Roger Linn’s iconic LM-1 drum machine revived as the Luma1 by Joe Britt
Roger Linn: “I think it’s very cool that my friends Joe, Andrei, and Devin are breathing new life into the LM-1, recreating the original circuit, sound and timing while adding some useful modern features.”
Image: Roger Linn
Often hailed as one of the most legendary drum machines in the history of music-making, Roger Linn’s LM-1 will soon be making a comeback in the form of the Luma1.
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The Luma-1 is touted as an authentic recreation of the iconic LM-1 by Joe Britt, CEO of Afero in Silicon Valley.
Built with the blessings of Linn himself, the Luma-1 fully recreates the original design of the LM-1 — it uses the same audio path (vintage DACs and filters), runs the unmodified LM-1 software, and adds a secondary modern processor for adding highly desirable features like loadable sounds, USB connectivity, MIDI, and more.
According to the project’s Instagram page, the production of Luma-1 will be entirely US-based, including the enclosure, PCB, and component assembly. There’ll also be kits announced later this year for DIY aficionados.
A small batch of pre-assembled units is now available for pre-order, with a target price of $4,995 (like the original). All orders will be manufactured in the order they arrive (first come, first served) and delivered this year.
Of the project, Linn says on his website: “A few years ago, a friend of [Joe Britt] gave him one of my old LM-1 drum machines. He enjoyed playing with it, but he wished it had a few extra features like loading alternate sounds from files, and pitch and pan knobs on the front panel. So he decided to make his own enhanced LM-1.”
He adds, “I think it’s very cool that my friends Joe, Andrei, and Devin are breathing new life into the LM-1, recreating the original circuit, sound and timing while adding some useful modern features.”
“These guys are in it purely for the passion and are far better engineers than I am, so I’m honoured that they’re taking on this project. It’s entirely their project, but I’m staying in touch with them and giving some help along the way.”
Learn more or pre-order the iconic reboot at Luma1’s Instagram page.
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