The Fantom-X: Great Sounds, Audio Recorder, Pads, and More!
The Fantom-X Series is the flagship of the Roland workstation family, offering musicians nearly 1GB of wave memory when fully expanded, and 128-note polyphony. At the top of the vast soundset is Roland's finest 88-note split stereo-sampled piano, with each note individually sampled at multiple velocities. In addition, the Fantom-X provides room for four SRX expansion boards, so users can customize their soundsets to their specific needs and stylistic preferences.Roland Fantom-X8 Keyboard Workstation at a Glance:
- Powerful synth processor with 128-note polyphony
- 8-stereo-track audio recording, with perfect MIDI sequencer sync
- New string sections, expressive drums, and amazing 88-note stereo piano
- Skip Back Sampling preserves those inspired riffs
- Complete studio effects and mastering tools
- Complete audio/MIDI workstation
- USB connection for MIDI and file transfer
Powerful synth processor with 128-note polyphony
The new Fantom-X Series comes with a choice of three keyboards, but they all have one thing in common: Roland's new sound generator chip. This chip is Roland's most powerful to date, and it not only makes it possible to play expressive 4-tone Patches with 128-note polyphony, but it also raises the Fantom-X Series' waveform capacity to approximately 1GB when fully expanded - far more memory than any other musical instrument on the market. What's more, the internal wave ROM has been doubled with quality-focused sounds that will please even the most jaded player.
8-stereo-track audio recording, with perfect MIDI sequencer sync
Thanks to the power afforded by the new sound generator chip, you get both sampling and digital recording. That's because the Fantom-X is capable of handling audio on the level of a digital recorder. This means you can record either short samples for playback on the keyboard, or long, linear takes similar to a digital recorder. Eight stereo audio tracks are now standard on all Fantom-X6, -X7, and -X8 models. And with room for up to 544MB of sample RAM, there's plenty of recording time available. Samples can be slaved to tempo with real-time time-stretching and edited using powerful tools like Wave Edit and Chop. Users are free to load samples in .WAV and AIFF formats and back up data to convenient PC cards with up to 1GB capacity.
New string sections, expressive drums, and amazing 88-note stereo piano
When Roland engineers developed the Fantom-X Series, they wanted to fully exploit the potential of the new chip. That's why each keyboard comes with a brand new 128MB wave ROM loaded with quality-focused sounds like vivid new string sections, expressive and fat-sounding drums, rich nylon string guitars and an amazing 88-key split acoustic piano, which uses individual stereo multi-samples for each key and every velocity stage. Would you believe there are over 700 samples used in this single Patch? Many of the instruments were recorded in world-class studios using multiple microphones and were mixed like music into samples by renowned studio engineer Dan Blessinger (Martinsound) - resulting in a level of quality unheard of before.
Skip Back Sampling preserves those inspired riffs
First introduced on the Fantom-S, Roland's Skip Back Sampling has become popular with musicians for its ability to instantly retrieve a performance and turn it into a sample. With Skip Back Sampling, your ideas never get lost because the sampler is constantly recording every note you play - be it on the keyboard or Dynamic Pad Bank - while keeping the musical bars intact. Speaking of which, these 16 velocity- and aftertouch-sensitive pads now sport twice the polyphony and an improved feel for even more natural drum programming and sample triggering.
Complete audio/MIDI workstation
Whether sequencing MIDI tracks, triggering samples from the Dynamic Pad Bank, or even recording audio tracks directly to RAM, the Fantom-X Series makes putting it all together a seamless process. Lay down a drum track by combining the internal drum sounds with loops, which can automatically sync to tempo via real-time time-stretch. Then record some keyboard parts as MIDI and finish your song by tracking guitars, vocals, or other live audio tracks. The high-resolution sequencer boasts up to 400,000-note capacity and supports Standard MIDI File (SMF) import and export, making the Fantom-X by far the best workstation in its class.
Complete studio effects and mastering tools
Onboard effects include separate reverb and chorus processors, plus three multi-effects processors loaded with sound sculpting tools ideal for creative sampling. These include algorithms like COSM Guitar Amp Modeling, Lo-Fi processing, tempo-synced delay, Slicer, Isolator, multiple effects chains and more. (In Performance mode, all three MFX can be configured for full parallel or complete serial use - or any combination in between.) When you're ready to mix down, simply switch on the dedicated Mastering processor with multi-band compression for tight, punchy mixes.
USB connection for MIDI and audio file transfer
The onboard USB port serves two functions: First, it can be used as a USB-MIDI interface, eliminating the need for an external MIDI interface. Second, it can be used to import and export audio in .WAV/AIFF format. Now it's easy to bring in samples from your computer and use them in a sequence. Likewise, you can quickly mix down your song, re-sample it in stereo, and then transfer the file to a computer for CD-burning.
- 128-voice workstations with 88-note Progressive Hammer-Action Keyboard
- Seamless integration of audio and MIDI using gorgeous new ROM waves and sampling with real-time time-stretch capability
- 8 stereo audio tracks integrated with internal MIDI sequencer
- 128MB wave ROM includes quality-focused sounds like 88-key split piano and more
- 32MB sample RAM expandable to 544MB with optional DIMMs
- Color LCD screen - a first in a workstation keyboard!
- Innovative features such as Skip Back Sampling, Dynamic Pad Bank and V-LINK
- 3 MFX processors, plus dedicated reverb, chorus and mastering processor
- USB port for MIDI and WAV/AIFF file exchange
- 4 x SRX expansion capacity
- PC card slot for backing up samples and data with up to 1GB capacity
- 4 Line outputs (2 stereo or 4 mono), stereo Line input and 24-bit S/PDIF I/O