Roland ships the Fantom XA

Roland is proud to announce that the
Fantom-Xa is now shipping. Roland’s Fantom-X series has redefined the
cutting-edge of sample-based workstation technology. For musicians who want the famous sound and power of a new-generation Fantom, but desire a more cost-effective way to Fantomize their rigs, Roland proudly announces the Fantom-Xa — a multifaceted sampling workstation with an affordable price tag!

Many of the most popular features from the flagship Fantom-X line have
been ported to the Fantom-Xa, including 128-voice polyphony, major memory expansion, high-resolution built-in sequencing, realtime audio
time-stretching, COSM® modeling effects, mastering processor, Skip Back
Sampling, USB port, WAV/AIF compatibility, and an SRX expansion slot. The onboard PC Card slot allows up to a gigabyte (!) of patch and sample data storage.

Under the Fantom-Xa’s hood is one of the most powerful synth engines on
the market. It’s loaded with great raw waveforms, semi-modular structures, multiple filter types, and up to eight syncable LFOs per patch, including the ultra-expressive programmable Step LFO. The Fantom-Xa shines with bank after bank of great patches, covering the classic keyboard and orchestral instruments plus modern electronic textures and much more. The 1,000-plus internal patches are categorized by family (Electric Guitars, Soft Pads, Organs, etc.) so it’s easy to find your sound quickly.

Whether you’re sequencing MIDI tracks, triggering samples, or even
recording audio directly to RAM, the Fantom-Xa makes combining these
elements a simple process. Lay down a drum track by combining the internal drum sounds with audio loops, which can automatically sync to tempo via realtime timestretching. Then record some keyboard parts via MIDI and finish your song by tracking a guitar or vocal as audio. The
high-resolution sequencer holds up to 400,000 events, and supports Standard MIDI Files.

The Fantom-Xa is loaded with studio-quality COSM® effects. There are
three MFX processors onboard, plus dedicated reverb, chorus, and even a
mastering processor with multiband compression. Export your polished,
finalized mixes to a PC or Mac via USB for CD burning.

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