Roland introduced the most powerful and luxurious live workstation in Roland history at winter NAMM show 2008. Also highlighted at Musikmesse Frankfurt 2008, the Fantom-G will be featured at ElectroPop Night on Thursday 13th March at the Capitol, Offenbach and being played by Howard Jones und DYKO with Wolfgang Flür (Ex Kraftwerk). According to Roland, the new Fantom is a "'dream instrument that redefines the boundaries of playability and creativity with its advanced sound engine, revolutionary ARX SuperNATURAL expansion bay, large-sized color LCD, powerful new audio/MIDI sequencer, first-class “Ivory Feel” weighted keys and more."
Main features include a sound engine with double wave capacity of previous flagship workstations, 2 x ARXexpansion with SuperNATURAL performance-expression technology, graphic user interface with 8.5” wide color LCD and mouse connectivity, onboard audio/MIDI sequencer with 128 tracks, multi-FX for each part (up to 22 effects routings can be programmed simultaneously), best keyboard action, and a heavy-duty casing with aluminum panel. The Fantom-G8 boasts a weighted PHA II “Ivory Feel” keyboard, models G7 and G6 offer velocity and channel aftertouch with 76 respectively 61 keys.
Driven by a powerful new audio processor, the Fantom-G has twice the wave-ROM capacity of its predecessor. Not only offering Roland’s SRX-quality sounds, it also features the new ARX expansion, which allows additional SuperNATURAL sound-sets and fully dedicated synth and effects engines to be added. SuperNATURAL is Roland’s modeling technology that enables a new level of organic, emotional expression previously unattainable in synthesizers.
The Fantom-G is the first Roland instrument to feature Roland’s newly designed power sequencer. In conjunction with the large-size LCD, this pro-level composition tool provides 128 tracks (including 24 audio tracks) in a fully intergraded audio/MIDI graphical environment. A mouse can be also incorporated for computer-like speed and ease. Other convenient features include combo XLR and jack connector, phantom power for condenser mics, Hi-Z input for guitar and bass, and line input.
Fantom-G is loaded with a state-of-the-art effects engine, with multi-effects available for each Fantom-G sound/part. In 16-part multi-timbre mode, up to 22 effect routings can be used simultaneously.