FREE SAMPLES: Linn LM-1 Drum Computer Samples (with bonus cassette tape capture)

I plan to release a range of presets, impulse responses, synth, and drum samples as well as field recordings and various other assets for your music making journey.

You can use these royalty-free for any releases: free or commercial. All I ask is that you don’t sell them or redistribute them without asking first. Crediting me or thanking me in any of your release notes is very much appreciated, but not required. I’d love to hear what you come up with!

My first sample pack contains the high-quality digital recordings from the iconic Linn LM-1 drum computer.

The audio was captured by yours truly. These are available as 24-bit 48kHz wav files. Another folder, titled ‘tape’, features the samples as digitised from a cassette tape in which the drum machine was recorded to via the legendary Tascam Portastudio 244. The tape was an unbranded generic, so don’t expect much 😊

There is a tonne of free and paid Linn samples available, but I figured I’d share my own recordings from the unit. This is the unit used and sampled in the debut HELIXIRx album Authenticity.

Here’s what’s included:

  • Bass
  • Cabasa
  • Clap
  • Closed Hat
  • Conga
  • Conga 2
  • Cowbell
  • Cowbell 2
  • Crash
  • Crash 2
  • Open Hat
  • Ride
  • Ride 2
  • Sidestick
  • Snare
  • Snare 2
  • Tambourine
  • Tom 1
  • Tom 2
  • Tom 3
  • Tom 4
  • Tom 5 


Prior to recording, the LM-1 was cleaned with contact cleaner. DeoxIT Contact Cleaner & Rejuvenator ‘paint’ has been applied to the output jacks. The recordings were captured at 24-bit 48000Hz. The original unit samples at around 28kHz with 8-bit resolution. Some of the EPROMs installed on the LM-1 may be non-original components. There are no distinguishable markings or labels on the chips. As it’s a second-hand borrowed machine with little known history, I am unable to confirm what’s what. To me, they all sound good!

The unit used is a 110v model from Japan, so a good quality 240V-100V 50W Isolated Step-Down Transformer with an Australian plug was used.

The cassette tape was digitised using a freshly serviced Yamaha Natural Sound deck. This was captured at 24-bit 48kHz via a portable Zoom H8 recorder. No noise reduction was used or applied after recording. Each sample on the cassette was recorded with a tail of a few seconds (to capture all frequencies and silence I assume).


Available free (or a kind donation) at the CaskZone Bandcamp (no email address needed)

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