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Average rating: 3.8 out of 5
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Don Calavera a hobbyist user writes:
I have had an EG-101 for almost a year. It cost me little more than £200. Reliable, easy to use and fun. It has over 400 sounds preset into it and you can alter them using filters and panarama. The strings are nice, there are some good leads but there are not many on it and the basses are reasonable and pretty obscure. The manual explains all O.K'ishly (?) and once you have the hang of it it's simple to use and has self explanitary layout. Anyway, on tuesday don't forget to post the turkey and eat the cheesecakes.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Aug-31-2002 at 13:30
shelfman a hobbyist user from harrow-UK writes:
Only just got one, very cheap...does exactly what it says on the tin. I've yet to scratch the surface but this TOY, as some of you call it has a lot of balls inside.

brilliant fun, which is what its all about. So whats wrong with merely pressing a few buttons and coming up with a decent dance tune...? I've no time for purists, a lot of time for fun.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Aug-16-2002 at 10:00
FIZMO100 a hobbyist user from UK writes:
I recently rediscovered this board (recently being this afternoon!). I use it with an XP80 and a JX10 (although that's just been replaced with an S50 I'm waiting to get delivery of).

Previously I'd only ever really used the preset drum beats with my band, because we don't have a drummer. As an indie outfit, this is a pretty limited keyboard because it's geared towards dance music, but it's got us through gigs and studio work quite nicely.

Today I was flicking through preset patches, and there are quite a few really nice ones there. For dance type music and odd chord patterns, I prefer the piano (A64 v2) to those on my XP80, which are accurate and suited for "real" piano work. The EG101 also offers nice real time control over sounds with its knobs, but a few more would have been nice to save the ones there are doubling up on functions. The D-beam is pretty useless, unless you are playing with two hands and use it to control tempo or filter sweeps with your head! *Don't try this live - you will be laughed at!*

The sampler is handy if you have a short riff you want repeating, as you record the riff, then loop it. You can then filter it as you like - very handy for recording as the timing is spot on and the sound can be altered to make it more interesting.

The external inputs are very useful, as they allow you to hook up a CD player, Mic or even another keyboard. This means when you go place you don't need to carry a big amp if you have another synth - for practice purposes the built in speakers on the EG101 are just fine.

I've just scratched the surface here - for more info about either the EG101 or XP80, feel free to email me!

As to people saying this unit is pants and no good for serious music, maybe you should stop whining and go spend a serious amount on your equipment! You get what you pay for, and these are pretty darn cheap! IT'S AN ENTRY LEVEL SYNTH! NOT A TRITON OR A K2600!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Apr-01-2002 at 16:49
Shaun Roddy a hobbyist user from Northern Ireland writes:
I have an MC303 and I swaped a Korg Poly 800 with reverse keys for this pile of shit. Its a toy. There is very little room for personal creativity, take Rolands preset styles and change them around. The sample is so basic. The machine looks cool, but looks are decieving. For the same money you could pick up an MC303, I would prefere two 303's as opposed to 1 of each. I've had my 101 for 1 week and its back on Ebay for auction.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Feb-05-2002 at 03:51
Lou Berdle a part-time user from USA writes:
I give this unit high marks when purchased at a discount and for its intended purpose. Obviously, it's scope is limited, but the onboard sounds are adequate, and the built in speakers and (15w/channel) amp keep the space to a minimum. To anyone considering an all in one groove type keyboard, I say at least try this one out. If the sounds bore you down the line, you can always use it as a rhythm machine.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jan-12-2002 at 19:50
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