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Average rating: 4.1 out of 5
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Karl from SouthAfrica writes:
I bought my Fantom X-6 in July 2005 and have been extremely impressed with it-especially its sampling capabilities. I have found it quite a drag to create and edit MULTISAMPLES though, but yesterday I purchased the highly advertised AUDIO-expansion upgrade, which promised to be of immense help. Little did I know that ALL references to the name RHODES would be DELETED(even the picture of the SUITCASE model in the category-list, which has been replaced by an UGLY Roland RD? model!!) All the "Rhds" waveforms have been renamed to simply "Ep"!!!! WHY???????? Has Roland once again not checked beforehand the situation re: copyrites(like the now discontinued SR-JV "Dance" board?) Why can they still use the name "Strat"(which by the way sound NOTHING like one!)? I might sound crazy, but I liked my X-6 the way it was, BEFORE the "upgrade" and although I'm greatful for the augmented editing capabilties, I find it INFURIATING that Roland has the audacity to chop and change specs in my keyboard which are irreversable!!! Anyone else feel like me?

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Apr-16-2006 at 10:40
Mario Vanegas a part-time user from United States writes:
I wanted to know if anyone could find a real bass drum on the Roland Fantom X7?? I would appreciate any tips. Thanks!

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Mar-29-2006 at 16:38
Dominic a part-time user from Australia writes:
I Don't have a Fantom. I've been using my Roland XP-80 for about 6 yrs now. I've been considering changing to the new Famtom X7. Thesse are a few reasons why I have not changed to the Famtom (after reading it's manual). With the XP-80, I can change Performance very quickly (only 1 press on any performance number and I get the sound straight way). I perform live ++ and need to change performance at a fraction of a second between different sections of the song (or I can even sustain a String Performance and already pressed the Piano Performance but the Piano sound only start once I started playing the board, very smooth sound transition on the XP-80, no audience noticed). I heard we have to SCROLL ON THE FANTOM to get to the right Performance ?Right. Not to mention the occasional needs to press the Enter button before a new Performance can be selected .

The Fantom also DOES NOT HAVE CLICK OUTPUT so I cannot sync with the drummer unless using a Midi metronome or doing some output assignment for the clicking track. Fantom also DOES NOT HAVE DEDICATED TRANSPOSE BUTTONS (assign this function to the assignable switches 1 & 2 means you can't use these button for other functions which you may want).

Fantom CONENTRATED TOO MUCH ON THE PADS, I'm wondering how many live keyboard players actually standing on stage and tap these pads when they have the drummer already. Why don't Roland convert these Pads into some kind of Quick Patch or Performance Selecion buttons and I'm sure true keyboardist will appreciate much more.

My opinion: The XP-80, even older but was a very well thought and well planned instrument. The FANTOM may have tons of extra features but NOT A PERFORMER-FRIENDLY keyboard (Great for studio of course)

Any one can disagree!!! or agree.

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Thursday-Mar-02-2006 at 21:21
Ibukun a part-time user from USA writes:
I use the Fantom-X7 for church. I cannot heap enough praise on this keyboard. I'll knock it a little bit in that I had to do some extra laborious tweaking of the mixer to get the sounds out right on the PA, but once I got that sorted out ... this thing rocks. Some of these piano patches are ridiculously realistic - the ultimate grand, first choice, GM piano 1. The EP patches are great too, especially the Wurlies and Rhodes, although sometimes you can't get over the nostalgia of some of those old sweet Yamaha sounds and would like some of those here. Great pads too. Guitar patches are off the charts. Not nearly enough strings though. The user interface rocks, especially for setting up live performances. Very, very extensible ... you can download extra patches from the Internet (recommend the Roland XV patch library, outstanding!), and setting up and storing performances is a cinch. I'm not a studio person but I'm always tempted to spend hours creating music on this thing ... the recording, sampling and sequencing features and user interface are awesome.

Other keyboards (namely the Motif ES, Triton Extreme) may have an edge in a few areas, but all around this keyboard rules and is the most recommended.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Feb-19-2006 at 02:02
Hesh a professional user from United States writes:
I've owned many Roland synths through the years, however, stopped using them about the time the D-50 came out, because I didn't see anything subtantial after that time period. I then started using Yamaha and Korg. So...the Fantom X8 has been quite a surprise. I used a Fantom in the studio last summer during a recording project I was producing, and found the sounds to be incredible. Up until that point, I was sold on the Korg Triton, but that changed after I heard what the Fantom did for the recording.

I've found the Fantom to be more user friendly than the Korg Triton and the sounds are far more superior (with the exceptions of the some the piano sounds...Roland needs to "beef" up the bass end a bit...can be a little thin at some points...nothing that an EQ can't fix).

The sequencer is easy to use...took me about a week to learn and sounds are quite realistic..especially the acoustic guitars. It's a sleak machine. Has a full effects module and the ability to master your recording. Has a large, color LCD screen...a far cry from the "monochrome" looking screens of the Triton and the Motif. Quite user friendly.

Has pre-set rhythm patterns that can be looped and manipulated. Can also program your own. I am a producer/songwriter and I am currently working on my second project with this particular keyboard. Thus far, I have happy clients!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Feb-09-2006 at 15:51
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