Synth Site: Alesis: QS7.1: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.7 out of 5
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Ian Wilson a hobbyist user from South African in USA writes:
As a live instrument, the QS7 really cooks! If you're looking for a multi-timbral Roland D-50, this baby is about the closest thing you'll get - even the hefty weight of the synth reminds me of the D50. Pad sounds are plentiful and excellent, but if you're looking for a plethora of bass sounds and drums, forget it. The QS7 has very few raw snare and kick waveforms, and synth bass sounds are sorely lacking. The usual strings, pianos, brass (etc) are pretty good compared to other synths, but anyone in the area of ambient is going to be quite excited about the synth. In a midi setup, I wasn't at all impressed with the QS7. For one, the sounds in Program mode by far outstrip those in Mix mode (the mode you would use in a midi setup). Don't be fooled by just listening to the synth in Program mode. Listen to the demo tunes, and if possible, use it in your own environment before you decide to buy it. Also, the SMF playback from flashcard doesn't work properly, so if you're wanting to playback midi files from the flashcard, don't be surprised if they don't work properly. Looping of user-loaded samples onto a flashcard (using the supplied Soundbridge software) also has some problems, but these are apparently going to be sorted out in a new software version. If you're looking to create some seering analog sounds, or you'd like to use the QS7 as a sampler ... ummm ... buy something else. I've already sold my QS7 and am looking for something else ... perhaps the Yamaha A3000. Don't be put off by this review though. I was looking for specific things (user-sampling, SMF playback ... etc) in the QS7 which just didn't cut it, and the absence of a res filter made my heart sore. Take a look, perhaps it's what you're looking for because the sounds in Program mode are outstanding.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:35
Bruce N. Baker a hobbyist user from USA writes:
This is a premo unit. I was looking for a sound module and realized a need for 77 keys and decided to get this unit and get both. The sounds are great, especially the accoustic sounds like guitar; nice organ sounds (I like the hammond with percussion). Strings are good. Wurlizer sounds are great. Rhodes sounds are good. Synth sounds (which include of lot of &quot;Keith Emerson&quot; patchs) are super. More sounds come on the CD that comes with it. More are available from the Alesis in card form. I have yet to fully use what I've already got :-) It has 4 assignable sliders that may or may not be used with different sounds, they give you lots of flexability when using the presets. I have yet to assign sounds to the 2 aux outputs but hope to do so soon. The controls are relatively easy to use but you will need to reference the manual to figure it out initially. The drums come from their DM5 module. I occasionally use them, lots of versions of these come with presets. I like the keyboard action (semi-weighted), the modulator (volume and pitch) feel very solid. If you want a fully weighted keyboard their QS8 keyboard would be the one to get otherwise the QS7 should give you whatever you need, the sounds are basically the same on both keyboards. In summary, from a home studio aspect this is an excellent keyboard and a fantastic bang per buck keyboard. When combined with a sequencer software (such as cakewalk) it can form a great foundation for any home studio. I'd buy it again with any hesitation.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:35
Marc a professional user from USA writes:
The QS7 is a very cool music-making machine. It is more feature ladden for the buck than other synths I've reviewed. The QS7 sounds are excellent, and while no board can address every style equally, the QS7's expandability allows it to cover an extremely wide range of music. The patches are clear and accurate. Being a pianist, I am critical of the acoustic piano samples which leave a little to be desired, but they're usable. I didn't buy the board for its acoustic piano sounds, I have that covered with other dedicated boards. I bought it for it's synth capabilities, and I wouldn't expect a board with such an expanse of sounds to be able to handle all the complexities of recreating an acoustic piano sound in detail. Also, while on the subject, the feel of the keyboard does not lend itself to any kind of decent piano technique. This is really a synth board with a synth feel, bottom line. Other acoustic sounds such as brass, wind, and string patches are beautiful and very convincing. The 76 note keyboard allows you to play a lot of the sounds easier since many patches need to play in their proper register (ie; tuba, piccolo).

The synth and effect patches are interesting and varied. This board is ideal for soundtracks and media related work. The electric pianos are really cool, and so are the organs. The construction is very rugged, but the board isn't too heavy. The signal outs are plentiful and well thought out. And, of course, the digital outs are a welcome plus. The controls are logical and the button sequences are not too esoteric. The sound groups are divided up clearly and its pretty easy getting from one sound to the next. It's multitimbral capabilities are extensive and easy to setup. This board would make a decent master controller if need be, but not as good, of course, as a dedicated unit would be. The QS7 doesn't work, feel, or sound like a Korg, or a Roland, or an Ensoniq - not that you would expect it to, but many manufacturers tend to &quot;copy&quot; certain conventions and you sometimes forget what you're playing. Alesis built the QS series around their own design concepts and its a pleasing change. I really like how it's setup and would recommend it highly as a valuable addition to any keyboard rig.

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