Synth Site: Alesis: QS8 Synth: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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Brad Payne a hobbyist user from USA writes:
The QS8.1 is a very nice keyboard. The piano and organ sounds are awesome, and it's synth pads and noises aren't bad either. The cool thing about this is the Q cards and the ability to put samples on a card and play em. That can be very handy if you dont wanna play them directly off your sampler all the time. The only bad thing is that there is no way to reset to default settings. This keyboard makes a great controller for other synthesizers, and the weighted keys are really nice.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Sep-15-2000 at 14:11
Marnix a part-time user from Netherlands writes:
Several days I’ve spent with my new QS8.1 – and I am very convinced by its sound so far. It really feels like a serious musical instrument. Even when the sounds aren’t doubled, tripled or even ‘Quadruppled’ the sound is very powerfull. As always, not all the presets are that usefull, but there are a lot of good sounds between them. The pianos are really good, so are the organs (at least that’s my opinion). I did some basic programming, and - although I was somewhat disapointed about the lack of a resonant filter - going through the large amount of samples made me hopefull. I think it still brings a lot of potential for the real programming-whizkids. But if not enough, there’s always the possibility of uploading your own samples. Alesis gives you value for money- along with the instrument comes a sustain pedal, and a CD with a lot of software and tutorail. The effectprocessor seems to have a lot of potential – though I can’t give you my opinion about the quality of it, nore about the quality of the samples. I should first improve my amplifying before dish up all the positive…

HARDWARE - The keyboard is somewhat noisy and could have some less reaction in my opinion, but I’m satisfied about the feel. Shelter is very well done; stable and good finishing, the only thing I don’t understand is why they put in the plastic jack-parts in the back. Nice large buttons with wonderfull shure touch, the display is not to big, but very well-organized. Also that comes with the user-friendly user interface. It won’t let you get lost in the verious menu’s.

Final opinion so far: I love it!! I baught mine for only $1390 !! Oh men I’m a lucky customer… Glad I didn’t buy a N1 – it should never be os powerfull as this great piece of machinery.

I hope that in the coming weeks I could give my opinion about the MIDI-facilities, I haven’t got along with that so far. If you have some interesting stuff or information, please mail me.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Apr-26-2000 at 07:13
James MacLean a part-time user from Canada writes:
I am extremely disappointed to see all of the negative comments posted regarding the QS8.1. I have played many keyboards including the Yamaha P-Series, the Roland A90, and many of the KORG models.

I have never been as impressed with the realistic piano sounds and the shivers it can give anyone to hear the recreation of a grand.

It's layering abilities are fantastic and so far midi sequencing seems to be very powerful with this board.

All in all, for those of you considering the board, it is one of the most impressive that I've come across and I would choose the QS8.1 ANY DAY over the Roland A90 (which many seem so fond of).

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Apr-22-2000 at 14:46
Only-1 a professional user from USA writes:
If anyone complimented the pianos in the QS6, 7, or 8 keyboards, then I don't know what to tell you. If you get the chance to play around with one of these things, play a piano patch in the middle C area and notice that it sounds similar to a banjo. Strings,.. I've heard better strings in keyboards that sold for only $100. Everything else sounds pretty good until you go in mix mode to set up 16 channels of different sounds for creating sequences - bass sounds (in mix mode), forget about it - it's like very spicy food being mixed with too much water. The only way I was content with that situation is when I would route the bass thru the aux out and EQ it separate. But THE WORST THING ABOUT THE QS8 IS the fact that once you loose a sound in your user bank, you can KISS IT GOODBYE! Now, the solution to that is having the original sounds from your user bank stored on a pcm cia card (requires spending extra money) then you'll be alright. Also, I heard that there is a way to download the sounds from your computer but for people like me, which still does not own a computer (for music) would be unhappy to know that their original sounds are lost. Terrible - Alesis should have created with this $1600 keyboard a way to enable and disable writing sounds. I already lost a couple now I'm looking for a way to get them back or I just might get rid of it. Good Luck to all you Alesis users!

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Friday-Apr-21-2000 at 20:57
Jason a hobbyist user writes:
Quadrabrain thats not nice. I have the QS8 and I have made some very cool waveform sounds and interseting noises with it. Its very programmable infact one of the most programable synths for a Rom based machine. I think you should try it again and look closer its more than you think. Yes its capable of simulating resonance if you know how. Besides I see this board one of the best buys you can get for what it does.


Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Dec-24-1999 at 07:59
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