Roland EG-101

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Even with those built in speakers, this latest addition to the Roland Groove line is anything but low end. In fact the EG-101 is a hands-on sampling, synthesizing, groove making real-time workstation for singlehandedly generating entire dance tracks! Take some of the features of the MC-505 groovebox and the SP-202 sampler and you get the basis for the EG-101. It has a wealth of Roland-like sounds including everything from sub-basses to trance pads to 808 and 909 drum kits. Like other Groove products the EG-101 has a DJ/Remix or RPS (real-time Phrase Sequencer) for quickly generating ready-made grooves and beats - good for live DJ use or as a starting point for writing your own tracks! Unfortunately you can't program your own phrases. But you can alter the sounds, tempo and so on to give them your own unique twists.

Only the most important functions are immediately accessible and real-time controllable. These include the filter cutoff, resonance, ring modulator and reverb. A great new feature is an external sound input that can be routed through the filter and/or ring modulator. Borrowed from the MC-505 is the D-Beam for more control (or lack thereof)! As with other Groove products the EG-101 has a good sequencer / recorder implemented for creating your own arrangements. Only one song can be recorded at a time but it can be created in real-time by switching patterns and muting any of the eight tracks allowing you to build and decompose your grooves on the fly! And the built in speakers are actually quite nice allowing this synth a bit of portability and they make the EG-101 ideal for the home user or budding new techno producer!

The sampling section of this Groove machine is limited by most professional standards but still offers a useful stepping stone for most as well as a great tool for new users. A total memory of 16 samples can be created from any external sound source. There's a 7.81KHz sample rate (128 seconds at Lo-Fi quality) and 31.25KHz (32 seconds at Non Lo-Fi). Basic sample edit functions are also available such as pitch, time stretch, filters, effects, auto-looping and truncating. Although these specs may not be great, having any on-board sampler is a definite bonus for any synthesizer workstation. For you budding new Dance artists or those of you who just want a groove machine to play with on the road or in your kitchen - the EG-101 is definitely the biggest and best beginner to intermediate level synth currently around! And it's Groove Approved!!!

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11 Visitor comments
May 31, 2010 @ 5:03 pm
A very cool, retro looking machine somewhat spoiled by the on-board speakers. The speakers themselves, however are sonically extremely bright, clear and capable of handling good bass as well. There are about four hundred sounds on-board, most of them from the MC-303 and there are tons of classic old Roland drum machines on there that make the machine very handy as a tonebank. That's how I use it, forget all the other DJ / mixing on the fly /D Beam nonsense and just trigger some nice sounds from it via midi. It's 11 part multi-timbral which can be quite good. The on-board speakers ARE disconnected when a jack is inserted into the headphone socket.
October 5, 2009 @ 4:47 am
fod9, whilst I agree with your sentiment, your spelling is atrocious (that means bad in case you were not aware.)
Sadly it seems we have lost the ability to write.
I love the egg for one reason alone, you can plug in your guitar and use it as an amp whilst your friend plays the keyboard.
The inbuilt speakers kick bottom wonderfully.
Damian Mellor
August 11, 2009 @ 7:19 am
The EG-101 is a great instrument which is fun, easy and inspiring to play.
May 22, 2009 @ 4:37 pm
i love my eg 101 how ever i do not like the an oing auto acumple mant featchers because thay detach you from actuley playing now i dont want to say that the arpeggio feacher is not fun i mean who dousent like to twist a feu nobs now and again . but i love the sim pliset of the con trol lay out and the facked that it is an all in 1 synth + the bilt in speakers make it grate for jaming PS eg 101 + other guy on strat = fun! (:
October 9, 2008 @ 3:46 pm
If you plug a 1/4 inch adapter into the headphone jack the speakrs should disconnect. Im sure this would work to turn speakers off.
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  • Demos & Media
  • Audio Clip 1 - Hear two samples from the EG-101 demo sequences. The first is a snazzy House demo while the second example shows off some Big Beat prowess.

    Manual - Roland has made manuals for most of their products available as free PDF downloads.

  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 24 voices
  • Multitimbral - 11 parts
  • Drums - 12 Drum Kits
  • RPS phrases - 64
  • Real-Time Effects - Reverb, Ring Mod, Filter, Resonance, Cutoff
  • Memory - 448 presets,
  • Keyboard - 49 keys (velocity sensitive)
  • Control - MIDI In/Out
  • Date Produced - 1999
  • Resources & Credits
  • Images from Synthesizer Picture Gallery (site gone).

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