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
October 5, 2010 @ 11:02 am
The 707 was used an awful lot in old acid house. Acid Tracks by Phuture is essentially a 303 and a 707!
September 20, 2010 @ 10:15 am
Such a great machine. just got mine working and it's rediculous how many 80's tracks you can hear the exact sounds from. Thomas Dolby, Duran Duran, The Human League, is a small bit of the huge amount of artists that arent listed here. great bit for my live setup! a bit cheesy, but add a little reeverb and it sounds pretty good actually. wish it were a little more tweaked for live use though, hard as heck to see it on stage or in the dark. Anyway, for having found in my friends basement and getting it for free, I've got to say it's definently worth what I got it for. Also, despite what most people say, it's actually possible to sequence external gear!
September 17, 2010 @ 5:02 pm
The drums on wham's Every thing she wants came from Linndrum and not from Tr 707 !. This song is from 1984 and Tr 707 is from 1985 .
August 21, 2010 @ 10:06 pm
I think that on of the 707's shining moments in pop music has to be "Everything She Wants" by Wham. If you get the right version of the song, you can hear the 707 beat away for almost a minute by itself. Really sub par sounds if you think about it.....but in the right context the really work.
ed starkey
August 10, 2010 @ 11:50 am
the 707 was velocity sensitive when triggered by an external source. Lots of hidden treasures inside these old war horses. i used a reverb unit on the ride cymbal out put & it was just right. The individual outs let you run external effects for each sound instead of having to settle for a menu. you could control the volume of each drum with out having to tie up a mixer channel for each. my unit is 30 years old and still gets used in some fashion even with the new tech that's available.
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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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