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Alesis QS8.2 88 Key Synthesizer  

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        Alesis

        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.

        Features
        • 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

        Well, you've found the real thing for the right price. Go for it!

         
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        4.5

        (based on 26 reviews)

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        IMPRESSIVE

        I was looking for a digital piano with standard midi in/out capabilities to connect to my computer and external sound modules in a home studio environment. I wanted a full 88 keys with...Read complete review

        I was looking for a digital piano with standard midi in/out capabilities to connect to my computer and external sound modules in a home studio environment. I wanted a full 88 keys with at least fully weighted action and had more than just the standard grand piano, EP, clav, organ, string sounds associated with nearly all digital pianos in this price range. Oh yeah - I had limited funds. I was a little hesitant about purchasing the Alesis QS8.2 after reading some of the reviews. We'll, I bought it anyway and so glad I did. After trying numerous digital pianos at the music store, I concluded that the 8.2 has a good weighted feel, better than average pianos, great EP & string sounds, and the multi-mixes (or layered) sounds are killer. I haven?t had it long enough to really dig into the programming but because it?s a combination synthesizer/sample player - (with unlimited samples available in many formats, and computer editing/librarian software available and 8M flash card memory), it would seem than the possibilities will keep me busy for years to come. I'm truly satisfied with this purchase and unless you can afford more - you wouldn't be disappointed either.

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        QS8.2 Disappointment

        I previously owned a QS8 for over 10 years and loved it--the sounds, touch and reliability were awesome. So when it finally did need repair in July, 2006 and the repairman was...Read complete review

        I previously owned a QS8 for over 10 years and loved it--the sounds, touch and reliability were awesome. So when it finally did need repair in July, 2006 and the repairman was having a problem getting the parts in a timely manner from Alesis, I purchased an 8.2 version assuming it would be the same reliable keyboard I had with the original QS8. Not so. In December, 2006 the 8.2 started making a pink noise sound and there were hieroglyphics in the display. I turned it off and back on and it seemed to fix it. Then in Jan. 2007 it stopped working altogether at a rehearsal--no sound at all, just two black lines across the display. I tried reinitializing it many times over the course of the weekend, but nothing would unlock it. When I contacted technical service, I was instructed where to ship it for repair, at my expense ($53), in California, a company called Numark which I later found out was the company who had bought out Alesis. There was to be a 3-week turnaround, which ended up being 5 1/2 weeks and over 15 phone calls to tech support. When I finally got it back, after they apparently misplaced it, it came back in only one of the shipping cartons I sent it in, was falling out of the box and had numerous scratches and discolorations from some sort of solvent, and even a small dent on the back. The best part: They couldn't find anything wrong with it! Customer service then said if it did it again, they would ship it for free, but after that if nothing was found wrong, they would not do anything else. Last weekend, at church, it again dropped out (hieroglyphics on screen) and the band had to cover for me while I reset it. If I am the only instrument playing, this intermittent problem can be extremely serious. I cannot depend on this instrument for live settings anymore, and have had to purchase another keyboard for that purpose, a Yamaha. The warranty is almost up on the 8.2, and the chances of getting anything fixed as to this intermittent problem are probably impossible. I sent an email to tech support, but as I expected have not received any response. I would not recommend purchasing one of these keyboards as they are not built with the same reliability as the original ones, nor any other Alesis products.

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        5.0

        Way Cool!

        By Magic

        from Humboldt County Ca.

        Great action on the keyboard. Loads of great sounds. Easy to use. Amazingly nice for the money. Outstanding value.

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        4.0

        Very good, but not for the best.

        By facemelter5000

        from Virginia Beach, VA

        This keyboard functions as an OK synthesizer. Screen is pretty much a drag compared to my Korg Triton Extreme. It is a good price though. Also since it is made to function as a stage piano, the weighted keys are definitely weighted, but still really "keyboardist."

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        5.0

        a good all around keyboard

        By me-p4mOv

        from ohio

        This is probably the best keyboard I have ever owned and it has 88 weighted keys. I needed good organs pianos pads and leads. My influences are dream theater, pinkfloyd, rush and, journey so I need lots of different sounds. But overall I think it is a great synth and it can be a good stage piano as well. I would definatly pick one up.

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        5.0

        amazing board for the money

        By Harken22

        from Erie, PA

        This is was my first electric keyboard. I was looking for something that would be good all around as both a synth and a stage piano, and it does exactly that. It has most sounds you could reasonably want. The pianos are pretty solid, the organs are about as good as organs really ever get on keyboards, and there are some very nice synths on there too. Editing programs is a little more difficult than with some other boards I've used, but it's not that hard to figure out. The construction is sturdy, and after a year, the thing hasn't let me down yet. Overall, it's great, solid sounds, good action, and dirt cheap. A really awesome product.

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        5.0

        great synth!!

        By metts2112

        from wilmington, NC

        The Alesis QS8.2 is really awesome. I have a lot of progressive influences like rush, pink floyd, and so on, so I need something to produce a lot of cool sounds. And I got it. About 70% of the sounds in it sound very realistic. And plus editing is real easy. It's great for someone who is a beginner at synths. I would definitely recommend this product!!

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        5.0

        LONG-TIME PIANO MAN

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        I have played many synths over the years. After deciding to go soft-synth last year I realized that I needed a MIDI controller with back-up sounds just in case my computer died during concert. I bought the 8.2 sight unseen because it had 88 weighted keys and was priced right. I have been pleasantly surprised with the action, the compact size and especially the Grand Piano sounds. Even though I have a giant collection of soft-synth grand pianos, I used the 8.2 to record on our project last year, and it was impeccable. My expectations have been exceeded. Great product for a great price!

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        5.0

        There is a reason it is still around!

        By Kelly James

        from Weslaco, TX

        This synth may not have the most megabytes but 16megabytes with awesome programming is more important than 64 megabytes with inferior programming. Also there is no other keyboard that is layed out so well ergonomically, that means VERY EASY to find sounds and switch programs. I have a QS6 hooked up to the computer at home and a QS8 for gigs as I need the full weighted 88 keys for some Chopin Etudes I throw in between the classic rock songs as a novelty. With other brands I'm always trying to "FIX" the piano with EQ. Not with Alesis. Roland to me always sound like "Roland"!! Alesis just sounds like MUSIC. Too bad however that the Q Cards are not around any more.

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        3.0

        QS8.2 Disappointment

        By JJ-4dh1M

        from Longview, WA

        I previously owned a QS8 for over 10 years and loved it--the sounds, touch and reliability were awesome. So when it finally did need repair in July, 2006 and the repairman was having a problem getting the parts in a timely manner from Alesis, I purchased an 8.2 version assuming it would be the same reliable keyboard I had with the original QS8. Not so. In December, 2006 the 8.2 started making a pink noise sound and there were hieroglyphics in the display. I turned it off and back on and it seemed to fix it. Then in Jan. 2007 it stopped working altogether at a rehearsal--no sound at all, just two black lines across the display. I tried reinitializing it many times over the course of the weekend, but nothing would unlock it. When I contacted technical service, I was instructed where to ship it for repair, at my expense ($53), in California, a company called Numark which I later found out was the company who had bought out Alesis. There was to be a 3-week turnaround, which ended up being 5 1/2 weeks and over 15 phone calls to tech support. When I finally got it back, after they apparently misplaced it, it came back in only one of the shipping cartons I sent it in, was falling out of the box and had numerous scratches and discolorations from some sort of solvent, and even a small dent on the back. The best part: They couldn't find anything wrong with it! Customer service then said if it did it again, they would ship it for free, but after that if nothing was found wrong, they would not do anything else. Last weekend, at church, it again dropped out (hieroglyphics on screen) and the band had to cover for me while I reset it. If I am the only instrument playing, this intermittent problem can be extremely serious. I cannot depend on this instrument for live settings anymore, and have had to purchase another keyboard for that purpose, a Yamaha. The warranty is almost up on the 8.2, and the chances of getting anything fixed as to this intermittent problem are probably impossible. I sent an email to tech support, but as I expected have not received any response. I would not recommend purchasing one of these keyboards as they are not built with the same reliability as the original ones, nor any other Alesis products.

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        5.0

        IMPRESSIVE

        By Steve-rNo-E

        from St. Louis, MO

        I was looking for a digital piano with standard midi in/out capabilities to connect to my computer and external sound modules in a home studio environment. I wanted a full 88 keys with at least fully weighted action and had more than just the standard grand piano, EP, clav, organ, string sounds associated with nearly all digital pianos in this price range. Oh yeah - I had limited funds. I was a little hesitant about purchasing the Alesis QS8.2 after reading some of the reviews. We'll, I bought it anyway and so glad I did. After trying numerous digital pianos at the music store, I concluded that the 8.2 has a good weighted feel, better than average pianos, great EP & string sounds, and the multi-mixes (or layered) sounds are killer. I haven?t had it long enough to really dig into the programming but because it?s a combination synthesizer/sample player - (with unlimited samples available in many formats, and computer editing/librarian software available and 8M flash card memory), it would seem than the possibilities will keep me busy for years to come. I'm truly satisfied with this purchase and unless you can afford more - you wouldn't be disappointed either.

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        5.0

        A smart buy Mr. Keyboard guy! Do it NOW!

        By GatorGuitar

        from Alabama

        Just purchased this product. The Good: The value to price on this product is off of the chart in my opinion. I dig the sounds choices, tone, raw quality and action for the keyboard. You can get your feet wet in everything from jazz, classical to new age, dance and show out well. The Bad: No arpaggiator, some toggling to navigate sounds...it ain't a high dollar workstation. Overall, I am very happy with the product and it will serve me well in gigs or in the studio AND I still have some change left to buy other gear that I want (we never have enough of that do we). I would buy it again and I will probably buy a Fusion in the future if it is near the value that this one is.

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