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Average rating: 3.8 out of 5
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Saso Podobnik a part-time user from Slovenia writes:
The TR-707 is a lovely, if a little limited, drum machine. I had it for over a year and although I've just sold it, I got very good mileage out of it. The cons - the fact that it isn't rack-mountable (space is a precious commodity in my bedroom studio), difficult sequencing beyond 16 steps and few sounds - finally outweighed the pros, but it's featured in quite a few songs that our band made. E-mail me at to hear it in action.

Mind you, there are quite a few things that I liked about it. Some of the sounds are fantastic and I had a great time programming my two drum modules, the Yamaha RM50 and the Kawai XD-5, to sound like the 707 before I sold it. I make 80's synthpop music and I really liked the two gated snares. The hi-hats are also great, but it's the three toms that I'll really miss. Considering that Roland had very limited ROM space, I find that the selection of sounds very wise and they complement each other well.

The famed 16-step sequencer didn't do much for me, shockingly enough: I only used it for writing long snare/tom fills. Furthermore, I never quite got a hang of chaining the patters into songs and all songs the 707 was used in were sequenced externally via MIDI. Consequently, it made sense to let the 707 go and replace it with a rack-mount drum synthesiser.

I can't service my own gear and I appreciated the build quality. I hadn't the AC adapter pin problem and none of the drum pads gave in on me. A lot of dust and dirt gathered under the display over the years and it bothered me a bit, but everything was still perfectly legible and I left it alone lest I could break something if I opened it.

I'm somewhat surprised that the TR-707 is still desirable after all these years - I found a buyer immediately and I didn't lose any money in the sale. It's a good, well-rounded product, though, and in the right hands, it can still be held responsible for great grooves.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Saturday-Aug-24-2002 at 11:26
DJ Bies a hobbyist user from Nederland writes:
Great drum computer. Very underrated. 10 times as cheap as a 808 or 909. Has a trigger out which you can use to trigger for example a SH-101. The result is ACID HOUSE.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jun-28-2002 at 10:14
dj Peter K a professional user from the Netherlands writes:
A real classic one. Many classic early house/acid tracks are made with this one as only drummachine. (like: armando - 151) and producers like dj rush still use this piece of gear a lot. The close hihat is almost the same as 909 and the open is a sort of 909 with less attack.. The clap is something special, a sort of 909 clap with less decay, very usable in modern disco/house tracks. And of course the machine looks real phunky too!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Dec-25-2001 at 10:44
ZanemWake a professional user from Florida writes:
the 707 is a great sequencer coupled with cheesy sounds. the hats and claps are great, but the snares and basses sound absolutely horrid. seeing as though i use digital performer, the sequencer does nothing for me. honestly the only reason i have kept this is because it was my first machine. i have since modified it to become a true rhythmic beast. if you are looking to program breaks then dont buy this, your breaks will sound like cereal box beats unless you do some serious effects processing. personally i do industrial/noise/breaks, and i use many sounds off of the rm1x and a sampler. dont buy this unless you plan on modifying it or need to synce an 808 or 303

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Saturday-Dec-22-2001 at 05:49
Caligula a part-time user from midi land writes:
yeha i purchased this machine recently, i will have to say the open hi hats suck! the closed rock... the snare drums a little flat... and so is the bass.. getcha a Metal Zone Distorion pedal you will be set! it maked th bass and snare alot better! ... hell if want to get freaky... get a wah wah pedal..hahah love that sound...

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-29-2001 at 05:40
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