Details announced, new name, two versions 27/12/07
While we were all anxiously awaiting the arrival of the Dave Smith, Roger Linn BoomChik â€“ a collaboration between two of the greatest electronic instrument minds alive. Dave Smith presented the Prophet 8, a Prophet for the 21st Century. In a recent announcement, found on a page of the Dave Smith Website, tells us that there are going to be two versions of this new drum machine, which is to be called the LinnDrum II â€“ the original LinnDrum being one of the most influential electronic musical developments of the 20th Century (thatâ€™s two centuries in one story..)
There will be two models: the all-digital LinnDrum II and the LinnDrum II Analog, which adds a 4-voice analog synth (based on Evolver and Prophet engines?) and 27 dual-function voicing knobs. The LinnDrum II will be available from Roger Linn Design and the LinnDrum II Analog will be available from Dave Smith Instruments.
Pasted from the DSI website (itâ€™s still Christmas holidays here..)
The operating system emphasizes real-time performance with the ability to drop in and out of record on different beats, play multiple beats simultaneously, switch in and out of song mode, and much more, all without stopping play. Both MPC-style real time and XOX-style step recording are provided, and the 16 velocity- and pressure-sensitive padsâ€”backlit for visual sequence animationâ€”can be assigned to sounds, tunings, beats, pad mutes, or sequence steps. Dedicated buttons exist for touch sensitivity, sound restart, real-time erase and pressure-sensitive note repeat or rolls. 16 megabytes of internal flash memory exist for sound storage, but because sound data is read directly from flash, expanding sound memory is accomplished merely by plugging a compact flash card into the rear panel slot. Inputs and outputs include four audio outs, two sampling/audio processing/drum trigger inputs, phones, USB, MIDI in/out, two expression pedal/foot switch inputs, and four additional direct voice outputs for the Analog model.
Sample playback is enhanced with 8-level velocity switching, dynamic filters and resonators, distortion and lo-fi algorithms, two complex modulation matrices and the ability to use sequence events as modulation sources. The Analog model enables significantly richer voice timbres with its four Curtis chip-based analog voices, analog feedback resonator paths, and dedicated voicing knobs. Performance enhancements include two programmable sliders and dedicated on/off buttons for filter, resonator, amp sim/compressor, EQ, delay and reverb effects.
No price data available just yet, they hope to ship Summer 2008