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Roland Fantom-X6 61-Key Sampling Workstation

World's first "Giga-Workstation" keyboard, with nearly 1GB of wave memory when fully expanded and powerful 128-voice polyphony. (220) Read 11 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Roland Fantom X6

The Fantom-X Series are the world's first "Giga-Workstation" keyboards, giving musicians nearly 1GB of wave memory when fully expanded and powerful 128-voice polyphony. The synthesis section has all-new waveforms and room for 4 SRX expansions, while the sampler's RAM can be expanded to 544MB, with an inexpensive DIMM chip - enough memory to use like a digital recorder. The Fantom-X Series is also the first line of workstation keyboards with a color LCD screen.

Features

128-voice workstations with 61-note keyboard (Fantom-X6), 76-note keyboard (Fantom-X7), or 88-note (Fantom-X8) Progressive Hammer-Action Keyboard

Seamless integration of audio and MIDI using gorgeous new ROM waves and sampling with realtime timestretch capability

128MB wave ROM includes quality-focused sounds like 88-key split piano and more

32MB sample RAM expandable to 544MB with optional DIMMs

New color LCD screen - a first in a workstation keyboard!

Innovative features like Skip Back Sampling, Dynamic Pad Bank and V-LINK*

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

4 Line outputs (2 stereo or 4 mono), stereo Line input and 24-bit S/PDIF I/O

*V-LINK requires optional Edirol DV-7PR with software version 1.50 or higher.

V-LINK: The Future of Performance
The Fantom-X Series is not only a great choice for studio musicians, but also for live performers. Using Roland's V-LINK technology, musicians can trigger and manipulate video clips when connected to an Edirol video editor like the DV-7PR. Imagine being able to instantly trigger clips from the Dynamic Pad Bank, or create transitions and effects using the pitch bender and knobs. It's a live performer's dream!

The Fantom's 2nd most obvious unique feature is the new, improved 16 rubber Dynamic pads. Use them for drums, vocals or sounds with the Fanom's amazing realtime timestretch, wave edit and chop capability and its ability to load .WAV/AIFF files right off your computer. (Of course it samples - analog or digital.) For that matter use the PC card slot for up to 1 GB storage or even an external drive. The very cool USB file sharing feature has been upgraded to also act as an MIDI interface.

Another unique tool is the Skip Back sampling that always lets you go back in time and capture whatever you just played. These waveforms immediately draw themselves on the color display. If you are playing to a groove, the wave is set to be cut and adjusted by the beat (it appears on a barline grid).

When you are gazing at the hi-rez LCD screen you will feel like you are at a powerful computer based sequencer... and you are! In fact, these keyboards use a new Roland chip that is their most powerful integrated DSP ever. The Fantom can record 400,000 note songs, with 480 TPQN. The sequencer section has been refined. Check out the very cool 'tiled' screen that shows your favorite 16 edit pages, instantly available from the sample pads. All editing options exist, with amazing graphics.

Finally you can work in a completely seamless world of audio/MIDI without feeling like you are at an office terminal. Of course, you can instantly store all your work to your home computer if that is convenient. Also the arpeggiator is completely programmable with the coolest display screens around.

We've left the sounds for last, but they may be the Fantom's strong suit. With 128 meg of over 1400 classic Roland waveforms, and room for 4 64 SRX expansion boards, every sound you need is at your fingertips. One piano patch alone, boasts over 700 samples (4 stereo samples for EACH note).

On the back panel you will find 4 Line outputs (2 stereo or 4 mono), stereo Line input and 24-bit S/PDIF I/O.

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Specifications

Keyboard:
- X6: 61 keys (with velocity and channel aftertouch)
- X7: 76 keys (with velocity and channel aftertouch)
- X8: 88 keys (Progressive Hammer Action Mechanism and channel aftertouch)

Sound Generator Section Maximum: Polyphony 128 voices (shared with the sampling section) n Parts 16 parts

Wave Memory: 128 MB (16-bit linear equivalent)

Waveforms: 1,436 n Preset Memory Patches: 1,024 + 256 (GM2), Rhythm Sets: 40 + 9 (GM2), Performances: 64

User Memory:
- Patches: 256
- Rhythm Sets: 32
- Performances: 64

Card Memory (PC card):
- Patches: 256
- Rhythm Sets: 32
- Performances: 64

Effects:
- Multi-Effects: 3 systems
- 78 types
- Chorus: 3 types
- Reverb: 5 types
- Input Effects: 6 types
- Mastering Effects: 3-band compressor

Sampling Section Data Format: 16-bit linear (File Type: .WAV/.AIFF)

Sampling Frequency 44.1 kHz (fixed)

Maximum Sampling Time:
- Standard: 32 MB (mono: 360 sec. approx., stereo: 180 sec. approx.)
- Maximum (expanded with DIMM): 544 MB (mono: 102 min. approx., stereo: 51 min. approx.)

Number of Samples:
- User memory: 2,000 (maximum total approximately 32 MB)
- Card Memory: 7,000 (PC card)

Sequencer Section Track:
- Phrase Tracks (16 MIDI channels per track): 16
- Pattern Track (16 MIDI channels per track): 1
- Tempo Track: 1
- Beat track: 1

The Pattern Track can hold up to 100 patterns. n Resolution 480 TPQN

Tempo: 5 - 300

Note Capacity: Approx. 400,000 notes

Song Length: 9,998 measures

Recording Method: Realtime recording, Step recording

Others

Arpeggiator:
- Preset: 128
- User: 128

Rhythm Patterns:
- Preset: 256 (32 groups)
- User: 256 (32 groups)

Chord Memory:
- Preset: 64
- User: 64

Display Graphic 320 x 240 dots backlit LCD (Color)

Pads: 16 pads, Velocity and Aftertouch sensitive

Controllers: Pitch Bend/Modulation Lever, Control Knob x 4, Assignable Switch x 2, D Beam Controller

Connectors: Headphones Jack, A (MIX) Output Jacks (L/MONO, R): 1/4 inch TRS phone type, B Output Jacks (L, R): 1/4 in. phone type, Input Jacks (L/MONO/MIC, R): 1/4 in. phone type, Hold Pedal Jack (Half Pedal recognition), Control Pedal Jack (assignable), MIDI Connectors (IN, OUT, THRU), USB Connector (supports file transfer (mass storage class) and MIDI), Digital Audio Interface (COAXIAL INPUT/OUTPUT), AC Inlet

Expansion Slots:
- Expansion of waveforms and patchs for the internal sound generator): SRX expansion boards: 4 slots
- Expansion of sampling memory: DIMM: 1 slot (supports 128 MB, 256 MB, 512 MB (3.3 V))

External Storage Device: PC card: 1 slot (supports SmartMedia and CompactFlash using a PC card adapter)

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

Dimensions (W x D x H):
- X6: 41-3/8 x 14-1/8 x 4-15/16 in. (1050 x 358 x 125 mm)
- X7: 49-11/16 x 14-1/8 x 4-15/16 in. (1262 x 358 x 125 mm)
- X8: 55-7/16 x 17-15/16 x 6-1/2 in. (1408 x 455 x 165 mm)

Weight:
- X6: 12.5 kg / 27 lbs 9 oz
- X7: 14.5 kg / 32 lbs
- X8: 29.5 kg / 65 lbs 1 oz

Accessories: Handbook, Owner's Manual, Sound/Parameter List, Sample Data (Audio) CD, CDROM (Editor, USB MIDI driver), Sticker, Power Cord

Options:
- Wave Expansion Board: SRX Series
- Pedal Switch: DP Series
- Foot Switch: BOSS FS-5U
- Expression Pedal: EV-5

*'Phantom' is a registered trademark of and is licensed by Phantom Guitar Works, Inc.
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 323-890-3700
Customer Reviews
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Sound: I compared the big three in this category (sorry kurtzweil) and overall the fantom offered the best compromise between excellent acoustical modeling and synthy tones. Feature: Awesome, paddle wheel is a little behind the curve though, I like Korg's joystick much better, although a pedal is better for expression and control anyway. D-beam....kind of a gimmick. Wish there were possibly 2 more real time control knobs. Action = excellent!!! Best synth-action out of the bunch. Quality: Solid, solid, solid. Key action is even throughout the bed, the thing looks mad sharp in my room. Value: All of these workstations are overpriced, try to haggle lol. I got 2 free expansion boards when I purchased mine. Manufacturer Support: Now that the manuals are all online, support is getting better. Phone support is good but the wait times can be a little ridiculous. Some of the word choice and especially some diagrams in the manual are kind of ridiculous. The Wow Factor: YES SEXY SEXY ROLAND FANTOM X
Style of Music: Rock, Funk, Jazz, Livetronica
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"X6roland The best on the market to-day still wish it had a cd writer"
Sound: I am a guitar player i bought the fantomx6 it has great sounds it is easy to play it is is very good for live work i used to have a korg ow1fd pro but the x6 is a lot better wish it had a cd writer built in 7/10 Feature: i like the built in 8 trk great for putting down guitars on the fly i dont like haveing to wait for the samples load up on board butits still the best for the price on the market still think it should hav a cd writer on board Ease of Use: it took me a while to get my head round operaiting system the manual could have been a littel larger print for us the short sited people this insrment is very playable wish i had learned piano insted of guitar Quality: well made but if your going out on the rd you must buy the best flight case you can aford hope it will last a long time i use this keyboard on the rd keep it in a case it will last a lot longer Value: the roland x6 is worth every penny i paid for mine Manufacturer Support: i have bought othere roland products and roland have been very helpfull The Wow Factor: this is a very good product i am very happy with the x6 Overall: i hope i will learn to use this instrument to the best of my abilty i hope it will last for years i think if you buy a X6 you must learn to use it
Style of Music: any type of music
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