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Average Score:4.1( 4.1/5 based on 14 reviews )
 8 reviews57 %
 3 reviews21 %
 2 reviews14 %
 1 user review7 %
Value For Money : Excellent
stompboxjon06/13/2012

stompboxjon's review"room for improvment"

Alesis Fusion 8HD
Alesis fusion is a good keyboard, and I have used it several times. But there is a lot of room for improvement with it which is one of the reasons I actually didn’t purchase it myself (though I did think about it). One of the main reasons that I knew it wasn’t for me was with the sequencer, after coming from some of the yamaha and korg line of keyboard workstations, the Alesis Fusion sequencer just fell short to me.


UTILIZATION

Understanding the Fusion is pretty simple all of the functions are easy to find and they arent hard to understand either. With a little patience and some extra time you can figure this board out without any instructions in no time. I havent seen a manual for it and I was good using it in about a hour or so.


SOUNDS

When it came to the sounds and banks, some of the are really good. And some were not so good. But that is normal for keyboards, they will have some great sounds and then some that are not so good.
Some of the strings actually surprised me though, I didn’t expect them to be so full and rich. Even some of the brass was ok, but the bass patches I wasn’t a fan of. I felt they could have put more energy into really getting some good bass patches. It just seems like they over looked that part.


OVERALL OPINION

Its not a bad keyboard workstation overall, just the sequencing wouldn’t work for me in the long run. In the studio that I was in it was ok to use just for then. But I would take a yamaha or korg anyday over the Alesis Fusion 8HD. But the good thing about it is that the price isn’t as bad as the other high end models. So that’s always a plus for us musicians that cant afford expensive gear.
yoTrakkz09/04/2011

yoTrakkz's review

Alesis Fusion 8HD
The Alesis Fusion Hd is a pretty powerful workstation for use producers and musicians. I purchased this product when it first came out on the market in 2005. I had the Fusion 8HD with 88 weighted keys. But no matter how many keys or which version of the Fusion HD board you purchase they are identical.

UTILIZATION

The Fusion HD by Alesis has taken the concept of most workstations to a different level, you can do a little bit of everything on this board and it even can connect to your pc with USB. It has expandable memory and a hard disk recorder. Most of these type of workstations are extremely expensive but Alesis has brought one to use at a great price that you just flat out can beat. I was extremely happy with my purchase of the Alesis Fusion 8HD, the value of it never really left because I used it for 2 years then I sold it, and almost sold it for the same price that I bought it for. That means that it’s a great product if it keeps its value and doesn’t depreciate.

SOUNDS

Sounds are pretty good, well rounded sounds. Nothing that really stands out that good to mention though. Most of the sounds are sounds that you can find on a number of different boards or vst’s.

OVERALL OPINION

But overall this is a board that you can do it all on, and still leave some money in your pocket. I just looked up to see how much this board cost, and it hasn’t changed since when I sold mine. The price as stay right around the same thing for the last 3 years which is great and that shows that Alesis creates a quality product. I have used several products by Alesis and I have never had a complaint yet.
babouche36909/21/2012

babouche369's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" a missile that missed its target ..."

Alesis Fusion 8HD
Workstation complete with keyboard (+ ROMpler physical modeling), sampler, effects, sequencer and audio recorder. Hard disk drive 40 Gb, connector for external hard drive and card reader Compact Flash. Lots of inputs / outputs, on paper, everything is there. I 8HD version, and the keyboard Fatar TP6 is really excellent. That said, it is the third machine I have, the first two buttons were not functional. Apparently the keyboard connector does not transport.
Ample polyphony, in short, he had everything to gain except .....

UTILIZATION

... except that the operating system is completely missed. I read somewhere that the Fusion program is like building a ship in a bottle. Nothing is more true, ergonomics is almost non-existent. With more serious deficiencies such as lack of punch-in/punch-out the sequencer, on the edge of ridiculous!
Well, with a little practice you can get by, but it is clearly the weak point of this machine.
Another bad point for Alesis, MIDI implementation was never given; outcome impossible to write an editor that would get rid of the interface.

SOUNDS

The sound is simply EXCELLENT! Frankly, there's everything you want. The pianos are wonderful (it beats my Kurzweil is saying), strings magnificent, sumptuous tablecloths, synthetic sounds in all registers, in short, in this area, Alesis has succeeded. The mine has Sweetwater, with all banks HollowSun is of high quality. A small reserve for modeling sounds a bit dry compared to the samples.

OVERALL OPINION

Alesis has clearly not finished this machine. It's a shame, because the audio is the ambition and competition (Triton, Motif, Fantom). I read the article on Keyboard in the development team, and it looked promising. In my opinion, Alesis misjudged the cost of development, or the dev team has fallen behind, and the OS was sloppy. Result, it is mis-sold (I got mine new at 1/4 the price). But it's still the center of my studio is always permière machine I lit.

Alesis, please release the code you can write an editor!
toux ranjo11/21/2009

toux ranjo's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Alesis Fusion 8HD
Hello,

I own the Alesis Fusion 8HD fair, 2 powered speakers Prodipe 8, a EH Small Stone phaser.

The keyboard is heavy (high weight), and the feel is light I found over a piano.

The connector is designed for sampling and connection to a computer via USB for example, or compact flash card.

Modern design.

For my level and my needs, this instrument is oversized and I run a few percent of its potential!

UTILIZATION

Ooh dear, ergonomics is fucking evil! you really spend time to understand, but once done, it fits what and settings come quickly.

SOUNDS

Through Hollow Sun banks or downloadable SoundFont convertible, one arrives at a rich palette and clean because the preset sounds are not very euphoric tell us!

What interests me is the sounds of the 70s/80s type mellotron, strings, choirs etc ... and there I take my foot!

So, I love the sound of this instrument! with banks Hollow Sun!

OVERALL OPINION

hey, I'm not a musician, but I'm mumuse with a Fusion for a while, and I find his tonal palette of rich, personally. And what I do, I give him high marks overall, me, not musicos and I'm starting small.

I reproduce the atmosphere of the years 70/80, and Vangelis, Jarre, Kitaro and other synthesis dreamien tangerine ...

then, well, me, I can not read sheet music, I reproduce only the ear and I play the keyboard with 3 fingers up. I use the sequencer as a recorder, and I apply the technique of re-recording, track after track, when recording with the internal metronome.

But hey, it's sometimes not very accurate in tempo and the fingerings are not very attractive ... I'm not musicos, me!

Then, some samples on YouTube here: # p/u/0/Nlv_-9Lw1AY ( )

I find this really interesting instrument and ... be gentle with me, I begin!

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thierry
toux ranjo11/21/2009

toux ranjo's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Alesis Fusion 8HD
Hello,

I have Alesis Fusion 8HD just 2 powered speakers Prodipe 8, a small stone phaser EH.

The keyboard is heavy (heavy weight), and the feel is light I find compared to a piano.

The connector is designed for the sampling and connected to a computer via USB for example, or compact flash card.

Modern design.

For my level and my needs, this tool is oversized and I run a few percent of its potential!

USE

Ooh my, ergonomics is wrong damn! you really have to spend time to understand; but once done, it fits what and settings come quickly.

SOUNDS

With Hollow Sun banks or downloadable and convertible SoundFont, we arrive at a rich and own palette; because the preset sounds are not very euphoric tell us!

What interests me is sounds like 70/80 years mellotron, strings, choirs etc ... and there I take my foot!

So I love the sound of this instrument! with Hollow Sun banks !!!

NOTICE GLOBAL



well, I'm not a musician, but I mumuse with Fusion for some time, and I find its sound palette of rich, personally. And for what I do, I give it a very good overall rating, me not musicos small beginner and I am.

I reproduce the atmosphere of 70/80, of Vangelis, Jarre, Kitaro and other synthésistes tangerine dreamien ...

then, well, I can not read sheet music, I reproduce only by ear and I play on the keyboard with up to 3 fingers. I use the sequencer as a recorder, and I apply the technique of re-recording, track after track, recording with the internal metronome.

But hey, it's sometimes not very fair tempo and fingerings are unattractive ... I'm not musicos myself!

So some samples on YouTube here:

I find really interesting and this instrument ... bear with me, I begin!

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thierry
toux ranjo11/21/2009

toux ranjo's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Alesis Fusion 8HD
Hello,

I have Alesis Fusion 8HD just 2 powered speakers Prodipe 8, a small stone phaser EH.

The keyboard is heavy (heavy weight), and the feel is light I find compared to a piano.

The connector is designed for the sampling and connected to a computer via USB for example, or compact flash card.

Modern design.

For my level and my needs, this tool is oversized and I run a few percent of its potential!

USE

Ooh my, ergonomics is wrong damn! you really have to spend time to understand; but once done, it fits what and settings come quickly.

SOUNDS

With Hollow Sun banks or downloadable and convertible SoundFont, we arrive at a rich and own palette; because the preset sounds are not very euphoric tell us!

What interests me is sounds like 70/80 years mellotron, strings, choirs etc ... and there I take my foot!

So I love the sound of this instrument! with Hollow Sun banks !!!

NOTICE GLOBAL



well, I'm not a musician, but I mumuse with Fusion for some time, and I find its sound palette of rich, personally. And for what I do, I give it a very good overall rating, me not musicos small beginner and I am.

I reproduce the atmosphere of 70/80, of Vangelis, Jarre, Kitaro and other synthésistes tangerine dreamien ...

then, well, I can not read sheet music, I reproduce only by ear and I play on the keyboard with up to 3 fingers. I use the sequencer as a recorder, and I apply the technique of re-recording, track after track, recording with the internal metronome.

But hey, it's sometimes not very fair tempo and fingerings are unattractive ... I'm not musicos myself!

So some samples on YouTube here:

I find really interesting and this instrument ... bear with me, I begin!

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thierry
Oliver Sp@rk04/21/2009

Oliver Sp@rk's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Alesis Fusion 8HD
Touch piano 88 keys ... t says it all ... prcedemment

32kg ... DGIG it an impression of solidity and design trs is enjoyable ...

8 inputs with (great!), 40 GB HD, all beautiful, all over a lume

trs good impression at a glance dballage ... see below

UTILIZATION

See overall opinion: Hyper confusion

SOUNDS

See global opinion

OVERALL OPINION

Aprsrflexion to see what Jallais buy to replace my Roland Juno G, I'll say we'll enjoy the famous promo on alesis ... (989 eur new!)
Infinite sound lintrieur! oufti yen is really a package (original bank + banks + banks hollow sun KS + etc).

it's all well and good but has a. ..... sounds how?

(Sorry but I will not chew my words ...)

Piano:

jai them all nice and Premire dception, they are really shit! my old technics kn 3000 sounds better! (And nothing you do with the beautiful piano rolandj'aurais my good cry on the spot juno G)

Guitar: shit .. but hey, do any synth sounds great at scratch, I spend

Low: shit (my kn 3000 sounds better), no depth, no me neither round ...

I started really take the mouth and indoor .... I'm puzzled: "I candidly con t to sell my roland ..." etc etc

well I persvre:

Sound fx / lead: yeah a will, a lot of napping .. but nothing usable from qques lead sounds (again, roland sounds better)

everything sounds the same when trs amateur free tural depth (a G bte juno roland mid-range is well above! there's no picture!)

I do not even talk about the load times between 2 sounds DSOL dear audience, I support the merger piano (ok it only lasts seconds qques live ... but is not at all if we change the middle of the song!)

moved rabies begins .... I continue ...

Its programming: a really complicated compared roland! jose not imagine even for a combination! (Less than be ing her, you really hold on ...)
Squenceur? ha ha ha. But what is this joke !!!??? I notice no dj read qques top of the net, but frankly I think the quon can not find better level zero!!

HOP ON 18/06/08 RECEIVED AND THE BOARD IN ITS Repacked 18/06/08!
Fortunately satisfied or drawback intgralement within 30 days. Hurry back lexpditeur!
Now one thing is sre .. I'll buy a roland!

I can not understand a passion for the keyboard ... (and only clicked 1000 eur make napping ... it's not really my goal)

dcevant to be the Alesis 8HD.

Voil that said, it's my personal opinion on this synth it sounds trs amateur hack if you do not have a minimum>> programmers who like to spend their night in search of his will no doubt their account .. . (I understand better why there are so many download on his site ... so alesis presets origins hum ... you understand!)

It is not at all my expectancy at and what I wanted to do ... 3 / 10
04/2009 edit: I bought a Roland Fantom X7 neuf 1 month APRS have repackaged the merger ... and since it is pure happiness is pro, ultra sound and complete without fiddling for hours in the manual, and it's clear that I do not spare!
MulToR07/12/2008

MulToR's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Alesis Fusion 8HD
'Workstation' Brand Alesis:
88 weighted keys keyboard, sampler, effects, integrated hard disk to store the many sounds, many syntheses, effects, sequencer, to disk directo ...
A beautiful beast of over 30 kgs at an unbeatable price Outlet.

UTILIZATION

Let's start with what appealed to me:
nice piano keyboard (the purists will find it may be too light but for me it is nickel, a look and weight is impressive, very good sound, the side-Swiss knife / workstation with full functionality and especially the price : this keyboard was purchased in Germany (MusicStore) Outlet for 1 / 3 of its output value.

Now -:
I bought this machine to replace my Ensoniq ASR-10.
This famous sampler-workstation who had served for over 15 years.
I wanted to start again on a new machine, more complete and benefit from 15 years of technological progress also with a larger screen to facilitate the work ... and this is where the bottom lies. The Alesis Fusion, although comprehensive ergonomics has to wonder if the designers were not from another planet.
What is certain is that the engineering team used for the Fusion never used an Ensoniq or even a computer. I exaggerate only: ergonomics is absolutely not designed to facilitate the work and I do not speak the sequencer. It does not support sequences (or patterns). This design measures to be defined at all times is very heavy. Define measures to 01.xx.001 04.04.479 or something like that is really the kind of thing that swells.
This makes obvious usability issues including the use of the sequencer almost impossible in my opinion explains the commercial failure of Fusion.

SOUNDS

Fortunately, this machine still has potential.
The sounds are quite good and complete.
The side sampler allows for some beautiful piano sounds, strings, batteries, ...
Add to this synthesis modules and FM VA and you have some beautiful pads, leads, ... Where my Ensoniq ASR-10 had large gaps.
The 80GB hard disk drive allows you to add a large number of banks.
HollowSun banks are a must! But I also want to include banks vstream at very attractive price and high quality, PRK, and there are also many contributions: the community is rich on the web.
It's a good point here for the Fusion.

OVERALL OPINION

I use it now for about a year.
It suits me very well for the keyboard and the sounds.
However, the sequencer unusable forces you to go through a PC.
This is not necessarily annoying but that is not what one might call a Workstation, so you have to know.
And just for that reason, + ergonomics to sleep standing up, this keyboard disappoints me.
I wonder, or are past the 15 years between my Ensoniq ASR-10 and the Fusion?
Another bad point, it can not be connected by USB to a PC (noon mandatory) and four knobs and buttons PLAY, STOP, REC ... can not be assigned :-(
To be used primarily for his keyboard so nice and very good quality and sound.
For the price bought Outlet (~ € 1000 this remains a case) but at the cost sold out (more than € 3,000 it is a shame).
Popol55904/29/2007

Popol559's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Alesis Fusion 8HD
I do not return the type of keyboard, 88 keys touch heavy but a little "light" in terms of quality ...
otherwise it is at least something heavy is the weight of the unit ... 26 kg without its box!
The basic configuration is good but it feels faster than 64 MB of RAM are a bit inadequate and climb higher, it takes at least 180 Euros with extensions to buy GB and up has its own risk (hello risk guarantee ..)

UTILIZATION

The manual is zero and as a predecessor said it is a reminder of the possibilities of the machine that said there are online tutorials to find on the Alesis site that are well, too bad they are not supplied with the machine.
But I put 8 in the difficulty of programming

SOUNDS

Nothing to say about the sounds that are really bluffing ...
I come from a SY77, a WS Ex, a pattern 6 and well worth it all at once ...
good on the other hand-level programming is not the TOP .. then we regret the SY77 super simple and super flexible.
c'es bin complicated and frankly it's not the manual that will help ... Too bad there is not an editor for PC ...
The factory violins are very good and there are also bundles of very good quality sound on the Alesis site ...

OVERALL OPINION

3 months at home and like me he did not move the home studio.
Soon I will test its direct-to-disk to record the first song but I need a mic preamp ...
for me the Value for money is excellent.
Without a doubt I referrer the same choice ..
Mend09/19/2006

Mend's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Alesis Fusion 8HD
88notes heavy touch keyboard
pleasant feel good

UTILIZATION

Editing is simple but can be complicated for the fans because the synthetic possibilities are endless

The manual sucks is the impression that the manual is for a computer

SOUNDS

The sounds are varied and in numbers that borders on indescence so there!
with the evolution of sound between version 1.0 and now it's night and day, the bank continues to Hollowsun dévellopper there's more to load the hard drive of 80 gigabytes and it use the new patch are part of the Fusion.
beautiful pianos I want to emphasize

The effects are good

The ergonomics of the machine is questionable tellemnt ago of grouping of functions and it's just gas plant at first

OVERALL OPINION

I have retro futuristic ADAT output "Yes that's" sounds galore

I've never tested are integrated multi-track 8 so I will not go.
I like less are sequencer "we must get used to it"

value for money is unbeatable there is no machine that can compete for that price!

I just wish the Triton sequencer with which I worked quite a few years.