Roland’s Fantom – Continuation


Well, hello again!
Today I’m going to continue to talk something about Roland’s Fantom. On the last Sunday I talked about the Fantom’s specifications and said some details about it, so, let’s move on. I’ll not be able to finish this article today, there’s really too much to write about Fantom, and it’s a hard task, so… sorry. :(

Today I added a pretty cool link as well: Yamaha Synth.
It’s Yamaha’s official website about music production products. You can find very useful information up there. Be sure to check it out!


This article is an extention of the previous article “Roland’s Fantom” published on August 3, 2008 by Breno Ronchini

Well, today I’ll talk a few stuff about Fantom’s sampler.
For one, Fantom’s a sample-based synthesizer, which means that it’s oscillators don’t generate waveforms but playback audio files (such as AIFF, WAVE or MP3) to create the basis sound for your patch. This said, we can assume that it has a hard disc with all those audio files, a total of 256 MB of more than 2150 sample waveforms. Well, in equipments without a sampler built-on (as Fantom FA76, for instance), you can’t add or change it’s sample waveforms, so, you are limited to it’s own preset base-sounds. So, it’s safe for me to say that, with a built-on sampler, you can add sample waveforms. But… why? How can this be good for sound creation?
Well, it’s simple: imagine if you want to play a chord sequence, and, in every first chord, you want a singed stuff like some “Oohs” or something. If you’re not able to sing it while playing it live, you would want another person to sing for you, or your equipment to play a recorded sample of it. Well, with built-on sampler workstations it’s possible, and with Fantom, it’s even easier.

Roland’s Fantom FA76, Fantom S, Fantom X7 and Fantom G7

Fantom has an input for mics and for guitars or other instruments as well, so you can simply connect it into the back of your workstation and you’re ready to go. Once you’ve setted up your equipment for recording your sample, just hit Sampling then hit Start and record it. With the recorded sample, you are able to set it for a whole patch, for just one key, for one of the 16 touch pads, or anything you want. Of course you’re not able to record only external samples, but also Fantom’s own sounds as well.
Other cool feature is that it’s possible to edit these samples with your Fantom. You can cut, split, add effects, reverb and chorus, reverse it and many other cool options.
Also with Fantom G, you are able to control a sample’s tempo independently from it’s pitch and vice-versa.

Another pretty cool feature is the Skip Back Sampling. From the moment that Fantom is turned on to the moment it’s turned off, this workstation keeps on recording it’s own output. So, if you’re playing and, in a moment of inspiration, happen to play something you simply love – and when it happens is, sometimes, pretty hard to repeat it, huh? haha – you can simply press Skip Back Sampling button. What happens is that Fantom captures anything up to 14 seconds of it’s own output and makes a sample out of it. You got your sample and you can do anything with it as you would to any other sample.

So, in addition to this informations, you can also see the Fantom’s X and G videos at here:
Fantom X and Fantom G. These videos contain some really cool informations and tips about it, so, it’s also good to check out.

I’ll continue with Fantom’s informations later on, keep on passing by. ;)


~ by Breno Ronchini on August 5, 2008.

One Response to “Roland’s Fantom – Continuation”

  1. Nice review of fantom information! Very interesting blog spot for all the different synths. j

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