Synth Site: alesis: Andromeda (A6): User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Ronald a professional user from California writes:
Quality=poor feel the pots=are they connected to anything? feels like crap! the sound is ok! but if you really want good quality and fat sound buy the Mighty Nordlead 3!!!!!!!

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Saturday-Oct-20-2001 at 03:59
Colin "CoolColJ" Chung a part-time user from Australia writes:
Well I'll start to put my thought on the A6 down now. I didn't want to do the whole review in one go so I'll put it parts.

The bad stuff first..

I don't want people to get the wrong impression on the A6, it is no walk in the park - its is no beginner synth. Unless you have dabbled with soft-synths like VAZ Modular, Reaktor or analog modulars, I would not recommend this synth to you. You do have to dig deep into the menus to get all the good stuff. But unlike the software, you are rewarded with nice organic analog sonics :) In many ways it reminds me of using soft-synths but with real analog sound.

It can be rather daunting at times. You do have to plan ahead in your mind if you want to program some complex stuff.

I sometimes find the A6 behaving rather erratic at times. Sometimes a mod will work not work immediately when you plug it in, and the next day it does in the same circumstance. Odd - must be a OS bugs. Nothing major but it can be frustrating when your just trying things to see what it does. For example the other day I modulated the VCA env with an LFO - nothing happened until I adjusted the decay slighty and then it started working. I posted this as a bug to the mailing list. Then the next day, it works straight away! Makes me look like a fool...

The sensitivity of the edit knobs under the display is pure frustration! You have to use these knobs a lot to adjust the parameters, and your always flip flopping around a value you want as the things just take off!!! The up/down buttons can get smaller increments, but who wants to hit em 10-20 times?! I hope this gets fixed.

Worst of all is that there is no button to jump from parameter to parameter in the display without actually editing it... unbelievable!

For some reason the OS just feels like its made by programmers who don't write lots of music themselves and who don't use music making gear a lot. A lot of stuff the should be together is spread all over the place. It feels like tip toeing around sometimes. As a result programming some sounds can take 3 times longer on the A6, compared to an old skool analog synth. Off course you can speed things up a bit once you make a few template patches.

more to come

Colin

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Sep-16-2001 at 18:40
kk a hobbyist user from Sweden writes:
I've been fooling around with the Andromeda several times at a local music shop. But it was not until yesterday that I realised that I MUST have one as I discovered its capabilities as a beatbox as well as a synth, just turn those digital FX off and feel the synth come alive!! :D It's just a pity they retail for almost $4500 (USD) here in Sweden!!! Hey Alesis!! You should get another agent to sell your gear here, it's a fucking ripoff compared to other countries! :(((

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Sep-02-2001 at 06:22
Professional Hip Hop Producer a professional user from U.S.A. writes:
For those of you who rated this machine a 1 out of 5... Um hello! If the overall rating of this machine is above 4, chances are the people who gave it a 1 are not giving an objective review, or they are inexperienced with working with REAL analog synths. If you have never worked with the Minimoogs and Oberheims of yesteryear and you do not like the sound of real analog, you should not be expressing your opinion on something you have no expertise in. Just say.. "I like the way fake analog sounds cause that's what I am used to!"

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Aug-31-2001 at 17:02
Fully Professional Producer a professional user from U.S.A. writes:
Most groundbreaking and fattest analog (or virtual analog) synth in years. I've had one since March 2001 with an 8 bank card in it. Alesis and other 3rd party sites have done an outstanding job keeping this machine stuffed with available sounds. I have the preset, user and 8 card banks full of sounds. Just downloaded the 1.40 os and it seems to have corrected the portamento problems it previously had! 2 thumbs up!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-29-2001 at 05:01
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