Overview This tutorial set is for the Roland Fantom Workstation and gives an in-depth explanation of all of the features, menus, and controls that will bring you to a professional level. You will instantly have the knowledge to edit performances and record your own music in a concise list of videos that total nearly 5 hours!
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About the Author
Paul Duffey is certified trainer for the last 15 + years. He is also certified trainer and video content provider for other affiliates such as TechnicalLead.com.
1. Introduction - Runtime 7:46
This is a very comprehensive video that gives an overview of the controls and capabilities of the Roland Fantom, also discussing in comparisons to other workstations.
2. Navigating Scenes - Runtime 6:56
Learn how to quickly browse and select sounds (Scenes) in the Fantom, you'll also learn how to save once you make changes and store those to different banks.
3. Tone Selection - Runtime 8:40
Begin to understand the steps and procedures for making changes to individual tones in a track or "zone" in a scene.
4. Splits and Layers- Runtime 6:13
Dive into advanced sound editing with creating and adjusting your own splits where you divide out different instruments across the board. Also you'll learn how to combine sounds in layers.
5. Splits Shortcuts - Runtime 2:52
In this video Paul explains how to quickly create splits in a defaut range.
6. Knobs and Sliders - Runtime 7:38
Paul explains how to use and adjust parameters with the Fantom's front panel knobs.
7. Motional Pad - Runtime 2:39
In this tutorial you'll learn how to adjust dynamic controls of the Fantom's Motional Pad.
8. LFO Knobs - Runtime 5:53
Learn how to use the Fantom's LFO knobs in order to adjust parameters that affect the tone at the base of the LCD.
9. Arpeggiator - Runtime 7:27
It's easy to set adjust arpeggio patterns and parameters using the Fantom's on-screen controls. Discover the ins and outs using the Arpeggiator in the Fantom.
10. Joystick Area Controls - Runtime 8:06
Paul explains how to adjust play controls in the Fantom. These features control how the assigned left hand joystick and buttons can be assigned to different parameters.
11. Tone Editing - Runtime 13:29
In this video Paul narrates in detail the settings and steps used to accurately begin to start editing tones.
12. Tone Editing - Filters - Runtime 7:57
Follow along in this video to explore how to make edits and changes to Tone filters.
13. Tone Editing Pitfalls - Runtime 7:16
In this video you'll get a comprehensive overview of some common problems you get run across when editing sounds on the Roland Fantom.
14. Tone Edit EGs - Runtime 12:32
Dive deep into sub edit menus for sound editing EG's (Envelope Generators) using the front panels controls as well as on-screen edits.
14b. Step LFOs - Runtime 6:41
This video acts as a guide to understanding and controlling the step LFOs in the Roland Fantom in order to create modulation changes progress and sync to a tempo.
15. Zone Offsets - Runtime 4:18
Learn how to easily change sound parameters of a tone that store with the scene rather than a tone. You'll later learn how to record changes to these in pattern mode.
16. Playing Rhythm Patterns - Runtime 4:47
In this video Paul explains how to navigate pattern mode and play patterns and groups of patterns.
17. Scene Settings for Recording - Runtime 11:09
Explore options for quickly setting up tracks in a scene in order to be optimized for recording. This will save future headaches of troubleshooting problems of recording and playing back patterns in the future when working on your song.
18. Recording Rhythm Patterns - Runtime 9:54
In this video Paul covers how to record the Fantom's own rhythm patterns into the pattern sequencer. This allows you to later arrange the patterns which can be very useful for arranging songs.
19. Realtime Record Patterns - Runtime 9:13
This video explains how to use the realtime record feature in order to record your own patterns into the pattern sequencer.
19b. Step Recording - Runtime 2:45
Learn how to record using the step record feature in the Roland Fantom.
20. Realtime Record Edits - Runtime 7:02
Paul explains the different editing features of patterns in the realtime recording mode.
21. TR-REC Recording - Runtime 9:29
This lesson explains the very classic TR-REC recording method of the Fantom. You'll use this feature to record drum patterns similar to the classic TR-808 drum machine.
22. Record Arpeggios using Overdub - Runtime 7:37
Paul explains how to quickly record using the Fantom's arpeggiator to fire notes into the pattern sequencer, You'll then use the overdub to record knob movements.
23. Pattern Grouping - Runtime 11:38
Learn how to use the pattern grouping feature to select individual patterns to be played together as a single unit called a "group".
24. Deselecting Patterns for Grouping - Runtime 3:34
During the selecting of groups it's easy to get stuck trying to figure out how to select and deselect patterns to be assigned to a group. In this video Paul shows workarounds for this problem.
25. Arranging Groupings - Runtime 5:00
This video shows the process of taking your grouped patterns and arranging them into a song.
26. Scene Chain - Runtime 4:14
The Fantom actually has a very logical and useful method for storing your common used scenes in a sequential order. This feature is very handy for live performance.
27. File Utilities - Runtime 5:42
This lesson explains how to use the file utilities feature to format cards, reset your unit, perform backups, and many other functions.
28. Sample Record Edit - Runtime 9:39
Paul explains how to record and change parameters to a sample in the Roland Fantom.
29. Recording Sample Loop - Runtime 6:52
In this video you'll learn how to record a pattern to a bpm and set it to loop.
30. Effects - Runtime 17:41
This in-depth video covers the features and parameters in the effects section as well as using the real-time controls for effects on the front panel. You'll also learn all the shortcuts for quickly disabling effects.
31. Mixer Page - Runtime 5:17
Quickly be guided through all the settings and controls on the mixer pages of the Roland Fantom.
32. OS Update - Runtime 4:33
Paul explains you through downloading and installing the new OS update for the Fantom. After the update you'll discover some of the main key differences in menu navigation in Pattern and Scene modes.
32b. Driver Setup For DAW Integration - Runtime 11:25
In this lesson you'll get a comprehensive guide through the process of downloading and installing the needed USB driver and surface plugin for using your Fantom with Logic Pro X.
33. Recording in Logic Pro X using the Fantom- Runtime 14:56
Once you have your Fantom DAW control set up, Paul guides you step by step through the three different recording methods into Logic (recording Fantom's Audio, recording midi to play back tones in the Fanton, and using Fantom to record note data and trigger software synths within Logic).