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
March 7, 2009 @ 8:32 pm
boring? dude i love this thing's kick and snare. its like THE industrial/ebm drum machine for the mid 80s.

the band list is wrong too, skinny puppy used this on mind: tpi
February 26, 2009 @ 5:03 pm
Henrik Hansson
February 21, 2009 @ 6:09 pm
I can't believe what I'm reading! The snare sound is THE BEST ever. Sounds like snare used to sound on old disco records or Steve Gadd during session work, but in a drum-machine-ish way. :) Love it.
February 17, 2009 @ 11:13 pm
Very In your face with all the samples. I haven't actually tried out a 909/808 so can't compare, although Kick1 plus Snare1 combination sounds real tight. Editing real easy, only fluke is lack of real-time switching between pattern and step/tap. Surprisingly light weighted, and mine misses tempos if casing is pressed on hard.
December 26, 2008 @ 7:31 pm
It's ok, it only sends out MIDI note messages in song mode, so forget about WRITING beats with this sync'd up to anything. I found this issue made it useless as a controller for a Drumstation or even soft synths, which is why i originally got it, since the sounds are so-so. You can beef it up if you run the individual outs through a mixer and add compression, but at that point you've spent enough money to get something better. Having said that, if you can get it cheap enough it can be a lot of fun.
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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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