|More than 30 years ago, Linn was founded with a clear purpose; to reproduce, through superior sound, the thrills and emotion of a live performance. Linn and its range of products has grown because this commitment to quality and accurate performance has remained constant.|
At Linn's factory in Glasgow, specialist engineers and craftsmen design and build exceptional products and total entertainment systems which are 'simply better'. Precision engineering, attention to detail and a keen understanding of customer needs shape every component, from the most complex multi-media solution to the most discreet music system.
Today, Linn is recognised as the world-leader in pitch-accurate sound reproduction, and Linn entertainment systems can be found throughout the world in royal residences, luxury homes, performance motorcars and the world's finest superyachts.
In 1978, Roger Linn, a self-described "starving musician," started to develop one of the first programmable drum machines, the Linn LM-1, for his home studio. He "wanted a drum machine that did more than play preset samba patterns and didn't sound like crickets." Linn, having "taken a couple of classes on how to write computer programs in BASIC and assembly code,...sent away to Roland for a voice generator from one of their existing analog-synthesis drum machines, hooked it up to [his] computer, and wrote a program that displayed a grid on the computer screen showing time versus drum events." "It eventually evolved to include chaining of patterns into a song." According to Linn, "Steve Pocaro [keyboardist for Toto] may have been the first one who suggested [he use] sampling". Linn used the 8-bit ComDAC(companding digital-to-analog converter) to playback his samples. In 1980 he debuted his first commercial drum machine, the LM-1.
"Since Linn Electronics closed its doors in early '86, [Roger Linn] has consulted for Akai and helped design products such as the [Akai] MPC60 sampling and sequencing drum system and the [Akai] ASQ10 sequencer."