quickmanual | sync
There are 64 Patterns in Pattern Groups A to D, numbered 1 to 16.
There are 4 Tracks (=songs), numbered I to IV.
|Mode \ State||during STOP state||during PLAY state|
|Track Mode||Play drum pads
Change Track: [SHIFT] + [I..IV]
|Play selected Track I..IV|
|Pattern Mode||Edit Pattern||Loop Pattern A1..D16|
Play the drum pads 'live' (Track - STOP)
Press the pads, you can use Flam [SHUFFLE/FLAM] and [ACCENT], these work as "shift"-buttons.
- FLAM only works on the CONGA and TIMBALE pads [3..7].
Edit a Pattern (Pattern - STOP)
|Press [SHIFT] + [PATTERN] 1x or 2x and choose:|
in step write, you select the instrument
and press the pad step to place it into the Pattern
in tap write, you press the desired instrument pad
in time with the Metronome (#8: HI AGOGO)
|Same preparations for both modes during [STOP] state.
Select a Pattern:
- select PATTERN GROUP [A..D]
- select Pattern Number pad [1..16]
Erase the Pattern:
- hold [CLEAR] and press desired Pattern Number [1..16]
Copy from another Pattern:
- keep holding [SHIFT] and press [COPY] + source location [A..D] [1..16] + [ENTER]
- you cannot copy chained Patterns, only single ones
Chain Patterns as one Pattern:
- hold 2 pads [1..16] and press [ENTER]
- both Patterns and the Patterns in between are chained
- unchain: hold pad number + [ENTER] for every Pattern in the chain
- the LED starts looping, the pad row [1..16] now represents the Pattern steps
Things you can do, both during STOP and during START:
- change from "TAP WRITE" to "STEP WRITE" and back
- press [SCALE] to change to 3/4 - half & full Bar, or 4/4 - half & full Bar (see "Scales" below)
- hold [LAST STEP] and press [1..16] to change the Pattern length
| STEP WRITE
Choose the instrument to edit:
- hold [INSTRUMENT] and press pad [1..16] or [ACCENT]
Press the Pad step to toggle the sound on/off
Toggle the Metronome:
- press [INSTRUMENT]
Tap the desired pad in time with the Metronome
Hold [CLEAR] + pad to erase the sound
| Flam an instrument:
- press [INSTRUMENT] + the desired pad [3..7] two times
- press the pad steps you want to Flam
Alternate HI CONGA Flam to MUTE (#3) or OPEN (#4):
- press [SHIFT] + [INSTRUMENT]
Set Flam type: hold SHUFFLE/FLAM and press pad [9..13]
Set Shuffle: hold SHUFFLE/FLAM and press pad [1..5]
Shuffle and Flam type are stored per Pattern
Take care - when changing the SHUFFLE time during play,
the TR-707 can lose sync with the master.
|Flam an instrument:
- hold [FLAM] and press pad [3..7]
You cannot change the Flam type or Shuffle in TAP WRITE
|Row:||Time:||Length of the Bar:||Set last step to:||Syncs to other x0x gear on:|
|4th||3/4 time||1/2 Bar (double the notes, double fast)||(4 x 3 Steps) 12 Steps||Step 1 and 7|
|3rd||1 Bar||(4 x 3 Steps) 12 Steps||Step 1, 4, 7 and 10|
|2nd||4/4 time||1/2 Bar (double the notes, double fast)||(4 x 4 Steps) 16 Steps||Step 1 and 9|
|1st||1 Bar||(4 x 4 Steps) 16 Steps||Step 1, 5, 9 and 13|
Note that 3 Steps (notes) in 3/4 have exactly the same duration as 4 Steps in 4/4.
This way you can combine 3/4 and 4/4 beats, and stay in sync, as long as you keep the number of Steps (notes) correct for the chosen beat timing.
- set the first Pattern to 3/4 time, 1 Bar. Set the last step to 3 (which is one quarter of a 3/4 Pattern).
- set the Pattern next to it to 4/4, 1 Bar. Set the last step to 12 (which is three quarters of a 4/4 Pattern).
- Chain both Patterns
- enjoy the result
The different Roland x0x drum-based gear, like the TB-303 (yes, the programming of the 303 is drum-based), TR-606, TR-707/727, TR-808, TR-909 etc can be synchronized to each other with a DIN-cable. In that case, you also have to make sure you are going to program Patterns that are able to synchronize. You can choose to program 3/4 Patterns and 4/4 Patterns, and even mix these two different Patterns in one Track. The important thing is, that both Patterns synchronize with each other on fixed steps:
- a 4/4 time Pattern has a beat on the 1st, 5th, 9th and 13th step (1-2-3-4, 5-6-7-8, 9-10-11-12, 13-14-15-16).
- a 3/4 time Pattern has a beat on the 1st, 4th, 7th, 10th and 13th step (1-2-3, 4-5-6, 7-8-9, 10-11-12, 13-14-15).
- the last 13-14-15-beat on the 3/4 time scale is theoretical, because most 3/4 Patterns have 12 or even 9 steps.
Both Patterns synchronize on the beat steps, so set the LAST STEP to the step just before the beat step.
- example: an 8-step 4/4 beat will sync to a 9-step 3/4 beat.
- a 3/4 Pattern that has 11 steps (last step = 11), you will have a sync problem with any 4/4 Pattern.
See the table below for the steps where both Patterns sync.
|4/4 beat steps||1||2-3-4||5||6-7-8||9||10-11-12||13||14-15-16|
|3/4 beat steps||1||2 - 3||4||5 - 6||7||8 - 9||10||11 - 12||13||14 - 15|