Synth Site: Roland: EG-101: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.8 out of 5
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Johanes Emmanuelli a hobbyist user from Jacksonville FL,USA writes:
I just paid $250 for this so called groove board from ebay.It blows!You cannot make your own rhythms or tweak your own sounds.The keys are FATAR cheap keys,not roland made expensive keys like on the U20 or JV80/XP50!Yes it is great for sampling within the limited keymap and is good for preset playback only,but as a creation tool NO.This unit reminds me of a CASIO keyboard of 1980's portable keyboard revolution.The sampler is 32 seconds worth of clear quick phrases over a limited range of keys/buttons.The sampler is midi triggerable so if coupled with a Boss DR770(it has a flam/roll button!!yey!),it will kick butt since the samples are stored in memory so zero load time!!My friends,dont buy this keyboard unless you are a preset only CASIO SK1 meets CASIO MT68 fanatic like I USED to be.The MC303 is no prize either.But let me not bash it completely.The sounds and presets are great and yes,the sampler ala casio SK1 is great too.The built in speakers and live inputs are great as well so as a tool for live performance in a techno party it will turn heads if you input a vocoder like the alesis ION into it for the extra sounds!As a live self contained midi controller with amplifier for your tone module or other non-speaker laden keyboard(XP80 or yamaha RM1x),it really kicks butt!So if you buy it,buy it as a amplified midi controller/SK1 sampler with builtin speaker amplifier.The rest of the stuff in it is ok and good for ideas or quickies but that is IT!

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Friday-Apr-23-2004 at 08:19
jake a hobbyist user from Texas writes:
The Roland Eg 101 is a fun keyboard. I have had mine since it was released back in the late 90's and have had some good times with it. As everyone has already said...this synth is not to be taken very serious. It's was pretty cool for it's time but now it is virtually obsolete. Just for what it is this may be a hard to find item in the future because not too many were made. This was Rolands version of the popular Yamaha DJX line of keyboards and yamaha made out like a bandit while roland just whiped their dignity from yamahas shoes. Maybe being that the eg101 debuted at 800 bucks and the djx was a much nicer sounding 300 bucks. Anyway.....this was and still is a nice piece in my collection. I respect it for what it is and i particularly like to "analog" sounds that it tries to create. Being serious....this synth has about 10 very usable sounds out them all and some of the drums are not too bad.....with effects added. ******i recommend this synth to a beginning synth player who does not expect a ton of features. Try not to pay very much for this item....i like mine but i would not be willing to shell out over 200 bucks for one nowadays. LIke i said....i have had mine since 1998 or so and it was is good. I also have a Korg microkorg...which i adore. Its awesome. Get one. Roland eg-101 may be a dud to some but im glad to have one for the sheere collectability. goodnight and thank you

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Apr-14-2004 at 22:57
helen a professional user from uk writes:
Hello ,, May i start by saying that i think that a lot of people take the 101 too seriously in the way that they knock it!!

the 101 works along with other instruments and some of the functions are very handy and imagination is what is generally needed to use most synths/key bords/drum machines/modules what ever they ere there is definatly a use for them somewhere exept in extreme circumstances where the technology is definatly un useable. The 101 is brilliant and cool despite some opinions, then again that is only my opinion.

As a professional user of vintage and modern i think people put to much emphasis on Dance music primarily the101 is decent at this but it can make other kinds of msic quite well if used with a little forsight, quirkiness, and patience!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Feb-05-2004 at 09:53
G a professional user from Swindon writes:
The last review was great, and does tell the truth. The EG-101 is the less serious bit of gear I also own, and it takes me back to May last year, sitting down at 7pm everyday and playing while drinking a pint of ice cold guiness!. The EG-101 has some weird sounds, the arrangers are catchy and very fun to play with. It has a sampler onboard for catching clips n stuff, but don't expect to much, the sampler is almost useless. Its really fun and if you haevn't tried it then you should. I'll give it a 5 because it made me happy also.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jan-13-2004 at 09:11
a part-time user writes:
The EG-101 is a keyboard (obviously) with some powerful sounds onboard. It hasen't got a sequencer as such, but non the less it is a very fun machine to play with. It's not a serious bit of gear and isen't really aimed at the top quality producers. This thing has been made for fun and creation with different styles and phrases. It is toy like, but I won't deny it for the vast array of functions and settings onboard. If you want something to make you smile, or you just wanna break from sequencer bashing production, grab an EG-101, try it out, sit down for hours and create good arrangers. It's really fun to play with but again, if you are after something serious then look elsewhere

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jan-08-2004 at 06:49
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