Alesis QS8.2

Alesis QS8.2

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QS8.2, Digital Synth from Alesis.

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Alesis QS8.2 tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Alesis
  • Model: QS8.2
  • Category: Digital Synths
  • Added in our database on: 04/08/2004

Alesis introduced the QS8 in 1996, and shattered the price barrier for professional 88-note keyboards. Normal working musicians — and those just aspiring to work more — could suddenly afford a no-compromise instrument for a very compromising price, and this tradition continues with the QS6.2 and QS8.2.

Featuring serious sounds for serious players, the QS synths are loaded with stunning pianos and keyboards, a soup-to-nuts collection of orchestral instruments, killer drum and percussion kits, and enough amazing synth textures, fat basses, and sizzling leads to keep dance musicians and remixers grooving into the next time zone. A deep programmable synth architecture and four-bus effects processor add the finishing touches. And a wide variety of fresh samples are available from our extensive QCard library.

Whether you need an 88-note workhorse or a do-it-all synth, the QS8.2 and QS6.2 keep your fingers flying for a down-to-earth price.



  • True 64-voice polyphony
  • 88-key, fully-weighted hammer-action keyboard with velocity and release velocity
  • 16MB of internal sound ROM (640 programs, 500 multitimbral mixes) including Alesis’ acclaimed Stereo Grand Piano sound
  • QCard expansion slot for adding 8MB of new samples and programs from the comprehensive QCard library
  • Onboard 4-bus multieffects with reverb, chorus, distortion, EQ, delay, rotary speaker simulation, and more
  • 4 edit/control sliders, pitch and mod wheels. 2 assignable pedal inputs plus sustain pedal input



  • Method: QS Composite Synthesis™. 16-bit linear 48kHz sample ROM with lowpass filter
  • Polyphony and parts: 64 voices, each with sweepable lowpass filter, 3 envelope generators, 3 LFOs, programmable effects send and QS Modulation Matrix, dynamic voice allocation. 16-part multitimbral (64-part multitimbral across 16 channels in QS Mix Mode™)
  • Audio section: Alesis 24-bit stereo DAC with 128x oversampling delta-sigma converter
  • Waveform memory: 16MB, expandable to 24MB via PCMCIA expansion card



  • QS Parallel Matrix Effects™ (4 independent stereo multieffect processing busses)



  • Program mode: 512 preset, 128 user. Mix mode: 400 preset, 100 user



  • 88 hammer-action weighted keys with velocity and release velocity
  • Controllers: 4 control sliders. Programmable pitch and modulation wheels, and foot pedals



  • Audio outputs: Stereo L/R (1/4"), headphone (1/4")
  • Other: Assignable aux pedal, sustain pedal. MIDI in, out, and thru
  • Expansion: Type I PCMCIA slot, compatible with QCards, SRAM and flash cards (up to 8MB) with 120ns access time or faster



  • Power: Internal transformer
  • Dimensions (H x W x D): QS8.2 is 4.3" x 50.5" x 13.5" (110mm x 1283mm x 343mm)
  • Weight: QS8.2 is 48.0 lbs (21.8 kg)

Alesis QS8.2 user reviews

Average Score:5.0(5/5 based on 1 review)
 1 user review100 %
the k0org11/27/2010

the k0org's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Very Good"

Alesis QS8.2
• True 64-voice polyphony
• 88-key, fully-weighted hammer-action keyboard With velocity and release velocity
• 16MB of internal sound ROM (640 Programs, 500 multitimbral mixes) Including Alesis' acclaimed Stereo Grand Piano sound
• QCard expansion slot for 8MB of new samples Adding and Programs From The comprehensive QCard library
• Onboard 4-bus multieffects With reverb, chorus, distortion, EQ, delay, rotary speaker simulation and more
• 4 edit / control sliders, pitch and mod wheels. 2 assignable pedal inputs longer sustain pedal input

In and Midi Out Through


The general configuration is simple?
It took me a while to get used to the beast, but it bent nearly everything is all alone.

The manual is clear and sufficient? ...
On this side the, Alesis has been very full record, up to provide the keyboard with two-sided cardboard sheet which summarizes all sounds disonibles (very useful when looking for a specific sound)

Editing sounds and effects is easy?
There he also he'll take some time to familiarize yourself, but you can set all parameters for each channel.


Sounds they agree with your style of music?
I wanted a keyboard that can get the maximum possible sounds. I'm not disappointed, but the piano sounds are not very realistic (a little soft, and it sounds too (synhé). The question of the organs and Rhodes are very good. For strings, there is a wide choice, but still here if you are looking for sounds that style beats Hans Zimmer, go your way. For cons, the sounds are breathtaking synths, they're very warm, very complete, and there is a wide choice.

The expression is good? (Response to velocity, aftertouch)?
It's just settle on a scale of "1-99". For those looking for a good piano touch, it will take some getting used, but overall, it's a very good touch and nice.

The "Mix" allows you to mix (yes logic as its name suggests ...) really all sounds. It is therefore possible combinations galore, there's something for all tastes. Small flat on the other hand, if you do live, he must pre-register their combinations in advance, because it's a bit boring. A PCMCIA slot that I have yet to be tested to reduce sound card, or just to save these combinations on the cards.
Noted that there are already 500 sounds MIX already pre set, but we can tweak our turn.


For how long have you been using it?
About 1 month

What thing do you like most/least about it?
Most Keyboard fairly complete
Sounds good in general
Possibilities of combinations useful
It's Alesis, the quality is there.

the -: Keyboard I found rather heavy, so if you need transport, prefer a flight case on wheels ^ ^ '
What is your opinion about the value for the price?
Knowing what you know now, would you make the same choice? ...

I buy used, almost new, 400 €, I would do this choice of course.

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