It looks like there’s some pent-up interest in Roger Linn’s new LinnStrument.
The first batch of 37 LinnStruments went on sale last night. As of this morning, there is one still available.
The LinnStrument is a multi-touch instrument that is designed to be an “expressive alternative to the MIDI keyboard controller”.
Unlike traditional MIDI controllers or touchscreen devices, the LinnStrument’s multi-touch surface captures three dimensions of each finger’s movement, polyphonically. This allows for a far greater degree of musical expression than can be achieved on a MIDI keyboard.
In addition to providing standard strike velocity, typically finger pressure (Z axis) is used to vary note loudness, finger left-right (X axis) movement is used to vary pitch, and finger forward-backward (Y axis) movement is used to vary timbre.
Here’s an example of the LinnStrument in action – firmware developer Geert Bevin, using it to control ThumbJam:
The LinnStrument is priced at $1499. The first batch of instruments is expected to ship between November 17th and December 5.