Roland Fantom 2019

The Roland Fantom Reinvented!

Roland have always produced interesting and innovative keyboard workstations. From my own point of view the Fantom series was the best of them and in particular the Fantom X of which I have owned three. There was something about that workstation keyboard that just felt right. Build quality was superb, large colour screen, smooth controls, skipback sampling (up to 45 seconds always on sampling) and you could mount the Fantom X via USB as a drive on your computer for easy data transfer. Of course there were many other features but the important thing is that it all came together as a wonderfully cohesive package.

That was back in 2004 and since then the “workstation” concept has slowly faded away and been replaced by more specialised keyboards. Ones that did not try to do everything but focused on doing one or two things very well and leaving the whole sequencing/recording thing to computer based DAW’s.

Today though the Fantom is back! Not quite in the form of the Fantom X or it’s successor the Fantom G, there is no skipback sampling for example but it appears to have very much brought the whole workstation concept up to date. Also it is now just called ‘Fantom’ and it comes in 61 and 76 note semi-weighted versions along with a 88 note hammer action model.

Roland Fantom Piano

MAIN FEATURES:

  • Seamless workflow with no confusing modes
  • Expandable sound engine delivers authentic electronic and acoustic sounds
  • Fresh hybrid sounds combining modern PCM, virtual analog, and a routable analog filter
  • V-Piano technology for stunning realism and expression
  • Scenes contain settings for all 16 layers, plus effects and patterns
  • Deep integration with DAWs and softsynths and 16×3 stereo audio interface
  • Multitrack clip-based sequencing with instant pattern recording and triggering
  • TR-REC sequencer as found on classic Roland drum machines
  • High-resolution controls with dedicated synth control section
  • Massive DSP power for plenty of polyphony and smooth sound transitions
  • All new 61/76 note semi-weighted keyboard with aftertouch
  • Acclaimed 88-note weighted keyboard with aftertouch

 

THE SPEC:

  • Sound Generator: ZEN-Core
  • V-Piano Technology
  • Parts: 16 Zones(Internal + External)
  • Scenes: 128 Scenes x 4 Bank
  • Tones: Over 3,500 Tones
  • Over 90 Drum kits
  • Effects – Multi-Effects: 16 systems, 90 types
  • Part EQ: 16 systems
  • Drum Part COMP: 6 systems
  • Insertion Effect: 2 System, 90 Type
  • Chorus: 8 types
  • Reverb: 6 types
  • Master Compressor
  • Master EQ
  • Mic Input Reverb: 6 types
  • Analog Filter: STEREO
  • Type: LPF1/LPF2/LPF3/HPF/BPF/Bypass
  • Drive
  • Amp

 

SEQUENCER

  • MIDI Tracks: 16(Internal/External)
  • Group: 16
  • Pattern: 8 (per each Track)Pattern
  • Length: 32 measures
  • Recording Method: Realtime recording, Step recording, TR-REC

 

SAMPLER

  • Format: 16-bit linear, 44.1/48kHz, WAV/AIFF import supported
  • Maximum Polyphony: 8
  • Number of Samples: 16 Pads x 4 Banks

 

OTHER

  • Rhythm Pattern: Yes
  • Arpeggiator: Yes
  • Chord Memory: Yes
  • Controllers: Pitch Bend/Modulation Lever, Assignable Switch x 2 (S1/S2), Control Knob x 8, Slider x 8, USB Audio Slider, Wheel x 2, Function Knob x 6, Sound Modified Knob x 11, 4 x 4. Pad
  • Display: Graphic Type, 7″, Wide VGA (800 x 480 dots), backlit LCD (Color/Touch screen)
  • Connectors: Headphones Jack: Stereo 1/4-inch phone type
  • MAIN OUT Jacks (L/MONO, R) (1/4-inch phone type)
  • MAIN OUT Jacks (L, R) (XLR type)Roland Fantom Rear Panel
  • SUB OUT1 Jacks (L, R) (1/4-inch phone type)
  • SUB OUT2 Jacks (L, R) (1/4-inch phone type)
  • ANALOG OUTPUT Jacks(1,2)(1/4-inch phone type)
  • Mic/Line Input Jacks: (1,2) (1/4 inch phone type/XLR type)
  • 2 x CV OUT, 2x GATE OUT
  • FOOT PEDAL JackS(HOLD, CTRL1,CTRL2,CTRL3)
  • MIDI connectors (IN, OUT1, OUT2/THRU)
  • USB MEMORY Port
  • USB COMPUTER Port (AUDIO/MIDI)
  • 3 x External Device Port
  • External Memory: USB Flash drive (sold separately)
  • Power Supply: AC 117–240V 50/60Hz
  • Power Consumption: 50 W
  • Accessories: Owner’s manual
  • Power Cord

 

Options (sold separately)
Keyboard Stand: KS-G8B, KS-10Z, KS-12
Pedal Switch: DP series, RPU-3
Expression Pedal: EV-5
USB Flash drive (*)

* Use a commercially available USB flash drive. However, we cannot guarantee that all commercially available USB flash drives will work.

 

For more info visit: https://www.roland.com

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