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Average rating: 3.7 out of 5
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Kyle a part-time user from USA writes:
I used this unit as a live controller for a couple of rack units. I was never impressed with the on board sounds. I needed 76 keys and I got it for a good price so I jumped on it. It wasn't very reliable as a live unit. No I did not continually drop it. Maybe perhaps I got a lemmon. Who knows? Anyways this unit is good if you don't have anything else to generate sounds and if you don't intend on taking it on tour.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jan-22-2003 at 17:34
Dazzy a hobbyist user from UK writes:
This is such a cool synth to have in your collection! A great sound source. I picked one up from a store as an ex-display, and although the pitch wheel is a bit dodgy, (spect its been heavily abused by kids trying it out in the shop), its works 100%. The sounds on it are really good! Piano especially, not the best for analog sounds, (best get a nice old monophonic for that type of thing), strings and organs are great too...overall an excellent synth for the money. My only real gripe is the tiny display screen...get squinting...) Have fun.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Oct-22-2002 at 07:08
Mike a part-time user from USA writes:
For me, a keyboard purchase always hinges on the price/performance ratio. I'd checked out the QS7.1 before and was not impressed, though it wasn't bad. When the 7.1 was seen selling for $500.00, I had to get it!

Anyway, it does many things well and many things not-so-well. The basic keyboard feels good and is intelligently designed - getting your patches is fairly easy. It makes a really good controller. Some of the sounds are good. The piano is good, the cello is good, some of the synth sounds are good. Add the ClassicKeys Qcard, and you get a useful Clav.

But editing the sounds is difficult - which is a drag because many sounds are fair at best and rely far too heavily on effects. The Hammond sounds sound nothing like my Hammond or like most of the recorded Hammonds I've heard. The Rhodes & Wurly sounds lack real presence and the velo-switching is far too obvious.

So overall I'm glad I own it but I stop short of recommending it.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Sep-04-2002 at 15:32
Marcelo Santos from Brasilia, Brazil writes:
I use my QS7 mainly as a master controller, in which it does a pretty good job. I've no complaints about the keys. As for the sounds, they depend a lot on the programming done. There are a lot of sounds around in the net available in sysex format that unveil the true potential of the QS's samples, at least in the piano, organ, bass and drums departments. Professionaly, I'd use sample cds for strings, woodwinds and brass, and live musicians for guitars and percussion. There are a lot of excellent pads and some usable solo synth sounds, but I would recommend real synths for real synth sounds. The QS is not really the one synth to have for techno/trance/etc musicians (even though its 909 drums are PERFECT). If you use it for what it does well - piano, bass, drums and definately the organs - you'll never be disappointed. Plus, you can use it as a basic sampler with a Flash RAM card. For the money, a very impressive synth.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-May-19-2002 at 16:37
Nick Chan a part-time user from Malaysia writes:
Woodwinds suck, strings ewwww, piano: overrated, drums OK. Seems that some sounds are not as good as the old S4. The keys: Terrible. Not easy to use effects section. But mix all them together as a song, it sounds perfect. Perfect for live playing. Classical QCard the same shit, only sounds good in a song mix. For the price, its well worth it. U get what u pay for. Can't believe many ppl praise its piano sounds. SHORT SAMPLES, REALLY TINY. compared to my RD600, YAMAHA P50M. 76 Keys, light weight. I trigger samples in Flash Card. This is almost perfect. Has pros and cons, well.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Friday-Apr-19-2002 at 05:45
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