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Average rating: 4.1 out of 5
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R. Civello a professional user from USA writes:
I have owned my Fantom X8 for 4 years. I use it in my home studio and on live gigs. All and all it is a great keyboard however I have had to learn many work-arounds to make it more versatile. My previous keyboard was the Roland XP80, which I still have. Its not near the keyboard soundwise that the Fantom X is but it amazes me that in some ways it is more advanced. Let me explain; when it comes to organ sounds with the Fantom x, forget it! it sucks. My XP80 is capable of better organ sounds and has an easy way to set up rotary (leslie) functions that you can control with a foot pedal. After 4 years I have not yet figured out how to use the rotary function easily on live gigs. In my opinion B3 organ sounds should be a top priority and rotary effect too. Next my XP80 had a great "chain play" sequence function that you could arrange the songs in any order. Not so with the Fantom X. They have to be in alpabetical order. Now that is total bull shit! My work around is putting a number in front of the title. Problem is, when you reach 100 you are screwed, enter work-around #2 then you have to put a X,Y,or Z in front of the numbers. I have over 500 songs programed. It does present a problem. I keep searching on the internet for a new OS for the Fantom x but none are there since the Audio update. Does Roland listen to their good customers or not. Actually this is my 4th generation of Roland but Roland you are on my last nerve to fix these problems with the Fantom OS.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Sunday-May-31-2009 at 22:30
Roland Fan a professional user from USA writes:
First, I own the Fantom X6 and use it for studio work. I am hearing alot of raving about the Fantom not cutting it for live work but I can't see how not. Hell, the board has a favorites list that you can pull up you patches quick and easily. Now the most important part in my opinion is sound quality and just like all synths, the Fantom has its strong points and weak ones. The acoustics are top notch such as the piano, saxes, brass, guitars, etc. Second to none. Not even Motif ES except some of the organs. The synths are strong also but you'll come out better if you invest in the Supreme Dance and Platinum Trax boards if you're a synth extremest. The stock synths are strong also but expansions make this board mind blowing. Also you'll need the Ultimate Keys for the organ patches that sound alot better. It's messed up that they make these expansion boards and sell them separate but trust me, when you get the right cards, you'll basically have a Roland Fantom X that sounds better than a Fantom G! I wouldn't even buy a Fantom G and I've played it for hours numerous times. It's a gimmick soundwise. I also notice alot of people go for the Yamaha Motif series which is also really strong but the problem with Motif and Korg Triton, Extreme, M3, is that since the sounds are so good out the box, it's easy to over process them making them sound thin when mixed. Roland is gonna sit in a mix regardless because Fantom and other Roland products have that thick sound that takes up stereo space. Another important fact is that Fantom has the best basic full palette of sounds that can cover all genres of music but you know, it's pretty much different strokes for different folks so it will come down to personal preference.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Oct-07-2008 at 19:11
max harary a hobbyist user from ny writes:
I played with this in guitar center a couple of years ago. i liked the features, the screen, and was very excited to get it. My previous use was with an ms2000- and basically I like noisy, dirty, analog-like sound. I like industrial, electro, noise, disco , rock etc...For days and days I would think of how to get a good sound from this thing...I used the ring mod and the lo-fi effects, but still, the nature of the sound engine sounded awful. I studied manuals and tip guides of constructing sounds on it,I tried bringing it to the jams, where previously I had used an cs1x, and ms2000. The Roland sounded big and thin, a very bad sound,. It sounded very unnatural- Its hard to explain, but it basically did not fit in with other acoustic instruments. It just sounded bad. I soon put it up on Ebay and got rid of it. The Skip Back Sampling feature also sounded bad. But The good things were the drums- they sounded good, and the interface wasnt bad. And couple of real acoustic sounds, like guitars, pianos sounded good. But I could not get a genuinely nice electronic synth sound out of it.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-May-28-2008 at 12:28
Mr. Boity a hobbyist user from Netherlands writes:
I've just bought the Fantom X7 6 months ago, I can say for live playing you got now better option because the sounds in patch mode are excellent. But in performancemode for the sequencer, it sucks big time!!!! Because there's no way you can use the sounds as they are in patch-mode. This is due to the routing system of the effects, you can only have 3 tracks with mfx-effects so the other tracks lose all there original effect-settings wich make it sound poorer!

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Friday-Dec-07-2007 at 02:43
Tony a part-time user from usa writes:
I have owned this synth for over a year and first off dont expect to be the greatest sampler ever, (like i did).. not a great sampler, unlike my mpc. you are forced to either load everything when you startup or load none of your samples at all, DUMB! waste of time! also you cant just save your samples from audio track with your song, and then have them load only when you need it, EVERYTHING LOADS AT ONCE, wich means on startup it could take u a half hour to load all that.

Whats up with the sample edit area?? i cant reverse my sample then play it forward like my s-50 or w-30. WHY WOULDNT THEY PUT THAT IN??? get your crap together. all of these are problems that are things they could fix with a new os but dont,

Wheres my eq at?? i thought it would just be in effects but looking at how many you get, i mean 3 multieffects??? come on, a 200 dollar nova gives you 48 at once! they COULD fix that too.

The ringmod they give you on each patch is really a peice of junk, they could have done alout with that, if you want a good ringmod you gotta use more effects.

Why didnt they put a unison on this?

Why dont they let me make folders in my utilitys screen???? my mpc dose that! fix it!

why dont they let you preveiw the damn sample before you put it straight into your sample edit area??? this is a major dragg

i tried giving my ideas to roland an they told me for legal reasons i can stick it up my ass, yeah thanks roland, bunch a commies!

FIX MY KEYBOARD IF YOU WANT A GOOD REVEIW!

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Sunday-Oct-14-2007 at 13:00
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