Synth Site: alesis: Andromeda (A6): User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Keith a professional user from England writes:
Wow! I love this synth. It has loads of complex and exciting functions that I have not seen on any other analogue. OS updates improve its capability from earlier versions no end. Make sure you have downloaded the latest OS. I recently read the 'Sound on Sound' magazine review which noted some weaknesses in the OS. These have been sorted from what I can tell.

The sound is digital hybrid---to classic analogue. It can do all sounds. The envelopes, though digital, are super quick and smooth. Old ideas about software based logic don't apply. The processor is very fast. Light years faster than a 1980's Z80 running at 6mhz! It can process sounds faster and smoother than my rev3 prophet and that's good enough for me. The look is very futuristic. It is clear and logical when you start programming, though initially it may appear cluttered.

I tried to buy one new after Alesis had announced that it was discontinued. Sites claiming to have cut price bargains didn't and tried to flog me something else. It's synth seller kudos, apparently. Look better stocked than you really are. A bit frustrating to me. Especially when they told me to, 'Wait and we'll get back to you', then didn't. I got a used example in a swap/cash deal. My beloved Jupiter6 was part of the deal...sob! Saying that, it looked and sounded very ordinary when compared to the A6 as the deal progressed. Old analogues just can't compare. It's a sad fact. My prophet sounds plain, predictable and unimaginative up against it. I'd like to say the opposite. Thw A6 is just so well designed and specified. It stays in tune and is reliable. The modulation possibilities are endless. Who in their right mind would pay 2 grand for a memorymoog when you ban buy one of these so much cheaper?

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Mar-04-2005 at 03:23
Mike the synth Mender. a professional user writes:
The greatest analogue monster bar none. This is the best. Best sounding, most reliable and well designed. Build quality...hmm not bad, feels very put together by hand. Quality control..hmm not bad. Features..unbelievable. You can't start to imagine the sonic potential of this synth. It does everything. I bet they sat a design team down and did a brain storm of everything you could possibly do with analogue synthesis...then built that synth. Great effects. Full midi, of course. Forget about other £1000 classic analogues. Pay that bit more and buy one of these. You will not regret it. It is beyond criticism. In depth editing is very deep. Deeper than the matrix12. Much easier to use, though. Nice rom set. Expands via cards. Great blue pilot light! Lovely display graphics which help and impress. Nice to see wave shapes. Nobs and switches. Like the JD800, there are hundreds of extra parameters to access. All the major(fun) stuff has a dedicated pot or microswitch. Great twin filtering. Multimode. Show me a more comprehensive, reliable and drop-dead gorgeous polysynth and I'll eat my soldering iron!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Mar-02-2005 at 02:56
Limitless a professional user from Las Vegas writes:
It just dawned on me why we get these negative feedbacks on the Great Andromeda A6! They didn't know how to program the A6 or even add effects. I bet they turned it on an like there stereos thought it would do everything for them. They should run a search on groups that use the A6 go liten to them on there stereos , and say, " I love that sound I just don't know how to make my A6 do that", that's what's wrong with the 0 thru 3 feedback scores crowd. LOL...I love my A6

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Jan-31-2005 at 08:55
Ray Hunter a part-time user from South Florida (USA) writes:
What more can I say, but I LOVE IT!!! I have had Oberheims, Roland Jupiters, etc., and I am sure that there are some sounds that the Andromeda can't exactly duplicate, but it comes so close that I can't tell. All the extras on the Andromeda more than make up for that, as far as I am concerned. This is one that I will NEVER get rid of.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Dec-30-2004 at 23:40
Tomcat a part-time user from Austria writes:
Have the A6 since 1 1/2 years and im still very happy with it. Its so much fun to work with it (knobs, knobs and even more knobs) and the sound is amazing (i have also Prophet VS, Waldorf XTK, Supernova II, Wavestation, Teebee, ProOne, Oberheim Matrix, Clavia G2,..). Only the envelopes could be a little bit faster. Ah yes, and the more or less not existing support of alesis sucks. Shame on you alesis! Because of that you should not buy this synth, but this synth is so nice you have to buy it. 16voice analog!!! You will not regret it.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Dec-13-2004 at 20:12
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