At the 2015 NAMM Show, instrument designer Roger Linn was making the NAMM debut of the LinnStrument.
The LinnStrument is a MIDI controller that’s designed to let you play synths and virtual instruments more expressively than a traditional keyboard MIDI controller allows. It does not generate any sounds but rather sends standard MIDI messages over its MIDI or USB jacks to any MIDI sound generator or software.
But, unlike a standard MIDI keyboard’s keys – which generally sense note on/off or on/off & velocity, the LinnStrument is designed to capture three dimensions of each of your finger’s movement, polyphonically.
This allows for a far greater degree of musical expression than can be achieved on a standard MIDI keyboard. In addition to providing standard strike velocity, the LinnStrument can sense the movement of each of your fingers in three directions.
- finger pressure (Z axis) can be used to vary note loudness;
- finger left-right (X axis) movement can be used to vary pitch; and
- finger forward-backward (Y axis) movement is used to vary timbre.
Because it’s sending MIDI, though, the LinnStrument’s expression can be mapped to anything that you like.
Here’s a video, by Geert Bevin, that offers a performance demo in a studio environment:
The LinnStrument is available to order now for US $1,499. See the Roger Linn site for details.