An Original Linn LM1 | Find of the Week

This week, we stumbled upon an extraordinary discovery—a Linn LM-1 drum machine. This rare gem stands apart from its more prevalent counterpart, the LM-2, as only a limited production run of approximately 500 LM-1 units was ever crafted. This unit, with serial number 382, is in impeccable condition considering its age.

Renowned bands and artists such as The Human League, Michael Jackson, and Prince have employed the distinctive sound of the LM-1 on chart-topping hits. Notably, Prince's LM-1 remains on display at Paisley Park. Even four decades since its initial release, the LM-1 (or at least its samples) continues to be a highly coveted tool in the realm of electronic music production.

Linn LM-1 Drum Computer

Upon its debut in 1980, it was the first drum machine to incorporate real drum samples that were recorded and stored on an EPROM chip. These samples were recorded by Roger Linn himself who meticulously captured and stored the sounds of a real drummer playing a kick, snare, toms, and more. The samples were then played back using variable sample rates through its filters and amps, creating a distinctive sound character that's hard to duplicate with modern samplers.

Discovering an original Linn LM-1 drum machine in excellent condition is exceptionally rare, making this week's find the ultimate addition to any music maker, gearhead, or collector's repertoire.

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