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Average rating: 3.8 out of 5
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Stuart / theverychap a professional user from England writes:
Recently picked up a 707 (to add to my collection of x0x's)

superb machine, paid £85 english pounds for it, its in perfect condition, few scratches on the bottom from being mounted but thats it.

I couldn't believe how light the machine was! i thought for a minute i'd been duped and the insides were missing! its <i>that</i> light, scary! but its a solid machine.

The sounds are great, completely crap and completely wicked at the same time. I'm sure you know where i'm coming from when i say that.

The Cymbal sounds (namely the hats) are straight from the TR-505. you can tell them a mile off, very harsh sounding. but lovely when hi-passed, gorgeous!

programming it: piece of p*ss (excuse my language), absolutely, 10 minutes after getting out of the box, i had a few patterns chained together and i was away with the 707 fairies.. excellent. its the easiest drum machine to program that ive got, well the 606 is probably the easiest, with the 707 a very close second de to its classic drum matrix programming lcd, which i love.

I only program the machine when im chilling, otherwise its midi'd up with the rest of the studio (http://www.theverychap.com/studio/).

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-May-12-2005 at 05:21
m71 a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I love this drum machine, it's fun to play, (mostly)easy to use, and fun to watch the red LEDs go left to right.

PROS: 1)I enjoy playing it on my lap. 2)I love how the swing and flam give the pattern a more human feel. 3)you can hook up the indivual outputs to your drum brain's trigger ins(eg. Alesis D4)rather than playing your drum brain with your finger on a keyboard. 4)Since there are less parameters to change on the 707, one has to rely on their creativity in sequencing. 5)After using it for a while and knowing the machine inside and out you can do whatever you like. 6)The real and step programming is fun.

CONS: 1)most of the sounds don't cut through a mix unless EQed, or processed. 2)hitting a pad won't send a MIDI note out, so one can't use it as a MIDI controller (unless you program your patterns, link them to songs, and change a parameter to allow a MIDI note out) 3)I wish it could be a slave and still send out MIDI out and DIN out (but there's ways around that)

I don't care if the bass sounds, or the snare sounds, or the high hats sound like a TR808 or TR909, it's not -it's a 707. If one has an imagination one doesn't have to rely on sounding like everyone else that's trying to sound like the artists who pioneered Chicago House and Detroit Techno (it's 2004...time to move on).

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Nov-02-2004 at 12:03
Glen Stegner a professional user from USA writes:
Mine just arrived today ($98 on eBay) and I messed around with it for a few hours today. I was going to completely replace my old cheap Yamaha DX-15 with this, but here is my evaluation. The drums sound very punchy & much better than the RX-15, the sequencing interface is much better, the individual outs and volume sliders are a nice touch. HOWEVER, and this is a big HOWEVER: it won't do its own internal beats while sending MIDI out, it's one or the other! How could Roland do that?? I was looking forward to mixing its beats with my Sound Canvas TR-808 just like I did with the RX.

And here's the other big HOWEVER: each drum can't send out its own MIDI channel, it's just one global MIDI channel for the whole thing. That's another feature the RX was able to do, so that when I MIDI up to the Sound Canvas drums, I can use an Evolution MIDI knob controller to tweak the chorus, reverb, volume, panning, etc. of the TR-808 drumkit. Yes even the cheap RX-15 at least had this feature. So I am a little bummed out that I can't completely replace the old beatbox completely, but this thing does rock. Great 80s powerdrum samples, and the demo patterns beat the hell out of the stuff that was in the RX. Unless you are trying to do techno/breakbeat stuff, you really don't need distortion effects, just give it a splash of reverb (and maybe some compression) and run it thru a powerful amp and good PA speakers, and this thing will shake the house.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jun-29-2004 at 22:17
Ken Sturt (www.malaki.org) a part-time user from Yorkshire, England writes:
I use my TR 707 into my Roland VS2480, the sounds are fantastic, you can get a real drummer sound with very little tweaking as the individual outs go into seperate channels. Have a listen to my stuff on www.malaki.org or www.songscribbler.com

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-May-27-2004 at 06:09
werewolf versus vulture a professional user from us writes:
great with about a half dozen pedals and a cheap mixer or 4 track. ive made some wicked sounding digital noise core/ metal type stuff with it. sure the sounds coming out of it sound "cheezy" but so are all drum machines, even the beloved 808 and 909. and those cost 4times as much. plus thats what efx pedals and imagination are for. and i love the tape save feature. just hook it up to your computer's audio in and save it as a wav.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Saturday-Nov-29-2003 at 02:21
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