Not to be a jerk or jump down your throat, but there's nothing more frustrating then reading someone acting like what they say is fact when they have zero proof or evidence to back up their claims. You weren't in the studio when these songs were made so you can't be certain whether they're live strings or not. First off (referencing an earlier post of yours), why would Linkin Park send demos to iTunes to be mastered, when they they have the final versions? That makes little to no sense at all when they have the final masters easily available. Secondly, the band recorded live strings for MTM as was documented in the LPTV episodes of the time. They recorded strings for all the songs that had string parts on the album, as well as two tracks that were cut and later became b-sides (Blackbirds and No Roads Left). There is absolutely no evidence that SOTD's strings were done on keyboard. Could I be wrong? Of course. But to rebut what people say and claim that you know "for sure" is being a little presumptive. SOTD/NRL are the final versions. The person who re-mastered them just did a shitty job and didn't respect the original songs.