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Average rating: 4.2 out of 5
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Mark Meiss a part-time user from USA writes:
I had owned an 01/W Pro for 8 years and decided to upgrade. I bought a Triton Pro, but was disappointed by the build and sound sample quality, so I sold it. Then I got a Motif 7. Kept it 2 weeks and returned it; way to complicated and the action was too light. Finally, I found the Fantom and waited until it was released. The instrument was well worth the wait. It boils down to this: if you want to do trance, electronic, hip-hop, or some other form of sample loop based electronica, go with the Triton or Motif. If, however, you are a musician, not a DJ, who wants to play and compose, not re-mix, then the Fantom is wonderful. It certainly can do the electronic sounds very well, but its imitative acoustic sounds are beautiful. Also, in a live environment, the Fanton projects into a mix much more effectively than either the Triton or Motif. The output on the instrument just seems hotter and more lively (balanced outputs), and the instrument has more kick. Ease of use is perfect. You won't miss a touch screen in the slightest. Roland really got the OS right with this one. I am very happy with the Fantom, and will probably get an RD-700 to compliment it. Once again, it's not an analog modeling unit, but if you do traditional composing, it's the best sounding and easiest to use piece out there. Highly recommended.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jan-03-2002 at 12:47
Piotr a professional user from PL writes:
PATCHES: like on any other workstation, a little of everything. Quality of the most of patches is at least good, but thanks to the Fantom programming capabilities I could easiliy create desired sounding. The big LCD screen with "soft-keys" does speed-up the work. RHYTHM SETS: 16 preset kits - quite OK, but there is 16 user kits to set-up! FILTERS: average EFFECTS: not so good as Triton's, but they do not make patches sounding plastic (what I hear on my Triton), and of course there is a very interesting COSM effect. SEQUENCER: big display makes work much easier. I mainly use computer software for sequencing, but sometimes it's good to have it as a notepad.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jan-02-2002 at 09:13
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