The XV synthesis engine allows for 4 stereo voices per patch. The XV could take up to MB of sample memory. The FX engine is quite impressive on the Fantom G. You can create record song in it and record vocals on it. For example, the low cost JV had no keyboard, only 2 unbalanced outs, only a 2 character display, included the “Session” JV80 board and had one open JV30 slot. Both modes are 16 way multi timbral.

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Basically, this allowed you to use the units sample ram for linear audio recording. The pads give the Fantom song creation possibilities like the MPC series of samplers has.

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Roland Fantom Support Documents There’s some great tutorials you can read online. You may also like. There is no hard drive though. The Fantom at once conjured up a powerful, shadowy image.

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Show More Show Less. You should be able to see how powerful of a synthesizer it is. It’s newness is the Fantom’s strength and perhaps its weakness.

Review and History of the Roland Fantom G

I like all the features on this keyboard except for the after touch which is a little stiff. Physically, t he 88 key versions are huge and heavy. To me, the first Fantom seemed to be a glitzed up but stripped down version of the to-die-for XV And, they are well-organized, thanks to the thoughtfully laid out librarian functions.


T he Fantom S larger Pic. The pads have many functions. Ok, I’ve traced the Fantom back to its early synths. This type of sequencer allows for the looping of drum patterns, basslines and arpeggios. Both modes are 16 way multi timbral.

So you don’t need a mixer or a preamp to record audio on the G. While Yamaha, Kurweil and Korg already were adding sampling to their flagships, Roland was lagging behind the group.

But in this article, we are going to look at the lineage of the today’s Fantom G, it’s family tree, so to speak. This item doesn’t belong on this page.

Hey, its going to depend. As hip hop took a strong hold on popular music, the shadowy Fantom was there to make the beat. If you’re a musician with some recording background, you’ll love the G8! While you could still do this if you wanted, USB transfer also worked with files that contain synth banks. You can create record song in it and record vocals on it.


The newer X version has a full color display while the S version is monochrome. On both the S and X there’s 4 real time controller knobs that do triple duty, a D Beam controller, and a joystick controller that does both pitch and mod wheel duties. Compare to other synths like the M3 and Motif XS. As a synth, it is everything those using JVs and XVs could have ever wanted in a synth.

Review and History of the Roland Fantom G

Strangely on the XP80, the most expensive, the 4 expansion slots were empty. You can also record in real time of course, then edit in the piano roll editor to get it perfected. There are only a few bona fide workstations on fantlm mass market and they are often referred to as the “big 4”.

This was mind-blowing as at the time most whole synths only had an 8 to 32 MB sample playback rom.