Save on Electronic Keyboards Trending price is based on prices over last 90 days. Has tons of hits as well as solos and ensembles. Ok, I’ve traced the Fantom back to its early synths. More presets than the others. Oddly, one of the least expensive, the XP30, offered the most bang for the buck as it hardwired in the techno, orchestral and session JV80 boards and gave you one more open slot.

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Then when you are ready play the whole song on the pads as your record the whole shot in Song mode.

Review and History of the Roland Fantom G

Sounds on the G: Gone are the hard drives and dedicated CD rom devices. This item doesn’t belong on this page.

Compare to other synths like the M3 and Motif XS. Its perfect for recording a phrase or resampling whatever is fanyom on in your Fantom and assigning to the pads. View the Fantom X larger pic. The pads work well both in Song and Pattern modes. The XP80 was the top of the line of several synths that had the same engine.

The Fantom X and S versions are similar. Maxed out with SRX cards and sample ram, very few synths today can touch it. While these are written for the Fantom X, Fantom S users will also benefit. You’ll find sequencer templates, patch banks, free samples, online tutorials, and a well run discussion board. The “core” 64 mb rom was introduced with the XV series which was going to be standard through the Fantom S and X, though often reprogrammed with different presets.


They are amazingly flexible and well implemented.

The FX engine is quite impressive on the Fantom G. I played the 88 key version of the Fantom G and was surprised at the board’s responsiveness.

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Roland Fantom-G8 Keyboard Synthesizer 7 product ratings 4. The “S” in the Fantom S stood for the sampling version.

The filters are quite good sounding and velocity and controller settings are just where I like them. You can store these on USB mass storage devices. Optimized effects and custom graphic interfaces are exclusive to each ARX board.

Strangely on the XP80, the most expensive, the 4 expansion slots were empty. The patch structure follows the same basic flow as all Roland sample-playback synths, very straightforward.

Yep, you have to program the instruments from scratch if you want to do that. After all, naming your products two letters and 4 numbers was hardly evocative. The Sequencer of the Fantom X and S The Fantom ‘s sequencer, which while it’s not going to rival Cubase or Logic, is full featured, more so than the Motif and Triton sequencers in my opinion.


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Recording on the Fantom is easy. On both the S and X there’s 4 real time controller knobs that do triple duty, a D Beam controller, and a joystick controller that does both pitch and mod wheel duties. You can have another patch bank on the Card too.

You should also be noting that at its core the Fantom still has remnants of the earliest JV engine. All four have their own ancestry that dates back to the days when MIDI was king. Most relevant reviews See all 7 reviews.

Review and History of the Roland Fantom G

To fully use the large tantom, the Fantom G’s sequencer was revamped. Even today a fully expanded XV would be a tremendous value. As a synth, it is everything those using JVs and XVs could have ever wanted in a synth.

Demo the SRX boards.