Linn Electronics Linn 9000

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The original MPC60... The Linn 9000 came from Roger Linn, responsible for the most popular sampler/sequencer/drum machine workstations in the world. And the Linn 9000 was one of his best designs. It debuted in 1984 and sported several innovations that would still be sophisticated by today's standards.

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It has a built-in 32-track MIDI sequencer with sampling capability, 18 sounds with velocity sensitive drum pads, a mixer section, programmable hi-hat decay, panning, and a nice big LCD screen. Extra options include SMPTE, sampling and a floppy disk drive. Truly amazing for 1984. However, at this - the peak of Linn Electronics product line, Linn closed down and no more than 1,100 of these machines were produced. Anyone with a Linn 9000 not only has a great sounding sequencer/drum machine workstation, but also a piece of synthesizer music history. Simple in design but powerful in practice!

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Although the Linn is long since discontinued and pretty rare, Forat Electronics has specialized in servicing them, along with other Linn gear since the mid-eighties. They have since re-invented the Linn 9000 themselves and released the Forat 9000 (pictured above). In the F-9000, all old software bugs of the old Linn 9000 are fixed, there's four times the original sequencer memory, full SMPTE read/write sync, MIDI Clock, Song Pointer Position, sample editing, battery-backed memory, and much more! If you like authentic vintage gear, the Linn 9000 is an excellent alternative to an MPC-style drum sampler. But if you want to be more practical, you can also check out the Forat 9000 as its specs are more up to date.

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17 Visitor comments
Jeremy (at)
June 16, 2014 @ 12:00 am
I recently aquired an F-9000 in excellent condition. This is my first time using it as I typically use various MPC's (2500 and 3000). Gotta say I love the feeling and the sound of this. Timing is unique and it sounds really hefty. It's Purple with Yellow writing in honor of Prince (I'm based in Minneapolis). I am putting it on the market if anyone is interested!
April 17, 2014 @ 2:03 pm
The feel of this machine is very silky though for my money I prefer the sound of the beefy Linndrum over the 9000, whose stock sounds (especially those toms!) can be pretty thin.

And on the Stock Aitken Waterman point, yes they used the 9000 for pretty much their entire runs, but around '86 or so they started using an early AMS sampler to change out the kicks, snares and claps by sending audio feeds to the unit which would trigger the new samples. That's why the Rick Astley, Kylie Minogue and later stuff has Linn hihats and crashes but the kicks and snares change from song to song.
Steven "ZEE-MANN" Zagony
March 6, 2014 @ 12:43 pm
With the latest Forat 7.09 operating system, this machine is incredible! It was always a excellent machine having a great feel, but had some bugs in its operating system. I can see why so many producers used this for composing in the 80s. It's ease of use makes sequencing a snap... I have one, and I love it! It's a lot of fun to use...
May 14, 2013 @ 3:03 am
This machine was used for drums and sequencing by 80s teenyboppers Stock Aitken Waterman, and is very much a part of their signature sound. Especially of note is the very natural and funky swing capability.
D Djordjevic=Deian Mountbatten
January 19, 2013 @ 9:48 am
I used the Lynn 9000 drum machine from 1984 until 1986,for the drum sounds as well as for sequencing my keyboards and synthesisers by flying them in live rather than recording them to 2 inch tape,and in December 1984 the thing blew and waiting two months for a new system chip to be sent from Linn Zuerich Switzerland my whole album release date PALLAS HONOVERE LOST had to be postponed to 1985.I decided not to buy theLinn 9000 and only rented it.
Regards,Sir Dejan Djordjevic,Basement Flat Rear,
189 Sandgate Road,Folkestone,Kent,CT20 2HJ,UK
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 18 sounds
  • Patterns - 24,000 notes
  • Sampler - 8-bit, 40kHz
  • Sounds - 32 Drum sounds
  • Memory - 13.1 seconds
  • Keyboard - 18 Touch Sensitive Pads
  • Arpeg/Seq - 32-track, 20 songs, 99 sequences, 60,000 note capacity sequencer
  • Control - MIDI, SMPTE, Trigger Inputs
  • Date Produced - 1984 - 1986
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