Roland Fantom-S 61
Roland Fantom-S 61

Fantom-S 61, Workstation from Roland in the Fantom series.

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Docteur Frog 06/16/2003

Roland Fantom-S 61 : Docteur Frog's user review


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In 2003 the new international music scene, it is a brand that has decided to hit hard this year with 41 new Roland. If I like the usual Worstations Kurzweil and Yamaha (it is true that Roland only interested in a consumer market with its series XP), this time the Asian manufacturer has developed a real specification with excellent management CRM (Customer Relation ship Management) which allows us to know or understand the intrinsic desires of musicians "keyboards". Morality, we are left with a powerful music production station, complete a Sampler imposing and integrating Vari-Phrase and a management interface to increment samples and MIDI type RS7000 Yam ... and using a work surface such MPC Ak ... What revolutionize the concept of Speed ​​program.

Workstation keyboards Roland Fantom-S is a complete and integrated solution for professional music production. Both models (Fantom-S - 61 keys, and Fantom-S88 - 88 keys) are characterized as one another by a seamless integration of audio and MIDI and a set of unique features such as time compression real-time (time stretching) or capture repetitive samples (Skip Back Sampling). Their pad pads dynamics allows to organize and trigger events just audio while a set of new sounds, opportunities for mastering and direct exchange of files via USB keyboards give the ability to move your pieces from conception until they are finalized.


Regarding ergonomics, the Fantom-S showed a lot of interesting menus for the user, the concept of real-time Sampling of the closure on the pads deserves a grip but everything is done. Editing the sounds is simple but it was not on it that I most looked. In fact I consider the Fantom-S as a master keyboard and I used it well in the middle of a Motif rack module and an E6400 Ultra Sampler controllers and all the Fantom S played the finger and the eye on the different machines MIDI. The contrire would have been surprising, but a check s'ilmposait.


Sophisticated music production studio 61 keys
Seamless integration of audio and MIDI using ROM waveforms and sampling "time stretching"
New "Skip Back Sampling" for continuous sampling!
Pad 16 dynamic pads for the instantaneous trip and sensitive samples
USB port for the exchange of WAV / AIFF files with a PC or a Mac
Patches and Rhythm Sets included in an entirely new ROM 64 MB of waveforms
32 MB of RAM (expandable to 160MB) for sampling with compatible WAV / AIFF
16 MB of flash RAM for direct access to favorites and optional storage card SmartMedia
3 multi-effects processors more reverb and chorus and a new dedicated mastering processor
Expansion capabilities of up to four optional SRX-Series
4 line outputs (2 stereo or 4 mono), stereo line-level input and digital output 24-bit S / PDIF.
On sound banks, I just wish the quality of sets of strings and Solis who are not up to the rest. Drum kits also are a bit sluggish, but everything changes ...


In fact curiously, the Fantom-S is really appealing to his master keyboard features comprehensive and integrated module Sampler. (At 06/17/03) A general note on the keyboard back today with the new program to discover in the Banks' Factoty "are worked ... to follow