Fantom-X8

Workstation Keyboard

Fantom-X8
Discontinued

Powerhouse Workstation with an Ultra-Friendly Interface

The Fantom-X Series is the flagship of the Roland workstation family, offering musicians nearly 1GB of wave memory when fully expanded, and 128-voice performance. At the top of the vast soundset is Roland's finest 88-key split stereo-sampled piano, with each note individually sampled at multiple velocities. In addition, the Fantom-X provides room for four SRX expansion boards, so users can customize their soundsets to their specific needs and stylistic preferences.

The Fantom-X Series is the first line of workstation keyboards with a color LCD screen. Combined with an inviting icon-driven user interface, the Fantom-X has been globally heralded as the most powerful-yet-friendly workstation on the market.

Note: Pre-Version-2 Fantom-Xs can be upgraded via the FAN-X-UP1 Audio Track Expansion Kit. The upgrade kit includes a CompactFlash card with installer software, PC card adapter, plus a CD-ROM that contains Fantom-X Editor Software Version 2, including a Sample Editor, a Multisample Editor, and an S-700 file converter for Mac and PC.

Be sure to check out the global Fantom user community at www.fantomized.info.

*‘Phantom’ is a registered trademark of and is licensed by Phantom Guitar Works, Inc.
**V-LINK requires optional 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.

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. Eight stereo audio tracks are now standard on all Fantom-X6, -X7, and -X8 models. And with room for up to 544MB 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.

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 128MB 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 multiple microphones and were mixed like music into samples by renowned studio engineer Dan Blessinger (Martinsound) - resulting in a level of quality unheard of before.

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 tracks 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 guitars, vocals, or other live audio tracks. 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 its class.

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: Audio Track Expanded (Conforms to General MIDI 2)
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 Supply
AC 117 V, AC 230 V, AC 240 V (50/60 Hz)
Power Consumption
17W
Accessories
Handbook
Options
Wave Expansion Board: SRX Series
Size and Weight ( Dimensions )
Width
1,408 mm
55-7/16 inches
Depth
455 mm
17-15/16 inches
Height
165 mm
6-1/2 inches
Weight
29.5 kg
65 lbs. 1 oz.
*The specifications are subject to change without notice.

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Updates & Drivers

  • Fantom-X Driver Version 1.0.0 for Windows 8

    IMPORTANT NOTICE: When the Windows SmartScreen is displayed upon installing the driver, please perform the following procedure:
    1. Click [ More info ]
    2. Click [ Run anyway ]
    * Skip Step 1 If your PC is not connected to the internet.

  • Fantom-X Driver Version 1.0.0 for Windows 7 32-bit Edition

    This is the Fantom-X driver for Microsoft(R) Windows 7.

  • Fantom-X Driver Version 1.0.0 for Windows 7 64-bit Edition

    This is the Fantom-X driver for Microsoft(R) Windows 7 64-bit Edition.

  • Fantom-X Driver Version 1.0.0 for Windows Vista 32-bit Edition

    For Product(s): Fantom-X6 / Fantom-X6 Audio Track Expansion / Fantom-X7 / Fantom-X7 Audio Track Expansion / Fantom-X8 / Fantom-X8 Audio Track Expansion / Fantom-XR / Fantom-XR Sample Tools Expansion

  • Fantom-X Driver Version 1.0.0 for Windows Vista 64-bit Edition

    This is the Fantom-X6/X7/X8 driver for Microsoft(R) Windows(R) Vista(TM) 64-bit Operating Systems.

  • Fantom-X6/X7/X8/XR Driver Version 1.0.0 for OS X 10.8

    Fantom-X6/X7/X8 Users Note: This driver supports only a FANTOM-X6/X7/X8 that has an installed Fantom-X Audio Track Expansion.

    Fantom-XR Users Note: This driver supports only a FANTOM-XR that has an installed Fantom-XR Sample Tools Expansion.

  • Fantom-X Series USB Driver v1.0.0 for Mac OS 10.7 (Lion)
  • Fantom-X Series USB Driver v1.0 for Mac OS 10.6

    This is the USB driver for Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard).

  • Fantom-X Series USB Driver v1.20 for Mac OS 10.5 and Earlier

    This is the USB driver for Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) and earlier.

  • Fantom-X System Update Version 2.10

    This is the latest operating system for the Fantom-X Version 2. Your unit will already have to be running Version 2.00 to perform this update. Please refer to the readme.pdf for the update procedure.

    This update adds:
    - Record Audio Tracks with MFX inserted.
    - Solo Sample with MFX.
    - Support for the SRX-12 Expansion Board

    NOTE: The update files that you download and save to your computer from the link above are enclosed in a compressed zip file. These files will need to be extracted from the zip file before you can update your machine.
    You can do this by using the WinZip application on your PC running Windows XP, or by using Stuffit Expander on your Macintosh (needed for OS 10.2.x or below). If you're using Mac OS X 10.3.x or above, then you will not need Stuffit Expander.

    When you double-click on the downloaded file that you saved to your computer, WinZip or Stuffit Expander should startup automatically. If you do not have WinZip (PC) or Stuffit Expander (Mac) installed, then you must download it, install it, and extract/unzip the update files folder before you can complete the update procedure.

    You can get WinZip from the following link:http://winzip.com

    You can get Stuffit Expander from the following link:http://www.stuffit.com/mac/expander/

  • Fantom-X System Update Version 1.07

    This is the latest "Version 1" operating system for the Fantom-X. Use this update if you do not have the "Audio Track Expansion" - Version 2.0. Please refer to the readme.pdf for the update procedure.


    This update resolves USB Storage related issues. This update also resolves a timing issue within the sequencer.


    NOTE: The update files that you download and save to your computer from the link above are enclosed in a

    compressed zip file. These files will need to be extracted from the zip file before you can burn them to a CD.
    You can do this by using the WinZip application on your PC running Windows XP, or by using Stuffit Expander on your

    Macintosh (needed for OS 10.2.x or below). If you're using Mac OS X 10.3.x or above, then you will not need Stuffit

    Expander.



    When you double-click on the downloaded file that you saved to your computer, WinZip or Stuffit Expander should startup

    automatically. If you do not have WinZip (PC) or Stuffit Expander (Mac) installed, then you must download it, install

    it, and extract/unzip the update files folder before you can complete the update procedure.



    You can get WinZip from the following link:http://winzip.com



    You can get Stuffit Expander from the following link:
    href=http://www.stuffit.com/mac/expander/>http://www.stuffit.com/mac/expander/

  • Fantom-X USB Drivers (MAC Classic)

    Use this driver for Macs running OS 8.x and 9.x.

  • Fantom-X USB Drivers (PC)
  • Fantom-X Editor Version 1.53 (PC)

    Fantom-X Editor/Librarian for Fantom-XA and Fantom-X6,7,8,XR running version 1.
    Version 1.53 of the editor adds compatibility for the SRX-12 Expansion Board.

  • Fantom-X Editor Version 1.53 (MAC)

    Fantom-X Editor/Librarian for Fantom-XA and Fantom-X6,7,8,XR running version 1.
    Version 1.53 adds compatibility with the SRX-12 Expansion Card.

  • Fantom-X Editor Version 2.10 (Mac)

    This is the new Editor/Librarian software for Version 2 of the Fantom. The also contains the sample convert software for use with S-700 series sample libraries.

    NOTE: Only use this software with Fantom-X6,7,8, and XR units running Version 2.

    This version of the editor adds support for the SRX-12 Expansion Board.

  • Fantom-X Editor Version 2.10 (PC)

    This is the new Editor/Librarian software for Version 2 of the Fantom. The also contains the sample convert software for use with S-700 series sample libraries.

    NOTE: Only use this software with Fantom-X6,7,8, and XR units running Version 2.

    Version 2.10 of the editor adds compatibility with the SRX-12 Expansion Board.

  • XV-5080 Patches for Fantom-X (PC)

    Download the original XV-5080 Patches that have been ported over to the Fantom-X. Refer to the "Fantom-X_XV_Readmeen.txt" document for directions on using this file.

  • XV-5080 Patches for Fantom-X (MAC)

    Download the original XV-5080 Patches that have been ported over to the Fantom-X. Refer to the "Fantom-X_XV_Readmeen.txt" document for directions on using this file.

  • Fantom-X Cakewalk/Sonar INS File (PC)

    This is the instrument definition file for Cakewalk and Sonar users. Please refer to the "insinstallreadme.pdf" for step on how to install an INS file.

  • Fantom-X Cubase Patch Script (MAC)

    This is the Fantom-X patch listing for Cubase SX. Please refer to the "Installing Cubase Patch Scripts" document for steps on installing the script.

  • Fantom-X Cubase Patch Script (PC)

    This is the Fantom-X patch listing for Cubase SX. Please refer to the "Installing Cubase Patch Scripts" document for steps on installing the script.

  • SRX-03 Refill Patches for Fantom-X/S

    Originally, this is intended for Fantom-S Series, however it can be convert loaded to Fantom-X Series by means of Fantom-X Editor software. Please refer to "readme" documents for further details.

    For Product(s): Fantom-X6 / Fantom-X7 / Fantom-X8 / Fantom-XR / Fantom-Xa / SRX-03 / Fantom-S / Fantom-S88

  • SRX-04 Refill Patches for Fantom-X/S

    Originally, this is intended for Fantom-S Series, however it can be convert loaded to Fantom-X Series by means of Fantom-X Editor software. Please refer to "readme" documents for further details.

    For Product(s): Fantom-X6 / Fantom-X7 / Fantom-X8 / Fantom-XR / Fantom-Xa / SRX-04 / Fantom-S / Fantom-S88

  • Clean-All USB Driver Utility

    This utility clears out all Roland USB Windows drivers and should be used if you are having difficulty installing your USB driver.

    Note: You will have to reinstall the drivers for any other Roland device that is using a USB connection for Audio or MIDI.

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