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Reviewed By sirrmt
July 9th, 2022

Big thumbs up.

Out of the box the Linnstrument with its various modes/layouts is very satisfying to play, and you will start developing your own technique quickly. Some virtual instruments/presets work well without any quantization, others will definitely benefit from it. I am treating this as a versatile instrument, where nuance can be expressed in various ways.

The Linnstrument also works great under Linux and Pipewire/Jack, along with the Reaper in my case. Vital and Surge XT are two great free synths with which to get started.

I also think there is a _lot_ of untapped potential with this controller, especially when you consider the well documented User Firmware Mode, which makes (as far as I can tell) all of the expected sensor data and the firmware's smarter-calculations available via normal MIDI.

I can imagine (and might even write) a program to support custom layouts with multiple Virtual MIDI port outputs, allowing a single Linnstrument to more easily control several instruments at once with custom routing and layouts that could be quickly switched between.

As always with MPE, it is a little frustrating to find good synths and presets, and it's even harder to find any pre-configured for the Linnstrument (specifically it's short MPE Slide, aka CC 74, aka the vertical motion within a single square). As a result, most MPE presets will require a little bit of tweaking. I look forward to a growing collection of Linnstrument-specific presets in the future.

Hardware-wise, it looks and feels great. The FAQ covers the most common hardware issues and how to fix them painlessly yourself. After watching Roger's disassembly video, I'm confident that I could self-repair most issues I'm likely to encounter in the coming years.

-- Rob T.

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Reviewed By arcane
May 16th, 2017

I've had my Linnstrument for about a week.

I've really enjoyed getting into it and learning to customize some settings, etc.

Here's my quick, initial response:

Great design, craftsmanship and overall layout. Roger's customer service is unprecedented.

I found it's been a great instrument to help push me into new directions, especially because I can't just rely on habits and chops.

The more challenging side is trying to learn and perform music I have already learned. Not so much because of the places my hands want to go by default, but primarily because the Linnstrument doesn't have physical references like a traditional music keyboard, and because the pads are quite small.

I've noticed that so far, I've never seen a video where the performer is just playing without looking at the instrument. On other instruments, I can quite easily play with my eyes closed. This controller requires more attention.

I'm not saying that as a negative, just an observation...

Will Chapman.

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Streaming FW Dev - Debug Tips?
by DarkenedMonastery at 31 Jan 2023, 16:50
Interrogating settings via NRPN?
by Roger_Linn at 31 Jan 2023, 11:39
Newbie and Custom colors
by Dirk Diggler at 27 Jan 2023, 12:52
Question for Ableton/Linnstrument users
by Roger_Linn at 27 Jan 2023, 08:46
LinnStrument featured in music video from Pakistan
by Dirk Diggler at 26 Jan 2023, 09:37
by DarkenedMonastery at 25 Jan 2023, 20:17
Alternatives to the 4th string layout?
by Fleeesch at 24 Jan 2023, 06:11
Channel Pressure Behavior: Fixed in Custom Firmware
by Roger_Linn at 23 Jan 2023, 15:54
Jeff Moen and comping
by monch1962 at 18 Jan 2023, 04:43
MPE modules for VCV Rack
by Ahornberg at 16 Jan 2023, 01:43
Quick scale change
by John the Savage at 14 Jan 2023, 13:14
How to connect the linnstrument to the vermona perfourmer
by Ronnyronnyronny at 13 Jan 2023, 08:18