Welcome to Beat707.com

Why Beat707?

  1. Arduino based, easy to hack and modify
  2. Open Source Software: see #1 (click Downloads on the menu above for the source files)
  3. As in #1 and #2, Arduino IDE is easy to use, multi-platform and with a large community.
  4. It includes everything you need, just plug in any Arduino compatible board and you are ready to go.
  5. Reprogrammable: create your own software for the unit -- it's open and flexible.
  6. Inexpensive, light and easy to use.

What's Beat707?

Beat707 is an Arduino Shield that adds several neat features to your musical arsenal. You get a 32 step machine, (plus 32 double-steps for a total of 64 steps) with 16 step buttons and leds, LCD screen and navigation keys. It's like the classic Roland TR707 but with some twists, as it actually has 64 x 1/32 or 32 x 1/64 steps. Plus, the 2 note-step sequence feature allows you to do bass and/or synth grooves -- it's a MIDI groove-box all in one ! The unit doesn't produce any sound, it's all MIDI based, so you can use any MIDI compatible device.

Beat707 Requirements:

  • Arduino compatible board with at least 32k of FLASH, for example: Arduino Uno, Duemilanove, Mega, and Mega2560. The current Beat707 code uses 1.6 KBytes of RAM and 26 KBytes of FLASH.
  • The latest Arduino IDE (free download, compatible with Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux)
  • A computer to program the Arduino (Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux)
  • A MIDI device for playing sounds from the Beat707, such as a MIDI music sound module, MIDI music keyboard, computer with a MIDI connector and music software, etc.

Watch the Videos on the Beat707 YouTube Channel

Discuss the project on the new Public Forum

This project is a joint collaboration between Wusik.com and Rugged Circuits. We've made a proper Arduino shield that plugs in on top of an Arduino Uno, Duemilanove, or Mega/Mega2560 (Arduino board not included). The software performs all the drum machine functions, but you can always tweak it to do whatever you want (with the source code purchase). We've added EEPROM, FLASH, and expandability options and connectors.

And it's not just a drum machine: the hardware is a general-purpose MIDI development platform and playground. The awesome software from Wusik.com is what provides the drum machine functionality, but you can run any software you want on your Arduino to make use of the hardware.

Here are the project specs:

  • Arduino shield that plugs on top of an Arduino Uno, Duemilanove, Mega, or Mega2560
  • 512 kbytes of FLASH (beyond what's on the Arduino)
  • 32kbytes of EEPROM (beyond what's on the Arduino), expandable to 128kbytes by adding more EEPROM chips (total of 4 EEPROM slots)
  • 16 buttons with LED for each button
  • 8 buttons for control functions (intended for up, down, left, right, shift, play, stop, record)
  • Extra headers for 8 external buttons (with included pull-down resistors)
  • 16x2 LCD with backlight
  • MIDI IN and MIDI OUT interfaces
  • System operation at 5V or 3.3V
  • Designed to be compatible with Arduinos as well as Netduino and FEZ Panda
  • Extra headers for all Arduino pins, including SPI and 2-Wire

The current drum machine software provides:

  • 14 Drum Tracks + 2 Accent Tracks (a total of 3 MIDI-note velocities can be sent from each step)
  • 2 Step-Sequence Tracks (each step has its own Note selection, Velocity is set by the accent tracks)
  • Multi Pattern and Song Mode
  • Number of Patterns and Songs depends on the total amount of system EEPROM -- the base system provision of 32kbytes of EEPROM  has enough for 90 patterns and 99 songs positions. The included Flash Nand memory can hold up to 42 songs. (see more below)
  • Each pattern has 32 x 1/32 or 32 x 1/64 steps and 14 tracks + 2 accent tracks (V1.2.0 has 64 steps total per pattern)
  • Each track has a note-number and MIDI-channel number, so you can also use tracks to output regular notes (one note fixed per track)
  • Optional MIDI echo (set during compilation and uploading of the Sketch)
  • File Mode for storing up to 20 songs into the internal Flash. With options to Load, Save, Dump to SySex MIDI and Erase
  • Special Mirror Pattern Editing - allows you to edit a 64 step pattern in a much easier way

PCB Layout and Board Design Official Images

Beat707 First Article

Official PCB Design

Official Layout Design