Searching for a workstation keyboard that can truly "do it all"? It's not an easy task. Some workstations are powerful but clunky, better suited to the studio, whereas others are fantastic stage instruments with only limited sequencing ability. The Roland Fantom G7, on the other hand, is equally impressive both on tour or as part of your production studio.
A stage and studio instrument? It seems like a contradiction, but the Fantom G is sure to defy any expectations you might have as to what a "workstation keyboard" is. It's got thousands of beautiful, sophisticated sounds, yet they're easy to access quickly and adjust on the fly. 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 even most computer-based software. It's a road-worthy, rugged instrument, yet it's one of the sexiest looking keyboards around with its huge, full color LCD screen and gleaming aluminum chassis.
Regardless of how sexy the Fantom looks, how many functions it boasts, and how easy it is to learn, a sub-par sound would be a deal-breaker. Fortunately, the Fantom G boasts all these amazing features as well as one of the most amazing sound engines in the industry. The Fantom line has always been hailed for the quality of its voices, and this newest incarnation has double the wave capacity of its predecessor. Classic acoustic and electric piano sounds, thick and flexible synth patches, and an assortment of orchestral sounds all sound impressive, but the Fantom G really shows off its stuff when you add an ARX SuperNATURAL expansion board to one of the Fantom's two expansion slots. SuperNATURAL is one of the most powerful synthesis engines at any price range; it's called SuperNATURAL, because the sounds these expansion card 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 things like shell width, wood type, snare buzz and room dimensions. Since the ARX expansion cards sport their own processor, the complex sound generation won't slow down your Fantom in the least. If you dig tons of layered, lush, stereo effects, the Fantom is your best friend. Each multi-voice patch can support up to 22 simultaneous effects, with extensive routing and editing options to keep the tweak-prone happy for hours on end.
You'll undoubtedly want to show these stunning sounds off on the road, and the Roland Fantom G7 is geared for world-class live performance. Like a luxury sports car, the Fantom has the power of a sophisticated machine, but the feel of a finely-tuned instrument, due in large part to the G7's top-notch, semi-weighted keyboard. 76 "Ivory Feel" keys have the action of a concert-class piano. They're quick and robust enough for the most wicked of chops-meisters, but anyone who's tickled some real ivories will appreciate their satisfying feel. The Fantom's intuitive control layout also contributes to the keyboard's live credentials. Eight sliders provide quick control over assignable parameters live multi-voice mix levels, and five rotary encoders are solid and smooth; in conjunction with the combination pitch-bend/modulation joystick, the additional real-time tactile controls make every patch even more expressive, and are sure to inspire some wild live performance moments. The phenomenal "Ivory Feel" 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, or mute or un-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 with a mere glance.
More Than A Sequencer, A Complete Studio
The generous screen also comes in handy when you're using the Roland Fantom G in its alter-ego mode: as a totally decked-out production studio. Any workstation is going to have a sequencer on-board for composition, but the Fantom G7 boasts Roland's "Power Sequencer", a fully fledged, multi-track audio and MIDI sequencer that behaves more like a computer-based DAW than a traditional keyboard workstation. The Fantom G's arranger can handle up to 24 real audio tracks in addition to 128 MIDI tracks, with an expandable recording memory for up to almost two hours of CD-quality digital audio. With its plethora of analog inputs, audio can be recorded from just about any source--even high-end condenser mics--thanks the the phantom-power-supplying, Neutrik "combi" XLR-1/4-inch jack. Use it to sample live drums, record studio-quality vocals, or plug a Hi-Z instrument like a guitar or bass directly in and make use of the Fantom's guitar-based effects. The G7'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, but the Fantom G also supports USB mouse integration. Who needs a computer?
The Roland Fantom workstation has been around for almost nine years now, 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 G7.
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Keyboard: 76 keys, with velocity and channel aftertouch
Mamimum 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)
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Realtime recording
- Step recording
Pitch Bend/Modulation Lever
Control Knob x 4
Control Slider x 8
Assignable Switch x 2
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)
- Hold Pedal Jack (Half Pedal recognition)
- Control Pedal Jack (assignable) x 2
MIDI Connectors: IN, OUT, THRU
- USB Computer Connector (supports file transfer or mass storage class, and Audio/MIDI)
- USB Mouse Connector
Digital Audio Interface:
- COAXIAL INPUT / OUTPUT
- AC Inlet
Arpeggio Sets: 128
RPS Sets: 32
Rhythm Pattern Sets: 32
Chord Memory: 128
Chord Memory Sets: 128
Graphic Type, 8.5 in., Wide VGA (800 x 480 dots), backlit LCD (Color)
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
Size and Weight
Dimensions (WxDxH): (1,278 mm, 50-3/8 in.) x (411 mm, 16 3/16 in.) x (142 mm, 5 5/8 in.)
Weight: 16.5 kg, 36 lbs. 7 oz.
Power Supply: Included
If you have additional warranty questions,
please contact the manufacturer at 323-890-3700
Roland Fantom-G7 76-Key Sampling Workstation. The Fantom-G 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 new audio/MIDI sequencer and more.
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 in. wide color LCD and mouse connectivity
Newly developed 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 new audio processor, the Fantom-G provides new 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 new 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
Fantom-G provides ARX slots that accommodate two SuperNATURAL expansion boards. SuperNATURAL is Roland's unique behavior-modeling technology that enables a new 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 new life and expression into synthesis.
Power Sequencer Onboard
The Fantom-G is the first Roland instrument to feature Roland's newly 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 Fantom-G 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" 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.
Fantom-G is loaded with a state-of-the-art effects engine, with multi-effects available for each Fantom-G 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.
Supreme Keyboard Feel & Action
The Fantom-G8 is outfitted with Roland's top-of-the-line PHA II "Ivory Feel" keyboard. This amazing keyboard technology reproduces the real surface feel of ivory acoustic piano keys providing a familiar stability and comfort to the pianist. The white keys have a two-piece structure which reduces the surface 'click' noise when playing. The newly developed keyboard surface material is designed to absorb moisture, ensuring a secure, slip-proof feel that your fingers will love.
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