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
Larry
April 5, 2012 @ 2:32 pm
I just purchased a QSR and am interested in expanding the set of grand piano sounds. Does anyone know if there was/is a card available with some more grand piano sounds? The "00" patch is not quite doing it for me. Are there other suggestions?
JAVIER GUILLEN
March 1, 2012 @ 7:18 pm
WHAT IS THE PRICE OF THE MODULE QSR?
MANNY THANKS
Tim
November 10, 2011 @ 7:26 pm
Is it possible to load my own samples onto the QSR without one of the RAM cards? As in, overwrite a program in the User Bank with a file from my computer? If not, does anyone know where you can still purchase blank QCards?
DC 10
September 1, 2011 @ 9:37 am
Well, folks I got one of ebay for $130 with shipping - I honestly, have to say that I was pleasantly suprised by the sounds - The piano, rhodes and some other basic stuff was pretty good - Similar and even better in some ways to my JV-1080 and in some ways the the JV won - All in all the sounds are very clean and crisp (which suprised me). Context here I have a MOTIF, MOTIF ES, XV-5050 rack - Korg M-50, Roland A-90EX, FUSION and Ensoniq ZR 76 - So I can honestly, say that I will keep the QSR in my little studio, it holds its own and mixes quite well with everything I have - Sounds suprised me
Tony Oresteen
January 19, 2011 @ 10:23 am
Contact Alesis tech support. They just emailed me the Windows version of SoundBridge, I'm sure they have the Mac version as well.

The Windows version of SoundBridge (works upto Win98SE officially) will work with Win XP IF you use a different serial driver. There's one out there - use Google.
 
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  • 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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