Fantom X Series
X 8, X 7 , X 6

Workstation Keyboard
Powered by Roland's Groundbreaking New Synthesis Chip

X 8

The Fantom-X Series gives musicians nearly 1GB of wave memory when fully expanded and 128-voice polyphony. The synthesis section's new waves include a gorgeous 88-key split stereo-sampled piano, plus room for 4 SRX expansions. The sampler can be upgraded to 544MB of RAM, which provides enough recording time to use it like a digital recorder. The Fantom-X Series is also the first line of workstation keyboards with a color LCD screen.

--128-voice workstations with 61-note keyboard (Fantom-X6), 76-note keyboard (Fantom-X7), or 88-note (Fantom-X8) Progressive Hammer-Action Keyboard
--Seamless integration of audio and MIDI using gorgeous new ROM waves and sampling with realtime timestretch capability
--128MB wave ROM includes quality-focused sounds like 88-key split piano and more
--32MB sample RAM expandable to 544MB with optional DIMMs
--New color LCD screen - a first in a workstation keyboard!
--Innovative features like Skip Back Sampling, Dynamic Pad Bank and V-LINK (V-LINK requires optional Edirol DV-7PR with software version 1.50 or higher)
--3 MFX processors, plus dedicated reverb, chorus and mastering processor
--USB port for MIDI, .WAV/AIFF file exchange and 4x SRX expansion
--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

The new Fantom-X Series comes in 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-voice polyphony, but it also raises the Fantom-X Series' waveform capacity to approximately 1GB when fully expanded . The internal wave ROM has been doubled with quality-focused sounds.

Sampler/Digital Recorder
Thanks to the power afforded by the new sound generator chip, you can record either short samples for playback on the keyboard, or long, linear takes similar to a digital recorder. Samples can be slaved to tempo with realtime timestretching and edited using tools like Wave Edit and Chop. Users are free to load samples in .WAV and AIFF formats and back up data to PC cards with up to 1GB capacity.

New Sounds
Each keyboard comes with a brand new 128MB wave ROM loaded with sounds like vivid new string sections, expressive and fat-sounding drums, nylon string guitars and a 88-key split acoustic piano, which uses individual stereo multi-samples for each key and every velocity stage, 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) .

Skip Back Sampling and a Dynamic Pad Bank
First introduced on the Fantom-S, Roland's Skip Back Sampling has become popular 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 on the keyboard or Dynamic Pad Bank while keeping the musical bars in tact. 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.

Audio/MIDI Workstation
Whether sequencing MIDI tracks, triggering samples from the Dynamic Pad Bank, or even recording audio 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 realtime timestretch. Then record some keyboard parts as MIDI and finish your song by tracking a guitar or vocal as audio. The high-resolution sequencer boasts up to 400,000-note capacity and supports Standard MIDI File (SMF) import and export.

Color LCD Screen
The Fantom-X Series is the first line of workstation keyboards with a color LCD screen. With all the menus and screens in color.

Studio Effects and Mastering Tools
Onboard effects include separate reverb and chorus processors, plus three multi-effects processors loaded with sound sculpting . 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.

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.

Useful for advanced live performers too.
Using Roland's V-LINK technology, musicians can trigger and manipulate video clips when connected to an Edirol video editor like the DV-7PR. Instantly trigger clips from the Dynamic Pad Bank, or create transitions and effects using the pitch bender and knobs.

Piano Button
Choosing the Fantom-X8 model you'll get an 88-note Progressive Hammer-Action Keyboard designed to capture the feel of a fine concert grand playing the new 88-key split piano Patch, which can be instantly called up by pressing the Fantom-X Series' dedicated Piano button. The button can be reprogrammed to call up a different Patch or Performance in any order, so it's almost like having an extra Favorite Sounds button.

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advanced technologic sound magazine
2004 march issue 123

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