Dave Smith & Roger Linn Interview

This video, via DJ Tech Tool’s Ean Golden, captures a recent interview with electronic music pioneers Dave Smith (the Prophet V, MIDI) and Roger Linn (the LinnDrum, the MPC).

The interview focuses on the key technologies that Linn & Smith have been involved with and their uses for making electronic music.

What’s Roger Linn’s Coolest ‘Vaporware’ Gear Design?

Saturday Synth Porn: Pioneering electronic instrument designer Roger Linn this week released a collection of renderings for instrument designs that never made it into production.

Above, Linn’s LinnDrum controller – a drum-oriented control surface for use with computers.

While these designs, for various reasons, never made it into production, Linn’s rejected designs manage to be cooler than most gear that actually does make it into production.

Continue reading

Drum Machine Legends Updated With Sequencer

Drum Machine Legends – a virtual drum machine for the iPhone – has been updated with a sequencer.


  • 12 touch pads
  • 6 drum kits (Lin Drum, SP 1200, Roland TR 808, Oberhm DX, MPC 60 and the Roland TR 707)
  • Easy to use interface
  • Quantizer with 1/4, 1/8, or 1/16 setting
  • Mixer to adjust the levels of each pad
  • Tempo adjust in real time
  • Save/Open beats
  • Share beats by emailing a wav file
  • Custom high quality and processed sounds
  • Metronome in record mode
  • Count in 1 bar or 2 bars
  • Interchangeable skins to correspond to each kit
  • Set your loop length to 1, 2, 4, or 8 bars
  • Sounds created by Producer/DJ Oligee.

Continue reading

Tempest Analog Drum Machine Review

YouTube Preview Image

Sonic State’s Nick Batt reviews the Tempest Analog Drum Machine – a partnership between two of the most respected names in electronic music gear, Roger Linn and Dave Smith.

More background info on the Tempest below.

If you’re a Tempest user, let us know what you think of it!

Continue reading

Miami Vice Style Jam, With PPG Wave 2.3, JD-800, & LinnDrum

YouTube Preview Image

Sunday Synth Jam: This synth jam goes old-school, diving into a  Jan Hammer Miami Vice style groove.

Or, as SynthManiaDotCom puts it, it’s “like when a girlfriend of Sonny Crockett gets killed, and he walks all sad and alone on the beach. This music would fit that.”

Actually, it’s exactly like that.

The Miami Vice style jam features classic sounds of the PPG Wave 2.3, JD-800, and LinnDrum.

Tempest Drum Machine Tour By Roger Linn

YouTube Preview Image

The Dave Smith Instruments / Roger Linn Design Tempest Drum Machine was one of the hottest introductions at the 2011 NAMM Show.

The Tempest has a great pedigree, coming from one of the pioneers of thesynthesizer, Dave Smith, and the father of the modern drum machine, Roger Linn.

“The design of Tempest reflects a rethinking of what a drum machine needs to be in the current era,” says Linn.  “It’s not so much a drum machine as a new musical performance instrument for the creation, manipulation, and arrangement of beat-oriented music, with an intuitive and efficient use of human gestures.”

Here, Roger Linn himself gives an in-depth demo of the Tempest drum machine, which looks and sounds fantastic.

The release date for the Tempest is to be announced. Details at the DSI site.

Check it out and let us know what you think of the new Tempest Drum Machine!