Easily my YouTube pick of the day, individually-tuned voices on this classic LinnDrum LM-2 drum machine make wonderful beats. Thanks to Matt Bean (of Men’s Health magazine, no less) for bringing this vid to my attention. Skip to the part where it starts making sound, and you’ll get it right away.

YouTuber rolandsh1000, who has some other related videos up, explains his creation:

I modified my LinnDrum so all voices could be individually tuned, which was an acknowledged limitation of this Linn model. It’s a similar mod that some have done to their TR-707. I think it really expands the sound of the LinnDrum.

If you want to do this to your LinnDrum, go to the Yahoo LinnDrum group and go to the files section. The whole writeup is there for downloading:


  • Lovely mod and very useful indeed.

  • That's awesome.

  • dead_red_eyes

    Wow, that is awesome!

  • Kerry

    I'm rolandsh1000 – thanks for the compliments!

    Three notes if you're planning on doing the mod:

    1. there's an error in my writeup – the sidestick/snare analog switch is an SPDT, not a DPST (I gotta edit that writeup soon).

    2. I'm happy to exchange emails with anybody to explain what or how I did it.

    3. One guy started down the path of doing it, but ran into trouble and I haven't heard from him since. He told me he was a circuit novice, so I think that was the source of his troubles. Nonetheless, if you email me, I'd be happy if you'd check your drum board version with mine to be sure that you're modding the same rev.