|Polyphony||polyphonic 12 voices|
|Timbrality||multitimbral 15 parts|
|Synthesis type||8-bit digital samples, 28–35 kHz|
|Storage memory||56 user patterns, 42 preset drum patterns, 49 songs|
|Effects||Individual level and pan for all sounds, tuning for snare, tom and conga only|
|Keyboard||15 hard plastic "pads"|
|External control||DIN sync (pre-MIDI), third-party MIDI Retrofit Kit, trigger inputs x5|
The LinnDrum, also referred to as the LM-2, is a drum machine manufactured by Linn Electronics between 1982 and 1985. About 5,000 units were sold.
Its high-quality samples, flexibility and affordability made the LinnDrum popular; it sold far more units than its predecessor (the LM-1) and its successor (the Linn 9000) combined. Roger Linn re-used the moniker on the LinnDrum Midistudio and the Roger Linn Designs' LinnDrum II. The LinnDrum was used on many recordings in the 1980s.
When Linn Electronics closed in 1986, Forat Electronics purchased its assets and offered service, sounds and modifications for the LinnDrum. The LinnDrum was pre-MIDI, using a DIN sync interface, but MIDI Retrofit Kits were offered by JL Cooper and are currently offered by Forat Electronics.
The LinnDrum was designed by the American engineer Roger Linn. His first drum machine, the Linn LM-1, was released in 1980; it retailed for $5,500, making it affordable only to wealthy musicians and studios. Early adopters included Peter Gabriel, Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Wonder, and it became a staple of 1980s pop music, used by acts including the Human League, Gary Numan, Michael Jackson, Giorgio Moroder, ABC, Devo, John Carpenter and particularly Prince. The LinnDrum was cheaper and more widely produced than the LM-1.
The models also had some teething issues, but those were addressed with two revisions of the LM-1, before a cheaper successor, the LinnDrum – not the LM-2, as it is commonly mis-titled – was introduced in 1982.