Linn changed the way we all work today.... fact!
There had been
drum machines before and there had even been programable drum machines
in the form of the Roland CR78 and the TR808. However, where these
drum machines used synthesised and 'artificial' sounds, Roger Linn
pioneered by being the first to provide sampled acoustic sounds
of a 'real' drum kit that could be programmed and sequenced into
quite authentic sounding rhythm tracks.
His first offering,
the LM1 was outrageously expensive but captured the imagination
of many cutting edge musos of the time. People like Peter Gabriel,
Human League, Ultravox and many others. But it was the 'Linn Drum',
the LM2 that was to be more commercially successful.
15 sounds... yes... a staggering 15!!! ... that included kick, snare,
sidestick, hi-hats, toms and so on and the LM2 also offered crash
and ride cymbals as a result of increased memory capacity at lower
cost. Of course, nothing amazing by today's standards but at the
time, the Linn Drum was nothing short of revolutionary and almost
single-handedly, Roger Linn changed the way we construct and create
high price, the Linn Drum became the rhythmic backdrop for the '80s.
The Linn Drum
led to the development of the ill-fated Linn 9000 but this development
was taken over by Akai Professional and evolved into the highly
successful MPC series of sampling drum machines.
donated by Petrit.