Roger Linn Design releases LinnStrument MIDI controller

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Roger Linn Design has announced the release of LinnStrument, an expressive alternative to the MIDI keyboard controller.

Roger Linn Design LinnStrument

The promise of electronic sound generation was to produce any instrument sound you can imagine. However, if you’ve ever tried to play a convincing guitar, sax, violin, clarinet or cello solo on a MIDI keyboard, you’ve found it to sound static and lifeless because keyboards can’t do much more than turn sounds on and off at different volumes.

LinnStrument takes a new approach, capturing each finger’s subtle movements in three dimensions for simultaneous fine control of note expression, pitch and timbre. With this level of expressive control, the promise of electronic sound generation is finally a reality.

LinnStrument is available for purchase for $1,499 USD.

More information: Roger Linn Design / LinnStrument

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Robert Henke releases free MicroDrum for Max for Live

Robert Henke has released MicroDrum, a free drum machine instrument for Max for Live.

Robert Henke MicroDrum

MicroDrum is a rough emulation of an old school 8 bit drum sample cell with some ideas borrowed from Roger Linn.

Samples can be truncated at the beginning, facilitated by the zoom (Zoom) function which displays only 10ms of the drum sample, starting from the start point. Samples can be tuned up and down two octaves (Tune). Tuning can be quantized to semitones using the step function (S). There is a volume envelope for shortening the decay (Decay), and an anti aliasing filter (HiCut).

What makes the specific sound of 8 bit drum computers is the low sample rate, which can be emulated with the (Down) parameter, a value of 2 means at 44.1kHz that the sample rate of the non-detuned drum sample equals 22.05kHz. The higher the (Down) parameter, the lower the sample rate and the more gritty and low-fi the sound will become.

The other important factor is bit resolution. With 8 bit there are only 256 steps for the amplitude value at a given moment. With 16 bit there are 65536 steps!

The device is a free download at Robert’s website.

More information: Robert Henke / MicroDrum

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Drum Broker intros Limited Edition 16GB Akai MPC60II Flash Drive + 2 Free Kits

Roger Linn Akai MPC60II Flash Drive

The Drum Broker has announced a limited time special, offering 2 free sample kits with the purchase of a limited edition 16GB Akai MPC60II Flash Drive.

We are running a SUPER SPECIAL. Purchase a Limited Edition 16GB Akai MPC60II Flash Drive and Get ANY 2 drum kits valued at $24.99 or less ($49.98 Total) for FREE! Total value of this package is $90

Supplies are limited and this SPECIAL WILL SELL OUT SOON!

Instructions for ordering:

  1. Order the Flash Drive
  2. E-Mail support@thedrumbroker.com with your order # and 2 kit selections. We will update you order and you’ll receive digital links to your kits within 1 day or less and your flash drive will be shipped immediately!

This special is available for purchase for a limited time for $39.99 USD ($89.99 USD value).

More information: The Drum Broker

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Boxed Ear releases free Tempest vs MPC60 sample pack

Boxed Ear Tempest vs MPC60

Boxed Ear has announced the release of Tempest vs MPC60, a free sample pack made with two of Roger Linn’s most coveted drum machines, the Dave Smith Instruments Tempest and the Akai MPC60.

Two classic drum machines, both designed by “the father of the drum machine” Roger Linn. The MPC60 is a sampler first released in 1988 and is considered one of the major contributors to the development of hip hop music. The Tempest is a modern analogue/digital hybrid drum machine released in 2011.

We thought it would be fun to bring them both together by synthesizing pure analog drum sounds on the Tempest and sampling them into the MPC60 for that tasty 12bit digital crunch.

Tempest vs MPC60 is free and is available now from the Boxed Ear website.

More information: Boxed Ear / Tempest vs MPC60

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Short links for January 15th, 2011

Some interesting things I found recently:

# The Father of Drum Machines and the Father of MIDI Talk About Design and the Tempest

Dave Smith and Roger Linn (image by CDM)

Peter Kirn talks to the people responsible for one of the most exciting things over at the Winter NAMM show, the Tempest drum machine – Roger Linn and Dave Smith.

In songwriting, there was Rodgers and Hart, Gilbert and Sullivan. In music gear design, it’s hard not to assign a similar degree of expectation to the pairing of Dave Smith and Roger Linn.

Between them, these two designers have been a major part of what music technology is today. Dave Smith pioneered MIDI (even giving it its acronym), the first microprocessor-based instrument (the Prophet-5), the first programmable polyphonic synth, and other innovations at Sequential Circuits. Add to that landmarks in physical modeling research (at Yamaha) and the first PC soft synth. Roger Linn built the first programmable sampled-sound drum machine and with the LM-1, LinnDrum, Linn 9000, and his work on the MPC60 and MPC3000, introduced workflows and ideas in drum machines we now take for granted. It’s not easy to overstate the contributions of either designer.

Ambientaria Records Remember Chernobyl

# Chernobyl 25th Anniversary Project « Ambientaria Records

For the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl Accident, Ambientaria Records has gathered many Dark Ambient artists, including famous ones like Northaunt or Atomtrakt, for a Compilation project.

The album will be released on April 1st, 2011. It will be sold at a low price.

All the benefits shall be reversed to a Chernobyl Children International, is a non-profit organisation with United Nations NGO status, in order to help people suffering from Radiation Poisoning.

Check this Facebook page for details.

# Zimoun : Sound Sculptures & Installations

This is Compilation Video V2.2 (updated January 2011) of sound sculptures and installations by Swiss artist Zimoun. I can watch this for hours.

Zimoun's sound sculptures and installations are graceful, mechanized works of playful poetry, their structural simplicity opens like an industrial bloom to reveal a complex and intricate series of relationships, an ongoing interplay between the «artificial» and the «organic».

He is interested in the artistic research of simple and elegant systems to generate and study complex behaviours in sound and motion. He creates sound pieces from basic components, often using multiples of the same prepared mechanical elements to examine the creation and degeneration of patterns.

More on Zimoun here.

# Emu Planet Phatt Hits

Cyberworm has another free sample pack out, featuring 61 Emu Plantet Phatt hit&stab sounds (wav+kontakt format, 24 bit, 44100 hz, stereo, 7 mb).

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