The Roland Fantom! Should You Buy It?Mar 19, 2022
well hello and welcome to the channel my name is derek and today we are going to talk about the new
rolandreleased this product in 2019 and i personally think they have really upped the ante on what people are going to do. I'm starting to look forward to the keywords that cost so much and occupy this segment, so I just wanted to give my thoughts on the keyboard now that I've had the chance to play with it multiple times now that I've had the chance. to use it in the studio, use it in many different projects, make my own music, etc., etc., I wanted to give my opinion and perception on this keyboard to help someone make a buying decision now.
I want to give you fair warning like I do on most of my videos this is mostly a talk video and less a playback video because I really want to share my thoughts and give insight on the board it's not just about demoing the sounds, although of course there will be some playing around but this is mostly about information so if you like in depth videos like this one about keyboards, stereos and the like, roundups, reviews, tutorials etc then please click on this video Please click the like button on this video and go ahead and subscribe to the channel. too and hit the notification bell icon so you get notified every time I upload new stuff so without further ado let's get into the rolling ghost real quick before I pull out the dashboard and take a look at it just wanted to show you guys something here because there are some misunderstandings about the roland phantom i just want to clear them up here so right now i'm on the roland website this is roland.com this is their official website and what i'm going to do is click products.
I'm going to go to synthesizers and you'll see some categories here. You see analog or analog modeling and modeling and performance and workstation. I'm going to click on that here and uh r Right away the first keyboard that comes up is the roland phantom series of keyboards um here and then they have some other stuff on some other keyboards in the category so something I just wanted to bring to your attention . I'm going to click on the phantom 7 since that's the one I have and come here it says phantom 7 and then it says synth keyboard synth keyboard which means according to roland the roland phantom isn't a workstation but it's a synth and that's very important of people just dismiss it as oh well that's just marketing that's the way they marketed it but it's actually a workstation but i don't really agree i think they're calling it a synth by the way. back here we go back to the different ones uh we go back to the same category and you can see you have a music workstation for the fa series of keyboards if you go down further you have a juno ds and it's called a synth it's not just marketing it shows you o it gives you an expectation of what kind of features it will have if Nord called the Nord Stage 3 a workstation everyone would complain that it doesn't have a battery it doesn't have a sequencer it doesn't have a sampler and whatnot on board and if they called it workstation, there will be a backlash but it's not a workstation it's a stage piano and that's not marketing that's what it really is and then there's a misunderstanding people think oh well you know why the old ghosts how do we go here i'm going to type phantom g let's go to phantom g press enter and see what we come up with you can see here it's the old roland ghosts you know the phantom the phantom g6 g7 g8 the phantom s you know the phantom s88 xs uh the x the phantom x6 and seven phantom x8 uh you got phantom xr and this one here the xr is called a synth and sampler so this doesn't have any um does it have it I don't have a sequencer and stuff but all the rest are called stations work, they call them workstations, workstations, everything is a workstation when you get to the new ghost, it says synth and I think they did it on purpose. you hear people you know complain about the sequencer or the sampler ability a lot of times because they think it's a workstation because it's called a phantom but it's actually a synth according to roland now if you go to a website you know the musician's friend from sweetwater from the guitar center you go to these different places uh they'll call it a workstation but those are the non-manufacturer retailers so they market it as a workstation but the manufacturer says it's not a workstation work, it's a synth and so today in this video we're going to talk about it as a synth not a workstation so let's go ahead and get into it.
I'm going to take out the board and we'll take a bath. k all right so here we are we're looking at the back of the back of the rolling ghost and we're looking at the right back so we're going to start on the right side of the keyboard and work our way over to the left side and uh the first connector you have here will just be the headphone jack now i wish the headphone jack was on the front um maybe just have a chrono center and have that headphone jack on the front spoils me a bit but it really makes a world of difference with this just because it's in the front it's uh just a little more convenient in the front you don't have to worry about wires and other things getting in the way but at least you know it's right towards the end from the keyboard in there so it's not too hard to wrap the cable in there with the headphone jack now it gives you two balanced outputs for your main outputs well it gives you two balanced and two unbalanced jacks what i do like is that just like the um rd 20 00 it gives you um the xlr jacks um so it gives you two xlr jacks you don't need a direct box or anything like that you can go straight to um straight to a stage box or straight to your mixer or whatever using the balance jacks on there I really love having them and of course it still gives you a left and right model uh that's going to be unbalanced so if you have your regular trs jacks you can use those like um also we're going to move the camera here just a little bit and uh what we can see here is that um you get um a sub sub one and it's about two so it gives you four it gives you four connectors here uh now these are just assignable uh more assignable outputs so in addition to your main outputs it also gives you four additional outputs so there's a lot of connectivity and stuff in there no matter what your setup and stuff so you get um you also get um analog analog filter , so this yes you can this does have an analog filter on it and you can run the analog filter you can run that as well separately however you would like to do that it gives you a memory usb port there now this specific port is to update your equipment, um, um, you know, add new sounds, things like that, that's what's used there. memory port because this is for connecting to your computer that usb port there and then it gives you um cv and gate outs as well so you can control modular gear from this keyboard so um old modular um not old but any modular gear that use cv and gate um you have you can control it from the ghost and then we're going to move a little further down here and then it gives you three uh three external outputs so now these are all USB and you can't control external outputs but you can control devices externals with this, so if you have another bus-powered keyboard this will power it and you can tell it and it transfers midi and stuff like that through here so you can plug all kinds of different devices in here, you know what?
If you need to know if it's flash drives or other drives and things like that, it actually gives you three so no other keyboard I have gives you that many external devices that you can control at once via USB and let's move on. down here until we get the keyboard down and to the left now these are going to be inputs so it gives you mic and line inputs and they're both balanced you can connect an xlr jack to it or a trs jack to it if you go in here so they're both combo jacks and you've got a little level here where you can adjust the levels and they're both also, um, they can receive, um, they can put out a phantom power, so if you've got condenser mics and things like that, you know that if you want to turn them on, you can turn them on using either of these jacks here and then it gives you your regular sustain pedals, one that says "sustain" and then it gives you three other pedals as well to control the multiplicity of things, so expression pedals, volume pedals, whatever.
I want to use um they have them here or if you wanted to plug in one of those um pedals that actually has three pedals in it um because maybe you're more of a traditional pianist or something like that this also has that functionality where you can plug in, you know, a pedal sustain which has the three traditional um piano pedals as well so it's a nice touch there and then we have here we have a midi on a midi out and then we have another midi jack here which um is a midi out and through for what you can have it you can use it as a step or you can use it as another mini midi output so you have too many outputs and one input too and then outside of that it's just going to be a um just your power switch and your ac, so what i want to say about the phantom is just looking at all this connectivity uh that doesn't have another keyboard on the market right now. of them have this amount of connectivity so this i keyboard is really ready to handle whatever you throw at it so I think in this department though I'm not comparing the various keyboards and stuff now uh with this one really it's about the roland phantom but when it comes to connectivity the roland phantom has every other keyboard on the market and the reason I like to show the back of keyboards is because a lot of times when you actually start using the keyboard, you play it to its rhythm by playing live recordings in the studio. projects and then you want to plug gear and stuff into it, and you want to use it in the studio and you want to run a mic through it and stuff like that, you know this kind of stuff makes it really easy to use, you know? it's just an audio interface itself and you don't need an audio interface to connect it to computers and to do all kinds of different things this kind of thing really comes in handy and this just goes to show how this is more modern n and ready for a more modern setup and more complex settings than the other keyboards so I really like the connectivity I have.
I have absolutely nothing to complain about when it comes to this connectivity on the back of the board. around and let's take a look at the front of the dash and talk about that ok so now we're going to look at the front of the dash here this is the mount i have mount seven and uh the first thing we'll do is start over here and we'll start with just the joystick has a joystick that gives you you know your pitch my image modulation through your joystick so modulation just pushing it up and then you know the pitch your pitch is adjusted by moving it back and forth um pretty common and also it's got an arpeggio button here and it's got a portamento button it's got s1 and s2 buttons now these can be assigned it's got a chord memory because uh you can actually go in there and play chords just by pressing one note and you can memorize the chords and stuff along the style and you can pick different chords and things that you want to use then you have your transpose button and then your octave up and down buttons right here in this kind of control section you don't s It's not just that but it has a two wheels here as well so now these wheels are assignable but this one works as a pitchman wheel and this one works as a mod wheel so if you prefer to use wheels then these are here for you and they light up so that's good too if you prefer to use a joystick then it's here and then you have a multiplicity of controls here you know your transpose and stuff is here if you want to go down an octave just push there you want go down another octave or you can go up and if you want to know transpose something you can just hold transpose and press up or down and it will transpose for you uh if you wanted to if you knew the transpose set you
shouldturn it off. you would just hit the button and now the transpose is completely off and everything is back to normal so the transpose is back just press the transpose and you can adjust that too. it gives you all these sliders you actually have nine sliders one of the sliders is actually um the default normally is to control usb audio but like if you had it in an organ setup then this would be your slider of knife pull in that setup and so it has uh eight different zones that you're actually controlling at once here you can control 16 zones at once but you have eight sliders to control your various volumes and things like that in your different zones I like the LED readouts so you can tell exactly where your zones are and stuff exactly where your levels are and stuff at a glance now for me as someone who plays live that's a really big deal anytime I can look down on the keyboard and see something nd know what is going on from alook um that makes a big difference to me because often when I'm performing live sometimes I'm singing and playing I'm participating in the crowd I'm leading the band I'm doing a lot of things other than just playing the keyboard and if I don't have to wrestle with my gear if I can look down and see what my levels are and do a quick adjustment um that's really really handy and then it's got a split knob here or a split button where you can know split your keyboard um you know you know split it down the half or whatever because you know you can disable your split right here and then you have one and two assignable so these two buttons here are fully assignable um the s3 button just like the s1 s2 is fully assignable you can assign it to do uh various different parameters there is a zone button here this zone button allows you to toggle because right now it's on it's controlling zones one through eight but if you pr I press this button here, now it's controlling zones nine through sixteen and it also has its encoders here and they're also directed and so on right now. they are set up to adjust the pan on each of their channels i really like the setup and something i have noticed is they actually put more space between the sliders on this keyboard um than the space on the rd 2000 so the rd2000 has the exact same um kind of setup huh of course you can only control eight zones on the rd2000 not 16. and this one you can control 16. but they put more space in the middle and once again that's a nice touch when I'm playing live and I reach down and touch a slider I don't really have to worry about hitting two of the sliders by accident because sometimes I look down put my finger on something and adjust it without really looking at it and have that extra space really actually it makes a difference, at least to me, live in a live environment, so I really like the fact that there's more, um, more space between those and then let's go a little further here and it has a touch screen. seven inch il in the middle um it has a variety of d different buttons and things here on the side like a dedicated dog control button it has a menu button to access some of your parameters it also has directional buttons and things like that so that you can navigate the screen and stuff um using the directional buttons that you have as your standard, you know, decrease and increase, um kind of buttons and stuff there, you've got a rotary knob and then you've got these knobs here too, these six knobs and they do a multiplicity of different functions, but they're just pop out of the screen and they not only rotate to adjust different parameters and things like that or to scroll through menus and other things, but also each one of them pushes so you don't do they not only rotate but you can push them too so nice touch I like the way it's laid out I think I already said you have your rotary knob here and then a little bit further down or, it has your kind of synth section.
Where you can adjust your synth parameters and things like that so this is where when you go into your virtual analog synth type you can adjust your common parameters here now you can really go much deeper if you go into the software and do it but right here you can adjust a lot of your parameters right there you know your attack decay sustain release you know your cutoff and stuff like that you can control your filter and your resonance and stuff like that all in here you have some parameter knobs so you can dig in too and then you have like your sequencer section here and they're set up like the tr like the um, they're like your products tr rec um where you can, um, you know, hit these little buttons and enter you know your steps and stuff like that and your rhythms and stuff will probably show a little of that later and then um so you have your pads and the pads have a multiplicity of functions now the pads do it doesn't really have a function in which you're going to be like you know how to play drums on them and stuff like that, it's not what they're for, but they do have a multitude of other functions, uh, you know, selecting programs and groups of keys all sorts of different things you can do with those pads and they've been doing some updates and adding more functionality to the pads too for launching clips etc.
Talk about this key bed here. I really do it personally. I love the feel of this keyboard. This bucket feels amazing. It's amazing to play even for me. acoustic piano on normally when i'm playing a weighted keyboard and then i get to a semi weighted keyboard and play the piano on the same thing or play anything on it i'm usually a little sloppy when i play it takes my fingers a little time to adju st not with this one i can go from playing a weighted 88 key to playing this and there's really no adjustment period needed to not play sloppy so i really love the keyboard they did an excellent job with this keyboard the way my feel opinion now i understand that keyboards are a matter of personal taste and opinion but for me i really love the keyboard it's definitely a high quality key now something i don't like about the keyboard is the aftertouch oh my god you have to press very , very strong to make it respond to aftertouch so if you use aftertouch a lot you know this is uh you have to really have to press it um to do that and lastly it's this bed of keys it's by far the loudest key bed I own, only if you stick to the sound of the keyboard it sounds cheap it sounds like it doesn't feel good at all huh but you know it feels pretty good but it's very very loud and so it's something you hear when the kids and stuff are sleeping and I'm here and I'm playing this keyboard they can hear me even though I have headphones they can't hear any sound but they can really hear me hitting this keyboard so the keyboard is really loud no doubt I would recommend it if the bed key is a big problem for you um like it is with a lot of players if it's a big problem for you I would definitely recommend you go somewhere and try it out because this key part here is actually very very tall but overall i like the layout of this keyboard on the front i like having the sliders i like having the sliders um with the led readouts and one thing i really like is there is some space cio here is just you know it's very little things sometimes that really come in handy so there's actually some space here so when I'm playing and I slide up and I'm playing my chords and I'm playing and doing and I'm doing stuff I never actually press a slider while I'm playing now on th On chord chronos there's less space between the keys and the sliders so sometimes I'll be playing something or doing a glitch or something and my hand it's going to come this way and I'll accidentally hit a slider and you know I can throw something. turn off or lose volume or something or turn something all the way up here I don't have that problem so it's really ergonomic um the way they did it and not only that but all around just the keyboard in overall it's a really solid build It's like an aluminum chassis all around, everything feels premium and quality, even the resistance on the sliders here, they don't slide very easily, that's one of the things I'm having trouble with. sometimes with major chronos it's that the sliders don't have as much resistance and sometimes just a little touch or something small I find myself moving a slider on accident doesn't really happen on this one huh because there's enough resistance to where it really they don't move unless you're actually moving it unless you're actually deliberately moving it so I love that part and of course I love the LEDs and I love the fact that you can just select your zones and stuff here, i like how all i have to do is press if i press shift and then press a zone what ends up happening is it will toggle between being an external zone or an internal zone so it's external zone controls everything outside of the keyboard so you can plug in other um gear and stuff and then you can control those volumes and stuff using your sliders so I like the fact that I can control all my equi external po and merge it with the internal sounds of the ghost and I'm off to the races so I really like it so all the connectivity that happens on the back really comes in handy here it's very easy to control all your gear and stuff like that using this and then you know with the leds and stuff seeing what's going and stuff right away i love this touch screen um we'll get to that a little bit later when we start playing but the touch screen and stuff is really very well done. um, not as responsive as a cell phone, but more responsive than a mount on a chrono hub.
I know this is not a comparison video on those two keyboards but this touchscreen for me is by far the best touchscreen on a keyboard so I really like this touchscreen. all messed up how you can pick certain things but more on that a bit later but overall the build quality is very good very solid it's a very well built instrument and it really seems to be well thought out so it really It is a joy. for gaming and speaking of gaming let's go ahead plug it in and play a little good so now we've got the ghost on and we're looking at this wonderful seven inch touch screen it really is a very responsive touch screen as far as touch screens go um it's more responsive i think it's a better touch screen certainly than the central chrono certainly a better touch screen than the uh yamaha mount too just uh more modern and it's very nice something i Saying about the UI period is as far as UIs go now this is the best UI I've ever used on a keyboard uh bar none um roland did an excellent job these things are very very well thought out um you know when i was using core chronos when i started using core chronos i really lived in the manual for a long time i'm trying to learn how to use the features and do different things a lot of manual a lot of reading m yearly this is much more accessible um in my opinion and even doing some tasks that are much more complex to do on main chronos it's a little easier to do on the rolling ghost i've found so roland ghost is kind of modeless keyboard mode, which means that everything happens within what they California All Scenes, so all their sequences, all their sounds, everything happens in the scenes, so there's no separate single patch mode and um, then like a blend mode or something or performance mode or something where now it can overlap. sounds and stuff together it's all done in one scene okay so it's all done in one scene the only thing that's not really connected to the scenes are these um are these uh pads so if you're going to use like samples and triggers things samples instead of using the pads the pads are not connected to the scenes but everything else on the keyboard is connected to the scenes uh just like the rd2000 if you know you can select your different zones here using these buttons if you press uh toggle and select a zone and it turns green now you know it's going to be this now it's set to control something external going into the phantom so you can control that thing via midi and everything else It's such great control that you can control all your devices from this one unit.
Great integration. Something that you can sit inside a studio or a live rig and communicate with everything that's going on and only you know how to control all your control. e your team let me go real quick here I'm just going to hit a single tone I'm just going to hit no so here we are we just got a basic piano here and you've got some parameters you can tweak right here as well if you want to go deeper I can just hit the parameter here and I can go really deep and edit the parameters of this particular piano, you also have all these buttons here, these not only work for the track, but they also have their categories, so you got your acoustic. pianos electric pianos organs keys guitar bass strings brass etc. and if i click here now i'm on the eps if i click here and i'm on the organs and you know kick here you're on your keys you know you've got your guitars you know you've got your bases so everything with the click of a but one ton there and of course you can navigate the screen here using your directional buttons or you can tap on the screen and then you can know you can also turn your jog wheel and stuff like that so it's uh you're not really limited to working in a particular way if you don't really like to use the touch screen you don't have to do it if you like to use it then you can do it, it's very, very flexible, it knows a multiplicity of ways to do it. same task so that's how you like to work so I'm going to go back to single tone I'm going to press no I'll go back to showing my normal piano now if I were to put some sounds together all I have to do is press enter and now it stops like all my pianos and I'm just going to choose um we're going to have about four four different pagesfrom the acoustic piano up here you have a page or almost a page of pop pianos and then you have electric grand pianos let me go back to my acoustic here and I just go ng to pick this uh which is this piano right here just hit enter and this piano is part of the v piano sound collection uh or the v piano engine um now the v piano engine just like in the rd2000 has unlimited polyphony now you can only use the v piano sound engine in zone number one but as long as be in zone number one the v-piano sound engine is available for you to use and well at first I didn't really care for the v-piano sound engine I didn't care about the panels that much really in the roland products at all but they have really grown on me because they shine in a live setting not something i would really use in a studio when recording something for the studio so i normally use vsts anyway but in a live setting i found that what s roland pianos really sound good through my system they really sound good through my system normally with my pianos i do a high pass filter add some compression and can even boost the treble. kinda because that's how I like it to feel in the mix w When other instruments and things are playing and I found that v pianos are really good live and you know that, for me at least, you know that sounds are a matter of opinion, but anyway we have several parameters again with the piano v. motor and uh this is this knob here it controls the lid so you can close the lid right and the higher you go the more open it's right you can control the string resonance the wet resonance key turns off the resonance of the resonance cabinet and the duplex scale so right off the bat you have all these controls and things here at your disposal now if you want to see more stuff you can go to the parameters and now you can go to the piano designer and you have all these different hammer noises and everything that you have more things that you can control you can control the tuning and stuff as well um control the level of the characters anyway so a lot of different edits and things that you can do on the piano to make it your own if you w and take the time to do that now as far as layering sounds all I have to do is select another zone and then I can choose another piano just as well or I can choose another one that you can choose any sound but I'm going to choose another piano here and I'm going to hit enter pull out my pianos I'm going to go to pop piano and I'm going to go to rd 1000 you know that's a good layer we go to hit enter and if I want to listen this with the other acoustic piano i had what i have to do is turn on the zones using these bottom buttons here and now that you have zone one and two both are on now you can hear them both so now i have both zones on and I can adjust the levels here and it's also a nice touch when I touch a slider and move it it actually shows the numerical value of that slider so just a nice touch nice UI which really is something you know is useful also whenever i press the keys these lights actually flash showing you which zones are actually being activated when you press the keys that's another nice touch too lets add a third silly sound so ag it gives a third sound, i'm just going to pick the number three and we're going to press enter what
shouldit be? this time we're going to search for something, so I'm going to press um, actually I'm going to go down here and press pad and I'm going to do a search and I'll just type jp and press ok or press the button that says ok and now we have jp 8 strings, so we have three layers going on at the same time if we do a fourth layer let's come here press a fourth layer and what are we going to do here i'm just going to press um press enter and let's do a search so I'm going to make a pad here , I'm going to do a search and I'm going to type bell, let's just do bell, let's go to press ok see what comes up ring pad let's come here we'll choose that activity at the same time so now we have four different things happening on these four different uh um tones happening at the same time now what i can do is create some sort of division now one cool thing about this is now we're only seeing one particular tone out of four tones in a scene and so i can select them here on the right or l or what I can do is if I want to see all four at once I can press the zone view again and now it shows me all four so it shows me four of my four tones in my scene now if I want to see eight I can press it again and now i can see h and if i want to hit all 16, see all 16 now just hit zone view again and now i can see all 16. that really goes in really helpful so you can work the way you want to work if you just want to look at one you can watch one if you want to see more of what's going on you can watch more so we're just going to watch this right now before so right now I have the bell pad um if I want to do a split maybe I just want the bell at the top and I don't want it to sound like that. wn I can come here and I can adjust my low note so my low note right now goes all the way to the bottom of the keyboard but I'm going to say ok I just want my low note to go here so I hit hold shift and play the notes and now the bell will only ring from middle C up turn it down so it makes layering sounds and stuff like that very very easy to do something else which is also very easy to do with this is just go to my view Another thing that's easy to do is you've got some assignable stuff here so you've got your pitch bin and mod wheels these are assignable you can assign these parameters if I want to assign these parameters to something I can literally just press shift and move the wheel and then it shows the various parameters and things to allow me to assign it to assign it to do whatever I want to do or whatever I need to do the same here if I'm going to go out and press shift and I'm going to press press the s1 button here now you know it stops hey you know you can go in here and sign your s1 buttons to control whatever you want whatever you want to control so you have a whole list of things here that you can control using the s1 button , so assigning your various controllers and knobs and things like that to control the parameters you want to control is as simple as pressing shift, you know, moving a knob and then you know you're, you're, you're ready to race, that's a lot more easy than some of my other keyboards and i found the polyphony to be really good on this um keyboard as you can see you know i have um the jupiter eight string i have uh the bell um running i have the rd 1000 i have a v piano I'm holding down the sustain pedal and we don't get any note loss so I really appreciate that aspect of the board. let's go single tone i'm just going to say no here we're back to our ular piano register now let's say i wanted to dig deeper and i want to do a little bit of sound editing some sound design and i wanted to start from scratch and really get in there and really create some things I can go to my menu here and I can go to edit tone and that opens this and I can edit this existing tone but that's not what I'm going to do.
I will come here. I'm going to press utility and go to initialize tone and press select and yes. we're going to hit ok and now we just have a raw pcm waveform so I can come over here and I can go to my oscillator type so that when you're getting into sound design each tone has four partials and you can think of a partial as an oscillator you get four partials or four oscillators per tone and right now this is a pcm kind of um partial but i can go to a virtual analog and now it's that kind of partial now you get four partials and you know i can select them i can select all my partials here and all if I want to turn them on all I have t What I do is just hit this button here tap there and now there and now they're on so I can mix and match so I can have a pcm partial mixed with a va mixed with noise or a super saw and I can have them. all in one all in one tone so right now we're in uh we don't come back here and in the goes and then i can go down here to the oscillator um the oscillator program and i can choose hey you have you know we have saw we have the square we have the triangle we have the sine you know and so on we have our pulse width our pulse um with modulation depth too which I can adjust to the right so of course you know we have all the standard parameters you would expect to figure out who knows his pitch his pitch envelope now we have a variety of different filters and things to choose from now remember we are only partial number one you have a filter envelope you know you have your application you have your application envelope so you have your lfo destination and you have two lfos per partial , two real lfos, uh for partial um this is you know lfo number one lfo and then you have a and then you have uh step lfo you have 16 steps per lfo so you can know that you really p you can get a little crazy and stuff with this then you have a partial equalizer so each of your partials has its own equalizer so you get two lfos and each of those lfos can have 16 you can do 16 steps with the lfo step on all those in all those partials and so I mean you can really go in here and really design some really nice stuff let me come over here I'm going to go to my structure again let's activate partial number two and we're just going to choose the different type and I'm going to do it a go uh let's do it a go here now and i'm going to come over here we're going to adjust the pitch and i'm going to turn the fine tuning down a little bit so you know the really the sky is the limit as far as what you want to do um really you can go in and design, you know, especially if you really like e I enjoy synthesis and things like that, it's really a very, very powerful system, uh, there's really not much missing from this, you know, I mean, yeah, you should really be able to work with this and create you know the kind of sounds and things you're um you're looking for so let me come back now let's go to my scene here and we're just going to reset I'm going to go single tone now I'm going to hit my menu and coming here to my effects edit now it's one of the things that i don't necessarily appreciate about the roland phantom so they have this master effect um here or their multi effect mfx here it's not really a master but it's a get in their zone so the zone number one has this effect and i can go in here and i can edit and the effect that's on right now is buff, you know, and you know there's a bunch of different effects that you could choose from uh this is 93 effects that i could choose from to put on this piano um yeah so do you have your own uh eq too and so i can turn the eq on and if i wanted you know turn it up a little turn up the treble so i can turn up the treble and stuff like that or you know the bass or whatever, is u n trio in eq um and then you have your master effect sends um in there but what I wanted to show here is that you only get one effect per zone um like Core Chronos or the Yamaha mount they would call this effect here they would call it a insert effect um and in the yamaha setup you get two insert effects you know for each uh for each individual part each channel so uh you have 16 channels you can have 32 insert effects two per channel and then in addition you get two insert effects more on the audio coming in so that's a real total of 34 insert effects and you can have two per channel on the main chronos you get 12 insert effects per combination and your combination can have up to 16 different parts on it but I could literally apply three or f our insert effects to one channel or zone in the phantom you only get one you don't get two so yeah you have some other insert effects here but these insert effects tion are really, um, not just for your zone, but for your entire scene and you can choose to turn it on or off or whatever for this particular zone, but the reality is that you end up having to share these two insert effects with everything else that doesn't mean I can't get sounds right and do great sound design and great effects editing and different things like that, but it takes me, uh, I found out that I do a little more workarounds and stuff like that when I have a multiplicity of instruments and a lot of different things going on just because you know this effect here which I'm basically going to call the insert effect you don't really get that many you just get yourself you really only get one so if I had a electric piano and i would like to know add chorus and i wanted a solo phaser on an electric piano and i wanted to set the phaser and chorus on that electric piano i only have one so i couldnt do it and now i always can I would use an insert effect, you know, take one of the effects, but that's taking away from other instruments that may also need to use the same thing so you know it's a bit of a synth for me that's pretty small when you skimp on the effects that you would get uh per tone so we didn't really talk about this section here but this section here has various parameters that you can control like synth parameters and things like that you can control your filter now you have an analog filterlike we talked about before and this uh button here and you can just uh you can adjust your cutoff frequency just using this knob you can adjust your resonance and stuff here and you really normally use this more with synth sounds so uh you have some you have access to these parameters you got a ccess to adsr and stuff too but literally if you just go into the system you have you know there's a lot of uh you know different parameters and things like win before you can access so this is like his fast ones he mostly uses the most popular ones like his resonance and his high pass and low pass filters and stuff like that um but you can also of course you can go deeper and really go really deep but this also gets you It gives a handy control, um, so come on here, let's go back to my scene. we're going to go up and we're going to go single tone and it's got a sequencer now the sequencer is a pattern sequencer i'm sure you've probably seen it at work before but i hit this let i just click off and you can see you get various parameters and stuff now its a pattern sequencer i can say how long i want to make it i can go up to 64 measures it used to be 32 roll and i bumped it up to um 64. um but its just a pattern sequencer its really made for you t or get things quickly um and using it that way i like the fact that it's more like an ableton live setup uh and ableton live is my choice uh so for a lot of people if you're nice you know if you're making music and the type of music you're making , you know you're recording loops and stuff like that you can record you know full projects and stuff on your rolling fans no problem but uh it's really not a full sequencer um really it's not a full sequencer and that's where you can see it's more of a synth like roland says so there's a lot of people complaining about the sequencer saying you know you should add this you should add the other one and maybe they will maybe no but since it's not really a workstation it's not really what they wanted to focus on they really wanted to focus on daw integration and stuff like that and a fast onboard workflow using their hardware but really the s Of our keyboards today, when it comes to power, they can't compete with our computers today and most major studios, even smaller studios, home studios and things like that, a doll is really the centerpiece. from these studies, uh, it's not a keyboard anymore. workstation so things are changing that way so if you're looking for a complete sequencer something that's super super powerful that can do everything and can record audio tracks and midi tracks and have it all together and you want do it all in one unit you might want to look at a core chronos or a quark nautilus maybe a kurzweil k2700 because those are workstations this is not at least according to at least according to roland so but you know here there's the sequencer. just press start give me a little counter one two three four ok and i can come back here i'm going to select uh another zone here and uh we're going to get out of here and we're going to get to our zo go and let's say we want to play drums.
I can select the battery here. We'll choose a different kit and we'll go back and record zone number two and all you do is press play one two three four so it can stop the drums. I know, kind of like ableton live, now let me undo real quick so let's undo those drums. I still have the drums. and then select the snare stick my hi-hats, you get the idea so you can layer things very, very quickly, especially if you like a lot of electronic music, music that's going to loop and a lot of things, um, it's a great sequencer for stuff like that it has a piano roll a piano view and stuff like that huh to adjust all your midi notes and stuff it's very well thought out fast easy to use huh but its not a full featured sequencer but at the end of the day which I don't think that's what it needs to be if you want to do something real, you know a little bit of real sequencing and really get in there and do real production, that's where you really want to connect it to a doll and while we're talking about a doll, Let's take a look at wrist control. alright let's go back to my scene here and we're going to go single tongue or say no we're just going to set up some sounds here that's going to be that and then um scene number two I'm going to just pick a drum set like before and here we go that will work and then we'll go to number three and i'll set up a base hit enter select an electric bass and we'll do this enter now i have three sounds set up i have the bass i have drums and i have a piano now what i can do here is just press this wrist control button and now it's going to control my my uh my daw my software so i have a usb plugged into the roland phantom and the software i've pulled out is um ableton live and as you can see there's no interface here to run ableton live this is absolutely amazing no other keyboard i have does anything uh close to this as far as daw integration um the um cronos doesn't have it uh at all the yamaha mount has some daw integration but it's not even close to this level of huh this level of integration has two different views and things here that i can look at and so i can control all my different clips and stuff and i can record using my wrist i can all my tracks right here my army track right here will weapon in my um you know it arms in my computer and stuff too so let me go ahead and arm this track and let me come here come back and we're just going to record uh record a clip one two three four now i really messed up so I don't want to do that we're just going to press stop and I'm just going to press undo undo and now I just undo it I want to turn on the metronome external metronome here and we're going to try again one two three four all right we're going to stop there and now we're just going to record a number two and I'm going to put together another track, come here, put this track together, unset that one, put this one together and check my drums and let's go back. here let's select this and one two three four now of course she doesn't know anything she knows she did great but let's turn the metronome off so literally I just recorded that oh stop there we go so literally , i just recorded that in ableton live on my computer and i never actually touched my computer while i was recording that stuff um that's a great integration um they've really done a great job and as a keyboard that's supposed to um , it fits into an ecosystem, it does a really great job of that huh now as far as sampling I don't actually use the I don't actually use my ghost to do any sampling I use my mpc to do all my sampling so that I don't use the multi-sample multi-sampling function and stuff here, I don't really import a lot of samples and use that.
I'm usually using one mpc and even my sequencing and stuff like that. I use my mpc if I'm going to do hardware sequencing if it's going to be more complicated. sequencing so um I use ableton live now I'll use the daw integration with this to record some stuff and get some stuff into ableton live um but I can also which is with ableton live I can just hit these two um assign one and assign two buttons and uh and then with that i can control all my uh all my sliders so this is channel number one this would be channel number two this will be channel number three this will be channel number four um and then i can go here and if i had more tracks and stuff like that, I can scroll down and I can get to the different tracks and stuff and really just control, you know, control my daw from my keyboard uh, it really does, uh, very, uh, it just does it's a joy using it so overall I've absolutely enjoyed it Yeah I am I shouldn't enjoy it I'm absolutely enjoying the roland phantom um as I understand you as I really integrated more and started using it more I use it quite a bit , but since I really start recording a lot of stuff and stuff on it, you know, I think this roland phantom is actually going to replace my core chronos as my main keyboard right now my main keyboard is the chronos chord but the roland phantom because of its integration because of how easy it is to use how it's a joy to use um just how can I get my ideas and stuff really fast um even the sound editing the various sounds and the partials and putting things in is just very very easy um they have the um the roland cloud and I can download a lot of different sounds and stuff for you to know absolutely free and put them on the board or you can set up a subscription and get access to more features and stuff like that. but you can still buy stuff place them on the board and you're good to go when i say i really enjoy this keyboard i really do just daw integration with me using ableton live the sequencer that's easy very easy to use all the knobs and the stuff is here the leds and the things that light up the easy thing is to assign the controls to do what i want them to do just by holding shift and moving a knob or moving a slider or fader or whatever um it also has let's go back to my single yeah it also has if I go to number two and we just go and it has the organ it has a virtual tone wheel um sound engine now huh so I can go in here if I just play the parameters here and i can turn the overdrive on or off or whatever and it's just a bunch of and all of these become my drawbars um now i still like the organ sound up north there's just one prefere Personally I like the organ sound better on my nord stage 3 but that being said if this was the only keyboard i had a gig or maybe i had this keyboard and some other keyboard and it wasn't the nord stage 3 and you know something called for a solo organ.
I would have no problem taking out one of the organs here and using it. I just wouldn't use the regular stock ones now, the ones that had the motor before, uh, no, I wouldn't use them, but since they put the virtual tonewheel organ in here, I would definitely use them in a real life in a real life setting, you know you have a bunch of different ones for you to choose from and you can really go in here and you know how to really edit them so you know what I want to adjust you know all these different parameters and things that they allow you to do here's your rotary control so you can control the throttle and everything that kind of stuff very well thought out i wish the yamaha mount had a virtual tone wheel sound engine but um but it's not like that in many ways it's more complete u I'm complete for my needs but you know i've downloaded you know the supernatural electric pianos, there's supernatural acoustic pianos and stuff that you can download and other stuff, a lot of the stuff is really free and you can just download and put it on n your dashboard uh a few things again like i said come with a subscription but this is just a complete you know pretty easy to use keyboard pretty accessible um with a lot of power behind uh yeah you know the Core Chronos i would say in a lot of ways it's actually more powerful but a lot of times it's so hard to access that power and use it you know you know you just know you may be banging your head against the wall and you know, and the chronos are getting stale and whatnot but I think this ultimately hasn't done it yet just because I don't have enough stuff recorded and enough things set and things with that still um I can just grab my main chronos and go because a lot of the stuff is already set up and I've only had years to get them to where I needed them to be but eventually this will certainly replace it especially when it starts to get you know you start talking about being in the studio io and working with ableton live and you know how to use the main stage and stuff like that you know this is really in my opinion huh this is really the way to go I mean unless you just don't like the way it sounds , so of course there's not a lot you can do about it, I mean there's a lot you can do about it, you know, tweak things, but I'm saying if you don't like that rolling sound, rolling character, then maybe Maybe it's not for you but if you like it you know it sounds rolling you know this is really this is really an amazing keyboard I'm not saying that other keyboards aren't amazing and I'm not saying that this doesn't have you know it has downsides , like effects and things like that, um if you need a full sequencer you won't have to know multi and sampling and things like that work you know it's a little slow and stuff I'd rather use a dedicated sampler to do my sampling , but again I did not get this keyboard and c I bought this keyboard to be an all in one solution to do everything I bought to communicate with my other team and work as part of an ecosystem and for that it works great and that's it for me here that's my overview my thoughts and else on the roland phantom it's an awesome board if you buy it if you're in the market for a keyboard I definitely think you should look into this one if you're looking for something that does the kind of thing you know take take a look at the mount take a look at maybe the nautilus now that the core chrono has been discontinued um but you know take a looklook at you know but really want you to know consider a rolling ghost its an awesome keyboard i get why people get excited about it emes uh its really cool so with that being said hope you enjoyed this video go ahead gimme a thumbs up and uh i would like to hear what you think about the role of phantom uh in the comments um i would just like to hear your thoughts too and with that i'm off you guys have a nice day i'll see you in the next video
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