Linn Electronics LM-1 Drum Computer

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This is THE classic drum machine of the 80's - it launched the drum machine revolution! The Linn LM-1 Drum Computer was created by guitarist Roger Linn and he used samples of acoustic drum sounds. At the time, they sounded great and much more realistic and they were a fresh alternative to the analog drum sounds of the '80's drum machines. About 500 LM-1's were made before the LinnDrum model appeared in 1982.

There are twelve 28kHz samples including: snare, kick, three toms, hi-hat's, tambourine, congas, claps, cowbell, and rimshot, but no ride or crash. There are also 100 memory patches! Patterns can be created in real or step time. An innovations of the time was the swing and quantize functions that appeared on the LM-1. The LM-1 is an historical synth that has a place in the sound of music from the heart of the '80's. Only 500 of these things are out there so don't count on finding one easily. It has been used by Phil Collins, Thompson Twins, Stevie Wonder, Gary Numan, Depeche Mode, The Human League, Jean-Michel Jarre, Vangelis, John Carpenter, Todd Rundgren, Prince, and The Art of Noise.

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23 Visitor comments
Stacia Lent
June 3, 2012 @ 8:11 pm
i have an LM-2 for sale if ne ones looking realbills
Buddy. S.
May 15, 2012 @ 9:38 am
StudioX : "Also, this is the drum machine used on Mtume - Juicy Fruit!"

What memory ! A pure gem...
April 26, 2012 @ 3:18 am
Prince would probably have to die B 4 N E 1 can get their hands on his. But as long as he's alive, he'd never give that LM1 up.
December 15, 2011 @ 11:13 am
The first LM-1 that went to Britain was own by the Human League
senor v
June 23, 2011 @ 9:29 am
You better add another $1000 onto that estimated value slot. Even LinnDrums (LM-2's) are starting to creep towards $1000. Sad but true. If only everyone had a LinnDrum...
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 12 sounds
  • Samples - 28kHz Samples: bass, snare, rimshot, hihat, 3 toms, cabasa, tambourine, high and low congas, cowbell, claps.
  • Patterns - 100
  • Songs - 8
  • Keyboard - none
  • New & Cool Functions - Quantizing, real-time programming and digital metronome
  • Control - Tape sync and Clock
  • Date Produced - 1980-83

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