LinnDrum Sample Pack

LinnDrum Sample Pack

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A wonderful sample pack reeks of the 80s. Hands down, as a musician myself I have to say that the Linndrum is a personal favourite and one of the great drum machines ever made. Sounds from the linndrum drum machine are wonderful kitsch and has a very plastic tonality. The Linndrum is widely used by independent artists just because it the sounds are easy manipulate and has this trademarked strength to them. This sample pack has been sampled from an original drum machine.

I love these drum samples since they remind me of contemporary artists such as Com Truise and John Maus. Especially the congas in this sample pack have a great tone to it, which is perfect to pitch and EQ. This sample pack is totally free to download from

What’s included?

LinnDrum sample pack consists of:

  • 6 congas
  • 6 snares
  • 3 Different Hi Hats
  • 1 Cowbell
  • 1 Crash
  • 1 Ride
  • 2 kicks

History of the LinnDrum

The LinnDrum was manufactured by Linn Electronics between 1982 and 1985. LinnDrum was used on many recordings throughout the 1980s, including international hits such as Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s “Relax”, a-Ha’s “Take on Me”, Tears for Fears’ “Shout”, Deniece Williams’s “Let’s Hear it for the Boy”, and Madonna’s “Lucky Star”. According to some, the LinnDrum sounds were sampled from real drums played specifically for the machine by Los Angeles drummer Art Wood, a friend of Linn, who played with Linn and musicians including Peter Frampton, Gary Wright, Cher, Tina Turner, Bette Midler and James Brown.

However, The LM-1 was the first drum machine to use samples of a real drum kit, Roger Linn confirms that it was indeed Art Wood session drummer that played the majority of the sounds that he used. Borrowed from

“The LinnDrum was arguably the machine that revolutionised pop music production. Cheaper and more widely produced, it came to market a time when AMS and Eventide were introducing digital reverb units that married wonderfully with its sound – creating the explosive, gated drum sound heard on some of Prince’s finest work, for example.”

I’ve created a soundcloud clip that you can play below, which demonstrates the different sounds of this kit. Hope you’ll enjoy and have fun with this drum sample pack! If you have questions please don’t hesitate to contact me.

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