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  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Contents Using the Fantom-G Live ... 5 The Basics of Using the Fantom-G Live...6 Performing on the Keyboard ...9 Selecting and Playing a Single Sound (Patch)...10 Playing Two or More Sounds Simultaneously (Layer/Split) ...11 Creating a Set of Sounds for a Live Performance ...14 Performing on the Pads ...15 Pad Basics ...16 Using the Pads to Play Rhythm Sounds...17...

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    In the interest of product improvement, the specifications and/or appearance of this unit are subject to change without prior notice. Copyright © 2008 ROLAND CORPORATION All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form without the...

  • Page 5: Using The Fantom-g Live

    Using the Fantom-G Live...

  • Page 6: The Basics Of Using The Fantom-g Live

    The Basics of Using the Fantom-G Live What is a Patch? A patch is a basic sound on the Fantom-G; it corresponds to an individual instrument such as a piano, organ, or guitar. What is Single Mode? When you play the Fantom-G for the first time, we recommend that you use it in Single mode. This is the simplest and most basic mode in which the Fantom-G can be used, such as playing it as a piano or organ.

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    The Basics of Using the Fantom-G Live What is Studio Mode? Studio mode is what you’ll use to create songs. It provides sixteen parts, and you can assign a patch to each part to handle sixteen different sounds simultaneously. You can use the mixer screen to mix your song by adjusting the level and pan settings etc. for each of the sixteen parts.

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    The Basics of Using the Fantom-G Live Saving the settings you’ve made When you’ve created an original patch, you need to save it as a user patch if you want to use it again later. This action is called “Writing.” The procedure for writing your original patch into memory is shown below. If you select a different patch before writing your original patch, the changes you made will be lost.

  • Page 9: Performing On The Keyboard

    Performing on the Keyboard...

  • Page 10: Selecting And Playing A Single Sound (patch)

    Selecting and Playing a Single Sound (Patch) Here’s how to view a single category of sounds (such as only the piano patches or only the organ patches), and select one of them. Selecting a sound (Single mode) Press the [SINGLE] button. fig.0-01 Press [F1 (Patch List)] to access the Patch List screen.

  • Page 11: Playing Two Or More Sounds Simultaneously (layer/split)

    Playing Two or More Sounds Simultaneously (Layer/Split) You can play two or more patches at the same time, for example a piano and bell that sound simultaneously when you press a key. This is called a Layer. You can also play separate sounds in the left and right regions of the keyboard. For example you might play a bass sound with your left hand while playing a piano sound with your right hand.

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    Playing Two or More Sounds Simultaneously (Layer/Split) Initializing the live set In the Live Play (Layer/Split) screen, press [F2 (Utility)], and then press [F6 (Initialize)]. to choose “Default.” Press [F8 (Select)]. A confirmation message appears. Press [F7 (OK)] to execute initialization. Press [F8 (Exit)] to return to the previous screen.

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    Specifying the key range In the Live Play (Layer/Split) screen, we can specify the key range for each part. In the Live Play (Layer/Split) screen, use the cursor buttons to move the cursor to the “Lower” setting of part 2. Specify the key range.

  • Page 14: Creating A Set Of Sounds For A Live Performance

    Creating a Set of Sounds for a Live Performance You can create a list of the patches, live sets, studio sets, and songs that you frequently use, and place these in the order in which they’ll be used in your live show so that the sounds you need can be selected instantly. This capability is called the Favorite function.

  • Page 15: Performing On The Pads

    Performing on the Pads...

  • Page 16: Pad Basics

    Pad Basics You can play samples, rhythms, or phrases by striking the Fantom-G’s pads, or you can use them as sixteen switches to turn various parameters on/off. The pads can function in one of sixteen modes. Press [PAD MODE] to switch the pad mode. Press [PAD MODE].

  • Page 17: Using The Pads To Play Rhythm Sounds

    Using the Pads to Play Rhythm Sounds The pads are an ideal way to play rhythm sounds. You can vary the dynamics of the sound by changing the force of your strikes on the pads. Press [PAD MODE], and then press pad [2] (RHYTHM). When you press a pad [1]–[16], you’ll hear a rhythm tone.

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    Using the Pads to Play Rhythm Sounds Adjusting the pad sensitivity to your liking You can adjust the way in which the force of your pad strike corresponds to the volume. Press [PAD SETTING] ➝ [F1 (System)] to access the setting screen, and set “Pad Sens” as desired. Value Pad response LIGHT...

  • Page 19: Using The Pads To Play Sampled Sounds

    Using the Pads to Play Sampled Sounds Sounds (samples) you’ve captured by sampling can be quickly and easily played from the pads. You can sample brief “shots” and play them as percussion instruments. You can also sample entire phrases and play them back at a single touch.

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    Using the Pads to Play Sampled Sounds Importing sounds (samples) from your computer The Fantom-G can import WAV/AIFF format audio files from your computer, and play them as samples. Here we’ll explain how to import audio files via USB memory (sold separately). Even if you don’t have USB memory, you can copy audio files to the Fantom-G’s internal memory.

  • Page 21: Using The Pads To Play Sequenced Phrases (rps)

    Using the Pads to Play Sequenced Phrases (RPS) You can use the pads to play sequenced phrases you’ve created. This is called the RPS (Realtime Phrase Sequence) function. For example, simply by specifying that pad number 2 will play phrase number 0005, you can press that pad to play the assigned phrase.

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    Using the Pads to Play Sequenced Phrases (RPS) Using the pads to play phrases you recorded in the sequencer Use the sequencer to record a phrase. ➝ Owner’s Manual “Recording into a Phrase” (p. 220) Save the phrase. ➝ Owner’s Manual “Saving a Phrase (Save)” (p. 216) Select the phrases played by each pad.

  • Page 23: Creating A Song

    Creating a Song...

  • Page 24: What Is The Sequencer

    What is the Sequencer? The sequencer allows you to create a song by recording your performance on the keyboard or pads, or by recording audio sources such as a mic or guitar connected to the Fantom-G’s input jacks, and then play back the song you’ve created.

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    Terminology Song On the Fantom-G, “song” refers to a composition you created using the sequencer, and includes the performance data and the sound generator settings all saved together. This means that a song contains all the material for that composition. When you’ve completed your composition, you should save the song.

  • Page 26: Getting Your Equipment Together

    Getting Your Equipment Together In order to take full advantage of the Fantom-G’s audio recording capability, you’ll need to expand the memory. By installing expansion DIMM memory you’ll be able to record extended lengths of audio. USB memory will allow you to save the important data you’ve recorded. DIMM memory (sold separately) The audio you record from a guitar or mic connected to the Fantom-G is recorded in this DIMM memory as audio data (samples).

  • Page 27: Work Flow For Creating A Song

    Work Flow for Creating a Song The general work flow for creating a song is shown below. This manual will explain the process in this order. 1. In the song list, select an empty song (p. 28) 2. In the studio set, select the sounds you’ll use for recording (p. 28) 3.

  • Page 28: Preparations For Song Production

    Preparations for Song Production Here’s how to prepare the sequencer and sound generator for creating a song. Selecting an empty song in the song list When the Fantom-G starts up, it will load song 001 from the song list, and with the factory settings song number 001 contains a demo song.

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    Turn the VALUE dial or use [DEC] [INC] to choose “PRST 007: Rock Studio Set.” After you’ve selected a studio set, press [F8 (Select)] to confirm your choice. “PRST 007: Rock Studio Set” is a studio set that has suitable sounds and effect settings prepared beforehand to make a rock song.

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    Preparations for Song Production Specifying the time signature When recording a new song, you’ll need to specify the time signature. However, after you’ve executed Song Clear or turned the power on, the time signature will always be set to 4/4, so you’ll need to change this only if your new song uses a time signature that’s different than this.

  • Page 31: Realtime-recording The Rhythm Using Midi

    Realtime-recording the Rhythm Using MIDI Now let’s use MIDI to realtime-record the rhythm part. Using the pads to record the rhythm The pads are a suitable way to record a percussion instrument performance. Realtime recording is the method in which your performance is recorded exactly as you strike the pads. Setting the pad mode to RHYTHM Press [PAD MODE] and then press pad [2] (RHYTHM).

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    Realtime-recording the Rhythm Using MIDI Selecting a recording track Next you’ll select the MIDI track on which to record, and specify the recording-start measure. You can record on any track 1–128 that is indicated as “MIDI.” There’s no particular need to record on track 10 just because you’re playing part 10 of the sound generator part.

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    Recording Press the [REC] button to enter the record-standby condition. The [REC] indicator will blink, and the Realtime Rec Standby window appears. Use the cursor buttons to move the cursor to each parameter, and turn the VALUE dial or use [INC] [DEC] to make settings. Here we’ll explain how to loop-record repeatedly over a four-measure section.

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    Realtime-recording the Rhythm Using MIDI If you’ve made only a minor mistake, just fix the phrase You can make detailed edits to the phrase you recorded. This process is called Phrase Editing. For example if you hit just a single wrong note, you can fix just that single note. You can also delete an individual note, or edit its pitch or volume.

  • Page 35: Realtime-recording The Bass And Piano As Midi

    Realtime-recording the Bass and Piano as MIDI Now that we’ve recorded the bass and piano, let’s record the other parts. The process is the same as when you recorded the rhythm; the only difference is that we’ll use the keyboard instead of the pads. Select a part in the Studio Play screen, select a track in the Song Play screen, and then record.

  • Page 36: Importing Audio Files From Your Computer

    Importing Audio Files from Your Computer The Fantom-G can import audio files (WAV or AIFF format) from your computer and use them as samples. You can also create a song simply by placing these samples in an audio track. Importing audio files from your computer Audio files can be imported into the Fantom-G.

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    Placing samples in an audio track Press [SONG] twice to access the Song Edit screen Each time you press [SONG], you’ll switch between the Song Play screen and Song Edit screen. to select the audio track in which you want to place a sample. You can place samples in any track 1–24 that indicates AUDIO.

  • Page 38: Recording Sound From A Mic Or Guitar

    Recording Sound from a Mic or Guitar Here’s how to record from a mic or guitar connected to the Fantom-G. Connecting your equipment Connect your mic, guitar, or portable audio player as shown below. Connecting a mic When using a condenser mic that requires a balanced (XLR) connection that supplies phantom power, select the “PHANTOM ON”...

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    Selecting the track on which to record audio Select the audio track on which you want to record, and specify the recording-start measure. You can record on any track 1–24 that’s marked “AUDIO.” For this example let’s record on audio track 2. Press [SONG].

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    Recording Sound from a Mic or Guitar Recording audio Press the [REC] button to enter record-standby mode. The [REC] indicator will blink, and the Audio Rec Standby window appears. You can apply effects such as equalizer or compressor to the audio input. To make settings, press [F7 (Inp Setting)] and then [F7 (Input Effect)] to access the INPUT EFFECT screen.

  • Page 41: Using Song Edit To Arrange Samples Or Phrases

    Using Song Edit to Arrange Samples or Phrases You can edit your song by moving or copying samples and phrases. Press [SONG] twice to access the Song Edit screen Each time you press the [SONG] button, you’ll switch between the Song Play screen and Song Edit screen.

  • Page 42: Adjusting The Overall Balance

    Adjusting the Overall Balance When you’ve finished recording, you’ll want to adjust the balance between the various parts. The process of adjusting the overall sound and clarifying the parts you want to emphasize is called “mixing.” Press [STUDIO] to access the Studio Play screen (mixer), and adjust the various settings.

  • Page 43: Mastering

    Mastering Mastering is the final state of song production, in which you apply a compressor and equalizer to add the final touches to the song. If your completed song is lacking in overall power, or if it sounds quite different when played back in a different environment, you should pay attention to the adjustments of the mastering process.

  • Page 44: Saving Your Song

    Saving Your Song The song you created will disappear if you turn off the power. Save it as follows. To save phrases individually ➝ “Saving a Phrase (Save)” (p. 216) in the Owner’s Manual To save samples individually ➝ “Saving a Sample (Save)” (p. 274) in the Owner’s Manual In the Song Play screen or Song Edit screen, press [WRITE].

  • Page 45: Making A Cd From Your Completed Song

    Making a CD from Your Completed Song The Fantom-G provides a “Resampling” function that renders all of the audio tracks and MIDI tracks in your song into a single sample. The samples created by this resampling function can be copied to your computer as WAV files, and used by your computer to create a CD.

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    Making a CD from Your Completed Song Copying the resampled sample to your computer and creating a CD After resampling, you can copy the resulting sample to your computer. The sample is a WAV file, so you can use it to create a CD on your computer. Verify the number of the sample you created by resampling (In this example we’ll assume it is 0001).

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