Synth Site: Alesis: QS6.1: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Jim Jonson a part-time user from USA writes:
The best bang for your buck. You cannot touch another keyboard like this for the price. Great set-up, great sounds (amazing piano), great possibilities (2 expansion slots, editable sounds, built in effects). I love mine!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jul-11-2002 at 18:21
Daniel a hobbyist user from Seattle, USA writes:
The management overview: Great bang for buck IF you get one that works!

The details of my experience:

3 problems: 1) Out of the box the aftertouch was flaky. Sometimes it works and sometimes not completely regardless to touching any program buttons whatsoever. Warranty service solved problem. $40 shipping to Hollywierd CA. 3 weeks round trip on UPS ground. 2) AC humm was a bit problematic. Warrenty service also solved problem!, and using a non-standard non-balanced to balanced cabling cleared up the remaining tiny bit of humm. Still some "white" noise but that is normal considering all the effects.

3) MIDI IN/OUT: Problem not yet solved. no channel aftertouch message shows up in Cakewalk when useing the roland serial midi driver, Windows 2000 pro, Alesis PC serial out port. Otherwise with this setup I do get midi notes, and dumps to freeware editors.

No MIDI whatsoever in or out on the midi in/out ports when hooked up to Midiman 2X2 USB I/O box, however the unit will talk to itself over midi cable with in/out loop test. I get lots of hum whenever I use the midi cables to a sound card joystick port or the midiman 2X2 USB wiget. but no midi messages. Duhhh out goes to in, in goes to out. Driver setup runs ok. Cakewalk sees driver. Whatelse is there to it?

Help appreciated. maybe I have a lemon? Maybe I don't know what I'm doing. Sounds great, Great bang for buck if you get one that works, but I'm not a critical or experienced synth keyboard person.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jul-02-2002 at 16:52
Cliff a professional user from US of A writes:
Let me preface this review by saying that I have been working with synths for over 20, and this is the first Alesis product I have purchase, and most likely my last. While I was initially pleased with the QS6.1, liking the layout and sounds, I became dismayed quickly. Within 3 weeks of receiving my new keyboard, and on the night of my first gig with it, the fourth octave F# key broke. I was holding a chord, and when I raised my hand, the key didn't come back up. I assumed that this may have been a shipping problem, and returned it to Musician's Friend. I promptly received a replacement and was happy again. Out of the box a had one patch on the user bank with problems: when I selected the patch and played more than two notes, I would get a system error requiring a power restart of the keyboard to clear. I ignored it figuring I would reprogram the patch at a later date, and hopefully clear the problem. After about 3 months of use, the sustain pedal which came with the keyboard failed. As I had numerous other replacement pedals, I ignored this to. A year passed with no further incident, unless you count the wear of the silk screening on the program select buttons. Then a Feb 2002, I plugged the keyboard into my mixer and...NOTHING! I verified my connections, swapped cords and mixer channels...my stereo outputs had failed!! I could only get sound through my headphone out. Very disgruntled, I emailed Alesis Customer Support only to receive a reply that they would respond to me ASAP. It is now May, and after two more emails I have received no further replies. To top it off, I heard a rumor from my drummer that Alesis has gone bankrupt. I have worked with various models of ARP, Moog, Yamaha, Roland, Korg, Crumar, Casio, and Ensoniq keyboards, and have never experienced this level of frustration over any other product. At one time I was seriously considering purchasing the Andromeda, but now I stay far away. Buyer Beware!

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Friday-May-10-2002 at 06:45
GOA17 a professional user 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 16:58
GOA17 a professional user from USA writes:
Totally awsome, The initial patches are weak sounding, well im into Dance,Trance but mostly GOA.However their is a killer sound editing program called "Q-Sound" 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 & asignmentone) by one,that means you spend a whole 5 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 *** My over all rating IS 10

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Apr-17-2002 at 16:40
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