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Average rating: 3.8 out of 5
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Thomas Emil Hansen a hobbyist user from Denmark writes:
Pros: - Built-in mixer with sliders for almost every drum - It's a TR alright, and a cheap one too

Cons: - Sounds aren't too great, in fact they're pretty bad - You can't change the sounds (no pitch, no snap, no decay, no nothing) - There's nothing special about it what-so-ever

I have one. I bought it for $100, but I never use it. There are so many other much better ways to create drumtracks.

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jun-12-1999 at 14:53
Jimmy a part-timer user from USA writes:
Picked mine up for $150 practically mint w/ manual and Everything. Easy to believe the great one Vince Clarke uses one. Bass drum and Snare arent exactly lush...just thin matter, i am gettin a Korg Electribe..I love this thing, it does Synth-pop better than anythin else..Oh yeah...the claps and 'hats are VERY similar to the Tr-909's PEPPY...he's a peppy lil bastard...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Apr-02-1999 at 19:25
Mole Less Tation a part-timer user from 9th province of Jove writes:
The TR-707 has no business being compared to the other ROland XOX's. This box sounds like the kind of cheesy digital drums you find on a new $500 range keyboard that has rhythm sets built in. The 707 sounds absolutely frikin nothing like an analog beatbox! If you have no effects processors or boxes yet are looking for a good beatbox , DONT look for one of these, get a 606 or something nice. The only redeeming quality of the 707 is its ability to sync the arpeggiator of a midi-less Roland Juno or Jupiter to a midi device via its rim trigger output. This is probably the only box in existence that will allow this to be done. I guess it makes an ok midi sequencer if you have nothing else, but it cannot output sounds of its own while it is in midi mode. It's great for industrial sounds if you distort it with an effects box, but I suppose even a DR rhythm would be good for that if you processed it.... ho hum.


Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Friday-Mar-26-1999 at 14:18
Nick Page a hobbyist user from China writes:
I wish I had my 707 with me now. This is a great tool fooling around with, although you must have effects to really use it well. I use a whole bunch of stomp boxes that I find at yard sales and pawn shops. The individual outs are wonderful for this reason. Nobody has mentioned that this thing is also a MIDI controller. It worked pretty well for this the lst time I tried it, but you gotta figure out which drums go to which notes. Making it a MIDI controller is another thing though. It took me two days of careful web searching to find the answer. I would love to tell you how, but I don't have the thing in front of me now and I can't remember. Volume sliders also a great feature. I don't know about this one becoming "legendary" but for 100 bucks, if you have any sort of effects for it, especially an evelope filter used on accented notes, get one.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Feb-20-1999 at 11:32
joel Taddei a hobbyist user from USA writes:
This drum machine can be a bitch if you dont have a manual! but if you have a bit of time, and a little patience, and nice neighboors with a good amp, anything can happen. I personally like its bass drum sound, although it sounds nothing like a real bass drum, it has a nice warm feeling that keeps me nice and warm at night

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Jan-18-1999 at 19:26
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