Drum machines and software are so common anymore that it’s not a big deal, but there was a time when the only thing that was even close was the beat box commonly found on organs. Roger Linn changed all that with his LM1, the first modern drum machine that used real drum samples, and he’s my guest on this week’s episode.
Roger’s creation actually changed the face of music, as many of the 80s pop hits used his LM1, LinnDrum or Linn 9000 models. Later his MPC (in collaboration with Akai) became the rhythm sound of countless hip hop hits as well.
Besides being an inventor (his new Linnstrument and AdrenaLinn guitar pedal are quite unique), Roger’s also a recording engineer, guitar player, and even an accomplished songwriter, writing hits for both Eric Clapton and Mary Chapin Carpenter.
You’ll hear all about where his ideas came from, as well as more about his history on this week’s show.
In the intro I’ll take a look at the pirate radio revival, and go over a basic track checklist that will make your tracking session run a lot smoother.