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Incredible sound and feel!
The Alesis QS8.2 88 Key Synthesizer has everything you need for live music performances. A huge, 16MB sound ROM with 640 internal programs and 500 mixes make this an amazingly flexible, musical, and easy-to-use synth. All that muscle is matched with 88 weighted keys and 64-voice polyphony to provide unparalleled freedom for your fingers. State-of-the-art, 24-bit D/A conversion; internal stereo digital effects processing; a PCMCIA expansion slot; MIDI I/O; and stereo outputs.
- 16MB sound ROM
- 640 internal programs
- 500 mixes
- 88 weighted keys and 64-voice polyphony
- 24-bit D/A conversion
- Internal stereo digital effects processing
- PCMCIA expansion slot
- MIDI I/O
Reviewed by 11 customers
This is a wonderful board to play I would promote this keyboard to be ONE of the best boards out there. The price is even reasonable...
4.8 Stars. Very cost-effective, all around keyboard. I like the weighted keys, they are so true that the "feel" is better than some of the well known piano makers. I cannot emphasize how rich and full the sound quality is. Very beautiful. Very stress relieving when your having a bad day, or if your real piano is out of tune.
This keyboard is the greatest one that i have ever played! This keyboard has everything that you could ever need or want in a keyboard. The sound quality is awsome! it is just amazing. This keyboard has very good feel and confort. i would really recomend this keyboard to any serious keyboardist. In one word to describe this keyboard, "Perfect".
This keyboard has great easy accessible features. If you put it through the right sound system, the pianos are so realistic! The touch and weight of the keys are perfect. This is an easy to use, full on accessories, keyboard. I recommend it to the person who wants it all but can't afford it. The Alesis is a lot of keyboard for the money, that's for sure. The feel is so good that it's hard to walk away from it. You could spend all day browsing the programs. It's easy to edit as well. Good luck to you if you decided to purchase this one, it's a killer! The look of this machine is sleek and desirable, no shabby look here. 99 programs(sounds) to each bank!!!There are 5 banks and a place for your Q card as well. All very easy to access. Good buy all around. Laying is fun and easy with the mix button. Have fun with this one!
I wanted a good keyboard but one that would not break the bank and I found the Alesis QS8.2 and loved it. I was going to get it from Musicians Friend when I saw that there shipping price was about $80 and I fell over so I looked around and a friend suggested Music123 and they had free shipping and free q-cards. The keyboard is a good deal and a great sounding instrument.
My name is Terry Bayless. I play piano for Grand Ole Opry member Mel McDaniel. While I use the grand piano provided by the Opry when we play there, I will never again use anything but the Alesis QS8.2 and it's future upgrades for our road shows. It's like having the grand piano from the Opry on the road with me. I also do a lot of session work in nashville, and I use my QS8.2 even when grand pianos are available. The action is perfect for me. The "true stereo" patch is amazing for recording. And, I will only be doing business with music123 for all my future purchases. They gave me a great price. The guy I talked to was very cool. He spoke Musician. And, by the way, I don't work for Alesis or Music123.
For the money, the QS8.2 sounds quite good. There are plenty of fat sounding string and synth presets. The Hammond with Leslie settings will really blow your socks off. Since this keyboard is packed with so many great sounds, it will take most people quite a long time to sort through them all and decide how and when to use many of them. However, if you do get bored and want more sounds, you can always go out and buy one or more of the Q cards, which Alesis offers. The feel of the weighted keyboard isn't much to rave about and leaves a lot to be desired. However, this is the perfect starter keyboard for somebody with a home studio. The older QS8.1 did have aux outputs, and it surely would have been a good idea for Alesis to include those on the QS8.2 too, instead of limiting people to a single set of stereo outputs. Clearly, in order to drop the retail price of the unit, Alesis dropped some features out of the QS8.1, and just upgraded the processing chips for better sound quality in the QS8.2. Many of the patches sound a bit bright, and cry to be warmed up with some EQ. Although the pianos are much better sounding compared to many other multi-timbrel keyboards in the same price range, they sound a bit too sterile compared to most of the budget priced sampled pianos on the market now. Alesis did a good job designing the QS8.2 to be used easily in most situations. The owners manual is well written and the interface on the keyboard is very user friendly. So, you won't have to be pulling your hair out over the course of several evenings to learn how to program your own settings. The parameters in the patches are quite simple to get into and tweak to your heart's content. This is a very good keyboard for any gigging musician on a budget. The QS8.2 offers a lot of power for the money. It could be better in some areas. However, the money you'll save over buying other units can always be used towards buying an extra sound module or something else to add to your keyboard set up or studio. Generally, if Alesis didn't cater to home studio market, what the QS8.2 lacks would have been improved upon. However, since the QS8.2 is packed with so many features for such a good price, it will be hard for some pro studios to resist.
I've had the 8.2 for a couple of months. I use it in a band that plays mostly classic rock. The piano sounds are very good. It has so many features, and I have not even began to use it to its full capabilities. I would recommend buying the Vintage Keyboards Q-card, that would drastically improve the organ sounds on this board. Overall it's good.
Great keyboard. True piano sound is excellent. Actually all sounds are very good..and the PCMCIA card feature is great. Once you learn how to use the sound bridge software which you download from the net..the possibilities have no limit. With the plank PCMCIA card from Protec, INC. you can store about 50 songs. The Q cards are also a great feature that give you much flexibility. Good instrument... very good value!
I just updated from a starter keyboard to the Alesis 8.2. I found out that this is a great keyboard for church and studio recording use, the sound is clear, and it has so many features I don't stop having fun with it. I do recommend you run it through a BBE 882 or 442 and you will get the best sound possible out of this keyboard. If you are serious about music, and want a professional sounding keyboard for church, and long-term investment, this is the keyboard to have.