Roland TR-707 Rhythm Composer

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A very underrated drum machine! It resembles the popular TR-909, and better yet, its hi-hat, cymbals, and clap sound almost identical to the TR-909! The TR-707 is a great source for cheap 909 samples. It has some other cool features too such as its Matrix display which clearly maps out your pattern for you in an easy to read display panel. It also features both MIDI in/out and DIN sync control - the best of both worlds. Why this unit even has individual outputs for each of its drum tones!

For programming, it features a shuffle and flam effect and its programming abilities are very impressive. But it does have its limitations, the only adjustment you can make to each drum tone is volume. And all of its other drum tones are boring (especially ride, kick and snare). It's used by Aphex Twin, Laurent Garnier, Squarepusher, Luke Vibert, Freddy Fresh, Phil Collins, Marshall Jefferson and Plastikman.

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86 Visitor comments
mpckid
May 2, 2014 @ 6:45 pm
I have a roland 707 for sale . Yes it work this thing is great putting it on craigslist for sale in ny buffalo and erie P.a .
jack
April 13, 2014 @ 4:28 pm
cathy: you can try opening it up and seeing what's loose and reconnecting it if it's obvious, but it's a pretty difficult thing to repair by oneself. if you can locate someone who is factory certified to work on roland products, they can apparently replace many nonworking 707 parts, and the schematic is readily available. may be a tad pricey, but that is probably the way to get the job done, and the machine is definitely worth it.
Cathy
March 20, 2014 @ 3:40 pm
I have a 707 which isn't working - sounds like there's something loose inside. My husband got so many great sounds out of it. I would love to get it repaired. Any thoughts?
Oliver
February 8, 2014 @ 4:48 am
Now that I got a 707, I discovered that the dark synth pop band PSYCHE used it on many tracks of their album Unveiling The Secret from 1986. The 707 is also featured on their LIVE EP, where you can see the back. So, I think I'll try to rebuild some of their beats now! :-)
lightman
January 28, 2014 @ 3:58 pm
Excellent box, very expressive sounds. The Retrosound demo shown here on VSE doesn't do it justice though, they let the machine sound like a 10 years old who just started playing drums. This thing is a swing and groove monster that can do more than just garage band backing c.rap.
 
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  • Specifications
  • Effects - Shuffle / Flam
  • Oscillators - Sample Playback/Acoustic Simulation. Drum sounds are 8-bit, Crash & Ride are 6-bit.
  • Tones - 15 sampled sounds (kick1, kick2, snare1, snare2, low tom, mid tom, high tom, rim shot, cow bell, hand clap, Tambourine, open/closed high hat, crash/ride cymbals)
  • Patterns - 64
  • Songs - 4
  • Arpeg/Seq - Sequencer
  • Keyboard - none
  • Control - MIDI IN/OUT & DIN SYNC IN/OUT & TRIG OUT (outputs Rimshot sound as trigger)
  • Date Produced - 1985
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    Thanks to James Malcolm for adding info.

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