MATRIXSYNTH: Roland FANTOM Synthesizer Version 2.0 Update for FANTOM 6, FANTOM 7 & FANTOM 8

Friday, September 18, 2020

Roland FANTOM Synthesizer Version 2.0 Update for FANTOM 6, FANTOM 7 & FANTOM 8


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Update: loopop video [and press release] added below.

"FANTOM is a new kind of creative hub, where you can pull together all the sounds and inspiration around you into one music production environment. And it keeps growing and evolving with new sounds, features, and refinements based on customer feedback.

Building on the recent additions of multiple SuperNATURAL sound engines and a stunning 32-band stereo vocoder, FANTOM now takes another giant leap forward with version 2.0. The free update includes major enhancements to FANTOM’s sampling, sequencing, effects, and routing capabilities, and new ways to make FANTOM the center of your creative universe.

In this video, Mark Watson takes you through some of the new features of FANTOM v2.0. Use these links to jump ahead to learn more about the features that interest you most:

00:00 FANTOM Version 2.0 Overview
01:38 New Sampling Features
02:24 Sampling to Keyboard
03:17 Sampling Keyboard and Input
04:04 Sampling the Vocoder
05:13 Multisampling
07:55 New Sequencer Edit Tools
08:52: TFX (Total Effects) Processor
09:42 Pad Sampler Routing, Zoom Edit, More Output Routing
10:05 New Scene Chain Markers
10:20 Zone Advanced Control and Zone Transpose
11:27 Increased Aftertouch Sensitivity and Touchscreen Wallpaper

The sampling engine gets a radical overhaul in version 2.0, with the ability to sample directly to the keyboard or to build detailed multisamples up to 352 samples per tone. Keyboard samples and multisamples can be edited on board and used as the basis of any oscillator/partial in a ZEN-Core tone. With four oscillators per tone and up to 16 tones in a Scene, the sound design potential is mind-bending.

In addition to other audio routing enhancements, FANTOM’s master section now has a TFX (Total Effects) processor. Along with the already-equipped master compressor and EQ, the TFX processor can add any of its 90 effects to FANTOM’s master output. And now you can use effects on input, and even sample the result!

Sequencing continues to take advantage of FANTOM’s high-resolution touchscreen. You can now draw and edit automation using multiple gestures, and the new microscope mode lets you fine-tune each note to perfection.

Each of FANTOM’s 16 zones can already be assigned to an internal sound or an external input or software synthesizer. Now, each zone can be set to both for truly epic sounds! You can even transpose each zone independently and save the settings in a Scene.

And speaking of Scenes, you can now visualize your Scene Chains in a list and easily swap their places. You can even jump around your Scene Chain using handy markers.

Finally, version 2.0 lets you change the touchscreen background to match your mood or creative space.

If you’re a FANTOM owner, be sure to sign up for a free Roland Account. Using the latest version of Roland Cloud Manager software, you can download free SuperNATURAL acoustic and electric piano sound collections for your FANTOM and explore a huge variety of sound expansions for FANTOM and Roland Zen-Core instruments.

In addition, Roland Cloud offers a growing collection of Roland virtual instruments for use in modern workflows. Producer, beatmaker, gigging musician, or just getting started—you'll find something to inspire you. The original TR-808, classic JUNO-106, powerhouse JUPITER-8, and genre-defining TB-303 are all part of the 50-plus instrument collection. And Roland's legacy of innovation evolves yet again with the new ZENOLOGY Software Synthesizer, an advanced plug-in with deep sound design capabilities and seamless compatibility with your FANTOM and all ZEN-Core hardware instruments."

FANTOM Version 2 // Review and multi-sampling tutorial for Roland Fantom 6, 7 and 8

loopop

TIMELINE:
0:00 Intro
0:30 Overview
8:55 Connectivity
10:10 Sampling 2.0
17:45 Multisamples
22:25 Resampling
24:35 Sequencing
26:25 Microscope
26:55 Automation
28:05 Chains 2.0
30:20 Groups, song
32:15 FX: TFX, iMFX
34:30 Zones
35:40 Pad modes
37:15 Drum zoom...
37:40 Arp, chords
39:20 Pros, cons"

Update2: and the official press release:



"Los Angeles, CA, September 18, 2020 — Roland has announced the Version 2.0 update for owners of the FANTOM 6, 7, and 8 synthesizers. Leveraging the deep, expandable power of the ZEN-Core Synthesis System at the heart of the FANTOM series, this free, user-installable update delivers major enhancements to the sampling, sequencing, effects, and routing capabilities, while also providing new customization options for live performance and studio production.

Introduced in 2019, FANTOM is a next-generation creative hub where users can pull together all the sounds and inspiration around them into one music production environment. And the platform keeps growing and evolving, with new sounds, features, and refinements providing continuing value to owners. Building on the recent additions of multiple SuperNATURAL sound engines and a 32-band stereo vocoder, FANTOM takes another giant leap forward with Version 2.0, bringing more user-requested features and inspiring workflow improvements.

The FANTOM sampling engine gets a significant overhaul in Version 2.0. Users now have the ability to sample directly to the keyboard or build detailed multisamples, which can be edited on board and used as the basis of any oscillator/partial in a ZEN-Core tone. With up to 352 samples per tone and 16 tones in a Scene, the sound design potential is vast.

Version 2.0 also brings a TFX (total effects) processor to FANTOM’s master section, complementing the existing master compressor and EQ. The TFX processor introduces deep sound-shaping power with 90 different effects that can be applied to the master output. Numerous audio routing features have also been added, including the ability to apply effects to audio input sources and sample the results.

FANTOM features a color touchscreen interface, and the sequencing enhancements in Version 2.0 take even greater advantage of this powerful tool. Users can now draw and edit automation using multiple gestures, while the new microscope mode lets them fine-tune every note to perfection.

Each of FANTOM’s 16 zones can already be assigned to an internal sound or an external input like a software synthesizer. With Version 2.0, internal and external sources can now be layered or split within a zone to build huge sounds and intricate performance setups. It’s also possible to transpose each zone independently and save settings in Scenes for instant recall. And the Scene Chain function has been enhanced with a list view, where users can easily swap positions and use markers to quickly jump to different sections.

Version 2.0 also brings new ways for users to customize FANTOM, including modifying the touchscreen background to match their creative environment.

Developed from the ground up for modern players, FANTOM models offer exceptional playability and aftertouch support with Roland’s best keyboards ever, including the acclaimed PHA-50 on the 88-key FANTOM 8 and a semi-weighted action on the 76-key FANTOM 7 and 61-key FANTOM 6. In addition to the color touchscreen, there are plenty of knobs and sliders for intuitive and immediate control, plus a dedicated synthesizer section with oscillator, filter, and envelope controls.

Download the Fantom Version 2.0 firmware update here."

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