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Average rating: 4.1 out of 5
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mike a professional user from uk writes:
my new fantom x6 had its first live gig last night,with my experienced (9 years) contemp. rock band.(covers by cold play,chillis,snow patrol, keane, stereo phonics etc).Ive had many keyboards over the years,but have used korg triton for nearly the last 8 years.Ok i'll get to the point,the fantom x was the worst keyboard for live work i have ever used,the sound man asked me to bring my old triton back to next weeks gig!oh dear,i am feeling very very hacked off.Unfortunatly i may have to do this,how awful,i will acknowledge the fine stand alone piano,and it sits in a recorded mix very well,the sequencer is amazing,load of other amazing features,but what am i to do with them if it doesnt cut it live,forget all the other great sax sounds and.....oh i cant be bothered with this,look im selling the keyboard if anyone is interested.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jul-22-2007 at 04:06
a part-time user writes:
im a 15yr old user and my mom and dada got me the fantom x8 because i needed to move up from my casio portble keyboard cuz i cant use tht 4 live performances and its awsome its like a studio and everything works perfectlly

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jul-21-2007 at 14:28
André a part-time user from Netherlands writes:
I have owned the Fantom X7 for nearly two years now. I use it live, together with a Yamaha Motif 7 ("classic"). Even though the learning curve was a bit high on the Fantom, it has grown on me in the last period of time. You need to edit the sounds you use live, in order to make it consistent trhoughout a gig. There is more difference between them than with a Motif. I have read a couple of reviews here, and I see that some people didn't bother to read the manual, or did a video course on this instrument. I can say they are surely helpful, so if you can get a hold of them, buy them and learn. It is truly a jack of all trades and it is a great synth for live performance. The Live settings are great and you can select either patches, performances or sequences with one button. There are a few gripes, like the cut off of sounds while selecting them in Live mode (in patch mode there is a setting that will keep them on, untill you strike keys again). Also the font size that still is not selectable (you can select a size in edit mode, but it always keeps showing the same big font when you actually go into live mode). The sounds are absolutely top notch, in spite of what some people would like you to believe. I found them to be better and more versatile than the ones in the Motif (also in the ES).

As always, Roland is slow with updates to the OS, and they seldomly listen to users (the gripes mentioned above were reported thousands of times to the manufacturer).

I recently made a decision to trade in my Motif 7 for a Roland Fantom X8, so I will be gigging with two Fantoms. I love this instrument and I recommend it to anyone that knows the basics about programming. If you are not afraid to read a manual, go for a Fantom X.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Jun-25-2007 at 12:32
Menno de Boer a professional user from Kenya writes:
In addition to the reviews I posted in 2005, I'd like to inform you more about what I have found out about this instrument in the last two years.

As stated before, the piano sounds are tiny, which makes for an unsatisfying playing experience, but lets the sounds sit extremely well in a mix. You will hardly need any EQ or compression to make it fit, so to speak. As a stand-alone workstation it really is awesome, but although it was nice of Roland to include USB, its implementation is clumsy at best. You have to switch between MIDI and data-transfer mode, which is manageable (although it does mean that you have to close and restart your DAW everytime you switch back to MIDI), but you also have to unplug and reconnect the bloody cable everytime you do. Also, other manufacturers have added far more comprehensive interfacing with computer-based DAW's, Roland's USB port does midi and...well, you can transfer audio and data to and fro, but this temporarily turns off all other functionality of the Fantom. So far, to my knowledge Roland has not improved any of the live-functionality or addressed any of the issues I pointed out in my previous reviews. So it's still cumbersome to use live, but in spite of all these complaints, I have sort of learned to live with them, and now I really do appreciate the versatility and quality of the sounds on offer. I still prefer them over Yamaha's Motif or Korg's Triton, although the former wins on points for features and functionality and the latter scores on playability. But the Fantom's rich and detailed sound characteristics give it an edge all of its own.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jun-17-2007 at 06:40
Jimmy Person a part-time user from Greensboro, NC writes:
I just experienced a demonstration of the Fantom X6 at a local music store and was more than impressed...I was awe-struck. Although the rep was familiar with the operation of the board, he explained the features in such a way to convince me of the relative ease of operation, particularly when he demonstrated the voice and guitar plug in capabilities using the audio tracks, as well as the recording procedure. It's more than just a work station...it's a studio. Gotta get one.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-13-2007 at 12:53
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