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Average rating: 4.0 out of 5
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Dr.3Tri a hobbyist user from Finland writes:
For those who like semiweighted keyboards and still requires quality, 6HD is the choise. I tried all kb's i could find from stores here in finland and couldnt find better or even one with as good feel. Most Fatar Studiologic keyboards have fully weighted / hammer action keybeds so there is no much choises when you want good semiweighted. So, if you take price of good MIDI kb away from Fusion 6HD street price you got rest of it almost free!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Apr-06-2009 at 09:15
Savolainen Juniori a hobbyist user from Finland writes:
Incredible equipment. Many reviewers have based their opinions to preset sounds. And synthenthusiasts like you know that what really matters is synthesis method and available parametres. Of course sound quality with good D/A converters matters a lot too.. and Alesis shines in every aspect that really matters to me. There is not so perfect things as well. Like Fusion does not support SYSEX messages -which means that there is no external editors coming for it. Ever. Unless Alesis publishes OS-update which bring better MIDI support for it.

Usability is not perfect either because there is _huge_ amount of parameters and practically no knobs. I say no knobs because those few that there is are not really helping in situation where user wants to avoid menus and clicking buttons.. those knobs are user assignable and needs exactly that, surfing inside of menus and clicking buttons to get them working as you want. What it would really need is dedicated knobs for LFO's, envelopes at least one line per amplitude, pitch & filter. And last but not least: it would definitely need dedicated knobs for EFFECT LEVEL's! Beside this shortcomings Fusion is still real bargain with current prices. Hey, even 6HD's keyboard is worth of current street prise. 6HD has best keyboard feel that i had ever touched. I tried casio privias, Roland RD's, Yamahas, Axioms, Edirols etc. And i could not find any keyboard that i could _play_. So its obvious that i dont like hammer action keyboards, but even then, i still appreciate good kb-feel, and 6HD feels like real instrument. Touching it is a solid pleasure. =)

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Apr-04-2009 at 10:52
I love the fusion, i hate the fusion, i love the fusion, i hate the fusion......

This board is in a different league to all other comparible boards, some of the sounds it can produce can equal and sometimes surpass some of the latest soft synths, yes really. Also many superb libaries for it from HollowSun and KPR (many of them free)!

Build quality suspect, user interface is rubbish in places, Alesis seemed to cock up a bit from a business perpective on this one and dropped support for it when it badly still needed it.

BUT I would not be without mine and you gotta thank Alesis in someways for producing a board with some very very good strengths in some areas.

I really hate mine, sometimes I wish I never bought it, but I love it so much I will never sell it, best board I've ever had ;-)

Every one should have one and hate it, but use it loads and never sell it cause its so good.


Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jun-11-2008 at 06:52
G-Architect a hobbyist user from USA NYC writes:
This Synth has an FM engine that has 144 notes of polyphony! This synth has a Virtual Analog Engine with over 100 notes of Polyphony! This synth has a Physical Modeling engine! This synth allows you to upload your own wave forms via USB! All of these synth engines are fully editable and can be split and layered in mix mode You can buy it now for less than 800! I would not compare this to a Motif, Triton or Fantom. This seems to be a full blown synthesizer. I would compare it to the Clavia Modular G2. Some one name a synthesizer that can do FM, VA, Physical Modeling and Sample Play back, sequence, and sample for under 800. All of the new synths like the Roland V-Synth and the Nord Wave Combine VA and Sample Playback for over 2 grand. The fusion does more!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Dec-16-2007 at 01:52
Ole a professional user from Norway writes:
This board is well worth the money. The Holy Grail Piano is a matter of taste and tweaking, and I found it lacking for solo piano, but then again, you don't use a board like this for solo piano, and it works well in a mix. The keys are good, albeith they are a bit light for my grand piano accustomed fingers. But then again, this is a synth, and the keys works good for that.

The Fusion is perfect for sounddesign, and works well as a butter-and-bread synth.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Dec-13-2007 at 11:24
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