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Average rating: 4.1 out of 5
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Omar Awapara a hobbyist user from Lima, Perú writes:
I've owned a Korg Triton pro, a Yamaha Motif8 and now I've bought a brand new Fantom X7 expanded. I have also played the motif ES, but I think the Fantom X is better. The piano sound is just superb, excellent, there is no Match against the 4 layer piano that roland has pur into the fantom X. All the other sounds are very good, like the electric pianos, synth sounds, strings, basses. The only set of sounds that where not realistic where the wood strings, like flute, ocarina, I think My motif 8 does a better job in flute sounds. I sold my Korg triton to be able to buy a new fantom x7, and I think It has been a very wise decition. The dinamic pads are damn COOL. You can instantly play very different kind of drum rythms form any sound. You don't need to elaborate a performace to have a drum set playing, you can instatnly acces them form ANY sound. You can also assgine them to almost anything you want. Skip back sampling IS the THING. How many times you've made a cool phrase or idea, and then you couldn't remember it?? One great idea lost because of a distraction, someone called you on the phone, your pizza arrived, you wanted to go to the bathroom, there are may sitractions, but you can instantly acces what you've done by pressing one button... no more ideas lost. I can acces up top 40 seconds behind what I have just played, I think if you expand the ram you can increase the number. I woulnd't never buy a triton extreme or motif es 7. The fantom x7 is the winner by far. Many of the things said in the reviews above are true. For example when you play lower notes you don't get the RED Clip light in your interface. I had that trouble all the time with the motif and triton. But not with the roland, it manages to avoid clipping in the lower notes keeping a good volume level. The organ sounds are not excellent, but they are quite good, I really don't think there is a workstations that does a GREAT job with organ sounds, not even yamaha, I gues that is why most serious organ plaers prefer a dedicated organ keyboard. You are going to love the Fantom X, there is no doubt about it.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Jan-09-2006 at 16:18
tony jackson a hobbyist user from usa writes:
i have owned the roland x8 for about 3 months, and cant sequence yet. how can i. this keyboard is not user friendly

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jan-04-2006 at 21:31
Clyde S. a hobbyist user from South Africa writes:
Comments with regards to live use - a different perspective. a) I bought and use the FantomX primarily for live use - why? 1) It does have a global multiband compressor which allows me to tweak and control to greater extend than any previous Roland product, which would have relied on EQ's & single band comp. 2) Once one is familiar with the favourite and "live mode" setup whipping through patches, performance settings, including tempo's and rhythm banks is child's play. 3) The 4 stereo layered patch is superior to any other synth including Motif, S90, Korg Triton and other synth mentioned..(to add to silly posts that adorn this review list..!)

Bottom line - this is a powerful machine which you could coax into all but making coffee...hot choc maybe?

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Dec-19-2005 at 13:11
Nato from NYC writes:
For urban music its sick... its like reason in a keyboard, its also like having an MPC built in, f**king nice sounds, audio track expansion now as standard, so much i cant begin to tell you. Plus, that easy to use color screen, trust me, it helps!!!! Triton and Motif suck.... LONG LIVE THE FANTOM X6 FOREVER!!!!!

www.soundclick.com/tnato

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Dec-04-2005 at 22:24
Menno de Boer a professional user from Kenya writes:
In addition to my previous comments, I'd like to say this:

The X7 sounds very good in the studio. But I have noticed that it depends on high-end sound reinforcement a lot more than the XP80 did. The XP80 would sound roughly the same on almost any type of speaker/PA. It didn't have a lot of presence in the midrange, but this actually helped in most situations as that part of the spectrum is always already very cramped (vocals, drums guitars etc.) The Fantom has a lot more presence but that can be a blessing as well as a curse. I did an outdoor event last weekend on a fairly huge PA and it sounded divine. However, the night before I did a club gig and although the speakers (Mackies 450) are considered good, I couldn't get the Fantom to sound like anything but a herd of elephants with the flu. The XP80 was a lot more consistent in this respect.

To be fair, I have experienced similar problems with a Motif and Triton, so I guess the XP80 is an exception rather than the norm.

A good thing is the ease of use in the programming department. I don't really do programming, but editing existing patches is now a lot easier than boiling eggs for breakfast. Downside: to get a more consistent livesound: you NEED to edit the existing patches.

And another gripe: Why does it take 90 seconds to boot up? That is not cool during a gig....

All in all, I feel that this keyboard was made for DJ's/producers, and not for keyboardists. Right up to the presets, which cover a disproportionally large amount of techno/dance sounds but fail to satisfy in the acoustic instrument emulations. Playability is generally okay, but aftertouch response is nowhere near as good as the XP80's (but then, no keyboard's aftertouch is as good as the XP80's).

The $64,000 question is: Is the Fantom X7 a worthy successor to my XP80?

For live: Nooooooo! And I suspect that this aspect of the keyboard can not be improved by OS updates, as it is the very windows-driven nature of the OS that makes it unsuitable.

Workstation: Sure. I mean, GUI, 8-track audio-recording, sampling, up to 512MB of RAM...you do the math.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Oct-06-2005 at 02:40
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