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Back in the 80s, the LM-1 Drum Computer paved the way for the popularisation of drum machines and their prevalence in pop music. It's successor, the LinnDrum, improved on it in a number of ways, mainly affordability and further cemented drum machines as a cornerstone of 80s music.
Some 40 years on, and its sonic makeup is available for free in this faithful digital recreation from Beaotic with the LMFree (Full NI Kontakt required).
Reproducing all the sounds found in the original LinnDrum, the LMFree sounds as good as Beaotic say, thanks to all samples being recorded in 24-bit with a sample rate of 96 kHz. The plugin does include a few differences from the original hardware, too.
The 'Round Robin' feature cycles five different samples every time you hit a note for a more organic sound; 'Velocity to Start' allows for expressive playing where the harder you hit the note, the closer you'll get to the actual start of the sample and 'Oscillator Drift' brings some of the idiosyncrasies of analogue hardware into the mix using pitch randomisation.
There's also the 'Authentic Pitch' function, achieved by multi-sampling pitch from the source sounds, which delivers a much more accurate sound, while still having the ability to modulate the pitch in real-time.
Though this plugin may emulate a drum machine that holds no nostalgia for some of you, the sounds within will be instantly recognisable and a perfect accompaniment for any tunes that are looking for a slight throwback in sound.
LMFree is available to download for free using the link below, but does require the full version of Kontakt 4.2.4 or later to run.
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