Pro Tools... it seems to be one of those things everyone in the music industry loves to hate. Some of the world's biggest bands are famous for it. Coincidentally (or is it?), some of the "worst" bands use it too. The consensus seems to be that using it destroys a bands reputation, giving them an image of sub-par talent; you use this program, it's because you can't use a guitar properly. It's quite a shame for everyone to jump to this conclusion, but nonetheless, it happens.
Pro Tools is a music sampling, editing and mixing computer program created by DigiDesign. It started out as a small program, like Cool Edit, but was popularized through it's use by big-name bands such as Linkin Park. Few people are actually aware of it's use in today's music; most just assume the sound they hear is completely done by the band's instruments, or are just oblivious to the digital sound anyway.
The program was designed as a cheap home studio. The company designed mixing boards and control surfaces for use with the program with the idea that any artist (with the right budget) could have their own personal recording studio. Popular bands caught onto the idea of doing their own mixing, and some began creating entire songs through this program.
This seems to be why everyone hates bands such as Linkin Park. Top 2 reasons for hating Linkin Park are:
01. "Those stupid sh*tty nu-metal bands only use power chords" 02. "The band can't play anything so they use pro tools to cover it up".
Now, maybe from a guitarists point of view, playing power chords lowers your talent level. But from a fan point of view no one cares. It sounds good to most people, or they wouldn't be one of the #1 bands at the moment.
But where is all that extra sound coming from?? Let's choose "Faint" as an example. Start the song, hear all that crap at the start? Sounds like an orchestra playing, cool!! Oh, no wait, those drums aren't real. That would be Pro Tools you're hearing. Seen the band live before? The start of that song is done by the DJ hitting a button and waiting. Better example: the Grammy-nominated track "Session". No vocals, no guitar, no drums. Done entirely by sampling notes, beats and the DJ scratching the stuff.
Everyone claims that the band sucks and they have no talent. Perhaps what these ignorant guitarists aren't seeing is a different type of music being made. Guys, I hate to tell you this, but in mainstream music, the old days of 10-minute solos and melodic acoustic intros are gone. The Darkness may have instilled hope in your hearts, but they are not the start of the revolution. What's being made now? Hard drop-D riffs, screaming digital singers and pro tools sampling. Sorry, get used to it.
Why am I defending Linkin Park and Pro Tools against people who are out to kill them? Not as an opinion piece, but to explain that the music isn't going away. Yes, it's still music. It's just a little different than "Face-melting Hendrix solos" or "Master Of Puppets". Linkin Park sucks for using pro tools? With 3 multi-platinum records, they've got 10 million reasons and worldwide tours that disagree.