This question is about the classic 1980s drum machine known as the LinnDrum (LM-2) by Linn Electronics.
Some drums have multiple buttons assigned to them. I'm looking for detailed information about what different buttons do. Apparently, they affect the volume of the drum sounds. But how so? The user manual (available here) contains the following information:
PLAYING THE INDIVIDUAL DRUMS AND PERCUSSION: Drum buttons are situated in the lower left portion of the front panel. The printing below each button describes the instrument you hear when that button is pressed. Some instruments have more than one volume, permitting programmable dynamics: SNARE has three; BASS, HIHAT, CABASA, TAMBOURINE, and RIDE CYMBAL all have two. The higher the number, the greater the programmed volume. [...]
Asked more precisely:
- What is the difference in dB between the different volumes?
- In addition to volume, is there an audible difference between the different buttons? (E.g. distortion or aliasing caused by the internal processing of the machine)
I do not have access to the machine itself, only to a number of sample packs. Unfortunately, it is never mentioned which button triggered the recorded samples. Any information would be much appreciated.
By the way, I do not have any commercial interest in this information. I'm just curious about this iconic instrument.