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Roland Fantom-G8 Sampling Workstation, 88-Key

Upgrade to Roland's flagship workstation keyboard, and get a powerful sequencer, huge LCD display, ARX expansion slots, and the industry's best sound engine. (48) Read 4 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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The Roland Fantom-G8 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-G8 is sure to defy any expectations you might have as to what a "workstation keyboard" is. The Roland Fantom-G8 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-G8 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-G8 looks, how many functions it boasts, and how easy it is to learn, sub-par sound would be a deal-breaker. Fortunately, the Roland Fantom-G8 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 newest incarnation has double the wave-ROM capacity of its predecessor. On the Roland Fantom-G8, classic acoustic and electric piano sounds, thick and flexible synth patches, and an assortment of orchestral sounds all sound impressive. Still, the Roland Fantom-G8 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-G8 in the least. If you dig tons of layered, lush, stereo effects, the Roland Fantom-G8 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-G8 is geared for world-class live performance. Like a luxury sports car, the Roland Fantom-G8 has the power of a sophisticated machine, but the feel of a finely-tuned instrument, due in large part to the Fantom-G8's top-notch, semi-weighted 88-key keyboard. Roland's "Ivory Feel" white keys reproduce the comfort of real ivory piano keys, with a secure, slip-proof surface designed to absorb moisture. The Fantom-G8's intuitive control layout also contributes to the 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 "Ivory Feel" keyboard is 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...A Complete Studio

The generous screen also comes in handy when you're using the Roland Fantom-G8 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-G8 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-G8'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 and 1/4-inch 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-G8'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-G8 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-G8.

Features:

- 88-key PHA II Ivory Feel Keyboard with velocity and channel aftertouch
- 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 VGA (800 x 480 dots) 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
- 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

Power Supply:Power Cord (Included)

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Keyboard and Sound Generator Section
Keyboard: 88 keys, PHA II, Ivory feel, 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)

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: 55 inches (1,396 mm)

Depth: 19-13/16 inches (502 mm)

Height: 7-1/4 inches (183 mm)

Weight: 32.0 kg, 70 lbs. 9 oz.

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

Product Description

The Roland Fantom-G8 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, first-class "Ivory Feel" weighted keys and more.

Advanced Sound Engine

Driven by a powerful new audio processor, the Roland Fantom-G8 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 the Roland Fantom-G8 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

The Roland Fantom-G8 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-G8 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 with the Roland Fantom-G8include 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-G8 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.

Amazing FX

The Roland Fantom-G8 is loaded with a state-of-the-art effects engine, with multi-effects available for each Fantom-G8 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 and 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 developed keyboard surface material is designed to absorb moisture, ensuring a secure, slip-proof feel that your fingers will love.

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" 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
- Top-of-the-line keyboard action; weighted PHA II "Ivory Feel" keyboard on Fantom-G8
- Heavy-duty casing with aluminum panel
Customer Reviews
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"Great piece of equipment that will definately put a smile on your face"
Sound: I loooked at several High end boards before buying the Fantom G8. Overall the G8 is a sweet piece. I will not engage in the Brand debate as this will serve no purpose. Compared with other boards of similar ability and price range using the SAME speaker/monitors this board is a winner all the way. Large easy to ready display with loads of things to offer any musician Great bang for the buck Feature: I bought the board separately without accesssories Ease of Use: Yes very easy to use. The mouse interface is sweet Quality: Built like a tank, looks great and well finished Value: You get what you pay for. Manufacturer Support: No issues as yet The Wow Factor: Definately high on the score sheet Overall: Technology marches on and as boards get better and do more, I will likely move up
Style of Music: New age
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"Musican's Delight!"
Sound: I have owned the X8 now for nearly three years and have loved everyhing about it; from it's responce, sound, effects, and ease of use. The Fanton X is a musican's delight and anyone that can play piano and drums like I would absolutly agree! The sounds are very realistic, and the dynamic pad brings them to life. Just recently fooled with the new G series not thinking it could be any better, but I was very wrong. It now has unlimited effects, phantom power, mouse control, and an output for a bigger display to view your recording! Truly, what more could a musican need unless you want the machine to write the songs for ya! Feature: Phantom power, unlimited effects, ARX technology, "custom tuning of all the drums from shell width and diameter" realtime control, and precision key responce! If you dont like the natural sound of the instrument you can tune, tweak, and customize it to your liking. Ease of Use: Big fan of the Fantom X series, and it was very similar aswell, but you will want to invest in an external display. Not everyone will need it but it will definitly help out your realtime recording. Quality: Solid as a rock! Keys feel very real "if you play piano" and the dynamic pad is precise "if your a drummer". Value: If you want to buy a product that is going to last you a life time than look no further! I have traveled, performed and used heavily durning recording without a problem Manufacturer Support: Roland's equipment has always worked well for me and all my friends, so we have not delt with them much. THANK GOD! The Wow Factor: It's the new Fantom from Roland! Hot!!!!! Overall: This product gives you the most bang for your dollar BY FAR, but will take some time in getting used to the new Operating System. If you have ever used Adobe Audition, or Pro Tools then during live recordings you will feel welcome. The sound quality is great and with unlimited effects you can alter them to your needs. The filters and live recording tools are very similar to the X series, so X FANS go wild!
Style of Music: Techno,Trance,Jazz,Classical,Rock
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