Roland Fantom X6
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Roland Fantom X6

Fantom X6, Workstation from Roland in the Fantom series.

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Average Score:4.5( 4.5/5 based on 18 reviews )
 11 reviews61 %
 5 reviews28 %
 2 reviews11 %
Value For Money : Excellent
stompboxjon04/10/2012

stompboxjon's review"good quality workstation but..."

Roland Fantom X6
The Roland Fantom x6 is a 61 key workstation that has all the bells and whistles that you will need. It probably has more than you will use! I compare this to the Yahama Motif and I feel they are alike and do the same thing. The Fantom sticks out a little more to be because of the screen and flow of the (software). It just seems more put together and easier to operate. It also has pads on the right side that you can assigned samples and such too. That is something that the motif doesn’t have.


UTILIZATION

This keyboard’s sound editing can be a bit overwhelming if you havent used it before but once you get the hang of it you will be just fine. Or you could pick up the manual and figure it all out pretty quick. The general set up is pretty easy. When it turns on it just loads everything up and you can start working right away.


SOUNDS

Sounds are great! I love the strings and brass. Some of the sounds are a little dry and thin though. that’s where I feel like the Motif wins at. The Motif sounds are much more full and thick. Also, they could have used a few more sounds that are distinct. I feel like some of these sounds are the same as other previous fantom boards. But I guess that’s what is suppose to happen.


OVERALL OPINION

Overall, a great quality board. But if you love this one check out the Motif, it will blow you away! This board cost a good dollar though so make sure you can afford it. Most all of the popular workstations cost a good amount of money so be prepared to spend your savings on them. But they will last you a very long time unless you are dropping it or getting it wet. Keep it nice and clean and it will last you a lifetime. Great board, I recommend it.
ericthegreat09/21/2011

ericthegreat's review

Roland Fantom X6
Finally, the keyboard workstation joins us in the 21st century. I hereby predict the Roland Fantom G will enjoy the top spot in keyboard sales for the next couple of years. Why? Here are the main reasons:

UTILIZATION

-The screen is the best in the business. Gorgeous. Love it. No video redraw issues like the XS.

-DAW like sequencer. Plug in a USB mouse and you have computer-like sequencing at your fingertips. Highly robust, reliable, accurate sequencer with 128 MIDI track capability. Unheard of. No button pressing delays like the XS

-Buffet of extraordinary preset patches that are mix ready and can be seamlessly overdubbed together right out of the box. Roland sets up presets ready for your mixes. Drum kits are banging, EQ'd just right. Pianos, organs, rhodes, wurlies, bass (acoustic and synth), leads, pads, brass, etc etc are all AWESOME. Can not wait for new Keyboard expansion card. Incredible.

-No glitch LIVE mode that guarantees no delays between switching performances live in concert. Finally a company listened to us. LOVE IT. Thank you Roland. Live mode is SO cool

-Screensaver (16 to choose from!) and customizable wallpaper. You gotta love this. You can can actually customize your keyboard. Love it.

-Killer controllers like industry leading knob for pitch bend/data/assignable, dbeam, etc.



-AWESOME effects. Man I love all the insane effects. Also 2 LFO's with al kinds of awesome options.

SOUNDS

sounds are great, really big and warm. Sit perfect in my mixes and dont need to add too much too them. I love the brass!

OVERALL OPINION

Overall, Best looking board in existence by far. Puts the weird hospital-surgeon-green-colored Motif XS to shame. Yamaha is going to eat Roland's lunch for at least the next two years until Yamaha can put out the board they SHOULD have put out after the ES. Yamaha screwed their loyal clients and now they're going to pay for it. The Fantom is by far and away the best board for the money bar none. I absolutely LOVE my G6 and I can't keep my hands off of it.
moosers09/03/2010

moosers's review

Roland Fantom X6
The Roland Fantom X6 is a keyboard and music workstation consisting of 61 keys and a whole lot of parameters. It's pretty much an all in one station for keyboardists and composers alike. It's got an LED screen to monitor everything on as well. As far as it's connections go, it's got standard MIDI connections as well as a slew of 1/4" jacks for your ins and outs (six outputs), and for two pedals. It also has a USB port for easy transport of files to your computer. It's a fully polyphonic keyboard and also has a unique assignable wheel.

UTILIZATION

The make up of the Roland Fantom X6 certainly takes some getting used to, as this is a really in depth work station that offers a lot. It's going to take months of practice to get used to how to use everything on here, but using it for it's basic features is simple enough. The LED screen shows you the different patches as well as all sorts of parameters and further control. For hardware parameters, it's got all sorts of things to work with as well, including a recording section, a drum pad, and a variety of other gadgets to work with. A manual would definitely be a good idea for a new user, but I haven't seen one for myself.

SOUNDS

The sounds heard on the Roland Fantom X6 are extremely impressive. It's got pretty much every sort of sound you could think of, ranging from acoustic pianos to synthesizers. I'd say that all of the sounds are pretty realistic, with the more synth like sounds being the most. The presets are very helpful and sound great, even if you're just using them as starting points. The rhythms and arpeggios are also awesome to have, although I haven't delved too deeply into this aspect of the Fantom X6.

OVERALL OPINION

The Roland Fantom X6 is pretty much the perfect keyboard based workstation, and is only one within a line of impressive Fantom keyboard. It isn't too difficult to use that you couldn't just jump right in and try it, and also isn't too basic as it has a whole lot you can do with it if you have the time and are willing to spend it learning how to use this. If you're a keyboard player looking for a great all purpose workstation, the Fantom X6 and the Fantom series keyboards in general absolutely need to be factored in.
FP User11/09/2008

FP User's review

Roland Fantom X6
Its all about skip bacc sampling. U just keep messin with a melody till u get it and then capture it as a sample and assign it to a pad or key. Great realtime effects too. Real easy to create ur own sounds.

Price paid

1200 USD used

UTILIZATION

Takes a lil time but so does every peice of machinery. I recomend getting the dvd manual instead of reading the manual because sometimes u need the visual of the screen when trying to learn.

Its aight. Cool for me but watch out for ur freinds who just bang those keys and pads.

SOUNDS

Great. just make sure ur using balanced cables and the thing is bangin.

OVERALL OPINION

Lovin this thing. possibilities are endless and with the skip bacc sampling feature u never lose an idea in ur music creating process. The screen is also a blessing in my opinion.

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: cwrite ( 6-, 2005)
FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

Roland Fantom X6
If it had faders it might make it more easy to automate things as well, but the knobs give you a hands-on-feel as well.

2,500 USD

UTILIZATION

The fantom is so easy to use its so user friendly, and everything is a zap once you get use to it. The work flow is great. But if you can make sure you get some sort of extra ram because it doesn't hold too much audio. It's song mode features and live performance capabilities are great as well.

I've had the fantom for about six months and I travel with it alot, from studio to studio, and back home every other day. Just as long as you treat it with care, you'll be surprised of its durability.

SOUNDS

The sound in the fantom are fairly decent. The drums are sick. With the re-sampling function on it, it's better to just make your own kits of drums anyways. The Strong points on it are the easy to use sequencer, and the ability to automate. I also like how easy they make to to manipulate every single track and to be able to route the effects the way you want. The fantom to me is much greater than a mpc anyday I feel. With the touch sensitive pads, and the sampling capabilities, and its so user friendly, you should choose the fantom.

OVERALL OPINION

I love this thing. Its one of them things were ur out some wher and all you want to do is get back to it to continue to better your productions and learn something new on it as well. I love it!

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: YBeats (January 2-, 2005)
FP User10/31/2008

FP User's review

Roland Fantom X6
Large, colored screen is easy on the eyes. Especially for someone (like myself) who tends to do a lot of work on it late at night, in the dark. 16 illuminated velocity sensitive pads, feel great and are excellent for laying drums, or putting together sample based tracks. Not as big as the pads on an MPC, but they still definitely hold their own. Skip-back sampling is a feature I've come to depend on. USB connectivity for MIDI and file transfer. Unfortunately you have to switch between file transfer mode and MIDI mode, which is somewhat of an inconvenience. Compatible with Roland SRX boards. This expandibility was a major selling point for me.

Price paid

$2075 CAD

UTILIZATION

Plug it in, and you're off. Its as simple as that. Anything you can't figure out on your own will be explained, in detail, in the manual.

Although it stays in my basement studio 99% on the time, I have taken this to live shows, and its still in perfect condition. Never had any problems with it, and it seems unlikely I ever will (unless someone else comes in and starts messing with my gear).

SOUNDS

How can you go wrong with Roland sounds? The patches sound great out of the box, and can be made even better with a little bit of tweaking.

OVERALL OPINION

Its my baby. I'll sacrifice my first born for to save it.

Originally posted on FutureProducers.com
Posted by: street ninja ( 6-, 2005)
brandnewtom11/09/2011

brandnewtom's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Roland Fantom X6
Workstation 61 keys with editable sounds. The effect routing is relatively simple and effective

Impeccable connections (can be plugged into the usb pc)

UTILIZATION

This synth is a real gas plant! After a short week of ownership, it makes almost what you want. The sounds can be edited in some fine ...

It is a pleasure to use this synth even if the interface is not always what you got used to it easily!

SOUNDS

I play in several projects with very different styles. For now, I've never had to tamper too much for me to find a suitable one.

It has a nice sensitivity but I find that sometimes the sounds are a bit flat ... but all this is correct!

Overall, the simulation of analog roland are nice (missing more than that) and nothing particular to say about the rest

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for a year or two now never had a problem!

I played on yamaha and korg in the same range and I find the roland to "that little something extra"

If you find a good price in OCCAZ, do not hesitate!
Jeremy R12/21/2010

Jeremy R's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" since 2007"

Roland Fantom X6
Specifications are findable anywhere. Is there a software editor, nice ... Finally I have almost never used.

Audio input to use the internal effects on a song for example, or to record in the sequencer or sampler.

UTILIZATION

It's weird ... I feel I have the past 10 years, but I've had less than 3 years at the time of writing this. I worked 10 years on a XP80 before moving to the Fantom X6, I know the logic Roland.

A huge regret the pads can not be used to pad ... Encoding roulette spins, and turns and turns and turns ... It will end not misfire as the XP80, which it did not matter because I finally encode the values directly to the keypad. Classic example, in the sequencer, insert 36 measures from the measure 84 ... Well instead of encoding it in 25 hundredths of a second, you're playing roulette for 25 seconds (the button "shift" allows you to jump values of 10 instead of 1, it helps).

Another example, you need the last sounds of a bank which contains over 500 ... One example would be put at the beginning of the next bank and go back, but no, it does not work like that (it worked on XP80), you must get to the top of the bank and turn the wheel, given that can not call the preset with a numeric keypad (unlike XP80).

In short, this concern affect me much as you can see.

Apart from that, the configuration seems simple enough. There are lots of possibilities, it is impressive. It is a very complete keyboard workstation. The history of the keypad is a failure nonetheless.

SOUNDS

So yes, I put 10. The Preset Ultimate Piano "is to die for. I greatly prefer the sound of a Yamaha Motif XF (released 6 years after the Fantom X) Yamaha yet known for its super piano presets.

In fact I use quite a few sounds on the Fantom. Piano, Rhodes Stage Phaser, synthetic strings (I took the basic preset "Warm Pad" I think, and I opened a little filter). The effects are a killer. I fell in love with the phaser, which has lots of parameters and the results are sublime on Rhodes and tablecloths.

For information, I play in a rock band melodic / prog / metal a bit, and my sounds are predilections Piano, Rhodes, vintage tablecloths and a bit of hammond organ (discreetly). I do not use much else, sometimes also Mellotron Choirs.

I installed the "Ultimate Keys" for his synth sounds (Mellotron mostly ...), and Dynamic Drums "(which pokes fun at a slaughter house drumkits, yet very cool).

I never use sounds of saxophones, trumpets, cello, flute, etc.. So my use is mainly based "keyboards" and "synth". For that, the Fantom X is great.

And I forgot ... touching the keyboard! My oh my! I took a huge slap with XP80 ... who was then beaten by a JD800 that I had used. And the Fantom X is still above those two in terms of touch. A true happiness.

Cons by the reactivity of pads to make enough perceived void. I thought to use them, and I finally abandoned the idea.

OVERALL OPINION

I use since March 2007, ie for almost 3 years now. What I decided is the sound of piano. I wanted to buy the Fantom X7 at the base, but there was an X6 stock with an attractive price (for a few small scratches on the frame, but I do not see them even more).

It remains an expensive instrument, but really worth it. The sequencer is very useful to record some demos (MIDI + Audio). I also play guitar, bass and vocals, so it allows me to record ideas for songs offer to members of my group. We even used the sequencer for recording models (before transferring the audio mixer in Sonar seriously anyway).

My set-up on stage now is a Fantom X6 and XP80, the latter using only MIDI keyboard. All sounds come out of the Fantom.

And before you forget ... Element génialissime, the Skip Back sampling. The synthesizer registers itself continuously and stores up to 45 seconds of sound. Sometimes I hum (microphone plugged into the Fantom) and find a melody or a text totally improvised ... then hop, I press Skip Back Sampling "and I found the last 45 seconds of what I played and sang. Class!

There's plenty of other things, arpeggiator, etc.. But here I quoted all that is most striking for me. My main keyboard
Nonolepiano06/02/2009

Nonolepiano's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Roland Fantom X6
Ben ... ditto!

UTILIZATION

It's pretty simple, always in the spirit Roland
Some small "problem" however:
Perf mode, if one assigns a number from the same midi channel, we can not rgler volume sparment must rgler what channel the end, or so I not understood
the config is pretty galre effects too, I think we could have done more simple, and yet I am not a novice!

SOUNDS

It has everything, but especially good pianos, piano finally a good, but good trs
Super brass in all, sounds sy, NTHS ect with super heat Roland
I use an 8 because they are trs ct complmentaires, one (reason) is what hurts the other (Rhodes, violin solo flutes, organs etc ...) and vice versa (brass, piano, synths and webs are its analog) as the best FX6
For me who has the 2 for me!

OVERALL OPINION

Overall super BCAN, especially because current diffrent other workstations (Triton grounds ect ...) found in a synth rcent of the heat they had lost good complement trs ment, on the other hand if we were to pick just, rather because

LE 2 JUIN 2009 EDIT: I added a V-Synth V2 and found the sound card especially with the Roland D50. It lacks the good old Fantom grain or the era they were content to 12 or 16 voice polyphony, but at least there was no consquence on his ... The V-synth allows me to find these big analog sound
djchris6205/25/2008

djchris62's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Roland Fantom X6
See description below if

UTILIZATION

I had all the marks of synths past 30 years, I practice the piano and synths and I'm pretty tonn of the rapid which we navigate from one menu to another without to take the head which was not the case with my art because I changed against the machine, here five days that I have and I went around to all these functions it must be said I spend about 5 hours a day while the sampling SSAI Fast Fashion patches performance, creation of a pattern arpgiator sequencer, multitrack, sampler, everything did pass, and I can say that I start mtris well the machine.

SOUNDS

I do dance, trance, Varita, pop, ect, sounds there are not bad, and we can make in gnral, pianos are good see trs even better than the pattern are, as the bass, the strings also good, acoustic guitars are good as long as the TRS motif, especially the acoustic although there who have a one possde mga kind of voice can be a yamaha, the saxes some way, through the chorus, as it is said there I prefried those of my karma, and my alesis fusion,
leads and the synthetic is good overall
expression is good for the part that put aftertouch requires strong support, however it is a majority of keyboard that is problem

OVERALL OPINION

I love the solid aluminum chassis the beauty of the color display on the pads it's pretty funny right cot sleep mode on this synth you believe a computer
gnral in the quality of sound, I had a lot of brand synth I'm pretty happy with this machine and I think the new G6 has to be super
I do it again this choice undoubtedly