Roland Fantom XR
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solhemnis 07/25/2005

Roland Fantom XR : solhemnis's user review


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Value For Money : Excellent
See below
note the different partitions for effects, chorus, reverb, plus multi fx
analog and digital coaxial
integrated sampler
up to 6 extensions roland srx


Screen a bit small, not very intuitive manipulation initially but after two days of use pass without any problems. performance mode a little boring at first.
positive, physical interface design very clear and very pleasant. Few buttons, brightness buttons nice.
soft edit with the very clear can not be take the lead in the editing interface.


Here is the section that we buy or not fantomxr. The sounds do not leave indifferent, for me it was love at first sight, confirmed by a month of testing and comparing with the motif rack. Yes, the reason pianos are much more better, yes the brass and strings are better, somewhat better, but the major advantage of fantomxr is the originality of his sound, we like it or not. The strong points are the different layers, the acoustic guitar (more realistic and attractive on the ground), the ethnic sounds (eg sitar on C is unique! Even in RA from East West we come not to that! !), the synth fx, and especially the very powerful effects and original. To make zic techno electro etc is an absolute must! The reverb sound dimension give an unprecedented and full of nuances (not too grandilocantes but very aesthetic) has an acoustic sound basic, it must be heard to be believed!
weaknesses pianos, which are not as evils, far from it, I use them often, but do not give a good quality / price and the strings, though some sounds are absolutely great style Saharastrings.


I use it for 3 months after a month trial. I see its faults but especially his qualities. I think the fantomxr not intended to be a classic but it is precisely why it gives me all the originality that could not get a very good machine but more conventional, that pleases as many people as the reason rack. It is quite true that the two are complementary. But what I liked is that the fantomxr put on a sound design inovation, very attractive and smooth. Design sound effects just as effective in the uniqueness and beauty of sound.
The value for money is not exellent but still not bad, considering the sampler, editing functions of its (notably the effects unique to the machine) and the uniqueness of its sound. I would do this choice indeed.