Ken 'Pooch' Van Druten

Ken ‘Pooch’ Van Druten: 'Replacing 97% of the plugins with Waves during the first two weeks after I bought the Mercury bundle, significantly improved my mix'

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As the Waves MultiRack SoundGrid gets more and more integrated into the industry, I am having more opportunities to talk to end-users and find out what their opinions are, and why they decided to use SoundGrid. What I have discovered is pretty interesting. Engineers come to use SoundGrid for totally different reasons.

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The last few months have seen me using different consoles all over the world. The two bands that I have been doing one-offs with do not carry their own gear, so I find myself on different consoles and PAs every single day. The computer work that is required prior to even listening to the system is staggering these days.

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One of the cool things about working on a digital surface is that you can bring your file that you have been working on for months to a different console and scenario, load it up, and fire away. One of the cool things about being the headliner engineer on a long tour is that you get to see a bunch of different opening acts digital files come thru your console.

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In this tip that comes to us from renowned engineer Ken “Pooch” Van Druten, you’ll learn how to achieve greater guitar presence in the mix while freeing up space for vocals and other elements.

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In this video, FOH mixing engineer Ken Pooch Van Druten shares some of his live mixing methods using Waves plugins on Linkin Parks 2010 Tour A Thousand Suns.

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Linkin Park has started a touring cycle again. This month has been a long and hard process of rehearsals and promotional shows. The week before rehearsals, I received an email from Mike Shinoda (lead singer and co-producer of Linkin Park) that asked me to contact the recording engineer for the new record, A Thousand Suns.

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This time around, I’m going to talk about some plugins I use in the studio, oftentimes to mix shows that I recorded live.

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In the last edition of Pooch's Corner, we talked about the age old question of analog vs. digital technology. Today, I want to talk about the ethereal and empirical question, "What is the best sounding piece of gear?" Have you noticed how strong (and different) opinions are about specific gear and products in our industry? 

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So we are now in Europe doing all kinds of festivals and smaller theater-type venues with Slash featuring Myles Kennedy. I am not carrying any sort of console package out here, so literally I’m showing up with my headphones, laptop, and FireWire digital interface. Armed with my iLok, I am using MultiRack Native every single day.

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