Wednesday, April 29, 2009
TR-727 RHYTHM COMPOSER
Roland Has Packed 15 Percussive Sounds within One Compact Box
Roland's "TR" series of Rhythm Composers have always been the world's leading programmable drum machines, due to their superbly realistic sounds, their convenient functions, and their easy operation.
There's one more reason: they offer not only superb drum sounds but also amazing percussion sounds that add spice to music.
These sounds include realistic handclaps, distinctive cowbell, and tambourine.
Percussion of course plays an important role in all kinds of music these days.
The TR-727—the newest addition to Roland's proud series of "TR" Rhythm Composers offers 15 different PCM digital percussion sounds.
Like other Roland's instruments, the TR-727 is programmable, MIDI-compatible, and can be easily expanded. A complete rhythm section can be realized by combining the TR-727 with the TR-707.
The TR-727 is also suitable for use as an external sound source for a MIDI-sending unit such as a PAD-8 Octapad, sequencer, or computer.
Excellent Sound Sources
Roland has carefully determined the kinds of percussion and sound quality required.
The TR-727 is thus suitable for any kind of music and can meet every need.
The TR-727 offers 7 basic percussion sounds—High and Low Bongos, Muted and Open High Congas, Low Conga, and popular High and Low Timbales.
It also offers 8 additional percussion sounds for greater variation—High and Low Agogos, Cabasa, and Maracas, amazing Long and Short Whistles, rarely offered Quijada, and brilliant Star Chime.
Individual level sliders provided for each sound allow the user to adjust the volume balance between each sound as easily as one might operate a mixer.
Multi-output jacks provided for each sound facilitate more sophisticated and complex sound processing using effectors—one of the features most demanded by creative musicians.
Programming & Memories
Two modes are used to program rhythm patterns. One is the Tap Write (real-time) mode in which a rhythm pattern is loaded by tapping the sound buttons the way you might play percussion instruments.
The other mode is the Step Write mode in which a rhythm pattern is loaded one sound at a time step-by-step.
Even a novice player can easily program his own rhythm patterns.
Either mode can be changed during programming and allows a rhythm pattern to be heard even during programming.
You can program complicated rhythm patterns in the Step Write mode and program simpler patterns in the Tap Write mode.
Two levels of Accent, "Shuffle", and "Flam" can also be programmed.
A sliding control is also provided to adjust the accent level.
The TR-727 can store 64 rhythm patterns, and up to 998 measures of rhythm tracks written by using these patterns.
By combining the TR-727 with a rhythm machine the TR-707 for instance—a complete rhythm section can be formed.
Furthermore, the TR-727 has a tape interface for storing data on cassette tapes.
An optional M-64C memory cartridge is also available.
The cartridge has two banks. Each bank can store up to 64 rhythm patterns and rhythm tracks up to 998 measures. Thus, the M-64C provides the same memory capacity as two TR-727's.
The memories in the TR-727 and M-64C's two banks can be freely selected. In fact, the TR-727 can offer many more rhythm variations than most human percussionists.
The TR-727 is MIDI-compatible, too. On stage, in the studio, or within your own home music system, its percussion sounds can be used as sound sources in a variety of ways with any MIDI-sending unit.
A complete rhythm section consisting of the drum sounds of the TR-707 and the percussion sounds of the TR-727 can be realized. In a music system controlled by a sequencer or a computer, the TR-727 can also function as a percussion sound source.
When combined with the PAD-8 Octapad, the TR-727's percussion sounds can be activated by hitting the PAD-8's pads with dynamics. Any musician—drummer, vocalist, keyboard
player, guitarist, or bassist—can render hard-to-play percussion sounds by simply hitting the PAD-8.
In addition, a Sync-24 jack syncs the TR-727 with other Sync-24 devices, and a Tape Sync function syncs the TR-727 with a multi-track recorder The TR-727 can also be started and stopped by remote control through a DP-2 pedal switch.
•Sound Sources: Bongo (High, Low), High Conga (Mute, Open), Low Conga, Timbale (High, Low), Agogo (High, Low), Cabasa, Maracas, Whistle (Short, Long), Quijada, Star Chime
•Programming Modes: Tap Write, Step Write
•Memories: 64 Rhythm Patterns, Up To 998 Measures of Rhythm Track (in all 4 tracks)
•Tempo: ,j =38 to 250
•Programmable Functions: Shuffle, Flam, Accent (2 levels) *Master Outputs: Right (Mono), Left
•Multi-Outputs: Bongo, High Conga, Low Conga, High Timbale, Low Timbale, Agogo, Maracas/Cabasa, Whistle, Quijada, Star Chime
•MIDI Connectors: In, Out
•Sync-24 Jack: In/Out, 5-pin DIN
•Tape Interface Jacks: Save/Sync Out, Load/Sync In *Others: Remote (Start/Stop), Trigger Out (High Agogo),
•RAM Cartridge Slot (for optional M-64C), Headphones
•Controls: Tempo, Accent, Volume, Sound Source Level x 10
•Liquid Crystal Display: 1
•Dimensions: 380(W) x 250(D) x 75(H) mm (14-15/16" x 9-13/16" x 2-15/16")
•Weight: 1.5 kg (3 lb. 5 oz.)
•Accessories: AC Adapter, Connection Cord
•Options: M-64C Memory Cartridge, DP-2 Pedal Switch