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Alesis QS8 64 Voice Expandable Synthesizer

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The QS8 is an incredibly powerful instrument which is the flagship of the Alesis keyboard line. Its incredibly responsive keyboard combined with its huge library of sounds and extensive interfacing capabilities make it the choice of any serious musician desiring a powerful synthesizer with the sound and feel of a fine acoustic piano. The QS8 features a full-size 88-key, weighted, hammer-action keyboard with aftertouch and release velocity, resulting in a very authentic piano-like feel.

Drawing on the powerful QS Composite Synthesis used by Alesis' TEC Award-winning QuadraSynth and their QS6 64 Voice Expandable Synthesizer, the QS8 incorporates 16 megabytes of new and enhanced onboard sound ROM. It features a brand new phase-accurate stereo grand piano voice, as well as a full complement of all-new organs, strings, drums/percussion, brass, woodwinds, and rhythmic/sonic loops. It also features several banks of both new and classic synth textures, including waveforms from Keith Emerson's famous analog modular synthesizer.

The QS8 offers 640 Programs and 500 multitimbral Mixes, which may be expanded to offer 1660 Programs and 1300 Mixes (32MB of ROM) using its two PCMCIA sound card slots and Alesis QuadraCards. All of the QS8's internal and external ROM and RAM voices are immediately accessible without installing expansion boards or waiting for disk drives.

QS8's extensive master controller features include four fully-assignable real-time control sliders as well as pitch and modulation wheels. A sustain pedal jack and two assignable pedal inputs are included on the rear panel. The QS8 also incorporates the powerful QS Modulation Matrix, allowing users to assign virtually any controller source to any modulation parameter. The onboard effects processor utilizes four totally discrete effects busses for powerful multieffects that include reverb, delay, rotary speaker simulation, distortion, chorus and much more.

Using Alesis' new Sound Bridge 2.0 software and any Mac or PC, the QS8 can write AIFF and WAV samples as well as Standard MIDI Files and Program data to PCMCIA Flash or SRAM cards. Standard MIDI File sequences can then be played back by the QS8 without the use of any external sequencing device. For direct digital connection to ADAT recorders and compatible products, the QS8 includes an ADAT Optical Digital Output. Also included is a serial data port that provides direct connection to a Macintosh or PC without a MIDI interface. Four independent 1/4" audio outputs are also provided.

The QS8 includes a CD-ROM in Mac and Windows format that includes Steinberg's Cubase Lite(TM) Alesis' new Sound Bridge_ 2.0 and Freeloader software, General MIDI sequences, additional sample and program data and other third party software. The QS8's strong all-metal chassis includes black solid oak endpieces for support, and is designed for use both in studios and on the road. Dimensions of the QS8 are 51" wide x 16" deep x 4" high, making it easy to transport in a compact car.

Type : Sample playback synthesizer, master controller keyboard

Keys: 88 velocity and aftertouch sensitive, weighted, hammer-action

Polyphony : 64 voices

MIDI Channels : 16

ROM : 16MB, expandable to 32MB using 2 PCMCIA ROM and RAM cards.

Sounds : 512 preset 128 user programs, 400 preset and 100 user mixes, expandable using PCMCIA cards.

Samples : 48kHz Linear samples

General MIDI : GM compatible.

Effects : On board effects, based on the Alesis Q2 FX processor

Drums : Drum kits, rhythm loops

Input / Output : 4 Audio Out, Phones, MIDI IN, OUT, THRU, Serial interface for Mac/PC, ADAT optical digital output, 48kHz input, 2 PCMCIA card slots

Controls : Pitch wheel, Mod. wheel, 4 assignable control sliders, 3 Pedal inputs

Sequencer No on-board sequencer, can play standard MIDI files from PCMCIA expansion cards

Other features : Using PCMCIA Flash RAM cards, custom samples and programs can be added.

Technical Specifications
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, LFO, Mod Wheel, Oscillator, Pitch Wheel, Glide / Portamento
Oscillator Notes:
+ 16 MB PCMCIA ROM and RAM cards

Library includes classic synth samples from:

Fairlight IIx
Moog Rogue
Oberheim OB8
Oberheim OBX
Oberheim 4 Voice
Prophet 5
PPG Wave 2.3
Yamaha DX7
Roland Jupiter 6
Roland Jupiter 8
Rhodes Piano
Wurlitzer Piano
Alesis SR16 drums
Alesis D4 drums
Envelopes: 3
Evelope Paramerters: Delay, 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 RAM: 128
Patches ROM: 512
Multipatches RAM: 100
Multipatches ROM: 400
Storage: Internal, RAM Cartridge, ROM Cartridge
Editing: MIDI
On board effects, based on the Alesis Q2 FX processor: reverb, delay, pitch, panning, resonator, chorus, flange, lezlie, and overdrive.
Chips and Operating System
2.00 and Soundbridge Upgrade

Alesis is happy to announce the release of QS6 software version 2.00. Version 2.00 adds the ability for QS6 users to utilize new features included in the updated version of Sound Bridge software (Version 2.00 for MAC and Version 1.2 for IBM). These features include the partitioning of cards in order to store samples, sysex, and standard midi files on the same card. Sound Bridge also allows the ability to playback standard midi files which have been transferred to RAM cards.

For the QS6, Version 2.00 software is available as an EPROM upgrade kit. This kit is user-installable and comes with all the necessary instructions and tools. The only other tool you will need is a Phillips type screwdriver. The upgrade is available free of charge to registered users who have purchased their units after July 1, 1996. A proof of sale is required to receive this upgrade free of charge. Otherwise, this EPROM upgrade is an enhancement to the original QS6 operating system. All previous QS6 owners must purchase the upgrade through our Parts department at the cost of $39.99 (Plus any applicable sales tax and shipping charges).

The revised Sound Bridge software is currently available for both MAC and IBM operating systems. Soundbridge 2.00 for the Mac and 1.2 for the IBM are available as attachments.
Case: Keyboard
Case Details: 88 weighted, hammer-action keys
Controls: Aftertouch, Faders, Mod - Wheel, Pitch -Wheel, Pedal - Sustain, Velocity, Pedal - Volume
Dimensions (WxDxH): 51" wide x 16" deep x 4" high
Weight: 55 lbs / 25 kg
Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, ADAT, Stereo Main, Stereo Headphone
Audio Output Count: 8
Inputs: Serial interface for Mac/PC, ADAT Optical Digital Interface
DAC Bits: 16
DAC Frequency Rate: 48
Power: 120V AC
Year Released: 1996
Manuals & Documents

Product Links
Company Product Sites:
[+] www.alesis.com
Editors & Software:
[+] my.execpc.com
MSRP List Price: $2099 - convert
Retail Street Price: $1999 - convert
Used Price: $150 - $400 - convert

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