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
June 13, 2009 @ 1:49 am
great machine...front line assembly used it on their 1986 album total terror.
A. Hubert
May 9, 2009 @ 9:37 pm
Oops, my bad. The Linn Electronics LM-1 was effectively used by The Human League on the Dare album (thanks for correcting me Rob). But the LM-1 and the TR-707 do sound very similar. The TR-707 has a somewhat better user interface than the Linn though, with a graphical display.
April 13, 2009 @ 9:14 am
I believe the Human League used a Linn Drum for the "Dare" album, not a 707, but KMFMD used it on "What Do You Know, Deutschland?" according to the reissue's liner notes.
April 8, 2009 @ 10:19 am
MSTRKRFT uses this in the studio.
March 16, 2009 @ 12:06 pm
I agree with the reviewer that this is an underrated box, but the snare and kick are not boring at all, they rock! It's the hi-hats that are a waste of time. Who doesn't already have a dozen 909 hat samples?
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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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