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 US$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: