Roland Fantom-8 – Music Workstation

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Roland Fantom-8 – Music Workstation

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FANTOM 8 SYNTHESIZER KEYBOARD

 

FANTOM is a new kind of creative hub, made for rapid production and expressive performance. Inspiring onboard production tools and deep computer integration fuel an experience that feels intuitive, natural, and full of possibilities. The expandable sound engine delivers our best electronic and acoustic sounds, with the depth and control to combine and shape them in exciting new ways. And it’s built from premium materials, with a purposeful design.

FANTOM: the Next Generation

Since 2001, Roland’s FANTOM workstations have been on the cutting edge of keyboard technology. Now Sweetwater is delighted to present to you the FANTOM-8, a new breed of keyboard workstation that will supercharge your music production and live performances. Equipped with inspiring production tools and deep computer integration, FANTOM-8 is your creative hub, designed to provide an intuitive, streamlined, and unconstrained music creation process. Its advanced, expandable 16-part multitimbral sound engine delivers Roland’s premium acoustic and electronic sounds, along with the control to combine, morph, and sculpt them any way you want. The FANTOM’s purposeful design is built into a roadworthy metal chassis with high-grade components and Roland’s acclaimed 88-note, aftertouch-sensitive, PHA-50 progressive hammer-action keybed with escapement.

 

A formidable sonic arsenal

Fortified with an arsenal of inspiring, authentic electronic, acoustic, and hybrid sounds; the powerful, versatile, and expandable FANTOM sound engine draws on decades of industry-leading Roland technology, letting you combine various synthesis and sampling technologies along with FANTOM’s onboard analog filter for new cutting-edge sounds and take advantage of new sound expansions and capabilities as they become available. FANTOM nails coveted instruments from Roland’s vaunted legacy of genre-defining synths, while blazing new synthesis frontiers. At FANTOM’s core are Roland’s custom Behavior Modeling Chips, powering the instrument with smooth, precise control, massive polyphony, and full patch remain for seamless transitions.

 

Creativity without compromise

With no confusing modes, technical limitations, or sonic compromises to derail your creative process, FANTOM-8 fuels your creativity with its fast, fluid workflow. FANTOM’s creative process facilitates and enhances the way modern musicians work by providing intuitive compositional tools, instant-recall creative environments, and deep integration with your DAW. Forget about having to remember which features work in which mode — FANTOM is always in Creative mode.

 

A formidable sonic arsenal

Fortified with an arsenal of inspiring, authentic electronic, acoustic, and hybrid sounds; the powerful, versatile, and expandable FANTOM sound engine draws on decades of industry-leading Roland technology, letting you combine various synthesis and sampling technologies along with FANTOM’s onboard analog filter for new cutting-edge sounds and take advantage of new sound expansions and capabilities as they become available. FANTOM nails coveted instruments from Roland’s vaunted legacy of genre-defining synths, while blazing new synthesis frontiers. At FANTOM’s core are Roland’s custom Behavior Modeling Chips, powering the instrument with smooth, precise control, massive polyphony, and full patch remain for seamless transitions.

Creativity without compromise

With no confusing modes, technical limitations, or sonic compromises to derail your creative process, FANTOM-8 fuels your creativity with its fast, fluid workflow. FANTOM’s creative process facilitates and enhances the way modern musicians work by providing intuitive compositional tools, instant-recall creative environments, and deep integration with your DAW. Forget about having to remember which features work in which mode — FANTOM is always in Creative mode.

Make the Scene

Whenever you enter your creative zone, FANTOM is ready with custom creative spaces called Scenes that contain your sounds, clips, patterns, and performance layouts — all triggerable with a single touch. A Scene can be a complete song, a segment of a song, or merely a starting point with your sounds arranged just the way you want them. You can chain Scenes together or swap them out instantly — with no glitches or gaps.

Updated classic pattern sequencer

FANTOM is a self-contained, 16-part multitimbral music composition platform designed for rapid creation and fluid arrangement. You can create patterns on FANTOM in a variety of ways, including step- and real-time polyphonic sequencing or the TR-REC pattern sequencer — ideal for rhythmic parts — as on Roland’s iconic drum machines. The cornerstone of dance music is the step-sequencer, none more classic than the 16-step TR-REC found in drum machines like the TR-808, TR-909, and the TR-8S. FANTOM’s onboard TR-REC sequencer is completely updated with sub-steps for ratcheted parts, motion control for per-step automation, and support for chords.

Clip-based sequencing

Also at your fingertips are 16 RGB performance pads, real-time recording with piano-roll editing, and a grid for recording and launching clips. You can use any or all of these tools at any time to realize your musical goals. Build up tracks easily and quickly by arranging groups of clips. Record drums, bass lines, pads, and melodies into clips and trigger them separately or in Scenes. This is an expeditious way to compose — and perfect for triggering backing tracks onstage.

Sonic superpower

The FANTOM synth engine is based on Partials. Each Partial comprises a discrete synth voice, complete with oscillator, filter, amplifier, dual LFO, and effects. You can pack up to four Partials into a single Tone, and up to 16 Tones in a Scene, which makes possible mind-bogglingly complex layers, splits, and sequenced parts. With all this firepower, you can focus on creating music, not conserving processing power. You won’t have to concern yourself with how many effects you can use or if you can change sounds seamlessly without affecting complex patches. With the massive power available in FANTOM’s engine room, you can run all 16 parts concurrently with all available effects and full patch remain.

 

Stunningly authentic sounds

To achieve its stunningly authentic acoustic and electronic sounds, FANTOM runs digital modeling, sampling, and analog synthesis technologies simultaneously. You can sample your own sounds and trigger up to two gigabytes of loops and one-shots from the onboard performance pad matrix. For extra warmth and grit, there’s also an analog filter that’s completely routable, and you can even mix your favorite soft synths with FANTOM’s internal sounds. For countless composers cross-genre, the piano is the heart of the creative process. FANTOM incorporates Roland’s advanced V-Piano technology that meticulously models the components of the instrument and lets you fine tune them to craft pianos that match your personal taste and respond just like their acoustic counterparts.

Uber playability

After sonic quality, there’s nothing more important than playability — the way an instrument feels under your fingers; how it helps you express your musical intentions. Roland’s acclaimed 88-note PHA-50 keybed combines wood and molded materials for superior feel and durability, enhancing the sensation that you’re playing a fine acoustic grand piano. With authentic progressive hammer action and escapement, the FANTOM-8 keyboard communicates every nuance of expression in your playing. Whether you’re playing hard or barely tickling the keys, you’re in control on a responsive keyboard that reacts to every nuance of your touch and technique. And it’s also equipped with something serious synthesists covet: aftertouch. With FANTOM-8, you can use assignable aftertouch to add a bit of tasty vibrato or other modulation or to your sound without taking your hands off the keys. And speaking of modulation…

Add motion to static sounds

Low-frequency oscillators add motion to static sounds. Having more LFOs gives you more modulation possibilities and more ways to explore new sonic vistas. With two LFOs per Partial, four Partials per Tone, and 16 Tones per Scene, FANTOM gives you an astonishing 128 LFOs per voice to work with. FANTOM’s Step LFOs have 16 steps of beat-synced automation with 35 curve choices per step. This lets you easily create long evolving passages, animated modular-synth-type textures, and immersive soundscapes with deeply intricate movement.

Intuitive hands-on control

To control a workstation this powerful, FANTOM offers a cockpit packed with an array of knobs and faders for immediate, intuitive real-time hands-on control, with high resolution for creamy-smooth filter sweeps and parameter fine-tuning. FANTOM even features a dedicated synthesizer section with oscillator, filter, and envelope controls, along with buttons and pads for triggering and sequencing. For enhanced expression, FANTOM lets you connect 3rd-party USB controllers to any of its three USB ports. And while FANTOM provides enormous creative potential, you may also want to integrate analog synths or drum machines into your rig. FANTOM features two sets of CV/Gate outputs so you can sync tempo or play them from FANTOM’s keyboard or its pattern sequencers.

Masterful connectivity

While FANTOM is jaw-droppingly powerful in and of itself, its beastly power grows exponentially when connected to other equipment such as computers or analog synthesizers. FANTOM’s two mic inputs and onboard 16×3 stereo audio interface let you record studio-quality sound and route it to and from your DAW. FANTOM is also a masterful MIDI control surface for your DAW and plug-ins, letting you adjust parameters right from FANTOM’s touchscreen. Mix and layer soft synths with FANTOM’s internal sounds, and route them through FANTOM’s analog filter section.

Your music. On steroids.

The more you get into your FANTOM, the more you’ll appreciate its superior design and the thoughtful details. From its customizable RGB-lit controls and buttons to the subtle curvature of the top panel that lets you see rear-connection legends from your playing position, FANTOM is built for one purpose: to supercharge your musical creativity. Whether it resides in your home or commercial studio or is part of your touring rig, FANTOM is built for the long haul with a robust metal chassis, premium components, and balanced connections to stand up to the rigors of professional use. The Roland FANTOM-8: it’s the ideal vehicle for your musical explorations.

KEYBOARDKeyboard88 Keys (PHA-50 Wood and Plastic Hybrid Structure, with Escapement and Ebony/Ivory Feel, channel aftertouch)SOUND GENERATORSound GeneratorZEN-Core
V-Piano Technology
SuperNATURAL Acoustic

* ZEN-Core Tones can import and export.ExpansionEXZ Series
EXSN Series

* The expansion are rewritable internal sound generator memory.
You can download data from the Roland Cloud and write it via a USB flash drive into the FANTOM’s internal memory.Parts16 Zones (Internal + External)Scenes128 Scenes x 4 Bank

* The Scenes can import and export.TonesOver 3,500 Tones
Over 90 Drum kitsTone Remain16 parts (16 zones / 16 scenes).

* Tone Remain does not apply to V-Piano Technology sounds.FavoriteRating System: 4 Steps (0-3)Tone Search / Scene SearchRaiting, CharacterEffectsMulti-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 typesAnalog FilterSTEREO
Type: LPF1/LPF2/LPF3/HPF/BPF/Bypass
Drive
AmpVocoderBand: 32
Type: Mono, Stereo
Preset Setting: 10
User Setting: 20Scene ChainChain: 16 Scenes x 32 Pages (Total 512 Scenes) per 1 Chain set
Set: 100SEQUENCERMIDI Tracks16 (Internal/External)Group16Pattern8 (per each Track)Pattern Length32 measuresRecording MethodRealtime recording, Step recording, TR-RECEditing MethodPiano roll edit (Touch Edit support)Song1 (per Scene)File formatOriginal, SMF export/import supported

* Sampler trigger data can be recorded.SAMPLERFormat16-bit linear, 44.1/48kHz, WAV/AIFF import supportedMaximum Polyphony8Number of Samples16 Pads x 4 BanksSampling TimeThe maximum is 60 minutes (the equivalent of approximately 660 MB).

* A total of approximately 2 GB can be saved (including imported WAV files)OTHERRhythm PatternYesArpeggiatorYesChord MemoryYesMotional PadYesPAD ModeSample Pad, Note Pad, Partial Sw/Sel, DAW Control, Zone Mute, Zone Solo, Kbd Sw Group, Rhythm Pattern, Pattern, Variation PlayAIRA LINKYes

* When connect to MX-1CV/Gate Control2 x CV/Gate or 3 x CV/1 x GateControllersPitch 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

* 1024 step editing support
It can be use with Cutoff, Resonance, Attack , Decay , Sustain , Release , Amp , FX Depth.DisplayGraphic Type, 7″, Wide VGA (800 x 480 dots), backlit LCD (Color/Touch screen)ConnectorsHeadphones 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)
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) (*1)
MIDI connectors (IN, OUT1, OUT2/THRU) (*2)
USB MEMORY Port
USB COMPUTER Port (AUDIO: Max 24bit/96KHz 3 Sereo Output, 16 Stereo Input / MIDI:
3 Port support)
3 x External Device Port: A Roland A-49 or an A-PRO series MIDI Controller can be connected. (*3)

*1: 1024 Step value support
*2: High-resolution velocity data output support
*3: Operation is not guaranteed if a generic MIDI device is connected.External MemoryUSB Flash drive (sold separately)Power SupplyAC 117–240V, 50/60HzPower Consumption50 WAccessoriesOwner’s manual
Power CordOptions (sold separately)Keyboard Stand: 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.SIZE AND WEIGHTWidth1,432 mm
56-7/16 inchesDepth439 mm
17-5/16 inchesHeight153 mm
6-1/16 inchesWeight27.7 kg
61 lbs 2 oz

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