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About Roger Linn

Roger Linn is a visionary, designer, businessman, and musician. Perhaps best known for his invention of the first programmable, sampled-sound drum machine, the LM-1 Drum Computer (1979), Roger Linn is also a noteworthy songwriter having co-written hits for Eric Clapton and Mary Chapin Carpenter. The LM-1 and its successors, the LinnDrum and Linn9000, were used on countless hit records during the 1980s.

Roger is also responsible for a whole genre of music by creating the MPC60 and MPC3000 MIDI Production Centers for Akai in the late '80s. These products became industry standards in the production of hip-hop, rap, dance and related music styles throughout the 1990s.

In 2002, he founded Roger Linn Design. Turning his attention to his first love, Roger designed the innovative AdrenaLinn and AdrenaLinn II for guitarists. Recently, he turned his efforts toward applying technology from the AdrenaLinn series to a new product from M-Audio, the Black Box.

On a recent visit to Sweetwater, we had the opportunity to sit down with Roger Linn and ask him a few questions. While the Black Box was the focus of our interview, there are many insights to be discovered here, from his humble beginnings to his view of the future of professional audio. We hope you enjoy gaining the perspective of a living legend, Roger Linn.

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Part 1 - What was your involvement with the Black Box?
Part 2 - Is the Black Box different from the AdrenaLinn II?

Part 3 - Is there any latency with the Black Box?
Part 4 - Why are you now focusing on guitar related products?

Part 5 - Do you still play guitar professionally?
Part 6 - Why do you picture using the Black Box?

Part 7 - What made the LinnDrum so successful & popular?
Part 8 - Where did the idea for the Akai MPC60 come from?

Part 9 - What does the future hold for Roger Linn?
Part 10 - What's missing in the process of making music today?

Bob Moog
Roger Linn - Playing his guitar at home with the Black Box.


M-Audio The Black Box
The Black Box is the first creative tool for guitarists that combines amp modeling, powerful beat-synced effects and drum tracks with an audio interface for computer-based recording.

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Roger Linn Design AdrenaLinn II
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