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FOR HOME OR OFFICE USE

Unauthorized changes or modification to this system can void the users authority to operate this equipment. This equipment requires shielded interface cables in order to meet FCC class B Limit.

For Canada

NOTICE
This Class B digital apparatus meets all requirements of the Canadian Interference-Causing Equipment Regulations.
Cet appareil numrique de la classe B respecte toutes les exigences du Rglement sur le matriel brouilleur du Canada.

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USING THE UNIT SAFELY
Used for instructions intended to alert the user to the risk of death or severe injury should the unit be used improperly. Used for instructions intended to alert the user to the risk of injury or material damage should the unit be used improperly. * Material damage refers other adverse effects respect to the home furnishings, as well animals or pets. to damage or caused with and all its to domestic
The symbol alerts the user to important instructions or warnings.The specific meaning of the symbol is determined by the design contained within the triangle. In the case of the symbol at left, it is used for general cautions, warnings, or alerts to danger. The symbol alerts the user to items that must never be carried out (are forbidden). The specific thing that must not be done is indicated by the design contained within the circle. In the case of the symbol at left, it means that the unit must never be disassembled. The symbol alerts the user to things that must be carried out. The specific thing that must be done is indicated by the design contained within the circle. In the case of the symbol at left, it means that the powercord plug must be unplugged from the outlet.
Before using this unit, make sure to read the instructions below, and the Owners Manual. Connect mains plug of this model to a mains socket outlet with a protective earthing connection. Do not open or perform any internal modifications on the unit. (The only exception would be where this manual provides specific instructions which should be followed in order to put in place user-installable options; see p. 240, p. 242, p. 244, p. 246.) Do not attempt to repair the unit, or replace parts within it (except when this manual provides specific instructions directing you to do so). Refer all servicing to your retailer, the nearest Roland Service Center, or an authorized Roland distributor, as listed on the Information page. Never use or store the unit in places that are: Subject to temperature extremes (e.g., direct sunlight in an enclosed vehicle, near a heating duct, on top of heat-generating equipment); or are Damp (e.g., baths, washrooms, on wet floors); or are Humid; or are Exposed to rain; or are Dusty; or are Subject to high levels of vibration. This unit should be used only with a rack or stand that is recommended by Roland.

Turn the VALUE dial or press [DEC] to select MONO. Now you can play in mono mode.
If you assign Mono/Poly as a function to be controlled by the assignable switch ([ ]/[ ]), you can easily switch between mono/poly by pressing a button (p. 125).

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Creating Smooth Pitch Changes (Portamento)
Portamento is an effect which smoothly changes the pitch from the first-played key to the next-played key. By applying portamento when Mono mode is selected (see the preceding item), you can simulate performance effects such as slurring on a violin. 1. 2. Press [PATCH/RHYTHM] to access the Patch Play screen. Press [F7 (Part Kbd)] to move the cursor to the keyboard part. Press [PATCH EDIT] to access the Patch Edit screen. Press [F1 ()] or [F2 ()] to select the Solo/Porta tab. A screen like the one shown below appears.
Selecting the Parameter Controlled by the Realtime Controllers or D Beam Controller (Control Setting)
The Fantom-X lets you assign the parameters that will be affected when you operate the realtime control knobs, assignable switches, D Beam, pitch bend, or modulation lever. This lets you modify the sound in a variety of ways by operating the controllers.
Specifying the Part that Will be Affected by the Controller
You can specify whether operating the controller will affect the sound assigned to the keyboard part or the sound assigned to the pad part. 1. 2. 3. Press [PATCH/RHYTHM] to access the Patch Play screen. Press [F4 (Ctrl Setting)]. Press [F7 (Ctrl Part)].

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When you press [F7 (Zoom Edit)], the Solo Synth Zoom Edit screen will appear, which displays the above parameters in graphical fashion, simulating an analog synthesizer. To exit from this screen, press [F8 (Exit)] or [EXIT]. 5. Press Switch. or to move the cursor to Portamento
Turn the VALUE dial or press [INC] to select ON. Youre ready to play portamento. When you want to change the portamento setting, edit the following parameters in the screen of step 6. Portamento Mode, Portamento Type, Portamento Start, Portamento Time
Use [CURSOR] to select the parameter. Either turn the VALUE dial or use [INC][DEC] to turn the setting. If you want to keep the settings, press [F8 (System Write)]. When you have finished making settings, press [EXIT] to return to the Patch Play screen.

Arp Step: Digital In:

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Press [PATCH/RHYTHM] to access the Patch Play screen. Press [F7 (Part Kbd)] or [F8 (Part Pad)] to select the pad part or the keyboard part.
Patch Type Rhythm set group
Playing Percussion Instruments
In Patch mode, you can play percussion instruments from the keyboard and pad by selecting a rhythm set. As the rhythm tone assigned to each key and pad varies by the rhythm set selected, you can play a wide range of percussion instruments.

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Rhythm set number

Selecting a Rhythm Set

The Fantom-X has four rhythm set groups, including the User group, Preset group and GM group, with 32 rhythm sets in the User group, 40 rhythm sets in Preset group, and 9 rhythm sets in GM group. Rhythm sets can also be saved on a memory card. Whats more, you can further expand your options by installing up to three optional Wave Expansion Boards (SRX series; sold separately), enabling you to select from a large selection of rhythm sets.
Make sure that the Patch Type is set to Rhythm. If this is set to Patch, use [CURSOR] to move the cursor to the switch, and turn the VALUE dial or press [INC] to select Rhythm. Press to move the cursor to the rhythm set group.
This is the group inside the Fantom-X which can be rewritten. The rhythm sets you create can be stored in this group. The Fantom-X includes 32 rhythm sets. 3. 4. Turn the VALUE dial or press [INC]/[DEC] to select the rhythm set group. USER: User PRST: CARD: GM: Preset Memory card Preset GM (GM2)

PRST (Preset)

This is the group inside the Fantom-X which cannot be rewritten. However, you can modify the settings of the currently selected rhythm set, and then save the modified settings in User memory. The Fantom-X contains 40 preset rhythm sets.
XP-AD: Wave Expansion Boards installed in EXP-AD Slots 5. 6. Press to move the cursor to the rhythm set number.
Turn the VALUE dial or press [INC]/[DEC] to select the rhythm set number. If you selected a rhythm set for the pad part, play the pads to hear the sound. If you selected a rhythm set for the keyboard part, play the keyboard to hear the sound.
This is an internal group of rhythm sets compatible with General MIDI 2, a system of MIDI function specifications designed to transcend differences between makers and types of devices; these rhythm sets cannot be overwritten. Furthermore, settings of currently selected rhythm sets from this group cannot be changed. The Fantom-X includes nine preset rhythm sets.

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Saving Patches Youve Created (Write)
Changes you make to sound settings are temporary, and will be lost if you turn off the power or select another sound. If you want to keep the modified sound, you must save it in the internal USER group (user memory) When you edit the patch settings, an * will appear in the Patch Play screen.
Level Looped portion Tone change stored with the wave Time
When you perform the save procedure, the data that previously occupied the save destination will be lost. 1. 2. Make sure that the patch you wish to save is selected. Press [WRITE]. The Write Menu screen appears.

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Envelope for the TVF filter

Resulting tone change

Press [F2 (Patch/Rhythm)]. Alternatively, you can use and then press [ENTER]. or to select Patch/Rhythm,
The Patch Write screen appears.

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Assign a name to the patch.
For details on assigning names, refer to Assigning a Name (p. 36) 5. When you have finished inputting the name, press [F8 (Write)]. A screen will appear, allowing you to select the writedestination patch.

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Turn the VALUE dial or use [INC][DEC] and [F2 ()][F3 ()] to select the write destination and patch number. The write destination can be either the Fantom-Xs internal user area (User), or a memory card (Card).
Functions of Patch Parameters
This section explains the functions the different patch parameters have, as well as the composition of these parameters.
By pressing [F6 (Compare)] you can check the save-destination patch (Compare function). 7. Press [F8 (Write)]. A message will ask you for confirmation.
Never switch off the Fantom-X while data is being saved. 8. * Press [F8 (Exec)] to execute the save operation. To cancel the operation, press [F7 (Cancel)].
Parameters marked with a can be controlled using specified MIDI messages (Matrix Control). Settings in the Control screen will determine how these parameters are controlled (p. 80). If a number is displayed for the parameter name, (

1 , 2 , 3 ,

Auditioning the Save-Destination Patch (Compare)
Before you save a patch, you can audition the patch which currently occupies the save destination to make sure that it is one you dont mind overwriting. This can help prevent important patches from being accidentally overwritten and lost. 1. Follow the procedure in Saving Patches Youve Created (Write) through step 6 to select the save destination. Press [F6 (Compare)] to light it into red.
4 ), you can use the realtime controller knob of the corresponding number (the left most knob is number 1, the right most knob is number 4) to set the value.

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Selecting a Performance
The Fantom-X has two performance groups, including the User group and Preset groups, with each group storing 64 performances, for a total of 128 performances.
Selecting Performances from the List
You can display a list of performances and select a performance from that list. 1. 2. Press [LAYER/SPLIT] or [MIXER]. Press [F5 (Perf List)]. The Performance List screen appears.
This is the group inside the Fantom-X which can be rewritten. Performances you yourself create can be stored in this group. The Fantom-X contains 64 preset performances.

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This is the group inside the Fantom-X which cannot be rewritten. However you may modify the settings of the currently selected performance, and then store the modified performance in User memory. The Fantom-X contains 64 preset performances.
This group lets you use patches stored on a memory card inserted in the rear panel PC card slot. Since the data in this group can be rewritten, you can use this group to store patches that you create. 1. 2. Press [LAYER/SPLIT]. Press [CURSOR] to move the cursor to the performance group.
Performance group Performance number
To switch the performance group, press [F1()] [F2 ()] to move the cursor to the performance group tab, and press or to select the performance. Press [F8 (Select)] to close the Performance List screen.

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Creating a list of frequently used Patches and Performances (the Live Setting function)
You can create a list of frequently used sounds, and recall them instantly. Since you can register Patches, Rhythm Sets, or Performances, any type of sound you need can be recalled instantly regardless of the mode. For details, refer to p. 42.
Turn the VALUE dial, or press [INC]/[DEC] to select a performance group. USER: User PRST: CARD: Preset Memory Card
Press [CURSOR] to move the cursor to the performance number. Turn the VALUE dial or press [INC]/[DEC] to select the performance number.

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Selecting Favorite Performances
You can bring together your favorite and most frequently used performances in one place by registering them in the Favorite Performance. By using this function you can quickly select your favorite performances.
Press [F3 (Favorite)]. The Favorite List screen appears.

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For instructions on how to register to the Favorite Performance, refer to Registering a Favorite Performance (p. 100). 1. 2. Press [LAYER/SPLIT] or [MIXER]. Press [F5 (Perf List)] and then press [F3 (Favorite)]. The Favorite List screen appears. 4. Press [F1 ()] [F2 ()] to select the bank in which you wish to register the Performance. Press or to select the number to which you wish to register. The number you select here corresponds to [F1] [F8]. Press [F6 (Regist)] to execute the registration. To cancel, press [EXIT].

Specifies the range in which the pitch of the solo synth will vary. Value:2 OCTAVES, 4 OCTAVES, 8 OCTAVES

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Assignable Switch Settings
Changing Realtime Controller Settings
1. Hold down [SHIFT] and press one of the ASSIGNABLE SW button. The Switch screen appears.
Realtime Controller Knob Settings
1. Hold down [SHIFT] and rotate one of the REALTIME CONTROL knobs. The Knob screen appears.

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Move the cursor to the parameter that you want to set, and turn the VALUE dial or press [INC]/[DEC] to make the setting. If you want to save your settings, press [F8 (System Write)]. Press [Exit] to return to the previous screen.
Move the cursor to the parameter that you want to set, and turn the VALUE dial or press [INC]/[DEC] to set it. If you want to save your settings, press [F8 (System Write)]. Press [Exit] to return to the previous screen.
Realtime controller settings are saved independently for each performance as part of the performance settings. This lets you create performances that make effective use of controller settings.

Switch Assign

Specify the function that will be controlled by the assignable switch. Value

TRANSPOSE DOWN:

TRANSPOSE UP: TAP TEMPO: MONO/POLY:
Lowers the key range in semitone steps (up to 5 semitones lower). Raises the key range in semitone steps (up to 6 semitones higher). Tap tempo (a tempo specified by the interval at which you press the button). Pressed to toggle between polyphonic (POLY) and monophonic (MONO) play of a patch. Portamento On/Off Hold play On/Off Multi-effect 13 switch Chorus switch Reverb switch Mastering switch Loop play On/Off Rhythm pattern playback On/Off
For more information about Control Change messages, please refer to MIDI Implementation (p. 298). PITCH BEND: AFTERTOUCH: ARP STYLE: ARP GRID: ARP MOTIF: CHORD FORM: Pitch Bend Aftertouch Arpeggio Style Arpeggio Grid Arpeggio Motif Chord form of the Chord Memory function PORTAMENTO: HOLD: MFX13 SW: CHORUS SW: REVERB SW: MASTERING SW: LOOP: RHY START/STOP:
ARP DURATION: Adjusts the duration of each arpeggiated note
MASTER LEVEL: The volume of the entire Fantom-X * Master Level adjusts the volume both of the OUTPUT A jacks and the DIGITAL OUT jack. The panel VOLUME knob only adjusts the volume of the OUTPUT A jacks. Controls the playback position of the arpeggio pattern. Input level from DIGITAL IN.

Either turn the VALUE dial or use [INC], [DEC] to adjust this setting. Press Press to increase the display magnification. to decrease the display magnification.
Vertical axis (waveform amplitude axis): x1x128
Press [F8 (Close)] to close the sub-window. Even without displaying the Zoom In/Out sub-window, you can press CURSOR to expand/shrink the horizontal axis, or hold down [SHIFT] and press CURSOR to expand/shrink the vertical axis.

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Setting the Start/End Points of the Sample
You can specify the portion of the sample that will actually sound. You can also specify the region that is to be looped. 1. Press [SAMPLE LIST] and select the sample that you want to edit (p. 146). Press [SAMPLE EDIT].
After specifying the start point and end point, you can execute Truncate (p. 155) to delete unwanted portions at the beginning and end of the sample.

About the beat

Samples contain beat data. Up to 100 beat locations are specified for one sample. If the sample contains more than 100 beats, fifty beat locations will be specified from the beginning and end of the sample, respectively. * The preset samples do not contain beat data.

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When you want to reset the beat indication (Reset Grid function)
You can reassign the sample grid according to the specified start point and BPM. In the Sample Edit screen, specify the start point of the sample and press [F2 (Sample Param)] to access the Sample Prm screen. In the Sample Prm screen, specify the BPM and press [F7 (Reset Grid)]. To execute, press [F8 (Exec)].
For details on how to select a sample, refer to Sample List (p. 146). to select the point that you want to set.

3. Use or Start Point:

This is the point at which playback will start. Set this so that any unwanted portion at the beginning of the sample will be skipped, and the sound will begin at the desired moment. Loop Start: This is the point at which loop playback (second and subsequent times) will start. Set this if you want to loop the sound from a point other than the start point. End Point: This is the point at which playback will end. Set this so that any unwanted portion at the end of the sample will not be heard.
Sample modify operations (Chop, Normalize, etc.) apply to the entire sample. Even if you specify a start point or end point, they will be ignored. If you want to apply the operation only to the region between the start point and end point, use Truncate to delete unwanted portions of the sample, and then perform the sample modifying operation.
Using the knobs to edit the points
You can use the knobs to edit each point. Using the knobs is convenient when you need to make large changes to the value. 1. Make sure that the button indicators located at the right of the REALTIME CONTROL knobs are extinguished. If they are lit, press the button so the indicators go out. Use the REALTIME CONTROL knobs to specify the following editing points. From the left, the knobs have the following functions.

If you select another rhythm set, the rhythm set you assigned will be replaced by that patch. If you want to keep the patch you created, press [WRITE] and save it.
Press [EXIT] to return to the previous screen.

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Assigning a Sample as a Patch to a Part (Assign to Keyboard)
Heres how you can use the currently selected sample to create a patch, and assign it to a keyboard part. * * From the Sample List screen you can also press [F7 (Load Utility)]-> [F2 (Assign to Pad)] to execute Assign To Pad. You cannot execute this with more than one sample selected.
Press [F6 (Assign to Kbd)]. Assign to Keyboard window appears.

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Press or to specify the part to which the new patch is to be assigned, and then press [F8 (Select)]. The Assign to Keyboard window will appear, and you can verify the assignment for the part. If you press [F2 (Tempo Sync)] to turn it into red, the Wave Tempo Sync parameter (p. 63) will be turned ON for the patch that is assigned.
1. Press [SAMPLE LIST] to select a sample, and then press [SAMPLE EDIT] to access the Sample Edit screen. Press [F6 (Assign KB/Pad)]. Assign to Kbd/Pad window appears. 5.
Press [F8 (Exec)] A message will ask you for confirmation. Press [F8 (Exec)]. The sample will be assigned (as a patch) to the specified part. To cancel, press [F7 (Cancel)].
7. 3. Press [F6 (Assign to Kbd)]. The Assign to Keyboard window will appear, and you can verify the assignment for the keyboard part. If you press [F2 (Tempo Sync)] to turn it into red, the Wave Tempo Sync parameter (p. 63) will be turned ON for the patch that is assigned. 4. Press [F8 (Exec)] A message will ask you for confirmation. Press [F8 (Exec)]. The sample will be assigned (as a patch) to the specified keyboard part. To cancel, press [F7 (Cancel)].
If you select another patch, the patch you assigned will be replaced by that patch. If you want to keep the patch you created, press [WRITE] and save it.
Create a Rhythm Set (Create Rhythm)
Heres how you can use the sample(s) to create a rhythm set. This operation is called Create Rhythm. When you execute Create Rhythm, the sample(s) will become a rhythm set and will be assigned to a part. For example, you could record a sample, use the Chop function to divide it, and then use this Create Rhythm operation to assign the divided samples to a part as a rhythm set. Alternatively, you can assign a mark to two or more samples in the sample list, and execute Create Rhythm to assign the samples to a part as a rhythm set. The samples will be assigned consecutively from the C2 key. 1. 2. Press [SAMPLE LIST] to access the Sample List screen. Select the samples. If you want to select two or more samples, press [F5 (Mark Set)] to add a check mark () to the samples that you want to select. To remove the check mark, press [F4 (Mark Clear)]. You can press [F8 (Preview)] to audition the selected sample.

Procedure for Dividing a Sample
You can freely specify the point(s) at which the sample is to be divided. 4. 5. Press or to move the cursor to Current Address.
Either turn the VALUE dial or use [INC], [DEC] to move the point. At the location where you want to divide the sample, press [F4 (Add Point)]. The current location will be the dividing point. Repeat steps 5 and 6 to specify other dividing points as desired. You can specify up to 15 locations at which to divide the sample; i.e., the sample will be divided into a maximum of 16 pieces. Audition the sample as described in the section Auditioning the divided samples. If you want to re-make settings, press [F7 (Cancel)], and move or delete the point (p. 158). Press [F8 (Exec)]. A message will ask you for confirmation.
10. To execute the division, press [F8 (Exec)]. * To cancel, press [F7 (Cancel)]. When you execute the Chop operation, a message will ask whether you want to execute Create Rhythm. * The divided samples will be added to the sample list.
Dividing a Sample into Notes (Chop)
The chop function divides a sample waveform into separate notes. * * 1. 2. The Create Rhythm function (p. 152) makes it easy to create a rhythm set from a chopped sample. You cannot execute this with more than one sample selected. Press [SAMPLE EDIT] to access the Sample Edit screen. Press [F3 (Sample Modify)] to access the Sample Modify window.
11. If you want to execute Create Rhythm, press [F8 (Exec)]. For the rest of the procedure, refer to Create a Rhythm Set (Create Rhythm) (p. 152). 12. If you dont want to execute Create Rhythm, press [F7 (Cancel)].

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Automatically Dividing a Sample (Auto Chop)
Heres how you can automatically specify the points at which the sample is to be divided, and then divide the sample. 1. From step 3 of p. 157, press [F6 (Auto Chop)]. The Auto Chop sub-window will appear.
10. If you dont want to execute Create Rhythm, press [F7 (Cancel)]. You will return to the Sample Edit screen.

Dst Track/ Pattern (Destination Track/Pattern)
Check/modify the copy-destination track or pattern. Value ALL: TRK 1TRK 16: TEMPO: Phrase tracks 116, the beat track, and the tempo track The specified phrase track Tempo track
Specifies the range of measures that are to be deleted. If you set For to ALL, all measures will be specified.
If you set the source track to ALL, the destination track can be set to either ALL or PTN001PTN100. If you select PTN001PTN100, the data from the 16 phrase tracks will be merged as it is copied. If TEMPO is selected as the source track, then only Tempo can be selected for the destination track.

Copying Phrases (Copy)

This function copies a specified area of sequencer data. It is convenient for repeating the same phrase several times. You can copy patterns to a phrase track, or copy data from a phrase track to a pattern.

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Dst Measure (Destination Measure)
Specifies the copy-destination measure. If you want the copy destination to be right after the last measure of a song, set this parameter to END.

Copy Mode

Specifies whether you want to preserve the existing data in the copy destination when copying. Value MIX: REPLACE: Combines the data from the copy source with the existing data in the copy destination. Musical data in the copy destination will be erased (i.e., overwritten) when the copy takes place. Only the sequencer data of the MIDI channels specified by the Channel parameter will be overwritten, and data of other MIDI channels will remain.

Copy Times

Specifies the number of times that the data will be copied to the copy destination.
Src Track / Pattern (Source Track / Pattern)
Specifies the copy-source track(s) or pattern. Value ALL: TRK 1TRK 16: TEMPO: Phrase tracks 116, the beat track, and the tempo track The specified phrase track Tempo track

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Selects the type of data to be copied. Value ALL NOTE Poly Aftertouch Control Change Program Change Channel Aftertouch Pitch Bend System Exclusive Tune Request Pattern Call

Even when I set the Pan for a Patch completely to one side, sound still comes from the other channel. The Fantom-Xs internal effects are in stereo, so if you have effects applied to a Patch, even if the Pan is set all the way to one side, you will still be able to hear sounds of the effect component from the other channel. Sometimes, when playing legato, the pitch wont rise. Why is this? When the Legato Switch parameter (p. 77) is ON, and the Legato Retrigger parameter (p. 77) is OFF, and you hold down keys in the high register to play legato, the upper pitch limit of the wave may be exceeded, so that the pitch does not rise as far as you expect, but will stop rising at a certain point. Additionally, if differing upper pitch limits are used for the waves of a Patch that uses multiple tones, it may stop being heard in MONO. When making large pitch changes, set the Legato Retrigger parameter to ON. The notes sound strange in the upper registers of the keyboard. Sometimes when playing the keys in the upper part of the Fantom-Xs keyboard, the sound may stop, or the pitch may stop rising; or with certain keys, there may be intermittent noise. This occurs mainly when the Fantom-Xs upper pitch limit is exceeded, so this issue doesnt arise in the ranges normally used. But, in any case, it does not indicate a malfunction. Although the same Patch is selected, it sounds different when I listen to it in the Performance. In Performance mode, the parameters of each part of the performance can apply further modification to parameters such as pan, octave, and filter, relative to the settings specified by the patch. Thus, Patches in a Performance may sound different than they do when heard in Patch mode. To return these settings to their initial conditions, select the Patch after execute Factory Reset Temporary for the Performance. (p. 235) Additionally, although a Patch may comprise tones created with the use of the multi-effects, the multi-effects used in the Performance may differ from the multi-effects selected by the Patch. Check the multi-effect settings of the performance. Also do the same for the Chorus and Reverb settings. The volume level of the instrument connected to Fantom-X is too low. Could you be using a connection cable that contains a resistor? Use a connection cable that does not contain a resistor

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Issues Related to Effects
Effects not applied. Check the following points. The MFX, CHO, REV or MASTER effect switches located in the upper part of the PLAY screen may have been turned off. Press [EFFECTS]/[F8 (Effect Sw)] to turn them on. Are the various effect settings correct? (p. 206) If the send level of each effect is set to 0, the effect will not be applied. Check the settings. Even with send levels to each effect set at 0, effects are not applied if the Multi-effects Output Level, the Chorus Level, or the Reverb Level is set to 0. Check each setting. If Output Assign is set to other than MFX, the Multi-effects sound will not be output. If Output Assign is set to PATCH for each Part of the Performance, the sound will be output according to the Output Assign settings of the Patch (for each Tone) which is assigned to those Parts. This means that if Output Assign for the Patch (each Tone) is set to other than MFX, the Multi-effects sound will not be output. The Modulation or other controller is always on. Check the Matrix Controller settings. (p. 80) The Fantom-X allows you to use the Matrix Control to control Patches in real time. The Matrix Control functions as the control source for the Control Change and other MIDI messages received by the Fantom-X, and makes changes to the various Patch parameters based on these messages. Depending on these settings, the Fantom-X may be responding to MIDI messages sent from external MIDI devices, and may result the Patches sounding different than intended. Raising the chorus or reverb send level for each part of a performance still does not cause the effect to be applied sufficiently. Although you can make Send level settings to the Chorus and Reverb for each individual Part in a Performance, these values only set the upper limit of the Chorus and Reverb Send levels for the Patch used. Accordingly, even when the value is set to the maximum of 127, if the Send level is lowered in the Patch being used, there will be no effect. In addition, different Patch Chorus and Reverb Send level settings can be used according to whether or not the multi-effects are used. Using the Matrix Control or other such means to control the LFO results in noise when the Pan is changed suddenly. Lower the change in speed (LFO Rate). Due to the specialized processing used for the Pan, which alters the volume level in each of the left and right sides, sudden Pan movements causing rapid changes in these levels creates large changes in volume, and noise from this may be audible as a result.

Check the following points. Is the input level appropriate? If the input level is too high, the sampled sound will be distorted. If it is too low, noise will be heard. When sampling, turn the LEVEL knob in the Sampling Standby screen (p. 142) to adjust the level while watching the level meter displayed in the upper part of the display. Adjust the level so that the CLIP indication in the upper right of the display does not appear. Are the effect settings appropriate? Some types of effect may increase the level louder than the original sample, or may intentionally distort the sound. Some effects will also cause noise to be emphasized. Temporarily turn off effects, and check whether the sample itself contains noise or distortion. Then adjust the effect settings appropriately. Are multiple samples being played simultaneously? Even if the level of each individual sample is appropriate, simultaneously playing multiple samples may cause the overall level to be excessively high, causing distortion. Lower the level of each sample so that the sound is not distorted.
Issues Related to a Memory Card
Cant select data from a memory card Check the following points. Is the memory card inserted correctly? Turn off the power, remove the memory card, then re-insert the memory card correctly. Is the memory card an appropriate type? The Fantom-X can use either PC card type memory cards, or another type of memory card via a PC card adaptor. I cant use a memory card Is the memory card formatted? An unformatted floppy disk cannot be used. Perform the Format procedure.

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Parameter List

Patch Parameter

General Group (P.60)

Parameter

Patch Name Patch Category Patch Level Patch Pan Patch Priority Octave Shift Patch Coarse Tune Patch Fine Tune Stretch Tune Depth Analog Feel Cutoff Offset Resonance Offset Attack Time Offset Release Time Offset Velocity Sens Offset * Specify when writing.
space, AZ, az, 09, ! # $ % & ( ) * + , -. / : ; < = > ? @[\]^_`{|} 0127 L64063R LAST, LOUDEST -3 +3 -48 +48 -50 +50 OFF, -63 +63 -63 +63 -63 +63 -63 +63 -63 +63

Analog Feel Depth

Wave Group (P.62)

Wave Group Wave Bank

INT, EXP, SAMP, MSAM When the wave group is INT: A or B, EXP: AD, When the wave group is SAMP: PRST, USER, CARD, When the wave group is MSAM: USER, CARD ----, 11228 (The upper limit will depend on the wave group.) ----, 11228 (The upper limit will depend on the wave group.) -6, 0, +6, +12 OFF, ON OFF, ON 14 016
Wave No. L (Mono) Wave No. R Wave Gain Wave Tempo Sync FXM Switch FXM Color FXM Depth

Frequency # Sens # Polarity

UP, DOWN

Low Gain High Gain Balance # Level
-15 +15 dB -15 +15 dB D100:0W D0:100W 0127
Adjusts the frequency at which modulation is applied. Adjusts the amount of frequency modulation applied. Determines whether the frequency modulation moves towards higher frequencies (UP) or lower frequencies (DOWN). Gain of the low frequency range Gain of the high frequency range Volume balance between the direct sound (D) and the effect sound (W) Output level

18: AUTO PAN

Cyclically modulates the stereo location of the sound.

fig.MFX-18a

Auto Pan Auto Pan

16: STEP RING MODULATOR

This is a ring modulator that uses a 16-step sequence to vary the frequency at which modulation is applied.

fig.MFX-16

Step Ring Mod

SAW1 R

Step Ring Mod Range

2-Band EQ Explanation

SAW2 R
Step 0116 Rate # Attack #

0.0510.00 Hz, note 0127

Frequency of ring modulation at each step Rate at which the 16-step sequence will cycle Speed at which the modulation frequency changes between steps Amount of boost/cut for the low-frequency range Amount of boost/cut for the high-frequency range Volume balance of the original sound (D) and effect sound (W) Output volume
Rate # Depth # Low Gain High Gain Level 0.0510.00 Hz, note 0127 -15 +15 dB -15 +15 dB 0127
Frequency of the change Depth to which the effect is applied Gain of the low range Gain of the high range Output Level

19: STEP PAN

This uses a 16-step sequence to vary the panning of the sound.

fig.MFX-19

Step Pan

17: TREMOLO

Cyclically modulates the volume to add tremolo effect to the sound.

fig.MFX-17a

L6463R 0.0510.00 Hz, note 0127 OFF, ON

Explanation

Pan at each step Rate at which the 16-step sequence will cycle Speed at which the pan changes between steps Specifies whether an input note will cause the sequence to resume from the first step of the sequence (ON) or not (OFF) Volume at which an input note will be detected Output volume

Tremolo Tremolo

Input Sync Sw
Input Sync Threshold Level 0127 0127

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20: SLICER
By applying successive cuts to the sound, this effect turns a conventional sound into a sound that appears to be played as a backing phrase. This is especially effective when applied to sustaintype sounds.

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Workstation Keyboards

Fantom X6/X7/X8

TurboStart

Layering Two Patches
Multiple sounds can be layered together. Use the following procedure to layer Part 1 with Part 2: 1. Press LAYER/SPLIT so its lit. 2. Turn the VALUE dial to select PRST: 01 Seq: Template. 3. Use CURSOR or and the VALUE dial to place a checkmark next to Parts 1 and 2. 4 Press F2 (Part View). 5. Turn the VALUE dial to select PR-B 104 Warm Strings as the patch for Part 2. 6. Press CURSOR to highlight Part 1. 7. Turn the VALUE dial to select PR-A 003 Warm Piano. 8. Play the layered piano and string sounds on the keyboard. Note: Weve selected these two patches for demonstration purposes. You can layer any patches you like.

Welcome

Congratulations on your purchase of the Roland Fantom-X. This TurboStart contains step-by-step instructions that will quickly introduce you to the Fantom-Xs major features.

Playing the Demo Songs

The Fantom-X has six built-in demo songs. To play them: 1. Press MENU. 2. Turn the VALUE dial to select Demo Play. 3. Press ENTER. 4. Turn the VALUE dial to select a song. 5. Press ENTER. 6. When youre done listening, press F8 (Exit).
Selecting and Auditioning Patches
Use the following steps to hear some of the patches in the Fantom-X: 1. Press PATCH/RHYTHM so its lit. 2. Press F7 (Kbd Part). 3. Turn the VALUE dial to select a patch. 4. Play the selected patch.

Creating a Split

After creating a layer, creating a split is easy. Follow these steps to create a split between Parts 1 and 2. 1. Follow Steps 1-7 of Layering Two Patches above. 2. Press LAYER/SPLIT again. 3. Press F3 (Key Range). 4. Press CURSOR or to select PART 1. 5. Use the CURSOR buttons and VALUE dial to change the Lower value to C4. 6. Press CURSOR to select PART 2. 7. Use the CURSOR buttons and VALUE dial to change the Upper value to B3. 8. Play the keyboard to hear the newly created split between PR-B 104 Warm Strings on the left and PR-A 003 Warm Piano on the right.
Selecting Patches by Category
You can quickly select patches from any of 38 different categories. Use the following steps to find patches by category: 1. Press PATCH/RHYTHM so its lit. 2. Press F7 (Kbd Part). 3. Press F1 (Patch List). 4. Press F4 to select Patch Categ. 5. Press F2 () or F1 () to select a category. 6. Turn the VALUE dial to audition the patches in the selected category.
Auditioning Rhythm Sets on the Pads
The Fantom-X has rhythm sets that contain a variety of percussion instruments and special-effect sounds. Use the following steps to audition the different sets while playing the pads in the DYNAMIC PAD BANK: 1. Press PATCH/RHYTHM so its lit. 2. Press F8 (Pad Part). 3. Turn the VALUE dial to select a rhythm set. 4. Play the pads.

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Assigning a Sample to a Pad
Now that weve captured and saved a sample, lets assign it to a pad: 1. Press PATCH/RHYTHM so its lit. 2. Press SAMPLE LIST so its lit. 3. Turn the VALUE dial to select the sample you wish to assignthe currently selected sample is highlighted. Note: To audition a sample, select it, and then press and hold F8 (Preview). 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Press F7 (Load Utility). Press F2 (To Pad). Press the pad that you want to use. Press F8 (Exec) twiceAssign to pad completed briefly appears in the display. Press the pad to audition its sample.

Sampling

The Fantom-X contains a sampler for recording audio sources from a microphone, CD and so on. Use the following steps to sample: 1. Connect a microphone or CD player to the appropriate input on the back of the Fantom. 2. While holding SHIFT, press MIX IN. 3. Turn the VALUE dial to select the appropriate input selection. Note: If youre using a microphone, first confirm that any connected amplifiers or monitors are turned down before selecting MICROPHONE. 4. 5. 6. Press the SAMPLING button so its flashing. Press F1 (Sampling). Speak into the microphone or play your external sound source while turning the LEVEL control knob clockwise to adjust your input levels.
Note: If the levels are too high, the PEAK indicator next to the LEVEL control knob lights. If this occurs, reduce the input level. 7. 8. 9. 10. Press F8 (Start). Perform or play whatever it is youre sampling. Press F7 (Stop) when youre finished. Press and hold F8 (Preview) to hear the sample.

Note: If you wish to keep your new sample-playing rhythm set, write it to user or card memory as described in the Fantom-X Owners Manual.

Assigning the D Beam

You can assign various functions to the D Beam. Use the following steps to set up the D Beam for controlling the resonance in a patch. 1. Press PATCH/RHYTHM so its lit. 2. Press F7 (Kbd Part). 3. Turn the VALUE dial to select PR-A: 029 Remember. 4. Press ASSIGNABLE under the D Beam so its lit. 5. Press F4 (Ctrl Setting). 6. Press F1 () or F2 () to select D Beam (Asgn). 7. Use CURSOR or to highlight the Type box. 8. Turn VALUE to select CC71:RESONANCE. 9. Play the keyboard while slowly raising and lowering your hand over the D Beam and listen to how the sound changes.
Writing a Sample into Memory
Newly recorded samples must be written into the memory before turning off the Fantom-X otherwise, the sample will be lost. Use the following procedure to save a sample: 1. Press SAMPLE LIST so its lit. 2. Turn VALUE to select the desired sample. 3. Press WRITE. 4. Press F3 (Sample). 5. Use the VALUE dial and CURSOR buttons to name the sample. 6. Press F8 (Write). 7. Press F2 to select Userif youre using a SmartMedia card, press F3 to select Card. 8. Turn the VALUE dial to select a destination for the sample. 9. Press F8 (Write). 10. Press F8 (Exec).

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