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In-depth Feature:  Future Retro 777
Anyone looking for 303 sounds and beyond would do well to consider the FR-777
Albert Potts writes: .


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Introduction
The Future Retro 777 is a monophonic analog synthesizer with a built in sequencer. It comes in a solidly constructed aluminium desktop case that sports lovely wooden end pieces. I was impressed by the quality of the fit and finish when I pulled the unit out of the box. Although spartan (no shiny plastic or lots of different coloured flashing lights) it is a well thought out design that gives one confidence in the longevity of this unit.

The FR-777 can be considered a TB-303 emulator on steroids, or at the very least on serious nutritional supplements. It can do faithful 303 emulations or go far beyond that into new territories, thanks to some nicely thought out features. Indeed, the FR-777 should be considered an instrument in its own right, not just a 303 emulator.

There are 32 knobs and seven switches on the synthesizer portion of the front panel, so there is no paging through menus on this beast! It is analog to the core. The rear panel includes a 12 volt AC jack for the included external power supply, mono analog output on 1/4", Accent In/Out, Gate In/Out, CV In/Out, Filter In, and Midi In/Out.

Let me begin by describing the functions of all those knobs and switches on the front panel.

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       2 Comments...  
    Vidar Johansen    Said...

    OK. AWESOME! Kind of limited in one way, but if you learn to use it right it´s one of the most exciting monosynths you can come across. There are wild smoothness in the filter/modulation section and it has a few functions which I have never seen in any other analogue synth, maybe best comparable to mks-80/jupiter´s X-MOD. Its solid stuff, and you get even more surprised when you discover the "hidden" soundshaping possibilities it has. I can tell ya, I had a bass-loop going and suddenly i found the spots and got THAT INSANELY FAT groove and by twisting the cutoff knob up and down in sync with the loop, the coolest bassdrum (accent) came out of it. Lovely!

    16-Feb-08 10:28 PM


    ali    Said...

    i need lvl up 50

    03-Aug-08 02:04 PM


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