Have you played a Roland Fantom G yet?

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Luxury. Class. Style. Power. No, I’m not talking about the newest BMW. I’m lusting over a synthesizer here!

Not since the Yamaha launch of the Motif series have I been so hot for a synth. I’ve always admired Roland’s Fantom series, but there were never a must-have item until the G came out. I recently had a chance to tinker with one, and I’m totally sold on this $3,700 workstation (88 key version).

What won me over? Maybe it’s the lovely new “Ivory Feel” keys. Maybe it’s the new built-in audio and midi sequencer. Bah, who am I kidding? It’s that big-assed screen and the ability to plug in a USB mouse to control it!

For the first time on a synth, you can mouse click your way through soundbanks and parameters, which is much easier than fiddling with little knobs and buttons. A simple right click on the patch name brings up a list of like instruments. Brilliant!

Oh, and it doesn’t hurt that it sounds amazing. The new piano patches are a dream to play.

Hit the jump to see one lucky bastard’s unboxing.

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