Roland TR-727 Rhythm Composer

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The TR-727 is a Latin drum kit version of the TR-707. Very cool for tribal, latin and Indian house beats. Individual outputs and volume sliders for each sound, all the same great features and cool Matrix display and MIDI implementation as the TR-707. 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. Aphex Twin, Freddy Fresh, and Luke Vibert have used the TR-727.

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16 Visitor comments
December 27, 2012 @ 9:20 am
Great sounding machine, here's a fantastic video of the TR727 together with the 707:
June 22, 2012 @ 12:26 am
Used by way more than Aphex Twin and Luke Vibert. Surprising lack of any American artists.
March 7, 2012 @ 2:42 am
Used by Stock Aitken Waterman and Madonna (beginning in La Isla Bonita).
January 25, 2012 @ 8:17 pm
Just thought I'd mention that the trigger out jack on the back sends a 5v gate pulse every time the 'aggogo' is played. This can be handy for putting in to the appregio sync on your vintage synths and can be pretty cool with different patterns, not just 16ths. I use this with Jupiter 6, Korg Polysix, SH101, Juno 6 and there are loads of others. Also, it can trigger the envelopes on monosynths too for nice rhythms. 'Trigger' or 'gate' in is where you send it to. I try this with my Moog Voyager and Korg MS10. .
January 18, 2012 @ 4:01 pm

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  • Demos & Media
  • Audio Clip 1 - A bunch of loops and patterns showing the 727 knows latin / conga!

    Manual - Roland has made manuals for most of their products available as free PDF downloads.

  • Specifications
  • Effects - Shuffle / Flam
  • Oscillators - Sample Playback/Acoustic Simulation
  • Drum Tones - 15 Latin Kit Sounds
  • Patterns - 64
  • Songs - 4
  • Arpeg/Seq - Sequencer
  • Keyboard - none
  • Control - Midi in/out & DIN sync in/out
  • Date Produced - 1985
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