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Roland Fantom X-7 Workstation Keyboard

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    The Fantom-X Series is the flagship of the Roland workstation family, offering musicians nearly 1GB of wave memory when fully expanded, and 128-voice performance. At the top of the vast soundset is Roland's finest 88-key split stereo-sampled piano, with each note individually sampled at multiple velocities. In addition, the Fantom-X provides room for four SRX expansion boards, so users can customize their sound sets to their specific needs and stylistic preferences.

    The Fantom-X Series is the first line of workstation keyboards with a color LCD screen. Combined with an inviting icon-driven user interface, the Fantom-X has been globally heralded as the most powerful-yet-friendly workstation on the market.

    The new Fantom-X Series comes in a choice of three keyboards, but they all have one thing in common: Roland's new sound generator chip. This chip is Roland's most powerful to date, and it not only makes it possible to play expressive 4-tone Patches with 128-voice polyphony, but it also raises the Fantom-X Series' waveform capacity to approximately 1GB when fully expanded - far more memory than any other musical instrument on the market. What's more, the internal wave ROM has been doubled with quality-focused sounds that will please even the most jaded player.

    Thanks to the power afforded by the new sound generator chip, you get both. That's because the Fantom-X is the first workstation keyboard capable of handling audio on the level of a digital recorder. This means you can record either short samples for playback on the keyboard, or long, linear takes similar to a digital recorder. Eight stereo audio tracks are now standard on all Fantom-X6, -X7, and -X8 models. And with room for up to 544 MB of sample RAM, there's plenty of recording time available. Samples can be slaved to tempo with realtime time stretching and edited using powerful tools like Wave Edit and Chop. Users are free to load samples in .WAV and AIFF formats and back up data to convenient PC cards with up to 1GB capacity.

    When Roland engineers developed the Fantom-X Series, they wanted to fully exploit the potential of the new chip. That's why each keyboard comes with a brand new 128MB wave ROM loaded with quality-focused sounds like vivid new string sections, expressive and fat-sounding drums, rich nylon string guitars and an amazing 88-key split acoustic piano, which uses individual stereo multi-samples for each key and every velocity stage. Would you believe there are over 700 samples used in this single Patch? Many of the instruments were recorded in world-class studios using multiple microphones and were mixed like music into samples by renowned studio engineer Dan Blessinger (Martinsound) - resulting in a level of quality unheard of before.

    First introduced on the Fantom-S, Roland's Skip Back Sampling has become popular with musicians for its ability to instantly retrieve a performance and turn it into a sample. With Skip Back Sampling, your ideas never get lost because the sampler is constantly recording every note you play - be it on the keyboard or Dynamic Pad Bank - while keeping the musical bars in tact. Speaking of which, these 16 velocity- and aftertouch-sensitive pads now sport twice the polyphony and an improved feel for even more natural drum programming and sample triggering.

    Whether sequencing MIDI tracks, triggering samples from the Dynamic Pad Bank, or even recording audio tracks directly to RAM, the Fantom-X Series makes putting it all together a seamless process. Lay down a drum track by combining the internal drum sounds with loops, which can automatically sync to tempo via realtime timestretch. Then record some keyboard parts as MIDI and finish your song by tracking guitars, vocals, or other live audio tracks. The high-resolution sequencer boasts up to 400,000-note capacity and supports Standard MIDI File (SMF) import and export, making the Fantom-X by far the best workstation in its class.

    The Fantom-X Series is the first line of workstation keyboards with a color LCD screen. And once you've seen this display's smart, color-coded screens, you'll never want to go back! With all the menus and screens in color, navigating the Fantom-X becomes that much more a pleasure. Even the bitmap images appear more lifelike, adding to the overall experience.
    Complete Studio Effects and Mastering Tools

    Onboard effects include separate reverb and chorus processors, plus three multi-effects processors loaded with sound sculpting tools ideal for creative sampling. These include algorithms like COSM Guitar Amp Modeling, Lo-Fi processing, tempo-synced delay, Slicer, Isolator, multiple effects chains and more. (In Performance mode, all three MFX can be configured for full parallel or complete serial use - or any combination in between.) When you're ready to mix down, simply switch on the dedicated Mastering processor with multi-band compression for tight, punchy mixes.

    The onboard USB port serves two functions: First, it can be used as a USB-MIDI interface, eliminating the need for an external MIDI interface. Second, it can be used to import and export audio in .WAV/AIFF format. Now it's easy to bring in samples from your computer and use them in a sequence. Likewise, you can quickly mix down your song, re-sample it in stereo, and then transfer the file to a computer for CD-burning.

    The Fantom-X Series is not only a great choice for studio musicians, but also for live performers. Using Roland's V-LINK technology, musicians can trigger and manipulate video clips when connected to an Edirol video editor like the DV-7PR. Imagine being able to instantly trigger clips from the Dynamic Pad Bank, or create transitions and effects using the pitch bender and knobs. It's a live performer's dream!
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    Architecture
    Type: Digital
    Synthesis: ROM, Sampling
    Oscillators
    Oscillators: 4
    Waveforms: ROM
    ROM Size: 64
    Osc Modulation: Breath Controller, Envelope, Keyboard, Knob, LFO, Mod Wheel, Oscillator, Pedal, Ribbon
    Sampling: 16 bit, 44.1 kHz
    Envelopes
    Envelopes: 2
    Evelope Paramerters: Attack, Decay, Decay 2, Sustain, Release
    Filters
    Filters: 2
    Types: 12dB Slope (2-pole), 24dB Slope (4-pole), Band Pass, High Pass, Low Pass, Resonance
    LFO
    LFO: 2
    LFO Parameters: Noise, Sample & Hold, Saw Up, Saw Down, Sine, Square, Triangle, Clocked, Delay, Freerun, Key Sync, Phase
    Polyphony & Tuning
    Polyphony: 128
    Timbrality: 16
    Tuning: Atonal, Micro, Standard
    Modes: Mono, Polyphonic, Split
    Patches
    Patches RAM: 256
    Patches ROM: 1,024
    Multipatches RAM: 64
    Multipatches ROM: 64
    Storage: Hard Drive, Internal, USB
    Editing: MIDI, USB
    Arpeggiator
    Preset: 128
    User: 128
    Effects
    Multi-Effects: 3 systems, 78 types
    Chorus: 3 types
    Reverb: 5 types
    Input Effects: 6 types
    Mastering Effects: 3-band compressor
    Sequencer
    Phrase tracks (16 MIDI channels per track): 16
    Pattern track (16 MIDI channels per track): 1
    Audio Track: 8 stereo
    Tempo track: 1
    Beat track: 1
    Case
    Case: Keyboard
    Keyboard: 76 keys
    Controls: Aftertouch, Breath, D-Beam, Pads, Faders, Joy Stick, Knobs, Motion Control, Pedal - Patch Change, Velocity - Release , Mod - Ribbon, Pedal - Sustain, Tempo Knob, Velocity, Pedal - Volume
    Display Type: LCD
    Display Count H: 320
    Display Count V: 240
    Dimensions (WxDxH): 1,262 x 358 x 125
    Weight: 32 lbs.
    Connections
    Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, SPDIF, Stereo Main, Stereo 2, Stereo Headphone
    Audio Output Count: 5
    Inputs: 1/4"
    MIDI Ports: IN, OUT, THRU, USB
    General MIDI: GM2 - General MIDI 2
    Power: 17w
    Pricing
    Used: $900-$1,100
    Production
    Released: 2004
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