The TR-77, Roland’s first product, debuted in 1972. Pre-MIDI and pre- DINSync. But if you’re clever, it can play well with others. Even the grandson.
I routed the TR-8’s handclap to an individual out, and ran it to the Footswitch stop/start of the TR-77. This allows the TR-77 to start and stop on command via an audio signal, so I placed the handclap on steps 1 and 14 of the sequencer and hand-adjusted the TR-77’s tempo to match.
While limited, the old Roland has a surprising amount of expressive potential. Pressing multiple buttons at a time combines beats.
- X0XB0X is run through the EHX Deluxe Memory Boy.
- All tracks recorded into PreSonus Studio One.
- Roland TR-8
- Roland TR-77 Service Manual