An Evening with Roger Linn | Video Recap

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Roger demoed the LinnStrument, an innovative MIDI instrument that brings the subtle expressive performance gestures of fine acoustic instruments to the control of modern electronic sounds. He also took questions from the audience about his career and other products he has developed. 

Roger Linn is a designer of electronic music products, best known for his invention of the first digital sampling drum machine in 1980 and used on countless 80s hits. He also designed Akai’s MPC series of drum machines, used on countless 90s hip hop hits and credited as a significant influence in the evolution of hip hop.


Part I

00:00:30 - LinnStrument | Background
00:03:32 - LinnStrument | Demonstration
00:18:28 - Development Time


Part II

00:00:31 - Developing the MPC Swing
00:10:33 - Physical Modeling Synthesis
00:18:21 - Designing Instruments | Lessons Learned


Part III

00:00:16 - Physical Modeling | Drums
00:03:17 - Pad Accuracy | Sensitivity
00:06:04 - Expressive Synthesis
00:11:53 - Becoming an Innovator
00:15:14 - LinnStrument | Included Presets
00:18:22 - The Future of MIDI Controllers
00:20:26 - Theremin Expression
00:22:20 - Early Development Process


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