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Average rating: 4.8 out of 5
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MONKEY C a professional user from jungles of the east writes:
really nice small production unit, sounds amazing,awesome sequencer, paid $777 when it first came out,have since sold it.the only problem i have with the 777 is the secondhand prices are ridiculous, it doesn't have any memory which is a pain in the ass for studio applications, for $1600 you can get a voyager which does have memory and many other features. this unit should be $800 tops

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Sep-19-2008 at 12:31
aphadaphaler a hobbyist user from usa writes:
The 777 is great, with all the modulation options you can create basic FM synthesis. With 2 oscillators each with their own sub plus the resonant filter you can create basic additive synthesis. The sequencer is rock solid and live. The 777 is definitely a sick acid machine, basses drums noizes ect all can be had. The CV is intriguing but i've yet to really get into it. If you have the $ and want the sound the 777 is the biz.


Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-11-2008 at 18:39
shaft9000 a professional user from USA writes:
It was with great excitement I received my 777...always wanting a TB303 but not justified by the silly 'vintage' prices (over $700 for even a mint tb-303 is bad economics). My excitement tripled once I plugged the thing in and started exploring. Drippy, wobbly basslines with thick OSC action (subOSC ALONE puts it in another class from 303, not to mention a zillion more variety of sounds). What is so refreshing about this is you get a really capable monosynth with esoteric, unique character. Also, it has a very satisfying BASIC TONE...even when used mellow it sounds rich and round....the ability to emulate Moog modular sequencing is quite surprising...I had no trouble pumping out TD and Schulze loops with various modulations in real time. It's also very adept at sequencing other gear, MIDI or CV both can be done. For acid, there is nothing out there that can compete with this. A Devilfish-303 maybe comes close in basic tone, but your stuck with that god-awful 303 sequencer. Ditto 303 clones. You can modify 'em to death to get them to sound great, but that 303 seq can't play & write simultaneously, amongst other limitations. The 777 has an incredible filter that goes far beyond most synthesizer's timbral limits. It is a discreet transistor ladder-type afaik, and it is one of the best ever put into any synthesizer. Also one of the most unique, being a fixed HPF and a switchable 3 or 7-pole LPF plus modulation like no other. Unbelievable! Now the 777 is not perfect, mind you. But for what it cannot be denied that no other synth offers so much quality and uniqueness in one tight little box.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Mar-13-2007 at 15:16
go-rilla a hobbyist user from teknotown writes:
Pretty intense, the coolest analog I've used. When I say coolest, I mean the most well rounded. Easy sequencer, nasty nasty sounds, and great versitility in a studio. Really has its own sound so to speak. Very dirty, almost ugly in a good way sound. Good for tekno, acid, and most electronica where repetition or patterns make the song. No so good for the mullet sporting van halen guy or hip hoppers. It's sound makes it stand out in the mix, good leads possible. Pads or more ambeint sound not so much. I got some old roland analogs and they are good for that stuff, more spacey cleaner. If you want the nasty leads or make dance music this is your box

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Nov-27-2005 at 12:39
James Socorro a part-time user from New Westminster B.C. writes:
At first I was disappointed somewhat with this synth because it was 'not' a spot on replacement for a TB 303 and this is what I was expecting. Furthermore, it did not seem to have the 'sweetness' of the TB, and the resonance was not as 'juicy' as the Great Grey Box, or the Syncho TeeBee either.

Upon further experiment however, I found that using it in 'phaser mode', it became quite noticably warmer and sweeter. In addition, the basses on this machine can be simply 'beautiful' and 'inspirational'; warm, dense, rubbery if need be, and sometimes reminding me of an upright bass like Ray Brown or somebody would play. The 303 is no match for the 777 when it comes to bass, whatever other attributes it has.

Also, the 777, as many have noted, can go far beyond the 303 in terms of sound potential. I have loads of fun getting formant type sounds, that really make this thing 'talk' so to 'speak'!

Future Retro has discontinued the 777 and has come out with the 'Revolution', a very cool synth/sequencer that is supposed to be quite a bit closer to the 303, and with more stable oscillators, a swing function etc. It still won't have the FM section, that is such an integral part of the 777's craziness.The more stable oscillators, just might take some of the sonic richness from the bass away. For these reason's and others, I won't be selling mine soon, if ever. There's nothing out there like it.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Jul-19-2004 at 17:01
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