Date = 1972

Country = Japan

Type = Analogue

Drum Voices = 9

Rhythms = 30 (Preset)

Rhythm Combining = Absolutely!



This sample pack is without doubt, the most extensive sampling frenzy ever carried out at dubsounds. It contains EVERY single pattern as a full mix. Then there are sub-mixes where snares, kicks, hi-hats etc. are removed (percussion voices cannot be muted on this machine). Not enough? Of course not... we then went and combined every single pattern (also provided with sub-mixed variations) until we ended up with 233 drum loops. Have a listen to this massive archive on the preview player. We kid you not... it takes almost an hour just to listen to every pattern for four bars!


Anyhow, time for a little history... The Rhythm-77 (TR-77) was the product that launched the Roland Corp. in 1972 and was the flagship of the Rhythm trio, which included the R-33 and R-55. Its place in history is secured as the first Roland drum machine ever made. It was Ikutaro Kakehashi's baby which he used to introduce the world to ROLAND after he sold off Ace Tone and moved on to bigger things. The Rhythm-77 (TR-77) came in two versions, the more common organ style wooden case with built in music stand and a black tolex "roadie protected" (TR-77V). Incidentally, if you don't already know TR stood for Transistor Rhythm. It had separate faders for the Kick, Snare, Guiro and Hi-Hat/Cymbal/Maracas, making it a very flexible machine in the studio. As with many early drum machines you could get more out of them by selecting multiple rhythms and layering them over each other.

Sonically, the 77 is probably the warmest sounding of all Roland's analogue beat boxes (before or since). The kick does lack punch but more than made up for that in bass content and the percussion sounds are very nice indeed. The standout sound has to be the guiro pattern which you can fade in over the top of the Cha-Cha and Mambo rhythms. Unashamedly "lounge" and instantly recognisable.







The preview demo, (below) re-creates some of the TR-77's most well known recorded moments. Initially, you hear a combination of Cha-Cha & Baion (Ultravox's "Hiroshima Mon Amour"). As it plays, the guiro is faded up, then the Hi-Hat, and finally it drops down to just the snare and kick on Foxtrot 1. There we added some vintage spring reverb and an EH Electric Mistress pedal to recreate Gary Numan's "I Nearly Married a Human" from Replicas.







You can spot the R-77 on quite a few tracks from the late '70s. It was quite popular for a few years until the CompuRhythm range took over. Gary Numan used it briefly on the "Replicas" album before moving on to the CR-78. Ultravox (with John Foxx) also used a 77 first before Foxx immortalised the CR-78 on his seminal "Metamatic" album. The 77 is also heard quite prominently in the intro to Squeeze's "Take Me I'm Yours" and "Girls On Film" by Duran Duran.







Roland TR-77 Demo Track







Sample Pack Info:











Recycle RX2 Loops:

Single drum hits (WAV):

The Ultimate TR-77 sample set contains 233 four bar loops containing ALL 30 preset rhythms with EVERY possible sub-mix using the instrument faders plus every possible combination of rhythm patterns (also with submixes) using two rhythms together.

Obviously we could have gone on to combine three or more rhythms but you have to stop sometime and three rhythms at once is just too busy to be of any use! The KR-55B sample set was the largest sample pack we made but the TR-77 pack has just blitzed that one!

The TR-77 set contains our previous pack of 33 individual hits.







The Ultimate Roland TR-77 - 233 loops - (95Mb download)








Please note:

Before buying; please make sure that you have read the information on the drum sounds intro page







GEEK NOTE: The Guiro pattern overlays the Cha-Cha and Mambo patterns only on the actual machine.

Please also note that the reason why some percussion loops do not appear to have kicks, snares or hi-hats is because the actual patterns themselves do not use these instruments.


Note: All samples on this site are free for you to use in your music (commercial or amateur) but are NOT to be used on another website/commercial sample library/sample cd/vsti rompler etc... without our prior consent.