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— GRAMMY® winners Linkin Park find “the right sound” with Waves —

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL, August 11, 2009 — Waves Audio, a leading provider of digital signal processing software and hardware solutions, announces that multiple GRAMMY® winners Linkin Park have been named as the latest high-profile endorsers of Waves plug-ins. The band’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 Waves’ ever-expanding roster of artist endorsers.

Since bursting onto the music scene with 2000’s Hybrid Theory, Linkin Park’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 band’s status as one of the decade’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, “When our band received our first big check, we spent it on gear … which included recording software and Waves plug-ins.” 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: “I 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, you’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.”

Waves is also very important to the band’s live performances. A key contributor to the band’s sound is FOH engineer Ken “Pooch” Van Druten, a Waves Live plug-in endorser who has made Waves an indelible part of the band’s signal chain. “I love the Waves stuff,” stated Van Druten. “Ever since I purchased the Live bundle last year, I use it religiously.”

Shinoda notes, “A 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 someone’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.”

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

For more information, please visit www.linkinpark.com and www.waves.com..

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About Waves Ltd.:
Waves is a leading provider of audio DSP solutions for professional, broadcast, and consumer electronics audio markets. Waves has 15 years of expertise in the development of psycho-acoustic signal processing algorithms that leverage knowledge on the human perception of hearing to radically improve perceived sound quality. Waves’ award-winning processors are utilized to improve sound quality in the creation of hit records, major motion pictures, and popular video games worldwide. Waves offers computer software solutions as well as hardware plus software solutions for the professional and broadcast markets. Under its Maxx brand, Waves offers semiconductor and licensable algorithms for consumer electronics applications. Waves’ Maxx technologies dramatically enhance audio performance and are used by industry leaders such as Sony, Sanyo, JVC, Toshiba, and many others. For more information, visit the Waves web site at http://www.waves.com.

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