Fantom-X8

Music Workstation

The Standard By Which All Other Workstations Are Measured.

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

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The successor to the Fantom-X8 is now available.
Click here for info on the new Fantom-G8 !

The Standard By Which All Other Workstations Are Measured.

The Fantom-X Series are the world's first "Giga-Workstation" keyboards, giving musicians nearly 1GB of wave memory when fully expanded and powerful 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. Between these features and their sleek new looks, the Fantom-X Series is poised to become the workstation of choice.
>> Can be upgraded via the FAN-X-UP1 Audio Track Expansion Kit

  • - 128-voice workstations with 88-note Progressive Hammer-Action Keyboard
  • - Seamless integration of audio and MIDI using gorgeous new ROM waves and sampling with realtime timestretch capability
  • - 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
  • - 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
  • V-LINK requires optional equipments such as Edirol DV-7PR with software version 1.50 or higher.

Powered by Roland's Groundbreaking New Synthesis Chip

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—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.

Expressive New Sounds Abound

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 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 vintage tube microphones with the highest quality preamps and converters and were mixed by respected studio engineer/producer Dan Blessinger (Martinsound)* - resulting in a level of quality and musicality rivaled by few.

Sampler or Digital Recorder?

Thanks to the power afforded by the new sound generator chip, you get both. That's because the Fantom-X is the first workstation keyboard 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. And with room for up to 544MB (Fantom-X6/-X7/-X8) or 528MB (Fantom-XR) of sample RAM, there's plenty of recording time available. Samples can be slaved to tempo with realtime timestretching 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.

The Only Workstations with Skip Back Sampling and a Dynamic Pad Bank

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 in tact. 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.

A True 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, making the Fantom-X by far the best workstation in history.

Dazzling Color LCD Screen

The Fantom-X Series is the first line of workstation keyboards with a color LCD screen. And once you've seen this display's smart, color-coded screens, you'll never want to go back! With all the menus and screens in color, navigating the Fantom-X becomes that much more a pleasure. Even the bitmap images appear more lifelike, adding to the overall experience.

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.

Get Connected with USB

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.

V-LINK: The Future of Performance

The Fantom-X Series is not only a great choice for studio musicians, but also for live performers. Using Roland's V-LINK technology, musicians can trigger and manipulate video clips when connected to an Edirol video editor like the DV-7PR. Imagine being able to instantly trigger clips from the Dynamic Pad Bank, or create transitions and effects using the pitch bender and knobs. It's a live performer's dream!

Dedicated Piano Button

Choose the Fantom-X8 model, and you'll get an 88-note Progressive Hammer-Action Keyboard designed to capture the feel of a fine concert grand. It's the perfect way to play the amazing new 88-key split piano Patch, which can be instantly called up by pressing the Fantom-X Series' dedicated Piano button. Of course, this 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. Regardless of which model you choose, you'll find nothing else compares to the new Fantom-X.

Fantom-X8 memory allocation

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*Dan is a recording engineer/producer who has worked on projects with the likes of Barbra Streisand, Prince, 311, The London Symphony Orchestra, Yo Yo Ma, The Los Angeles Master Chorale as well as Films for Universal Pictures, Morgan Creek Entertainment, Warner Brothers, Disney to name a few. He has served 12 years as Engineer at Martinsound Studios in Los Angeles, which is known around the world for developing high fidelity, cutting edge audio technology as well as audiophile recordings.

Fantom-X8 Audio Track Expanded: Synthesizer (Conforms to General MIDI 2 System)

Keyboard
88 keys (Progressive Hammer action Mechanism and channel aftertouch)
Maximum Polyphony
128 voices (shared with the sampling section)
Parts
Parts
Standard Wave Memory
128 M bytes (16-bit linear equivalent)
Standard Waveforms
1,480
Preset Memory
Patches: 1,152+ 256 (GM2)
User Memory
Patches: 256
Card Memory (PC card)
Patches: 256
Effects
Multi-Effects: 3 systems, 78 types
Sampling Data Format
16-bit linear (File Type: .WAV/.AIFF)
Sampling Frequency
44.1 kHz (fixed)
Maximum Sampling Time
Standard (32 MB)
Number of Samples
User memory: 2,000
Sequencer Tracks
Phrase tracks (16 MIDI channels per track): 16
Sequencer Resolution
480 TPQN
Sequencer Tempo
5 - 300
Sequencer Note Capacity
approx. 400,000 notes
Sequencer Song Length
9,998 measures
Sequencer Recording Method
Realtime recording, Step recording
Arpeggiator
Preset: 128
Rhythm Pattern
Preset: 256 (32 groups)
Chord Memory
Preset: 64
Display
Graphic 320 x 240 dots backlit LCD (Color)
Dynamic Pads
16 pads, Velocity and Aftertouch sensitive
Controllers
Pitch Bend/Modulation Lever
Connectors
Headphones Jack
Expansion Slots
Expansion of waveforms and patchs for the internal sound generator
External Storage Device
PC card: 1 slot (supports SmartMedia and CompactFlash using a PC card adapter)
Power Consumption
17W
Accessories
Handbook
Options
Wave Expansion Board: SRX Series

Size and Weight (Dimensions)

Width (W)
1,408 mm55-7/16 inches
Depth (D)
455 mm17-15/16 inches
Height (H)
165 mm6-1/2 inches
Weight
29.5 kg65 lbs. 1 oz.

All specifications and appearances are subject to change.

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