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Average rating: 4.0 out of 5
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brandon becker from USA writes:
Totally awsome, The initial patches are weak sounding, well im into Dance,Trance but mostly GOA.The paino's are better than my Triton Le. Their is a killer sound editing program called "Q-Sound"(http://www.execpc.com/~gmoehrke/)for PC/MAC thats lets you actually edit your patch sound in real time, I mean this program walks you thru all of the paramiters (including effects,aftertouch,velocity modulation & asignment & more) one by one,that means you spend a whole 15 or less minuits of your time tweaking combinations of sounds (max of 4 combined)or single sounds(on single sounds you can double up to quadtriple for mind blowing fat ass bass) so you really have all of the knobs that you would have on a analog synth. When your done you just hit store and "WELLA". There is also another program called "SoundBridge that comes with the unit allowing you to convert existing WAV,AIFF,MIDI files into compatable QS sysex files and save them as patches on your QS.Oh by the way all of the QS sounds patches from the 6,6.1,7,7.1,8,8.1 can be also used

Midi conrtoll

As far as a midi controller its the tops, up to 16 different sends at once,havent have any lockup freezes yet or any sync issues.

Overall

Extreeemly solid synth, I mean you can probably drop it out of a window and still play a gig the same night.

Expansion of an additional 32 megs is handy. The simi wighted keys are better than most.

The LED display is huge and is real easy to see.

Programming useing the software doesent get any better or easier.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Apr-17-2002 at 17:03
mark ferris from USA writes:
Totally awsome, The initial patches are weak sounding, well im into Dance,Trance but mostly GOA.The paino's are better than my Triton Le. Their is a killer sound editing program called "Q-Sound"(http://www.execpc.com/~gmoehrke/)for PC/MAC thats lets you actually edit your patch sound in real time, I mean this program walks you thru all of the paramiters (including effects,aftertouch,velocity modulation & asignment & more) one by one,that means you spend a whole 15 or less minuits of your time tweaking combinations of sounds (max of 4 combined)or single sounds(on single sounds you can double up to quadtriple for mind blowing fat ass bass) so you really have all of the knobs that you would have on a analog synth. When your done you just hit store and "WELLA". There is also another program called "SoundBridge that comes with the unit allowing you to convert existing WAV,AIFF,MIDI files into compatable QS sysex files and save them as patches on your QS.Oh by the way all of the QS sounds patches from the 6,6.1,7,7.1,8,8.1 can be also used

Midi conrtoll

As far as a midi controller its the tops, up to 16 different sends at once,havent have any lockup freezes yet or any sync issues.

Overall

Extreeemly solid synth, I mean you can probably drop it out of a window and still play a gig the same night.

Expansion of an additional 32 megs is handy. The simi wighted keys are better than most.

The LED display is huge and is real easy to see.

Programming useing the software doesent get any better or easier.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Apr-17-2002 at 17:03
GOA17 from USA writes:
Totally awsome, The initial patches are weak sounding, well im into Dance,Trance but mostly GOA.The paino's are better than my Triton Le. Their is a killer sound editing program called "Q-Sound"(http://www.execpc.com/~gmoehrke/)for PC/MAC thats lets you actually edit your patch sound in real time, I mean this program walks you thru all of the paramiters (including effects,aftertouch,velocity modulation & asignment & more) one by one,that means you spend a whole 15 or less minuits of your time tweaking combinations of sounds (max of 4 combined)or single sounds(on single sounds you can double up to quadtriple for mind blowing fat ass bass) so you really have all of the knobs that you would have on a analog synth. When your done you just hit store and "WELLA". There is also another program called "SoundBridge that comes with the unit allowing you to convert existing WAV,AIFF,MIDI files into compatable QS sysex files and save them as patches on your QS.Oh by the way all of the QS sounds patches from the 6,6.1,7,7.1,8,8.1 can be also used

Midi conrtoll

As far as a midi controller its the tops, up to 16 different sends at once,havent have any lockup freezes yet or any sync issues.

Overall

Extreeemly solid synth, I mean you can probably drop it out of a window and still play a gig the same night.

Expansion of an additional 32 megs is handy. The simi wighted keys are better than most.

The LED display is huge and is real easy to see.

Programming useing the software doesent get any better or easier.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Apr-17-2002 at 17:02
Jason a part-time user from Nowhere writes:
Ah the alesis qs6 my second keyboard. I bought one at about 17 years of age from working minimum wage jobs. I remember the demo I heard. Still one of the best demo I heard even comparing them to the $5000 monsters. Very good presets. I liked the grand pianos, the basses, the strings, the choirs, and especially the synths. The drums were ok, but even those had some good uses. The effects weren't that bad either for its price. I eventually bought an xp-50 keyboard because my computer broke down. So I started using the 50 and someone offered to buy the alesis. I sold it and later regretted it. The alesis had a dreamier sound than the xp 50 which is more percussive and in your face with a fierce high end. Many of the xp50 sounds are used to death as well. All the industry artists has one and are making me tired of the presets. I only heard a few alesis sounds used in the industry and that was on a cartoon. (Dragonball Z I think). That being said I bought a k2000 which sounds more like an alesis. But the alesis is a keyboard I still miss. Because I made so many tunes with it alone I'll give it a

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Feb-17-2002 at 14:06
Bruce S a professional user from United States writes:
Alesis tries it's hand at synths pt 2.

Good sound for it's price point. The keyboard on early models had problems with bottoming out and making a loud "DOINK!" sound. You could hear it on stage, very disconerting.

The interface is a bit button crazy and the smaller data screen doesn't aid in programming the synth. That said I remember playing this against a XP80 and liked the QS6's sound better.

I know the XP80 has a vastly better sound engine and is better suited for those who plan to program their own sounds but the QS6 offered the chance to burn your own samples and that was a neat trick for a synth at the QS6's price point.

No resonant filters, only a low pass but some interesting patches to take apart and roll your own. Most QS6 users I know stick with the presets. If you don't want to be bothered with programming this is a good board. Check for the QS6.1, it has the same features as the QS7.1/QS8.1. Features include vastly better piano samples, LA Symphony sampled strings and I think brass, extra PCMCIA slot and ADAT/digital out.

I like the Korg X5D but it was more expensive in it's day and less capable IMO.

Check the keys before you buy. Alesis had quality control problems with this series like the Quadrasynth series. If you find one that's functioning well you should be fine.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Sep-16-2001 at 18:46
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