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Fantoms go Supernatural

Roland update workstation synths
The latest iteration of Roland’s Fantom series of workstation synths was unveiled at NAMM. There are three entrants in the Fantom-G line-up: the G8 has a weighted 88-note keyboard, while the G7 and G6 boast 76 and 61 ‘synth-action’ keys respectively. All feature a new high-resolution colour screen, which can be fully exploited by connecting a USB mouse.

A new ‘power sequencer’ can play back up to 24 audio tracks, as well as over 100 MIDI tracks, and there’s also a powerful new effects engine which makes up to 22 effects routings available in 16-part Multi mode.

The new Fantoms are also part of the first generation of Roland instruments to support their new Supernatural ARX expansion boards. These each contain a complete, integrated synth, and the first two to be launched combine sample-based synthesis with modelling technology to provide responsive and realistic instrument sounds.

ARX01 Drums allows the user to alter parameters such as shell depth, tuning and muffling in real time, while processing the results through state-of-the-art effects. ARX02 Electric Pianos, meanwhile, presents controls such as tine angle, pickup distance and ‘bell character’, providing an infinitely mutable electric piano sound with no stepping between velocity layers or multisample key groups.

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