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
Conor Phelan
June 26, 2012 @ 3:37 pm
Why has the 707 been awarded a rating of only 2?
madness
Aleksey
May 28, 2012 @ 3:41 am
I have this one! TR-707 is a greate drummachine, classic acid/proto house drum sounds. I hope to get TR-727 in the future
alex
May 22, 2012 @ 9:33 am
i´ve 2 of them and 2 727 i hope they stay a few years more with me.
kitkat
May 15, 2012 @ 10:49 pm
Ooh now that's a much nicer image for the 707!
marco
May 15, 2012 @ 9:40 am
i miss my 707 too... i sell it a lot of times ago...
 
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Rated 4.36 (795 Votes)

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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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