RolandFANTOM-8 88-Key Workstation Keyboard Synthesizer


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Roland FANTOM-8

At the pinnacle of Roland's workstations is their flagship FANTOM-8, offering an exceptional weighted keybed alongside high-quality sounds, streamlined workflows, and numerous other professional features. FANTOM-8 has done away with modes and uses a unique workflow called Scenes. These can contain all the layers of your sound, the grouping of clips, and everything else that forms the basis of your song or performance. The sound engines available are amazing featuring Roland's analog modeling called ZEN-Core and their sample-based, pulse code modulation (PCM) synthesis engine, along with the SuperNATURAL and V-Piano engines, make the FANTOM-8 incredibly versatile. ZEN-Core uses partials to create its sounds and each partial is its own complete discrete synth voice with each tone capable of having four partials, and each scene can have up to 16 tones. The sampling power on the FANTOM-8 is where it gets out of control with up to 352 samples per tone and the ability to sample directly to the pads. Take these samples over to the ZEN-Core engine and you have a completely unique sound. With their V-Piano and the ability to access different analog modeled hardware from the Roland Creative Cloud, your sound options are truly limitless. Oh, and there's a stereo analog filter with low pass, high pass, and band pass modes, as if things weren't luscious enough.

Playing a FANTOM-8 is an experience unto itself with buttery, realistic keybeds and high resolution controls, you can fine tune your sounds without worry. Using the three USB plugs, foot pedal jacks, and aftertouch, you can fully express yourself with any internal or external device you'd like. As you create your track, you'll notice the intuitive sequencing options thanks to the clips, which are our short looping sections that can be tied to others in a row and contain all our musical data. If you're familiar with the TR drum machines, you'll easily be able to program your perfect rhythmic lines using the TR-style sequencer.

Roland's FANTOM-8 can be connected to a computer and functions as a 16x3 audio/MIDI interface with deep integration with Ableton, Logic, Garageband, and Mainstage when doing so. Two channels of CV/gate outputs complete the package for a truly integrated part of your studio.

Whether you are looking to ditch the computer on stage, want a companion to your studio's computer DAW, or looking for a dedicated song sketching/creating device, the Roland FANTOM-8 is an exceptional option.

FANTOM-8 Features

  • Flagship workstation from Roland
  • 16 Part multi-timbrality
  • Easy music creation without complicated modes
  • ZEN-Core analog modeling sound engine
  • PCM Sound engine
  • V-Piano technology for unmatched expression
  • 256 note polyphony with ZEN-Core and unlimited polyphony with the V-Piano
  • TR-style sequencer
  • 4 Pedal jacks
  • 3 USB jacks
  • 2 CV/Gate outputs
  • Stereo analog filter
  • 16 Pads
  • High resolution controls
  • 128 LFOs
  • Onboard FX engine
  • Balanced XLR outputs
  • 6 1/4" Outputs
  • MIDI in, out, and through
  • 88 Key PHA-50 keybed
  • Weight: 27.7 kg, 61 lbs 2 oz
  • Dimensions
  • 1.4 m, 56-7/16 inches x 439 mm, 17-5/16 inches x 153 mm, 6-1/16 inches
  • Outputs: 2x XLR, 6x 1/4", 2x Analog filter outputs
  • Headphones: 1x TRS 1/4"
  • Inputs: 2x 1/4"
  • CV Outs: 2x CV, 2x Gate
  • USB: 1x USB Host, 1x Memory, 3x USB Device
  • MIDI: In, Out, Thru
  • Foot Pedal Ports: 1x Sustain, 3x Assignable
  • Recording Quality: 96kHz, 24-bit max
Roland FANTOM-8 88-Key Workstation Keyboard Synthesizer Reviews