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Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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Christopher Nawrocki a part time user from USA writes:
After reading the statements here I wanted to add my .02 worth. I have had my QS8 for about two month and am less than pleased overall. I use it in Church performances about three nights a week. First off, the 64 note polyphony and internal sounds (I have the Classical card too) are fantastic - a real pleasure to work with. The price was also great. However, my problems stem from the controller inputs and the Fatar keyboard. The keyboard is not as responsive of a piano controller as I would like. Compared with the Schimmel grand I am used to and an HP1500 Roland, the QS feels more like a organ controller than a piano controller. I had difficulty getting the dynamics strong enough. This lead me to installing a EV5 volume pedal which is where the other problems came up. When switching between programs or mixes, the QS does not re-poll the external devices. Hence, when I swich sounds my volume goes to max and tried to blow out my speakers unless I remember to wiggle the pedal. This has been a source of embarassment many time now. Unfortunately the QS is now up for sale and I need to find a better true piano controller. For many people the QS is and will be a great controller - just not for me.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:35
Daniel a hobbyist user from Sweden writes:
It rocks!!! Pianos and Rhodes are amongst the best I've ever heard on a synth!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:35
reginaldec a hobbyist user from nyc writes:
serious machine for the buck. controller feel is awesome. u will get lost in the texture of the sounds. my 1st week with it and i still haven't gone through all of them because i stop and play for hours on each sound. it is a perfect addition to my fostex dmt8 and other rack units. i have this in conjuntion with the nano piano for polyphony reasons and i can damn near recreate the philharmonic. get one...now.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:35
Dave Fremo a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I bought a KORG X3 in December of 1994. I was looking for a flexible workstation with good sounds, a sequencer, and a floppy drive. The X3 served more than faithfully. KORG has some of the best synth and EP sounds available, and the sequencer was a quick and dirty answer to my problems--it still is. About June of lsat year, I started playing a lot more and really looking for a weighted-action board with a good piano sample. I was getting sick of borrowing a buddy's Ensoniq MS-76 everytime I wanted to jam out with a piano sound. The action was too mushy and the sounds too fake (kind of like on the X3). I noticed the QS8 right away from a distance, because I leary after the Quadrasynth. I waited for the price to drop, and my local music store received one. I went in to goof off on it and knew right away that it was a great board for the money. I ordered one last month and I can hardly stay off of it. I kind of miss the floppy drive and sequencer, but the keys and samples are great. It is the perfect complement to my X3 in my rig. I don't care much for the brass sounds or the fact that I can't control exact number parameters for the Lezlie emulation on-the-fly, but it suits my needs quite well. Best of all, I only had to buy SKB's 76 key polypropelene case--the sucker fits perfectly! Cool Board for $1499 with a pedal, stand, and sampling software.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:35
Mathys Marselis a hobbyist user from Morgan Hill, CA writes:
I bought my QS8 six months ago. When looking to buy my first keyboard the just seemed to be the best buy for my buck. This was true. The sounds are GREAT!!! The weighted keys feal wonderfull. There is no comparison to the "My-first-keybords" found in my local college. For a beginer this is the only synth that I would sugest, and looking at what some of the pro's had to say, A great istrument for the working musician as well. My only beef is it seems like a degree in nuclear physics is neaded for editing and FXs.

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