Synth Site: alesis: Andromeda (A6): User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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michael dietel a part-time user from usa writes:
All I can say is OH MY GOD. This synth is amazing. I was able to get a chance at playing one, and was VERY impressed. From the minute I sat down and touched the keys, it was so obvious that this was the real thing. I would definately assume that anybody with anything negative to say has not actually played it. I am thankful that somebody was kind enough to show it to me. I know what I'm buying this month....

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jan-03-2001 at 21:54
a professional user from Los Angeles writes:
I have one and have been programming on it a LOT. It is totally astounding. Thanks to the uninformed loudmouths above who voted before dealing with it - you lose (AND look stupid when it comes out).

It definitely SOUNDS analog, not a good fake. It can also do MUCH that old analogs can't even if you had Hans Zimmer's modular Moog. I have collected synths since 1978 and sold some of my old stuff off when I got this. It IS a programmer's dream - if you like the concept/design of the old modulars, Matrix 12, Expander, rophet T8, OB-Mx or other very routable synths. Note: NO synth that has memories can compete directly against a hardwired one for pure audio punch, but this Andromeda is quite close to a Minimoog (I have owned 4, I do know) and clearly fatter, basier and punchier that Jupiters, Nords, Oberheims, Prophets or anything else that ha had memories. No, it doesn't sound "Alesis" and it has power you have never seen or played before.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Dec-26-2000 at 06:02
Michael E. Caloroso a hobbyist user from USA writes:
How many of you people have actually played one of these?

If you have not, then how does that qualify you as an informed reviewer?

Having said that, I'll submit my unbiased testimony because I *have* played an Andromeda for a few hours.

Mike Peake graciously brought one over while I was in LA for winter NAMM 2000. Alesis has an analog monster on their hands, and that is coming from a faithful Memorymoog owner of twelve years. Think about that.

I loved the filters in this thing, especially the 12dB SEM filter. You can configure that and the 24dB filter in series or parallel, and you can change one of them to a highpass to create just about every filter configuration under the sun; bandpass, notch, highpass, lowpass. The SEM filter is especially creamy. A mixer allows you to balance between the two, a nice touch. The analog brasses in this thing will punch you in the face, very Oberheim-like.

The entire audio chain is 100% analog; real VCOs, VCFs, and VCAs. The VCOs were apparently modeled after the Moog 921 oscillator module, and although I have not heard a 921 in person I was impressed by the Andromeda VCOs. There are two of them, along with a suboscillator on VCO#2. When you sync the oscillators, it screams. My memory is vague on the feature set of the VCOs since it's been six months since I played with it, but it was nonetheless impressive and complete. There's a real live honest-to-goodness MIXER for controller the levels of the source signals, THANK YOU for not using a balance control.

The EGs are nice and snappy, and there are two sets of decay/sustain controls to expand beyond the standard four stage EG. When you dig deeper, you can do cool things like change the slope of the EG from linear to logarithmic. There are three of them, each with their own set of knobs. And speaking of knobs, this thing is absolutely loaded with them. The VCOs, VCFs, EGs, Mixers, LFOs, and VCAs all have their dedicated knobs right on the front panel for tweaking glory. There's an LCD and a set of eight 'soft' knobs for getting deeper into the synth engine, but the most important ones are laid out right in front of you. Beautiful.

The 61 note keyboard is velocity and pressure sensitive. In addition to the mandatory pitch bend and mod wheels, there's a ribbon controller. You also get a ring modulator with configurable input options. You can do all the cross modulation tricks that the Memorymoog and Prophet-5 are famous for, and the LFOs are very flexible. It is sixteen voice polyphonic and is multitimbral across all sixteen MIDI channels. Not only can you put it in mono mode, you can specify the number of voices for mono mode - a feature I haven't seen since the Memorymoog and a very important feature for those times when you don't need all 32 VCOs slamming against each other. You can also route external signals to the filters, and the voices can be panned across the stereo field or you can use the individual audio outputs for each voice from the rear panel. It even has the Quadra FX engine in this thing!

I have never seen this much flexibility in an analog polyphonic synthesizer before. I loved it and I'm buying one when it is released.

Usual disclaimer applies.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jul-12-2000 at 10:25
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