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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Sigmund Friendly
June 19, 2010 @ 12:07 pm
I don't see why people still buy stuff like this.It was lovely for the age,I respect their impact and everything,but the price for these antiques should discourage most people.You can get the exact same samples of the 707,808,and 909 on the electribe EMX,with the exception of the 808 cowbell sound which i think was just them being meanies..
June 14, 2010 @ 5:29 pm
Crappy sampled sounds I say. Yeah the programming interface is similar to the 909, but if you are looking for real 909 sounds i recommend you either get one or use a computer. At least look at vids on youtube before you buy it. I bought mine and was very disappointed with the sounds. The midi functionality is also very limited and you cannot for example control another drum sound module via midi in pattern mode. This makes it an almost useless performance tool.
May 21, 2010 @ 11:51 pm
I disagree with the sounds being boring. If I had to fault it I would say the Open HH is a little too "noisy" and not as crisp as the 909's. Then again the 909's HH are analogue so it's not really afair comparision.

Oh and I agree with Rusuden on the toms. The toms are lovely! :)
March 11, 2010 @ 10:31 pm
I'm pretty sure MSTRKRFT uses it in Heartbreaker.
December 27, 2009 @ 7:23 am
My first drum machine ever! Used to be the heart of my setup, as it could manage both MIDI and SYNC. As I did not have a large mixer at the time, the sliders came in really handy to build up a rhythm.

You get pretty easily bored with it's sounds. It is OK, but lacks some properp punching.
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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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