Roger Linn Design LinnStrument 128

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Multi-touch Performance Controller with USB/MIDI Connection

  • 128 Sensor pads: 16 X 8, 4 octaves
  • Integrated backlit sensors react to touch, X, Y and Z-axis position of the fingers, allowing control of velocity, loudness, timbre and pitch simultaneously with one finger (as with an acoustic instrument)
  • Row-based sensor arrangement as with stringed instruments - tunable like the guitar, in fifths like a violin or standard tuning C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C
  • Can be used as an LED grid controller - for drums, samples, clips, loops and sequences
  • Features such as split keyboard mode, CC fader mode, strum mode arpeggiator
  • Guitar strap holder can be attached
  • Powered via USB
  • Connectors: MIDI in, MIDI out, USB
  • Footswitch connector 6.3 mm jack
  • Compatible with PC/Mac/iPad or iPhone, no drivers required (class-compliant)
  • Housing made of aluminium and steel with cherry wood side parts
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 399 x 209 x 25.4 mm
  • Weight: Approx. 1.81 kg
  • Transport bag and USB cable included
available since November 2016
Item number 402396
sales unit 1 piece(s)
USB Yes
Bluetooth No
5-pole DIN MIDI Yes
Ethernet No
Pads 128
Diplay No
Rotary Knobs 0
Fader(s) 0
Drawbar No
Expansion No
$1,038
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Best MIDI controller
billl 30.12.2019
I have not tried the LinnStrument with 200 keys, but the 128 is good enough and with a much more affordable price. The LinnStrument can truly provide full expressivity with pressure and X/Y sensors, and is easier to learn (for absolute beginners) than a keyboard layout or a guitar. The LinnStrument has become my main instrument. If you do the math, the 200-key LinnStrument only gives you 9 more notes than the 128-key LinnStrument, so I don't feel like I'm missing out something. Roger Linn treats you well, he's open to direct communication over email, and you get the feeling also with his hand written signature on the instrument, the custom-made bag, and the free content you get with BitWig 8-track, and the open source firmware. The only small disappointment I have with the LinnStrument is that the keys have virtually no "travel", so it often feels like pressing on a hard surface. And it's also a bit disappointing that very low-velocity keys are not detected, so it's less sensitive than (for instance) a touchscreen. That doesn't remove the glory of the instrument, though, it's just room for improvement. I am very satisfied with this purchase.
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A wonderful midi controller
Advi 27.05.2017
It's an isomorphic keyboard with a customisable row offset (I prefer 6 semitones over the default string-instrument 5, faster to get used to after a piano keyboard)
Very good vertical and horizontal precision and velocity sensitivity, pressure sensitivity is good
Actuation is instant, the "pads" do not move
Very sturdy
With a tiny bit of midi routing and copying, can be used with full polyphonic expression with any synth
The lights can be changed with CC or you can change the firmware yourself (it's open source)
Very useful pitch quantisation modes inbuilt or you can play "fretless"
Has a fancy step sequencer inbuilt
Well cushioned carry bag with detachable shoulder strap included
Comes with Bitwig 8-track after registration.

Cons: It's expensive; only 3 notes in a vertical column can be played
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Brilliant instrument for MPE
Discoali 27.06.2020
The Linnstrument is a must have for those seeking true expressiveness from a mid controller. It has a learning curve obviously and is not a cheap investment but it is definitely the best MPE based controller on the market.
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A wonderful performance tool for virtual instruments
Rohan D L 25.06.2019
After a few weeks I’m quite proficient on this seemingly unusual keyboard. It’s expressive qualities are amazing and it is completely intuitive. It’s particularly useful with Modelled instruments from the likes of Audio Modelling and Sample Modeling.

The axes of expression are easily configurable, and ergonomically familiar even if you’ve never used a Linnstrument before. Highly recommend.
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