Synth Site: Alesis: QS6.1: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Matías Loguan a professional user from Buenos Aires, Argentina writes:
Wonderful, simply wonderful. The organs, pianos, strings and synths sounds great. The drum kits are fine, and the 4 assignable knobs make incredible things and effects.

Try it.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Jan-29-2001 at 19:10
Matías Loguan a professional user from Buenos Aires, Argentina writes:
Wonderful, simply wonderful. The organs, pianos, strings and synths sounds great. The drum kits are fine, and the 4 assignable knobs make incredible things and effects.

Try it.

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Monday-Jan-29-2001 at 19:09
Bob Richards a part-time user from US writes:
The QS6.1 is a probably the best overall buy in it's price range. Built like a tank, the rubberized buttons and wheels, and the sliders have a solid feel. The keyboard action is unique among 61 note boards. Very nice but may take a little getting used too for nuance playing.The display gives you all the info you need at a glance during live performance but in edit modes there are lots of pages to wade through because the characters are so big. This also makes it easier to read, however.This unit is alot easier to edit using the Soundiver OEM software provided. Cuts time in at least half. The sounds are good but not spectacular for the most part. Many of the programs can be found on previous Alesis synths. Strangely, some of the best synth patches on earlier units are omitted here.The acoustic pianos are passable but, as with most synth piano samples, you probably wouldn't want to use them solo.The electric pianos shine as do some of the organs. The synth sounds are where this baby realy kicks though. Solid waveforms and a great modulation matrix. The only thing really lacking here is the absence of Resonant filters.I do have some gripes about this instrument.As on every Alesis synth I've ever heard, the strings absoulutely suck! They are useful only as a layer, I'd never use them solo. The winds are also weak. As a master controller the best features are the 4 assinable control sliders and the ability to split or layer the keyboard into 16 zones-one for each midi channel, and send on all of 'em. Try doing that on any other keyboard under $2000.00. The most you normally get is 4 zones.One major setback though, is the fact that you can't send Bank and program changes separately. In most cases this won't be a problem, unless you have a Korg synth in your rig. Korgs respond to Bank changes differently than most other synths in that the MSB is different. You cannot change the Bank send on the Alesis either, so the Korg ends up somewhere in it's GS or XG banks every time. It would be nice to be able to disable the Bank change message when you call up a Mix. Another gripe I have is the lack of any calibration parameters for the analog-moving parts, especially the foot pedal.The QS6.1 only works with a Roland EV-5 or EV-7 pedal-$60.00 (the manual says "or compatible", but trust me,there aren't any),and even with one, the area of control on the pedal is small leaving alot of dead space before and after the actual distance that sends data.The adjustment pot on the side of the pedal doesn't help much either. This makes controlling volume swells and fades very difficult in live performance. You will need to practice and allow time to get used to it. Even with these shortcomings which, are probably the result of cost cutting decisions, I think you'll find the Alesis QS6.1 a very useful and playable instrument. While other brands may be better in certain areas, on the whole you won't find a better, more versatile keyboard anywhere near it's meager price.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Sep-04-2000 at 11:52
Ryan Gleeson a hobbyist user from USA writes:
Well, I got this keyboard for my 16th birthday and paid for half of it. This has been probably the best money I have sprent in a while. I am still learning the deeper functions that are going to take some time like the 4 effects send and half the other things. Even though I am somewhat new to using synths, this synth has been pretty easy and I have learned alot off of it. The only sounds that I really dont like are the drum kits... They are a bit weak... They all sound the same to me... But anyways, I have no problems with the other sounds. Great quality sounds and editing capabilities for a good price! So what if there is no sequencer, thats what computers are for. :) The only other problem that I have is that there is really a limited amount of ports in the back. One pedal and one sustain jack. Would have been nice to have some line I/O jacks. I still give it a full five.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Aug-15-2000 at 00:19
Matthew J. Holder a hobbyist user from The Netherlands writes:
I recieved my QS6.1 the other day, and after plugging it in and hearing it, all I can say is WOW! First off, I was impressed by the quality of the construction, with a metal casing I feel this synth could last a long time and is up to the challenge of going gig to gig. The buttons have a nice rubber feel as well as the pitch blend and mod wheels. The semi-weighted keys feel really responsive, and with velocity and after-touch what more could you ask at such a reasonable price! I would put this synth up against some higher priced Korgs and Rolands; I think you'd be surprised how well the QS6.1 would rate. Ah yes, the sounds are nice with the piano sounding alittle brite, but you have 4 sliders(which are formed quite nicely to the finger tip) to change wave forms. I like the wind, and synth programs with some cool after-touch effects added in for some neat expression. Finding the different "programs" and "mixes" as Alesis calls them is a breeze with the user friendly layout, just turn the QS6.1 on and you'll be ready to go in no time. I definitely would recommend this synth to anyone seaching for alot of features and quality at a low price.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jul-09-2000 at 13:06
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