Synth Site: alesis: Andromeda (A6): User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Charles Labs a part-time user from United States writes:
Inspirational!!!! I just bought my Andromeda a few days ago and I'm so glad I did. I paid $2199+ tax from Guitar Center. My set up also includes an Alesis QS 7 with/Sanctuary and Vintage Synth expansion cards, An Alesis QS 6.1 with/Vintage Synth expansion card, A Roland JP8000, and (for now) a Korg N5 (for sale I run them through Roland KC500's. I felt that I needed a second lead synth that could also do a whole lot more. Well, this is it. The Andromeda fills the niche that the others simply could not. The Roland is a good board for leads but, the A6 is so much FATTER!! It's the real thing. I have been waiting since the word got out that Alesis was making an analog synth. I'm still in the beginning stages exploring what this keyboard can do and I know it will take a while to make it 'mine'. So far what I've experienced has been more than expected. The presets are ok but they don't really let you know what this thing can do. I like to play alot of fast leads, and I also like to make the most obnoxious sounds possible(from a keyboard that is!). This synth actually makes me want to play less so that I can let the sounds come to their own conclusions and ring out in full analog bliss. I thought I'd have to buy an overly expensive vintage synth that I'd have to tune with a plastic screwdriver every 15 minutes. Auto tune!!!!! Great feature, this keyboard tunes itself. This unit does it all, except for pianos (but thats not what its made for).It's a full time 'whatever you want it to be' analog monster. I can't wait to attempt to use it as a modular synth. I'm sure I'll mess up programming it but thats where most of the fun starts. I recommend to anyone who is a synthist/keyboardist/organist/pianist: Go find an A6 and play it! You need to.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jul-05-2001 at 00:21
DimensionZ a professional user from USA writes:
I like Andromeda! It's souds fat and rich as my Matrix12 or Memorymoog. I just can't understand those who compare it to VA's (?!) I own a nord modular (which is love and consider the best VA synth) but I can easily see the difference in the sound. In fact, I programmed one of the A6 patches on my NM and compared it with A6. Yes, its the same sound but A6 sounds sharper, warmer and fatter! I can clearly hear the difference! I've also owned an AN1X. It's a great synth, but it just doesn't sound as good as A6 (or any real analog for that matter!). And also, analog is not sound from the past as some reviewers stated. If that was the case, why do we have all this VA revolution, which was based on the idea to emulate analog grear in the first place...?

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-13-2001 at 18:41
No offense... But "they both use IC chips" must be one of the most stupid comments I have ever heard... I'd sure as hell would get an Andromeda over any VA, some sound really sweet though. Thumbs up to the programmers but in a few years you'll be crying for wasting your money on a piece of plastic with a couple of crappy old processors inside..

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jun-12-2001 at 13:40
the "auto tune" button did nothing on the one I played. fat? NOPE, not fat at all. the oscillators are very thin. I would suggest getting a yamaha AN1x. it sounds a hell of a whole lot better, fatter, more buzzy/grating, whatever, and put $2,500 in your pocket. assembled in California? the one I had had a "made in taiwan" sticker on the back. that means it's made/assembled, whatever in taiwan. but above all else, I restate: do not mailorder this thing based on what you've read about it. it (and analog synthesis in general) is extremely overhyped and may or may not be what you're looking for. but seriously, and far as raw beefy, fat sound, this just does not have it. it's easily bested by the AN1x (sadly discontinued.) and it's "virtual" analog. they're really isn't much of a difference between "analog" and virtual analog anyway. all you're doing is creating an oscillation with different waveforms. they both use IC chips. there's a reason companies abandoned analog "technology" - it sucks! the 70s are dead and gone, get with the times already.

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Monday-Jun-11-2001 at 14:56
Alesis Dude a part-time user writes:
Buy one if you can find one. It rules.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jun-08-2001 at 22:25
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