Synth Site: alesis: Andromeda (A6): User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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benito camela a professional user from US writes:
The Alesis Andromeda A6 is a real musical instrument I have to today day 37 different keyboard in storage and my studio. The A6 is a powerful instrument in the right hands and can fit any kind of song demanding a strong analog presence otherwise is a waste, probably the best analog synth ever build, we have to use lab instruments like oscilloscope frequency meters for compare with another model/brand, everyone talk about how they sound and everyone heard different and everyone have different speakers and everyone play different music.

The Andromeda is a unmatchable synthesizer discontinued in 2010 im sure will become a very expensive collectible instrument same day. Andromeda is completely analog - no emulation! It features two analog filters per voice that sound great! They are a multimode 2-pole and a 4-pole lowpass. External audio can be routed through these filters too, Andromeda has three LFOs, each with six waveforms and they can be synced to MIDI clock. And there are three 7-stage envelopes with very creative and flexible functions. Also onboard is an extensive mod matrix for enormous freedom in configuring Andromeda's sounds.

It has been used by BT, Air, Duran Duran, Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, DJ Tiesto, Klaus Schultze, and the Pet Shop Boys.

My only complain about the A6 is the adjustment of the tempo but can be controlled for a external device by midi.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jan-28-2011 at 00:05
Dirk a hobbyist user from Belgium writes:
I have this beast for almost 1 year now and like any other synth is has it ups and downs : down : quality of keyboard - effects (i'd rather have an aux send/return) ; up : quality of filters - arpeggiator - built quality (alesis!) - instant sounds but also indepth programming - polyphony - affordable

compared to my other favorite synth a supernova II that novation stuff isn't bad after all but nothing can match the a6 in the analogue domain

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Sep-21-2009 at 12:16
Rolf Hosemann a hobbyist user from USA writes:
This is an exciting synth;however as a beginner programmer I can't always get want I want out of it; My Korg Z1 is easier to use but not nearly as flexible in terms of the sounds that can be created. I think the Andromeda's strenghts are interesting pads and unearthly sounds...one just to stick with it and not get discourage, I've been spending hours at a time on it and its worth the time and stiff neck.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-May-20-2009 at 11:18
Iwantasynthnotafridgemagnet! a professional user from Canada writes:
A beautiful modern thing. The sounds are pure class. It looks amazing. Theres alot to take in, so expect hours of programming bliss. Save interesting stuff as you go along. A great, original sound that belongs to you is out there! Watch out for ebay and web scammers that offer these cheap. They never get sold cheaply and there are waiting lists of would be owners. Ebay synth fridge magnets??!! Has the world gone mad???

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Feb-18-2009 at 12:39
Kris Saenen a hobbyist user from Belgium writes:
All of you: the key to this beast is programming it. Same as for most presets in almost any synth, they tend not to represent the abilities of a synth. Why? No idea! But PROGRAMMING 'till you drop asleep is what you should be doing when you buy or comment a synth of this 'type' or ability. Those saying it sounds 'thin' have NO idea about programming, experimenting or whatever lies hidden beneath the 'presets' or the surface controls of this kind of synth. I've programmed, jammed and created with JP8K, Virus C, Nord 2, MS2000, Ion, Voyager, and Triton, MV8000, Logic, Massive, Reaktor, NX5, and some outboard FX, bass guitars, voices and a plethora of samples. People these days like quality brought to them on a tray without having to create their own works!! Twiddling a few knobs won't make you a synth expert, let alone an objective reviewer. If you're seriously 'creating' music it involves a lot of patience, not towards any new instrument, but patience for your own knowledge, ability and experience to grow in order to be able to 'tagg' any new instrument you discover. Anyone claiming the Andromeda is only a mediocre synth simply hasn't dealt with any serious programming, and should therefor retire from commenting instruments 'out of their league'...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jul-18-2008 at 04:24
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