Roland Fantom-X6 Synthesizer
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- thogil.v1hkuvjlDec 11, 2015Verified purchase - USEDby
Jumping jack flash, it's alive!
No problems at all. In fact I am looking for another one! Thanks
- vincentvmichaelMay 12, 2015by
A remarkable keyboard workstation for studio and live performance.
I purchased a (discontinued) Roland Fantom-X6 after seeing the X7 among the gear list of Geddy Lee (RUSH). He used an X7 along with a Moog Little Phatty synth on the "Snakes and Arrows" and "Time Machine" tours. Having looked at the Moog Voyager, Little Phatty, and Sub 37 synthesizers, I finally decided on the Fantom-X as it, unlike the aforementioned synths, is a fully functional keyboard workstation that features a color LCD display, hundreds of factory presets, loads of onboard effects, and a control panel with a button for just about every feature the Fantom-X has to offer.
Among the myriad features is a real-time sampler (along with a 16-track sequencer) that I am using to record all of my favorite RUSH samples using the internal sound generator and several modified sound patches. Another awesome feature it has is the ability to import WAVE/AIFF samples from a PC and store them onto the USER memory of the Fantom-X or optional memory card. Using a music editing program (i.e. WavePad Sound Editor), you can create samples of your favorite tunes and then load them onto the Fantom-X via USB cable. This is especially useful when if you are not able to recreate authentic sounds of your favorite tunes using the internal sound generator (but so far I've been able to recreate, more or less, the sounds of my favorite songs). Having spent hours searching through the list of factory presets, and modifying several of those utilizing the workstation's PRO EDIT feature, I have over fifty favorite sounds, including analog synth patches (a la Moog), vintage Jupiter synth sounds, and a sweeping Oberheim polyphonic preset to name a few.
Since I have only begun to scratch the surface of what the Fantom-X can do, I can only elaborate on a few of its features. There is a lot to cover and I recommend reading through the operator manual one section at a time (or using it as a point of reference) and watching the DVD owner's manual from start to finish. There is not much that I dislike about the Fantom-X other than the fact that it was discontinued in 2008 and the nearest authorized Roland repair center is in California. However, the online Roland Product Support Division has proven to be a reliable information resource and has responded to all of my inquires to date. The other downside to the Fantom-X is the limited USER memory (which cannot be expanded so I highly recommend buying a memory card/PC adapter to store samples/sound patches/etc...) along with the unavailability of the SRX expansion boards, which are no longer made.
All in all, the Fantom-X is a remarkable keyboard workstation featuring everything that a beginner, or perhaps even a seasoned pro, needs.Read full review
- kiddriddlezJan 15, 2013by
Excellent keyboard...great synths...lush pads...keys cut through. love this synth. It's a chameleon of a keyboard really. great for rnb techno and even dub. once you get bored with the sounds you can go through and tweak...not to mention sampling capabilities...great keyboard.
- 10vahramMar 5, 2011by
a good tool, plays perfectly. I bought for a friend and he is very happy. is cool and sound good.+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
- 887304704@delet...Jun 5, 2009by
very happy with my keyboard.
i'm well please with my product since i got it.i was't happy with not know the manuel was on a dvd dics and not a book.but yes i'm very happy with it. thank you very much. mr.reggie foreman