Alesis QSR

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QSR - Rack mount model

The QSR is identical to the QS7 and QS8, except that it is a keyboard-less rackmount version. Also lost are the real-time controllers, but the two PCMCIA expansion slots are easily accessible right from the front of the unit. It's LCD display, on the other hand, is much larger than the keyboard version which makes navigating and editing easier. A great source of Alesis' brand of high quality synthesis and sounds! It featured 16 MegaBytes of sample/synthesis ROM (and is expandable to 32 MegaBytes), 4 stereo outputs, discrete MIDI OUT and THRU ports, ADAT optical digital output and a 48kHz clock input.

The QSR is undoubtedly a powerful and flexible synthesizer capable of creating rich sounds - both acoustic and electronic. There's 64 voices of polyphony and 16 parts multitimbrality and tons of memory and expand-ability! The QSR uses digital additive/subtractive sample playback synthesis to create high quality stereo grand pianos, organs, strings, drums/percussion, brass, woodwinds, new and classic synth textures, General MIDI, and rhythmic/sonic loops. Most of them sound pretty darn great too!

The QSR implements the powerful QS Modulation Matrix, allowing users to assign virtually any controller source to any modulation parameter. There's an onboard multi-effects processor (based on the QuadraVerb 2) with four totally discrete effects busses that include reverb, delay, rotary speaker simulation, distortion, chorus and much more. With a direct Mac or PC hook-up, loading patches and editing via software is a snap! QS synths shipped with Alesis' Sound Bridge software for Mac/PC which lets you write AIFF and WAV samples, Standard MIDI Files and Program data to PCMCIA Flash or SRAM cards. It can play Standard MIDI file sequences from the expansion cards without the use of an external sequencer. For a Studio-quality synthesizer module that isn't focused just on dance or trance, be sure to consider the QSR.

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18 Visitor comments
Randy
March 12, 2009 @ 9:41 pm
This single rack space synth sounds wonderful and is very easy to use. Calling up a voice and saving to the user bank is a breeze. The screen is large and bright and easy to read. The pianos are very good to excellent, the organs are full and rich and the synth voices are excellent. One of Alesis' nicest vintage synths! There is one voice I particularly like that starts as a piano, morphs into strings and then ends as an organ - very cool! These are relatively cheap on eBay at $100-$150. An Excellent addition to your rig!
A Jansik
September 11, 2008 @ 1:48 am
the best sounds on single box for live performance, very nice acoustic pianos, fender rodhes, organs, synth pads and leads.
Bigblueball
September 1, 2008 @ 10:12 pm
The QSR is a great addition to a setup in a small package. It has plenty of sounds and features, sometimes what seems like a book of options pages if you haven't read the manual through. The presets are still usable, and good to tweak and edit to suit your taste. I remember the organs and strings standing out particularly as well as the drums and percussion instruments. Programming can become dull, and may be improved by computer editing software. This synthesizer benefits from expansion sets, external effects and connecting with additional keyboards. For the amount of space it takes and the sounds it provides, it is beneficial to hold on to.
 
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  • The link above will take you to an eBay search for this synth to see active listings. If you don't find it there, try looking in our forum marketplace or post a wanted classified.
  • Demos & Media
  • Audio Clip 1 - Demo track. From Future Music CD issue 59.

    Manual - Alesis have made manuals and program charts for many of their products available on-line, for free download as .PDF files.

  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 64 voices
  • Oscillators - 48kHz Linear samples.
    16MB, expandable to 32MB using 2 PCMCIA ROM and RAM cards
  • Multitimbral - 16 parts
  • Effects - 4 On-board effects, based on the Alesis QuadraVerb 2 FX processor
  • Arpeg/Seq - None
  • Keyboard - None
  • Memory - 512 preset 128 user programs, 400 preset and 100 user mixes, expandable using PCMCIA cards
  • Control - MIDI IN/OUT/THRU (16-parts), RS232/RS422 computer serial port for Macintosh or PC
  • Date Produced - 1996

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