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    Dave Smith's & Roger Linn's New Linndrum II (An Akai MPC & Roland TR-808 Combination)

    roger linn is the guy who created the original mpc's, the linn lm-1, the linndrum, the linn 9000 & akai mpc-60.








    Linndrum II Analog Drum Machine
    Roger Linn Design
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    Linndrum II
    n January 2007, Dave Smith and I (Roger Linn) pre-annouced BoomChik, a new drum machine product that we are creating together. Since that time, we received many enthusiastic comments and suggestions from musicians around the world that caused us to rethink and enhance the product's design. The bad news is that this design change (along with Dave's release of Prophet '08 and my release of AdrenaLinn III) has delayed our development. The good news is that the product has grown into a far more capable instrument. Also, we've decided to change the name to LinnDrum II, recalling an innovative drum machine from a bygone era. Please read on for more details.

    There will be two models: the all-digital “LinnDrum II”, available from Roger Linn Design and the “LinnDrum II Analog”, which adds four analog synth voices and 27 dual-function voicing knobs, available from Dave Smith Instruments. We're currently estimating street prices of around $1000 for LinnDrum II and around $1500 for LinnDrum II Analog. Here's a brief summary of the product features:

    Features common to both products:
    * Operating system is optimized for realtime live performance, with the ability to switch between beats, drop in and out of record on different beats, switch in and out of song mode and much more, all without stopping play.
    * Digital voices have nearly the same signal and modulation path--including modulated filters and resonators--as shown on the LinnDrum 2 Analog panel. Total number of voices is not yet determined.
    * 16 standard 1.1 inch square velocity and pressure-sensitive drum pads, assignable to sounds, tunings, beats, track mutes, pad mutes or sequence steps.
    * Both MPC-style real time and 808-style step recording are provided, and the 16 pads are backlit for visual animation.
    * Real-time stereo digital effects on output mix--modulated multi-mode filtering, guitar amp model and bit/sample rate reduction distortion, modulated resonator, compressor, delay, reverb and EQ--with 6 dedicated on/off keys to switch them individually in or out in real time.
    * Compact flash slot for data save/load/backup, or for expansion of internal sound storage.
    * Internal RAM and flash size is yet to be decided; at least 16 mbytes for each.
    * 128 x 64 dot graphic LCD.
    * USB port for transferring samples and other files, MIDI messages and audio I/O to and from computer.
    * 4 pushbutton soft knobs below the LCD, acting either as soft knobs or soft keys.
    * 52 lit buttons for extensive real-time performance control.
    * 2 sliders assignable to a large variety of real-time functions.
    * HELP key gives descriptive text for any screen, data field, function key or knob.
    * Pressing DETAILS key followed by any panel key presents a screen of settings related to the key pressed.
    * 2 pairs of stereo outputs, with phones output fed from either pair.
    * Stereo inputs for sampling, audio processing or triggering sounds.
    * MIDI in and out.
    * 2 inputs for either foot switches or expression pedals, assignable to a wide variety of functions.

    Additional features on Dave's LinnDrum II Analog:
    * Four complex analog voices based on the same Curtis-chip synth voices used in the highly-aclaimed Prophet '08 and Evolver keyboards.
    * Four direct ouputs for the four analog voices.
    * 27 dedicated dual-function rotary encoders for voicing the analog and digital voices.

    There's still a lot of work to do so late 2008 is our best estimate of when the products will be ready. If you'd like to be updated on the progress and informed when we're ready to ship, or if you have any comments or suggestions, please send us an email. And to all those whose comments and suggestions helped refine our design, please accept our sincere thanks.

    Thanks,

    Roger Linn
    Linndrum II Analog
    Many of you have been anxiously awaiting news of BoomChik, the collaboration between Dave and Roger Linn announced at Winter NAMM 2007. As information becomes available, we'll be posting it to this page. The most obvious development over the last year is that it is no longer called BoomChik: it is now the LinnDrum II. There will be two models: the all-digital LinnDrum II and the LinnDrum II Analog, which adds a 4-voice analog synth and 27 dual-function voicing knobs. The LinnDrum II will be available from Roger Linn Design and the LinnDrum II Analog will be available from Dave Smith Instruments.

    The operating system emphasizes real-time performance with the ability to drop in and out of record on different beats, play multiple beats simultaneously, switch in and out of song mode, and much more, all without stopping play. Both MPC-style real time and XOX-style step recording are provided, and the 16 velocity- and pressure-sensitive pads—backlit for visual sequence animation—can be assigned to sounds, tunings, beats, pad mutes, or sequence steps. Dedicated buttons exist for touch sensitivity, sound restart, real-time erase and pressure-sensitive note repeat or rolls. 16 megabytes of internal flash memory exist for sound storage, but because sound data is read directly from flash, expanding sound memory is accomplished merely by plugging a compact flash card into the rear panel slot. Inputs and outputs include four audio outs, two sampling/audio processing/drum trigger inputs, phones, USB, MIDI in/out, two expression pedal/foot switch inputs, and four additional direct voice outputs for the Analog model.

    Sample playback is enhanced with 8-level velocity switching, dynamic filters and resonators, distortion and lo-fi algorithms, two complex modulation matrices and the ability to use sequence events as modulation sources. The Analog model enables significantly richer voice timbres with its four Curtis chip-based analog voices, analog feedback resonator paths, and dedicated voicing knobs. Performance enhancements include two programmable sliders and dedicated on/off buttons for filter, resonator, amp sim/compressor, EQ, delay and reverb effects.

    We hope to be shipping by mid-2008.
    for software purists.
    http://www.crazypellas.net/plugins-1...eat-vsti-34114
    http://www.crazypellas.net/plugins-1...at-vsti-34167/
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    Default Re: Dave Smith's & Roger Linn's New Linndrum II (An Akai MPC & Roland TR-808 Combinat

    Probably would have to give an arm, leg AND first born to be able to afford that too.
    Is okay wack rappers die and I don't lose sleep?

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    Default Re: Dave Smith's & Roger Linn's New Linndrum II (An Akai MPC & Roland TR-808 Combinat

    another couple g's for some hardware, they just rehashing old technology in a new package. wack

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    Default Re: Dave Smith's & Roger Linn's New Linndrum II (An Akai MPC & Roland TR-808 Combinat

    I still say if you want more than an MPC, its MV8800 for the Win! -my 2 cents......

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    Quote Originally Posted by PHAT-DUB View Post
    I still say if you want more than an MPC, its MV8800 for the Win! -my 2 cents......
    the only info on the mv8800 that i can find is that it has tr-808 amd tr-909 drum SAMPLES. i don't think that you can create drum sounds (a drum synthesizer) like you can on a tr-808, tr-909, linndrum ii analog. the smaller linndrum ii is just a SAMPLER so i see how the mv8800 is better than it.

    but compared to a tr-808, the linndrum is a better "toy" (i have GOOD kick drum and 808 samples, i just want one to have one). 808's sell for $1200+ used (they stopped makin' 808's in the 80's. it doesn't even have midi in/out/thru capabilities) and the linndrum ii analog is supposed to cost $1500 new.

    has anybody actually used the mv8800? can you create drum sounds from scratch like you can with the tr-808?

    i have a drum synth emulation vst already
    http://www.crazypellas.net/plugins-1...at-vsti-34114/
    http://www.crazypellas.net/plugins-1...-vsti-34167and
    and i'll use reason/fl studio for samples (so i'm not into mpc's).
    Last edited by djloekee27; 23-01-2008 at 11:19 PM.

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