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Roland Fantom-G8 88-Key Advanced Workstation Keyboard

B&H # ROFANTOMG8 Mfr # FANTOM-G8
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Product Highlights
  • Advanced Sound Engine
  • GUI with 8.5" Color LCD
  • Audio/MIDI Sequencer
  • Multi-FX
  • Heavy-Duty Casing with Aluminum Panel
  • ARX Expansion Slots

The Fantom-G8 from Roland is a powerful and versatile 88-key workstation keyboard that offers an advanced sound engine, intuitive interface, great playability, superb connectivity, and a realistic piano feel.

The advanced sound engine, which has 256MB of wave-ROM capacity, offers hundreds of Roland's SRX-quality sounds for authentic performances. ARX slots are also provided, which accommodate two SuperNATURAL expansion boards. SuperNATURAL uses Roland's high-quality modeling technology to provide organic, natural tones.

The Fantom-G series is the first from Roland to offer their redesigned power sequencer. By using the 8.5" color LCD screen, the sequencer offers a fully-integrated audio/MIDI graphical environment with 128 tracks. A mouse can be connected to the workstation for working with computer-like ease. You can also use the versatile connectors, which include XLR/TRS combo jacks, Hi-Z, and line-level inputs, to connect condenser mics, guitars, and more.

Playing the Fantom will be a pleasure with its PHA II "Ivory Feel" keyboard with velocity and channel aftertouch. Besides the pitch bend and modulation lever, there are 4 control knobs, and 8 control sliders making it easy to create the proper soundscape.

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More Wave Capacity
The Fantom-G8 has an advanced sound engine with double of the wave capacity of its predecessor.
SuperNATURAL
Produce organic, emotional expression with the Fantom's dual ARX slots for SuperNATURAL behavior-modeling technology.
Easy-to-Use
Large 8.5" wide color LCD and mouse connectivity with simple GUI.
Sequencer
Create rich sequences with the 128 track MIDI sequencer which also handles 24 audio tracks.
Effects
Program up to 22 effects simultaneously.
Real Feel
The Fantom-G8 features a weighted-action PHA II "Ivory Feel" keyboard with keys that absorb moisture for a slip-free work surface.
Keyboard 88 keys, with velocity and channel aftertouch
Polyphony 128 voices, shared with the sampling section
Multitimbral Yes
Synthesis Method Not specified by the manufacturer
Presets
Patches 1,500 + 256 (GM2)
Rhythm Sets 64 + 9 (GM2)
Live Sets 512
Studio Sets 128
User Memory
Patches 512
Rhythm Sets 64
Live Sets 512
Studio Sets 128
Effects
Patch Multi-Effects (PFX) 16 systems, 76 types
Multi-Effects (MFX) 2 systems, 78 types
Chorus 1 system, 3 types
Reverb 1 system, 10 types
Input Effects 1 system, 6 types
Mastering Effects 1 system, 3-band compressor
Sequencer
Tracks
MIDI tracks (Internal/External/ARX): max. 128
Audio track: max. 24
Tempo track: 1
Beat track: 1
Resolution
480 TPQN
Tempo
5.00 to 300.00
Song per one project
50
Phrase per one project
2,000
Note Capacity per one project
approx. 1,000,000 notes
Song Length
9,998 measures
Recording Method
Realtime recording
Step recording
Controllers
Pitch Bend/Modulation Lever
Control Knob x 4
Control Slider x 8
Assignable Switch x 2
D Beam Controller
Expansion Slots
Expansion for sound generator
ARX expansion boards: 2 slots
Expansion for sampling memory
DIMM: 1 slot, supports PC133, CL=2/3, 3.3 V, 128MB, 256MB, 512MB
Sample RAM When sampling memory isn't expanded (32MB)]
mono: 360 sec. approx., stereo: 180 sec. approx.
[When sampling memory is expanded with DIMM (544MB)]
mono: 108 min. approx., stereo: 54 min. approx.
Outputs
A (MIX) Output Jacks (L/MONO, R)
1/4" TRS phone type
B Output Jacks (L, R)
1/4"h phone type
Inputs
Input Jacks (L/MONO/MIC, R)
1/4" phone type
Mic./Guitar Input Jacks
1/4" phone type / XLR type (Phantom power)(Hi-Z)
Pedal Jacks
Hold Pedal Jack (Half Pedal recognition)
Control Pedal Jack (assignable) x 2
Headphone Output Yes, 1/4"
SCSI None
Internal Storage Not specified by the manufacturer
External Storage USB
Display Graphic Type, 8.5", Wide VGA (800 x 480 dots), backlit LCD (Color)
Dimensions (WxDxH) 55 x 19.7 x 7.25" (1396 x 502 x 183mm)
Weight 70.6 lbs (32kg)
Specialties SuperNATURAL ARX Expansion

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5.0

Surprisingly Good Impulsive Buy

By KMilder

from Los Alamos, New Mexicio

About Me Novice

Pros

  • Built-in effects
  • Digitalaudio workstation
  • MIDI and audio recording
  • Portable
  • Realistic Sound
  • Responsive / Good Action
  • Touch Sensitive Keys

Cons

  • Difficult to Use
  • Heavy
  • No Speakers
  • Very complex

Best Uses

  • Accompaniment
  • Effects processing
  • Learning
  • MIDI
  • Multi-part recording
  • Theatrical effects

Comments about Roland Fantom-G8 88-Key Advanced Workstation Keyboard:

I'm not a musician. I sing but most often do theatrical tech work. When I get a singing part, I do OCR on the sheet music (Smartscore)and play the music through a synth; thus the purchase of the G8. It was a demo unit off the floor that I purchased just a few months ago.As a techno-geek, I am extremely pleased with the wealth of G8 features. For example, Seussical the Musical has many sound effects (wind, jungle sounds, explosions) embedded in the score. I was able to install and modify effects in the G8. I added reverberation and echo, for example. These were then programmed into the dynamic pads for easy triggering by the musician.There seems to be an endless variety of G8 tutorial videos on the web. Most, of course, are targeted to the composer. I've found few, however, targeted to my primary use, small scale theatrical effects and sound engineering. The user manual is very dense and difficult to follow but Roland has some good workshop manuals on-line. The telephone support, while OK, could have been a little more patient and understanding given the high complexity of the product. For example, the support tech gave me an overly complex procedure to program the dynamic pads but, fortunately, I accidentally came across a much simpler way. I suggest subscribing to the on-line Roland Clan User Forum. There's good information and support from the user community.Lastly, it was difficult to find a case for the large G8. They are out there but it took some perseverance. I am looking forward to spending time learning more of the G8 features and how to better apply them G8 to my needs. I might even do some [@] tutorials, myself, that are geared to the stage technician.

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5.0

The Fantom G8 Wins

By pogalog

from Birmingham, AL

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Customizability
  • Easy to Use
  • Effects
  • Realistic Sound
  • Responsive / Good Action
  • Touch Sensitive Keys

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Accompaniment
    • Composition
    • Concerts
    • MIDI

    Comments about Roland Fantom-G8 88-Key Advanced Workstation Keyboard:

    I have been without a proper piano to play for three years now and I am very pleased to have this as a replacement. More to the point, it has been extremely useful in musical composition. I am currently writing a video game and also composing the score to the game. The Fantom G8 is exactly the kind of tool I always dreamed of having for musical composition. It has an impressive array of features that make everything I want to do not only possible, but easy to do. Its sound list is extravagantly large filled with rich sounding instruments, and its editing capabilities are powerful, if a little difficult to use.
    If I had to pick one thing to gripe about, I would say that the ARX expansion boards, while a fantastic add-on to this already amazing machine, are pricy for what they do. It would be nice to get them, but after taking the plunge for the G8 itself, it's difficult for me to want to spring for those upgrades.
    On the up side, upgrading the RAM was a relatively cheap thing to do. It uses old 133MHz SDRAM, so it's not the easiest thing to find but if you look in the right places (search for the right thing) you can come by a 512MB stick for a very low price.

    As for Roland's competition, I have yet to find a comparably priced keyboard by Yamaha that I would pay even a third of what it was going for. I can't say much about KORG. I never got the chance to play around anything KORG that would have been considered "competition" to the G8. I do not, for instance, consider the Oasys to be fair competition. For this price range, I'd give the G8 my vote every time.

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