How to Use the Librarian in the Roland Fantom G

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How to Use the Librarian in the Roland Fantom G
Roland's Librarian software can be used to arrange your Fantom G library anywhere. (Kathrin Ziegler/Photodisc/Getty Images)

The Roland Fantom G is a music workstation that's part piano keyboard and part recording and mixing tool. The Fantom G also can be used as a sampler or effects processor. The Fantom G comes in three sizes, with 61 keys (G6), 76 keys (G7), or a full piano version with 88 keys (G8). Roland's Librarian software can be used to organise and store your files. The Fantom G's Librarian software is "offline," which means more basic functionality.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Connect your Fantom G to your computer and open the Librarian program. Go to the "File" menu and click "Open" to open a library or "New" to create one. These libraries are used to store groups of information. You can use your computer's storage to catalogue your samples and live sets for later recall. For example, if you perform with multiple bands, you could maintain a library of sounds for each band that you can load onto the Fantom G as needed.

  2. 2

    Find your desired project's ".svd" file and open it with Librarian. These files are used by the Fantom G to store data, and they can be uploaded to your computer via the USB connection and then brought up by Librarian to organise. Each ".svd" file is an entire library, and takes up the capacity of the Fantom G in its entirety. You can have several libraries stored on your computer, but only one on the keyboard itself. To write the file onto the Fantom G, you have to save the file as an ".svd" and move it across to the unit.

  3. 3

    Click "Edit" to open the list of tools on the Librarian software. You can cut, copy and paste files between libraries, insert files in a specified location or replace old files. This system works in a familiar way. When something is copied or cut it goes onto a clipboard, and from there you can move it around as you choose. From the "Edit" menu you can also choose "Exchange" to swap the position of two items, or "Initialize" to revert the selected area to the factory default. These are all accessible through keyboard shortcuts, with the exception of the final option, "Delete," which erases the file from the library. Use these tools to organise your files before exporting your new ".svd" file to your Fantom G.

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