Designers of Innovative Electronic Musical Instruments
About Roger Linn Design
Roger Linn Design is a small business engaged in the design, manufacture and sales of high-tech products for musicians, based in Berkeley, California. Our current products include the AdrenaLinn III Guitar Processor, AdrenaLinn Sync Software Plug-in and Tempest Analog Drum Machine. Our forthcoming products include the LinnDrum II Digital Drum Machine and LinnStrument, a new concept in musical instruments.
About Roger Linn
Roger Linn is a designer of electronic music products, best known for his invention of the LM-1 Drum Computer, the first programmable, sampled-sound drum machine in 1979. Manufactured by his company Linn Electronics, the LM-1 and its successors the LinnDrum and Linn9000 provided the drums for countless hit records during the 1980s by artists including Prince, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Tina Turner, Peter Gabriel, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Devo and Bruce Hornsby, and are considered a major influence on the music of the era.
In 1988, he designed the innovative MPC60 MIDI Production Center for the Japanese Akai Company, with his signature appearing on the product’s front panel. Combining a sampling drum machine with a real-time MIDI sequencer, this product gradually became the industry standard in the production of hip-hop, dance and related music styles throughout the 1990s, and has been credited as a significant influence in the evolution of hip hop music. This was followed in 1994 with the enhanced MPC3000 and others. In addition to these designs for Akai, he also helped design products for a variety of companies during the 1990s, including the Japanese Roland company.
In 2002, he returned to manufacturing his own products—as well as his love of the guitar—with the release of a groundbreaking guitar effects product called AdrenaLinn. Used on hit recordings by artists such as John Mayer, Green Day and Red Hot Chili Peppers, and winning numerous international music product awards, AdrenaLinn transforms a guitarist’s tone by using variety of innovative rhythmic filtering methods, all in sync to an internal drumbeat. This was followed in 2003 by the enhanced AdrenaLinn II, the M-Audio Black Box (containing many AdrenaLinn features) in 2005, and the AdrenaLinn III in 2007. In 2011 he released the Tempest Analog Drum Machine, designed in collaboration with Dave Smith Instruments. Currently in development are the LinnDrum II Drum Machine and the LinnStrument, an entirely new type of musical instrument.
Apart from his music product career, Roger is a guitarist and songwriter, having co-written hits for Eric Clapton ("Promises", 1979) and Mary Chapin Carpenter ("Quittin' Time", 1989), and having served as touring guitarist and recording engineer with pianist/songwriter Leon Russell in 1976 at age 21. Roger currently performs traditional Italian songs on mandolin at Berkeley's Caffe Trieste on the 1st Monday evening of each month from 7 to 9 p.m. He and his wife Ingrid also host the Rog Mahal Concert Series at their home, providing an intimate venue for creative musicians of various styles of acoustic music. Here are some video, audio and text interviews he has done over the years. In February 2011, the Recording Academy presented him with the Technical Grammy Merit Award.
If you're interested in hearing the music of his father, the late composer and USC professor of music Robert Linn, please visit www.robertlinn.org.
About Ingrid Linn
Ingrid Linn holds a Dipl.-Ing. (Master's degree) in Electrical Engineering from Technical University in Munich, specializing in Audio-Communication/Acoustics. During her studies she served as a technical writer in the Intellectual Property Department of BMW where she wrote technical descriptions for patents. For her Master's Thesis at UC Berkeley, she designed and wrote a Matlab simulation of natural reverberation environments over a 24 channel loudspeaker system in an anechoic chamber. It was during this time in 2004 that she met and later married her husband Roger Linn, and subsequently took on the challenges of DSP software design engineer and general manager of RLD. Ingrid's DSP software design talents have enhanced RLD's products, adding reverb, improved tube distortion and more to our AdrenaLinn III, AdrenaLinn Sync and forthcoming LinnStrument products.
Ingrid also possesses an interest in product management, having earned Project Management (PMI-PMP) and Agile/SCRUM (CSM, CSPO) certifications, and having served as Director of Communications for the San Francisco Chapter of the Project Management Institute during 2009/2010, during which time she spoke at PMI Leadership Summits in Washington D.C., Phoenix and Austin. In 2011, she accepted a part-time project management contract with Sitecore, an international provider of content management web sites, managing the creation of their German language web site. In 2012, desiring a larger challenge for her engineering and project management talents, she accepted the position of Global Test Coordinator for Dolby Labs' research department in San Francisco. Though she is no longer involved in RLD's day to day operations, she is still deeply involved in our strategic business and engineering planning,
Regarding Ingrid's personal interests, she is a cellist (having performed in San Francisco's Community Music Center orchestra), scuba diver, Ironman triathlete, marathon runner, archer, champion rower, motorcycle enthusiast and an instrument-rated private pilot, serving on the board of the SF bay area's NRI Flying Club. She speaks German, English, French and Spanish.