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AKAI MPK Mini MK3 £90

It was a sad day, in February 1986, when Linn Electronics closed its doors for the final time. The company had pioneered the concept of the sample-based drum machine, and had followed this up with a series of devices that took the company closer to realising founder Roger Linn’s vision of a fully-fledged all-in-one digital music production centre. Roger never enjoyed the manufacturing, marketing and sales side of his business though, which may go some way to explaining the demise of Linn Electronics. But it’s also one of the reasons he subsequently teamed with Japanese electronics firm Akai, and why that collaboration has proven so successful.

Finally, Linn’s concept of an all-in-one music production centre could become a reality, and a new legend in the world of music technology was born:

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