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Geriatric Roland TD-7 drum module

Postby Gone To Lunch » Sat Jul 06, 2019 10:25 am

I have a very old Roland TD-7, it is from about 1993.

I started it up after a few years of disuse and got the msg 'Battery Low'

manual says :

"The battery that supports the backup system of the internal memory is nearly exhausted. All data stored in the internal memory may be lost. Have the nearest Roland Service Centre replace the battery as soon as possible"

But is it worth it, given the age ?

If not, what would you recognise as the cheapest possible replacement ?

That would work with the rest of the TD-7 kit pads. It is not for gigging, just playing into my DAW (MOTU DP 9) in my home studio.
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Re: Geriatric Roland TD-7 drum module

Postby Dave B » Sat Jul 06, 2019 11:59 am

Usually you just need to open it up and swap out the cr2032 battery. If you google it you get :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7Ht259RyVc

which shows the unit with the case lid off. Looks straightforward and the battery is available anywhere. You may have lost some data by now, but it should be good as new with a new battery. Total cost : about 5mins of your time and a few quid for the battery.
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Re: Geriatric Roland TD-7 drum module

Postby Gone To Lunch » Sat Jul 06, 2019 2:53 pm

Dave B wrote:Usually you just need to open it up and swap out the cr2032 battery. If you google it you get :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7Ht259RyVc

which shows the unit with the case lid off. Looks straightforward and the battery is available anywhere. You may have lost some data by now, but it should be good as new with a new battery. Total cost : about 5mins of your time and a few quid for the battery.

Thank you so much Dave B !

Done in minutes exactly as you say, and the default kits are back !
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Re: Geriatric Roland TD-7 drum module

Postby Eddy Deegan » Sun Jul 07, 2019 2:42 am

Good to hear. I have a fondness for the TD-7 myself. I had a TD-7 kit and upgraded to a TD-8 some years later. I still have the TD-8 but gave the TD-7 away to someone who could really use it.

I wish I'd sampled a few kits first. The TD-7 had some sounds that I still miss. There was a kit with vocal "ahh" and breathy percussive sounds that I would dearly love to have. As I recall the cymbals on that kit had some tuned "ah-aaaah" vocal sounds and a scream of sorts.

Writing that made me go drag out an old rough-as-old-boots demo MP3 from my archives: (private link - it's not in a shape I would make generally public) https://soundcloud.com/eddy-deegan/spacegirl/s-MUIyf - the main beat is a Triton Rack but the vocal percussive sounds are from a TD-7. I plan to revisit this at some point and bring it up to spec but as the multitrack is long-lost I'll have to do it from scratch.
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Re: Geriatric Roland TD-7 drum module

Postby Eddy Deegan » Sun Jul 07, 2019 6:23 am

Ha! Found it in my old notes. According to them it was kit number 19, "Voices" :)
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Re: Geriatric Roland TD-7 drum module

Postby blinddrew » Sun Jul 07, 2019 9:10 am

Very 'George Michael' :)
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Re: Geriatric Roland TD-7 drum module

Postby Eddy Deegan » Sun Jul 07, 2019 3:01 pm

blinddrew wrote:Very 'George Michael' :)

Eh wot? Not being that familiar with his stuff I'm not sure if that's a good or bad thing!

With apologies to Gone To Lunch, who very kindly searched through the TD-7 looking for the kit I was after, I got it wrong... the sounds I was after are on a TD-6V, not a TD-7 :blush:
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Re: Geriatric Roland TD-7 drum module

Postby desmond » Sun Jul 07, 2019 3:24 pm

Yep, the TD7 was vintage era Roland e-drums - I had a TD8 as well, although those drums are pretty much the same as the late Roland romplers...
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Re: Geriatric Roland TD-7 drum module

Postby Dave B » Sun Jul 07, 2019 3:44 pm

I do have an old TD7 somewhere in amongst a pile of stuff in storage. I should really dig it out - as GTL said - if only to use as a trigger unit.

No doubt I'll have to swap the battery in mine as well ... :)
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Re: Geriatric Roland TD-7 drum module

Postby blinddrew » Sun Jul 07, 2019 4:46 pm

Eddy Deegan wrote:
blinddrew wrote:Very 'George Michael' :)

Eh wot? Not being that familiar with his stuff I'm not sure if that's a good or bad thing!
Just the breathy exhale :)
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Re: Geriatric Roland TD-7 drum module

Postby Eddy Deegan » Sun Jul 07, 2019 5:32 pm

blinddrew wrote:
Eddy Deegan wrote:
blinddrew wrote:Very 'George Michael' :)

Eh wot? Not being that familiar with his stuff I'm not sure if that's a good or bad thing!
Just the breathy exhale :)

Ahh, the penny drops! Now that you mention that specifically, I have to agree :thumbup:
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