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Shelved Product Ideas

Here are some product ideas that for various reasons never made it to production. Click on any picture to see it larger.

A Modular Control Surface, designed to let anyone create a custom control arrangement by plugging a variety of available modules into a chassis, including buttons, sliders, pots, rotary encoders, drum pads, trackpads and more.

A Modular Guitar Amp & Effects System, intended to combine the functions of a 1) tabletop effects processor, 2) a floorboard effects processor and 3) a portable integrated guitar amplifier into one interchangeable set of modular components. This one was discussed with the CME company of China.

the main control module, usable on tabletop or floor with fast-access front buttons suitable for fingers or feet.

The main control unit with dual expression pedal module attached, for floor use.

A floorboard footswitch module containing the same 10 foot switches as the main control module, with expression pedal module at right.

The main control module attached atop the powered monitor module, for use as a portable integrated guitar amp.

LinnDrum Surface, a drumbeat-oriented control surface for use with computer. At right is the same surface built into a Windows-based computer. Note the pressure- and position-sensitive touch sliders that eventually made their way into Tempest. This one was something Dave Smith and I considered on the way to Tempest.

Here are two drum machine design ideas.

Here's an early design for LinnStrument.

And here's an early design idea for Tempest.

During Tempest development, here's a much more elaborate design we considered. I'm still working on a drum machine but it won't be like this. It will have a combination of the real-time live performance workflow of Tempest plus samples and the expressive 3D touch sensing of LinnStrument.

Roger Linn Design  •  Berkeley, CA, USA

Roger Linn Design  •  Berkeley, CA, USA