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Average rating: 4.1 out of 5
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Rade Martinovic a part-time user from Yugoslavia writes:
I bought this piece of equipment two years ago for about 200$, and I'm not that impressed. But it gets job done, and it has some great sounds like bass pathes, but also synth leads and pads. The arranger is lousy, only latin and 8&16-beat rythms can be listened more than two minutes without being bored. Anyway, for money I payed, it is realy great. It is my first "real" keyboard, and when (and if I ever save enough money - I live in Yugoslavia, the pourest contry in Europe after Albania) I buy my next board, this will I definitly keep.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Aug-20-2002 at 08:42
Dr. Funk a hobbyist user from England writes:
My parents bought me this as my first keyboard in about 1994. Back then I loved it, for the price range, most patches sounded good. Now however, I can see many faults. The keyboard, at 61 notes, is a bit small, and the action and feel are taccy. After I hooked it up to my computer, I discovered that it was only partly MIDI compliant, and the pitch bending and modulation buttons are very limiting. The record feature also lacks the power needed to make it useful. On the plus side, the above average sound quality and accompliment features are great for a beginner. But this is most definitely a product to introduce the novice user to music, not to enhance the sound of an experienced one.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jul-10-2001 at 15:41
Ty a hobbyist user from Canada writes:
I bought the e16 in 1995 because it had wonderful piano and bass patches. I have been enjoying it ever since. Soon I will be upgrading to another Roland keyboard, preferably a midi workstation or arranger. It certainly needs to be 16 channel compatible in this day and age, and the pitch bending buttons gotta go. But other than those its one damn fine little keyboard.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Dec-27-2000 at 15:17
Mike Bleser a hobbyist user from United States writes:
I just bought this keyboard at a pawn shop, and so far I love it! I'm having a ball screwing around with it and experimenting. The only problem is that because I bought it at a pawn shop, it didn't come with an instruction book, so I feel like I'm not discovering it's full potential. Is there any possible way I can get myself the instruction manual for this keyboard? If possible, write back. Thanks.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:38
Ben Thompson a hobbyist user from Australia writes:
Well, I own an E16 - the sound quality is excellent!<p> These keyboards are &quot;sort of&quot; General-MIDI compliant.

The patches certainly are, but it is only multi-timbral on

MIDI channels 1 thru 5 (MIDI channel 10 still plays rhythm, though).

True GM compliance denotes 16-channel multi-timbral playback.<p> Oh well, I can live with it. at $900AUS (at time of purchase, almost

two years ago), it's great value for money, and has provided me with

many hours of musical pleasure. What's more, it makes games sound

FANTASTIC when I hook it up to my PC!<p> What a lot of people overlook is that this keyboard has built-in speakers.

They won't replace a PA-system, but I certainly can't crank the volume

without complaints from the rest of the household! Of course, 1/4&quot; stereo

outputs are available, as well as a headphone jack (which overrides the

internal speakers).<p> This is a very playable machine (as I have come to expect from Roland),

the keyboard is as good as I've seen in the non-weighted variety.

A slight hassle is the lack of a variable pitch-bend, which has been

implemented with two arrow-buttons. I have managed a workaround,

where I use my PC to route pitch-bend MIDI signals from my Roland Alpha

Juno-1, which has a variable pitch-bender (and great string pads, too!).<p> Well, that's my two cents worth. Rating:<p> Sound: 5/5 (The best digital keyboard I've heard in it's price range)

Playability: 4/5 (Becacuse of the General MIDI problem, and the pitch-bender)

Overall: 4/5<p> -Ben.<p>

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:38
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