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Average rating: 4.0 out of 5
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oded abramovich a part-timer user from israel writes:
i bought it after eating so much shit with my korg my surprize,the thing is still in a full working order (i own it for more than a year ,and gigged with it quite a lot).it excells in everything ,excluding the pianos which are intresting as an fm piano ,though i bought the piano qcard and it sounds great,if only the price............

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jan-17-1999 at 14:21
Atomik a part-timer user from US writes:
I feel that this board was (and still is) a great deal for the person looking for good sound, polyphony, good range of sounds, built-in effects and a c.h.e.a.p. price. The basses are great and I like some of the "synth" sounds. Most of the acoustic instruments sounds are okay and if you slap some reverb on them, they pretty much sound like a real instrument with reverb (whoever would do this and actually record it, i don't know). In general, for around $750US, this is a good board.

Annoyances (not major): The QS6 has great sounds in "Program" mode, but understand that these are fully wet. In Mix mode, I found it difficult to get the same type of sound out of the thing do to the limitation of only two effects types per "group" in multitimbral mode. If you resolve to do your songs with only certain effects on certain channels, then you should be able to find a happy medium (for example, your drum track will probably not have reverb). (2) The interface is goofy. Make sure you have a computer based editor/librarian. Making multisounds or groups is a chore through the keyboard, but most modern sequencers can handle this stuff. If it weren't for the effects in multimode and the goofy interface, I'd give this a 5.

FYI: I remember doing a head-to-head comparison with the Korg N364, the Roland XP, and the QS6 (all less than $1K)...IMHO, the Alesis was *by far* the best of the three. 8^B


Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Dec-15-1998 at 20:54
Chad Gould from USA writes:
Organ imitations are excellent, that's what I use it for. Piano is only okay, but it works over a PA. There's a few string patches that are pretty good. As a do-it-all bread-and-butter synth, it works cause its cheap and it doesn't have the New Age ambience of the Korg ROMplers or the irritating highs of the Roland JVs / XPs. It's just there. I wish it had better choir samples (it almost has none!) but I'll take it for the other stuff. I'm not a big fan of ROMplers in general, so this works on the cheap.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Monday-Oct-26-1998 at 19:37
Achim Haag a hobbyist user from Germany writes:
I bought a used box last weekend and now, hours of playin later, I´m totally in love with the weighted keys, they remember me to my old last-century piano ;-) . The organs are very impressive, strings are usable, Rhodes very nice but the pianos (compared to my cheap PSR-220) sounds very dull, even the e-pianos, I think even R.Charles wouldn´t get any action out of it... The synth sounds have very enjoying gimmicks but I can´t use the most of them in traditional rock songs. Nevertheless, they are a good examples of the piece´s flexibility and for your my programming.

The biggest disappointment were the effects. Someone wrote about 4 FX-units, but there are only 4 FX-inputs to which you can route the sounds. The effect processor consists of patches, of which you have one to choose. The patches have different capabilities (lezlie, reverb, delay, overdrive and so on). This works fine in program mode but in mix mode (if you have to replace half an orchestra in your band), its desastrous.

Example: "gimmie somme lovin", I have to play brass and organ. A good preset brass needs the chorus, a good preset organ needs the lezlie/overdrive. If you split the keyboard, you have to choose between brass with lezlie/overdrive (grrrmbll) or organ with nearly no effects (except you modify the organ to use chorus - uuaahh). I didn´t find a way in the manual to use multiple FX patches simultaneously and I think there isn´t one.

So in the future I have to buy another synth, maybe a rack modell with the one half of the alesis as master keyboard (I like the keys really).

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Thursday-Oct-22-1998 at 18:59
Bruddah Max a professional user from United States of America writes:
a great budget synth, although most of the presets are the usual lounge/new age/effects lot that sounds good in a store. the drum sets, however, are phenomenal for a piece of kit in this price range. the user interface, however, is sheer crapola, although alesis is kind enough to supply a free alesis-only version of unisynth to program from your computer. not a good synth to play back general MIDI - yeah, it's acceptable, but really thin sounding. great for pads and digital synth sounds (someone mentioned depeche mode and new order - i agree). no resonance, so forget the dive bombs, but alesis put in some waves with nasty overtones that creative programming can yeild some very alpha juno-esque sounds. definitely load and listen to the Qessence Unisyn soundbanks on the CD - much better than their user selection, and good starting points for programming. i wouldn't recommend it for anyone interested in programming who doesn't have a computer, since again it has a piss poor user interface. suprisingly deep effects section and just about everything can be modded by something else (no sync to MIDI, though) for interesting expressive playing sounds. worth your while to dig into unisyn - this synth engine is powerful!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Sep-17-1998 at 03:20
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