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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85 Visitor comments
Andrew Flinders
March 8, 2013 @ 11:59 am
Please ignore the stupid Ratings on this website. Whoever writes these reviews and rates these classic synths is an ignorant douche. Good musicians don't spend their time rating -- and trashing -- great vintage musical instruments.
March 3, 2013 @ 3:41 am
M83 used this on his song "Midnight City".
John qy70
February 7, 2013 @ 5:35 pm
This is the machine that's behind Holy Ghost!'s begging just by the way. It sounds amazing. The fact that its rated so low is a bummer because this thing is a beast.
Matt K
February 4, 2013 @ 2:51 pm
i think the 707 has a beautful sound, and agree with other comments that it sounds nothing like a 909. i have no issues with the kicks (generally need a bit of punch added) and snares but love the rides. It has the early techno / house sound that just sounds so right on certain tracks, just check out some lovely tracks that KiNK have been knocking out. Because it is simple, you just focus in programmng great rhythms....yep, I really love it. Xx
February 4, 2013 @ 1:16 am
The 707 is a far cry from sounding like a 909. The high hats sound nothing alike, the claps sound nothing alike (especially the claps) and the rest of the sounds are nothing alike except maybe the ride, though you can't tune it on the 707.

The main things the 707 has going for it are the TR sequencer and the individual outs. It's overall sound however is a one trick pony that gets old much faster than the 808 or 909 IMO. It's not bad, but don't expect it to be a source for 909 samples. It's been used to death in House and I think it's easy to sound cliche with it.
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Rated 4.36 (780 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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