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Need a Roland Fantom X USB Driver

Postby Bobcat22 » Thu May 17, 2018 12:33 am

I have visited the Roland site and found the drivers for the Fantom X however they are for the Win2000 and Win98. I downloaded Win2000 and it does not want to install. The Library Editor reports that the USB driver has not been installed. Is there anyone who can be of help?
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Re: Need a Roland Fantom X USB Driver

Postby Bobcat22 » Thu May 17, 2018 5:31 am

I would like to add, I am using either Windows 7 or 10.
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Re: Need a Roland Fantom X USB Driver

Postby The Elf » Thu May 17, 2018 7:40 am

You could try running the driver installer in compatibility mode. That's saved the day for me on a couple of occasions.

But going back that far with software is a bit optimistic and may begin to cause other problems. If your needs are simple, then using those good old MIDI ports may be a better option.
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Re: Need a Roland Fantom X USB Driver

Postby Dave B » Thu May 17, 2018 9:30 am

I sincerely wish you good luck in finding this. I tried finding up to date Mac drivers and it was a bust. Roland are fairly lousy at a) class compliance and b) updating drivers for 'legacy' instruments.

In the end, I set up a VM with an old version of macOS and ran the old drivers and software in that. lt was a bit tedious but it didn't cost any money - VirtualBox is free and that took care of the VM stuff and I just needed a copy of the OS. I was able to (rather tortuously iirc) get VirtualBox to pass on the usb connection eventually.

In the end, I ditched the Fantom. It's great if you want an all in one workstation, but the internal design is fairly restricted when it comes to talking to the outside world.

Edit: oh - and the other reason I gave up was that the editor software wasn't great either. It was a lot of effort to sort it out and I wasn't impressed when I did. It ended up being easier to do it on the synth.
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Re: Need a Roland Fantom X USB Driver

Postby Bobcat22 » Thu May 17, 2018 4:43 pm

Hi The Elf,

Thank you for your response. I will use the MIDI side of the X8 instead. I just recently purchased this, which is in mint condition for $900.00. I was motivated by a Youtube musician and feedback I got from a few others on reasons why on the X8 or G8.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ou9QJUsZLC4 - totally recorded using the X8 with SRX cards.

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Re: Need a Roland Fantom X USB Driver

Postby Bobcat22 » Thu May 17, 2018 4:51 pm

Hi Dave,

Thank your for posting your experience. I am thinking that the Roland Fantom X or G series are the last of breed of self contained workstations. I got the X8 as it is in pristine condition, desirable weighted key action and the price was right - along with the research I did. The composer and YouTube publisher, Daniel Pierzecki along with his feedback on the X8 was the catalyst for acquiring this bit of music gear. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdF333W0S7Y

Cheers,

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