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Roland Fantom-S 61-Key Sampling Music Workstation   

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This advanced music production studio features a 61-key keyboard, all-new patches and rhythm sets built from a new 64MB wave ROM, 32MB sample RAM (ex...Read More

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The perfect marriage of sampling and synthesis.

This advanced music production studio features a 61-key keyboard, all-new patches and rhythm sets built from a new 64MB wave ROM, 32MB sample RAM (expandable to 288MB) with WAV/AIFF compatibility and 16MB of flash RAM for retaining your favorite sounds. Other features include 3 MFX processors, dedicated reverb, chorus, a new mastering processor, and seamless integration of audio and MIDI using ROM waves and sampling with realtime timestretch capability. 16 velocity-sensitive pads are available for easy sample triggering, and a USB port connects to a PC or Mac for file exchange. Expandable via SRX-Series Wave Expansion Boards. 4 line outputs (2 stereo, 2 mono), stereo line input, and 24-bit S/PDIF digital output.

A strong emphasis is placed on the way audio and MIDI are integrated. The result is a fluid environment in which both worlds can come together as one. Audio can be sampled using the stereo analog inputs or imported via USB and then integrated directly as a waveform in the expressive stereo 4-tone synth engine. Audio can also be sequenced alongside MIDI data. The Fantom-S will even automatically stretch your samples in real time to match any tempo.
Instead of just adding sampling, Roland carefully thought out ways to make it even more useful in production. To start, the Fantom-S comes with 32MB of sampling memory, expandable to 288MB—more sampling memory than any other workstation and enough space to resample an entire song. The onboard USB port makes it easy to load WAV/AIFF files or export your finished song to a computer for CD burning or Internet distribution.
To make triggering samples easier, Roland added a Dynamic Pad Bank. Samples can be easily mapped to the touch-sensitive pads; the pads can even be used to play ROM sounds or RPS patterns. Another Roland innovation is Skip Back Sampling. This function continuously samples your performances so you'll never lose a great idea. It also makes an easy way to resample any realtime knob and controller tweaks.
A new Mixer View screen gives the Fantom-S the feel of a digital mixer, with intuitive graphic editing of a multitimbral performance in one simple screen. Mix down your song using 4 knobs and the LCD to change track levels, panning, and effects settings. Now audio and MIDI can be mixed together with the feel of a digital recording studio. Roland even makes it easy to set up your performances using the new Layer View Screen with quick graphic editing for layering and key zones. Features like these turn the Fantom-S from a workstation into a studio.
The Fantom-S is loaded with a complete set of pro-quality effects to take your song all the way to final mixdown. To start, you get 24-bit reverb on a par with rackmount processors and professional plug-ins, plus a dedicated chorus processor that serves up warm, rich chorus and delay. 3 multi-effects processors handle everything from tempo-synced delay and Lo-Fi processing to COSM guitar amp modeling. Slicer, isolator, and more contemporary effects are included. Finally, a dedicated mastering processor lets you add the finishing touch with multi-band compression.
With onboard USB, importing samples from a PC or Mac is easier than ever. Just browse your computer's hard drive for WAV and AIFF files, and import the sounds you want using simple drag-and-drop commands (the Fantom-S will appear on your computer as a hard drive). Now the audio can be used as a synth waveform or even assigned to the Dynamic Pad Bank for sequencing. Likewise you can also export a fully mastered song to your computer for burning CDs or MP3 creation.
With Roland's V-LINK feature, musicians can integrate video clips with their music for a more captivating performance. Using the optional Edirol DV-7PR Digital Video Workstation, you can trigger video clips from the Fantom's sequencer or Dynamic Pad Bank. Capture your background music using Skip Back Sampling and paste it with the clip onto a single pad. Any audio/visual combination you perform can be recalled so you won't lose ideas. Never before has so much power and flexibility been offered in a workstation keyboard.

FEATURES
  • Advanced music production studio with 61-key keyboard
  • Seamless integration of audio and MIDI using ROM waves and sampling with realtime timestretch capability
  • New "Skip Back Sampling" for continuous sampling so you don't lose ideas
  • Dynamic Pad Bank with 16 velocity-sensitive pads for easy sample triggering
  • USB port for WAV/AIFF file exchange with PC or Mac
  • All-new patches and rhythm sets built from brand-new 64MB wave ROM
  • 32MB sample RAM (expandable up to 288MB) with WAV/AIFF compatibility
  • 16MB flash RAM retains your favorite sounds; optional SmartMedia storage
  • 3 MFX processors, plus dedicated reverb, chorus, and new mastering processor
  • Expandable via 4 optional SRX-Series Wave Expansion Boards
  • 4 line outputs (2 stereo, 2 mono), stereo line input, and 24-bit S/PDIF digital output
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4.6

(based on 11 reviews)

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Documentation shortfall

The Fantom-S documentation leaves a lot to be desired. Although there are four books there are many basic functions which are not clear. The information is spread out if it is there at...Read complete review

The Fantom-S documentation leaves a lot to be desired. Although there are four books there are many basic functions which are not clear. The information is spread out if it is there at all. Several thorough, step by step walk throughs of common procedures would be very helpful. Tech support has been very helpful and accomodating without having to wait long for a live voice. On the whole this is an awsome workstation and I would buy it all over again in a minute.

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Not Worth The Money

This is by far the worst workstation I have owned in my life! The preset patches are horrible, the piano's sound like they were made by fisher price. All of the with the...Read complete review

This is by far the worst workstation I have owned in my life! The preset patches are horrible, the piano's sound like they were made by fisher price. All of the with the execption of the drum kits suck. Unlike the Korg Triton/Trinity and Ensoniq ASR-10

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5.0

It' so great

By Christopher Burton-wLjWw

from Phila., PA

Well I own the keyboard. the sounds and presets sounds so real a live like expansion boards. the best sounds i think is the piano synths and rhohes sounds. the sequencer is great and in real time and the sampling is good even though it comes with only 5 minites in it but its good when u upgrade the memory. Once agian nice going roland!!!

 
4.0

Fantom Character

By Gomez

from San Diego, CA

I own the Triton from Korg, and the Motif from Yamaha and now the Fantom from Roland. I think its the best keys they've come up with since the Juno 6 to be honest. Someone else wrote that the manual leaves alot to be desired and he's right, but put some time in to get a great workhorse keyboard with a different character to the Triton and Motif, making it a perfect partner to them. Love it.

 
5.0

Greatest since the Triton Series... But better!!!

By Savian2002

from Jacksonville, FL

Love the availabilty of what you're looking for on the menu... Easy to read, understand and master. I own the original Fantom as well... Does that say enough??

 
5.0

I LOVE IT

By CONWAYALLSTARS2003

from DALLAS

I JUST SOLD MY OLD FANTOM AND BOUGHT THE FANTOM S GREAT PRODUCT A MUST HAVE

 
5.0

HOT!

By SWIFTY

from Long Beach,CA

ALL YOU NEED TO BECOME A GOOD COMPOSER !

 
5.0

User friendly

By Anis Z. Chowdhury

from Montreal, Quebec, Canada

A new user and there is a lot of potential, if properly utilized. This machine is EXTREMELY user-friendly.

 
5.0

Extraordinary sound and powerful sequencer

By jggroove

from Austin, Tx

This keyboard is great in all aspects for the price. I would say its even better than the more expensive Triton. It has great sounds, excellent expanability, programming and sampling features. The only gripe I have, is that its difficult to use and will take a while to learn all of the many features. The manuals are not very easy to read

 
2.0

Not Worth The Money

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This is by far the worst workstation I have owned in my life! The preset patches are horrible, the piano's sound like they were made by fisher price. All of the with the execption of the drum kits suck. Unlike the Korg Triton/Trinity and Ensoniq ASR-10

 
5.0

This is the one We've waited for!

By IkeSqaured

from GEORGIA

Roland has outdone themselves!!All the features this keyboard has should make it very heavy, yet this is a light streamlined 61 key powerhouse.Do not pass this one up. Get the memory upgrade and sample and resample your songs and other sounds. Then sownload your mastered product into your computer via USB.A new sequencing scheme from the original Fantom, but the sounds are awesome and it takes no time to master this beast.GET IT, GET IT, GET IT!!!

 
5.0

alfredo

By alfredo77

from Monterey Park, CA

The very best workstation !!!

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