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
February 14, 2011 @ 5:36 am
Hi Boris,
Yes you can. However you cant play the internal sounds whilst simultaneously sending out MIDI data, its one or the other. The TR727 will do the exact same thing. So if you buy a 909/808 clone rack unit then you can use the sequencer to drive it. :)
February 2, 2011 @ 4:04 am
a question for you, 707 lovers: Can you use it as a sequencer of any external drum module? I mean, can it send midi signals of dfferent midi channels to other drum machines/modules?
January 28, 2011 @ 3:07 pm

I tried and it worked, thank you! Bye the way, great machine.
January 27, 2011 @ 8:55 pm
A great drum machine for a not bad price. Its got a great punchy sound, dyn sync is always fun to use, and if your making acid house or techno and cant afford an 808 or 909 then this an essential buy. Its a shame about not being able to control the sounds like pitch ect, but it has individual outs. It can sound just nice backing up another set of drum sounds. 4.5, only because you cant change the sounds. A great drum machine in my opinion.
January 19, 2011 @ 6:37 pm
I owned one from 2000-2009. It has vintage appeal, but it simply cannot hold up to todays machinery. It's sounds get old in about 10 minutes. I traded it in and (glady) got $170. They turned around and sold if for $325...WOW
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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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