Here it is as promised...the first of our video pieces from the 2008 NAMM Show - and some folks are still waiting in line to get in...
The Instrument formerly known as BoomChik is on show at NAMM and we have footage of it. Yep, itâ€™s the LinnDrum II Analog as namechecked in our January 27th story and a collaboration between Roger Linn and Dave Smith who talks to Nick on camera about the much-anticipated beatbox.Enjoy...
LinnDrum II Analog
...and hereâ€™s some information from the Dave Smith Instruments websiteâ€¦
There will be two models: the all-digital LinnDrum II and the LinnDrum II Analog, which adds a 4-voice analog synth 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.
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. Pricing and Availability:
Too early to guesstimate a price but Dave Smith says it should be available by the end of the year. More information: