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Thomas R Kolb writes:
Alesis surely must have done something in order to keep the price down on the QS7 - but I must admit, I can't figure out what it must have been. I'm sure, it's not the sound quality - it's hard not to be impressed by the amazing array of beautiful, smooth acoustic instruments mixed with powerful and intriguing synth sounds, spiky powerful drums, crystal clear percussion and some really weird and grungy noises.

On the back of the synth you'll find both built-in PC and a Mac interfaces, four sound outputs and an optical ADAT interface if you're fortunate enough to have one of those.

What else? 64 polyphonic voices, an piece-of-cake operating system and four versatile effect units. You'll even get a free CD-ROM with a nice selection of computer software - like a copy of Steinberg Cubase Lite and lots of other goodies.

The keyboard is the only thing I'm not quite happy with. It has 76 semi-weighted keys, but they feel rather plastic and cheapish. The clumsy pitch bend and mod wheels seem awkward and old-fashined when compared to the slick combined Korg joysticks.

But all in one, the QS7 is one powerful and inspiring music platform, and at this price range possibly the best synth I've ever tried.

Comments About the Sounds:
They're grrrrrreat!

(Thanks to Thomas R Kolb for this info.)

Links for the Alesis QS 7
 More Synth Gear  Best US prices on many current models Official Alesis Page. Ignore the first link. Official Alesis QS Forum QS Programming Tips Page Another great QS page with free patches. Has info on all Alesis Synths Info on Loading Samples into the QS7
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