Persing is the founder of Spectrasonics, a company specializing in developing World Class software 'virtual instruments' since 1994. He has produced dozens of the sampling industry's top selling titles and gone on to create the award-winning Omnisphere, Keyscape, Stylus RMX, Trilian, Atmosphere and Trilogy software virtual instruments. Eric's ground-breaking instruments and sound libraries are the best selling and most widely used in the world. Spectrasonics products are in constant use on thousands of major film, television, music, game and multimedia productions. In addition to being the Creative Director of Spectrasonics, Eric was a longtime consultant and the Chief Sound Designer for Roland Corporation Japan from 1984-2005, creating the key sounds for many popular Roland synthesizers, samplers, CD-ROMs, expansion boards, processors and groove devices - from the vintage Jupiter and JX series, to the legendary D-50, D-70, JD-800/990, R8, S-series samplers, JV-880/1080/2080, the Sound Canvas, JP-8000/8080, MC-505/909, The V-Drums, XV-5080, Fantom series, the V-Synth and many more.more
The Roland Fantom X7 has been the primary keyboard in my live rig since early 2007. The thing just works, every time, all the time. As a live controller, the Fantom X is very capable. The structure of the performance object in the system allows a mix/match of up to 16 layers and mapping zones. The sounds are generally good with no SRX expansion cards added. The best sounds on the box are probably the strings and brass, with pianos right behind those items. The organs are severely lacking on the other hand and I have never used them live. Overall, a 4 out of 5 for the role it needs to perform in my rig. The two most significant flaws in the machine are the slow sample file loads and saves on the OS and the flaw in the aftertouch of the keyboard assembly. Regardless, the thing just keeps on working, every time and I can't imagine replacing it in my live rig.