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alesis QS series #1087697 06/27/02 06:27 AM
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Can you load your own samples?

This keyboard seems too good to pass up.

A nice MIDI controller AND it has internal sounds... AND you can add your own...

Am I missing something here?

Please enlighten me so I can stop being so darned excited

Dave

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Yeah you're missing something. The sounds are so outdated it's pathetic. You can't even get a
decent Rhodes sound on the thing. I sold my
QS7.1 and bought an Emu PK-6. I ended up getting
a real ugly keyboard instead of my beautiful
QS7. But guess what. . .this ugly keyboard sounds
twice as good as that beautiful, sleek, black. . .
terrible sounding paperweight. I mean the basses
were awful. The piano was OK. The brass was so
cheesy all I needed was some macaroni. For real
though. . .buy something that sounds current. Like the Emus, Tritons, Yamaha Motif or S80, Fantom, etc.

Aaron

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Originally posted by KikkyMonk:
Can you load your own samples?
Yes, it comes with Sound Bridge software that allows you to transfer samples to a PCMCIA card, up to 16MB. It has some good sounds and some bad sounds, like any synth. It's still the best piano sound I've heard in a synth, which counts for a lot. I think the organs are good, too. The electric pianos are better on their expansion card, "Vintage Keys". You should also check out the "Classical" and/or "Vintage Synths" cards if you're interested in those sounds.

I'm not a fan of the bass or drum sounds. It's all relative, though, you should go listen to one. Or at least listen to some of the QCard MP3s on the Alesis site. You're right that it's a great controller keyboard. It really feels great. I would buy another QS8 if mine died. -jl

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This is sucha subjective topic...you'll get every answer from "it is the best thing ever" to "it is the spawn of Satan".

My answer? The QS is a good, all-around, bread-and-butter synth. It's a good, flexible controller. It's expandable with new samples.

The internal sounds are extremely varied in terms of quality. The pianos, e. pianos and synth pads are great. The drums are fine (for a ROMpler). The basses, guitars and especially horns and strings leave a lot to be desired.

I'd buy another one if I was in the market for a keyboard.

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Opinions can be helpful if you keep in mind the bias. And factual info is what I'm most looking for... like the keys break easy, or the OS is hard to understand.

I'm looking for a controller and for anything decent its like $300... and for a little more I get a keyboard with sounds.. and you can load stuff... Sounds like a deal to me.

Dave

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Originally posted by KikkyMonk:
Opinions can be helpful if you keep in mind the bias. And factual info is what I'm most looking for... like the keys break easy, or the OS is hard to understand.

I'm looking for a controller and for anything decent its like $300... and for a little more I get a keyboard with sounds.. and you can load stuff... Sounds like a deal to me.

Dave
The keys don't break away - it's a pretty rugged FATAR keybed. The OS is actually really easy - the effects are a bit kludgy to work with on the small display, but everything else is very straightforward. Some of the sounds are pretty great, and some of them are not. It is an excellent controller, as you can make a Mix (Combi) with 16 different zones/channels.

The flash loading thing is pretty cool - 16 meg of samples loaded in the second you plug the cards into the slots, and any .WAV file, .AIFF file or SampleCell format multi-instrument imports effortlessly. However, finding the specific flash cards that you need to do it may be a bit of a bitch.

My main controller is a QS8. I still use two QSRs as well. They're fine instruments.

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I've got a QS6, QS7 and just ordered a QS8.1. As you can tell, I think they're pretty good. I do have about 15 other keyboards, but I think the QS series do a number of things qute well, while most of my others are 1 (or 2) trick ponies -though that trick might be pretty damned good.

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Quote:
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My main controller is a QS8.
Same here. I like the action on the thing. I don't know what the deal is with the criticisms of the bass patches. I guess we either have different tastes, or it's a matter of context. I produced an album last year, and the most prominently featured bass sound in any song was a QS8 fretless patch that I used as a sort of duet with the vocalist on a ballad. The artist and I were both very happy with the way it turned out.

I use the "Pure Stereo" piano patch a lot as well. I have a few piano samples that are more realistic on their own; but this one usually sits well in a mix, IMO.

I had one problem with the pitch bend that a hard reset fixed. Otherwise, I've found the QS8 to be a reliable keyboard.

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I had a few of the same complaints even before I bought it - but at $500 new (at that time), it was too good a deal to pass up. Design and construction are very good IMO.

With some tweaking you can get a decent-but-not-great Rhodes sound from the Vintage Keyboards expansion card. The Wurlys are pretty good on that card too, as is one of the Clavs. And if you're willing to really play with the programming, the card has one or two useful Hammond sounds.

As for the standard onboard sounds, the solo cello is pretty good and one of the solo horns is nice. The grand piano is quite good. There are plenty of other useful sounds there.

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Originally posted by a-sharp:
Yeah you're missing something. The sounds are so outdated it's pathetic. You can't even get a
decent Rhodes sound on the thing. I sold my
QS7.1 and bought an Emu PK-6. I ended up getting
a real ugly keyboard instead of my beautiful
QS7. But guess what. . .this ugly keyboard sounds
twice as good as that beautiful, sleek, black. . .
terrible sounding paperweight. I mean the basses
were awful. The piano was OK. The brass was so
cheesy all I needed was some macaroni. For real
though. . .buy something that sounds current. Like the Emus, Tritons, Yamaha Motif or S80, Fantom, etc.

Aaron


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Ah, probably the single most debated keyboard in this forum, owing in part to their sheer prevalence and in part to the strong Alesis connection of our moderator and many of our star posters...

I have a QS 8. Unlike Geoff and Dave, I hate the action. But there's another important difference between us as well: They're actually piano players.

I like the pianos and agree with Geoff's assessment--there are some finer samples out there, but the QS has better than average samples that play well and mix well. I have gigapiano and some others and am surprised how often I use the QS, thge Pure Stereo, the Dark Classic with the reverb turned way down, and a free patch out there called the Boriano, which might be my favorite of the bunch.

I always thought the EPs were on the whole pretty good. I'm not thrilled by the organs, but I have the B4 now anyway \:\)

Jeff K is right about the atmospheric synth sounds as another strength. They're very complex and active, and the controller/slider implementation on them is terrific.

Those who steer you toward the Motif or the Triton aren't being entirely fair. You can get a QS 6.1 (with the good piano samples) for 500 bucks. Try getting a Motif for less than 1600.

Honestly, I don't love my QS 8. It was a good deal at the time and it has served me well, but I don't consider my prime sound source and my undeveloped technique struggles with the weighted action of the QS 8. They are, however, great deals and viable instruments.


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Quote:
Originally posted by a-sharp:
Yeah you're missing something. The sounds are so outdated it's pathetic. You can't even get a
decent Rhodes sound on the thing. I sold my
QS7.1 and bought an Emu PK-6. I ended up getting
a real ugly keyboard instead of my beautiful
QS7. But guess what. . .this ugly keyboard sounds
twice as good as that beautiful, sleek, black. . .
terrible sounding paperweight. I mean the basses
were awful. The piano was OK. The brass was so
cheesy all I needed was some macaroni. For real
though. . .buy something that sounds current. Like the Emus, Tritons, Yamaha Motif or S80, Fantom, etc.

Aaron
The sounds are a little dated but the state of the art has not advanced hugely and you won't find any board out there that is consistently better in all departments, and certainly not for the price. Any board you listen to you are going to hear sounds that sound good and others that suck. Most boards around this price have zero expandibility. The expandibility of the QS series is limited but at least it exists.

Of the units mentioned above, I am not familiar with the new Emus, the standard pianos on the Tritons are, in my opinion, really dreadful (I am told an expansion card is available to fix that but now your up to three times the price at least) and the action really sucks. The Motif is a really nice synth but once again three times the price (the 88 is $2500). The pianos in the S80 are weak and you don't get the wide range of voices you get in the QS6. Its a real weighted action though so you should consider it as well as the Roland equivalent which sounds better but has a less nice action.

The Yamaha equivalent at the price point is the S03 (about 450 steet) which is a good deal for the price but is no comparison to the QS6 in sound quality or programmability. The Roland equivalent is probably the RS9 which I think is quite a nice synth, but its getting up round the $1000.

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Aside from the mixed quality on factory sounds in the QS series, another factor to mention: The analog outputs on the QS series, in my experience, are entirely too noisy for use in any serious studio situation - constant low-level white noise. (If you use the digital ADAT Lightpipe out, I guess you'd be OK.)

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Definately a 'thumbs up' from me. Totally reliable for the gigging musician. I have had mine for since 1996-ish and have never had a failure in probably 500 or so gigs. I did have to replace the display ($80) which plain wore out, according to my Alesis guy. I'd replace it in a minute if it were stolen. Still the best bang for the buck on the market in my opinion.

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I own a QS6.1 and the QSR module...and I love them both!

The sounds may be "outdated" but that's fine with me - every new board that comes out has 95% techno/electronica patches and it becomes a 15 minute ordeal just to find the pianos, organs and eps! The QS stuff is good because you just hit the "Organ" button and you've got 30 or 40 stock sounds to choose from. The Mix mode is wonderful, allowing splits on the same board or others very easily (I use my 6.1 as my master board).

Thumbs up from me!

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Aside from the mixed quality on factory sounds in the QS series, another factor to mention: The analog outputs on the QS series, in my experience, are entirely too noisy for use in any serious studio situation - constant low-level white noise. (If you use the digital ADAT Lightpipe out, I guess you'd be OK.)
You must have been unlucky on that. I would like the analog outs on my QS8 to be quieter but they are not too noisy to use at all. The fact that they are unbalanced limits your noise floor in any case. I do use the light pipe for recording though and the synth sounds clearly better when recorded like that. For "serious" recording digital is the way to go. I think this is true of any synth,

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I am intentionally reviving a 16 year old zombie thread. The current post about the Bosendorpher sample got me thinking about the QS, and I did not want to hijack the other thread.

The QS8 was my first ever keyboard - a present from my folks when I was in high school.

I knew next to nothing about synths at the time and had no basis for comparison but I LOVED those sounds. I know that dB was somehow involved with this synth but don't know to what extent.

Many years later, I still remember being enthralled with (in retrospect, not a particular useful) patch called "InstantEdge" in the guitar bank which had a multipart delay and triggered muted guitar samples at low velocities and ringing guitar samples at higher velocites, allowing you to very quickly re-create the guitar from many U2 songs.

The QS was definitely my "gateway drug" into the world of keyboards.

It's also interesting to see how many platinum and HoF members posted on the original thread that I don't recognize. It goes to show how long KC has been around and active!



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I have two QS8.1's, and a QS6.1 (who's power supply has gone missing, dammit). I haven't used the internal sounds in years, but the QS8 has been my main controller since Mainstage appeared. Always loved the TP/20 action - its also in my Generalmusic Pro 2. But the 8 may be moved to second spot because as of today my even older KX88 is out of retirement (see below). Seems to be a couple of slider issues to iron out, but plays like an absolute dream. I may look around for another. They're out there, and reasonable. One of the earliest controllers and still one of the best. (And best looking.)

Oh, and a big +1 on that InstantEdge patch. I used to blend it with one of the EP's to make it a bit more useful, but a very dynamic patch. Great for space jams.



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I have an 8.2 that I keep at our rehearsal space which I use to trigger sounds from Korg Module. I love the action for AP and EP. thu

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A friend's rig was two QSs. An 8 and a 6, the silver ones. And he had a silver stand. Not sure which stand but it twas a cool looking rig.


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Originally Posted By: Dr88s
I know that dB was somehow involved with this synth but don't know to what extent.

I was the marketing manager and main product demonstrator for Alesis' synth division from 1995-2000, and ran the Sound Design group for a while. I wrote about 20% of the programs in the QS series, including most of the Keith Emerson ones-several of which he used on tour for a little while.

I'm one of Andromeda's daddies as well - I'm responsible for the name, among other things. I think I may have called an MI product .1 before anyone else too, when I did it with the QS6.1

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Many years later, I still remember being enthralled with (in retrospect, not a particular useful) patch called "InstantEdge" in the guitar bank which had a multipart delay and triggered muted guitar samples at low velocities and ringing guitar samples at higher velocites, allowing you to very quickly re-create the guitar from many U2 songs.

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Oh, and a big +1 on that InstantEdge patch.

My program! wave

One of my favorites that I ever wrote for that synth. I actully did it in a hotel room in Sao Paolo, Brazil one evening while I was on the introductory tour with the pre-production QS8.

dB

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Originally Posted By: Bobby Simons
my even older KX88 is out of retirement (see below). Seems to be a couple of slider issues to iron out, but plays like an absolute dream. I may look around for another. They're out there, and reasonable. One of the earliest controllers and still one of the best. (And best looking.)

Yes they are out there. One of my not frequent strokes of good luck, a few years ago I walked into a Sam Ash to kill some time browsing and left with this (in absolute MINT condition too!):


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Originally Posted By: Dave Bryce
I wrote about 20% of the programs in the QS series, including most of the Keith Emerson ones-several of which he used on tour for a little while.

Thank you for that. Loved me some "Keith's C3". I think that was the name anyway. Just ripped through the on stage mix!


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I still have a QS8 that my son gigs somewhat regularly.

I noticed recently that one of the user banks was overwritten with the presets from one of my QCards. Anyone know where I can find a copy of the original presets and get them reinstalled?

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My program!

One of my favorites that I ever wrote for that synth. I actully did it in a hotel room in Sao Paolo, Brazil one evening while I was on the introductory tour with the QS8.

Well done, sir. It still sounds cool.


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I finally sold my old QS6 a few years ago. I played a lot of gigs on it during the late 90's. For its time, it was pretty good sounding with a fair number of gig-worthy AP's, EP's, and organs. It also had decent semi-weighted action and was built like tank. I still have a Nanosynth, with QS 6 sounds, somewhere in my closet. Maybe I'll dust it off and give it a run for old time's sake.


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[quote]Many years later, I still remember being enthralled with (in retrospect, not a particular useful) patch called "InstantEdge" in the guitar bank which had a multipart delay and triggered muted guitar samples at low velocities and ringing guitar samples at higher velocites, allowing you to very quickly re-create the guitar from many U2 songs.

Originally Posted By: Bobby Simons
Oh, and a big +1 on that InstantEdge patch.

My program! wave

One of my favorites that I ever wrote for that synth. I actully did it in a hotel room in Sao Paolo, Brazil one evening while I was on the introductory tour with the QS8.

dB


A QSR is one of the few modules remaining in my rig, and it's a keeper. The lush pads and punchy clavs are classic tones I've found a lot of use for.
Hadn't yet tried the InstantEdge patch, as I've used the module mostly for retro-type analog string and pad emulations - since picking it up in 2013. Unfortunately the guy that sold me the QSR had replaced much of the User Bank with his own edits; so no InstantEdge in User # 34. Unfortunately a reset doesn't appear to restore the factory placed User programs. It looks like the only way is to download a sysex file, then play it into the QSR via DAW. Though that's doable, I'd prefer to replace User # 34 only - since I like several of the other User Programs the previous owner did. So I'm seeking patch notes for InstantEdge to manually program the sound. Any KC folk have notes on that Program, or be willing to write the parameters down for me ?


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One of my not frequent strokes of good luck, a few years ago I walked into a Sam Ash to kill some time browsing and left with this (in absolute MINT condition too!):


Damn. Which Ash?


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Any KC folk have notes on that Program, or be willing to write the parameters down for me ?

Sysex dump via MIDI OX?

dB

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The QS8 was my first "professional" keyboard and it served me well. One day after thirteen years or so of good service (and my getting increasingly annoyed with the piano and EP sounds, just out of pure "familiarity breeds contempt"), it refused to power on. I gleefully put it in the case and left it under the stage at the venue, where it probably remains to this day, and ran out to buy a CP300.

The THX Deep Note thread had me reminiscing about it. There was a patch on there that approximated that sound well enough to amuse and annoy my bandmates back in high school.

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I gleefully put it in the case and left it under the stage at the venue, where it probably remains to this day, and ran out to buy a CP300.

crazy Haha, I love that.


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Originally Posted By: Dave Bryce
One of my favorites that I ever wrote for that synth. I actully did it in a hotel room in Sao Paolo, Brazil one evening while I was on the introductory tour with the pre-production QS8.

dB


16 year old me thought you were AWESOME.

Speaking of the Emerson patches, I also distinctly remember "FromDBeginning" (which actually contains your initials!) Which NAILED that outtro synth sound. So many memories!


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Any KC folk have notes on that Program, or be willing to write the parameters down for me ?

Sysex dump via MIDI OX?

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Thanks, dB. I used MIDI OX several years ago, when reloading the factory set for a Kurzweil PC2r; that worked well. But is the Alesis sysex data set up to allow individual Program installation ? Ideally, I want to slot-in InstantEdge only, and keep some of the other User Programs created by the previous owner.


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But is the Alesis sysex data set up to allow individual Program installation ? Ideally, I want to slot-in InstantEdge only, and keep some of the other User Programs created by the previous owner.

I think so. Someone would just need to save the single program as a dump; then, it should just show up in the play buffer when loaded, and should be able to be saved to any user slot.

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My feelings toward this series are no doubt colored by a traumatic experience I had.

I was late to a band audition (darn gps issue) and the whole band was set up and waiting as I walked in (and a bit grumpy honestly). The singer's boyfriend had a QS7 (iirc) already set up and off to the side, and he said I could just use it if I wanted to. Nervous, and feeling many sets of eyes on me--there were a few spouses/girlfriends there, wtf--I said "ok".

Note to self: never play an audition on other people's gear. It sounded bad, the angle was WAY off on the stand, and I also made it more horrible by re-learning Boston's Foreplay at the last minute from youtube (i had been playing it very incorrectly for many years LOL!). I ended up doing a bastard version that sounded worse than either. The boyfriend was there and he kept reaching over and trying to tweak the sound as I played razz

Five years later, I've been playing in a great band--and it isn't that one. I don't think they ever gigged smile

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One of my not frequent strokes of good luck, a few years ago I walked into a Sam Ash to kill some time browsing and left with this (in absolute MINT condition too!):


Damn. Which Ash?

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I gig regularly with my QS8 and probably will for a long time to come. I own several, and leave them set up in various places where I rehearse, and one in the basement where I work on patches. I leave an additional one in a travel case for gigs. All of my patches come with me on an SRAM card, so it's plug-and-play wherever I go, with no setup and tear-down except at gigs. Just plug in the card, turn it on, and it's now identical to the one in my basement! I'm sure the QS8 is not the only board that can perform this trick (some modern boards must be able to load entire performance banks on and off of, say, USB sticks) but because it's so cheap out there in the wild, it actually becomes practical to own many of them and just carry around the patches, instead of the board. I love it!

Of course, this wouldn't matter if the QS8 had lousy sounds or bad action, but far from it -- I love the action, and still think the AP and EP's sound great! (Those sounds are what made me buy my first one brand new, back in, maybe 1998?) The pads are very nice, many of the synth leads and basses are excellent, drums are nice, brass and strings are ok. Never cared for the organs very much, but I made a custom one that I run out through a Vent II, and it's good enough to get through a song or two.

Another thing this board gives me is complete control over every sound in a mix, operating on every MIDI channel, with splits and layers however and wherever I feel like making them -- no "preset split points" or other limitations. Again, I know that there must be modern boards that are this configurable, but it seems like many of them assume I'm only going to need, oh, 2-3 layers at most, and maybe one or two split points that can go here or here, but not there. Say what? I would never settle for that!

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I used to own both the QS7 and QS8. Still have my QSR module but it doesn't get anymore use these days (only used it for the great pipe organ sounds, now I play the real thing). Not sure what some of you guys are hearing, but this series has some of the worst sounding acoustic piano patches I've ever heard! Now I just learned that it's a Bosendorfer sample inside, you have to be kidding me! Definitely some cool synth sounds and the Rhodes isn't bad, but most of the sounds are pretty dated by today's standards.


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I toured with the QS8 for about 3 years and kept a QSR identically programmed for fly dates. A great piece of gear in its day. I preferred it over the Yamaha that everyone in Nashville was schlepping around and used it on Jo-El Sonnier's "Cajun Blood" album. I sold the 8 but kept the R and use it from time to time as a vocoder carrier.

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The above-mentioned InstantEdge:

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Originally Posted By: Bobby Simons
The above-mentioned InstantEdge:

InstantEdge patch

thu

It's original name, before Alesis sanitized it because they were worried they'd get sued:




A tune with it featured prominently

Stu Kimball from Bob Dylan's band playing all the other guitars that don't sound like the Instant U2 program, Nick D'Virgilio playing drums on an Alesis DM Pro kit. Rayz Roads program (another fave) also featured in the middle section.

w00t

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The above-mentioned InstantEdge:

InstantEdge patch


Great find! I spent many an hour playing around with that program.


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I still use my QS7 occasionally at gigs and a QSR in my studio. Although I also had a QS8.1 and QS6.2 at times in the early 2000s.

I created a synth patch that would use the mod wheel to crossfade from a sawtooth sound to a sort of noisy resonance sound (using some various synth and noise waveforms) which was a rather convincing pseudo-analog patch, considering the QS series didn't have resonant filters.

Built like a tank indeed. My QS7 still plays just dandily!


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Another thing this board gives me is complete control over every sound in a mix, operating on every MIDI channel, with splits and layers however and wherever I feel like making them -- no "preset split points" or other limitations. Again, I know that there must be modern boards that are this configurable, but it seems like many of them assume I'm only going to need, oh, 2-3 layers at most, and maybe one or two split points that can go here or here, but not there. Say what? I would never settle for that!


Nope. I know of no other boards where you can split/layer all 16 MIDI channels.


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My QS8.2 now sits (along with my Z1) at a rehearsal space for one of my bands.

It served me well for 8 to 10 years of gigging. I used my own piano samples (EP and AP) that I burned to a card using Soundbridge.

I really did get the MOST out of this synth that you could possibly get out of it (the sampling feature, 5 and 6 way splits, etc.)


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My QS8.2 now sits (along with my Z1) at a rehearsal space for one of my bands.

It served me well for 8 to 10 years of gigging. I used my own piano samples (EP and AP) that I burned to a card using Soundbridge.

I really did get the MOST out of this synth that you could possibly get out of it (the sampling feature, 5 and 6 way splits, etc.)


I think the only thing I havent done is launch SMF from the card. Those old programs from Alesis will no longer install on my Windows 10 machines. Does anyone know why? I keep an old desktop with XP that I would have to dig out if I ever wanted to use them again.


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Hi,
I just picked up an Alesis QSR. Like its sounds. I am noticing something with the sample bend range. It seems that some of the samples do not allow for bending up a full octave. Sound 107, Preset Bank 3 "Trilogy Ld". Set the bend range on the 3 active elements to 12 (1 Octave), play middle B and bend up. Voice element 1 (SND 1) only goes to a M7th, at least on my unit. Other notes on the keyboard will bend the full range, others less. I'm guessing this has to do with how the multi samples are layed-out for the wave. If I change the waveform it will cover the full octave. Seems some waves will and others will not, this seems to be only when bending up. Do any other QS players see this?
Thanks for your time,
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wow - this thread will never die!
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QS8.1 was my first synth that I gigged around with. Got it in 1999 and used it exclusively for the next 12 years. Then it became a controller for my laptop setup, now the beast is retired in storage. I think the QSs greatest strength is its speed and flexibility of programming. For having a chincy 2-line display, it's got one hell of an intuitive UI. Nice big buttons with their functions all laid out. 1:1 buttons per feature. I could program patches on the fly during rehearsal, and not have to make my bandmates sit around. Patch switching is a dream too, you can get to any of the 128 patches per bank with two button presses. The organs are quite good, the Leslie sim rivals the best on the market of the late 90s. I disagree that the E.Pianos are terrible, They're not 100% authentic, but there is a few juicy rhodes sound. I'm less impressed with the Wurli. The synths are alright, there is no resonant filter, but there are some resonant samples. It's pretty easy to get a very fat mono or poly synth. And the pads are fantastic.

The one caveat is the ACOUSTIC PIANOS ARE TERRIBLE! I can smell a QS piano a mile away. You hear them occasionally on late-90s rock albums, and they stick out like a sore thumb. I was kind of embarrassed by my piano sound and opted for E.Pianos to cover for them. There's something just extremely displeasing about them, IMO. I know you can buy aftermarket piano cards which are probably fantastic, but the stock ones are awful.

But on the plus side, I LOVE the pitch and mod wheels. They were huge, rubbery, and felt great!

All said and done, if I were to get a 90s board again, I would get a Korg Trinity, no question. Even at the time I drooled over them, but they were a bit out of my college-age price range.


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Originally Posted by yesman
I am noticing something with the sample bend range. It seems that some of the samples do not allow for bending up a full octave. Sound 107, Preset Bank 3 "Trilogy Ld". Set the bend range on the 3 active elements to 12 (1 Octave), play middle B and bend up. Voice element 1 (SND 1) only goes to a M7th, at least on my unit. Other notes on the keyboard will bend the full range, others less. I'm guessing this has to do with how the multi samples are layed-out for the wave. If I change the waveform it will cover the full octave. Seems some waves will and others will not, this seems to be only when bending up. Do any other QS players see this?
Here's the funny thing: I wrote the Trilogy Lead program, along with all the other ELP programs in the QS series.

Here's the funnier thing - it's been so long that I don't remember the specifics of how the keymaps worked with the PB.

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Sorry, but the 6.1 was the biggest POS I've ever owned. Sounded like a toy, and in two years the main outputs blew out. Couldnt wait to get rid of it and would never endorse it. The Q cards were the 2nd biggest POS. Also sounded like toys.


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Some of the sounds weren't that bad. Keith Emerson used the programs I wrote for him on tour one year... idk poke grin

Same for some of the QCards. I quite liked the Vintage Synths card - still use it. Those GX-1 samples are lots of fun.

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Originally Posted by MuzikTeechur
wow - this thread will never die!
Full Disclosure: I still own at least 8 pieces of Alesis gear, including my original QuadraSynth 1.04 purchased in 1994.

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Worse, my original 1994 QuadraSynth is still unused. Go figure.

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Yeah, the sounds are good. Can anybody confirm what I am seeing or better still hearing.

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I'm with Delaware Dave. The QS6 I bought in '98 was to me, a prime example of a keyboard that sounded good in a store but was utterly useless live, as far as the organs, EP's and AP's. Those sounds seemed to have no sonic "weight" or body, esp. when compared with Roland, Yamaha, Korg..something that was brought home to me every time someone sat in on my rig. "Ray's Rhodes" being a particular disappointment in that regard. QS8's were all the rage but I never heard anyone, even good touring players, sound good on one. The vaunted piano card in particular had a disagreeable tinny veneer FOH.

OTOH, my QS6 had a good build quality, was a great MIDI controller for it's time, a very good semi weighted action, some nice synth sounds and pads and was very cleverly programmed- for example, the sax patch had a great sounding vibrato that you brought in with aftertouch. Which led me to favor it onstage, over a superior Roland sample. My favorite patch of all was a Hendrix-y sounding synth lead with appropriate mod wheel effects, it was a hoot to play. I think DB was involved in the programming, if so he added much value to that board.


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Huh. I never had a 6, but I got a lot of use out of my QS7. In fact, I had the opposite experience from "sounded good in a store but was utterly useless live". Some of the patches didn't sound so great on their own, but sat in the live mix just right IMO. There was one brass section that I recall in particular that sounded buzzy and artificial in a quiet room all by itself, but people in the audience and in the band would come up and ask "How did you get that hyper realistic Motown horn section?" Go figure.


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My long love affair with the QS8.2 ended last month, when I finally sold it off.

I gigged it for about 13 years, and YES I used my own acoustic and Rhodes piano samples (burned them to a card using Soundbridge).

In fact, I sold those copies of those homemade cards on eBay for just as long as I had the synth. Lots of people bought them.

Bought a MOX8 a few years ago, and it replaced the QS8.2 as my bottom board (much lighter in weight, and better pianos/sounds). The Alesis then was used for a couple years in a band rehearsal room... then finally sold off last month.


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Originally Posted by yesman
Hi,
I just picked up an Alesis QSR. Like its sounds. I am noticing something with the sample bend range. It seems that some of the samples do not allow for bending up a full octave. Sound 107, Preset Bank 3 "Trilogy Ld". Set the bend range on the 3 active elements to 12 (1 Octave), play middle B and bend up. Voice element 1 (SND 1) only goes to a M7th, at least on my unit. Other notes on the keyboard will bend the full range, others less. I'm guessing this has to do with how the multi samples are layed-out for the wave. If I change the waveform it will cover the full octave. Seems some waves will and others will not, this seems to be only when bending up. Do any other QS players see this?
Thanks for your time,
B-

I recall having an issue like this with my QS6.1. My memory of it is vague because I probably haven't played that synth in years (in storage now) but I had programmed a synth brass-type patch with a full octave bend. When initially programmed it worked fine, but at some point it started bending up a 7th instead of the full octave. I think I was assuming at the time that it might have actually been a hardware issue (pitch wheel potentiometer going bad?)

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Originally Posted by MuzikTeechur
wow - this thread will never die!
Full Disclosure: I still own at least 8 pieces of Alesis gear, including my original QuadraSynth 1.04 purchased in 1994.

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I think I have you beat, and still have:

3 Quadrasynth+Piano (I gave one away to a young musician 3 weeks ago)
3 QS7.1
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1 QSR rack unit
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2 Quadraverb GT (guitar processor, but if you dump the distortion it makes a nice warm vocal unit)
1 3630 Compressor
1 NanoCompressor
Various Q Cards

I bought a QS6.1 but sold it. I thought it would be overkill. laugh


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Y'all do not want to know how much Alesis gear I still have. I even have things like two QCards that never made it to market. Heck, I have two Andromedas (Andromedae?)... grin

I also have one of the $6k (at the time) Studer ADATs. Worth it just for the Crystal converters.

Still in use in the studio: one Andy (the blue one), NanoBass, QSR (with unreleased Guitar/Bass QCard), DMPro, Quadrasynth Plus with Vintage Synths QCards, Wedge reverb, Ion (mainly controlling my Mellotron 4000D rack) and an AI-3, which converts 8 channel ADAT lightpipe to 8 analog ins and outs - gives me 8 extra channels of analog i/o with my TASCAM DM3200.

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I was a real Alesis fanboy. Gigged with the QS7 for 10 or 12 years. Had several pieces of rack equipment. My favorite piece may have been the MMT-6 sequencer. It was great for workflow, really intuitive. I also still own a Micron. This is a great second board to use with my Motif. My only complaint about the Micron is the awful keyboard action.


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Originally Posted by ksoper
I toured with the QS8 for about 3 years and kept a QSR identically programmed for fly dates. A great piece of gear in its day. I preferred it over the Yamaha that everyone in Nashville was schlepping around and used it on Jo-El Sonnier's "Cajun Blood" album. I sold the 8 but kept the R and use it from time to time as a vocoder carrier.


I mentioned this to you before (on HC I think) but I played 4 shows from '02 to '04, with Jo-El, subbing for Jesse who considers you a wizard. Was enlisted by my friend the guitar player Danny, who I was in a band with at the time. It's a good thing Jo-El didn't do anything from "Cajun Blood" because I would have been caught flat footed on the sounds, with my Yamaha S80. Never been a programmer, just occasional tweaker..


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