Synth Site: Alesis: QS7.1: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.7 out of 5
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Bryce (pro synth player / studio owner) a professional user from Canada writes:
Just picked up a used QS7 in MINT condition last week. Payed $100 Canadian. Very glad i didnt pay a cent more. Compared to my old Roland D-50 the sounds are pathetic at best. The on board reverbs are VERY weak. I would not consider taking this one on the road as it feels more like a toy Casio than a pro-board. My Opinion - dont gey one unless you are gonna use it for a student or as an extra keyboard at your summer cottage or R.V. But..............well for $100 is was an Ok (not great) deal. I would NEVER sell it to a friend........only give it away. I give this one a fat Zero point five. My advise. I you are a pro.....stay clear. I you are getting it for you 10 year old as a first synth for there Rock garage band it should do AOK!!!!!!

Godd luck fellow Key-Dudes

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Sunday-Oct-14-2007 at 17:29
Yogi a professional user from USA writes:
I bought one of these used after starting out with the old Quadrasynth. No matter how many Q-cards you buy, the QS7.1 will never sound like a good keyboard should. Even the best Q-card pianos are weak, there are no good synth pads, and only one or two almost okay Rhodes sounds if you fork out the money for the Vintage Keyboards Q-card (still not great). Ridiculous strings, horns and organs. And, if anything goes wrong with your old Q-synth, forget about it, nobody wants to work on them, period. I found all this out the hard way. Buy anything but Alesis synths, they are not even close to Roland, Korg or even Yamaha in sound or quality. I only rated it 2 because you should be able to buy one of these very cheap. Don't pay more than $200 US for a pristine one, they just aren't worth it - if you have a discerning ear, Alesis synths will drive you crazy. Hundreds of sounds and none of them worth a nickel. And please note, Alesis fans say the QS7.1 and its QS8.1 cousin are the best of the lot!

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Sunday-Aug-12-2007 at 13:15
Gordon a professional user from USA writes:
I purchased my QS7 used on eBay and have been using it for live gigs in a rock band for nearly 3 years; I never had any trouble with it. Great piano sounds, and organ sounds are sufficient.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Nov-25-2006 at 14:00
Matteo from Italy writes:
I paid it about 550 €!I think that: strings are ok! (8.5) Pad are very bad! (5) Brass (6.5) Organs are ok (7.5) Piano (7-) Synths are much little!

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Oct-29-2003 at 05:45
Bruddah Max a hobbyist user from United States writes:
a really swell 76-key synth that can be had for under $700 these days. Alesis no longer makes a 76-key QS so it can only be procured used, unless you luck out like me and get it on closeout. can't state how much i paid for a new one, but it was cheaper than what eBay-ers were paying at the time for used units...

piano is hotly debated - i personally find preset 2:00 DarkClasc1 to be one of the best sounding non-pop pianos in a synth. sure there are better pianos in dedicated piano units, but for the price it is hard to beat. very smooth, fits well in the mix.

really excels at glistening new-age pads and swirling textures. there are 4000+ patches out there on the internet and many of them are really keen for this sort of thing. not so good at your techno/synthy sounds, but there are virtual analogs out there that fill this niche well. nothing sounds like the QS, and it blends well with resonant filter rompler engine synths like the Emu P2k and Roland JV/XP engines. lack of filter resonance is biggest gripe i see about the QS - i don't mind myself. matrix modulation facilitates lots of really twisted programming. interface is great for sound selection and playing, but programming is a chore. best to use computer for programming - included Unisyn editor is fabu.

haven't tried dumping samples to card - i have sanity to preserve. i do have an S-RAM for additional patch banks - total of 11 banks of patches in my unit now - lots of material to choose from.

keyboard feel is good for synth action - not to the level of the yamaha pro keyboard used in korg triton/yamaha motif, but quite good. i think it is better than the vaunted kawai K5000S keyboard (which i had at one point) - i suppose the textured black keys on the K5000S are preferable for real players, but my technique is Vince Clarke-ian and thus key feel isn't all that important to me.

i really like the rubberized pitch and mod wheels. placement above the keyboard makes this 76-key synth not much wider than some 61-key synths, good for travel. again going back to the K5000S - hard wheels with teeth on them hurt my fingers. what's with the sharp plastic teeth on the wheels? alesis has wheels with a nice flat top and soft rubber - no thumb abuse here.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jun-07-2003 at 21:36
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