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Anyone know how to sync linndrum to pro tools?
Old 11th September 2011
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Anyone know how to sync linndrum to pro tools?

can someone help me? i am trying to sync up a linndrum to pro tools. it has no midi. i tried inputting the tempo and sliding the beat over with the grid and it works for a minute or two then drifts out of tempo.
Old 11th September 2011
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Just sample the sounds
Old 11th September 2011
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Just sample the sounds
Not exactly the same thing. He might as well buy a cheap sampling CD and sell the Linndrum if that's what he's going to end up with.

How about sampling the sync signal from the Linndrum and then spitting that sample right back into the Linndrum to control it? If somebody types in "Linndrum sync" into Google, that's the very first result that pops up.
Old 11th September 2011
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altitude thanks but i want to use the real linn. i wouldnt have bought it if i was going to use a sampler. the linn has a cool groove and sounds better.
Old 11th September 2011
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Does the linndrum have a DIN socket?
Old 11th September 2011
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no din and no midi
Old 11th September 2011
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no din and no midi
The solution in my reply didn't work?
Old 11th September 2011
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seems like it would work but seems a pain plus if id have to disconnect my setup in order to reroute the output back into the linn. i guess ill have to get a midi retrofit
Old 11th September 2011
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seems like it would work but seems a pain plus if id have to disconnect my setup in order to reroute the output back into the linn. i guess ill have to get a midi retrofit
Retrofitting it with midi is less of a pain than sampling it..?
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Retrofitting it with midi is less of a pain than sampling it..?
Well yeah you can have someone else do the retrofit. You have to sample it.
Old 11th September 2011
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ppqn sync to midi. They sell a box on ebay for 100 bucks. I have not used it but is should work
Old 11th September 2011
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Try sending a sync tone from Pro Tools to the sync in jack on the Linndrum.

Info and sample files can be found here: mdz
Old 11th September 2011
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The linndrum is 44ppq.
(ie it needs 48 pulses for every 1/4 note)

I used to sync mine to protools using a few different things, but the Roland sbx-10 worked the best.

Protools can sometimes be a bit average with it's midi clock, so if your system buggy, expect issues.

I recently sold my sbx and used that money to buy a midi kit from forat . ($300)

I've installed it, and it works. I have not tried it with my protools rig yet though.

Best of luck, the linndrum is a wicked machine. I can listen to it gently swinging along all day.

The person who said the classic line "just sample it" has obviously never spent much time with one.
Old 22nd September 2012
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did the forat kit come with clear instructions , did you have a technician install it and did he punch holes in the linn for the midi inputs?
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did the forat kit come with clear instructions , did you have a technician install it and did he punch holes in the linn for the midi inputs?
Yes

No, I installed myself

No, I cut the midi socket holes myself
Old 23rd September 2012
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I installed Bruce Forat's Linndrum kit myself too. I bought it from the man himself in CA (super-helpful guy) along with a couple of pots that needed replacing. I have to say that whilst it is not cheap, the kit is very well made, comes with pretty clear instructions and has not given me any trouble at all.

Re. the midi sockets - the template supplied suggests cutting the holes in one of the wooden panels. I chose not to do this, as I wanted all the connectors to be on the back, so I cut holes for Midi in and out (no need for thru) in the metal chassis behind the PSU, which meant disassembling the machine. I did this with specialist hole cutters though, not a power drill!!

the only slight issue I seem to remember is there is some calibration on the PSU that needs to be done. I could't get my voltage readings down to exactly the same spec as in the instructions, but this has never caused an issue.

Timing for me is rock-solid with Cubase 6 on winXP.
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Yea, I put my sockets on the back as well.

While putting them on the timber sides would have been easier, it's not very practical.
Old 10th May 2013
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I don't know whether you sorted it out but I've been syncing my linn to my computer no problem. All the instructions are on this link. There's even a download of the audio and midi files needed, all the work has been done for you, no charge!!....

http://www.mdz.de/www/blog/27
Old 10th May 2013
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altitude thanks but i want to use the real linn. the linn has a cool groove and sounds better.
Ignore the protools grid. Just track it in. Then manually make your grid to your linn track.
Old 10th May 2013
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can someone help me? i am trying to sync up a linndrum to pro tools. it has no midi. i tried inputting the tempo and sliding the beat over with the grid and it works for a minute or two then drifts out of tempo.
Easy:

http://www.rv0.be/sudc.html

Works like a charm.
Old 28th October 2013
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If your Linn has JL cooper midi it will sync to incoming midi clock.
If not you need a Midi to Seq clock converter.
The linn will lock to seq clock fairly reliably but not so well if you are overdubbing drum parts in the Linn sequencer.

i wish ( Sync Unit DC | rv0 ) was supported and rtas.
Old 29th December 2015
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If you're using protools and you have a spare audio out on your interface, this is very simple.

1. Create a session with the tempo set at 60 bpm

2. On a mono audio track, select a long stretch of empty space and using the Signal Generator under Audiosuite, generate a 48Hz Square Wave.

3. Set the track to "Ticks" not "Samples"

4. Make the track an Elastic Audio "Varispeed" track.

5. Route that track's output to "Sync In" on the LinnDrum and enable Ext. Sync

6. Press play on the LinnDrum and then hit play on Protools.

The LinnDrum should start playing in sync at 60 BPM. When you change the tempo in Protools, the Elastic Audio Varispeed track will change pitch and the LinnDrum will change tempo.


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