Version 2.0.2 Software

Step Sequencer

LinnStrument Sequencer OperationAs of software version 2.0.0, we have added a highly versatile step sequencer to LinnStrument. The same sequencer is in LinnStrument 128. The main difference is that in LinnStrument, the sequence note area is 16 columns wide, whereas in LinnStrument 128 it is 8 columns wide. Both models are discussed below.

 

Each of LinnStrument's two splits has four sequences, one of which may play at a time. You can turn on the sequencer in both splits for two simultaneous sequencer tracks, or turn on only one to play LinnStrument live on one split while the other split's sequence plays. To use the sequencer for either split, turn on Per-Split Settings > Special column > Sequencer (4th pad from top). Then exit Per-Split Settings and the normal Performance mode lights will be replaced by the Sequencer display shown below. The function of Switch 1 will change to Sequencer Settings, and the function of Switch 2 will change to Sequencer Play/Stop.

 

Note from Roger: The credit for this sequencer really goes to LinnStrument's software creator Geert Bevin, who not only programmed it but also did most of the design. Thanks, Geert.



Adding Sequencer settings to your LinnStrument panel (for units below serial number LNL00800)

 

For LinnStrument owners whose top panels don't have the printed sequencer parameters, we offer 3 options:

 

1) Here's a graphic file for printing on adhesive-backed label paper to attach to your LinnStrument.

 

2) Click here to buy a set of 3 preprinted and precut adhesive labels to attach to your LinnStrument panel, available from StyleFlip for $25 + low-cost shipping. (Ignore the text "Starting at $24.99" on their site. It costs $24.99 and there are no options.) StyleFlip also makes low-cost custom graphic labels for popular electronic music products.

 

3) Click here to buy a new metal panel from our online store for $49 + flat $20 shipping to anywhere = $69 total. Here's the installation video.

Overview

Regions of Sequencer Screen (LinnStrument)

When Per-Split Settings > Special column > Sequencer is on, the Sequencer screen appears instead of the normal Performance lights for the selected split. The parts of the screen are described below. There are 3 views of the sequencer data: Scales (the default view), Drums and Notes, each of which is described farther down on this page. Here are the elements that are common to all 3 views.

Sequence Note Area

Velocity (1-127)

Duration (1 measure to 64th triplet)

Pitch Bend (-50 to +50 cents)

Y-axis (0-127)

Select in Per-Split Settings to turn on Sequencer

Preset, Volume and Octave/Transpose affect sequencer playback.

View Sequencer Settings

Play/Stop. Hold Switch 1 and press to play the viewed sequence only.

View left or right split's sequence

Empty steps are yellow.

Steps containing notes are orange.

Playhead is red.

Non-playing steps after sequence end are lime color.

Note Data View/Edit Sliders

If a note is selected at left, these 4 sliders will appear, showing the 4 values for that note. Hold any slider to see its exact value in text. Or move a slider to adjust that text value.

Step Select Bar

Press a step in this row to select its note for editing at right. (The selected step and note will blink.) If multiple notes exist in that step, press the step button repeatedly to rotate through the notes. You can also select a note by holding it in the Sequence Note Area. To set the sequence end, hold Switch 1 (Settings) while pressing a step. While playing, hold Switch 2 (Play) while pressing a step to instantly jump the playhead to that step. The Step Select Bar's colors may be changed in the Settings.

Sequencer Controls

(details below)

 

Regions of Sequencer Screen (LinnStrument 128)

The main differences in LinnStrument 128 are:

 

1) The Sequence Note Area is 8 columns wide instead of 16.

2) the Page Select buttons are located in the lower right quadrant of the playing surface. This is discussed in the next section "Detail of Sequencer Controls".

Page select buttons

8-column wide Sequence Note Area

Detail of Sequencer Controls (LinnStrument)

Other than the Settings, Play and Split buttons on the left side, all the sequencer controls are on the right side of the playing surface. Each of these controls is described below.

Clear

Hold while pressing any of the 8 sequence buttons to clear that sequence. Hold while pressing a step button in the Step Select Bar to clear that step.

Copy

To copy one sequence over another, hold this button while pressing the source, then destination sequence, from the 8 sequences.

To copy a step's contents to another step, hold while pressing the source step, then destination step in the Step Select Bar.

Loop Screen

Turn on to loop only the steps shown on the screen. This is useful when the sequence spans two pages.

Reverse

Turn on to reverse the play direction. Hold to alternate play between forward and reverse.

Left Sequence 1-4

Right Sequence 1-4

Select one of four sequences for either the left or right splits. If playing, the selected sequence will play after the current one finishes, or press twice to switch instantly. The selected sequence appears in split’s accent color, others are in its main color.

Page Select

Each sequence has 32 steps, viewed in two 16-step pages, selected by the lower two buttons. In Scales or Drums view, the upper two buttons are used to select rows 8-14.

View

Select one of three views for the sequence data:

1) Notes, 2) Scales (press Notes + Drums) or 3) Drums. Each of these 3 views is described below.

Step Size

Select 1/8, 1/16 or 1/4 (press 1/8 + 1/16) notes, and optionally dotted, triplet or swing (press both). Tempo is set in the Arpeggiator settings, and is automatically synced to incoming MIDI clock.

Rows

8-14

Steps

1-16

Rows

1-7

Steps

1-16

Rows

8-14

Steps

17-32

Rows

1-7

Steps

17-32

Mute Left

Split

Mute right

Split

Detail of Sequencer Controls (LinnStrument 128)

Other than the Settings, Play and Split buttons on the left side, all the sequencer controls are on the right side of the playing surface. Each of these controls is described below.

The Sequencer parameters are identical to LinnStrument (above) except:

1) The printed parameter names are on the right side of the panel instead of above.

2) The Page Select buttons are moved to the lower left quadrant. (See below.)

If a note is not selected in the Sequence Note Area, 4 Page Select buttons appear as shown. They have the same function as the Page Select buttons in LinnStrument except that because each page is 8 columns wide instead of 16, there are 8 pages instead of 4.

 

If a note is selected in the Sequence Note Area, then the 4 Note Data sliders (velocity, duration, pitch bend and Y-axis) appear here and have the same function as described in the picture at the top of this page.

Rows

8-14

Steps

1-8

Rows

8-14

Steps

17-24

Rows

1-7

Steps

1-8

Rows

1-7

Steps

17-24

Rows

8-14

Steps

9-16

Rows

8-14

Steps

25-32

Rows

1-7

Steps

9-16

Rows

1-7

Steps

25-32

The 3 Sequence Views

There are 3 views of the sequencer data: Scales (the default view), Drums and Notes, each of which is described below. Operation is identical for LinnStrument and LinnStrument 128 except that LinnStrument's Note Data Area has 16 columns and LinnStrument 128's has 8.

Scales View

There are 3 views of the sequencer data: Scales (the default view), Drums and Notes. If Scales View is selected, each of the 7 Rows in the Sequence Note Area represents a specific scale note of the notes selected in Global Settings > Note Lights On/Off. For example, if Note Lights is set to the default C major scale, then the lowest row represents "C" below middle "C" (note number 48), and the rows above represent D, E, F, G, A and B. In the upper page, the scale continues in rows 8-14 with the next octave: C, D, E, F, G, A and B.

Press an empty note pad to insert a note at the selected step and at the velocity played. Press a note to delete it. Hold a note to select it for editing. (It blinks.)Notes with velocities of 1-96 appear in the split’s Main color. Notes with velocities of 97-127 appear in the split’s Accent color.

B (59)

A (57)

G (55)

F (53)

E (52)

If Global Settings > Note Lights is set to the default major scale, rows 1-7 use these note numbers.

D (50)

C (48)

Drums View

Similar to Scales view, in Drums View each Row represents a specific MIDI note number, intended to play a specific drum. The note numbers for the 14 rows (2 pages) are set in the Settings screen.

Each row's note number is set in the Settings screen. Here are the defaults for rows 1-7.

Shaker (69)

Tamborine (54)

Hihat Open (46)

Hihat Closed (42)

Snare Rim (37)

Snare (38)

Bass drum (36)

Press an empty note pad to insert a note at the selected step and at the velocity played. Press a note to delete it. Hold a note to select it for editing. (It blinks.)Notes with velocities of 1-96 appear in the split’s Main color. Notes with velocities of 97-127 appear in the split’s Accent color.

Notes View

In this Notes view, LinnStrument's normal Performance mode lights are shown. Notes in the Step selected below will appear here in the split's "played" color (red by default). Press an empty note pad to insert a note at the selected step and at the velocity played. Press a note to delete it. Hold a note to select it for editing. (It blinks.)

Notes in the Step selected below will appear here in the split's "played" color (red by default). Press an empty note pad to insert a note at the selected step and at the velocity played. Press a note to delete it. Hold a note to select it for editing. (It blinks.)

The Sequencer Settings Screen

Press Settings (Switch 1) to adjust a variety of settings related to the sequencer. The screen below will appear. Press one of the buttons at the bottom of the screen to select a setting. First the setting's name will briefly appear, followed by the setting's data.

Settings Screen, Project Save/Load Setting

LinnStrument has 16 "Projects", each of which holds all sequence data and settings for both splits. The 4x4 matrix in this screen represents these 16 projects. Briefly press a button to load it into the sequencer screen. Hold a button to save your current sequences and settings to it. The LinnStrument Updater app can be used to save any project as a file to your computer. The last saved or loaded project button will have a different color to remind you which one you last saved or loaded.

Setting: Project Save/Load

Settings Screen, Drums View Row Numbers (2 settings pages)

If View is set to "Drums" in the Sequencer screen, each row has an assigned note number, corresponding to a specific drum. The note number for each row is assigned in this screen.

Setting: Drum Rows 1-7

Setting: Drum Rows 8-14

The assignments are different for the left and right splits. Select here the split you wish to view or edit.

Select a row at left. It's assigned note number will appear at right. Swipe the number left or right to change it.

Settings Screen, Step Select Bar Colors Setting

This setting permits you to change the colors used in the sequencer screen's Step Select Bar.

The assignments are different for the left and right splits. Select here the split you wish to view or edit.

Note: if orange, lime, white or pink colors are selected, you will notice their component colors as you move your eyes quickly.

Empty steps

For each of the 3 pairs of buttons, press either to rotate through the colors.

Steps containing notes

Steps after sequence end

Setting: Step Select Bar Colors

Roger Linn Design  •  Berkeley, CA, USA

Roger Linn Design  •  Berkeley, CA, USA