Behringer LmDrum, clone of Roger Linn’s legendary LinnDrum drum machine

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Behringer has teased the LmDrum sampling drum machine, an authentic clone of the legendary LinnDrum by Roger Linn from 1982. 

In 2019 Behringer published a video in which Patrick made a jam with the legendary LinnDrum drum machine. The first teaser on a possible LinnDrum clone was there. When asked about this, Behringer denied the rumors.

Today the situation looks very different too. Two years after this “disco” video, Uli Behringer and his team show us the first prototype of the new LmDrum, a clone of the LinnDrum.

Behringer LMDrum

It is immediately noticeable that the same format is used as the RD-8 and RD-9. As a reminder, the original LinnDrum featured 8-bit 28 kHz ~ 35 kHz digitally sampled drum sounds: bass drum, snare, side-stick snare, hi-hat, crash cymbal, ride cymbal, three tom-toms, cabasa, tambourine, high and low congas, cowbell, and hand-claps. All driven by a built-in sequencer.

You could also load new sounds with the help of EPROM chips in the new original LinnDrum. Very cumbersome, especially for today. So Behringer will certainly offer a much easier way to import samples. This is also indicated by the note “sampling drum machine” that is given in this teaser. It becomes more interesting how B. solves with the original samples. These are copy-protected and cannot be sold just like that. 

Behringer LmDrum FB Post

We love to share with you the progress of our first sampling drum machine. We’re super excited that the unit has passed all audio tests today and much of the user interface development is now also completed. Man, this thing grooves;-)

However, this is still a prototype and a long way from production. Rest assured that our drum machine development team is working overtime to complete this exciting instrument as quickly as possible in order to get it into your drumming hands. Thanks for your patience and amazing support as always. You’re the reason why we do what we do.
We’d love to hear your opinion. Shoot… P.S. This is just the beginning and there is so much more in the pipeline. Stay tuned.

Behringer LMDrum

I’ve never worked with a LinnDrum myself, but it’s interesting that it will soon be a clone of this drum machine.

More information will follow in the near future: Behringer

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