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        Price-defying performance!

        The Roland E-09 arranger keyboard's sounds and styles are nothing but first class even though the price might say "low end." Building on the success of Roland's popular E-series arranger keyboards, the E-09 ushers in a brand-new look, feel, and sound for the family. With its high-quality sound engine, pro-style appearance, and powerful specifications—including a newly designed library of sounds and interactive styles—the Roland keyboard raises the quality standard for entry-level arrangers.

        International Appeal

        With a global array of interactive musical accompaniments onboard, the Roland E-09 puts a world of colorful and authentic music under your fingertips. Master programmers from around the world have created special Styles for the E-09, spotlighting the Western, Middle Eastern, and Asian cultures.

        EZ Operation

        As Roland's technology continues to expand and improve, so too does the user-friendliness of its instruments. This electronic keyboard is no exception, as it provides a clearly labeled lineup of large, friendly buttons across its front panel, logically organized into task types. There are one-touch Tone and Style locator buttons to help find the sound and style quickly, plus an array of helpful, dedicated controls to make navigating and playing the keyboard a breeze.

        Low Profile, Big Sound

        The Roland E-09 arranger keyboard introduces a professional-grade industrial design to the E family. Its black metallic finish, coupled with a slim, streamlined chassis design, makes the E-09 eye catching and easy to transport. Despite its slim physique, the E-09 outputs an impressively big sound from its built-in stereo speaker system. To further enhance the sound, the built-in effects processor can add space, depth, and other special effects. There are 47 types of multi-effects to choose from, plus eight varieties of reverbs and choruses.

        Effects

        A great sound engine is only the beginning. The Roland E-09 keyboard allows you to add space, depth, and other special effects to your sounds with its onboard multi-effects processor. There are 47 types of multi-effects to choose from, plus 8 varieties of reverbs and choruses. A powerful bonus: Each sound within a simultaneous-patch group can have its own effects assignment.

        Features

        • Improved high-quality sound engine; GM2 compliant
        • Newly designed Musical Styles, including Western, Middle East, and Asian
        • 64-voice polyphony
        • 800-plus tones, 70 drum kits
        • 47 Multi-FX plus reverb and chorus
        • 16-track recorder with Easy Mode
        • Friendly Music Assistants, One-Touch settings

        Do it now while the spirit's on you. We guarantee you'll be inspired.

         
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        RolandE-09 Interactive Arranger Electronic Keyboard - Factory
         
        4.2

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        Most Liked Positive Review

         

        Excellent arranger from Roland

        My back ground 20 years of music. My equipment Yamaha MO6, Yamaha YPP200, Alesis QS6.1, Korg N364, Roland D20 and Juno 106, Emu Proteus FX and Yamaha TX81Z. I bought the...Read complete review

        My back ground 20 years of music. My equipment Yamaha MO6, Yamaha YPP200, Alesis QS6.1, Korg N364, Roland D20 and Juno 106, Emu Proteus FX and Yamaha TX81Z. I bought the E-09 because I want to have somthing to carry out easy and not expensive. What I can said is the price is low but the quality of construction and the quality of sound is super great. Roland had done it againg. Overall the pianos are good the strings good the organs,sax and of course the distintive Roland Pads. The drum kits are very useful and the styles are very good too. If you want Roland traditional sound and quality this is your tickect. If you are looking for this plus want to have worksation capabilitis to create your music I will recommend to go with the Roland GW-7 it is basically the same but you have more storage capacity than the E-09 (can save only one song) plus the USB port.

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        Most Liked Negative Review

         

        confusing interface. instruction manual not helpful. buggy. but good sax tone

        I was up all night getting to know the Roland E-09. It has a nice tenor sax for jazz and an authentic sounding celest, among a fair variety of surprisingly good instrument sounds...Read complete review

        I was up all night getting to know the Roland E-09. It has a nice tenor sax for jazz and an authentic sounding celest, among a fair variety of surprisingly good instrument sounds that I've been missing since i stopped recording with software instruments on my laptop.

        Right out of the box, the keyboard had a nice feel and look. The keys were velocity sensitive and responded pretty well. The stereo panel-mounted speakers sound good. They hold up under high volume with low end frequencies with little distortion.

        I tried the string sounds, they were okay, certainly better than those of my Alesis NanoPiano. The brass was unimpressive. The synth sounds were neither worse nor better than I expected, fairly predictable sounds we've all heard before, with a few exceptions. The square wave was excellent. It sounded like it could have been used to make the music for an old Nintendo game. The rest were your standard assortment of leads both classic and cheesy, along with some old standbys like the sine wave and saw tooth. I have a KORG Polysix and I believe it's emulated on a couple of patches with names like "polysynth" 1 & 2. There's also a Juno bass tone which is labeled as such. In all, the bass sounds were solid and familiar.

        the woodwinds and organs really shined. However, there's an effect setting for rotary speed which can be controlled with a footswitch and I was never able to make it happen, although I followed the instructions exactly with the suggested footswitch (BOSS FS-U).

        The instructions are sparse and don't address a lot of questions and problems that I had. And the button layout is a little confusing. And for some reason, even after repeatedly enabling "Tempo Lock", The keyboard boots up into 73bpm. Later, while using Single Record mode, the tempo would change from my desired 110bpm to 100bpm as soon as I start recording, which threw off the timing from the start. I read the manual multiple times, cover to cover and could find no solution.

        I read the manual and quickly disabled the "educational" parameter. With some work, I was able to MIDI sync my AKAI MPC1000 with the E-09. But after several hours of trial and error (the owner's manual is terrible and leaves out many important questions); I'm still left with dozens of questions about MIDI compatibility. The user interface is awkward and the oversized LCD display is wasted on huge font sizes and a 21key graphic used solely for the cheesy Wesley Willis auto accompaniments. It feels like they somehow dumbed down a potentially powerful workstation for a casiotone market. The focal point is the capacity for making on the fly backing tracks with the 16 track arranger about which I can find no explanation for MIDI oddities like "ghost voicing", uncontrollable octave transpositions and just plain unusable channels.

        The list price was $599, but I paid under $450 for a restocked unit with a factory warranty. If Roland can tell me how to use this thing and I can get a significant rebate, I'll consider keeping it. But with the cost of postage, I might be happier with a voucher for free return shipping.

        I will end on a positive note. The backlit Amber LCD Screen was highly visible and the tenor sax was great.

        Just don't expect too much from this keyboard.

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        confusing interface. instruction manual not helpful. buggy. but good sax tone

        Comments about Roland E-09 Interactive Arranger Electronic Keyboard - Factory:

        I was up all night getting to know the Roland E-09. It has a nice tenor sax for jazz and an authentic sounding celest, among a fair variety of surprisingly good instrument sounds that I've been missing since i stopped recording with software instruments on my laptop.

        Right out of the box, the keyboard had a nice feel and look. The keys were velocity sensitive and responded pretty well. The stereo panel-mounted speakers sound good. They hold up under high volume with low end frequencies with little distortion.

        I tried the string sounds, they were okay, certainly better than those of my Alesis NanoPiano. The brass was unimpressive. The synth sounds were neither worse nor better than I expected, fairly predictable sounds we've all heard before, with a few exceptions. The square wave was excellent. It sounded like it could have been used to make the music for an old Nintendo game. The rest were your standard assortment of leads both classic and cheesy, along with some old standbys like the sine wave and saw tooth. I have a KORG Polysix and I believe it's emulated on a couple of patches with names like "polysynth" 1 & 2. There's also a Juno bass tone which is labeled as such. In all, the bass sounds were solid and familiar.

        the woodwinds and organs really shined. However, there's an effect setting for rotary speed which can be controlled with a footswitch and I was never able to make it happen, although I followed the instructions exactly with the suggested footswitch (BOSS FS-U).

        The instructions are sparse and don't address a lot of questions and problems that I had. And the button layout is a little confusing. And for some reason, even after repeatedly enabling "Tempo Lock", The keyboard boots up into 73bpm. Later, while using Single Record mode, the tempo would change from my desired 110bpm to 100bpm as soon as I start recording, which threw off the timing from the start. I read the manual multiple times, cover to cover and could find no solution.

        I read the manual and quickly disabled the "educational" parameter. With some work, I was able to MIDI sync my AKAI MPC1000 with the E-09. But after several hours of trial and error (the owner's manual is terrible and leaves out many important questions); I'm still left with dozens of questions about MIDI compatibility. The user interface is awkward and the oversized LCD display is wasted on huge font sizes and a 21key graphic used solely for the cheesy Wesley Willis auto accompaniments. It feels like they somehow dumbed down a potentially powerful workstation for a casiotone market. The focal point is the capacity for making on the fly backing tracks with the 16 track arranger about which I can find no explanation for MIDI oddities like "ghost voicing", uncontrollable octave transpositions and just plain unusable channels.

        The list price was $599, but I paid under $450 for a restocked unit with a factory warranty. If Roland can tell me how to use this thing and I can get a significant rebate, I'll consider keeping it. But with the cost of postage, I might be happier with a voucher for free return shipping.

        I will end on a positive note. The backlit Amber LCD Screen was highly visible and the tenor sax was great.

        Just don't expect too much from this keyboard.

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        (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Good Starter Keyboard

        Comments about Roland E-09 Interactive Arranger Electronic Keyboard - Factory:

        Overall it's good to start out on.
        Has alot of features that are fun to play with, but are not suitable for todays music. It is quite light.
        It's a well built keyboard. The sounds are decent for piano.

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        (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Better keyboard than arranger

        By the reign man

        from Alabama

        Comments about Roland E-09 Interactive Arranger Electronic Keyboard - Factory:

        If you don't have the Roland basic soundset in your keyboard arsernal, this is a cheap way to do it. If you are looking for a keyboard with arranger features and on the fly sound adjustments, look elsewhere.PRO's: great 61 note keybed, best I have felt.great PIANO sounds, but you can still use more.CON's: Can't use layers and splits at same time.If you change the sound during a layer/or split, you have to change from a default sound, to your desired sound which is impossible to do in a "live" setting.No number pads to quickly pull up sounds.Only one "fill" and it auto takes you from "A" to "B"(regular to variation).User patches/sounds effects don't transfer from the sounds you copy...(no rotary organ simulation with the copy of the organ patch)The same Roland sound set from 10 years ago.The MIDI implementation is cripple, meaning, you can's slave and 88 weight keyboard to the Roland E-09 with losing effects, no layering or splitting (only accepted channel 4 for me and I couldn't figure out how to change the patch on the MIDI 4 from within the keyboard-maybe it is within the dong mode)In Song Mode, you can only record/load one song at a time with NO LOOP FEATURES.This keyboard is not bad, especially considering the price point, but you would be better off getting the Yamaha PSR-S500. Then, you would only lose the great keybed(IMHO) and 32 notes of polyphony(Roland E-09 has 64). They are both in the same price range and the Yamaha PSR-S500 have plenty of great sounds, including good piano sounds and you would have a "true" arranger keyboard.

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        (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excellent arranger from Roland

        By MTPQS6

        from USA

        Comments about Roland E-09 Interactive Arranger Electronic Keyboard - Factory:

        My back ground 20 years of music. My equipment Yamaha MO6, Yamaha YPP200, Alesis QS6.1, Korg N364, Roland D20 and Juno 106, Emu Proteus FX and Yamaha TX81Z. I bought the E-09 because I want to have somthing to carry out easy and not expensive. What I can said is the price is low but the quality of construction and the quality of sound is super great. Roland had done it againg. Overall the pianos are good the strings good the organs,sax and of course the distintive Roland Pads. The drum kits are very useful and the styles are very good too. If you want Roland traditional sound and quality this is your tickect. If you are looking for this plus want to have worksation capabilitis to create your music I will recommend to go with the Roland GW-7 it is basically the same but you have more storage capacity than the E-09 (can save only one song) plus the USB port.

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        (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Voices!!!

        By Skeeter G.

        from Gainesville, Fl.

        Comments about Roland E-09 Interactive Arranger Electronic Keyboard - Factory:

        I bought this keyboard because I needed something a little easier to move around than the Yamaha P-250 I use at home. The sound of the P-250 is superior to the E-09 but the E-09 is 1/4 the cost of the P-250 and I think it makes the E-09 a bargain. As usual with Roland, the quality is there. You can feel it in the buttons and knobs and hear it in the quiet operation of the unit and the incredible voices. Keep in mind that this is a pretty low price point for an Interactive Arranger. The piano is full bodied and rich with texture. The blow sax is very sexy. The guitars have given me hours of fun. Operation is pretty straightforward and the manual is easy to understand. This is an awful lot of keyboard for the dollar.

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        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        My first keyboard.

        By clear thru music

        from central California coast.

        Comments about Roland E-09 Interactive Arranger Electronic Keyboard - Factory:

        Hear it goes. I've never played key boards before but right out of the box, being adrummer and guitar player I was able to get music out of this instrument. I got familure with what it could do, and it can do a lot, I laid down a drum, bass and guitar track and added some mariachi horns from the Roland and I'm telling you it made the track come alive. It'stotally inspirering as far as writing new tunes both the sounds and the drums. I know its going to work for me in many ways. Thanks Roland, you done good with this one, espeacially for the beginner.

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        You Be Jamm'

        By Fretlessbassman

        from Washington D.C.

        Comments about Roland E-09 Interactive Arranger Electronic Keyboard - Factory:

        This is a great keyboard for pros and novice. If you are seasoned, then you will have everything that you need to jam,compose, and record. A novice will have a great time with this board. It is so easy to play. This keyboard will help you learn new licks, help you compose,arrange and record your tunes and it's a beauty to look at. This is the easier keyboard I have ever played (I've been playing for 20 plus years!)The tones are fantastic and sound REAL!. The recording feature is as easy as using a cassette deck. If you are into recording your personal tunes, get this baby and as an option, buy one of the BOSS digital recorders(I have the BOSS BR-1600). You will be making professional sounding recordings in no time! Roland did a great job with this honey! Buy it!

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        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Fantastic Keyboard !

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Roland E-09 Interactive Arranger Electronic Keyboard - Factory:

        I am very happy with this keyboard. It sounds fantastic! The piano sounds are very real and not phony. The strings are great! The nylon guitar sound is very real as are the horns and violins and cellos. This is a very useful keyboard for recording. You will be able to add strings and horns to your recordings as well as a host of other sounds. For the money you will be very pleased. Roland has yet to fail me. Over the years I have used their keyboards and have played many a show with them. I added this keyboard to go with my Roland piano so I could have easy access to other sounds while still having my weighted keys Piano during gigs. I found myself using this keyboard mostly as the feel of the keys is very real and feels great. The sound are fantastic. You will love this keyboard. For the price you can't go wrong!

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        5.0

        ROLAND ROCKS

        By MusicianLady

        from New Mexico, USA

        Comments about Roland E-09 Interactive Arranger Electronic Keyboard - Factory:

        Once again, Roland comes through. I tried out this arranger at a local music store and compared it to the Yamaha's. The difference in quality and sound was remarkable. Roland takes the time to actually perfect each and every sound. This arranger is perfect for me as far as key size, presets, user friendly, etc. Anybody that has owned a Roland keyboard and knows the phenominal sound reinforcements in their products, knows you can't go wrong with this Roland keyboard purchase. I bought it after my extensive research plus the actual test drive of it is what really convinced me!

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        great sounds

        By toneman-aaSlM

        from Los angeles California

        Comments about Roland E-09 Interactive Arranger Electronic Keyboard - Factory:

        I have been playing keyboard for a few years... I feel it is a great keyboard for those who know how to play but aren't that great yet.First, The amount of tones and effects on this keyboard is amazing. I havnt even been through all of them, but almost everyone I've been through is great. One of the things that I've noticed is that the piano feature is not very bright, and I do not know how to make it brighter.I love this keyboard even though it has a low piano sound. I love this piano mainly for all of the effects it has.

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