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The LinnDrum (or Linn LM-2, the company's official designation) was a drum machine manufactured by Linn Electronics and the successor to the Linn LM-1. It was introduced in 1982 at a list price of $2,995. The LinnDrum had 15 drum sounds sampled from real drums and, as with the LM-1, provided a sequencer for programming rhythm patterns, a built-in mixer and individual output jacks for each sound.
Improvements on the LM-1 included the addition of crash and ride cymbal samples, five external trigger inputs and the ability to replace the built-in sounds with new sounds on EPROM chips.
A notable difference compared to the LM-1 was that only the snare, tom and conga samples could be tuned, whereas the LM-1 allowed every sound to be individually tuned.
Nevertheless, its high-quality samples, flexibility and affordability made the LinnDrum hugely popular. Approximately 5,000 units were sold between 1982 and 1985 and it was used on countless recordings throughout the 1980s, including a-Ha's international hit “Take on Me.”
Although there have not been any official virtual instrument versions of the LinnDrum, several manufacturers have either emulated its interface and/or included samples of it. Such notable examples are as follows:
- Steinberg's LM-4 drum machine plug-in;
- Arturia's Spark, which includes samples of both the LM-1 and LM-2; as well as its successor, the Linn 9000.
- and the "Lend Drum" patch from Native Instruments' Battery drum machine, which was sampled from an actual LM-2.
Linn 9000 was the successor of the LinnDrum.
- Roger Linn Design
- LinnDrum at Vintage Synth Explorer
- Classic Linn Drum beats on YouTube part 1: pop
- Classic Linn Drum beats part 2: slow / midtempo
- Classic Linn Drum beats part 3: disco / high energy
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