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. 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 for each of your finger’s movement.
This allows for a much broader range of performance expression than traditional keyboard controllers.
The LinnStrument does not generate any sounds but rather sends standard MIDI messages over its MIDI or USB jacks to any MIDI sound generator or software. To get the most out of the LinnStrument’s capabilities, though, requires a synth that supports Multidimensional Polyphonic Expression (MPE). MPE is a de facto standard for communicating this expanded range of expression over MIDI.
Roger Linn has a list of hardware and software synths that support MPE at his site.
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