Synth Site: alesis: Andromeda (A6): User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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ROCKSTAHNDAMAKIN from NEPTUNE writes:
ITS LIKE A MOOG/OBIE/ROLAND ROLLED INTO ONE!....AND ITS ANALOG!!!!!!!!!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-May-15-2005 at 17:03
a part-time user writes:
wow. watasynth!!!! worth every penny. insanely deep programming, incredible sound. a modern classic in every sense of the word.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Apr-07-2005 at 14:56
Mark Lee a professional user from USA writes:
If you want one,you have to go to a proper Alesis dealer, order one, then wait. You might get one. Some buy the demonstrator. Which dealers WILL sell you. This means there is nothing further for them to sell and no replacement for them. If this is a current synth, production is very slow and small. It's better to view it as discontinued. The Ion has largely taken up the fight. Alesis are more interested in that synth as they actually make money. I've seen several of these in studios and, including my own, have yet to see one with major OS problems. They do work..and well. Some advertised are new old stock. Although Alesis are not really interested in this synth anymore, the web support is first class and very quick. For most professional applications you cannot beat it. Be warned. It is a very complex synth and many of its problems may be user confusion rather than synth software based. The sound is soooo rich. The look sooo cool. This is a major-league analogue. As powerful as the mightiest modular. Yet you can pick it up and transport it very easily. I've tested some of the issues outlined by Shawn, as far as I could, and have not experienced the problems he mentioned. I think hes been just plain unlucky. I know that can happen in synth world. My Voyager was a real pain in the ass. Is this the 'greatest' analogue ever? Probably yes.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Mar-25-2005 at 04:03
Shawn a hobbyist user from USA writes:
First off the Andromeda is still in production, nothing changed in the way these are built, supposedly they have better qc now. That said, this thing is awesome and sounds awesome well worth 2700 new if you can get a working one! No other existing keyboard made up to this point can do what it does, nor is it likely any manufacturer will produce one that does. I have had many analogue synths and opportunity to play many of the great ones,I would say this deffinatly measures up. Some say that it blows for bass, I just don’t think they have taken advantage of layering bass sounds in mix mode or experimenting with the unisonX settings, this thing can do insane mmm mmm good bass if you experiment a little. Praises said, now to the problems, I have been through 4 of these trying to get one without problems, fortunately AMS has been working with me and I have not had to pay for shipping these back to them or for the new ones to be shipped to me, they even let me hold on to the old ones till the replacement arrives so I have no downtime in the studio, 3 of them have had problems associated with 1 or more of the voices displaying strange amplifications of white noise in the pre and or post filter VCA on the “Amsterdam kick” patch, I tested this on 4 units cycling through the voices using that patch, simply put, some of the voice chips have issues with the VCA’s. Other problems I have experienced: on 2 units, If the unit is powered down during operation sometimes you will have to turn it on and off 3 to 5 times before it will boot up properly, often times it will get stuck booting up, in mix mode it seems that making too many changes and switching between voices will cause the display to get garbaged up and sometimes the OS will lock up, or voices will get stuck, the OS lock up issue was observed on 1 unit, that same unit when powered on or off would create a loud spike through the mixer.

Lots of Mix mode bugs when creating or editing patches, save your work often!

I don’t think I would buy one of these used or recommend to someone to buy a NFS one or a used one, from what I have seen first hand and read in the A6 mailing list it would be like winning the lottery to get one in perfect working order. That said,. after getting one that works perfectly I have to give it a 5 dispite the unfinished OS and high fallout rate for perfect voice chips and other problems, hopefully the OS will one day become open source

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Mar-23-2005 at 12:19
KENNY L. a part-time user from COLORADO writes:
WHAT A SWEEEEET SYNTH!....IM STILL LEARNING WAYS TO MAKE MUSIC ON THIS BEAST!...LOGICALY LAID OUT & SOUNDS BRILLIANT AS WELL, ONE QUESTION I HAVE FOR THOSE WHO ARE MORE EXPERIENCED IN THE ANALOG WORLD, CAN SOMEONE TELL ME IF THERE IS A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE CURRNET A6'S MADE IN THAILAND AND THE PREVIOUS ONES THAT ARE MADE IN JAPAN?...ANY DIFFERENCE IN PARTS?..ANY DIFFERENCE IN GENERAL? IM JUST CURIOUS AS TO WHAT A GUY SAID WHEN HE WAS SELLING HIS ON E-BAY AND MENTIONED THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK THE ONES MADE IN JAPAN SOUND BETTER,DO THEY?...BUT ANYWAY IM SURE THEY BOTH SOUND AS GOOD, AND IT DOESN'T MATTER REALY..BUT WOULD REALY LIKE TO KNOW WHY,A6 IS KING!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Mar-22-2005 at 06:14
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