Getting Started

Start making sounds quickly with your new LinnStrument or LinnStrument 128.

1) Hook it up

Connect the included USB cable between LinnStrument's USB jack and your computer's USB jack. You should see "LinnStrument MIDI" among DAW's listed MIDI ports.

1) If you wish to use the round MIDI jacks instead of USB for MIDI output: In Global Settings > Actions column, select "MIDI JACKS".
2) To connect to an iPhone/iPad or for other types of connections, see the Hooking it Up page.
3) If you've changed some settings and are confused and want to reset LinnStrument to factory settings, here's now: In Global Settings > Actions column, press NOTES OFF and UPDATE OS at the same time.
4) If you are having trouble getting sounds to play, visit our FAQ Page > "Problems" tab and read the FAQ "LinnStrument is not sending MIDI. What's wrong?"
5) To prevent damage to the USB jack from cable pulls, tie your USB cable around the nearest guitar strap button to act as a strain relief, as shown at the bottom of the Hooking It Up page.

2) Select a sound in your recording software and play a few notes

Assign LinnStrument to play a sound in your DAW, then play. That's it.  Try sliding your finger left and right to bend pitch. Try wiggling your finger left and right to perform vibrato.

Tip: By default, LinnStrument is configured to play nice with the preset sounds of any MIDI synth, which are usually optimized for the limitations of MIDI piano keyboards: it sends only over MIDI channel 1, sending standard Note On/Off messages with velocity, Pitch Bend messages from left/right finger movements with a bend range of +/- 2 semitones, Polyphonic Aftertouch from finger pressure,, and Control Change 74 messages for finger forward/backward movements within the note pad.

However, the keyboard-optimized sounds of most MIDI synths don't fully realize LinnStrument's potential for polyphonic 3D expression. To learn about these limitations and to quickly play sounds that fully realize LinnStrument's potential, click the link at left for the Recommended Sounds page.

(3) Where are the notes?

Each of LinnStrument's rows consists of 25 (or 16) consecutive semitones, similar to the strings on any stringed instrument. By default, the rows are tuned in intervals of musical fourths (5 semitones), just like the lower four strings of a guitar. And similar to a piano's white and black keys, the naturals (C, D, E, F, G, A and B) are lit, with the C within each octave lit in blue and the others in green. Try playing some scales, chords and melodies. To learn how to play common chords and scales, click the link at left for Chord and Scale Shapes.

Tip: You can change the row tuning to that of guitar, cello/violin or other intervals in Global Settings > Row Offset. Or change the lights to highlight any scale in Global Settings > Note Lights On/Off. Or change the light colors in Per-Split Settings > Color.