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testyza

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Hello Dave(and other Alesis gurus)

 

I saw your post here: http://www.musicplayer.com/ubb/Forum18/HTML/000169.html

 

1) While there are some very nice loops in the synth and some excellent ones on the

QCards, there is no way to get them to sync to any kind of external device. SO, if you

want to use them in a track, you will need to match the tempo of the track to the loop in

the QS synth.

 

 

Being relatively new to the MIDI world, I don't understand the above statement.

 

 

If I have my computer as the master midi clock(or whatever it is called), within some seq prog(IE: Cubase/cakewalk)

And have a DA track sync'd with Rebirth(soft synth)

 

Are you saying I can't create a new midi track in SYNC because the QS won't sync to the EXTERNAL DEVICE(PC)?

 

 

Please elaborate as much as you can.

 

Question 2

What is the difference between QS.0 and QS.1?

IE: QS6/QS6.1 QS7/QS7.1 QS8/QS8.1

 

I can't find any sources on this, and surprisingly, none at Alesis.....

 

 

Check out my upcoming post on weighted keyboards if you'd like as well(off topic).

 

feel free to email me:

 

testyza@yahoo.com

 

 

Truly appreciate it

TIA

testyza

 

This message has been edited by testyza on 01-30-2001 at 01:19 AM

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When I went to the local shop, I got an answer.

 

Dave is referring SPECIFICALLY to the LOOPS.

 

Pre-programmed LOOPS.

 

If I pick program 8, for example, it's a MIDI program...a LOOP is NOT MIDI in itself, but pre-programmed data.

 

Once the sales rep helped me understand Dave was referring specifally to LOOPS only, and not GM data(which was what I didn't understand) I knew what was coming next.

 

Later all

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Are you saying I can't create a new midi track in SYNC because the QS won't sync to the EXTERNAL DEVICE(PC)?

Please elaborate as much as you can.

 

My apologies for not getting to this post sooner - apparently you have already gotten this first question answered. You were correctly informed that loops used by the QS series cannot be synchronized to any outside tempo information. The QS series does not allow for any kind of external sync to tempo, be it for loops, or LFO speed, or even effects parameters such as delay time. Andromeda is the only Alesis synth that allows for tempo synchronization.

 

 

Question 2

What is the difference between QS.0 and QS.1?

IE: QS6/QS6.1 QS7/QS7.1 QS8/QS8.1

I can't find any sources on this, and surprisingly, none at Alesis.....

 

This question is not as easy to answer as it appears. Here's the deal:

 

When the QS series first came out, there were four synths, released in the following order - QS6, QS8, QS7, and QSR. The QS6 was different from the other three, in that it only had 8 MB of ROM (mainly missing the big Bosendorfer piano sample) where the other three had 16 MB, and it only had one card slot where the other three had two. Additionally, it only had one continuous control slider, where the 7 and 8 had four (the QSR, being a module, has none).

 

So Alesis decided to upgrade the QS6 to bring it up to the same specifications as the others. However, while doing so, the engineers felt compelled to make some other changes. The first thing that they added was a new display, because they had received a bunch of feedback that the display was too small. The new display looked much bigger, even though it actually does not display as much info as its predecessor (the old one was a 2x16 display, where the newer one has a 1x16 line and a 1x10 line), but it looks bigger. They also added two new buttons - [Transpose] and [seq. Start]. These buttons did not add any new functionality - they just provided dedicated access to these two pre-existing parameters. The third thing that Alesis did was to significantly increase the output signal of the instrument. The result of this was that when you set up a 6.1 next to a 7 and 8 (like, for example, in a music store), it appeared that the 6.1 sounded better.

 

Consequently, Alesis decided that it would be a good idea to produce the QS7.1 and the QS8.1 - these instruments are exactly the same as their non-.1 counterparts, with the exception of the bigger display, the two new buttons, and the hotter output. Apart from that (and two new programs in the user bank) all QS synths are otherwise pretty much identical - there are one or two other minor differences, such as the 6.1 only having two outputs and two pedal jacks, where the other three have four outputs and three pedal jacks; plus, the 6 and 6.1 have no digital outputs, where the other QS synths all do.

 

I hope this clears up that mystery for you.

 

dB

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Thanks for that wonderful reply..

 

I did in fact pick up a 6.1 with a few qcards for a pretty good price off the net.

 

Don't want to mention price here, because I actually plan to sell it later to get a 7.1 most likely due to it having the Digital Output......after that it's saving up for a weighted keyboard.

 

I also learned that the DM5(I believe it's called) drum module contains SOME of the drum sounds of the QS series so when I look at the price of the DM5 module and the price of the keyboard, I'm very happy.

 

BTW, off the top of your head, can you think of other co's synths that DO actually snyc loops/FX to MIDI.

(Besides drum machines and Roland-style groove boxes)

 

I don't intend to actually use pre-fab loops...but it always nice to know.

ESPECIALLY about effects...never thought about that...

 

Thanks again,

testyza

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