Synth Site: Alesis: QS6.1: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Michal Najvrt a part-time user from Czech Republic writes:
I have this synth for about three months. I like it because of small size, solid design, 64 voice polyphony, semi-weighed keyboard and cool piano sounds. I also like to programm the organ patches. I can not agree that the string sounds are poor, they are rich and nice in my ears. The guitar sounds are not the best as well as most of the synth (preset) sounds. Brass and woodwinds are not my favorite. The effects are very good. Programming of this instrument is a little bit confusing in the beginning, but it is logical after a while. I have only two complaints: QS 6.1 does not work properly in mono and if the volume slider is on max. the output signal is slightly distorted when I play fortissimo. Anyway, this synth is a great instrument for live performance as well as for studio.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jan-30-2008 at 06:08
Anthony Bennett a hobbyist user from usa writes:
I'd really like to add a couple of more things to my earlier comments. I had grown a little impatient trying to re-program this machine but I 've learned to read with understanding and that's the key. I've learned a little about editing and it really, really helps. I decided to take it to my church and let our musicians tinker around with it. They all fell in love with it and a couple offered to buy. I kicked in the True Stereo piano sound and "man o man", it was like I had opened up a who new world. You can take a $50 keyboard and use the QS6.1 as master controller and you've got something very special. Sell it, no way. My suggestion is, if you don't have one, find one. You won't be sorry

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Dec-31-2007 at 12:28
Anthony Bennett a hobbyist user from usa writes:
Bought mine about 8 months ago. Truly remarkable board. Probably the best in it's price range. Mostly use it as a controller, but it's got some sweet sounds to it. When I have spare time in the afternoons, I'll tinker with it. The manual really doesn't get me where I really want to go on it, but trust me, I'll find it. It's short and compacted. Smaller in length than the normal 61 key board. You really have to rate it at the top of the chain.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Aug-27-2007 at 13:59
Warren Miller a hobbyist user from United States writes:
For a long time, the QS6.1 was my main synthesizer and I still use it for the TrueStereo piano sound. This thing has got a ton of great sounds, and the expansion cards are easy to install (they simply get pushed into the slots, as opposed to other synths where you have to turn the keyboard over, remove a cover, install the board, and replace the cover).

I love the feel of this keyboard --- it's got a solid feel to it while not being as heavy as a weighted keyboard, so you can play piano sounds and then go right into a synth sound without having to adjust your playing style.

And as far as sounds that come with the unit, the piano is nice and there's some interesting guitar voices that get used here a lot. Overall, this keyboard still has the most bang for the buck on the market, although the new 6.2 version only features 1 card expansion slot (the QS6.1 has 2).

I'd buy another one without hestitation.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Oct-22-2003 at 13:27
Alberto a hobbyist user from Torino (ITALY) writes:
Price Paid: 400 (Euros) used Ease of Use: 7 Well, not so bad. Ok, the display could be larger but after a couple of days I've been able to work. All seems be logic and well organized, some Roland devices IMHO are much difficult to use.

Features: 8 64 voices are enough, no sequencer but.. who care? 4 useful sliders to use in real time for editing or modify sounds while you're playing. The keyboard is, as far as I'm concerned, the best one I've found on an (economic) synth, the feeling is fantastic, semi-weighted, responsive, well done, Alesis! Two slots for expansions via Q-cards are a good choice, pitch and modulation wheels are not that good but usable, the chassis of this synth seems to be hard and resistant but (this is important), this baby weights only a few kgs.... great surprise!

Expressiveness/Sounds: 9 Ok, I know, I'm speaking 'bout a 400 Euros synth, I can't expect too much.... but when I put my hands on it I felt in love with this one. Very realistic sounds, very good pianos, electric pianos, organs and synths, Factory presets are enough to begin, good choice at all, bread 'n butter! The only thing it sucks is the rotary speaker effect... too much noisy and you MUST work on it if you need a decent result (may be it's better to buy an external simulator, such as Spin or G4...). Anyway, a very good variety and quality, for the price: 9

Reliability: 9 I don't know... never gave me problems, it seems solid and resistant

Customer Support: 9 I contacted European customer care center (in Germany), a few days ago,about general informations, and they gave me an answer within a couple of days. Very good!

Overall Rating: 9 I would buy it again, this is, imho, THE BEST CHOICE for quality/price. Ok, it's simply a PCM based but do its work, it's simple to use and you can buy it for less than 500 Euros / Dollars. I've owned a lot of synths, from Korg M1 to Roland D70, from Roland XP 80 to Ensoniq SQ1, Korg 01wfd, Yamaha W5, SY 85 and so on... this baby is one of my preferred "toys"!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Sep-20-2003 at 19:43
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