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Roland Fantom-G6 61-Key Sampling Workstation

The Roland Fantom-G6 is a workstation keyboard that can truly do it all -- it's equally impressive on tour, or as part of your production studio. (58) Read 8 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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The Roland Fantom-G6 is a workstation keyboard that can truly do it all -- it's equally impressive on tour, or as part of your production studio. A stage and studio instrument? It might seem like a contradiction, but the Roland Fantom-G6 is sure to defy any expectations you might have as to what a "workstation keyboard" is. The Roland Fantom-G6 has thousands of beautiful, sophisticated sounds, yet you get easy access and on-the-fly adjustment. It's got a powerful sequencer that supports both MIDI and audio recording, yet the smart control layout and mouse support make it easier to navigate than most computer-based software. The Roland Fantom-G6 is a rugged, road-worthy instrument, yet it's one of the most eye-catching keyboards around with a huge, full-color LCD screen and gleaming aluminum chassis.

SuperNATURAL Sounds

Regardless of how alluring the Roland Fantom-G6 looks, how many functions it boasts, and how easy it is to learn, a sub-par sound would be a deal-breaker. Fortunately, the Roland Fantom-G6 boasts one of the most amazing sound engines in the industry. Roland's Fantom line has always been hailed for the quality of its voices, and this incarnation has double the wave-ROM capacity of its predecessor. On the Roland Fantom-G6, classic acoustic and electric piano sounds, thick and flexible synth patches, and an assortment of orchestral sounds all sound impressive. Still, the Roland Fantom-G6 really shows off its stuff when you add a SuperNATURAL expansion board to one of the Fantom's two ARX expansion slots. SuperNATURAL is one of the most powerful synthesis engines at any price range; it's called SuperNATURAL because the sounds these expansion cards produce goes beyond realism. For example, the ARX-01 card specializes in incredibly detailed and realistic drum sounds, and thanks to SuperNATURAL technology, you can build the simulated drums from the ground up, dictating shell width, wood type, snare buzz, room dimensions, and more. Since the ARX expansion cards sport their own processor, the complex sound generation won't slow down your Roland Fantom-G6 in the least. If you dig tons of layered, lush, stereo effects, the Roland Fantom-G6 is your best friend. Each multi-voice patch can support up to 22 simultaneous effects, with extensive routing and editing options to keep tweak-prone musicians happy for hours on end.

Touring Machine

You'll undoubtedly want to show off these stunning sounds on the road, and the Roland Fantom-G6 is geared for world-class live performance. Like a luxury sports car, the Roland Fantom-G6 has the power of a sophisticated machine, but the feel of a finely-tuned instrument. An intuitive control layout contributes to the keyboard's live credentials. Eight sliders provide quick control over assignable parameters and live multi-voice mix levels, and the five rotary encoders are solid and smooth. Grab the combination pitch-bend/modulation joystick, or manipulate Roland's exclusive D-Beam controller with only hand movements. These expression controls make every patch even more expressive -- and inspire wild live-performance moments. The realistic piano-style keys are matched by equally responsive groove-box-style trigger pads. These sixteen rubberized pads can be used to trigger samples, construct rhythm patterns, play loops, and mute individual channels in a sequence for DJ-style dropouts. Clever organizational features like "Set List" make it easy to access specific sounds quickly on stage, and the huge LCD screen makes it easy to double-check every aspect of a patch at a glance.

More Than A Sequencer, It's Also a Complete Studio

The generous screen also comes in handy when you're using the Roland Fantom-G6 in its alter-ego mode: as a totally decked-out production studio. Any professional workstation is going to have a sequencer on-board for composition, but the Fantom-G6 boasts Roland's "Power Sequencer," a full-fledged multitrack audio and MIDI sequencer that behaves more like a computer-based DAW than a traditional keyboard workstation. The Roland Fantom-G6's arranger can handle up to 24 digital audio tracks in addition to 128 MIDI tracks, with expandable recording memory for nearly two hours of 44.1 kHz/16-bit CD-quality audio. Audio can be recorded from just about any source -- even high-end condenser mics, thanks to the on-board phantom-powered mic preamp accessible by a Neutrik combination XLR/1/4" input. Plug in any mic to sample live drums or record studio-quality vocals -- or plug in a Hi-Z instrument like a guitar or bass directly and make use of the Fantom's guitar-based effects. The Roland Fantom-G6's sliders, rotary knobs, four-way cursor control and Jog Wheel make it easy to operate and navigate through the mixer window and effects patch lists -- and the Fantom-G6 even supports a USB mouse. Who needs a computer?
The Roland Fantom line of workstation keyboards has been around since 2002, and with every iteration they get more powerful, sound more amazing, and are even easier to use. If you're looking for a single instrument that can master every aspect of modern music, from performance to composition to production, look no further than the Roland Fantom-G6.

Features:

- 128-voice polyphony and 256 MB wave memory
- 1,664 on-board patches
- 44.1 kHz, 16-bit .WAV or .AIFF sampler expandable to 108 minutes mono / 54 minutes stereo
- Sequencer supports 50 songs with 128 MIDI tracks and 24 audio tracks
- 8.5-inch wide backlit color LCD display
- 16 velocity-sensitive trigger pads
- Expression controls include pitch bend/modulation lever, 4 control knobs, 8 control sliders, two assignable switches, and D-Beam controller
- Phantom-powered Mic/Guitar combination 1/4-inch/XLR input
- Stereo 1/4-inch headphone jack
- Two 1/4-inch audio outputs
- Pedal jack
- MIDI IN, OUT and THRU
- Three USB connectors support computer, mouse, and USB flash memory thumb drive
- Coaxial digital audio input
- Two ARX expansion slots accommodate SuperNATURAL sound sets
- DIMM slot supports PC133, CL=2/3, 3.3 V memory up to 512MB

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Keyboard and Sound Generator Section
Keyboard: 61 keys, with velocity and channel aftertouch

Maximum Polyphony: 128 voices, shared with the sampling section

Parts: 16 parts (Internal) + 16 parts (External) + 2 parts (ARX)+ 24 parts (Audio Track)

Wave Memory: 256MB (16-bit linear equivalent)

Waveforms: 2,153

Preset Memory:
- Patches: 1,500 + 256 (GM2)
- Rhythm Sets: 64 + 9 (GM2)
- Live Sets: 512
- Studio Sets: 128

User Memory per one project:
- Patches: 512
- Rhythm Sets: 64
- Live Sets: 512
- Studio Sets: 128

Effects:
- Patch Multi-Effects (PFX): 16 systems, 76 types
- Multi-Effects (MFX): 2 systems, 78 types
- Chorus: 1 system, 3 types
- Reverb: 1 system, 10 types
- Input Effects: 1 system, 6 types
- Mastering Effects: 1 system, 3-band compressor

Data Format: 16-bit linear, .WAV or .AIFF

Sampling Frequency: 44.1kHz

Maximum Sampling Time:
- When sampling memory isn't expanded (32MB): mono: 360 sec. approx., stereo: 180 sec. approx.
- When sampling memory is expanded with DIMM (544MB): mono: 108 min. approx., stereo: 54 min. approx.

Number of Samples per one project: 2,000

Sequencer Section
Tracks:
- MIDI tracks (Internal/External/ARX): max. 128
- Audio track: max. 24
- Tempo track: 1
- Beat track: 1

Resolution: 480 TPQN

Tempo: 5.00 to 300.00

Song per one project: 50

Phrase per one project: 2,000

Note Capacity per one project: approx. 1,000,000 notes

Song Length: 9,998 measures

Recording Method:
- Realtime recording
- Step recording

Controllers
Pitch Bend/Modulation Lever

Control Knob x 4

Control Slider x 8

Assignable Switch x 2

D Beam Controller

Connectors
Headphones Jack: Stereo 1/4 inch phone type

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

Mic./Guitar Input Jacks: 1/4 inch phone type / XLR type (Phantom power)(Hi-Z)

Pedal Jacks:
- Hold Pedal Jack (Half Pedal recognition)
- Control Pedal Jack (assignable) x 2

MIDI Connectors: IN, OUT, THRU

USB Connectors:
- USB Computer Connector (supports file transfer or mass storage class, and Audio/MIDI)
- USB Mouse Connector

Digital Audio Interface: COAXIAL INPUT / OUTPUT

Other
Display: Graphic Type, 8.5 inch, Wide VGA (800 x 480 dots), backlit LCD (Color)

Pads: 16 pads, Velocity and Polyphonic Aftertouch sensitive

Expansion for sound generator: ARX expansion boards: 2 slots

Expansion for sampling memory: DIMM: 1 slot, supports PC133, CL=2/3, 3.3 V, 128MB, 256MB, 512MB

External Storage Device: USB Flash Memory

Power Supply: AC 117 V, AC 230 V, AC 240 V (50/60Hz), AC 220 V (60Hz)

Power Consumption: 30 W

Included Accessories
Owner's Manual

CD-ROM (Editor, USB MIDI driver)

Power Cord

Size and Weight
Width: 42 inches (1,066 mm)

Depth: 16-3/16 inches (411 mm)

Height: 5-5/8 inches (142 mm)

Weight: 32 lbs. (14.5 kg)

Power Supply: Power Cord (Included)
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 323-890-3700

Product Description

Introducing the most powerful and luxurious live workstation in Roland history. The Roland Fantom-G6 is a dream instrument that redefines the boundaries of playability and creativity with its advanced sound engine, revolutionary ARX SuperNATURAL expansion bay, large-sized color LCD, powerful audio/MIDI sequencer and more.

Features

- Advanced sound engine with double wave capacity of previous flagship workstations
- 2 x ARXexpansion with SuperNATURAL - the world's greatest performance-expression technology
- Graphic user interface with extra-large 8.5 inch wide color LCD and mouse connectivity
- Onboard audio/MIDI sequencer with 128 tracks, including 24 audio tracks
- Multi-FX for each part; up to 22 effects routings can be programmed simultaneously
- Heavy-duty casing with aluminum panel

Advanced Sound Engine
Driven by a powerful audio processor, the Roland Fantom-G6 provides sonic depth and versatility. With twice the wave-ROM capacity of its predecessor, it contains a treasure trove of Roland's world-famous SRX-quality sounds, but what really sets this instrument apart is its ARX expansion, which allows additional SuperNATURAL sound-sets and fully dedicated synth and effects engines to be added to this already powerful live workstation.

SuperNATURAL ARX Expansion
Roland Fantom-G6 provides ARX slots that accommodate two SuperNATURAL expansion boards. SuperNATURAL is Roland's unique behavior-modeling technology that enables a level of organic, emotional expression previously unattainable in synthesizers. Applied to traditional-instrument sounds, SuperNATURAL enables the delicate, organic tonal changes and playing nuances of real musical instruments. It's also a powerful tool for electronic and non-traditional sounds, breathing amazing life and expression into synthesis.

Power Sequencer Onboard
The Roland Fantom-G6 is the first Roland instrument to feature Roland's designed power sequencer. In conjunction with the large-size LCD, this pro-level composition tool provides 128 tracks (including 24 audio tracks) in a fully intergraded audio/MIDI graphical environment. A mouse can be also incorporated for computer-like speed and ease. Other convenient features include combo XLR and TRS connector, phantom power for condenser mics, Hi-Z input for guitar and bass, and line input.

Luxurious Extra-Wide LCD
One look and touch and you'll know that the Roland Fantom-G6 is an instrument without equal. Only the highest-quality materials have been used to create this dream synth, with a stylish, futuristic design that will turn heads. Front and center is the extra-large 8.5 inch wide TFT color LCD for enhanced productivity. A first-class assortment of hands- on controls is provided as well, including eight sliders, four knobs, and ten buttons below the LCD.

Amazing FX
Roland Fantom-G6 is loaded with a state-of-the-art effects engine, with multi-effects available for each Fantom-G6 sound/part. In 16-part multi-timbre mode, up to 22 effect routings can be used simultaneously. Create complex setups with 16 insert effects per multi-timbral patch group, plus global reverbs and choruses. Mastering effects are provided for polishing songs created with the onboard sequencer.

Power Supply: Power Cord (Included)
Customer Reviews
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This review has been selected by our experts as particularly helpful. "Fantastic Machine, nothing to fear with this one."
Sound: The sound is very good. It may be a little on the predictable / Roland-esque side of the scale, but in all, it is recording-worthy, in my humble opinion. Since the ROM is all samples anyway it can sound like anything you need it to sound like. The factory presets are very good and easily and infinitely tweakable. The DSP is sweet - both the global 'verb and chorus, and the individual processes are great too. It is very deep. Feature: I am truly in awe when I play with this board - still. The exapandability is a great feature, the sound engine itself is great, the ease of recording audio with midi is great; the LCD is very impressive looking and even better in terms of it's practical use. I don't know how I ever got along without such a big beautiful display! Tons of sounds and ease of recording make this a great composing machine. I do sound for film and this baby works great for my workflow. From sampling for foley to voice overs and simple pads, this thing is really great. The display is just awesome to look at. They did a great job with the layout and colors and use of pictures. THere is a lot to it so it takes some getting used to but like any good machine once you have yer mind around it the basics will quickly become second nature. If you've spent any time with some if the recent (last ten years) music workstations you will quickly grasp the concepts and features of this machine, but will likely spend a long time learning and exploring the nuances. To me, thats a good thing! Ease of Use: The factory sounds are fine - suitable for at least some basic uses for sure. THe infinite tweakability is nice though, and if you like to mess with the factory patches to make them "your own" this board will satisfy. There are tons of user-defined storage locations. The display makes it easy to see a lot of info at once. The navigation via softkeys is easy to learn although this board is deep with tons of features. It will take a while to memorize the whole thing. For as powerful as it is, I'd have to say it is very easy to use. There are three basic modes, "Studio", "Live", and "Single". All of them are easy to use but Single is the easiest, most straight-forward or basic way of working with the machine. In Single mode you simply select from one of the 1664 preloaded patches and rock on! In Studio mode you can work with the 24 track mixer in "DAW style". Very cool. In Live mode you get eight patches that can be layered and / or split. Basically any patch can be assigned to any keyboard range. The Dynaic Pad area is cool too - it's another way to access patches parameter (i.e. "Part Mute"), or to invoke rhythm patterns, amoung many other things. ONe final note: as I'm writing this I have yet to open the owners manual! I was able to figure out all this other stuff without reading anything about it. I'd say that makes this thing about as easy as it could be, particularly for the depth and breadth of features and functionality it has. Dang, I ought to be a sales guys for them! Quality: Roland stuff is generally very good. I still have the first Roland product (SH09 synth / keyboard) I bought, circa 1978 and it works fine. I have other Roland products - never had a problem with any of them. This unit seems to be well made and has a very solid feel about it. The brushed alum face is sweet - its technical and modern yet not austentatious. Who uses that word anyway. But seriously, the way the display is integrated into the face is nice and seems like it will be durable. Time will tell, but I'm not a bit concerned about the durability of this unit. Value: It is right in the ballpark with the competing workstations, i.e. triton, motif, etc. I love this thing. I don't see how anyone wouldn't like this thing. It's a great machine. It reflects the years and years of experience that Roland has - thats probably the best thing about this machine - it's the best of everything! Geez, now I really sound like Roland sales guy. I promise I'm not. I just love this machine that much, and if my input can help someone thinking about buying this machine, maybe allay their fears 'cause lets face it, this board aint exactly cheeap, then it's all good. I don't mind telling everyone how much I like this thing! Manufacturer Support: Nope The Wow Factor: I wanted it enough to buy it! I don't lay down 2500 for just any product - it has to be good. But then I don't think twice about the price...it is what it is and, IMHO, they deserve to get whatever they can for this machine. Go Roland! Overall: I think I will be happy with this board for at least a few years...probably 10!
Style of Music: Rock
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Sound: Individual sounds aren't up to par with say, the Kurzweil (Young Chang) PC3X. Piano and organ are sub par. Strings are average and drums/effects/vox is above par. Quite honestly, I have an 18 year old Ensoniq SD1 that has better sampled piano and string sounds. You'll end up picking out about 20 favorites and abandoning the rest. Fortunately the sampler on this unit is first rate and if you want to put in the time - lots of it - you can put together some pretty first rate home brew patches. Feature: It comparatively easy to put together a song on this sequencer due in no small part to the 8" color screen and well thought out interface. I've worked with it for a few weeks now and got into most of it's corners. Definitely read the workshops and the manual to save time over the long haul. Sampling is extremely straight foward but putting those samples into a coherent performance set or patch takes a lot more work. Inputs and outputs are all there except breath controller. Ease of Use: This is a deep interface and I'm not a prior Roland user. Quality: Well built. Looks great. Best music workstation GUI in the industry. Value: Well, you know, in the end it's all about the killer sounds. Roland, in their infinite business wisdom, has decided to save those for their ARX expansion modules. At $400 a pop, this gives you a $3400 machine with 2 (the maximum) installed. Manufacturer Support: I like their workshops which can be downloaded from their Roland USA site. The manual is well written and 95% complete. It's too new for service issues. $200 cash back rebate was a nice touch - ends June 09. The Wow Factor: One look and your wallet is out of the pocket. Also, it will suck up all of your waking (and some sleeping) moments. Say goodbye to your family for at least 2 months. Overall: Once I bite the bullet for a few sound modules (or spend 6 months making my own sounds) this will be a first class machine.
Style of Music: Jazz/Pop
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