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Linkin Park Singer Reveals Rock’s Secret Instrument

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 06: Mike Shinoda performs onstage at Not So Silent Night presented by at Barclays Center on December 6, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/Getty Images for

While the electric guitar is probably the most common instrument associated with rock music, Mike Shinoda says there’s another one of equal importance that usually isn’t discussed: the personal computer.

The Linkin Park singer-guitarist says there’s really no difference between a computer and an electronic keyboard — and keyboards are considered musical instruments.

“The keyboard is just a MIDI interface, series of MIDI input receptors feeding information to an internal computer,” Shinoda says. “So there’s really no difference, theoretically, between pressing notes on a keyboard or hitting a drum pad, and that going to a thing that makes noises, versus your computer.”

Shinoda goes on to say he’s been using his computer to “chop up audio” for Linkin Park’s music since the band first formed.

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