Roland FANTOM-G8 Workstation  

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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 SuperNATUR... Read More

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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 integrated 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 multitimbral 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.

  • 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
  • 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:
    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
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Truly the best

By Gabriel Gonzalez

from Orlando, Florida

Comments about Roland FANTOM-G8 Workstation:

I've had my G8 a little over a month and half now and im still learning new stuff from it. This is by far the best workstation i have ever laid my hands on. I have played other workstations like the XS8 or M50 but this is truly outstanding. The whole musical interface is just subliminal. The "LIVE" mode is just so easy to use, especially when im on stage with my band. Just select the sounds, list them in the order you want and you can scroll through them quickly and bam, your playing synths and eps at the same time. I love my G8 and its a lifetime keeper in my books. Go get yourself one.

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What a Ride!


from Washington, DC

Comments about Roland FANTOM-G8 Workstation:

I've been playing this board along with my brother for about 5 days. I have a Yamaha MO8 which I love playing, but this board is phenomenal! It's very easy to use, the feel is great, and I can't say enough about how ready it is to be worked with right out of the box. I have played with Yamaha boards all my life but this being the first Roland onboard, we are very impressed! The EPs are excellent, and the organs are very realistic. We play alot of tunes from Stevie Wonder, Bob James, Herbie Hancock, and trust me, this board has THEE sounds! I have played Yamaha's Motif XS8 and it's a matter of preference. It depends on what you're looking for, but Roland gives it all up on this workstation. Great job on a wonderful instrument. Pssst, the sampler sure doesn't hurt it either.

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