. lp_fm_fan on December 11, 2008 at 2:10 am

    wow, i love it!

    but to be honest i had no idea for about half the things you said. tech talk = not me. haha.

    but i did love the sound and it did look interesting! and what were you doing up so late? πŸ˜› haha, jk.

  85. TnkA on December 11, 2008 at 1:46 am

    You love to tease us, dont u Mike
    Cant wait to hear the new album…when u guys actually finish it lol
    If you dont put that song on there atleast throw it up as an LPU download or something because its amazing!!!

  86. Mark86 on December 11, 2008 at 1:27 am

    This post deserves 10 stars, not only 5. Thanks for sharing!

  87. NeneLP88 on December 11, 2008 at 1:22 am

    I love the track Mike!

    How can you work with all those buttons everywhere?! I should check on the instructions paper everytime before clicking one of them! lol πŸ™‚

    And be careful not to stumble into the Xmas lights πŸ˜›

    Have a nice work with new ProTools. πŸ™‚

  88. Wong74 on December 11, 2008 at 1:15 am

    Nice dark, “mysterious” track Mike, could it possibly be posted on, as a downloadable file once the “Music” section gets put up?

  89. iamsatan on December 11, 2008 at 12:47 am

    Really cool sample track, I really like the beat and guitar. I hope we get to hear some of the instrumentals you’ve been talking about some day. Keep it up.

  90. Carla on December 11, 2008 at 12:24 am

    Awesome. D:

    I’m not really into recording software, but ProTools8 looks cool. The track is really great and makes me excited. Although it’s energetic, it does have a dark tone to it and actually I almost started tearing up. Somehow…it made me feel sad. (in a good way?) I dunno, it’s hard to describe. Either way, I’m loving the Christmas lights around Rob’s drumset haha. Thanks for sharing!

  91. Hybr1d_7h3ory on December 11, 2008 at 12:20 am

    I have been looking into getting a ProTools rig, and I think 8 just might be the one. Really cool video by the way. I really like that track, it has a deep, dark, ominous feel to it.

    It looks like you guys are enjoying the studio time, I really look forward to new album…Hybr1d_7h3ory

  92. ixabel_LP on December 11, 2008 at 12:18 am

    The new track is cool!!

    about proTools… I don’t know much about recording softwares….

    Thanks 4 sharing this with us Mike ^.^

  93. Illara on December 11, 2008 at 12:11 am

    awesome tools.. cant wait to share it to the others.


  94. LorenzoErr on December 11, 2008 at 12:10 am

    I don’t know much about recording software. I have heard of ProTools before, it looks like a very cool program. The track has a really nice melody to it. Thanks for sharing that with us.

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