Roland Fantom X-Series

Mar 3, 2004 12:00 PM, Editors


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Roland’s new line of workstation keyboards, the Fantom-X Series, is available with a 61-note keyboard (Fantom-X6, pictured), 76-note keyboard (Fantom-X7) or 88-note Progressive Hammer-Action Keyboard (Fantom-X8). These 128-note workstations offer a capacity for nearly 1 GB of wave data when fully expanded. Each model boasts a brand-new wave ROM with new sounds, room for four SRX expansions, up to 544 MB of sample RAM and a color LCD screen.

Powered by Roland’s new sound generator chip, the Fantom-X Series allows the user to play expressive 4-tone patches with 128-voice polyphony, and can be expanded to nearly 1 GB of wave data. The internal 128MB wave ROM is loaded with brand-new sounds recorded in top studios and mixed by talented engineers like Dan Blessinger (Martinsound).

The sampling section is also beefed up with capacity for up to 544 MB of RAM using optional DIMMs, allowing users to record long samples in the fashion of a digital recorder with full wave editing capabilities. (A new PC card slot lets users store samples on cards with up to 1GB capacity.) Between this “linear” recording capability and the real-time time stretch, users get total integration of audio and MIDI using the Fantom-X Series’ high-resolution sequencer.

Other features include the dynamic pad bank (with improved gel pads), Roland’s Skip Back Sampling feature and V-LINK technology to integrate audio and video. Onboard effects include COSM® Guitar Amp Modeling, lo-fi processing, slicer and a dedicated mastering processor. An onboard USB port makes MIDI connections easy, as well as importing or exporting audio in .WAV/.AIFF format.

Connections to the Fantom-X Series include four 1/4-inch outputs (two stereo), a stereo 1/4-inch input, S/PDIF digital I/O, MIDI In/Out/Thru, a PC card slot and USB port.

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