Synth Site: Alesis: QS6 Synth: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.0 out of 5
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Juho Herpman a hobbyist user from Finland writes:
I think the QS6 is easily the best synth in it's price class. The construction

quality is great with metal chassis and the wooden endpieces are very well

designed. It is pretty heavy, but I can live with it. Sounds: Well, the general

quality is good. Personally I've been a little bit disappointed with piano

sounds. That's why I'm saving money for the Stereo Grand Piano Plus-QuadraCard,

that ought to &quot;do the trick&quot;, eh ;). Drum sounds are VERY good. There are some

magnificient strings in ROM, and synth sounds and loops are a dream-come-true

for a dance musician. However QS6 does offer tools for every kind of musicians.

I don't mean that with it you have E4X-kind of quality with every sound there is

(8 Megs of ROM, remember), you can't expect that, I mean, it's very affordable

(I got mine with about 1000$). But perhaps the best thing with QS6, that I

appriciate, is Alesis' architechture. I do a lot of dance music, and the thing

that you can have any MIDI-channel as a drum channel, is a HEAVEN. A VERY big

thanks to Alesis for it. When I bought my QS6, I seriously considered Roland

XP-10 and Korg X5(D) too. However QS6 won in my heart. XP-10 has some great

sounds onboard but it has only 28-voice polyphony. And although it has nice

drums, you can only use two drum channels at the time. I know that with XP-10

you can make your own custom drum sets, but if you think the matter more

seriously, it's pretty timetaking and the people who make dance music, know that

the freedom that Alesis offers, is incredible. With this channel-thing X5(D) is

similar with QS6, but it has very little drum kits (only 8, anyway good quality)

and so Alesis was the right choice for me. But I can say, that an XP-10 or an

X5(D) would be a great addition to my rig, they're all good synths. Effects in

the QS6 are OUTSTANDING! Chips straight from the QuadraVerb 2(!), and you can

hear it in the quality. At first FX were a bit difficult to use, but when you

learn their secrets, they're a breeze. I can't find anything really bad about

my QS6. Well, the buttons are a bit clumsy. My only tears with this machine of

mine come whenever I think about QS7 or QS8...(sigh). I just couldn't afford

one of those babies... But at the moment I'm very happy. I AM very anxious to

try the QuadraCards...

For every single human being (or alien) out there: People who have QS6s (or other instruments, doesn't matter), please, feel free

to e-mail me your feelings and opinions about this awesome instrument. Your

MIDI-files will do too. I would like to meet you and have new friends with

music. I guess you could say that I like every kind of music, so it isn't a

problem. My own music is very melodic and my styles vary from classical to

dance. Remember, that the best things in life are nice girls and music.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:35
Rick a hobbyist user from USA writes:
This will be what makes me a rockstar...well maybe I'll need a Korg Prophecy for some totally killer sounds. The QS6 is by far the best synth under 1000 dollars. I had a Roland XP-10 before and can't believe I spent 700 on it when for 150 dollars more I could have gotten a QS6 which sounds many hundreds of dollars better. The effects still bewilder me, I just let them go by themselves sometimes. I think it has some great synth pads but I wish there were a little more because they get old. The synth strings were a disappointment to me but they probably will sound better with effects on top. I found it virtually impossible to program anything without Unisyn Editor that came with it. Overall, this is one of the greatest values anywhere in the fabulous world of expensive stuff that you usually never end up figuring out anyways.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:35
weffa a hobbyist user from us writes:
believe it or not this machine can be used as a back up to some analouge keys, drum machines, and samplers. however as a stand alone it sounds like crap

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:35
Daniel a part time user from UK writes:
Its very good. Good sounds and a very good keyboard. I have played a lot on it and im really satisfied. If you planning to buy a upgrade card then do so the sounds in the cards are great.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:35
Kevin Robinson a part-timer user from USA writes:
I just bought my QS6 yesterday and I am very pleased. The organ sounds are great as well as the pads. The piano sounds are not great but are quite usable. I can't wait to try the cards!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Aug-02-1998 at 07:47
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