The Roland TR-707 Drum Machine

Here’s a look at the Roland TR-707 drum machine – a vintage drum machine from 1985 – via AnalogAudio1:

The Roland TR-707 is a classic programmable digital drum machine from 1985.

Accent is programmable. It has MIDI and also the Roland SYNC-Interface. It has single outputs for the drum sounds. The TR-707 has fifteen digitally sampled sounds and also shuffle functions.

The TR-707 was a staple in early house music, particularly with acid house.

If you’ve used the Roland TR-707, leave a comment and let us know what you think of it!


9 thoughts on “The Roland TR-707 Drum Machine

  1. I used it as a standalone unit recording to tape in 1986. I always had reams of paper with pattern notes to sequence the order of a song…. it was painful, but unlike it’s predecessors this machine fooled clients into thinking you had a drummer. But I’ll stick with my DAW thanks…. sometimes the ‘good old days’ weren’t all that great.

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  2. I used this for the first White Town album, great little machine with timing that out-performs all current DAWs. Second only to my 808 in terms of love. :-)

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  3. Had both the 707 and 727.
    The 727 is the exact same thing except with blue graphics and latin sounds.
    You could sync them together for one big kit.

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  4. My first drum machine! I bought one for $125 from a guy who was recording one of my high school bands back in 1995. I eventually traded for a Yamaha that sounded better but the 707 was much more fun to program/easy to use.

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