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Roland Fantom-X8 88-Key Sampling Workstation

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Synthesis and sampling power from Roland's most powerful synthesis chip ever!

The Roland Fantom-X8 88-Key Sampling Workstation gives you 88 full-sized keys with Progressive Hammer Action, 128 voices and seamless integration of audio and MIDI. Then there are the beautiful new ROM waves and sampling plus realtime time-stretch capability. 128MB wave ROM includes 88 key split piano and more. 32MB sample RAM expandable to 544MB with optional DIMMs. Innovations such as color LCD screen, skip back sampling that retrieves what you just played as a sample, dynamic pad bank with 16 velocity-sensitive pads and aftertouch, as well as V-LINK for triggering and manipulating video clips. 3 MFX processors plus dedicated reverb, chorus, and mastering processor. USB port for MIDI, WAV/AIFF file exchange, and 4x SRX expansion. PC card slot for backing up samples and data with up to 1GB capacity. The Roland Fantom-X8 has 4 mono or 2 stereo line outs, stereo line in, and 24-bit S/PDIF I/O.

FEATURES
88 full-sized keys with Progressive Hammer Action
128 voices
Seamless integration of audio and MIDI
Realtime time-stretch capability
128MB wave ROM
88 key split piano
32MB sample RAM expandable to 544MB
Color LCD screen
Skip back sampling
16 velocity-sensitive pads with aftertouch
V-LINK for triggering and manipulating video
3 MFX processors
Dedicated reverb, chorus, and mastering processor
USB port for MIDI and WAV/AIFF file exchange
PC card slot with up to 1GB capacity
4 mono or 2 stereo line outs
Stereo line in
24-bit S/PDIF I/O
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4.9

(based on 34 reviews)

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5.0

For experts and weightlifters

By Leesha

from Nebraska

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I owned this keyboard for a while, and I loved it.. but I ultimately sold it. It was too much keyboard for me, in more ways than one. First, it had tons of fabulous features, which is great, but for someone like me who edits and records music via computer, I didn't need all of those functions on the keyboard. Second, I had a hard time manuevering through all the windows to get where I needed to be. Finally, the keyboard is just really heavy, especially if you transport it in a case (approaching 100 lbs with case). I tried to move it between home and church and just got really frustrated that it took two to three people to get it set up.The sounds are amazing, the features are top-of-the-line, but unless you are familiar with this type of workstation (or have tons of time to commit to learning it), you might want something a little simpler.Also, I bought this board thinking that with the USB I could hook up to my computer and quickly burn off onto a CD. No such luck. The file format is weird, and even if you save as MIDI, then you have to add "life" to it via a separate software program.OK, and one more minor complaint. While the piano feel is very realistic and somewhat adjustable, it never gets very light. You have to pound a lot harder than on most pianos. Which is ultimately (due to tendonitis) why I sold it.

 
5.0

This is awesome!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I fell in love with it when I first saw it in the store. The full color LCD interface is what caught my eye. The sound is so true, and it's just an awesome keyboard!

 
5.0

King of Music Production

By Mfo Recordings

from San Diego

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This is the ultimate music making keyboard around. Unlike what others say this keyboard is very easy to use in comparison to triton and motif. Just like any other complex computer it takes some time and reading the manual to use its full potential but it is worth it. The Electric piano, rhodes and wurlitzer sounds are amazing! I own a rhodes and a wurlitzer and when it comes to getting a clean digital transmission I go with the fantom. I exclusively use the S/PDIF out and the USB to control the timecode of my DAW. It is very easy to track out the fantom to your daw. My only one complaint is the lack of an external word clock in.

 
5.0

Awsome

By Rocker 104

from Austin Texas

This thing totaly rocks no matter what style of music you play. You can play accurate sounds like no other synth. I love the recording and touch pads. I can record awsome techno music on this to. I definaltly recomend this to anyone. You are making a mistake if you pass this opportunity.

 
5.0

A full working and usable package

By Andy Milestone

from San Diego, CA

I made some "research" and compared Korg's products with Yamaha's and Roland's counterparts keeping in mind that the chosen one should be categorized as "serious sampling workstation with full capability to produce music". I ended up to purchase a Fantom X8. Now, after almost 2 months aquaintance with my FX8, I can say that I don't regret my decision at all. Fantom X8 is a very user-friendly and well-designed piece of studio equipment. I've had no problems to start play with, thanks to its usable color user-interface with intuitive menus. I'm sure everybody knows the rich piano sounds already, so I'll skip that part here. Its 1000+ patches have enabled a pretty limitless arena for creating music, especially remembering that there are about 90 parameters you can tweak for each patch you choose to perform in your song. That means that each song you create can sound totally different, no matter which set of root patches you choose to start with. I was worried that I've found a "bug" in Fantom X when the 32MB user memory seemed to be the only way to publish samples (.wav-files) to be USB'd back to a computer. Having bought a PC Card Adapter with 256 MB SD I'm able to record (or resample) about 30 minutes of music to be stored on the card and being converted to .mp3, for example, in my computer. So, the keyword is to upgrade your sampling memory up to ~0.5GB and purhcase a PC memory card (at least 256MB) to enable storing long enough pieces of music for further processing. 128 voices with 3 MFX effects and versatile reverb/chorus for each part opens a sonic horizon you will want to explore. There's about 70 effects available for each MFX you can choose from. Roland is improving the documentation for Fantom X -series as we speak (refer to the booklets they've started to publish for various subjects). The Users' Manual with ~250+ pages is not too bad. The most welcome piece of documentation would be a "tricks and hints as to how to really make most of Roland Fantom X -family". I personally would like to see documentation describing how to set up a performance, how to add samples to it and finally, what are the steps to master the output. I'm sure that's already under construction as www.rolandus.com -seems to publish new updates pretty frequently. By the way, I'm also a guitar player and the possibility to just plug in my guitar to FX and exploit the internal FX effects is more than cool.

 
5.0

Don't leave home without it.

By cjk3625

from Henderson, NV

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Over the last twenty years I've either owned, rented or played just about every synth/sampler/workstation ever offered in North America; some good, some bad. I have fallen for the promises, the ad-hype, the bleeding-edge technologies and spent untold thousands of dollars on keyboards that promise but do not deliver.I have no brand loyalty whatsoever - I own boards/modules from all major makers and price is not a large factor. Quality, features and performance are. I playtested the Korg Extreme 88, the Yamaha Motif ES8 and the Fantom X8, compared the specs, and without a shodow of a doubt, the Fantom came out on top in every regard. It has a monster sequencer a huge sound capacity a great feeling keyboard a terrific sampler/audio recorder, the coolest display ever and the list goes on and on.Quality abounds in the brushed aluminum chasis, the weight is not too heavy (65 lbs), the expansion bay is very accesible and the knobs and dials feel wonderfully solid. This is definetly a PRO keyboard - at home in any studio (the audio outs are incredibly quiet) or on the road (the favorites patch list makes quick sound changes a breeze).Get this fine instrument and you will have years of productive use. Everything on it is absolutely top shelf.

 
5.0

The Keyboard of all Keyboards

By Third World Crook

from San Antonio, tx, but i'm from GA

This is my dream Keyboard, It's hot, The first time i played it i was on it for 5 hrs, and didn't even know it. It's got basically everything, and sounds too real. Mad props to Roland for this one.

 
5.0

Amazing Unit

By David Dickerson

from Evanston, WY

this is has an extremely user friendly layout (especially the sequencer and master mixer), i have had the item for about 6 months and have mastered most of the features (other than live performance ones) and it is a nearly limitless device, i intend to purchase the software upgrade and sample editing software today

 
5.0

A producer's dream

By Proverb

from Taylor, MI

One of the best tools for overall production out there right now - period. It has everything that makes a good keyboard good: Hot sound, good overall feel, 5 star features and expandable. The only on-board function I feel it's missing is a cd burner. If it would've had that, I would have given it a perfect 10 accross the board. If you love music and need a tool that can do it all, the LRoom highly recommend the is machine - period.

 
5.0

Fantom X 88 is where it is at..

By Pastor K

from Aubrey, TX

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If you want a board that can do everything this is it. 8 Track audio recorder (v2.0). 16 track sequencer. Arpeggios, great drum kits. An available download of 1024 sounds from rolands past products, this board smokes.

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