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Alesis QS8.2 88 Key Synthesizer

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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 mi...Click To Read More About This Product

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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.

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
  • Stereo outputs
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4.5

(based on 26 reviews)

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There is a reason it is still around!

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...Read complete review

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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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

There is a reason it is still around!

By Kelly James

from Weslaco, TX

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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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
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!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
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."

 
4.0

Good engine, some weak samples

By kingofmic

from Portland, OR

EPs, strings, and clavs no good. A few decent organs. Synth sounds need some work. Excellent pianos. Many useless programs.

 
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!!

 
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.

 
5.0

not for a piano player

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I have had the QS8.2 for about a year. It is great if you want to use the synthesizer sounds on this keyboard, but if you want to use it for mainly piano sounds I DON'T recommend this for you. The keys are weighted but are not very velocity. If you want a keyboard for just piano sounds and more realistic piano action and at about the same price i would go with the yamaha p70.

 
5.0

great board, good deal

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

it's got some awesome synth power, plenty of outs and midi jacks. all around great

 
5.0

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By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I use one of these in our church. It is very powerful, and has great sound quality.

 
5.0

Great Board Great Deal

By Isaac-rWZUA

from Carlsbad New Mexico

I am a worship leader in Carlsbad New Mexico and I used to play the SP88 and now that we have this new board it is just awesome. I play standing up, so the action on this thing is great, I don't like complete fully weighted keys and I don't like midi weighted synth keys but this thing is like in the middle, has a great weighted action for standing.Than there are the sounds pianos WOW!! Organs WOW!!Synths WOW!! for the price you will not find anything even remotely close, trust me.This thing is so easy to use it's kind of funny even. All the major functions are at your finger tips.Than there is the price "Did I just hear $799 for all this" (scratch my head) If you don't get one now you are probably not going to get one at this price again. Get one!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 
5.0

Great all-purpose unit

By venuswaltz

from Boston, MA

It may not be top of the line, but for the price I'm hard pressed to think of a better multi-purpose keyboard. The attack velocity sensitivity is a bit lacking, which I think is the main problem performance-wise, but that's mostly an issue when you're using acoustic piano patches. I was also disappointed by the lack of a good organic-sounding drum set. The EP and organ patches are especially fun, and are this model's strongest features in my opinion.

 
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.

 
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.

 
5.0

Awesome Board!

By RockStar-jZT32

from Colorado

It's a great value for a fully-weighted board with aftertouch. A plus for the solid feel of the keyboard.

 
5.0

Pretty good bang for the buck

By section_17

from Minnesota

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I needed an 88-key controller, and since this was loaded with sounds it seemed more of a value than the other controllers that offer just the standard set of keyboard sounds. I like the pitch and mod wheels, and the feel of the keyboard is good. The architecture takes some getting used to, but I suppose that's true with any new operating system. Overall, I am very pleased with this product.

 
4.0

Nice!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This is a nice keyboard if you are looking for something a little bit cheaper. It has good sound quality and nice aftertouch.

 
5.0

AWESOME

By RevDWW

from Joplin, MO

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I've been using the original QS8 for about six years, and it's awesome. If the 8.2 is anything like the original, it's perfect in quality of sound, constuction, features, feel, and appearence. It's extremely easy to use, and for the money, you can't beat it.

 
4.0

good board but...has drawbacks

By kevinheld-Don's Neighbors

from Hayward, CA

Just picked this one up. I wanted to try it as a replacement piano for my main instrument, which is a Kawai MP 9000.... The Alesis has some great tones, and sequencer unit is cool and will take a bit of tinkering to dial in. however, in camparison to the Kawai as a piano...not good. Keyboard has a fake touch - piano tones aren't as sweet as they could be, with a little too much velocity in the low end, and not enough in the high end. If you want a cool machine, this is it. if you want a quality unit as close to a piano as you can get, go with a Kawai MP9500 (the newest model of the 9000 series), it's a masterpiece piano.

 
5.0

Nice for the price!!!

By PokerGym

from Milwaukee, WI

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I like this keyboard and the price. I need a moderately priced keyboard that sounded and felt like an 88-key piano. Plus you get all the other great sounds. Downside is that is difficult to set up the modulation and took a while to learn some of the programming setups, but the documentation helped. MIDI connection allows me to record to my Computer and burn CD's

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