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Alesis QS 8.1 QS Composite Synthesis Workstation

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    Description
    America's Favorite Synth Family Keeps Getting Better

    The QS8.1™ is one of the newest members of Alesis’ award-winning QS Series of keyboards and synth modules. It offers an excellent selection of new features including a newly-designed backlit LCD display that’s larger than that of the preceding keyboards, making it perfect for live performances. The QS8.1 also includes dedicated buttons for “Transpose” and “Sequence Select”, allowing you to immediately access these functions without paging through menus. Plus, we’ve enhanced the General MIDI sound set so that composition and playback of compatible files are even better sounding than before, and the new Alesis Synthesizers CD-ROM software pack has been improved to offer more powerful tools for serious MIDI productions.

    Hundreds of Sounds, Open-Ended Expansion: Up to 32MB Simultaneously

    The QS8.1 offers an immense 16MB onboard sound library, comprising 640 programs and 500 multitimbral mixes. You’ll find Alesis’ highly-acclaimed stereo grand piano sounds, as well as dozens of organs, cutting-edge and vintage synth sounds, strings, brass, winds, guitars, drums, percussion, loops and much more. In addition to its great onboard collection of sounds, the QS8.1 is compatible with Alesis’ QCard™ ROM expansions, so you can add another 16MB of brand new samples and program/ mix information in nearly every musical genre by using the two rear panel card slots. The QS8.1 is also compatible with our Sound Bridge™software that lets you import, save and playback AIFF, WAV and other sample formats, allowing you to use your own samples or sounds from other sample libraries.

    Powerful, Professional Performance Tools

    The QS8.1 provides four edit/control sliders and two pedal inputs that are assignable to nearly any sound or effect modulation parameter and features a 88-key fully-weighted keyboard with velocity, release velocity and aftertouch functions. Also, the QS8.1 includes a dedicated sustain pedal jack, pitch and mod wheels, and aftertouch for your most expressive performances.

    Comprehensive MIDI Productions: Alesis Synthesizer CD-ROM

    The Alesis Synthesizer CD-ROM which comes with each QS Series synth includes a slew of full-featured software-based MIDI production tools from innovative companies like Emagic™, Opcode™ and Alesis. Built for both Mac® and Windows® platforms, you’ll get the Sound Bridge and FreeLoader applications, plus programs for sequencing and digital audio, editor/librarians, notation, extra samples, programs and mixes, sample sequences, demos and more.

    Innovative Interfaces, Onboard Multieffects and More

    The QS8.1 offers a high-speed serial data port for direct computer interfacing in addition to their MIDI In, Out and Thru connections, and the ADAT Optical output for direct digital audio connection to a wide variety of recorders, mixers and other tools that use this standard multichannel transfer protocol. The built-in multieffects include great-sounding reverb, chorus, distortion, EQ, delay, rotary speaker simulation and more.

    Features

    New! Dedicated "Transpose" and "Sequence Select" buttons, large, easy-to-read display, enhanced GM sound set

    Hundreds of sounds and multitimbral mixes for your best compositions and performances

    Includes Alesis' acclaimed stereo grand piano sounds

    64 voice polyphony

    88-note fully-weighted keyboard

    Multiple controller features for powerful live performances

    Easy-to-understand interface for performing, programming and editing

    Expansion card slots for adding an additional 16MB of new sounds, and Sound Bridge software for adding your own custom samples

    ADAT Optical Digital Interface and Serial Data port

    Included CD-ROM gets you rolling with software for MIDI sequencing, notation, editor/librarians, sample manipulation, extra sounds for the QS Series and more

    Play back up to 100 Standard MIDI File sequences without any external sequencing device

    Sound Generation Method: 16 Bit Linear 48kHz Sample ROM

    Synthesis: QS Composite Synthesis ™

    Voices: 64, each with sweepable lowpass filter, 3 envelope generators, 3 LFOs, programmable effects send and QS Modulation Matrix, dynamic voice allocation

    Keyboard Section: 88 hammer action weighted keys (velocity, release velocity, aftertouch sensitive)

    Available Waveform Memory: 16 MB, expandable to 32 MB via PCMCIA Expansion Card Slots

    Program Memory: 512 Preset, 128 User Mix Mode (400 Preset, 100 User)

    Effects: QS Parallel Matrix Effects™ (4 independent stereo multieffect processing busses)

    Multitimbral Mode: QS Mix Mode (64 Part multitimbral across 16 MIDI channels)

    Controllers: 4 Control Sliders, Programmable Pitch and Modulation wheels, Aftertouch

    Expansion Slots: PCMCIA card slots, QCard and Sound Bridge compatible

    User Interface: Backlit custom LCD display

    Pedal Jacks: Two Assignable Aux pedal jack, Sustain pedal jack

    Serial Jack: High Speed computer interface switchable between RS 422 and RS 232 protocols, Mac and PC compatible
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    Architecture
    Type: Digital
    Synthesis: ROM, Subtractive
    Oscillators: 4
    Waveforms: ROM
    ROM Size: 16
    ROM Resolution: 16 bit, 48 kHz
    Osc Modulation: After Touch, Continuous Controller, Envelope, Keyboard, Knob, Mod Wheel, Oscillator, Pitch Wheel
    Oscillator Notes:
    + 16 MB PCMCIA ROM and RAM cards
    Envelopes: 3
    Evelope Paramerters: Delay, Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release
    Envelope Notes::
    pitch, filter and amp.
    Filters: 1
    Types: 12dB Slope (2-pole), Low Pass
    Filter Modulation: Envelope, Keyboard, LFO, Mod Wheel
    LFO: 3
    LFO Parameters: Noise, Sample & Hold, Saw Up, Saw Down, Sine, Square, Triangle, Delay, Key Sync
    LFO Notes::
    pitch, filter and amp
    Polyphony & Tuning
    Polyphony: 64
    Timbrality: 16
    Tuning: Standard
    Patches
    Patches RAM: 128
    Patches ROM: 512
    Multipatches RAM: 100
    Multipatches ROM: 400
    Storage: Internal, RAM Cartridge, ROM Cartridge
    Editing: MIDI, SERIAL
    Effects
    On board effects, based on the Alesis Q2 FX processor: reverb, delay, pitch, panning, resonator, chorus, flange, lezlie, and overdrive.
    Sequencer
    Play back up to 100 Standard MIDI File sequences without any external sequencing device.
    Case
    Case: Keyboard
    Case Details: 88 Weighted Keys
    Controls: Aftertouch, Faders, Mod - Wheel, Pitch -Wheel, Pedal - Sustain, Velocity, Pedal - Volume
    Dimensions (WxDxH): 51in. x 4in. x 16in.
    Weight: 60 lbs / 27.2 kg
    Connections
    Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, ADAT, Stereo Main, Stereo Headphone
    Inputs: Serial Interface For Mac/pc, Adat Optical Digital Interface
    MIDI Ports: IN, OUT, THRU
    Control Features: MIDI: IN / OUT / THRU
    DAC Bits: 16
    DAC Frequency Rate: 48
    Power: 110 / 220 vAC
    Production
    Year Released: 1999
    Manuals & Documents

    Product Links
    Company Product Sites:
    [+] www.alesis.com
    Pricing
    MSRP List Price: $1,899 - convert
    Retail Street Price: $1,799 - convert
    Used Price: $400 - $800 - convert
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