128-Voice Synthesizer Module

Absolute Power to Fuel Your Creativity.

  • SRX
  • USB
  • GM2
  • COSM

Absolute Power to Fuel Your Creativity.

The Fantom-XR brings powerful sampling and synthesis to a convenient 1U rack module. With room for over 1GB of sounds, this affordable module sets a new standard for expandability. The internal wave ROM includes expressive new Patches like an 88-key split piano, plus room for six SRX expansions. Full-blown user sampling is also supported, along with .WAV/AIFF compatibility for loading samples via USB. And with PC Card storage, the Fantom-XR makes backing up data quick and easy.
>> Can be upgraded via the FAN-XR-UP1 Sample Tools Expansion Kit

  • - 1U rackmount synthesizer/sampler with capacity for over 1GB of sounds
  • - 128-voice polyphony and expressive 4-tone stereo multiplex synthesis
  • - Flexible user sampling with .WAV/AIFF compatibility
  • - Wave ROM expandable to 512MB via 6 optional SRX boards
  • - 16MB sample memory expandable to 528MB with optional DIMMs
  • - 3 MFX processors, plus separate reverb, chorus and mastering effects
  • - USB port and optional PC Card storage with up to 1GB capacity
  • - 2 stereo (4 mono) analog outputs, stereo analog input, plus S/PDIF digital I/O
  • * V-LINK requires optional equipments such as Edirol DV-7PR with software version 1.50 or higher.

New 128-Voice Sound Engine

Like the Fantom-X keyboards, the Fantom-XR module is based on Roland’s powerful new sound generator chip. This chip delivers maximum audio processing performance at a great price— including an expressive stereo 4-tone synthesis engine with 128-voice polyphony. The internal wave ROM includes quality-focused waveforms—like Roland’s amazing 88-key split piano (a multi-stage velocity-switched stereo sampled piano), lively new string ensembles, fat drum sounds and more—recorded using world-class studios and renowned engineers like Dan Blessinger (Martinsound)*. The internal wave ROM can be expanded up to 512MB using six optional SRX-Series expansions. No other module boasts this kind of sound library!

User Sampling and More

Out of the box, the Fantom-XR ships with a 16MB sample memory for loading .WAV/AIFF files via USB or for recording your own sounds via the analog and digital inputs. A host of sample editing tools—including a Wave Edit screen, Chop function and real time timestretching—give you plenty of control over your samples. And by adding optional DIMM memory, you can load up to 528MB of audio into the Fantom-XR. Combined with a fully expanded wave ROM, that’s over 1GB of sounds! Editor software will be bundled for detailed Patch editing and backing up data is easy using optional PC Cards (up to 1GB) or via USB.

Made for Sequencing

Even without an internal sequencer, the Fantom-XR’s 128 voices and capacity for over 1GB of waveforms make it the perfect module for use with a computer or hardware sequencer. In fact, it boasts the same tight integration of audio and MIDI as its keyboard cousins, but with greater expandability. Just MIDI it up to your sequencer of choice, and let the Fantom-XR automatically sync up all your audio loops to tempo using a high-quality realtime timestretching algorithm. You can even record linear audio phrases and play them back from RAM like a digital recorder!

Studio-Quality Effects and Mastering Tools

The Fantom-XR boasts the same powerful effects processing found in the Fantom-X keyboards—including three multi-effects processors that can be freely configured, plus separate reverb and chorus processors. The multi-effects are extremely powerful with algorithms ranging from COSM Guitar Amp Modeling and Lo-Fi processing to tempo-synced delay, Slicer, Isolator and more. A dedicated Mastering processor serves up tools like multi-band compression to give your music a tighter, punchier sound.

The Simplicity of USB

The onboard USB port can be used as a USB-MIDI interface—perfect for sequencing the Fantom-XR from a computer. USB also makes for a great way to transfer audio files to and from the module—just connect a cable, then drag and drop away. The Fantom-XR can import and export .WAV and AIFF files, making it compatible with a wide variety of sounds available on CD-ROM and via the Internet. Give your music a serious sonic upgrade with the Fantom-XR.

PC/Mac editor/librarian software inluded

The Fantom-XR comes bundled with Fantom-X Editor/Librarian software for Mac and PC. Using a simple USB connection, you can edit all the Patch parameters in the Fantom-XR. You can also create Performance combinations with splits and layers - all from your computer via an intuitive graphic interface.
The Librarian feature allows you to sort and manage all your sounds quickly and easily.

Fantom-XR 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-XR Sample Tools Expanded: Synthesizer (Conforms to General MIDI 2 System)

1U rack size
Maximum Polyphony
128 voices (shared with the sampling section)
16 Parts
Standard Wave Memory
128 M bytes (16-bit linear equivalent)
Standard Waveforms
Preset Memory
Patches: 1,152+ 256 (GM2)
User Memory
Patches: 256
Card Memory (PC card)
Patches: 256
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 (16 MB)
Number of Samples
User memory: 2,000
Preset: 128
Rhythm Pattern
Preset: 256 (32 groups)
Chord Memory
Preset: 64
Graphic 160 x 48 dots backlit LCD
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
Wave Expansion Board: SRX Series

Size and Weight (Dimensions)

Width (W)
481 mm18-15/16 inches
Depth (D)
355 mm14 inches
Height (H)
45 mm1-13/16 inches
4.7 kg10 lbs. 6 oz.

All specifications and appearances are subject to change.


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