Alesis QS8.2 User Manual

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Table Of Contents

Introduction ........................................................

5

Important Safety Instructions ........................

7

Chapter 1: Connections.....................................

11

Chapter 2: First Session....................................

13

Playing the Demos .................................................................................

13

Playing Programs....................................................................................

13

Finding Programs ...................................................................................

13

Playing Split and Layered Programs (Mixes)......................................

14

Changing the Programs in a Mix .........................................................

14

Selecting Banks .......................................................................................

15

Using the Performance Controls .........................................................

15

Transposing the Keyboard....................................................................

15

Storing and Copying ..............................................................................

16

Chapter 3: Overview ..........................................

17

The Front Panel Controls .....................................................................

17

The Edit Modes......................................................................................

19

Global and Store Modes........................................................................

20

Special Editing Features ........................................................................

20

Compare...................................................................................................

20

Resetting Parameter Values...................................................................

20

Chapter 4: Expansion Cards ............................

21

PCMCIA Expansion Cards ..................................................................

21

Playing Card Sounds ..............................................................................

21

Playing Card Sequences .........................................................................

21

Saving a Bank to an SRAM Card (Formatting) .................................

22

Saving a Program or Mix to an SRAM Card......................................

22

Loading Banks from a Card..................................................................

22

Loading a Program or Mix from a Card.............................................

23

Transferring Mix Banks.........................................................................

23

Chapter 5: MIDI ..................................................

25

MIDI Connections.................................................................................

25

Using Your QS With a MIDI Sequencer............................................

27

Changing the MIDI Channel................................................................

27

Saving Programs and Mixes Via MIDI...............................................

27

Chapter 6: Global Parameters.........................

29

Setting the Master Pitch.........................................................................

29

Fine Tuning .............................................................................................

29

Picking the Keyboard Velocity Curve .................................................

29

Setting the Keyboard Velocity Scaling ................................................

30

Transposing the Keyboard....................................................................

30

Setting the Keyboard MIDI Mode ......................................................

30

Turning on General MIDI....................................................................

31

Setting the A-DController MIDI Numbers......................................

31

Setting the Pedal 1 MIDI Controller Number...................................

31

Setting the Pedal 2 MIDI Controller Number...................................

31

Selecting the MIDI Program Change Behavior ................................

31

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Setting the Behavior of the MIDI Out Port......................................

32

Resetting the A-DControllers..............................................................

32

Setting the A-DController MIDI Mode ............................................

32

Chapter 7: Editing Programs...........................

33

QS Composite Synthesis™...................................................................

33

Selecting a Sound to Edit [00-30SOUND] .......................................

35

The Voice Function [40 VOICE] ........................................................

36

The Level Function [50 LEVEL] ........................................................

38

The Pitch Function [60 PITCH]..........................................................

39

The Filter Function [70 FILTER]........................................................

41

The Amp/Range Function [80 AMP/RANGE] ..............................

43

The Pitch Envelope Function [90 PITCH ENVELOPE] ..............

44

The Filter Envelope Function [100 FILTER ENVELOPE]..........

44

The Amplitude Envelope Function [110 AMP ENVELOPE] ......

45

Naming the Program [120 NAME].....................................................

47

Copying Sound Layers [STORE].........................................................

48

Auditioning Programs Before Storing ................................................

48

Chapter 8: Modulations.....................................

49

Selecting a Mod Route [0-5MOD] .....................................................

50

The Pitch LFO Function [6 PITCH LFO] ........................................

52

The Filter LFO Function [7 FILTER LFO]......................................

52

The Amplitude LFO Function [8 AMP LFO] ..................................

52

Scaling Modulation Sources [9 TRACK GEN].................................

54

Chapter 9: Editing Drum Kits .........................

57

Selecting a Drum to Edit [0-9DRUM]...............................................

57

Selecting the Drum Sample [40 VOICE] ...........................................

57

The Level Function [50 LEVEL] ........................................................

59

The Pitch Function [60 PITCH]..........................................................

60

Setting the Velocity Filter Curve [70 FILTER]..................................

60

The Amp/Range Function [80 AMP/RANGE] ..............................

60

The Amp/Env Function [AMP ENV 110] .......................................

61

Chapter 10: Editing Mixes................................

63

Changing the Programs Within a Mix.................................................

63

Getting Into Mix Edit Mode ................................................................

63

The Level Function [60 LEVEL] ........................................................

64

The Pitch Function [70 PITCH]..........................................................

65

The Effect Function [80 EFFECT] ....................................................

65

The Keyboard/MIDI Function [90 KEYBOARD/MIDI] ............

66

The Controller Function [100 CONTROLLERS] ...........................

67

The Range Function [110 RANGE] ...................................................

67

Naming the Mix [120 NAME] .............................................................

68

The Mix Edit Buffers.............................................................................

68

Chapter 11: Editing Effects..............................

69

Setting the Send Levels..........................................................................

69

Getting Into Effects Edit Mode ..........................................................

69

Storing Effects Settings .........................................................................

70

Copying Effects ......................................................................................

70

The Configuration Function [40 CONFIGURATION] .................

71

Configuration 1: 1 REVERB................................................................

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Configuration 2: 2 REVERBS..............................................................

73

Configuration 3: LEZLIE+REVERB ...............................................

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Configuration 4: 1 REVERB+EQ ......................................................

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Configuration 5: OVERDRIVE+LEZLIE .......................................

75

Selecting a Send to Edit [00-30SEND]..............................................

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The EQ Function [50 EQ] ...................................................................

76

The Mod Function [60 MOD] .............................................................

77

The Lezlie Function [70 LEZLIE] ......................................................

78

The Pitch Function [80 PITCH]..........................................................

79

The Delay Function [90 DELAY] .......................................................

82

The Reverb Function [100 REVERB] ................................................

83

The Overdrive Function [110 OVERDRIVE]..................................

87

Setting the Effects Output Levels [120 MIX]....................................

88

Appendix A: Frequently Asked Questions ...

89

How do I split the keyboard? ...............................................................

89

How do I layer two sounds on the keyboard? ...................................

89

What is a MIDI Sequence? ...................................................................

89

Where can I get MIDI sequences for the QS? ..................................

89

How do I play General MIDI sequences?..........................................

89

How do I load sequences into my QS?...............................................

89

How do I load samples into the QS? ..................................................

90

Where can I get Q Cards?.....................................................................

90

Where can I get SRAM cards and Flash cards?.................................

90

Where can I get more Banks?...............................................................

90

Are QS6.2/QS8.2 Programs compatible with older QS

 

programs? ................................................................................................

90

How do I change what the sliders do?................................................

90

Appendix B: Sound Bridge...............................

91

Appendix C: MIDI Supplement .......................

93

Appendix D: Troubleshooting .........................

97

Recovering from a Crash.......................................................................

98

Re-Initializing ..........................................................................................

98

Checking the Software Version ............................................................

98

Cleaning Your QS...................................................................................

98

Specifications ......................................................

99

Index......................................................................

101

Warranty/Contact Alesis...................................

103

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Introduction

Welcome!

Congratulations on your purchase of an Alesis QS6.2/QS8.2 64-VoiceExpandable Synthesizer! It’s a powerful instrument and we’re sure you will find it exciting to use!

Those of you who are familiar with the enormously-popularQS-lineof synthesizers may be wondering, "What has changed in the new QS6.2 and QS8.2?".

Well, we've kept the same great sound engine but totally redesigned the output section. We replaced the 18-bitD/A(digital-to-analog)converters with vastly superior Alesis24-bitaudio converters, resulting in a tremendous improvement in sound quality (much highersignal-to-noiseratio, and much lower distortion). You can hear the difference in thecrystal-clearsounds. Go ahead - turn up the volume... We also refined the look of the keyboards and rearranged the front panel controls to make them more intuitive and improve ergonomics.

In addition, we improved the little, but important, things. The User Bank Programs have been completely updated. The rear-paneljacks have been moved to make the QS6.2 fit on certain kinds of stands better. We evenre-wrotethe manual and added a FAQ with the questions we've received the most over the years.

And don't forget, like their predecessors, the QS6.2 and QS8.2 are expandable. With an Alesis Q-CardROM expansion, you get 8MB of additionalprofessional-qualitysamples to add to your palette, in whatever genre of music you're into. Ask your music dealer about AlesisQ-Cards.

Be sure to register your QS synthesizer on the Alesis website, www.alesis.com. Here, you will find some cool items to go with your QS synthesizer, like additional sound Banks and Sound Bridge software.

We hope your investment will bring you many years of creative enjoyment and help you achieve your goals.

Sincerely,

The people of Alesis

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Introduction

Unpacking and Inspection

The shipping carton for your QS should contain the following items:

QS synthesizer

Sustain pedal

AC power cable

This instruction manual

Please log on to the Alesis website at www.alesis.com to register your new QS synthesizer. This will help us give you the best support we possibly can.

How to Use This Manual

We’re sure you’d like to jump in and start using your QS synthesizer quickly. To help you do this, refer to Chapter 1 for hook-upinstructions, then follow the “First Session” tutorial in Chapter 2. This will get you playing in no time. If you have any questions, refer to the FAQ in Chapter 12.

For more information on other features of your QS (such as how to use it with expansion cards and MIDI), refer to Chapters 3 through 6.

True synthesists who want to create their own sounds should refer to Chapters 7 through 11.

Near the end of the manual are troubleshooting tips, specifications, and an Index to help you find what you're looking for.

New terms are shown in bold. All buttons, knobs, and switches on the QS are referred to in bracketed capital letters that match the instrument’s actual markings. Here are some examples:

[PROGRAM] refers to the button to the right of the display that says “PROGRAM” on it.

[CONTROLLER D] is the slider with “D” printed underneath.

[00] refers to one of numbered buttons to the right of the display.

[PITCH] is the control wheel at the left side of the instrument.

[SUS PEDAL] is the rear panel jack you’d plug the sustain pedal into.

Helpful tips and advice are highlighted in a shaded box like this

When something important appears in the manual, an exclamation mark (like the one shown at left) will appear with some explanatory text.

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Important Safety

Instructions

Important Safety Instructions (English)

Safety symbols used in this product

This symbol alerts the user that there are important operating and maintenance instructions in the literature accompanying this unit.

This symbol warns the user of uninsulated voltage within the unit that can cause dangerous electric shocks.

This symbol warns the user that output connectors contain voltages that can cause dangerous electrical shock.

Please follow these precautions when using this product:

1.Read these instructions.

2.Keep these instructions.

3.Heed all warnings.

4.Follow all instructions.

5.Do not use this apparatus near water.

6.Clean only with a damp cloth. Do not spray any liquid cleaner onto the faceplate, as this may damage the front panel controls or cause a dangerous condition.

7.Install in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.

8.Do not install near any heat sources such as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other apparatus (including amplifiers) that produce heat.

9.Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized or grounding-typeplug. A polarized plug has two blades with one wider than the other. Agrounding-typeplug has two blades and a third grounding prong. The wide blade or the third prong are provided for your safety. When the provided plug does not fit into your outlet, consult an electrician for replacement of the obsolete outlet.

10.Protect the power cord from being walked on or pinched, particularly at plugs, convenience receptacles, and the point where they exit from the apparatus.

11.Use only attachments or accessories specified by the manufacturer.

12.Use only with a cart, stand, bracket, or table designed for use with professional audio or music equipment. In any installation, make sure that injury or damage will not result from cables pulling on the apparatus and its mounting. If a cart is used, use caution when moving the cart/apparatus combination to avoid injury from tip-over.

13.Unplug this apparatus during lightning storms or when unused for long periods of time.

14.Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel. Servicing is required when the apparatus has been damaged in any way, such as when the power-supplycord or plug is damaged, liquid has been spilled or objects have fallen into the apparatus, the apparatus has been exposed to rain or moisture, does not operate normally, or has been dropped.

15.This unit produces heat when operated normally. Operate in a well-ventilatedarea with at least six inches of clearance from peripheral equipment.

16.This product, in combination with an amplifier and headphones or speakers, may be capable of producing sound levels that could cause permanent hearing loss. Do not operate for a long period of time at a high volume level or at a level that is uncomfortable. If you experience any hearing loss or ringing in the ears, you should consult an audiologist.

17.Do not expose the apparatus to dripping or splashing. Do not place objects filled with liquids (flower vases, soft drink cans, coffee cups) on the apparatus.

18.WARNING: To reduce the risk of fire or electric shock, do not expose this apparatus to rain or moisture.

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Important Safety Instructions

Instructions de Sécurité Importantes (French)

Symboles utilisés dans ce produit

Ce symbole alèrte l’utilisateur qu’il existe des instructions de fonctionnement et de maintenance dans la documentation jointe avec ce produit.

Ce symbole avertit l’utilisateur de la présence d’une tension non isolée à l’intérieur de l’appareil pouvant engendrer des chocs électriques.

Ce symbole prévient l'utilisateur de la présence de tensions sur les raccordements de sorties, représentant un risque d'électrocution.

Veuillez suivre ces précautions lors de l’utilisation de l’appareil:

1. Lisez ces instructions.

2.Gardez ces instructions.

3.Tenez compte de tous les avertissements.

4.Suivez toutes les instructions.

5.N’utilisez pas cet allareil à proximité de l’eau.

6.Ne nettoyez qu’avec un chiffon humide. Il est potentiellement dangereux d'utiliser des pulvérisateurs ou nettoyants liquides sur cet appareil.

7.Installez selon les recommandations du constructeur.

8.Ne pas installer à proximilé de sources de chaleur comme radiateurs, cuisinière ou autre appareils (don’t les amplificateurs) produisant de la chaleur.

9.Ne pas enlever la prise de terre du cordon secteur. Une prise murale avec terre deux broches et une troisièrme reliée à la terre. Cette dernière est présente pour votre sécurité. Si le cordon secteur ne rentre pas dans la prise de courant, demandez à un électricien qualifié de remplacer la prise.

10.Evitez de marcher sur le cordon secteur ou de le pincer, en particulier au niveau de la prise, et aux endroits où il sor de l’appareil.

11.N’utilisez que des accessoires spécifiés par le constructeur.

12.N’utilisez qu’avec un stand, ou table conçus pour l’utilisation d’audio professionnel ou instruments de musique. Dans toute installation, veillez de ne rien endommager à cause de câbles qui tirent sur des appareils et leur support.

13.Débranchez l’appareil lors d’un orage ou lorsqu’il n’est pas utilisé pendant longtemps.

14.Faites réparer par un personnel qualifié. Une réparation est nécessaire lorsque l’appareil a été endommagé de quelque sorte que ce soit, par exemple losrque le cordon secteur ou la prise sont endommagés, si du liquide a coulé ou des objets se sont introduits dans l’appareil, si celui-cia été exposé à la pluie ou à l’humidité, ne fonctionne pas normalement ou est tombé.

15.Puisque son fonctionement normale génère de la chaleur, placez cet appareil au moins 15cm. des équipments péripheriques et assurez que l’emplacement permet la circulation de l’air.

16.Ce produit, utilisé avec un amplificateur et un casque ou des enceintes, est capable de produite des niveaux sonores pouvant engendrer une perte permanente de l’ouïe. Ne l’utilisez pas pendant longtemps à un niveau sonore élevé ou à un niveau non confortable. Si vous remarquez une perte de l’ouïe ou un bourdonnement dans les oreilles, consultez un spécialiste.

17.N'exposez pas l'appareil à l'égoutture ou à l'éclaboussement. Ne placez pas les objets remplis de liquides (vases à fleur, boîtes de boisson non alcoolique, tasses de café) sur l'appareil.

18.AVERTISSEMENT: Pour réduire le risque du feu ou de décharge électrique, n'exposez pas cet appareil à la pluie ou à l'humidité.

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