Roland today introduced a new line of Fantom synthesizers – three new flagship synths that they say offer fluid workflow, modeless operation, deep computer integration, and more. Available in three models.
The company says that the new Roland Fantom synths have been developed from the ground up, with intuitive touchscreens, deep computer integration, superb playability and rugged construction.
A key feature of the Fantom design is its modeless interface. Players never have to worry about what features work in which mode – the Fantom design offers a consistent working experience in every musical scenario. With workspaces, called Scenes, the instrument can be fully customized and reconfigured for different composition and performance setups.
The new Fantom’s flexible and expandable sound engine lets you combine different synthesis technologies, along with an onboard analog filter. There’s also an wide selection of effects available to enhance individual sounds and process entire mixes.
The Fantom’s engine is powerful enough to let you run 16 parts, with all available effects at once, complete with full patch remain for seamless transitions. As a result, you never have to guess about how many effects are available, or if sounds can be changed smoothly without limiting complex patches.
In addition to the color touchscreen interface, there are a wide range of knobs and sliders for immediate control, plus a dedicated synthesizer section with oscillator, filter, and envelope controls. Other tools include RGB pads, a classic TR-REC style pattern sequencer, real-time recording with piano roll editing, and a grid for recording and launching clips.
Fantom also is designed to integrate with your other gear and software. DAWs and performance software, like Apple’s Logic Pro and MainStage, can be operated from the touchscreen and panel controls, and virtual instruments from Roland Cloud and others can be controlled and combined with Fantom’s internal sounds.
The Fantom synths also can control modular and analog synthesizers with dual CV/Gate outputs.
Pricing and Availability
The Roland Fantom synths are expected to be available in September, with the following pricing: