16/48 16MB ROM, expandable to 32, 64 voice polyphony, 16 MIDI channels, a brushed metal chassis (very) heavy plastics and very pleasant.
The keyboard is one such model (some would describe as semi-weighted, in my opinion is wrong, but it has a nice resistance, and a perfect break for a play staccato)
Pitch and mod 4 assignable sliders, aftertouch, velocity and relaxation, two entries for pedal (do not make me say ...), MIDI trio, and a serial port PC / Mac.
It comes with a CD containing samples, a utility to balance the MIDI / sysex in, and the software to burn out samples of virgin expansion cards (yes, the power of the Alesis is that 'with two expansion cards blank to you 16 MB of samples in synthetic characters customs, for much less than the price of a big synth). Oh, and SoundDiver Alesis, really convenient.
9. because we can do better in weight, and lack of control buttons!
Configuration is very simple, but powerful. Effects out of the MIDIverb4 guarantee of quality, but also "Metallite" sound. Extensive modulation matrix.
The manual is clear, funny, little (120 pages), and anyway we understand yourself flipping through the menus. On this point, the handling is a bit difficult to control the many pages (but the screen was small before the QS6/7/8 it have a larger screen, but they have not changed the OS ).
Editing sounds is fatally easy, the effect takes some time for the configs effects are fixed and routed in a fixed manner.
7, because the effects could be modulated, and the OS a little more friendly (although I do not really see what lack of obvious ...)
So there it is difficult. The sounds are endearing but unrealistic ... (genre, it's not the strings, it's not a scratch, it's not ... but it should not be confused with another. A sax does not look like a real sax, but it's exactly the type of sax, unequivocally. It's pretty hard to define).
The famous piano is good, but took a hit with the old New later models of competitors. And it's a Bosendorfer, then for the Tori Amos is great (it sounds really good), but for the rest, including the classic, it means.
In addition, the sounds are unpleasant if not "processed". In fact, it sounds already mixed. To read or compose in a MIDI pre model, it's great to play live, it's a different story. However, this flaw (although very useful on the pads and other synth sounds) does not exist on expansion cards, and then, as you can load their own samples ... Personally, I have samples of WAS, Rhodes and B3 Sonic Reality, and that changes everything.
I have 3 years.
What I like most is the fact that for 6500 F at the time, I recovered a synth with good effects (for the industrial or King Crimson, to note is the synth Reference Keith Emerson, who plays it to the Brain Salad tour, with the sounds of the factory), a keyboard on top, unbreakable, look fabulous, metal, and with which I could play any What instrument via expansion cards to fill yourself.
Please note, the 7 / 8 6.1/7.1/8.1 are the same machine, except for the connectors ADAT / Optical on 7 and 8, and larger displays versions .1. The 6.2 and 8.2 have only one expansion port, are 24/48 (but with drier samples, in my opinion).
So, I think you mugs OCCAZ a 7.1-or 8.1 for a studio to keyboard, you will not regret it at this price (8.1 € 1350 nine at 01/01/04, where it is sold yet)
10, because nothing can replace it for me as well 61notes (especially at the time, and he was fighting with the poor XP30 and N5). At best, complete (a VA1 Kurz?)