WNAMM08: Gee It's The New Fantom

Hanna puts a track together on the new Roland Fantom G6      20/01/08

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Roland's Fantom G-Series consists of three models - the G6 with a 61 note keyboard, the 76 note G7 and the G8, an 88 note model with Roland’s weighted PHA II “Ivory Feel� keyboard. The smaller Fantom G6 is put through its paces in our vid... Here’s some of what Roland have to say about the G Series…
Reaching New Levels of Power and Luxury
Introducing the most powerful and luxurious live workstation in Roland history. The Fantom-G is a dream instrument that redefines the boundaries of playability and creativity with its advanced sound engine, revolutionary ARX SuperNATURALâ„¢ expansion bay, large-sized colour LCD, powerful new audio/MIDI sequencer and more.
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-modelling 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 integrated 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 centre is the extra-large 8.5� wide TFT colour 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
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 patch, plus global reverbs and choruses. Mastering effects are provided for polishing songs created with the onboard sequencer.
  • Advanced sound engine with double wave capacity of previous flagship workstation
  • 2 x ARX expansion with SuperNATURAL — the world’s greatest performance-expression technology
  • Graphic user interface with extra-large 8.5â€� wide colour 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 aluminium panel Fantom-G8/Fantom-G7/Fantom-G6
Pricing and Availability:
G6 should be available in April for $2495
More information:
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    16 Comments...  Post a comment    original story
    Duminakken    Said...

    Man - haven't they implemented Quantize yet? Why else would he settle for this wacky drum groove...?

    25-Jan-08 08:13 PM

    Ankyo    Said...

    What the heck was that?! That demo was- shall we say- lacking. Where's a new rack module from Roland? They should bring back the XV5050.

    26-Jan-08 07:59 AM

    Hannah    Said...

    Also known as Hanna. You can call me Ray, or you can call me Jay, but ya doesn't haves to calls me Hanna. Man that was not good. If that was impressive, then music is going down the tubes really fast.

    26-Jan-08 08:03 AM

    fender    Said...

    Well this guy did the same tune with the Fantom X series. Same bass track same music. Nothing's new here.

    26-Jan-08 09:47 AM

    Kerzwhile    Said...

    Yippy, another repackaged roland product! Terrible demo!!

    28-Jan-08 10:32 AM

    selemns    Said...

    stop playing the damn bass and start playing ONLY the G6 dude! who wants to hear your funky bass?

    30-Jan-08 11:07 PM

    bassman    Said...

    haha, with selemns on that one.

    01-Feb-08 05:14 AM

    AndrewL    Said...


    this demo really did share the same groove as his previous fantom demo.

    I really think roland could have shown off a better demo.

    drums were quite "dull", and the rest of the tune was the exactly the same as his fantom x8 demo.

    no good

    02-Feb-08 11:49 AM

    AndrewL    Said...


    this demo really did share the same groove as his previous fantom demo.

    I really think roland could have shown off a better demo.

    drums were quite "dull", and the rest of the tune was the exactly the same as his fantom x8 demo.

    no good

    02-Feb-08 11:49 AM

    fantom lmnop    Said...

    My name is Mike also known as Hannah, lol, what a small world. lmao. All they did was change the letter of the alphabet from x to g. This hannah guy must be getting paid on the side by fender. Aren't we supposed to hear how the keyboard sounds, instead of that same bassline he's been practicing since the X was released? Geesh!

    19-Feb-08 06:56 AM

    MJ3    Said...

    if it worth getting rid of my Motif XS? I'm actually thinking about purchasing one, after my MPC5000, of course

    09-Mar-08 09:01 PM

    hannahater    Said...

    same as Juno G demo....

    I say we shove that bass where the sun dont shine!

    go see Korg how to do demos!

    17-Mar-08 01:44 PM

    chris    Said...

    this guy sucks so much. no one wants to hear his shitty bass playing. roland should get a keyboard player to demo their keyboards

    08-Apr-08 07:57 PM

    whatisthis    Said...

    "Also known as Hanna..." This is possibly the single worst so called demo I've ever seen or heard. And to think Roland pays (probably a decent amount of) money to this guy to do this. Because god knows he can't be a musician with "chops" like that. And besides, he's been doing this same four track, four bar jazzy loop in all his demos for Juno-G, the Fantom X etc.

    19-Apr-08 08:20 PM

    Sven from Spain    Said...

    I don´t think this demo was all that bad,for showing 1 of it´s features.I do agree with others here though ´bout lack of inspiration.When buying the Juno G last year,after watching a very similar demo indeed,I must say they all make it look very easy to work with,but it does get a bit hideous when you try it yourself.I´m not gonna fall for it this time!

    30-May-08 05:13 AM

    yamaha motif xs6    Said...

    go fuck your mother whtith that bass gitare ncncnn we want to hear bass from roland fatnom g and not from you bitch fuck offff

    01-Jan-09 10:14 PM

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