Synth Site: Alesis: QS6.1: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Chris a part-time user from Los Angeles,California writes:
This board is awsome.I got lucky and purchased it from some one that knew nothing about boards,for 250.00.The only board I would consider buying other than this would be the korg karma or Triton

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Mar-26-2002 at 19:50
DJ Xealot a professional user from USA writes:
Excellent Synth for the $. The pads in multitimbral mode are incredible and jsut the thing for ambient & trance. I'd say they are a hair better than the competing Korg N-series pads. No compressed sounds here, free from audio artifacts that so annoyed me on the Korg NX5R i had before this! The vintage synth programs are ok... better than I'd expect for this money, but they could use a little work. With a little tweaking you can get some pretty phat bass and analog-style sounds from this, but it takes a little effort. The pianos are incredible, I mean downright real! All in all an incredible bargain! And its got a metal case, an oddity on a 'cheap' synth. If you want high quality professional sound but don't have the cash for nordleads and tritons, here's your synth. Hell even if I had a triton, this thing would still be useful.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Sep-22-2001 at 01:34
Aaron a professional user from USA writes:
The Alesis 6.1 WILL make your head turn.

This is not the most amazing synthasizer ever to grace the earth, but for its price of 700, it just may be the best value. By buying the 6.1, you get the AMAZING user-friendly, easy-to-tweak, and above all VERY ACCURATELY SOUNDING capabilities of the QS 8.1 at less than half the price! The sacrifice, of course, is two octaves of keys, and you don't get hammer-action weighted keys.

STRENGTHS:

The piano, chromatic, and organ sounds are absolutely perfect! Its pianos are gorgeous, and it features a wider variety of organs than nearly any other machine: Including MIXes, you recieve approx. 80 ORGANS! From the distorted Purple B to the comical Surfer organ, to the gut-raunch 70s rock organs of the past, it is PERFECT! Its small, and light keyboard feel is perfect for tearing up and down the scales. It also has a very realistic set of rhodes, wurlies, suitcases, and tons of vibes.

Secondly, the synthasizers are also nearly unmatched. Its saws, triangles, and squares are AWESOME, and with 80s pop coming back, essential for most contemperary users. Its pads leave a bit to be desired, but over all, it's a great buy in this arena as well.

MIDDLE GROUND: The strings section is so-so. Many forms of sounds, but with little reverb, most of them aren't too majestic. However, its loads of custom shop material give you tons of room for expansion.

The guitars basses are much better than they are worse, but not perfect. It lacks the filthy low acidy-basses of many dance keyboards and the gut raunch guitars like a roland, but is well equipped in your classic basses and beautiful steel guitars.

ITS WEAKNESSES:

BRASS & WOODWINDS - its brass sounds are pretty weak, and wood-winds again lack the reverb to give them their beautiful majestic sounds. But seriously-who plays the trumpet or saxaphone on the keyboard?

EURO-DANCE: While the Alesis does have quite a few cool techno patches, they are all quite aged. As far as cutting edge acid is concerned, look for a roland or korg. You wouldn't find the fatboy slim fooling around with an alesis. Sorry.

SEQUENCER: It doesn't have one. The makers of this board must have focused more on the actual sounds, ('cuz they rule), then the sirens and whistles. But with the money you save buying these sounds, you will be able to get a sequencer much nicer than an internal one anyway-which is what the big guns use.

OVERALL - awesome! Finally, it is very very very easy to edit with all the effects. And the four slider bars make each patch very easy to edit with the factory presets. It is very user friendly, and an awesome value. You CAN NOT BEAT IT FOR ITS PRICE - THIS KEYBOARD RELATIVELY IS WORTH ABOUT 1200 DOLLARS.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Apr-26-2001 at 16:34
Ryan Bennink a hobbyist user from New York writes:
Overall I really enjoy this synth. The drums, woodwinds, basses, and guitars are great. The synths, organs, and brass a good but limited -- would've liked to see a few more waveforms here. The strings, piano, and vocals are fair. They're ok in layered, but they don't cut it solo. My only real gripe is that the filter doesn't have a resonance. But all things considered, a great buy.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Feb-26-2001 at 19:18
Tyler a hobbyist user from United States writes:
It's extremely difficult to find a good synth in this kind of price range. I got mine for 600 new which was an excellent deal. But besides the price, it's better than the other synths in the price range. The Korg X5D can compare, but isn't nearly as good as the ALesis. I really enjoy the synth pads, the rhodes, and the effects. The synth is a lot of fun and can be used for a wide range of music.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Jan-29-2001 at 22:36
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