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Average rating: 4.5 out of 5
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Carl Ashwin a professional user from UK writes:
Ive had this for two weeks and I am more than pleased. There is nothing on this synth that I find mind-blowing but for basic bread & butter sounds (Organs, Pianos etc) it does the trick.

There are just a couple of minor points I would like to mention. The Leslie effect on the Organ sounds is way to harsh & digital for my tastes. I have found that with a bit of simple programming of this effect, you can achieve much more pleasing & realistic results. Alesis never seem to have mastered the art of capturing an authentic DX style Electric Piano. This annoys me as most manufacturers have this one pretty much nailed. The factory 'FM Piano' patch is weak and does not carry well in the mix and to be brutally honest, it does not sound like a DX E.P. I say this as somebody who has worked their way through five DX7 keyboards over the years. I do wonder if the 'Vintage Keyboards' Q-card mught be more helpful on this front. The Acoustic Piano patch is nice. To get an example of what a great job Alesis did on this I recommend plugging your headphones in, cranking up the volume, pressing the sustain peddle and hitting the top octave. You can actually hear the resonance of the pianos frame ringing away in the background. However this patch does not sit well in a Rock orientated mix and is muchg better suited to Jazz, Classical or Acoustic based tracks. For Rock use I reccomend the 'Titanium Piano' patch which to me brings back memorys of the Korg M1 without so much Chorus. I also note that the output on this Synth is huge. The first time I gigged it I had trouble keeping it under control. I had my mixer setting at half that of the rest of my keyboard channels so beware, this thing is loud. Alesis have always reccomended playing their Synths at full volume to achieve the best sound, perhaps they could have a little mercy on our speakers and bring the levels down a bit? There are some very nice Analogue sounds. 'Shine-On' is perhaps my favourite, instant Pink Floyd. There are other great leads on here. Take a trip over to the String bank and call up the Obesphere sound for a gorgeous analogue string sound that just oozes loveliness. Finally, Alesis have always got the Fender Rhodes sound just right. I first noticed it with the Quadrasynth and this baby is no exception. There are some gorgeous Rhodes sounds which get even better when you whack the Mod wheel up and bask in the glorious stereo tremelo. Equally the Wurlitzer pianos are very nice. Overall, well worth the cash, but be prepared to do a bit of programming.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jan-12-2003 at 09:19
Robb Miller a professional user from Illinois, USA writes:
Purchased as a controller (New $499). I find it also has performance quality samples. Well woth every penny!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Jan-10-2003 at 16:21
Dan a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I'd like to "refine" my previous comments about the QS 6.1's strings - After playing around with the string sounds a little more, I think they're better than what my original review stated. The key to improving some of the otherwise unimpressive string pre-sets is to experiment with moving the sliders and, in some cases, the mod. wheel. e.g. "Arco Strings" in the user bank sounds good if you move slider "A" up about 3/4 of the way. "J Stings" sounds good if you rotate the modulation wheel about 1/8 of the way. These slight tweaks really make a world of difference. There are also some good (and of course some not-so-good) sounds availble if you download the "expando banks" from the Alesis website...definitely worth the $55 or so that the SRAM card to store them on would cost.

posted Monday-Dec-02-2002 at 10:19
Dan a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I've had my Alesis QS 6.1 since June and here's my take on its sounds which, of course, is a highly subjective matter:

I've read a lot of conflicting views regarding the quality of the piano sound but my $0.02 worth says that it's good - better than most. I'm speaking of the "True Stereo" piano in particular - It's a proprietary sample Alesis made from a Boesendorfer 12' grand piano. It sounds good in the lower registers as well as in the higher registers and it just seems surprisingly real. I believe Alesis used about 8 Megs. of sample space for the piano sounds.(The keyboard action is good too - somewhere between non-weighted synth action and a fully weighted keyboard.)

Strings: Not great overall. "LA Strings" was supposedly sampled from the LA Philharmonic but I still don't like it very well. "Huge Strings" however does sound good and at least offers one usable string ensemble sound.

Brass: Not great either but I can't think of many synthesizers that do have great horn sounds. I was a trombone player so I'm probably a little more critical about horn sounds though.

Synths: Very good! I love "Eno Pad" (although that may be because I respect Brian Eno's work - I'd probably hate it if it were called "Milli Vanilli Pad" or "Billy Ray Cyrus Pad"!) Seriously though, it really is evocative to my ear anyway. I also love "Anesthesia" - clearly must have been sampled from a Fairlight IIx. There are some good cutting pulse and sawtooth waveforms for synth leads too.

For $599 the QS 6.1 would almost be worth the price even if just to use as a controller keyboard but the great sounds plus other features that I'm too lazy to delineate here make it worth a look for anyone needing a general purpose synth.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Oct-09-2002 at 18:59
Arf3322 a professional user from USA writes:
I bought this board origonally just as a controler because I liked the action on the keys so much. After having it for a while I started to play around with the sounds and some of the effects, and I was imeeditly impressed. I mean, I really cannot believe all the features that this comes with for the price. Well made, could be taken on the road with out any problems. It it a MIDI dream machine. 2 expantion slots, lots of cards to choose from. I now use this board almost as much as boards twice the cost.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jul-11-2002 at 18:27
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