All user reviews for the Alesis A6 Andromeda
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James...'s review"Imperfect masterpiece"
The Andromeda has loads of knobs so its a joy to program. However, this synth is very complex and is not as obvious as some other analogue polysynths. I have been playing synths for 10 years and the Andromeda makes me feel a bit amature. But the huge number of knobs makes up for its complexity and means you can create complex sounds with ease. I must point out, every time you turn a knob a menu pops up on the display screen. So there is more to the Andromeda than the 72 knobs and 144 buttons point out! This synth is analogue heaven.
Sound is somewhere inbetween from virtual synths and analogue synths. Not 100% analogue feel, still better than VA. There are useable sounds, but most of them are better on real synths. For some productions it might work, but some VA are so good (Like Virus) that there is no sense to have problematic analogue synth like this one. Sound is not its strongest point (like tweakability and control), but not bad to completelly forget it. Kind of compromise. Effects are not very good to my ears, part of sound is lost in digital conversion what is huge pitty.
Beautiful synth that sounds fantastic. (I'm so glad it doesn't try to tap into people's nostalgia with wood or faux-wood end cheeks!) I just couldn't deal with the malfunctions, so I returned it. It's a pity. I got a DSI Prophet 08 instead--less powerful, but also sounds great and comes with a better reputation for reliability and customer support. Pity.
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
themaddog's review"Great synth, but not for everyone"
Patches are modified on the keyboard, through a combination of the menus and knobs. Patches can also be imported and exported via MIDI. There are a lot of great sounding patches available for purchase through eBay.
Creating and editing patches on this unit is difficult, and not very intuitive. One of the reasons for this is the sheer amount of creating and editing that can be accomplished with this machine, but it requires a pretty vast knowledge of synthesis. The comprehensive manual does a good job of explaining everything, but there is a lot of material to cover. For a beginner, this can be quite daunting; this is not a keyboard that easily creates new patches simply by turning some knobs.
The sounds that come preset with the unit are decent. I have heard amazing patches produced on this synthesizer, but it does take quite a bit of time to fine-tune the patch settings to accomplish this. With a lot of patience, you can make the tones sound as realistic as you wish. You can change the amount of touch sensitivity, and the effects are limited, but decent. The focus of this synth is on the tones of the patches, anyway. I give it a great, only because of the time involved in making the tones sound perfect can be daunting.
This is a wonderful synth, if you have a background knowledge or the patience to learn. I purchased it because in my research I found it to be the best -- which it is -- but it just wasn't the best synth for me as it's too complicated. I only have a minimal understanding of synthesis and had never used an analog synth before. I give it an average rating because, although it can be the best, it definitely won't be the best machine for everybody. What convinced me that this synth was too complicated was lending it to my friends band, the Protomen, to use for a show. The Protomen, who use Korg analog synths, couldn't figure it out without going step by step through the manual. Not having the patience (or time) to pour through the manual, I decided the most prudent course of action was to sell it, particularly considering the cost of the synth. If I ever make another foray into the world of analog synthesis, I'll probably settle for a Mini Moog or something easier to use.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
kalaspace's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)"Expensive but Sensational"
Concerning the characteristics, I deliver what can not easily find on the net.
I put some good and bad surprises.
-There is no possibility to modulate the level modulations themselves.
-It is not possible to combine the effects, the list is at best pre-configured totals (eg chorus + reverb hall not possible, you chorus + room imposed) by against pre-configured effects are very well measured, every time I'm near the ear income defaults, suddenly now I touch it except under extreme circumstances. (Better see this as a way to channel self not do anything on the effects).
-There is a mix effect, but can be assayed against the send programmatically in the mix.
(I say ca, because this is not the case for the Oberheim OB12 (450 euros), for which I often make the comparison)
-It is possible to modulate filter 1 with fm and noise or external audio or feedback
It transposes chord part and a side of the mod wheel is not registered in the programs
There is no legato button, go in envelopes and specify per envelope.
I have 2 voice 16 more "fragile" than the other, after 3 hours of use they are beginning to détunent despite the baktun on (roughly for that unit testing even after 15 minutes of voice warm enough not detect fragile voice, but I think I'm in the middle of the current andromeda)
-Opportunities to arp and seq same time! possibility of arp chord mode, that the chord notes + (with a sharp attack, it can make arpeggiés pads in one program!)
-The volume of different waveform of osc is not controllable (a square distinguished from the others)
I contradict all those who are taking intricate hand (average exploration one month)!
80% of the features were explored in half a day!
I also contradict those who deplore the ergonomics, I find it very logical and easily understandable.
There are still a few things a little difficult.
-Knobs are subject to extreme setting and it is difficult to achieve a precise value
sometimes pressing the two arrows at the same time help, but it does not work all the time
(Eg the keytracking it takes 50 or 0, then we would like the other value )
-The fact that by some knobs at least do not attain their value not 0, suddenly compelled to finish with the arrow ...
Sham-generated by the knob for selecting the source matrix whose position is proportional to the last use, you can see the list, it is believed that is a side button on the knob and, well, we were not far ...
The real difficulty is rather on making knowledge of the behavior of the synth itself, for example be used to assay the filters (for it must know their sounds and have experience many situations). Thus, I have not managed to create formant alone, I had to go see the famous patch mod wheel yeah.
As a result,
Do not hesitate to see the presets manufacturers, there learning a lot.
The number of possibilities is that synthetic method can be easily lost when still too tough to achieve his goal.
You really need to know channel and keep it simple, the complexity must be requested last spring.
So, is that it sounds FAT, that gives 100% analog fat?
Needless to say this is the first test I did
A bite of gang saw with 16 votes (* 2osc and few sub) solicited and detuned with onions ... (long live the stack unison mode, a nice surprise that I adore )
I have not compared with digital
I just compared it with my Oberheim OB12.
As surprising as it may seem, it sounds not fatter!
(For those who have doubts, I will not go dead hand ...)
on the other hand I think it sounds more "authentic" (this is the best word that can come to mind), it is as if it was more "real". It is difficult to describe.
This "authenticity" a huge impact on ... The game sensation!
The pleasure felt generates inspiration, we are surprised to play chords, modulations to do that would never "dare"! and it happens!
Versatility side, I've had two weeks, I made about 30 patches.
While I'm pretty tablecloth, this synth force you hand a little to go to guitar oriented sound.
Due to the volume of non-controllable waveforms, I struggled to make an organ sound, I used the chord octave to get out ... Average. (I retenterai)
In general, I find it less versatile than the Oberheim OB12 ... for now, because my learning curve is not finished.
Today I come to a more realistic piano sound (for my taste) that the famous Frankensteinway, which proves that the machine has under the hood ...
I know that two weeks is a bit early to give an opinion.
I think this is the time it takes to pass the phase of "regret" related to price / versatility.
At one point I hesitated for a prophet 08.
Now, I could not do without some features like stack unison mode that allows you to play as many notes as you want with the 16 votes squatted.
I have not tried the multi timbral (just did a test to confirm the use)
it me more personal patch need to be able to do.
I have not tried to make drum and bass patch.
Being rather greedy on the unison (I often met 3, which reduces the polyphony 5)
suddenly I hesitate to buy a Solaris
25 of 26 people found this review helpful
esl's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" he must learn to keep right about Andromeda"
The panel config Andromeda is great. But this synth is so developed should be much more than a small LCD screen to navigate menus and access to all parameters. He has a consistent manual (200 + pages) but it is not very well done. This is something for technicians, not for musicians. As long as we remain in use 'classic', the sound editing is simple and clear. on the other hand, to really use all the mysteries of Andro, must cling. Furthermore, I have never found that creating and editing multi was simple. This is frankly not the feet.
There's pros and there's cons. No doubt that this synth can make good sound. May even be that in terms of sources, it is unbeatable. on the other hand, you will turn into sharp programmer. Indeed, the architecture of this synth is very complex, including the configuration of filters that can be combined in countless ways through the modulation matrix.
The drawback I see the Andromeda is that all these possibilities of its programming are not simple to implement, it is rather frustrating. Especially since the Andro suffers two major shortcomings: the 4-pole filter (24 dB) is disappointing. The 12db is great, and a real character. It's not like the Oberheim and that's fine. But then 24db, I find it dull. Luckily, these two filters are combined allowing the sharp programmer to make beautiful things. But must hang! The second biggest problem I find with Andro is that bcq lack of fishing. Without even going to compare to a Moog is not a synth slap. Finally, do not expect much of sub-osc.
After two years of living with my Andro, we separated. I was happy but I do not regret. It is an experience to do, and can be successful if you are willing to spend nights in the program. I find the current very high price occasion.
17 of 22 people found this review helpful
saturax08's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" All the knowledge in Alesis synth limitless."
Of course, as this machine can do everything in the field of analog synthesis it takes some time to adapt to learn. But at the same time nothing to repel someone really passionate synthesis.
I was most impressed by the sounds of this synth when I saw him again in the same all sounds a moog modular used by wendy carlos Back to switch on or Clockwork Orange.
He can do it but it can also many other things.
difficult to say that the sound can not please as it can go in all registers sometimes radically opposed.
At versatility I've never heard anything like it.
Unquestionably that Alesis has produced better with Micron (in emulation this time) and I would go even further by saying that this is perhaps the most comprehensive and well thought analog synthesizers ever product. It cost so expensive in development to achieve the result that I doubt there is another one.
6 of 10 people found this review helpful
tristan07's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" do not make a car collection"
good when it's not complicated ç'est bug and not mine bugait all the time, after all assignments to understand more or less fanciful matrix.
I find incomprehensible the sequencer, I also find the internal computer very badly done.
the interest of this machine is 16 multitimbral separate parties at the rear by 16 mono outputs and this is a concept pro and analog
Good effects and unnecessary shit, you put effects in all VA synths, the Virus Ti ones such sound great and are effective.
They wanted an integrated reverb and echoes rotten in analog, they could at least have integrated DSP digital effects allowing to have good quality, but good (Alesis and quality) so you have to cut the effects of this machine and through external processing as is done for all analog synthesizer.
fantasize about what it is the analog side of the unit, so the sound moves and is not stable and yes it brings something, after mine on top of that is désacordait on certain sounds and it sounded false and that against that party was by bugs.
Synth is good for me is very beautiful tablecloths after the rest, you can go out in a sound mind sound, make a beautiful sound viloncelle of violin or harpsichord, for example, the complexity of filters allows it.
this instrument is very sensitive to fine adjustments, the LFOs are not stable which allows precisely to create a more natural timbre.
the oscilloscope sound great, you have a sinus and all the synths do not.
you will see the analog side in you realizing a sine or parable does not filter, the waves pile up and it is precisely to create more complex patches.
This instrument can be very surprising and is very hard to master I think, because sound moves much
do not make a machine collection,
and then to make gaffes bugs for those that are bought all that crazy in the air.
It will deserve a synth version of the computer matrix with two improved, it is because this brand is more continuous than the price rises.
I did not have a version that works normally, my view is affected.
9 of 29 people found this review helpful
katsina666's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
Easy to use / French manual I have for those interested in her, at first not evident elsewhere but once you understand it's obvious / effects are just beautiful and an easy to use ...
For the hardcore techno or techno music is the top.
3 months since I use it and it's already my best friends ^ ^ so I used a korg but there nothing to do! I would do the same choice even if they took my finances were a slap on this one ...
3 of 22 people found this review helpful
Studiodragon's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)"Monstrous Andromeda A6"
The first word that comes to me mouth, and even APRS years of service is simply monstrous.
Ds announcement by Keith Barr Alesis in 2000, this instrument has suscit home a very, very large intrt, because for several years, synthesizers dominated numrique Completely the market. The A6 is really the return of analog sounds, live sound and ultra-gliding.
For me it is part of the elite of sound machines all confused, the Synth Grail, one of the synthesizer 21me.
And it is by far the most powerful ever built Analog, and it still did not equivalent in the production of analog synthesizers polyphonic.
Firstly I am seduced by a very large surface contrle complete trsrussi and design in blue and red limited edition of 250 copies:
256 presets + 128 prog, 144 buttons, 72 knobs and a ribbon controller Controller is a lot for a single synthesizer.
A high quality keyboard, semi-weight of 5 octaves (C C),
61 touch sensitive so the dynamics and aftertouch, also excellent as master keyboard.
The two oscillators offering 5 waveforms with
square pulse width variable
and reverse sawtooth,
and a sub-oscillator.
Regarding the modulation Andromeda has three LFOs, each with six waveforms and can be synchroniss MIDI clock. It provides multitimbral and 16 voice polyphony and uses 32 individual VCO (voltage contrle oscillators) for sound sources (two per voice) with synchronization and sub-oscillation.
16 Ring Modulator (1 per vote)
1 Filter 12db per octave two peoples, multi-mode (low pass, band pass, high pass) filter on the MODEL Oberheim SEM,
1 Filter 4 peoples rson, 24 dB per octave filter on the MODEL Moog
3 Oscillators low frequencies,
3 Multi Gnrateurs envelope segments
Gnrateur a random image signal (Sample & Hold)
1 Gnrateur noise to pink noise, white and red.
Squenceur a 16 step
The A6 also provided between the CV (control voltage) that allow for the input of external instruments and forward to the oscillators and filters. These sources can be other keyboards and synthesizers.
In addition two systems complete effects are available:
with the distortions as analog overdrive, fuzz, etc.. and also
numriques effects such as echo, rverbes, delay, chorus, rotary speaker, pitch shifting, etc..
The manual is the best I had in hand, very clear about. 300 pages.
In addition there is also a handbook for adjuncts Tips & Tricks on 104 pages.
Surface contrle more like that of a spaceship,
and it herculen possibilities are a direct invitation exploration deep sound.
It's really standard for a titanic analog synthesizers.
The matrix of the A6 provides a great freedom functions are very flexible and ultra creativity.
Everything is built as logically as possible to simplify use. If we understand how the group is functioning it will save time when building a sound. And it takes time for the beast mastery.
The A6de Alesis is a large modular synthesizer therefore a glove wall modules and cables but without its limitations, because the modulation of 13,825 connections are already CONNECTED be easier to patch.
Behind the A6 rating of 20 analog output format is a PCMCIA memory card slot and allows the addition of an SRAM Card (PCMCIA) recorded about 1000 supplmentaires sounds and shuffled programs.
With the Andromeda finds a very, very, large range of possibilities as beautiful tablecloths, hot pads, leads Dchira, of good bass lines, and also the sound effects the extreme, which are ultra GPs. But much more ...
Warning do not judge only on presets, programmed in 2000 in full explosion Tecno-Acid, and enjoy all the values of excessive effects of the A6.
They give a tiny glimpse of capacitsrels of the beast.
And we must not forget that Andromeda is a synthesizer with large models like Oberheim and Moog. Mimics its oscillators are those of the Moog Minimoog module 921 and the filters systm Moog 904A, B and C and Oberheim SEM modules are the two, four and eight voices.
The Tilt the Moog is ultra stable and the Oberheim filter is remarkable.
ASIC chips (16 x) of Andromeda are miniaturized and his voice processing UNESCORecords taient apparently become less fat but also more aggressive!
But this treatment and useful because the polyphony of 16 analog voice would otherwise be just too fat.
And Andromeda own character are really impressive, and does not ring right away such as a Vintage Analog, but with a good knowledge and hands skilful tempered to power, it just sounds like too much Analog other yesterday, today and tomorrow.
But he keeps a particular stamp, a beautiful color in the sound, and it is definitely more modern gnr by a non-standard design.
Keith Barr (now dcd 24/08/2010 RIP) gave us an inexhaustible source of inspiration and if you take the time you schedule sounds you never forget.
An area of extraordinary contrle, trippy sounds, a very complex modulation, effects and keyboard profusion of high quality, well I still won.
For delivery in 2004 Alesis Andromeda A6 comes in a cardboard double blind very being protected with a sustain pedal.
The Andromeda board is incorporated perfectly into my studio with sync and MIDI contrle total, with individual outputs for each voice, + outputs stereo audio inputs and more.
And for people who criticize this machine or simply have not taken the time to really use it, not find the funct. Auto Tune, or shall adopt the presets that are Pasila be said representation, and extremely excessive because in all effects values of the beast.
Or he thought that such connecting 3 cables on a modular find the Big Sound!
The A6 is demanding a machine, incredible, huge and very reliable.
Otherwise the price today is still largely under-earned its relative Ingals modulation capability, then a case rel.
In conclusion, the Andromeda is A veritable instrument, extremely versatile and ultra powerful that can produce a standard range of textures.
The ultimate way to fully understand its scope is to spend time on programming because of its complexity.
There is today and tomorrow as simply any machine that can do the same.
The overall opinion is standard for me ,.... nnnnoooooooooooorrrrmmmmmee ... !
Alesis Andromeda A6 is a fabulous machine and is used a monstrously good.
It still will count in my prfr.
And it is with great pleasure that I remake the 21 kg of happiness that choice ...
23 of 24 people found this review helpful
astrolab's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
Pretty good keyboard, pitch wheel and modulation rather "beefy" and reassure you tell yourself, it's solid (metal + plastic frame on the sides).
It's a keyboard acnéen: filled pimples on the face <img class="smiley" src="/images/audiofanzine/interface/smileys/icon_biggrin.gif" alt="" /> Multitailles Potentiometers (3 different size of some rather Maousse, that makes lab!).
My impression is that hot to me this synth looks really solid.
Screen control that could have been brighter.
I am not an expert in analog synthesis. I have a Jupiter-4 is very simple, but I've taken time to dip the tip <img class="smiley" src="/images/audiofanzine/interface/smileys/icon_wink.gif" alt="" /> Besides, I would not say that I still control or that I fully understand the causes, impacts, results of LFO, filters, VCO, VCA, etc. ...
I'm from the planet "Synth turnkey style Korg Triton, Karma, etc. ...
Andromeda has guts damn if I could! I'll have me seriously Mettes <img class="smiley" src="/images/audiofanzine/interface/smileys/icon_biggrin.gif" alt="" />
At the same time I tell myself that if so many pots, but also that it must rather be some logic that does not seem to be as intuitive as a CIO PolyEvolver (a Knob: a function) but maybe in the end, the Andromeda is more successful "until endian".
Already watching and listening to all the existing demos via YouTube and others on this synth, the sound of this synth I spoke * *. I think we can very quickly, the feeling, whether a machine will please us or not.
To return to sound, literally, I would say the mega slap.
Anecdote, when I received it (hier! January 21, 2010) I put the beast and threw myself on her headphones over his ears. With the instinct!
I go, I hit everything, I turn the pots, I module, etc. ... but only on <span style="text-decoration: underline;">a</span> sound first.
And then I say "OH YEAH BABY, IT is good that you waited!"
And soon I realized a trick .... :
- The digital effects are preset to OFF
- I'm in !!!!!!! PROGRAM
The switch to MULTI mode was almost right to me. I felt hypnotized before so many opportunities and loudness.
The sound is so good the headphones, I feel it comes out in 24-bit, minimum.
Briefly, after exploring good number of presets, I was on the buttocks.
I use it since day 1 1 / 2 is very little, but I wanted to ask here a fresh view, instinctive feeling related. When I master, if indeed that is possible for my level, j'étofferais this review.
I hesitated a lot between Andromeda (which I bought used on Ebay, a German techno producer rather famous - and creating sound banks known <img class="smiley" src="/images/audiofanzine/interface/smileys/icon_wink.gif" alt="" /> and Dave Smith Instruments POLYevolver. Even wait a bit and take the John Bowen Solaris.
But Andromeda is a dream I realized. I remember one of my buddies had chambered a little when I read the test gear in Keyboards (on view: Orbital). It was at that time or Mr. Andromeda cost an arm and a head (at least mine!) And he said "And he, you think you can taste it one day?" Bastard .... <img class="smiley" src="/images/audiofanzine/interface/smileys/icon_wink.gif" alt="" />
Well, I was dreaming, so I Ebay, I paid, I waited, waited some more, I was anxious, nervous, I received it, I was moved.
8 of 16 people found this review helpful
Phantom 47's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
What type controllers (pitch, modulation, sustain ...)?
What connection (Audio, MIDI, pedals ...)?
How many sounds, effects? What styles? Are they ditables?
Via a Mac utility / PC?
What polyphony? ...dropoff Window
I own the last 4 years it's really easy to use synth !!
Is Gnrale setup simple?
The edition of sound effects or is it easy?
Is the manual clear and sufficient? ...dropoff Window
I almost never opened the manual, except for programing a sound or it is better to open the manual, not delete other programes !! I wish I can be the screen: it is not very readable and practical shame.
The sounds they agree your style of music?
GPs are they?
Are the effects effective and ADAPTS?
Expression is it good? (Raction vlocit the aftertouch)?
What sonorits you prfrez, you dtestez? ...dropoff Window
the sounds are great, clean, do not hand against abuse of arpege, it often breaks a can of majestic Andromeda, the effects are good and easy to use as filters
How long have you use it?
What is the particular feature you like best and least?
Have you tried many other models before acqurir?
How do you report qualitprix?
With experience, you do again this choice? ...dropoff Window
I use it for about 4 years, I buy when he vennai out, I compar with others such as super nova novation II there is no doubt the sound is much cleaner and nikel, the price is justified, and not even too expensive for a synth of this type, knowing that the price of this monster argus grinp risk because it does this more !! if you do not seek esit !! purchase !! you're not going regretted