LM-1 | The Drum Machine That Changed Everything

LM-1 | The Drum Machine That Changed Everything

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LM-1 is a (semi-)faithful* recreation of the classic Linn LM-1 drum machine used by artists such as Prince, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and many more. The Ableton Drum Rack takes it one step further by presenting you with simple to use Macro controls to transform the sound well beyond the possibilities of the original hardware.

*See the ‘More Info’ section to learn about the samples used in the pack.

LM-1 is also available as part of the DRUMS, FREE and EVRYTHNG bundles.

Hear What LM-1 Sounds Like

More Info

Released in 1980 the Linn LM-1 was the first ever drum machine to use recorded samples of real drums and one of the first programmable drum machines. Only about 500 LM-1s were ever built and early adopters include Prince (possibly its most famous user), Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Gary Numan, The Human League and others.

The samples used in this pack are generously provided by Alex Ball. I’ll let Alex tell you more about the samples himself, as well as share some of the history behind the LM-1 in this fantastic video he’s produced.

Unfortunately the unit that Alex sampled wasn’t in the best condition so he wasn’t able to get good samples of the toms, therefore the toms used in this pack are in fact the toms from Alex’s own Oberheim DX, which has a similar sound to the LM-1.

Own The Artwork

Does your music studio need a bit of character? The artwork for LM-1 is available to buy as a print from my Redbubble store. Redbubble makes it easy for artists to sell their work to fans - they handle all of the logistics such as printing and shipping. I’ve used them before many times and have been very happy with the experience. Seeing as this is a free pack, buying the artwork is a great way to help support development!

Buy The LM-1 Artwork

Once you receive the print please take a pic and tag @ELPHNTx on social media!

Pay What You Want

LM-1 is released as a Pay-What-You-Want pack. This means that you can download it completely for free, but if you'd like to pay a bit for the pack its always appreciated! 🙏🏻 

I'd recommend $5 as a fair amount 🤘🏻 

Minimum Requirements*

For the Ableton Drum Rack:

  • Ableton Live 9.7+
  • Ableton Live Lite, Intro Standard or Suite
  • LM-1 will not work with older versions of Live - you will get an error

For the samples:

  • Anything that can read .wav files (most DAWs)

What's In The Download?

  • The LM-1 Ableton Drum Rack (LM-1.adg)
  • 12 Single Hit LM-1 Drums (.adg files)
  • 96 LM-1 samples in .wav format (24bit, 44.1kHz)
  • 16 Oberheim DX samples in .wav format (24bit, 44.1kHz)
  • The samples are available as a separate download for use in other DAWs


  • LM-1 is 100% royalty-free.
  • Read more about the licensing of LM-1 here.
  • The samples used for this pack are generously provided by Alex Ball.

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