BeatMaker has introduced RT-7070, a freeware drum rompler virtual instrument inspired by the classic 707 hardware drum machine.
The original 707 is one of the defining drum machines of the 1980s music which, like many other instruments from that era, is now popular again due to the revival of 80s-inspired music. The freeware RT-7070 by BeatMaker aims to deliver that classic 707 drum sound in the form of a virtual instrument made with Maize Sampler.
The plugin’s interface is loosely based on the original hardware, at least when it comes to the color scheme and the control layout. The interface features sixteen drum pads with individual volume and pan controls. The upper-left corner of the GUI is where you’ll find the global filter cutoff, filter mode selector (high-pass and low-pass), decay and reverb controls, along with the preset bank browser. Each drum pad can be assigned to a different audio output, making it possible to process the drums with different FX chains in the DAW’s mixer.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to change the pitch of the provided samples, neither individually nor globally. Of course, this wasn’t possible on the original 707 either (without a hardware mod, at least), but it would be nice to have this option in the virtual version of the instrument. For some reason, most old-school drum machines sound far more interesting when pitched down a bit.
BeatMaker’s free 707 can’t be expanded with external samples, but it does include 20 preset kits. The main kit is the basic clean 707 drum kit and it’s joined by nineteen additional processed kits with different degrees of saturation and other effects added on top.
The instrument is offered in VST, VST3, and AU plugin formats for both 32-bit and 64-bit host applications. It is compatible with all major digital audio workstations on PC and Mac. Detailed installation instructions are available on the product page linked below. If you prefer using your favorite sampler to play these sounds, you can download the entire RT-7070 sound bank in WAV format instead of opting for the plugin version.
RT-7070 is available for free download via BeatMaker (36.1 MB download size, ZIP archive, 32-bit & 64-bit VST/VST3/AU plugin formats for Windows & MacOS).