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Average rating: 3.8 out of 5
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tr707 is so-so on sounds,but definitely better than crappy mc303,it can be a din/midi synchroniser even if u don't like the sounds,and the trigger out can trigger older drum machine or built-in arppegiators from vintage synths,like juno60/6....

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Saturday-Aug-02-2003 at 15:35
Matt ( a hobbyist user from The Netherlands writes:
The TR-707... just received it today. Exchanged it for a MC-303. Some people will call me insane, probably a few won't. I just love old Roland gear.

First impression: The plastic scared me a little - the weight even more. The sequencer lcd caught my eye and what I read here before.. it DOES look like a old Starwars X-wing fighter. The individual out's at the back are great. I'm not into the MiDi so I really couldn't care less about that.

Programming the TR-707 is a bit difficult at the beginning. I checked 3 different manuals and that took around 2 hours to: 1) clear patterns; 2) program patterns; 3) copy patterns.

Difficult to handle? Not really!

The sound. Well.. The bassdrum and snaredrum lack warmth and are to short. It would have been nicer if those 2 instruments had env-controllers.

I programmed 2 patterns in different styles 1) breakbeat and 2) house. The breakbeat pattern sounded great after processing it through a compressor, reverb and slight distortion. The house pattern still sounded cheezy after processing it through compressor and eq. The bassdrum sounded warmer though - so thats a good thing but still.. too mellow!

Another great feature is FLAM/SHUFFLE. Downside is that you can't add it to individual notes: all or nothing.

So, for breakbeat/chemical artists (like me) it's worth buying for around € 100. Planning to do Hardcore/Hardhouse: get something else!


Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Aug-02-2003 at 14:07
AlexFresh a professional user from usa,california,La writes:
I just got this box at this pondshop near my house i been useing all the sounds on this thing i just add effects to them and waaaaaaaah la h ! you can't even tell the diffrence i recommend this for anyone trying to make almost anything hardcore,trancore,trance,prance,house,breaks,but of course you'll need skill and synths .

alex so dam fresh

any questions email me or any other tips on this tr 707 box

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-May-27-2003 at 15:11
r & b from Amsterdam writes:

TR-707 Service manual in pdf.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jan-09-2003 at 20:27
Kala a hobbyist user from Finland writes:
Everyone is right about sounds, they aren't so great. Actually pretty bad, but I like ride and tambourine (which doesn't sound like tambourine at all). I haven't used in any song and still I think this box has a very much value for me. Because it's so basic it has made me think beat sequencing a lot and I've learned a much! I would recommend this box to anyone who thinks he doesn't know how to make a good beat. For instance, you can get even aphex twin like patterns out of this thing, it's just depends how familiar you feel with grid-sequencing. And once you feel home with grids, then you can hit good beats with Native Instruments Battery for instance.

So I would give 2.5 for sounds, but 4 for overall value!

ps. does anyone else have problems with bpm. When I set it for example 130 and record my pattern, I found out that the real bpm is a few beats more. Really annoying... ;)

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Nov-28-2002 at 07:31
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