ANMERKUNGEN ZUM TEST VON ROGER LINN:
I thank Amazona.de for their positive review of LinnStrument. As a tiny company with limited funds, press reviews are very helpful and appreciated.
Although the reviewer had good intentions, LinnStrument is a very unique musical instrument and I believe that he did not correctly understand it.
My List of factual errors and omissions in Amazon.de’s review of LinnStrument
* The review claims that LinnStrument ships with no free sounds. This is not true. LinnStrument ships with a free copy of Bitwig 8-Track, which support LinnStrument’s polyphonic expression and includes some example sounds optimized for polyphonic expression instruments like LinnStrument. We also supply sound files for Ableton Live, Omnisphere, U-He Bazille and others.
However, currently our best LinnStrument sounds are supplied for Logic Pro X on mac. Though this does require ownership of Logic, I believe this is a good choice because most LinnStrument owners use mac and own Logic Pro X, and Logic Pro X provides many types of quality sound generation for a low cost. In a one-hour video call with the reviewer, I explained this and asked him to use our Logic sounds to best demonstrate LinnStrument’s capabilities. Unfortunately the reviewer did not listen to our Logic sound file and and did not mention our Logic file in his review. For his audio examples, he chose to make his own sounds using a Korg Kronos, which does not support polyphonic expression and is therefore a poor choice. Also, he chose to use standard MIDI keyboard presets with only minor modifications, so his audio examples do not demonstrate LinnStrument’s advantages over a standard MIDI keyboard. For example, all of his audio examples use velocity for note loudness instead of continuous pressure. Unlike a MIDI keyboard’s limited Aftertouch, LinnStrument’s pressure output ranges from the lightest touch to the heaviest touch, permitting continuous control of each note’s volume for performance of wind and bowed-string sounds. Also, the audio examples include two pad sounds, one rhythmic bass performance and drums, all of which can be performed on standard MIDI keyboards and therefore are poor examples of LinnStrument’s advantages over a MIDI keyboard. Also, the audio examples do not demonstrate Y-axis control, polyphonic pitch bends or polyphonic 3-dimensional expression. For better video examples of LinnStrument’s capabilities, please visit our web site, www.rogerlinndesign.com.
* The review states that you must change some settings in a new LinnStrument before you can use it in common MIDI sound generators. This is not true. When you buy a new LinnStrument, it is already configured to work with all standard presets of all MIDI sound generators, but with the advantage of note-to-note pitch slides and performed vibrato. I suspect that when the reviewer received the LinnStrument from the previous publication, its settings had been changed by the previous reviewer. In my video call with the reviewer, I asked him to reset LinnStrument’s settings back to normal to avoid this problem.
* The reviewer states that the USB connector should have a lock to prevent it from being accidentally pulled out. Unfortunately, a locking USB connector does not exist. This is because of the design of the USB connector, so I cannot change this. However, the standard guitar connector has the same problem, so if a LinnStrument owner wishes to play standing up with a guitar strap, I advise him to do the same thing that guitarists do: tie the cable around one of the guitar strap buttons.
* The review states that a user manual is not included. This is not true. There is a complete user manual on our web site. In a personally-signed letter included with every LinnStrument, I explain why we don’t include a printed manual: Because of our frequent feature additions by software updates, and the long time it takes to print manuals, a printed manual would be always be inaccurate and obsolete. Online manuals are used for all software applications and are now also commonly used for hardware products, so this is not unusual. Also, a LinnStrument owner can easily print any pages of the online manual if he prefers to read from paper.
* The review states that LinnStrument does not use a piano key note arrangement, and the reviewer states that he found it difficult to play. But he does not state why the piano note arrangement is not used. The reason is that note-to-note pitch slides—an important part of expressive musical performance—are not possible on a piano arrangement. Instead, LinnStrument uses the note arrangement of the most popular group of musical instruments in history: stringed instruments. Each row is like a string, consisting of 2 octaves of consecutive semitones, and you can tune the rows however you wish. And similar to a piano’s white keys, the natural notes on LinnStrument are lit. This stringed-instrument arrangement happens to be a grid.
* The review describes a switch on LinnStrument’s panel as “Pre-Split Settings”. The correct spelling is “Per-Split Settings”.
ANMERKUNGEN ZUR TESTKRITIK VOM AUTOR KLAUS-PETER RAUSCH:
- Im Lieferumfang von LinnStrument befindet sich Bitwig 8-Track mit 15 Sounds, die für den Einsatz mit dem LinnStrument optimiert sind. Zum Test stand uns diese Software nicht zur Verfügung. Wir haben diese Info im Test ergänzt.
- Wie die Audiobeispiele entstanden sind, steht im Test. Zusätzliche optionale Systemvoraussetzungen wie bestimmte Software (Logic und damit auch Mac) wurde ebenfalls erwähnt.
- Selbstverständlich müssen Tonerzeuger und Controller mit zusätzlichen Einstellungen aufeinander abgestimmt werden, was ja auch von Leserkommentaren beschrieben wird. Es gibt einen guten YouTube clip (8 Minuten), der das mit Mac, Cubase, Uhe Diva und der Note Expression Function zeigt, wodurch gleich 3 Fabrikate betroffen sind.
- Nicht die USB Connection wird kritisiert, sondern es wird auf die Besonderheit solcher Verbindungen bei einem Live Instrument hingewiesen. Wer LinnStrument schultert wie eine Gitarre, läuft Gefahr, dass sich das USB-Kabel löst.
- Das Nichtvorhandensein der Bedienungsanleitung ist im Test benannt, jedoch sogar beschönigend mit Hinweis auf Support Page relativiert.
- Den Einwand zum Punkt Piano Skala hat Roger Linn offensichtlich komplett falsch verstanden. Hier scheint es ein Missverständnis durch eine fehlerhafte Übersetzung zu geben.
- Den Tippfehler Pre-Split Settings statt Per-Split Settings, haben wir korrigiert.