Roland melts its mighty FANTOM engine and performance-oriented workflow into three portable FANTOM-0 models: FANTOM-06, -07 and FANTOM-08
Update: the first batch of the Roland FANTOM-0 series is available now
The Roland FANTOM keyboards are modern Synthesizer workstations packed with tons of synthesis and sampling power that allows you to design sounds, compose and perform in one device. Very powerful all-in-one hardware instruments, but also with a very high-end price tag (3000+).
Today, Roland is showing the FANTOM-0 series, which takes away the high-end label and packs the rock-solid engine into a significantly affordable, streamlined format.
The Roland FANTOM-0 takes much of the big FANTOM series and packs it into a budget-oriented, compact format. There are three different versions: a 61-note FANTOM-06, 76-note FANTOM-07, and a 88 weighted-action FANTOM-08. All without aftertouch!
The engine is based on Roland’s ZEN-Core and is pre-loaded with the SuperNATURAL engines (accoustic, acoustic piano (EXSN01/03 preload), and Electric Piano (EXSN02 Preload), and its Virtual ToneWheel Organ technology. The addition Model engines are available separately for purchase from the Roland Cloud.
It also comes with a mighty multi-sampling engine both across the keyboard and the performance pads with up to 2 minutes and 44 minutes per sampler and up to a maximum of 60 minutes to fill the 2GB internal pad sampling storage. Multi-sampling is limited to 256 MB. Then, Roland ships it with over 3500 onboard tones, and 90 drum kits. According to Roland, the new budget FANTOMS are made for non-stop creation.
FANTOM-0 lets users shape sounds and realize ideas as fast they come. Using custom creative spaces called Scenes, they can store sounds, patterns, performance layouts, song sections, and more and recall them seamlessly with no gaps or glitches.
Also the modulations remains from the big brother remains the same. You have two LFOs per partial and four partials per tone—and since you can stack 16 tones, that’s 128 LFOs per voice. Step LFOs are also available with 16 steps of beat-synced automation and 35 curve choices per step.
The engine also comes with the same built-in effects including the built-in 32-band stereo vocoder that can be used with the backside microphone input.
The new FANTOM-0 series has a new streamlined, compact format that intros a new user interface with less control. The main control element is again a color touchscreen. Besides these, you get a bank of 8 faders and control knobs that controls the filters, oscillators, amp, effects…
There are also the pitch bend and classic Roland mod push, wheels, buttons, as well as a 4×4 pads. Further, it has the same TR-style sequencer, hands-on arpeggiator, and more.
The backside of all three Fantom-0 series Synthesizer workstations are the same: power supply input, power button, balanced main stereo output (L/R), phones, dedicated sub stereo out (L/R) + phones, stereo input (LR) + microphone in, three USB ports (device, computer, memory), MIDI In/Out, and three pedal inputs (hold, ctrl1, ctrl2). Definitely, a wide range of connections.
A highlight is again the possibility to use the FANTOM-0 as an 4×32 USB audio interface for your DAW. Users also can benefit from native integration with Logic Pro, MainStage, and Ableton Live provides an interactive experience with touchscreen and hardware control. It’s also possible to combine soft synths with FANTOM-0’s onboard sounds and interface with favorite MIDI hardware via the dedicated MIDI output.
Impressive Synthesizer workstations at first glance. It’s very welcome that Roland has incorporated most of the features (sampling, synthesis engines…) from the large FANTOM series here.
So you get all the synthesis and sampling power, the same sequencer of the big series but with less hands-on control, no analog filter and no aftertouch keys. But they are portable and affordable.
The FANTOM-0 series will be available in April 2022. FANTOM-06 will costs $1499,99 USD, 07 for $1799,99 USD and 08 for $1999,99 USD.
More information here: Roland
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