KEN “POOCH” VAN DRUTEN

FOH Mixing Engineer, Producer, Recording / Mixing Engineer

Pooch has been a musician all his life, starting with classical piano studies at the age of three. When he was in high school, he started to play guitar because he had "figured out that guitar players got the girls."

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About

The punk band he was in at the time won a Battle of the Bands contest, and later that year he was awarded a scholarship to the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. After studying Production and Engineering there, he graduated in 1991 and moved to Los Angeles, and the LA studio scene became his life.

Van Druten has served at FOH for a myriad of artists over the years, including KISS, Whitney Houston, Kid Rock, System of a Down, and Limp Bizkit, but he is perhaps best known for his association with Linkin Park, with whom he started working in January 2007. Impressed with the VR1s and having subsequently tried a wider selection of sE mics, when Linkin Park began to gear up for a tour, Van Druten recommended that the band add more of the brand’s models to its inventory.

  • "Engage the 4400a's high-pass, and their flat! Without having to make any of the normal adjustments to overheads in the super-high end."

    — Brad Wood (Recording / Mixing Engineer, Producer)
  • "We have three complete groups of equipment that leapfrog around the world, so anytime we replace something it's a three-time purchase."

    — Brad Wood (Recording / Mixing Engineer, Producer)
  • "When you're talking about spending $25,000 on microphones, you're actually talking about spending $75,000 on microphones, and that gets the attention of an artist real quick! But they agreed at the end of the very first rehearsal, sE microphones are so worth the investment. The mics had improved the mix, and the band were happy about it.”

    — Brad Wood (Recording / Mixing Engineer, Producer)
  • "I'm one of those guys that would not talk about a product that I don't believe in. When I find a product that I like, then it's a no-brainer. Let's face it, this is a people industry, so if the people are cool, (like the sE folks), then, hell yeah, I'll talk about them all day long."

    — Brad Wood (Recording / Mixing Engineer, Producer)