Two classic Rhythm Composers get their authentic software versions via RolandCloud. TR-707 and TR-727 – this is your time.
The TR-707 and TR-727 were Roland’s first drum machines that were based on PCM samples. The orange highlighted 707 had 15 classic drum sounds while the blue highlights of the 727 focused on latin percussion. Both had a similar programming interface to the 909 but also had level sliders and an awesome computerised pattern display.
The playback engine was pretty basic with 8-bit samples running at 25kHz. The samples were so short that they added Decay using analog circuitry. It all came across a little rough around the edges which is what we call “charm” and “character”.
Anyway, Roland has run the hardware through their ACB conversion technology to produce fabulously authentic-sounding software versions based upon the original PCM wave data. Of course, Roland has worked in a whole bunch of extra control with tuning, envelopes, overdrive and more that the originals never gave you access to. The internal sequencer has had an overhaul making it far more comprehensive.
The TR-707 and TR-727 look great and are available now for $149 each or as part of a RolandCloud Ultimate membership.