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Average rating: 3.8 out of 5
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Kevin Sullivan a part-time user from USA writes:
EG-101 gets a second chance at life: I bought this EG-101 new in 1999 or 2000. I was pretty disappointed after a few weeks. Talk about not doing my research: I quickly found out you can't program your own beats or sequence stuff or program your own synth sounds! I couldn't believe Roland made such a useless device. I should have returned the thing immediately, but somehow I kept it. I wanted a workstation for producing electronic music at home, and everything this did was lamesville. At one point about 3 years ago it had been relegated to a plaything on the floor for my then 2 year old son, who regularly walked on the keys and buttons. If this is any testament to Roland quality, everything still works fine. A member of my band borrowed a MicroKorg and we jammed with it a couple of times, it seemed to really bring out some depth in our 4 piece guitar based sound, so we were bummed when it had to be returned. I dug the EG-101 out of the garage as a replacement, not expecting much. Well, I was pleasantly surprised. The machine sucks as a standalone workstation, but as a live tool it's much more useful. The microkorg had more diverse and complex sounds, but the roland was in some ways a better fit with the band. Sure, it ain't the best keyboard ever and it's 10 years obsolete, but it has several fat bass sounds, a few trippy patches, and some useful strings and pads. Enough to cover most situations, and they are less gimmicky than the microkorg sounds on average. The d-beam (sort of an optical theremin device) is actually quite expressive if you take some time to learn it and avoid the cheesiest options. I use it almost exclusively to control the cutoff/resonance filters. I would ditch the vocoder/mic thing on the korg and trade it in for the d-beam any day, and I hated the d-beam when I originally bought this keyboard. Even though there aren't that many sounds on the EG-101, careful tweaking of the cut/res knobs will make several variations on each. It's built-in speakers are loud enough to work as decent monitors at medium volume, and even at loud volume the added a bit of clarity. Since it has a mic input for the onboard sampler, I ran my guitar through a tube screamer and into the keyboard, then out to my regular amp. I didn't sample the guitar, I just left the sampler in preview/cue mode so I could use the filter and ring modulator effects live. Best use was too fuzz out the guitar with a pedal then adjust the filter sweep until it gave that tight compressed tone like old Queen/Bowie records. I would like a small mixer so I could switch from the guitar going in to using our drummer's mic mix. That way I could sample loop the drums, or run the effects over the drums live as he plays. I'm not saying you should go out and buy one of these, unless you could get it for under 125 dollars or so. There are plenty of better things available now, put the money towards that if you can. But if you or a friend have one of these gathering dust, or you see one for cheap, it's worth a second try. It sucks as a workstation but has some cool live creative options. I rate it a 3.50/5.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Monday-Feb-16-2009 at 18:51
Thomas Ochoa a professional user from USA writes:
I have a microKorg and a Dr770 and they are awesome together. I can use them via MIDI or Analog audio and mix and match, edit and create killer synth fill material or do nice drum tracks and entire drum song programming on the drum maching. The keys are much more velocity sensitive than the drum machins buttons. As far as a sequencer, learn how to play an instrument and call me back in 10 years. Right now this thing is hands on midi and analog control of a universe of possiblilties not just sounds. It can change programs and patches and drum sets and tempo and on and etc. So if you have a complaint and you own it you did not buy what you needed. If you want to sequence go somewhere where someone knows about pushing buttons and ask them. Musicians need tools and this is a great one. microKorg is #1a+

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Aug-18-2008 at 07:04
David T. Anderson a part-time user from USA writes:
This piece of equipment is a keyboard. If you don't know how to play keys there are a lot of "boxes," and "warez" out there for you to play DJ with, and still get the girl. If you expect this to do it all for you then you bought the wrong toy. Take a few piano lessons, and then learn sythesis. I'm tired of people spending $200 and expecting to sound like Beck, Moby, or Madonna. The funniest review that I have read was from Johanes Emmanuelli a hobbyist user from Jacksonville FL,USA, who wrote: "The keys are FATAR cheap keys,not roland made expensive keys like on the U20 or JV80/XP50!" Is this guy kidding? Fatar/StudioLogic does one thing, and that is make trigger keyboards feel like a piano. And they do it well. Mr. Emmanuelli certainly doesn't have any resolve for touch sensativity, and is better off served with his Casios, and Portasounds.

The EG-101 is a great keyboard. I certainly wouldn't make it the central board in a home studio, but it has its place, and for the price its hard to be beat (although MicroKorgs and the Alesis . Quit buying that push-button crap from the chain stores, get some skills, and use your imagination, and this board will serve you quite nicely.

It ain't the equipment, it's the user.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Saturday-Dec-30-2006 at 10:35
MURF a professional user from VALLEJO KALI writes:
THIS PEACE OF EQUIPMENT IS REMINECENT TO THEE STOOL IN SMELL IT IS THE SINGLE MOST OBNOXIOUS EXISTANCE IN IN THE SMALL SPHEAR THAT IS MY WORLD I LOOK AT IT IN DISCUSS NO CREATIVITY IS INVOLVED IN USEING THIS ILL GIVE YOU MINE FOR 175 I JUST AT A BURRITO SO I HAVE TO "GO PLAY" IF YOU CATCH MY DRIFT BUBYE P.S. TEKNO AND HOUSE AND TRANCE AND RAVERS SUCK MAN GO HUMP A DONKEY ITS THIZZ OR DIE MANN. THIZZ OR DIIIIIIIIIE.

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jan-29-2006 at 22:29
Rodimusfunk a professional user from US of A writes:
I have read comments on the little beasty and will set the record straight. For those who think its a toy why compare it to a Triton? For those who can't find any use for it, its not the machine its the player. For those who hate the sampler, 10 years ago you would have drooled. For those who hate the sound, you don't know how to program. This thing is amazing be it as a controller or to just fatten up a track. Finally, for you idiots please read the manual. The EG101(303) IS NOT A SEQUENCER. I use it with an MC505 and an SP505. It is a great piece. If you don't want it sell me yours. Realtime control and nice sounds I'll take it. If you want a supersampler buy a Triton but that won't help you if you are not creative. Is it the perfect machine? No. Someone said something about expressive - keyboard velocity, try using it. I just get angry when I read these postings from people who don't read the words on the keyboard itself. Again, don't compare apple and oranges. It's not Triton OK

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Friday-Jun-11-2004 at 12:43
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