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Affordable multifaceted sampling!

If you crave Fantom power, but want a more cost-effective way to Fantomize your rig, Roland has the perfect synth for you. Meet the Fantom-Xa--a 61-key multifaceted sampling workstation with an affordable price tag! The Fantom-Xa includes many of the most popular features from the top-of-the-line Fantom, including 128-voice polyphony, Skip Back Sampling, a high-resolution built-in sequencer, realtime audio time-stretching, COSM modeling effects, mastering processing, USB port, WAV/AIFF compatibility, D-Beam control, SRX expansion, and more. Four line outputs, mic/stereo line input.

FEATURES
  • Sampling workstation with 61-note keyboard
  • 128 voices
  • High-resolution sequencer
  • Seamless integration of audio and MIDI using ROM waves and sampling with realtime time-stretch capability
  • Skip Back Sampling -- continuous sampling for recording, sound design, and audio rescue
  • 128 new patches, plus all Fantom-S preset patches and waves onboard
  • 4MB sample RAM expandable up to 516MB via DIMMs
  • 3 MFX processors, plus dedicated reverb, chorus, and a mastering processor
  • Expandable via an optional SRX-Series Wave Expansion Board
  • USB port for MIDI and WAV/AIFF file exchange with PC or Mac
  • 4 line outputs (2 stereo or 4 mono), and mic/stereo line input
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4.7

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Out of the box, into the groove!

The Fantom-Xa and the Roland support at www.roland.com (free) are an incredible value.I have been headed toward this machine for a year. Starting with a pair of Shure SM-57s and a Tascam02mkII...Read complete review

The Fantom-Xa and the Roland support at www.roland.com (free) are an incredible value.I have been headed toward this machine for a year. Starting with a pair of Shure SM-57s and a Tascam02mkII PortaStudio to record Tibetan singing bowls and drumming tapes, I went through a Yamaha DGX-305 keyboard and soon wanted to jazz up my playing and have more control over my music. Now have a variety of microphones, a Fostex VF80ex and the Fantom-XA. These last two products are made for each other!Using the Roland workbooks, especially the quick introduction to "Speed Sequencing," in three days I had cut a CD using the Fostex that ranges from live singing bowls direct to disk, to a Fantom-Xa trumpet jam with backup bongos, piano and drums with a driving beat. The Fantom-XA is the key. Here's why.It lets you create patches and rhythms, the fundamental playable unit to match real or virtual instruments. Using the sequencer you can assemble them into performances, and stitch these into songs. Make mistakes? Quantize, stretch and edit your music -- this is a MIDI workstation. Want chords? Or arpeggios (rhythmic note sequences)? Or samples? (Add 512Mb of RAM for 50 minutes of stereo sampling.)You got 'em.Need audio tracks? Well, you don't get them on the Xa, but you can sample audio, or lay down your audio tracks on the Fostex.Yes, the manual could be organized better, but download the PDF file and in a few days using the Fantom you will know how to rearrange it. Or, send me an email and I will send you a one page PDF showing you how to reorganize the manual yourself.Support, which includes the free information provided by Roland, is amazingly helpful. The workbooks chart a direct path through the numerous features to let you make music days after you open the box.I bought the Fantom-Xa based on price, and thought I would sacrifice features. I was wrong. There are fewer waveforms (so sample what you need), fewer SRX card slots (not a big deal for me), and no audio tracks (sample them, or use your studio-in-a-box).Bottom line: I should have bought it for the features. I am just glad I bought it anyway!

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Great Workstation for one on budget!!

I've had this keyboard for about 3 months..I personally feel that Fantom Xa gives me a certain vibe that pulls me away from my ideas. Sometimes when i have an idea and want...Read complete review

I've had this keyboard for about 3 months..I personally feel that Fantom Xa gives me a certain vibe that pulls me away from my ideas. Sometimes when i have an idea and want to immeadiatly record it it takes a lot of time to move through screens and by the time i get to start recording my ideas are gone.The features are there... but the keys feel horrible and buttons are very loud. It has 10 pads that I never really used. The screen is hard to see and you'd have to lean forward. It has a built-in sequencer which is great but a little hard to use. I lost my data few times when working with sequencer. Bottom line is I am very serious about my ideas, sounds, and quality of workstaion, and fantom xa feels more commercial to me than inspiring. But thats just me, you might really like it.. everyone has different personalities.

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5.0

Awesome Workstation

By Roland Fan

from Pasadena, TX

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I bought it not too long ago and was really excited before I got it and even more excited now that I have it. The salesman showed a couple of things you could do with this baby and I was sold. It's got a powerful drum machine, sampling, hundreds of cool very real sounds. Wether your looking for a saxaphone or a viola, this baby produces those sounds really great. I got this workstation because I have a Roland digital piano and has lasted me for almost a decade so I'm confident this one will last me quite some time as well. Roland makes very fine quality products so I definitely recommend this baby to anyone.

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3.0

Great Workstation for one on budget!!

By Lottsic

from Sacramento, CA

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I've had this keyboard for about 3 months..I personally feel that Fantom Xa gives me a certain vibe that pulls me away from my ideas. Sometimes when i have an idea and want to immeadiatly record it it takes a lot of time to move through screens and by the time i get to start recording my ideas are gone.The features are there... but the keys feel horrible and buttons are very loud. It has 10 pads that I never really used. The screen is hard to see and you'd have to lean forward. It has a built-in sequencer which is great but a little hard to use. I lost my data few times when working with sequencer. Bottom line is I am very serious about my ideas, sounds, and quality of workstaion, and fantom xa feels more commercial to me than inspiring. But thats just me, you might really like it.. everyone has different personalities.

 
5.0

All in one Studio Board

By Tony M

from Bellwood,IL

I owned a few keyboards Motif, Korg, and Triton LE but they don't stand well up against the Fantom XA. The sound quality is amazing and type of features that's in the Fantom you want find in a lot of higher priced boards. This is a true professional keyboard for any studio small or large.

 
5.0

Sick in the HEAD!!!!!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

The fantom XA is everything i heard it was gonna be. a completely awesome yet affordable verison of the flagship fantom X (XAs big brother) I highly recommend this one if you want to have an extra synth to help the grandaddy fantom X or if you dont want to put a dent in your wallet then get this one.

 
5.0

I thought flaws came with everything!

By Skidmark-RKggQ

from At my house

I have no complaints. This keyboard is definately a piece of equipment that is as flexible as string. You can get truly amazing sounds out of this, plus from external sources! Nothing is wrong with this keyboard. If you get it, you don't need a mixer, a sequencer, a recorder, a synthesizer, or an effects proccessor! The whole studio is built into this one thing! I say buy it!

 
5.0

Simply Awesome

By Ambricosa

from Palmhurst, TX

First off, this synth is a bargain. For what you pay for it and the things that you get in it, it's simply amazing. Second, there are so many sound and features to work with that its kinda hard not to be able to do what you want with it. Third, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to learn how to use it. It's user friendly to an extent. One complaint I have is that the on board sampling memory is close to nothing (4mb). Upgrading it was a snap though and memory really isn't that expensive as it used to be a couple of years ago so this really shouldn't be an issue. I used PNY 256MB PC133 (part# 256S133). It popped right in and the system recognized it right away with no hardware or system conflicts. Anyhow, great synth for an excellent price. Highly recommended!!!

 
4.0

Roland Fantom-XA 61-Key Workstation

By ehPP.CHQE

from New Jersey

The only thing I'd like to see improved would be additional expantion bays... I'd have also liked to have more Ram out of the box, but the installation is a cake walk.The features are top notch... took a bit of a learning curve, but once you go through it a few times, the controls are simple.I love the editing software! Plugged my Powerbook in and was programing in seconds. I'm an knob and slider guy, and that is exactly what the editor looks like on the screen.WELL worth the cost, you'd be hard pressed to find another workstation for the money even remotely comparable.

 
5.0

I Would Buy It Again

By Mr Blue Sky

from Cleveland Ohio

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This is an awesome board. Once you familiarize yourself with the controls and where everything is at, you can pretty much do anything you want with this board. The sounds overall are topnotch as are the effects. My only complaint with the sounds are that the organs seem a step backwards from the XP line...so I still have my XP50 for the organs. This is the first keyboard I've used that gets realistic guitar sounds out of a keyboard. The stock guitar sounds in the Fantom need a little tweaking to get them dialed in, but when you do watch out. The sequencer took me some time to get used to as I've been using a Roland MC300 for almost 20 years.... and now it is collecting dust on the shelf. I really like the keypad triggers which are great for triggering samples during live performances and extremely useful for recording drum trax. I bought it when it was a lower price, this is an unbeatable board. Performance mode is absolutely fantastic, and you can lay out a whole bunch of different sounds and layers with this keyboard, which has allowed me to quit carrying 4 keyboards and just go with 2 now.

 
5.0

Out of the box, into the groove!

By Shamaniac

from Bloomington, IN

The Fantom-Xa and the Roland support at www.roland.com (free) are an incredible value.I have been headed toward this machine for a year. Starting with a pair of Shure SM-57s and a Tascam02mkII PortaStudio to record Tibetan singing bowls and drumming tapes, I went through a Yamaha DGX-305 keyboard and soon wanted to jazz up my playing and have more control over my music. Now have a variety of microphones, a Fostex VF80ex and the Fantom-XA. These last two products are made for each other!Using the Roland workbooks, especially the quick introduction to "Speed Sequencing," in three days I had cut a CD using the Fostex that ranges from live singing bowls direct to disk, to a Fantom-Xa trumpet jam with backup bongos, piano and drums with a driving beat. The Fantom-XA is the key. Here's why.It lets you create patches and rhythms, the fundamental playable unit to match real or virtual instruments. Using the sequencer you can assemble them into performances, and stitch these into songs. Make mistakes? Quantize, stretch and edit your music -- this is a MIDI workstation. Want chords? Or arpeggios (rhythmic note sequences)? Or samples? (Add 512Mb of RAM for 50 minutes of stereo sampling.)You got 'em.Need audio tracks? Well, you don't get them on the Xa, but you can sample audio, or lay down your audio tracks on the Fostex.Yes, the manual could be organized better, but download the PDF file and in a few days using the Fantom you will know how to rearrange it. Or, send me an email and I will send you a one page PDF showing you how to reorganize the manual yourself.Support, which includes the free information provided by Roland, is amazingly helpful. The workbooks chart a direct path through the numerous features to let you make music days after you open the box.I bought the Fantom-Xa based on price, and thought I would sacrifice features. I was wrong. There are fewer waveforms (so sample what you need), fewer SRX card slots (not a big deal for me), and no audio tracks (sample them, or use your studio-in-a-box).Bottom line: I should have bought it for the features. I am just glad I bought it anyway!

 
5.0

Die Hard Xa Owner

By Bob F.

from New Mexico

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I bought a new Roland Fantom Xa over 2 years ago and have used it constantly since then. These Rock instrumentals are all Xa used with my Ibanez JS1000 guitar leads. Just now is my Xa starting to get a little tired after being powered on for a few hours and all 16 tracks in the sequencer used during recording. I just save performance, let it cool down for a bit, then power-up later to continue. One thing with the Xa - when creating a performance, don't be impatient forwarding and reversing measures and erasing / redoing - you'll freeze it. It works great at it's own pace. I have mine loaded with the SRX-7 and 512 megs of sampling ram. An awesome piece of machinery - I'd buy it again in a heartbeat if it were to finally die on me.

 
5.0

Great Keyboard

By Blizz The Best Producer Alive

from Michigan

The sounds are really good, but the keys are casio like. The sampler has a little noise to it but overall the sampler is great because how you can load drum kits and it chops the sounds automatically. By far the best keyboard in that price range even better than the triton pro studio series and easier to use than the motif

 
4.0

Nice Bang for the Buck

By choctawfluteman

from CT

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I have had the XA for 2 weeks now and have been having a blast with it. This is my first keyboard work station so I knew there would be a learning curve with it. The manual is next to useless, however there are some good tutorials on the Roland site. I had hoped that it would be easier to tweak the sounds on the fly in a gig but it seems more suited for composing when you have time to work through one sequence at a time, there is a lot of potential here but the learning curve is kind of steep but in the end I think it will be worth it!! It's been a bit of a chore to find the older RAM to max it out to 512mb and having to use a PC card adapter for a smart media card or CF is a bit of a pain. As far as the LCD screen goes it is great for what it is, not hard to read at all.

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