Fantom-S88

Music Workstation

The Perfect Marriage of Sampling and Synthesis.

  • Progressive Hammer Action Keyboard
  • SRX
  • USB
  • GM2
  • D-BEAM
  • V-LINK
  • COSM

The Perfect Marriage of Sampling and Synthesis.

Roland's Fantom-S workstation keyboards are a complete solution for professional music production. The 88-note Fantom-S88 both feature seamless integration of audio and MIDI-plus advanced sampling with realtime timestretch, sample chop and new “Skip Back Sampling.” A Dynamic Pad Bank makes it easy to arrange and trigger audio, while all-new factory sounds, an onboard mastering processor and USB file exchange give the Fantom-S the power to take your music from idea to completion.

>> 66-note Fantom-S

  • - Advanced music production studio with 88-note Progressive Hammer-Action Keyboard
  • - Seamless integration of audio and MIDI using ROM waves and sampling with realtime timestretch capability
  • - New “Skip Back Sampling” for continuous sampling-never lose an idea again!
  • - Dynamic Pad Bank with 16 velocity-sensitive pads for easy sample triggering
  • - USB port for .WAV/AIFF file exchange with a PC or Mac
  • - All-new Patches and Rhythm Sets built from brand-new 64MB wave ROM
  • - 32MB sample RAM (expandable up to 288MB) with .WAV/AIFF compatibility
  • - 16MB flash RAM retains your favorite sounds; optional SmartMedia storage
  • - 3 MFX processors, plus dedicated reverb, chorus and new mastering processor
  • - Expandable via four optional SRX-Series Wave Expansion Boards
  • - 4 Line outputs (2 stereo or 4 mono), stereo Line input and 24-bit S/PDIF digital output

Bold New Sounds

Explore entirely new sonic landscapes with a brand-new 64MB-equivalent wave ROM created just for the Fantom-S88. Painstakingly sampled in world-class studios around the world, these new stereo-sampled waves are the finest building blocks ever offered in a Roland keyboard. But don't worry; you can start making music right away. Roland has already created an entirely new set of inspiring Patches and Rhythm Sets sure to fit into the music styles of today and tomorrow.

An Audio and MIDI Powerhouse

The idea behind the original Fantom was to keep the music flowing. So for the Fantom-S88, a strong emphasis was placed on the way audio and MIDI are integrated. The result is a fluid environment in which both worlds can come together as one. Audio can be sampled using the stereo analog inputs, or imported via USB, and then integrated directly as a waveform in the expressive stereo 4-Tone synth engine. Audio can also be sequenced alongside MIDI data. The Fantom-S88 will even automatically strech your sample in real time to match any tempo.

Beyond Sampling

Instead of just adding sampling, Roland carefully thought out ways to make it even more useful in production. To start, the Fantom-S88 both come with 32MB of sampling memory, expandable to 288MB—more sampling memory than any other workstation and enough space to resample an entire song! The onboard USB port makes it easy to load .WAV/AIFF files, or export your finished song to a computer for CD burning or Internet distribution. To make triggering samples easier, Roland added a Dynamic Pad Bank. Samples can be easily mapped to the touch-sensitive pads; the pads can even be used to play ROM sounds or RPS patterns. Another Roland innovation is Skip Back Sampling. This function continuously samples your performances so you'll never lose a great idea. It also makes for an easy way to resample any realtime knob and controller tweaks.
*Skip Back Sampling function patent pending.

Streamlined Mixing

A new Mixer View screen gives the Fantom-S88 the feel of digital mixer-with intuitive graphic editing of a multitimbral Performance in one simple screen. Mix down your song using four knobs and the LCD to change track levels, panning and effects settings. Now audio and MIDI can be mixed together with the feel of a digital recording studio. Roland even makes it easy to set up your Performance using the new Layer View screen with quick graphic editing for layering and key zones. Features like these turn the Fantom-S88 from a workstation to studio.

Complete Studio Effects and Mastering

The Fantom-S88 is loaded with a complete set of pro-quality effects to take your song all the way to final mixdown. To start, you get 24-bit reverb on par with rackmount processors and professional plug-ins, plus a dedicated chorus processor that serves up warm, rich chorus and delay. Three multi-effects processors handle everything from tempo-synced delay and Lo-Fi processing to COSM Guitar Amp Modeling, Slicer, Isolator and more. Finally, a dedicated mastering processor lets you add the finishing touch with multi-band compression.

USB for Direct Sample Exchange

With onboard USB, importing samples from a PC or Mac is easier than ever. Just browse your computer's hard drive for .WAV and AIFF files, and import the sounds you want using simple drag-and-drop commands (the Fantom-S88 will appear on your computer as a hard drive). Now the audio can be used as a synth waveform or even assigned to the Dynamic Pad Bank for sequencing. Likewise, you can also export a fully mastered song to your computer for burning CDs or MP3 creation.

V-LINK Onboard Video Control

With Roland's V-LINK feature, musicians can integrate video clips with their music for a more captivating performance. Using the optional EDIROL PR-80 Realtime Video Presenter (sold separately), you can trigger video clips from the Fantom-S88's sequencer or Dynamic Pad Bank. Capture your background music using Skip Back Sampling and paste it with the clip onto a single pad. Any audio/visual combina-tion you perform can be recalled so you won't lose ideas. Never before has so much power and flexibility been offered in a workstation keyboard.

Keyboard
88 keys (Progressive Hammer-Action mechanism and channel aftertouch)

Sound Generator Section

Maximum Polyphony
64 voices (shared with the sampling section)
Parts
16
Wave Memory
64 MB (16-bit linear equivalent), Waveforms:
1,228
Preset Memory
Patches: 640 + 256 (GM2), Rhythm Sets: 32 + 9
(GM2), Performances: 64
User Memory
Patches: 256, Rhythm Sets: 32, Performances: 64
Card Memory (SmartMedia)
Patches: 256, Rhythm Sets: 32, Performances: 64

Sampling Section

Data Format
16-bit linear (File Type: .WAV/AIFF)
Sampling Frequency
44.1 kHz (fixed)
Maximum Sampling Time
mono: 360 sec.
approx., stereo: 180 sec. approx.
mono: 54 min. approx.,
stereo: 27 min. approx.
Number of Samples
User memory: 2,000 (maximum total
approximately 16 MB), Card memory: 7,000 (128
MB SmartMedia)

Sequencer Section

Tracks
Phrase tracks (16 MIDI channels per track): 16,
Pattern track (16 MIDI channels per track): 1,
Tempo track: 1, Beat track: 1
*The Pattern Track can hold up to 100 patterns.
Resolution
480 TPQN
Tempo
5 to 300
Note Capacity
approx. 400,000 notes
Song Length
9,998 measures
Recording Method
Realtime recording, Step recording
Effects
MFX (Multi-effects): 3 systems, 78 types,
Chorus: 3 types, Reverb: 5 types, Input Effect: 6
types, Mastering Effect: 3-band Compressor

Others

Arpeggiator
Preset: 128, User: 128
Rhythm Pattern
Preset: 256 (32 groups), User: 256 (32 groups)
Chord Memory
Preset: 64, User: 64
Display
320 x 240 dots, four-shade graphic LCD (QVGA)
Pads
16 pads, Velocity and Aftertouch sensitive
Controllers
Pitch Bend/Modulation Lever, Control Knobs x 4,
Assignable Switch x 2, D Beam Controller
Connectors
Headphones Jack, A (MIX) Output Jacks (L/MONO,
R) (1/4 inch TRS phone type), B Output Jacks (L,
R) (1/4 inch phone type), Input Jacks (L
(MONO)/MIC, R) (1/4 inch phone type), Hold Pedal
Jack (Half Pedal possible), Control Pedal Jack
(assignable), MIDI Connectors (IN, OUT, THRU),
USB Connector [supports file transfer (mass
storage class)], Digital Audio Interface
(COAXIAL/OPTICAL OUTPUT only), AC Inlet
Power Consumption
17 W
Accessories
Quick Start, Owner's Manual, Sound/Parameter
List, Sample Data (Audio) CD, CD-ROM (Editor),
Power Cable
Options
Wave Expansion Board: SRX Series, Keyboard
Stand: KS-12, Pedal Switch: DP-2, Damper Pedal:
DP-6/8, Foot Switch: BOSS FS-5U, Expression
Pedal: EV-5

Fantom-S/-S88 Editor Software System Requirements (Windows)

Operating System
Microsoft(R) Windows(R) XP, Microsoft(R)
Windows(R) Me, Microsoft(R) Windows(R) 2000
Professional, Microsoft(R) Windows(R) 98/98SE
CPU/Clock
Pentium(R) /Celeron(R) processor 400 MHz or
higher, Pentium(R) III 500 MHz or higher
(recommended)
Memory (RAM)
128 MB or more, 256 MB or more (recommended)
Display/Colors
800 x 600 or higher / 65,536 colors (16 bit High
Color) or more, 1,024 x 768 or higher
(recommended)
Hard Disk
80 MB or more

Fantom-S/-S88 Editor Software System Requirements (Macintosh)

Operating System
Mac OS 8.6 and 9.
CPU/Clock
PowerPC G3 / 233 MHz or higher
Memory (RAM)
128 MB or more, 256 MB or more (recommended)
Display/Colors
800 x 600 or higher / 32,000 colors or more, 1,024
x 768 or higher (recommended)
Hard Disk
80 MB or more

Size and Weight

Width (W)
1,408 mm55-7/16 inches
Depth (D)
455 mm17-15/16 inches
Height (H)
151 mm6 inches
Weight
29.5 kg65 lbs. 1 oz.

* The specifications are subject to change without notice.

*1 If the maximum DIMM expansion is installed, only two SRX slots will
be available.

All specifications and appearances are subject to change.

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