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ROLAND FANTOM G8

The Fantom-G8 is a dream instrument that redefines the boundaries of playability and creativity with its advanced sound engine, revolutionary ARX SuperNATURAL™ expansion bay, large-sized color LCD, powerful new audio/MIDI sequencer, first-class “Ivory Feel” weighted keys and more.

Advanced Sound Engine

Driven by a powerful new audio processor, the Fantom-G provides new sonic depth and versatility. With twice the wave-ROM capacity of its predecessor, it contains a treasure trove of Roland’s world-famous SRX-quality sounds, but what really sets this instrument apart is its new ARX expansion, which allows additional SuperNATURAL sound-sets and fully dedicated synth and effects engines to be added to this already powerful live workstation.

Advanced Sound Engine

Driven by a powerful new audio processor, the Fantom-G provides new sonic depth and versatility. With twice the wave-ROM capacity of its predecessor, it contains a treasure trove of Roland’s world-famous SRX-quality sounds, but what really sets this instrument apart is its new ARX expansion, which allows additional SuperNATURAL sound-sets and fully dedicated synth and effects engines to be added to this already powerful live workstation.

SuperNATURAL™ ARX Expansion

Fantom-G provides ARX slots that accommodate two SuperNATURAL expansion boards. SuperNATURAL is Roland’s unique behavior-modeling technology that enables a new level of organic, emotional expression previously unattainable in synthesizers. Applied to traditional-instrument sounds, SuperNATURAL enables the delicate, organic tonal changes and playing nuances of real musical instruments. It’s also a powerful tool for electronic and non-traditional sounds, breathing amazing new life and expression into synthesis.

Power Sequencer Onboard

The Fantom-G is the first Roland instrument to feature Roland’s newly designed power sequencer. In conjunction with the large-size LCD, this pro-level composition tool provides 128 tracks (including 24 audio tracks) in a fully intergraded audio/MIDI graphical environment. A mouse can be also incorporated for computer-like speed and ease. Other convenient features include combo XLR and TRS connector, phantom power for condenser mics, Hi-Z input for guitar and bass, and line input.

Luxurious Extra-Wide LCD

One look and touch and you’ll know that the Fantom-G is an instrument without equal. Only the highest-quality materials have been used to create this dream synth, with a stylish, futuristic design that will turn heads. Front and center is the extra-large 8.5” wide TFT color LCD for enhanced productivity. A first-class assortment of hands- on controls is provided as well, including eight sliders, four knobs, and ten buttons below the LCD.

Amazing FX

Fantom-G is loaded with a state-of-the-art effects engine, with multi-effects available for each Fantom-G sound/part. In 16-part multi-timbre mode, up to 22 effect routings can be used simultaneously. Create complex setups with 16 insert effects per multi-timbral patch group, plus global reverbs and choruses. Mastering effects are provided for polishing songs created with the onboard sequencer.

Supreme Keyboard Feel & Action

The Fantom-G8 is outfitted with Roland’s top-of-the-line PHA II “Ivory Feel” keyboard. This amazing keyboard technology reproduces the real surface feel of ivory acoustic piano keys providing a familiar stability and comfort to the pianist. The white keys have a two-piece structure which reduces the developed keyboard surface material is designed to absorb moisture, ensuring a secure, slip-proof feel that your fingers will love. Fantom-G provides ARX slots that accommodate two SuperNATURAL expansion boards. SuperNATURAL is Roland’s unique behavior-modeling technology that enables a new level of organic, emotional expression previously unattainable in synthesizers. Applied to traditional-instrument sounds, SuperNATURAL enables the delicate, organic tonal changes and playing nuances of real musical instruments. It’s also a powerful tool for electronic and non-traditional sounds, breathing amazing new life and expression into synthesis.

Power Sequencer Onboard

The Fantom-G is the first Roland instrument to feature Roland’s newly designed power sequencer. In conjunction with the large-size LCD, this pro-level composition tool provides 128 tracks (including 24 audio tracks) in a fully intergraded audio/MIDI graphical environment. A mouse can be also incorporated for computer-like speed and ease. Other convenient features include combo XLR and TRS connector, phantom power for condenser mics, Hi-Z input for guitar and bass, and line input.

Luxurious Extra-Wide LCD

One look and touch and you’ll know that the Fantom-G is an instrument without equal. Only the highest-quality materials have been used to create this dream synth, with a stylish, futuristic design that will turn heads. Front and center is the extra-large 8.5” wide TFT color LCD for enhanced productivity. A first-class assortment of hands- on controls is provided as well, including eight sliders, four knobs, and ten buttons below the LCD.

Amazing FX

Fantom-G is loaded with a state-of-the-art effects engine, with multi-effects available for each Fantom-G sound/part. In 16-part multi-timbre mode, up to 22 effect routings can be used simultaneously. Create complex setups with 16 insert effects per multi-timbral patch group, plus global reverbs and choruses. Mastering effects are provided for polishing songs created with the onboard sequencer.

Supreme Keyboard Feel & Action

The Fantom-G8 is outfitted with Roland’s top-of-the-line PHA II “Ivory Feel” keyboard. This amazing keyboard technology reproduces the real surface feel of ivory acoustic piano keys providing a familiar stability and comfort to the pianist. The white keys have a two-piece structure which reduces the developed keyboard surface material is designed to absorb moisture, ensuring a secure, slip-proof feel that your fingers will love.

Features

  • Keyboard : 88 keys PHA II Ivory Feel Keyboard with velocity and channel aftertouch
  • Mamimum Polyphony : 128 voices, shared with the sampling section
  • Parts : 16 parts (Internal) + 16 parts (External) + 2 parts (ARX) + 24 parts (Audio Track)
  • Wave Memory : 256MB (16-bit linear equivalent)
  • Waveforms : 2,230

Preset Memory

  • Patches: 1,664 + 256 (GM2)
  • Rhythm Sets: 64 + 9 (GM2)
  • Live Sets: 512
  • Studio Sets: 128

User Memory (per one project)

  • Patches: 512
  • Rhythm Sets: 64
  • Live Sets: 512
  • Studio Sets: 128

Effects

  • Patch Multi-effects (PFX): max. 16 units (76 types)
  • Multi-effects (MFX): max. 2 units (78 types)
  • Chorus: 1 unit (3 types)
  • Reverb: 1 unit (10 types)
  • Data Format : 16-bit linear, .WAV or .AIFF
  • Sampling Frequency : 44.1kHz
  • Maximum Sampling Time : approx. 360 sec, mono/180 sec, stereo (when sampling memory isn’t expanded/32 MB) ; approx. 108 min, mono/54 min, stereo (fully expanded with DIMM/544 MB)
  • Number of Samples : 2,000 (per one project)

Sequencer Section

  • MIDI tracks (Internal/External/ARX): max. 128
  • Audio tracks: max. 24
  • Tempo track: 1
  • Beat track: 1
  • Resolution : 480 TPQN
  • Tempo : 5.00 to 300.00
  • Songs : 50 (per one project)
  • Phrases : 2,000 (per one project)
  • Notes Capacity : approx. 1,000,000 notes (per one project)
  • Song Length : 9,998 measures
  • Recording Method : Realtime recording, Step recording
  • Arpeggiater : 128
  • Arpeggio Sets : 128
  • RPS Sets : 32
  • Rhythm Pattern Sets : 32
  • Chord Memory : 128
  • Chord Memory Sets : 128
  • Display : Graphic Type, 8.5", Wide VGA (800 x 480 dots), backlit LCD (Color)
  • Pads : 16 pads, Velocity and Polyphonic Aftertouch sensitive
  • Controllers; Pitch Bend/Modulation Lever, Control Knob x 4, Control Slider x 8, Assignable Switch x 2, D Beam Controller
  • Connectors : Mic/Guitar Input Jacks: 1/4 inch phone type/XLR type (Phantom power) (Hi-Z) Headphones Jack: Stereo 1/4 inch phone type, A (MIX) Output Jacks (L/MONO, R): 1/4 inch TRS phone type: B Output Jacks (L, R): 1/4 inch phone type: Input Jacks (L/MONO/MIC, R): 1/4 inch phone type, Pedal Jacks: Hold Pedal Jack (Half Pedal recognition), MIDI Connectors: IN, OUT, THRU, USB Connectors: USB Computer Connector (supports file transfer or mass storage class, and Audio/MIDI), Digital Audio Interface: COAXIAL INPUT/OUTPUT, AC Inlet
  • Expansion Slots : ARX expansion boards: 2 slots ; DIMM: 1 slot, supports PC133, CL=2/3, 3.3 V, 128MB, 256MB, 512MB
  • External Storage Device : USB Flash Memory
  • Power Supply : AC 117 V, AC 230 V, AC 240 V (50/60 Hz), AC 220 V (60 Hz)
  • Power Consumption : 30 W
  • Accessories : Owner’s Manual, CD-ROM (Editor, USB Audio/MIDI driver), Power Cord
  • Options : Expansion Board: ARX Series, Keyboard Stand: KS-V7, KS-18Z, Pedal Switch: DP series, Foot Switch: BOSS FS-5U, Expression Pedal: EV-5, USB Memory: M-UF1G
  • Width 1,396 mm 55 inches
  • Depth 502 mm 19-13/16 inches
  • Height 183 mm 7-1/4 inches
  • Weight 33.6 kg 74 lbs. 2 oz.

Reviews on Web

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- Emusician (en)
- Harmony Central (en)
- Musician’s Friend (en)
- Meet Music (fr)
- Bonedo (G6) (de)
- Thomann (de)

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