Synth Site: Future Retro: 777: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.8 out of 5
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Benny Davis a hobbyist user from Good 'ol US of A writes:
This thing is a 303 assassin!!! Jared and his pops cloned and reliably implanted the guts of that old roland turd and added two oscillators, overdrive and CV control. That isn't even half of the options. This thing is wicked bad and it's the real damn shit, ANALOG!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-23-1999 at 15:54
Daniel G. a hobbyist user from USA writes:
First of all, I'm wondering why this synth is classified under 'software/virutal synths''s the real thing, baby!

I just got my 777 a few days ago... This is my first analogue -- until now all I've had are digital synths -- some roland and yamaha stuff. This is quite a change. First of all, I have to say that I'm amazed how 'professional' analogue sounds. When I liten to my favorite goa music, it seems like all of it uses 303-ish sounds to a ridiculous degree... but now I've got those same sounds coming out of my own speakers...

There are more knobs than I know what to do with. It's really nice being able to play with a cutoff and res that work really nicely, unlike on my roland where only about 30% of the range is 'functional', with the rest of the settings sounding like crap. The 7 pole filter, when combined with the B-oscillator filter modulation, yields some *incredibly* deep deep bass. I'm gonna buy a new subwoofer just so I can take advantage of it.

Real Audio really muckies up sound. It sounds even better than the RA samples on FutureRetro's site... the RA seems to make the high frequencies swishy, but it sounds extremely clean. I recommend listening to a 777 live if you can...

The sequencer is really awesome. At first I was expecting it to be 303-like, which I find kind of annoying, but was delightfully suprised to see that it is much more intuitive. (Note on/off info is put into the 16 buttons at the bottom -- then the pitch is selected with down/up buttons)

It really shines through MIDI... you can trigger accents and glides through midi, too, which is really nice. It's much faster to program the front panel, but if you want to tweak minor things (I use a lot of wacky non-uniform gate times for my stuff), the MIDI is helpful.

Now only if the knobs were midi-controllable :)

I am very glad that someone introduced me to the 777 before I bought a 303... this thing is just sooo much more versatile. 7 pole filters are your friends. :)

I have not yet figured out how to get good percussive sounds out of this... but that may only be due to my never having used an analogue before. I got a pretty deep bass kick, but I can't get any decent open high-hat types of sounds.

My only complaint is that I can't afford two more of these, so I could do multitrack stuff realtime. (bass + lead parts)

If you buy a 303 you are crazy. If you sell a 777 you are beyond hope.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-May-07-1999 at 01:12
Leviathant a hobbyist user from York, PA, USA writes:
Coincidentally, I got #29 in a trade, or rather my bandmate did, but it's been sitting at my apartment keeping me awake for the past few days. What a beast! I ran the CV/Gate output to the ol' SH-09, then the 09's output into the input of the 777, detuned all three osc's slightly, using both sub-oscs... Now this is some tasty analogue beef! (?) Seriously though, I've also run my Yamaha RY-10 drum machine through the wildly modulating filter, jesuchristo! What a noise! From thumping percussive kicks to shrieking, squealing overdriven tweaky basslines to smooth pad-like gruvinez, I can't stop having fun with this box! Jered is -the- man! This homebuilt synth is rock-solid, the sequencer makes laying down tunes in both pattern and song mode SUPER easy, and it's fantastic for live stuff, assigning each song/pattern to a button, the ability to switch between pattern play and write mode without so much as a hiccup... 7 pole filter providing super smooth ultra-low-frequency strangeness... There's just so much here! If you've got a 303, sell it to the next fool who'll pay $1200 for it and secure yourself a line for this truly future-retro beast. Wooden side panels, smooth-motion knobs, so much fun. NOT A GOOD THING FOR COLLEGE KIDS WHO DONT SPEND ENOUGH TIME ON SCHOOL AS IT IS. Despite my bandmate having one, I've already placed myself on the list to have one to call my own. If you want analogue monosynth+sequencer+midi+flexible programming, give Jered your $777 and walk away with a piece you'll never get rid of

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Apr-27-1999 at 23:53
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