Roland E09 Review

I am going to talk about the Roland E09 keyboard. The E09 is a keyboard that is built on the very popular and successful E. series of Roland keyboards.

The look and feel of this keyboard including the sound patches really hints at the fact that this keyboard looks like a professional keyboard arranger. But its low price might be a tad on the low end which would make you think that it is cheap in construction. Nothing could be further from the truth when I tested this keyboard out.

Roland EO9

Built From the Bottom Up

The E09 has been rebuilt from the bottom up and no longer resembles the baseline E. series keyboards. Essentially the E09 sound bank comes complete with wholly different sounds and musical styles featuring styles from Western, Middle East, and Asian countries. The new sounds are completely compliant with GM2 standards.

For an arranger keyboard and a little bit surprised at this keyboards features only 64 notes of polyphony. Because this keyboard is meant to be used to compose and arrange music and particularly to create complete orchestrations, polyphony.

I liked what I saw with respect to the effects section which features 47 different effects including eight different types of reverb and a types of chorus.

Some of the standard controls on the E09 include the ability to transpose 12 semitones up-and-down.

16 Track Midi Sequencer for All Your Creative Composing Needs

A 16 track MIDI sequencer with start/stop, Phil, variation, ending, and tap tempo round out the controls for the sequencer.

One of the features that I liked on the Roland E09 is the 130 preset interactive styles which come with Asian, Middle East and Western instruments. So you can use the presets to add rich and full arrangements to your performance.

Storage capacity on the E09 consists of 32 MB to store your WAV files.

The Good

The keyboard is feature rich for the price.

The Bad

For an arranger keyboard, the E09 should come with 128 notes of polyphony instead of the 64 notes that it comes with. You can get a great deal on Roland E09 here.


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  1. Ken Enos says:

    Hi Dan,
    I am a former trumpet player that had to give up the horn due to heart problems. I play lots of big band music, what type and make of keyboard would you recomend? I don’t want to give up music totaly. Thought taking up the keyboard would be relaxing.


    Dan Reply:

    Hi Ken,

    Given your situation I would recommend the Roland E09 because it offers a number of presets that add rich accompaniments to make it sound like a full orchestration. This keyboard is not expensive in fact they have a really good deal at Amazon. just see other people’s reviews.

  2. Ken says:

    Does the Roland E09 have a full rythym system with it. Someone told me it didn’t? Another words,all of the rythyms. It sounds liek something I would be interested in. Thanks again.


    Dan Reply:


    the E09 does come with drums and rhythm section which adapts to the arranger style you select. The arranger section helps to fill in by adding some orchestration based on the music style you select. The rhythm section I believe is customizable.

  3. Kshitij says:

    Does this roland E-09 has registrations.Like in yamaha models we can store the desired instruments in banks and switch to it with just one touch.Does roland has that facility.Help plz!!

    maliciousrex Reply:

    yup2 it has 100 registrations but no banking. you can find how to register settings through the manual. you can download the manual through google just search it.

  4. U.S.CHAKRABORTY says:

    Hi Dan,
    I don’t want to give up totaly TRANSPOSE SYSTEM ALL USERS .


  5. Manish says:

    I want to know does Roland E-09 have USB connection or Can we connect it to computer with usb?

    djshuffle Reply:

    I have this model,and the only thing that I hate about this keyboard is that it doesn’t have usb port:|

  6. theresa says:

    How are the string sounds? is there a string + piano souund?

    Nirmalya Reply:

    U can always use the dual option 4 that!!… has got a beautiful piano tone!!

  7. Sam says:

    Hi Dan

    I am playing a small casio keyboard for the last one year, I like a little bit classical styles. Now I want to go for a good one where I can also play beautiful piano tones, Can you please advise me..

    Thanks a lot

    Dan Reply:


    If you are just interested in piano sounds, then consider the Yamaha CP33 which is affordable and somewhat portable as well but has a great touch response for the price and value.

  8. nkosi says:

    iam looking at buying a keyboard to use in church. i have two options to get either a roland E09 or yamaha psr423. which one would be a right choice for me and why

    djshuffle Reply:

    I would prefer E-09,it is because Psr-e423 is more like a synthesizer.

  9. Sabby says:

    i Hav just purchasd e09 jst wnt 2 confirm does it contains arpeggiator function if yes thn can u plz tel me how I can use that function and also if we wnt 2 echo any voice hw can be done?


    robert o' rourke Reply:

    hi I have just bought an e09 i was wondering if you can use the arranger & song controls

    to alter playback. rob

  10. Godwin says:


    I have Roland E09, i also have MIDI & GM tones with me seperately in my notebook. Is it possible to upload and save in E09. If yes , how can any one explain. As far as i know..E09 can accept only GM2 tones. Please advice how to upload.

    RAKESH Reply:


  11. Blossom says:

    I have Roland E09. Apart from DP Series there any other model which performse well..i am looking for volume pedal..

  12. Becky says:




    High Plains Thumper Reply:

    If you want something that will have greater flexibility, try the Roland GW-8. I have its predecessor, the GW-7. It has the capability of downloading different styles to it through USB from PC. I purchased the GigaStylesCollection CD from E-Bay, an outfit from France that has a PC styles sampler player and over 1,000 styles on it that are professionally written. Roland also has free software with both to convert midi files to styles, so you can roll your own. The workstation has also built in styles that sound great. I have about a dozen and half styles already downloaded, that vary in genre from country folk, western to classic jazz, which can be quickly called up.

  13. Christeen says:

    Hi Dan
    i want to buy a keyboard with a good piano voice and also oriental.
    i think Roland E 09 has an excellent piano sound…….hasn’t it?
    and is it oriental or not?
    plz reply i really need ur advice.
    thank u very much

  14. sashin says:

    i have a roland exr5s – i downlaoded an asian music style. the file is in sty format. Can this keyboard accept beats or not?

  15. Lu-k says:

    Dan, necesito que me aconsejes,por favor,para saber que teclado de arreglos comprar. Hasta ahora estoy entre: Roland E-09 y Korg Pa500. Aguardo tu ayuda.

  16. zamo says:

    hi Dan, can i use my Roland E-O9 as a MIDI controller, if yes what do i need to connect it to my computer?

    Dan Reply:

    Yes you can use the E-O9 as a MIDI controller. As long as there is MIDI In/out ports which the E-O9 has you can use it as a controller. What you will need will depend on what you want to do. If you just want to control other keyboards then you will need MIDI cables. If you want to use your computer as a recording studio then if your E-O9 has USB then you can connect your keyboard to computer using USB otherwise you will need USB to MIDI connector. Years ago I had what was called an MPU-401 box that connected my keyboard via MIDI to my computer. Today I use a high end external sound card that has USB connectivity to the computer and MIDI In/Out for the keyboard. I recommend the external sound card such as EMU which works great with my Yamaha CP300. If you are looking to do studio quality work converting your MIDI files to audio for mastering and mix down then I highly recommend the external sound card. They are relatively cheap. If you are only looking to save and playback MIDI files then you won’t need the sound card.

    Margelis Reply:

    Hi Dan , I am wondering if the Roland E 09 is what I need . I want to produce my own material at home and perform on my piano with what I have pre recorded on the Roland before . So that I will alwas play the piano part life but with a huge backup of other instrument that I have pre recorded and saved in the roland . Will this work ? Or should I look to get something else ? How many songs can I save on the Roland E 09 ?

  17. Pratik Chougule says:

    does roland E-09 has USB port And does it comes With a stand?

  18. prince says:

    i would like to know how can I save my creations using roland e09. It can only hold one song??

  19. vj says:

    Hi, can you please send me patch list of E09 on my e-mail?? i really need one, Thanks..

    Dan Reply:

    You can download the manual which has the patch list in it. Download from here

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  21. Dedy uardi says:

    Please tell me, which sound better, the EXR-7 or E09?

    Thank you
    Dedy Suardi Indonesia

  22. Ken Brooker says:

    hey guys i just want to know when was the roland eo9 manufactured [what year when first produced]

    Ken Enos Reply:

    I bought the E09 last December, and am very happy with it. The piano sounds are great, and the organ sounds are not bad at all. I have been taking lessons weekly,and progressing a lot. I will have to move up to a 88 keyboard down the road. Not sure which one yet, it is like startign all over. I think you will enjoy the E09.

  23. Zain says:

    Hi, how do I play the 250(GM2)sounds on the Roland e09.
    It only goes up to 675(614+61 drums). I cannot select.
    Am I missing something here??
    Please Help..

  24. I have owned the E-09 for about 6 years now and the model had been out for two years when I bought mine. I use mine every single day in my business and it has not failed me at all. I have had to replace the fill button many times, but that took a call to Roland to order a bag of them and I put them in myself. I have also ordered about 4 different power supplies for it so I always have one on hand. I play at nursing homes for a living and it has paid for itself many times over. It is lightweight, sounds good and has a life to it that others do not have, even the more expensive ones. I also own a Korg PA500 and will probably never use it for the nursing home stuff because there is too much to select from on it to make it useful on the fly like the Roland. I also bought another E-09 and it has permanent residence in my setup at church where I lead the congregation in song.
    The sequencer part is very disappointing because you can only store one song at a time, but I do not use it for that. It has memory locations for 99 presets and I use quite a few of them for the different types of songs I play at the homes. In most cases, the on-board speakers work just fine and there is plenty of output for all to hear. On the bigger jobs, I have an external amp and use the on-board speakers for my own monitoring. It has been an invaluable tool for me musically. While I like the sounds of the Tyros 4 and my Korg, the Roland gets the nod when I play at the homes or when I practice or do small gigs with the different bands I am in. It simply works and does what it is supposed to do and does it very well.
    I know that the soundset may be dated (I think that it is the same soundset used in the RS series of synths…but if a sound is good it is good.
    As far as the pianos go, I exclusively use the main Stereo Piano patch (St. Piano 1) and layer it with strings (St. Strings). I also use the other board sounds depending on the songs I am playing. I stay away from the distorted guitar patch because it is not good at all. It is a keyboard, not a guitar… I do use the jazz guitar and the steel guitar quite a lot though and they work very well. I also use the main sax patch and layer it with a flute for certain songs.
    In my experience, it shines for big band, waltz and other jazz stuff. This is mainly what I use it for at the homes and there is a life to it that I cannot get on the others and I have tried many of them. When playing at church, the contemporary styles also work very well. I do not use the ethnic stuff at all so these are a waste for me.
    From a price/features standpoint, it really shines. It is an arranger that works well.
    Any cons? For me, the electric guitar stuff is not realistic at all. It also has a weird way to set up MIDI and I have had to change my entire MIDI channel setup when I used it with my band. It also does not allow for split/layer at the same time..would be fun to have a piano/string layer split with a bass and just use a drum kit for the rhythm at times. I also think that the buttons could have been a little more heavy duty, as I have referenced that I have had to replace the fill button many times. While I am more technical than most, this could mean many trips to the shop for those less likely to take apart their own keyboard.
    In summation, this keyboard has certainly paid its dues with me and has been a lifesaver and the mainstay of my work. It has performed flawlessly in the 6 years that I have owned it and I am grateful for such a sturdy instrument. With taking it out of my trunk at least 4 times a day and being transported to jobs and hooking/unhooking everything all the time, it holds its own. It is lightweight (around 15 pounds or so) and has a solid feel to it. I know that some have commented on the keys being too short, but I do not care. I am classically trained but I think that it has made me versatile enough to compensate. I do not care about having the right feel because it works for what I do. I have two very nice weighted digital pianos that I use for that stuff.
    This is a bread an butter instrument that does exactly what it is supposed to do. In this day and age where we try to make one thing do absolutely everything (and pay for it with the price/weight/complexity….), having a dedicated arranger is a nice change, especially when it works so well. I would say that I am VERY experienced with this board and have utilized every part of it and I still am impressed (even though I have many more boards in my collection that sound better or do more but again….hence the need for a dedicated arranger…)

    Harry Ebbeson III

    Bhushan Reply:

    Harry, this is a fantastic review and helps me a lot! I recently bought a new CASIO XW-P1 keyboard. But for a hobby player that I’m I find it, too complicated (even though it has some killer functions for that price – which I don’t even know how to use). With your vast experience, would you be able to look this up and recommend me a keyboard between WP-X1 and E09? I would really really appreciate!