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The perfect marriage of sampling and synthesis.
This advanced music production studio features an 88-key, hammer-action keyboard, all-new patches and rhythm sets built from a new 64MB wave ROM, 32MB sample RAM (expandable to 160MB) with WAV/AIFF compatibility, 16MB of flash RAM for retaining your favorite sounds, 3 MFX processors plus dedicated reverb, chorus, and 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-S88 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-S88 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-S88 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-S88 from a workstation into a studio.
The Fantom-S88 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 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-S88 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.
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This is one solid Board!! Everything from the architecture to the sounds are untouchable. The quality of the sounds are as real as they get and not oversaturated with reverbs and effects like the Triton. If you want the purest sound, easiest to use, the most control possible, toughest board with limitless possibilitys, get this BOARD!!
As a physics major with an avid interest in music and acoustics, I was very impressed with both the physical and acoustical aspects of this instrument. This is not a toy! Am classically trained in pipe organ and piano, but there is much to grow into, not out of. I am very pleased.
is great with the triton up top.as a second keyboad i wouldn't suggest it not a wide choice of effects
This is the best workstation that I have played...a CD burner and internal hard drive would make it perfect. I have played the Triton Studio 88 and the Yamaha Motif 8, but find this one much more to my liking...the piano mode is the best of any electronic keyboard ever. The key feel is just about perfect (much better than the Triton), the sequencer doesn't get any easier, the sampling is equally easy...I love it !!
I freakin love this board. Everybody is on the Triton and Motif wagon but Im on the Roland wagon..I cant say enough good things about this board. Its all I was looking for and much more. I wake up in the middle of the night just to play! LOVE IT. The sound clips are so clean and fresh. Everytime I click the power button I wonder whats going to happen next.....
I was walking through a local music store the other day, and I happened to sit down at this keyboard. As I sat and played, I quickly fell in love with the board; its touch sensitive pad bank, unique and easy sequencer. So much. I Glanced over to the price tag, just to tease myself. My jaw dropped. It couldn't be so inexpensive. It's being discontinued because of the intro of the X series, which, as far as i can tell, has only a color screen and different exterior color as a difference. An amazing price for a truly professional keyboard. I'll never need another.
This workstation sounds great, and is a piece of cake to use. Keyboard actions don't get better than this...and it's built like a tank as well. Very highly recommended !!
In June of this year, my parents bought me the roland fantom s-88 as a birthday present. I had been gettting involved with some bands, and am currently in one, and this workstation really gave us the flare we needed. With its amazing piano sounds, and its astonishing features, this workstation is definitely the best of the best. After I received this workstation, my band went from mediocre, to great, even winning a battle of the bands.
The sounds are superb, the ability is unbelievable, the quality is there, and with 288 MB Sample ram ability, what else could you ask for? It's also very easy to pick up. Personally, I like this better than the Motif 8 and the Triton Studio. The only workstation that comes close would have to be the Kurzweil 2600 XS, because the acoustics are just slightly better. Everything the other workstations has, this one has. I recommend it to anyone!