Roland Fantom G6 Synthesizer WorkstationStock code: 56719
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- 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
- Heavy-duty casing with aluminum panel
Introducing the most powerful and luxurious live workstation in Roland history. The Roland Fantom-G6 is a dream instrument that redefines the boundaries of playability and creativity with its advanced sound engine, revolutionary ARX SuperNATURAL expansion bay, large-sized color LCD, powerful new audio/MIDI sequencer and more.
Advanced Sound Engine
Driven by a powerful new audio processor, the Fantom G6 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-G6 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 Roland Fantom-G6 Sythesizer 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 Roland Fantom-G6 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.
Fantom-G6 is loaded with a state-of-the-art effects engine, with multi-effects available for each Roland Fantom G6 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.
|Connectivity Details||Headphones Input, Microphone Input, MIDI, USB|
|Key Stage||Key Stage 4|
|Manufacturers Link||Roland Fantom G6 Synthesizer Workstation|
|Keyboard||61 keys, with velocity and channel aftertouch|
|Sound Generator Section|
|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)|
|Preset Memory|| Patches: 1,664 + 256 (GM2)
Rhythm Sets: 64 + 9 (GM2)
Live Sets: 512
Studio Sets: 128
|User Memory (per one project)||Patches: 512
Rhythm Sets: 64
Live Sets: 512
Studio Sets: 128
|Effects|| Patch Multi-effects (PFX): max. 16 units (76 types)
Multi-effects (MFX): max. 2 units (78 types)
Chorus: 1 unit (3 types)
Reverb: 1 unit (10 types)
Input effects: 1 unit (6 types)
Mastering effects: 1 unit (3-band compressor)
|Data Format||16-bit linear, .WAV or .AIFF|
|Maximum Sampling Time|| approx. 360 sec, mono/180 sec, stereo (when sampling memory isn't expanded/32 MB)
approx. 108 min, mono/54 min, stereo (fully expanded with DIMM/544 MB)
|Number of Samples||2,000 (per one project)|
|Tracks|| MIDI tracks (Internal/External/ARX): max. 128
Audio tracks: max. 24
Tempo track: 1
Beat track: 1
|Tempo||5.00 to 300.00|
|Songs||50 (per one project)|
|Phrases||2,000 (per one project)|
|Notes Capacity||approx. 1,000,000 notes (per one project)|
|Song Length||9,998 measures|
|Recording Method||Realtime recording, Step recording|
|Rhythm Pattern Sets||32|
|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|
|Controllers||Pitch Bend/Modulation Lever, Control Knob x 4, Control Slider x 8, Assignable Switch x 2, D Beam Controller|
|Connectors||Mic/Guitar Input Jacks: 1/4 inch phone type/XLR type (Phantom power) (Hi-Z) 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, Pedal Jacks: Hold Pedal Jack (Half Pedal recognition), MIDI Connectors: IN, OUT, THRU, USB Connectors: USB Computer Connector (supports file transfer or mass storage class, and Audio/MIDI), Digital Audio Interface: COAXIAL INPUT/OUTPUT, AC Inlet|
|Expansion Slots|| ARX expansion boards: 2 slots
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 (50/60 Hz), AC 220 V (60 Hz)|
|Power Consumption||30 W|
|Accessories||Owner's Manual, CD-ROM (Editor, USB Audio/MIDI driver), Power Cord|
|Options||Expansion Board: ARX Series, Keyboard Stand: KS-V7, KS-18Z, Pedal Switch: DP series, Foot Switch: BOSS FS-5U, Expression Pedal: EV-5, USB Memory: M-UF1G|
|Size and Weight|
|Width||1,066 mm/ 42 inches|
|Depth||411 mm/ 16-3/16 inches|
|Height||142 mm/ 5-5/8 inches|
|Weight||14.5 kg/ 32 lbs.|
Endless possibilities...but a little bit dated
Posted on 11/12/2012 by Simon
The Fantom Gs are Roland's top of the line synth workstations, however, they have been around a while. They first appeared in 2008 and the last significant software update, adding a lot of enhanced features and presets, was in 2010.
Despite the price you get a lot for your money: a hugely capable synthesiser with aftertouch and numerous ways to tweak your sound (or 3000+ presets if you want to play it out of the box), a sampler (you can add up to 1GB of sampling memory), a drum machine and a sequencer. It can also act as an audio interface to your PC if you have a favourite DAW and don't want to use the onboard sequencer or you can record audio directly into the Fantom. There are several different ways to achieve most things you want to do so you will find one that suits and the pads can be programmed to undertake one of 16 different tasks.
Is there a downside? You need the significantly more expensive Fantom G8 if you want weighted keys and a full, 88-note keyboard. The onboard sequencer is very easy to pick up but the filing system has its quirks, which can be frustrating if you have a lot of samples and phrases stored. Lastly due to the age it doesn't have a touch screen (you have can input via a mouse or a dial and buttons) though the colour screen is lovely.
I've had a Fantom for a couple of years and have been hugely impressed by its potential and slightly daunted by the thought I am not making the most of it. Other brands have their advocates and ultimately if you are after a workstation you need to try all options before deciding on the one that best suits your need however I find the Fantom, despite its vast potential, one of the most intuitive bits of kit I have ever used.