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Average rating: 3.8 out of 5
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Gear Hustler a hobbyist user from USA writes:
this plastic box is nice!! pretty much a linndrum killer due to the fact that Roger Linn bought the tools and info from Roland.Not intended but it did beat out the TR808 and TR909 at that time. The 707 is pretty basic sounding but real fun to program due to the fact that it has the cool Roland sequencer like its bigger brothers.Just midi clock this machine and it fits like a gem or just din sync and go old skool.There cheap to buy and fun to play and you also get a few TR909 sounds however you cant edit them as the 909 but hey the TR 707 is a X0X classic.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Mar-24-2008 at 09:26
sarika a hobbyist user from usa writes:
707 is allright by sarika's standards.sarika likes most drum machines that are pre 1990.this one is so fun to program though,the left to right lights,adding and taking away sounds with a simple press of the's nice to come up with beats that without the sequencer i wouldn't normaly think of.sounds pretty good also.i've never heard or seen an 808 or 909 in my life nor have i ever listened to techno or house or whatever so i can't judge by those.too bad the sounds aren't tunable though, tighten the kicks and lower the toms,then i'd be 14 years old again sitting in my 69 vw bug that didn't run listening to fear of a black planet through my parents house speakers hooked up directly to the battery.bye love sarika.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Dec-14-2007 at 21:14
JanCarlos a professional user from Finland writes:
Like some of you have all ready noticed, this is really nice drum machine. You can get TR-707 really cheap (around 150$) and it's definitely worth every cent.

You get nice basic drum tones to get you started and for those who all ready have a drum machine this little beauty gives lot's of useful and nice sounds to your rhythm weaponry. 707 has clap that sounds almost identical to 909's clap. You get 3 useful tom sounds, good crispy rimshot, and excelent cybal sounds. Both crash and ride are convincing enough to make that 909 styled techno.

Snares are Ok, not maybe so versatile than 909's but they do the job. Some of you have been criticizing kick sounds but I find them useful. And when you have individual outputs to all most every sound you can process these with external eq's and effects.

707's sequencer is really great for rhythm and groove experiments and it has that same hand on feel that the 909 and 808 has. I also love the pattern play mode where you can chance to one pattern to an another really rapid and this gives great realtime control on live situations.

If this isn't enough you also can use 707's sequencer to send midi to external devices so you can get that TR-programming feel and use for example 909 kit from your sound module or software based sampler.

Rim shot also sends 5 volt trigger pulse, so you can use this to trigger CV based drum modules. I use mine to trigger DIY based 909 kick circuit.

707 receives and sends midi and it supports Roland DIN sync so you can sync earlier Roland products like TB-303 or SH-101 to midi sync simply using 707.

I searched quite long until I found one in perfect condition and I'm sure it's a keeper. Lot of people are abusing and bending these boxes there's nothing wrong with that, it's only matter of time when these will become rare. I treat mine like any other Roland vintage synth, with great respect.

Many rock bands have used this box but I think it's best on techno and acid house.

I've had countless hours of fun just with TR-707 and 202, tweaking and improvising basslines and beats. Throw in another drum machine and another bass synht and you are in acid heaven :)

Oh, and it really does look really funky!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Oct-19-2006 at 13:27
James Belton a hobbyist user from UK writes:
Although fairly limited this is still a great machine. Yes the sounds are quite dated but they're still usable. I love it. Only had this a little while and its really quick to get your head into.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Dec-04-2005 at 10:01
Rafael Monleon a part-time user from Raleigh, NC (USA) writes:
Just bought it for $70. Still dont know how much use i will make of it. I am G5 Dual Proce / Sogt synth / Logic Pro 7 - Reason - Ableton based ... but the fact that is a TR-X0X really attracted me .... it is sooooo easy to make beats out of it....and as i read in a review before it can make you think about how to create beats and not so much as the sound that comes out of it...Truly recommended, in particular for the money i paid ...

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Sep-28-2005 at 13:11
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