Friday, February 22, 2008

Roland Fantom-G8

Roland Fantom-G8

The Roland Fantom-G8 Workstation is a dream keyboard instrument that redefines the boundaries of playability and creativity. Roland has included an 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 to the Fantom-G8.

Advanced Sound Engine
Driven by a powerful new audio processor, the Roland Fantom-G provides new sonic depth and versatility. With twice the wave-ROM capacity of its predecessor, it contains a treasure trove of Roland's world-famous SRX-quality sounds, but what really sets this instrument apart is its new ARX expansion, which allows additional SuperNATURAL sound-sets and fully dedicated synth and effects engines to be added to this already powerful live workstation.

SuperNATURAL™ ARX Expansion
Fantom-G workstation provides ARX slots that accommodate two SuperNATURAL expansion boards. SuperNATURAL is Roland's unique behavior-modeling technology that enables a new level of organic, emotional expression previously unattainable in synthesizers. Applied to traditional-instrument sounds, SuperNATURAL enables the delicate, organic tonal changes and playing nuances of real musical instruments. It's also a powerful tool for electronic and non-traditional sounds, breathing amazing new life and expression into synthesis.

Power Sequencer Onboard
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 TRS connector, phantom power for condenser mics, Hi-Z input for guitar and bass, and line input.

Luxurious Extra-Wide LCD
One look and touch and you'll know that the Fantom-G is an instrument without equal. Only the highest-quality materials have been used to create this dream synth, with a stylish, futuristic design that will turn heads. Front and center is the extra-large 8.5" wide TFT color LCD for enhanced productivity. A first-class assortment of hands- on controls is provided as well, including eight sliders, four knobs, and ten buttons below the LCD.

Amazing FX
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. Create complex setups with 16 insert effects per multi-timbral patch group, plus global reverbs and choruses. Mastering effects are provided for polishing songs created with the onboard sequencer. Supreme Keyboard Feel & Action

The Fantom-G8 is outfitted with Roland's top-of-the-line PHA II "Ivory Feel" keyboard. This amazing keyboard technology reproduces the real surface feel of ivory acoustic piano keys providing a familiar stability and comfort to the pianist. The white keys have a two-piece structure which reduces the developed keyboard surface material is designed to absorb moisture, ensuring a secure, slip-proof feel that your fingers will love.

Roland Fantom-G8 Workstation Specifications:

* Keyboard: 88 keys, PHA II, Ivory feel, with velocity and channel aftertouch
* Mamimum Polyphony: 128 voices, shared with the sampling section
* Parts: 16 parts (Internal) + 16 parts (External) + 2 parts (ARX)+ 24 parts (Audio Track)
* Wave Memory: 256MB (16-bit linear equivalent)
* Waveforms: 2,153
* Preset Memory:
* Patches 1,500 + 256 (GM2)
* Rhythm Sets 64 + 9 (GM2)
* Live Sets 512
* Studio Sets 128

* 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

Data Format: 16-bit linear, .WAV or .AIFF
* Sampling Frequency: 44.1kHz
* Maximum Sampling Time
* [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.

Number of Samples per one project: 2,000

Sequencer Section:
* 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

* Pitch Bend/Modulation Lever
* Control Knob x 4
* Control Slider x 8
* Assignable Switch x 2
* D Beam Controller

* Headphones Jack: Stereo 1/4 inch phone type
* A (MIX) Output Jacks (L/MONO, R)
* 1/4 inch TRS phone type
* B Output Jacks (L, R): 1/4 inch phone type
* Input Jacks (L/MONO/MIC, R): 1/4 inch phone type
* Mic./Guitar Input Jacks: 1/4 inch phone type / XLR type (Phantom power)(Hi-Z)
* Pedal Jacks:
* Hold Pedal Jack (Half Pedal recognition)
* Control Pedal Jack (assignable) x 2
* MIDI Connectors:
* USB Connectors:
* USB Computer Connector (supports file transfer or mass storage class, and Audio/MIDI)
* USB Mouse Connector
* Digital Audio Interface: COAXIAL INPUT / OUTPUT, AC Inlet

* Arpeggiator 128
* Arpeggio Sets 128
* RPS Sets 32
* Rhythm Pattern Sets 32
* Chord Memory 128
* Chord Memory Sets 128

Display: Graphic Type, 8.5", Wide VGA (800 x 480 dots), backlit LCD (Color)
* Pads: 16 pads, Velocity and Polyphonic Aftertouch sensitive
* 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
* External Storage Device: USB Flash Memory
* Power Supply: AC 117 V, AC 230 V, AC 240 V (50/60Hz), AC 220 V (60Hz)
* Power Consumption: 30 W

* Owner's Manual, CD-ROM (Editor, USB MIDI driver), Power Cord

* Expansion Board: ARX Series, Keyboard Stand: KS-V7 (Fantom-G7/-G6), KS-18Z (Fantom-G8/-G7/-G6), KS-G8 (Fantom-G8), Pedal Switch: DP series,
* Foot Switch: BOSS FS-5U, Expression Pedal: EV-5, USB Flash Memory: M-UF1G, M-UF128, Microphone: DR series, Headphones: RH-series

Size and Weight
* Width: 55 inches, 1,396 mm
* Depth: 19-13/16 inches, 502 mm
* Height: 7-1/4 inches, 183 mm
* Weight: 70 lbs. 9 oz., 32.0 kg

Roland Fantom-G8 Workstation Features:

* Advanced sound engine with double wave capacity of previous flagship workstations
* 2 x ARXexpansion with SuperNATURAL—the world's greatest performance-expression technology
* Graphic user interface with extra-large 8.5" wide color LCD and mouse connectivity
* Newly developed onboard audio/MIDI sequencer with 128 tracks, including 24 audio tracks
* Multi-FX for each part; up to 22 effects routings can be programmed simultaneously
* Top-of-the-line keyboard action; weighted PHA II "Ivory Feel" keyboard on Fantom-G8
* Heavy-duty casing with aluminum panel