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
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.
Jordan Creighton
January 15, 2013 @ 8:00 am
707 ride, kick and snare are def not boring
January 13, 2013 @ 6:02 pm
Finally, i found a 707 with reasonable price ($150). but the first 707 i paid for was even cheaper, unfortunately it was traded into a vintage guitar that i eventually traded into CR5000. I been looking for the replacement for years. Tho' some could be found on eBay but it was hard to make up my mind to pay for.
Ben Tisdall
December 15, 2012 @ 5:36 am
Check out what John Heckle's doing with a 707, wonder if prices will start jacking up. Jacking up! geddit? Oh nm.
July 27, 2012 @ 1:50 am
yes, it's samples and they can't be modified but still, i love this machine. for years i avoided it because i use a 909 and 606 and other analog machines plus synthesize my own drums but recently somebody gave me his 707 and i started playing with it and love it. and there are times when i feel it is the only machine that is right for the track.
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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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