None other than legendary Roger Linn is here, regularly unearthing powerful expressive techniques on his Linnstrument. And there’s more – he even talks to users monthly via Zoom.

There’s something unique about the relationship between instrument builder/designer and musician. For all the disposable technology in our age, electronic instruments are at their best when we really can dedicate ourselves to them over time. (I swear I mean that, and it’s not just the reason I routinely miss deadlines or go slowly. I uh… will also say it’s part of that.)

Roger Linn, while one of the best-known designers of electronic instruments, makes himself accessible in exploring his LinnStrument with that in mind. And it fits – everything from its curved wooden side panels to the fretboard-inspired grid to its expressive features were meant to make this a digital counterpart to acoustic instruments and musicianship. That means taking some time to really work with the instrument. It’s also not an accident that Roger was one of the people who led the development and adoption of MPE, along with Randy Jones at Madrona Labs.

So it’s worth checking in again on the LinnStrument. Just in the past weeks:

Roger and other LinnStrument players worked together to play a library of sounds for the free and open-source Surge XT software synth. It’s really a great example of how Surge has become a community-driven project and a pillar of soft synths – even in a way that benefits commercial products.

Plus, here’s Roger to walk you through hidden settings on the LinnStrument you might have missed:


Here’s where to catch his monthly Zoom call, which fortunately comes at a reasonable time for Europe / West Asia / Middle East / Africa, too.

Each first Tuesday of the month at 10 am California time, I hold a Zoom video call to answer questions about LinnStrument, allow people to meet other members of the LinnStrument community, and general discuss all things LinnStrument. All are invited.

And for a chaser – a land that I have heard of once in a lullaby: