The “live” mode in the Fantom-G opens up new possibilities for realtime performance. It combines up to 8 patches, and since all of them will be given a dedicated PFX processor, the final sound will be nothing short of lush. You can also transition from one live set to another completely smoothly, just like in “single” mode.
Layers and splits
The patches in live mode can be layered or split on the keyboard. And when you use the factory live sets or start to create your own, you’ll really appreciate how wonderfully well all patches blend together and how responsive they are to play. Let’s hear a few examples.
Chord Guitar & Electric Bass
In this live set, a chorus guitar is layered with two pad patches for the right hand, and an electric bass is set for the left. It instantly inspires you to create new melodies with its warm and mellow sound.
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Clean Bass & Two Guitars
Here is a more aggressive-sounding live set with a clean bass patch and two guitars processed with amp simulator PFX. The bass is set up for the left hand but the guitars are laid out across all keys.
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Two ethnic Instruments & Atmospheric Pad
The next example is a fantastically rich mix of two ethnic instruments and an atmospheric pad. Notice how nicely this live set allows you to express yourself.
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The super patch
The other great thing about live sets is that there are many patch and effects parameters that you can modify and store within the live set itself. This makes it a kind of a “super patch”, and allows us to create various combinations of preset and user patches without having to save the edited patches separately.
In this live set, two preset piano patches are used, with one pitched a fifth above another. The envelope attack and release times are increased, and a deep hall reverb effect is added, which turns these pianos into an ambient instrument.
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Here we have four preset vibraphone patches, mutually pitched by octaves and fifths. With increased envelope times and some deep reverb, a new magic pad sound is instantly ready.
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Power in one key
From the previous seminar, you know what interesting one-key arrangements are possible to create right on the patch level, without the use of the arpeggiator or the sequencer. But what happens if you layer some of such patches together? Exactly - a whole orchestra waiting for you on a single key, and totally crazy variations possible via the realtime controllers.
Three in One Patch
In the first example, three motion patches are used to form one arrangement: one for the rhythm loop, and two other for the bass and synth sounds.
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Four in One Patch
Here is another combination of three rhythmically and melodically animated patches.
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Rhythm and Bass Groove, and a Synth
What’s also great is you can have an arrangement that you can play in different keys with the left hand, and usual instruments with the right. Here is an example with rhythm and bass grooves, and a synth played on top of them.
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When you combine the best of the best things the Fantom-G can do all into one live set, the result may be well enough to organize a whole live performance. Let’s see what interesting short tracks one can come with by combining rhythmically and melodically animated patches with tempo-synchronized sample loops and adding usually-played sounds on top.
Drum and Percussion with Motion Bass and Synth
In this example you hear two drum and percussion sample loops layered with motion bass and synth patches.
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Two Loops and Bass with Motion Bell
And here is a live set which consists of two loops and a regular bass for the left hand, and two motion bell patches for the right hand. It’s a whole song you can play with just two hands.