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Updating my studio with Roland FANTOM Workstation Synthesizer

Angel and the BEAST

My post on Roland FANTOM - Roland FANTOM Flagship Workstation Synthesizer Keyboard

Roland's way of putting together panels on synthesizers is logical, intuitive and easy to work with. All the controls are in the right places for performance ability. The controls are programmable and assignable for anything we want - offering extensive control over what we are doing and providing an incredibly flexible platform for sound design, studio work and live performance....

Roland FANTOM Flagship Workstation Synthesizer Keyboard

My article on Roland FANTOM - Updating my studio with Roland Fantom Workstation

Top Reasons to Buy the Roland Fantom! | Overview

4 partials per tone
Each partial has its own oscillator, filter, amplifier, envelopes, effects, 2 LFOs...
16 tones per scene (16 layered instruments simultaneously)

=> Each scene can have up to 64 oscillators and 128 LFOs!
(it has 4 chips to process and do all that heavy lifting without glitching or crackling - one chip dedicated entirely to V-Piano engine)

128 Scenes x 4 Banks => 512 scenes total

NOTE: Synthesizers have a meter reading showing when it is maxing out on memory. Well, Roland eliminated the meter from Fantom saying that it will never have the issue of maxing out on resources.

2GB internal memory to store our samples and tones.

Interactive large 7” touch-screen workstation


🎹🎵 Dynamite BTS Advanced Piano Tutorial with Sheet Music #MobileMusic

🎹🎵 Dynamite BTS Advanced Piano Tutorial with Sheet Music #MobileMusic

This is the advanced version with accurate melody -

Original song -


🎹🥁🎸 Blinding Lights ADVANCED FULL Piano Tutorial (Long Form) #MobileMusic

Check this one out - ADVANCED & FULL version song (Long Form) Tutorial with accurate melody and Video FX -
  • Accurate melody
  • Key change
  • Tempo change
  • Micro-Tuning
  • Video FX...

Original song -


CUBASIS: Make Producing Music EASIER (150+ issues & suggestions)

I made over 150 issues & suggestions to also improve the UX.

Vote on your desired features or add your own needs -


🎹🎸🥁 Dance Monkey ADVANCED Piano Tutorial

COMPLETE advanced tutorial with Lead, Chords, Bass, Drums and more...

This is the advanced version with ACCURATE melody!

Original song -


StaffPad review and issues

StaffPad was a super-hit app on Surface tablets -

And when they brought the app to iPadOS, I watched the 3 hour inspiring and very beautiful video by the founder and bought it immediately -

Dynamics and Articulation tools (Tile-bar) -

Mixer and Effects for staves -



StaffPad app

I was using Pencil 2 mostly in LumaFusion and Cubasis so far but this...

iPad Pro Buying Guide

Confused whether to go for 11" or 12.9" iPad Pro?

I bought both these sizes in 2018, used them for over a month and evaluated their usabilities. I wrote a detailed article comparing both editions here -

Hope this helps...

What do you guys think and what are your experiences with these sizes?


PS: Apple seems to be working on a 12" iPad Pro this year. If this is real, more work for developers again optimizing their apps -

Check out my posting here -

Online DAW apps

Audio Tool - optimal & modular design, FREE and the BEST -

More -

SoundTrap from Spotify

SoundTrap Capture iOS app -

Chrome Music Lab


Chrome Browser -

Flash Player -

Amped Studio (buggy) -

Synth app:

Do you have any other online DAW apps to share?

Scoring / Composition app:

The Best iOS DAW?

Do you have a favorite and Why?

  • Solutions for missing headphone jack on iPad

    Apple removed the headphone jack from its phones and tablets (so they could sell more AirPods!) with no solution to connect headphones and charger simultaneously. Ideally, they should have offered a native Apple hub before discontinuing the jack. Apple’s $9 adaptor does not allow to charge the iPad simultaneously. This resulted in 3rd party hubs in the market (with boastful claims) that don’t function as expected or break in a couple of months. Here are a few options to alleviate the problem of lack of headphone jack on iPads (especially for musicians and producers).

    1. Magic Keyboard has a pass through USB-C port on its hinge for charging iPad Pro and iPad Air (4th generation 10.9”), freeing up the port on the iPad for other accessories - we can use the USB-C port on the iPad to connect headphones. At $299 ($349 for 12.9” iPad Pro), Magic Keyboard is expensive but we can expect the quality, durability, reliability and functionality of Apple products from it - and currently, this can be the best available option -

    2. MagSafe - if Apple brings the $39 MagSafe charger to iPads (I expect the next generation of iPads will support MagSafe), it will free up the USB-C port for headphones -

    3. Gen2 USB hub. Gen2 connects the headphones to iPad even if you plug in the power after the battery is discharged. Gen2 still has issues of low volume (about 65% volume) at max setting and also remote buttons of EarPods don’t work but we can live with them and they may release a firmware update to resolve it. I’ve already informed them of the issues and they said they would send it to their team.

    NOTE: Do not buy their HyperDrive as it has too HIGH volume issue at the lowest setting and also it does not connect the headphones on plugging in the power if the iPad battery is discharged (you need to plug/charge iPad through HyperDrive before the battery dies so you can use the headphones or unplug and replug the power losing a charge cycle of the battery). They confirmed they cannot fix the high volume issue as it was manufactured by another factory. It is also a hassle plugging cords/drives in and out while the HyperDrive hub is plugged into the iPad - you need to securely hold the hub while doing so. Its portability was just hype when it is attached to the port so weakly that can pull out at the slightest movement. Gen2 on the other hand has the cord plugged into the port while the hub sits on the desk - providing some snug safety at the cost of portability. Do not buy any hubs that plug into the port directly because the port does not offer a tight hold.

    Also note, both Gen2 and HyperDrive don’t work with Apple EarPods' remote buttons!

    CAUTION: Just remember that the design of USB-C is flimsy (most probably the reason why it did not make into the mobile iPhone) and not as rugged as the Lightning - you should always be conscious about how/where the cord is dangling, be very careful while moving the iPad if it is plugged in and probably should tuck one end of the cord under the device to restrain its movement just in case you snap it unexpectedly, it will safely stop from damaging the port.
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