To celebrate the launch of Linkinpedia (a worldwide fan effort that we both encourage, and plan to help keep as updated as possible), we here at the LPA are happy to provide to the fans some previously unknown Xero information, taken directly from Mike Shinoda himself. Sat on for almost an entire year, this information was given to us around the same time Mike provided the LPA with the 'official' Xero Demo Tape lyrics. At the time this information was provided to the LPA, Mike had asked us to wait a few months before releasing it, and now...here we are! Enjoy this new insight into Xero, taken directly from Mike himself! On The Possibility of a 20th Anniversary Xero Celebration/Official Remaster: "We’re not planning to do anything with a Xero anniversary, since the start of the band was amorphous and didn’t really have a “start date.” It kinda vaguely came into being over the course of [a few] years. Those recordings that you have [demo tape] are almost definitely the highest quality versions. " Xero Equipment List (Complete with Commentary from Mike) "For fun, here’s the FULL list of gear Mark and I had when we made the early demos. You’re welcome to include this list with your post. I had been collecting these pieces one by one, starting when I was probably about 13. Most of them were used when I bought them.." Tascam Porta 07 "Everything was recorded on one of these. It had a max of four tracks; I would record on three and bounce those to the 4th, then record over the initial 3. Finals would be bounced out to a separate cassette recorder." Yamaha PSR 510 "Used for keyboards, mostly bass." Roland MS 1 sampler "Played up to 4 samples, didn’t have an internal sequencer, was meant to be played by hand" Akai S900 Sampler "A 12 bit sampler that saved on floppy disks. A classic. I still have it!" Alesis HR 16 drum machine "I didn’t use this for its sounds; it was my sequencer, and was used to play the samples on the MS1 and S900..." Shure SM58 microphone - "All vocals." Fender Strat Guitar - "Mark’s first (and only) guitar." Crate G20 Amp We hope you enjoyed this special look into the history of Xero as much as we enjoyed learning about it! What are your thoughts? Do you own any of these pieces of equipment? Let us know in our forums!