Roland’s featherweight Fantom-0 synth workstations come with heavyweight specs

Roland has released the Fantom-0 series, which contains lighter, streamlined and more affordable versions of its flagship Fantom synth workstations. There are three models - Fantom-06, Fantom-07 and Fantom-08 - each of which is designed for use in the studio and on stage.

Fantom-0 is designed to bring Roland’s top-tier tech to a new audience, with each model in the range featuring thousands of the best sounds that the company has to offer. You also get a colour touchscreen, hands-on controls and deep computer integration.

Sounds are powered by three Roland engines - ZEN-Core, SuperNATURAL and Virtual ToneWheel Organ - and further expansions are available via the Roland Cloud. These include emulations of Roland synth classics such as the JX-8P, SH-101, Juno-106 and Jupiter-8, plus n/zyme, the new cutting-edge wavetable instrument.

As well as the synth sounds, the Fantom-0 is also stuffed with acoustic tones, and users can create custom creative spaces known as Scenes. These can contain sounds, patterns, performance layouts, song sections and more, and you can switch between them seamlessly.

Roland Fantom-0 synth workstations

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Other features include RGB performance pads, quick sampling and a clip-based sequencer, ensuring that you can do an awful lot of production on just this one keyboard.

When the time does come to incorporate Fantom-0 into your production setup, it can serve as a 4x32 USB audio interface, and offers native integration with Logic Pro, MainStage and Ableton Live. This includes touchscreen control.

The 61-note Fantom-06 and 76-note Fantom-07 come with newly developed synth action keyboards, while the Fantom-08 has 88 weighted-action keys. Other than that, all models are identical, with each promising to be “ultra-rugged” and therefore suitable for life on the road.

The Fantom-06, Fantom-07 and Fantom-08 will be available in April priced at $1,500, $1,800 and $2,000 respectively. Find out more on the Roland website. 

Ben Rogerson

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it. 

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