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date: 14 November 2019


  • Hugh Davies


An electronic percussion instrument invented by the American guitarist, songwriter, and self-taught engineer Roger Linn (b Los Angeles, 24 Aug 1955). The first version, called the LM-1 Drum Computer, was announced in 1979 and manufactured from 1980 by Linn’s company Linn Electronics, originally located in his Hollywood Hills home. The LM-1 features two significant enhancements over simple drum machines of that time: the sounds of the included percussion instruments were sampled from recordings stored in computer memory; and the user could program drumbeats into the front panel, either in step time or played in real time, aided by ‘Timing Correct’ (which corrected any timing errors made while playing) and ‘Shuffle’ (which adjusted the timing of programmed semiquavers to varying degrees of swing timing). In 1982 the original version was superseded by the LinnDrum, which added cymbals, changeable sound chips, and the ability to trigger the sounds from external drum pads or sound sources. In ...

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