Future Retro 777

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The Future Retro 777 is a monophonic analog synthesizer with a digital sequencer. The 777 is a sleek retro design that has realized the full potential of the monophonic pattern based synth. It's not just another TB-303 emulator. It uses analog circuitry and has a lot of hands-on knobs for instant sound tweaking. And while the 777 has extensive editing and modulation abilities, the layout is as basic and intuitive as an old SH-101 or MC-202!

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The 777 functions quite well as either a standalone bass sequencer or as a sound module in a MIDI environment. Two oscillators (A / B) produce a fat bass sound. Modulation abilities are quite complex, the oscillators themselves can modulate each other for example. The filter is very nice with switchable 3 or 7 pole slopes as well as other sound shaping controls for a wide range of tones. An external sound can be routed through the filter too. The sequencer, OSC B and the decay envelope can also modulate the filter cutoff. The 777 also employs a smart accent effect for that extra bit o' kick in your bassline.

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As a sequencer the 777 shines once again. Bear in mind that this sequencer accommodates a monophonic (single tone) instrument which normally has very basic sequencing needs. Notes are entered using the pseudo-keyboard buttons. Programming is different than other synth / grooveboxes of similar function but is relatively easy to master. Up to 256 patterns can be linked to form up to 16 songs all of which remain in memory. And of course all real-time editing can be recorded into your sequence and are also MIDI controllable. Final goodies include an internal MIDI to CV-gate converter, glide or portamento effects, distortion, chorus and phase effects and more! It has been used by BT, KMFDM and Sense Datum.

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9 Visitor comments
nestirual
July 23, 2012 @ 8:56 pm
@john doe The sh201 is cheap and old school in its programming, it can do simple saw leads and has cutoff, resonance, attack, release, saw wave, ring sync. well and way more
MS
March 7, 2012 @ 3:18 pm
This synth is awesome! It sounds crazy and it super tweakable and it really stands out in any song you use it in. Its easy to use and make cool patterns with and syncs with MIDI very well. Unfortunately for me mine was stolen... However I do plan to purchase another one someday as it really is just that good! If i could still easily get one for $777 which is what i paid for mine initially i'd be all over it. Hopefully one day i'll snag another on eBay for less than $1000. Till then all i can do is listen to the songs I made while i had it and dream of owning one again.
cxs303
September 14, 2011 @ 5:50 am
For me, the 777 is the best monophonic synth with step-sequencer ever released. One of the few machines that delivers what it promises. The possibilities, the look and feel, and last but not least...the sound is absolute stunning. You can go from a conservative 303 sound to a mutation of acid sound, that needs a new definition. Every underground Acid/Techno producer should have one 777. The 777 is worth every cent.
John Doe
August 22, 2011 @ 10:22 pm
What I wanna know, is WHAT synthesizer, if ANY, can create a simple saw lead, it has been hard to find one, I think I can find a simple keyboard with casio, alesis, or god forbid, moog. im looking for a CHEAP synth, that can create basslines, and short catchy leads, but hangs around home by paying homage to simple synth essentials, like cutoff, resonance, attack, release, saw wave, ring sync, ect. email me with an response at synthbomb99@gmail.com
mok
November 18, 2010 @ 12:56 am
kind of stupid that everybody sells them for $777....
 
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - Monophonic
  • Oscillators - 2 VCOs (saw or square), white noise gen, sub-osc, FM
  • Filter - Low pass resonant with switchable 3 or 7 pole slope
  • LFO - Sort-Of
  • Keyboard - Pattern/Bank buttons
  • Patterns - 256 (12 or 16 steps each)
  • Songs - 16 songs (3,580 measures per song)
  • Control - MIDI + CV/Gate
  • Date Produced - 1998

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