Software developer Geert Bevin shared an update on the state of the Roger Linn LinnStrument, Linn’s new polyphonic multitouch controller instrument.
He notes that version 1.0 of the LinnStrument firmware is close to being finalized, and that several new features have been added:
Just two last issues to fix and the LinnStrument firmware v1.0 is complete!
Here are some of the creative features we added that were not part of the original plan, when I’m in San Francisco next week Roger and I will record a few demo videos about these:
- a continuously per-note expressive arpeggiator that’s very playable (intelligent handling of chord/note transitions)
- real-time slide control over the arpeggiator speed
- optional low row that can act as a long ribbon controller to control various aspects of playing (sustain, pitch, mod wheel, …)
- external MIDI control over the LEDs and colors
- ‘strum’ behavior like on stringed instruments, but with per-note expression (vertically and horizontally – this is a lot of fun)
- three MIDI modes: single channel, channel-per-note and channel-per-row
- 8 horizontal CC faders to directly control synth parameters by sliding
- internal tempo with fine control as well as tap tempo
- easy-to-use but very detailed calibration routine to make expression on each cell predictable and very precisely tuned for each individual LinnStrument
The LinnStrument is expected to be priced at US $1500. Availability is to be announced.