Roland Fantom X6 workstation keyboard

Roland Fantom X6 workstation keyboard

The Fantom-X Series is the flagship of the Roland workstation family, offering musicians nearly 1GB of wave memory when fully expanded, and 128-voice performance. At the top of the vast soundset is Roland’s finest 88-key split stereo-sampled piano, with each note individually sampled at multiple velocities. In addition, the Fantom-X provides room for four SRX expansion boards, so users can customise their soundsets to their specific needs and stylistic preferences.

The Fantom-X Series is the first line of workstation keyboards with a color LCD screen. Combined with an inviting icon-driven user interface, the Fantom-X has been globally heralded as the most powerful-yet-friendly workstation on the market.

Note: Pre-Version-2 Fantom-Xs can be upgraded via the FAN-X-UP1 Audio Track Expansion Kit. The upgrade kit includes a CompactFlash card with installer software, PC card adapter, plus a CD-ROM that contains Fantom-X Editor Software Version 2, including a Sample Editor, a Multisample Editor, and an S-700 file converter for Mac and PC.

Be sure to check out the global Fantom user community at www.fantomized.info.

Features

  • 128-voice workstations with 61-note keyboard (Fantom-X6), 76-note keyboard (Fantom-X7), or 88-note (Fantom-X8) Progressive Hammer-Action Keyboard
  • Seamless integration of audio and MIDI using gorgeous new ROM waves and sampling with realtime timestretch capability
  • 8 stereo audio tracks integrated with internal MIDI sequencer
  • 128MB wave ROM includes quality-focused sounds like 88-key split piano and more
  • 32MB sample RAM expandable to 544MB with optional DIMMs
  • Color LCD screen – a first in a workstation keyboard!
  • Innovative features such as Skip Back Sampling, Dynamic Pad Bank and V-LINK
  • 3 MFX processors, plus dedicated reverb, chorus and mastering processor
  • USB port for MIDI and .WAV/AIFF file exchange
  • 4x SRX expansion
  • PC card slot for backing up samples and data with up to 1GB capacity
  • 4 Line outputs (2 stereo or 4 mono), stereo Line input and 24-bit S/PDIF I/O
     

Powered by Roland’s Groundbreaking New Synthesis Chip
The new Fantom-X Series comes in a choice of three keyboards, but they all have one thing in common: Roland’s new sound generator chip. This chip is Roland’s most powerful to date, and it not only makes it possible to play expressive 4-tone Patches with 128-voice polyphony, but it also raises the Fantom-X Series’ waveform capacity to approximately 1GB when fully expanded – far more memory than any other musical instrument on the market. What’s more, the internal wave ROM has been doubled with quality-focused sounds that will please even the most jaded player.

Sampler or Digital Recorder?
Thanks to the power afforded by the new sound generator chip, you get both. That’s because the Fantom-X is the first workstation keyboard capable of handling audio on the level of a digital recorder. This means you can record either short samples for playback on the keyboard, or long, linear takes similar to a digital recorder. Eight stereo audio tracks are now standard on all Fantom-X6, -X7, and -X8 models. And with room for up to 544MB of sample RAM, there’s plenty of recording time available. Samples can be slaved to tempo with realtime timestretching and edited using powerful tools like Wave Edit and Chop. Users are free to load samples in .WAV and AIFF formats and back up data to convenient PC cards with up to 1GB capacity.

Expressive New Sounds Abound
When Roland engineers developed the Fantom-X Series, they wanted to fully exploit the potential of the new chip. That’s why each keyboard comes with a brand new 128MB wave ROM loaded with quality-focused sounds like vivid new string sections, expressive and fat-sounding drums, rich nylon string guitars and an amazing 88-key split acoustic piano, which uses individual stereo multi-samples for each key and every velocity stage. Would you believe there are over 700 samples used in this single Patch? Many of the instruments were recorded in world-class studios using multiple microphones and were mixed like music into samples by renowned studio engineer Dan Blessinger (Martinsound) – resulting in a level of quality unheard of before.

The Only Workstations with Skip Back Sampling and a Dynamic Pad Bank
First introduced on the Fantom-S, Roland’s Skip Back Sampling has become popular with musicians for its ability to instantly retrieve a performance and turn it into a sample. With Skip Back Sampling, your ideas never get lost because the sampler is constantly recording every note you play – be it on the keyboard or Dynamic Pad Bank – while keeping the musical bars in tact. Speaking of which, these 16 velocity- and aftertouch-sensitive pads now sport twice the polyphony and an improved feel for even more natural drum programming and sample triggering.

A True Audio/MIDI Workstation
Whether sequencing MIDI tracks, triggering samples from the Dynamic Pad Bank, or even recording audio tracks directly to RAM, the Fantom-X Series makes putting it all together a seamless process. Lay down a drum track by combining the internal drum sounds with loops, which can automatically sync to tempo via realtime timestretch. Then record some keyboard parts as MIDI and finish your song by tracking guitars, vocals, or other live audio tracks. The high-resolution sequencer boasts up to 400,000-note capacity and supports Standard MIDI File (SMF) import and export, making the Fantom-X by far the best workstation in its class.

Dazzling Color LCD Screen
The Fantom-X Series is the first line of workstation keyboards with a color LCD screen. And once you’ve seen this display’s smart, color-coded screens, you’ll never want to go back! With all the menus and screens in color, navigating the Fantom-X becomes that much more a pleasure. Even the bitmap images appear more lifelike, adding to the overall experience.

Complete Studio Effects and Mastering Tools
Onboard effects include separate reverb and chorus processors, plus three multi-effects processors loaded with sound sculpting tools ideal for creative sampling. These include algorithms like COSM Guitar Amp Modeling, Lo-Fi processing, tempo-synced delay, Slicer, Isolator, multiple effects chains and more. (In Performance mode, all three MFX can be configured for full parallel or complete serial use – or any combination in between.) When you’re ready to mix down, simply switch on the dedicated Mastering processor with multi-band compression for tight, punchy mixes.

Get Connected with USB
The onboard USB port serves two functions: First, it can be used as a USB-MIDI interface, eliminating the need for an external MIDI interface. Second, it can be used to import and export audio in .WAV/AIFF format. Now it’s easy to bring in samples from your computer and use them in a sequence. Likewise, you can quickly mix down your song, re-sample it in stereo, and then transfer the file to a computer for CD-burning.

V-LINK: The Future of Performance
The Fantom-X Series is not only a great choice for studio musicians, but also for live performers. Using Roland’s V-LINK technology, musicians can trigger and manipulate video clips when connected to an Edirol video editor like the DV-7PR. Imagine being able to instantly trigger clips from the Dynamic Pad Bank, or create transitions and effects using the pitch bender and knobs. It’s a live performer’s dream!

Dedicated Piano Button
Choose the Fantom-X8 model, and you’ll get an 88-note Progressive Hammer-Action Keyboard designed to capture the feel of a fine concert grand. It’s the perfect way to play the amazing new 88-key split piano Patch, which can be instantly called up by pressing the Fantom-X Series’ dedicated Piano button. Of course, this button can be reprogrammed to call up a different Patch or Performance in any order, so it’s almost like having an extra Favorite Sounds button. Regardless of which model you choose, you’ll find nothing else compares to the new Fantom-X.

 

Specifications
Keyboard61 keys (with velocity and channel aftertouch)Maximum Polyphony128 voices (shared with the sampling section)Multitimbral Parts16 PartsStandard Wave Memory128 M bytes (16-bit linear equivalent)Standard Waveforms1,480Preset MemoryPatches: 1,152+ 256 (GM2)

Rhythm Sets: 40 + 9 (GM2)
Performances: 64User MemoryPatches: 256
Sample Patches: 2,000
Rhythm Sets: 32
Performances: 64Card Memory (PC card)Patches: 256
Sample Patches: 7,000
Rhythm Sets: 32
Performances: 64
EffectsMulti-Effects: 3 systems, 78 types
Chorus: 3 types
Reverb: 5 types
Input Effects: 6 types
Mastering Effects: 3-band compressorSampling Data Format16-bit linear (File Type: .WAV/.AIFF)Sampling Frequency44.1 kHz (fixed)Maximum Sampling TimeStandard (32 MB)
mono:360 sec. approx., stereo: 180 sec. approx.
When expanded with DIMM (544 MB)
mono: 102 min. approx., stereo: 51 min. approx.Number of SamplesUser memory: 2,000
Card memory: 7,000 (PC card)Sequencer TracksPhrase tracks (16 MIDI channels per track): 16
Pattern track (16 MIDI channels per track): 1
Audio Track: 8 stereo
Tempo track: 1
Beat track: 1
* The Pattern Track can hold up to 100 patterns.Sequencer Resolution480 TPQNSequencer Tempo5 – 300Sequencer Note Capacityapprox. 400,000 notesSequencer Song Length9,998 measuresSequencer Recording MethodRealtime recording, Step recordingArpeggiatorPreset: 128
User: 128Rhythm PatternPreset: 256 (32 groups)
User: 256 (32 groups)Chord MemoryPreset: 64
User: 64DisplayGraphic 320 x 240 dots backlit LCD (Color)Dynamic Pads16 pads, Velocity and Aftertouch sensitiveControllersPitch Bend/Modulation Lever
Control Knob x 4
Assignable Switch x 2
D Beam ControllerConnectorsHeadphones Jack
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
[X6/X7/X8] Hold Pedal Jack (Half Pedal recognition)
[X6/X7/X8] Control Pedal Jack (assignable)
MIDI Connectors (IN, OUT, THRU)
USB Connector (supports file transfer (mass storage class) and MIDI)
Digital Audio Interface (COAXIAL INPUT/OUTPUT)
AC InletExpansion SlotsExpansion of waveforms and patchs for the internal sound generator
SRX expansion boards: 4 slots
Expansion of sampling memory
DIMM: 1 slot (supports 128 MB, 256 MB, 512 MB (3.3 V))External Storage DevicePC card: 1 slot (supports SmartMedia and CompactFlash using a PC card adapter)Power SupplyAC 117 V, AC 230 V, AC 240 V (50/60 Hz)
AC 220 V (60 Hz)Power Consumption17WAccessoriesHandbook
Owner’s Manual
Sound/Parameter List
Sample Data (Audio) CD
CD-ROM (Editor (Patch, Sample, Multi-sample), Librarian, S-700 series sample converter, USB MIDI driver)
Power CordOptionsWave Expansion Board: SRX Series
Keyboard Stand: KS-12
Pedal Switch: DP series
Foot Switch: BOSS FS-5U
Expression Pedal: EV-5Size and Weight ( Dimensions )Width1,050 mm41-3/8 inchesDepth358 mm14-1/8 inchesHeight125 mm4-15/16 inchesWeight12.5 kg27 lbs. 9 oz.