Synth Site: Alesis: QS7.1: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.7 out of 5
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Rob R. a professional user from USA writes:
Not a bad piece of equipment. The greatest thing is the price for a 76 note controller. (Closest board in the price range is the Fatar 76 board for only $175 less.) Vintage 70's, 80's sounds are excellent. Organs are rather good as well. Guitars are smooth and rather usable. The problem I have is with the pianos. The play alright through my AKG headphones and in a recorded track but live...they come out muddy and just can't cut through the mix. The four real time controllers are a nice touch. Programming can be a bit difficult but isn't too hard to pick up. Overall, not a bad piece of hardware. If you're new to keyboards, this is an incredible deal. Buy it! If you're a veteran player, buy it only if you need a 76 note controller. Otherwise, you probably already have the bases covered.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-04-1999 at 01:11
Adam M. a hobbyist user from USA, California writes:
I bought my QS7 about a year ago. The thing handles like a good car!!! If you are a really discriminating piano player, stay away; the feel of the keyboard will send you running and the acoustic piano samples are pretty sterile. having said that, the Rhodes/Wurlitzer/EP patches could give any board on the market a run for its money. The orchestral patches are magical; I almost contemplated scoring a musical with them. The organs...they had some fun on these. BALLSY Hammond samples with real-time Leslie (drool)! Huge, phat cathedral organs as well. Guitars? check out 'FacePlantr'~sounds like Joe Satriani.

The atmospheres/pads on this thing simply mesmerize. If you're into moody synth/new agey/Gaelic music (clannad, Enya, Loreena McKennitt) you'll have a ball with some of these. The vintage synth sounds are BITCHIN! Just like having a Minimoog without having to fiddle with knobs. Drum samples are pretty decent, and there are some rhythms loops/sound FX that might work well for industrial/techno/ambient.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Jun-28-1999 at 21:31
Kevin a professional user from USA writes:
just picked up my new QS7 last week...the price was right...849 simoleons...this a great keyboard for the money..nice Emerson samples...the piano needs a bit of tweaking but I see promise there...rhodes kicks real nice..keep your EQ nice and flat or the patches will sound muddy...tons of sounds available for this machine..the action feels similar to my XP80...alesis did their homework...

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-May-05-1999 at 10:33
Brandon Z. a part time user from USA writes:
The QS7 has a wide variety of functions. You get the most for your money w/ this synth. It is really is fun to work with. You can change the wave shapes (Sine Wave, Pulse, Noise, ect. plus Many Many others. It is very expandable. Has drum loops, forest loops, grooves, and much more. The control sliders make you able to change the sound quickly fo rsome changes. Mix mode allows you to program up to 16 different Programs o the Keyboard at once. So this is a neccesity for live concerts b/c it is easy to play &amp; covers the need for more synths. I highly recommend this synth. You can buy QCards for extra sounds. THe QS&amp; comes w/ 600 programs and 400 mixs(More than 1 program on the keyboard at once) You can make your own mixs, and you have space to save tyhem but I recommend you buy a Card to save it on instead. They don't cost very much anyway. The only real difference between the QS7 and QS8 is 12 keys and the keys of the QS8 feel like a REAl piano. But otherwise the sounds ect. are the same.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:35
Chris DeBraal a part time user from 0 writes:
QS7 Rocks! I play out every weekend with it!

I'd be lost without it!!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:35
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