Synth Site: Alesis: QS6 Synth: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.0 out of 5
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Alex Lloyd a hobbyist user from US writes:
When you put it in the context of its price, the samples are astounding. Even horns and strings are better than a Korg X5D or Roland XP-10. (And of course, it's 64-voice polyphonic.) The built-in stereo piano is very good, though not like the Stereo Grand Piano Plus-QuadraCard. If you're interested in samples that sound like things exesting in nature, get the QS6. If you're in it for techno or want good sound creation facilities, you'll be totally daunted by the interface; expect to use your PC. Construction: The keyboard is great; there's aftertouch and release velocity, and it's semi-weighted. The heavy metal case is, yes, heavy, but super-rugged too. And there's a row of buttons labeled &quot;Piano, Organ, Guitar, Bass, Synth1, Synth2,&quot; etc to make jumping to the right instrument easy. And, there's a 38.4kbps host port with a good Win95-compatible driver, though you must download it. (Ahem, Korg; their driver is awful.) Use: A cinch for basic multi-timbral mode; not exactly intuitive once you want to adjust anything. (But then, compare it to the X5D, where the volume is somewhere in menu 37D.)

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:35
Jim Munsey a hobbyist user from US writes:
Based on what everyone said at this site and others, I bought a QS6 (vs. an X5D). On the whole, I'm very happy with the ROM samples. Good Rhodes, good B3; I've owned both (still have the Rhodes) and think this stands up quite well. Decent analog synth sounds -- again, I've got an old monophonic Arp Solus if I need more. Editing mixes and effects is somewhat arcane (with no real help from the user manual, though I'm sure it makes perfect sense to the guy who wrote it), but for under $1000 you won't find better...

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:35
Glen Rodgers a professional user from USA writes:
I have used the QS6 on several productions. The Rhodes and analog type sounds are very good but I am dissatisfied with the piano, brass, string, and woodwind sounds. I recently traded my Proteus FX for another piece of equipment and now wish I hadn't done so. It seems that all of the string and brass presets have an annoyingly fast and bright attack which cannot be easily controlled by playing technique. I realize these parameters can be edited but when you consider the fact that the presets make up the vast majority of available programs on this synth it seems such a waste of ROM space. I've heard much talk about the stereo grand sample card you can buy for this machine but, in my opinion, if you're going to spend the extra money anyway you might as well get something like a Roland XP-50 which Guitar Center is now advertising for a little over $1000. I, along with many others, am very irritated with the way multitimbral mode accesses the effects. The more varied your instrument choices, the more generic your effects must be to keep the instruments sounding somewhat believable. I should have spent more time with this unit before I bought it. I would definitely not buy one again. I know it's inexpensive but I'm paying for those savings in other ways.

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:35
Philip Cook a hobbyist user from USA writes:
Very diverse range of high quality sounds. Too much emphasis on New Age sounds and not enough analog sounds. Button pushing is tedious. Great feel and very expressive. Incredible versatality at the price.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:35
Erik a professional user from United States writes:
The QS6 is intended to be a workhorse sample playback synth but you can tweak alot of

analog sounds out of it. It lacks real sound creation, boyound PCM, and it has no resonance.

It makes up for it in great Depeche Mode and New Order type sounds. Skip the brass samples and go

straight to the synth waves and harmonics. Great Analog samples and voice sounds. Good drums but they sound like everything

else. Programming matrix is confusing and stupid. Each button serves three funtiions. Get a good editor for your PC.

Good effects section with 4 buses. Weak multi setup controls with alot of power underneath. My wife bought it for me so I geuss I will have to

love it and keep it forever. I can't tell the differnce between all these sample playback synths. Help, wheres my Juno 60 and Arp O&quot;Crap. ER

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:35
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