Roger Linn Design Linnstrument Multi Touch MIDI Instrument

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Multi touch polyphonic MIDI instrument

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Manufacturer: Roger Linn

Category: Beats & Sequencing

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Roger Linn Design Linnstrument Multi Touch MIDI Instrument

Finally, a controller that unlocks the expressive potential of electronic sound generation

The promise of electronic sound generation was to produce any instrument sound you can imagine. However, if you've ever tried to play a convincing guitar, sax, violin, clarinet or cello solo on a MIDI keyboard, you've found it to sound static and lifeless because keyboards can't do much more than turn sounds on and off at different volumes. LinnStrument takes a new approach, capturing each finger's subtle movements in three dimensions for simultaneous fine control of note expression, pitch and timbre. With this level of expressive control, the promise of electronic sound generation is finally a reality.

What is it?

In short, LinnStrument is an expressive alternative to the MIDI keyboard controller. It does not generate any sounds but rather sends standard MIDI messages over its MIDI or USB jacks to any MIDI sound generator or software. But that's where the similarity ends. Unlike a MIDI keyboard's simple on/off switches, LinnStrument's patent-pending multi-touch technology captures three dimensions of each finger's movement, polyphonically, 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.

With LinnStrument's 3-dimensional control, you'll find little use for envelope generators or LFOs because your finger movements do a better job of controlling a note's envelope, vibrato, pitch slides, tremolo, bends, timbral changes and other musical gestures, just like on acoustic instruments. All this adds up to an electronic instrument with expressive control approaching that of fine acoustic instruments, allowing you to develop subtle musical gestures and a personal playing style, just as great musicians have done in past on acoustic instruments.

Why is musical expression important?

If you believe your MIDI keyboard's on/off switches are a good human interface for performing music, try playing an authentic sax, violin, cello, clarinet, guitar, pedal steel or harmonica solo on it. The problem is that on/off switches aren't very good at doing much more than turning something on or off. Think about it. Current MIDI keyboards and controllers consist of little more than switches, knobs and sliders, elements designed for computer data entry, not music. Musicians today face a tough choice: embrace the technical advantages but poor expression of MIDI keyboards and controllers, or choose the excellent expression of an acoustic instrument but poor connectivity to the computer. We offer a third choice.

Switches, knobs and sliders are good for data entry but not so good for performing music.

Additional Info

Additional Info

Specification

General

 

• Dimensions: 22.4" (570 mm) x 8.22" (209 mm) x 1" (25.4 mm)

• Steel and Aluminum chassis, with cherry wood side pieces

• Weight: 5 pounds

• Inputs/Outputs:

 > USB Type B jack

 > MIDI Input and MIDI Output jack

 > Foot Switch jack: 1/4" TRS, dual or single foot switch, normally-closed or normally-open

 > Power Input jack: 7.5 to 12 volts, AC, DC center-positive or center-negative, at least 500 mA

• 4 guitar strap buttons for use with a standard guitar strap.

 

 

What's in the box

 

• Soft padded and zippered travel case with accessory pouch, with both carrying handle and shoulder strap.

• 10 foot black USB cable

• A signed welcome letter from Roger.

Note:

1) A power supply is not included. Why? Because LinnStrument is nearly always USB bus-powered, even from any Lightning iPad or iPhone, and when using the MIDI jacks any USB power adaptor can be used. For those rare cases where a power supply might be preferred, we sell a power supply separately. Or any power supply can be used that has a standard 5.5mm outside diameter / 2.1mm inside diameter round connector, 7.5 to 12 volts, either AC, DC center-positive or DC center-negative.

2) A printed manual is not included. The manual and all documentation are on our web site so that they are always fully up to date.

3) Computer driver software is not included it is not needed. LinnStrument sends only regular MIDI data, either class-compliant MIDI over USB or regular DIN MIDI.

4) A computer editing application is not included because it is not needed. All settings can be accessed on the front panel.

 

 

Sensor

 

• Playing Surface: 476 mm (18.75") x 153 mm (6"), Translucent silicone rubber (2mm thick)

 > 200 note pads arranged as 8 rows of 25 columns, spaced 19 mm apart

 > Each note pad is 17 mm square with 2 mm of space between pads

 

• Sensing Capability:

 > Velocity plus continuous pressure, continuous X-axis (left-right) movement and continuous Y-axis (forward-backward) movement, independently and simultaneously for all touches.

 > Sliding a touch left or right across multiple note pads results in a continuous pitch change to the originally-pressed note.

 > Y-axis (forward-backward) movement is limited to the 17 mm vertical dimension of each note pad.

 > Sliding your finger vertical across rows will result in a new note as each note cell is touched.

 

• Sensor Limitations:

 > Only one touch is permitted within each note pad.

 > If 3 note pads are pressed that are 3 corners of a rectangle, presses to a note pad that is the 4th corner of that rectangle will be ignored.

 > No more than 3 note pads are permitted in the same vertical column. Pressing a 4th note pad in the same column will be ignored.

 > Maximum simultaneous touches: about 50.

 > Minimum distance between any 2 touches: 5 mm, but the 2 touches must be in 2 adjacent note pads.

 

• Touch Sensitivity:

 >Minimum touch force is approximately 80 grams.

 >Maximum touch force is approximately 700 grams.

 > High, medium and low sensitivity settings for both Pressure and Velocity

 

• Latency:

 > Typical latency from striking a note pad to reception of a USB MIDI message at the computer (or DIN MIDI message at receiving MIDI device) is 5 mS.

 

 

MIDI

 

• MIDI messages sent:

> Note On/Off with velocity

> Pressure sent as either Channel Pressure, Poly Pressure or CC of your choosing. 
> X-axis (left-right) movements sent as Pitch Bend, including pitch slides across multiple note pads

> Y-axis (forward-backward) movements sent as CC of your choosing.  Limited to the 17 mm vertical dimension of each note pad.


•MIDI Modes:

 > One Channel: All notes sent over a single MIDI channel.

 > Channel Per Note: Each touch is sent over its own MIDI channel.

 > Channel Per Row: Each row's touches are sent over a separate MIDI channel

 

• MIDI Input accepts MIDI Clock (for arpeggiator sync), full NRPN control of all internal parameters, CC full control of all lights.

 

 

Lights

 

• LEDS: Each of the 200 note pads and 8 control buttons has an independently-controlled RGB (red/green/blue) LED.

 

• Permitted colors: red, green, blue, cyan, magenta and yellow

 

 

Special Features

 

• Split Keyboard Mode with unique MIDI settings for each split

 

• Volume Button displays horizontal light bar on screen for easy volume adjustment

 

• Preset Button displays MIDI Program Change number on screen (1-128) for easy selection by sliding your finger across surface

 

• Two Programmable Panel Switches

 

• CC Faders Mode permits either split to act as 8 horizontal light bars to control CC 1-8

 

• Arpeggiator

 

• Strum Mode: "strumming" the rows of the right split plays any notes held in the left split.

 

• Low Row Mode: the lowest row may be used as a continuous MIDI control strip, sustain bar, arpeggiator on/off or other functions.

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