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
January 10, 2014 @ 12:25 pm
Looking for a CHEAP 707 in the US... by cheap I mean forget ebay prices. I wanna spend about $150.. skunk3 at gmail
Mr. Mitch
October 10, 2013 @ 6:20 pm
I love the 707, it's was used for the first Acid House tracks made in Chicago in the mid eighties.
I can't believe VS didn' mentioned Armando and Phuture as hard users in the beginning of their carreer. Hook it to a tr-727, sh-101, tb-303 and add some reverb ... You will have endless hours of Fun!
Larry Wilson
September 3, 2013 @ 2:41 pm
@david Part of the unrealism might be because it's a lower bitrate combined with shorter samples (according to this, the cymbals and hi-hat were only 6-bit, and the entire kit was only 8-bit overall). Back then, memory was seriously expensive, and even the clipped samples Roland made for the 707 cost them a pretty penny. Nowadays, samples that short would be inexcusable, but back then it was the best they could do...
Larry Wilson
September 3, 2013 @ 2:37 pm
@david It's acoustic samples.
August 30, 2013 @ 11:13 am
Does anyone know if the digitally sampled sounds are sampled from real drum kits, or are they sampled from synthesized drum sounds? it sounds synthetic but would like to know for shore?
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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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