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    This thing looks amazing, havent heard anything out of it aside from the flash demo on the Alesis site...

    Anyone own one or played with one yet?? Any impressions? The more details the better!!!

    Also, how much should I expect to pay for one in the US? I was planning on bringing an Access Virus KB back with me from Germany when I go next month, but I think I'll have to look into true analog first!

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    ouch. found out its almost 3 G's...

    but still, any impressions from anyone thats used one?!??

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    A6 WOW!!!!

    I tried this keyboard out for about two hours
    at NAMM a few weeks ago. It really does live
    up to the price tag and the hype.

    Its a ture analog synth, it seven has a tune knob to
    adjust for heat. You can even view the current temp
    of all the important electronics, I guess this is good
    for something.

    The SOUND! Wow. They had this one demo called
    earthquake. It was hooked to a sub-wof, and it made
    the booth shake. Not really practical for anything,
    but it was cool.

    The hardware looks and sounds great, but the software
    looks like its a bit behind. There are lots of features
    that are not in version 1.0, like lots of MIDI stuff.

    So, who should buy this puppy. If you have money
    to brun, you can't lose pick one up for just giggles.
    If your like me and think, "hey what could I sell to
    to buy such a device?", then you way want to step back
    and look at the other options...the DIGITAL options.
    The Supernova II and the Virus really do sound great,
    and both are about half the price of the A6. And,
    they don't over heat and need to be tuned!

    The A6 is excellent, but I would put it in the sound
    designers studio. People who create sample CD, film
    scores, and again for people that have money to burn.

    It was funny, after tripping with the A6 for a couple
    of hours, I walked over the virus booth. After trying
    that product out for about an hour, I think I would
    buy the Virus Indigo, maybe the VirusB, but I really
    like the keyboard the added to the Indigo. Why you ask
    after giving the A6 high marks, well.....It about half
    the price, has a really nice interface to the computer,
    and sounds really close. Again, if you place the two
    side by side, the A6 would sound better....but at
    a price.

    I think version 2.0 of the software on the A6 will make
    it more appealing for me.


    SWAIN:???

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    thanks for your post SWAIN, that was really interesting man
    i am a proud and happy owner of a VIRUS B by the way

    didnt know ALESIS were going to make a true analog synth.. that's so expensive (peopel like STUDIO ELECTRONICS still make those, but you pay G's)



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    Also you need to consider that the andromeda hasn't got very many voices and almost no multitimbrality.
    I'd go for a SuperNova II or a Virus, definitely.
    So we identify horses... with ultra!
    choons from < 2001 http://www.mp3.com/ChrissT
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    Ya...but...

    Ya....the A6 does have limited voices 16,
    but the VirusA that got the virus line
    up and going only had 16 as well.

    Also, I didn't notice the voices dropping
    out as a played the keyboard. Now as I don't
    have sixteen fingers, the 16 voice thing
    was not a problem while playing. It would
    however pop up really quickly once you start
    using a sequencer. That is if you could
    use a sequencer, I guess not all the midi
    feature are done in V1.0?/?? It has midi
    stuff, just not everthing at the moment.

    Again, excellent for Sound Design, not really
    a good workstaion for music production.

    I will most likley get a Virus Indigo or
    the SupernovaII, I leaning more towards
    the supernova right now, it seems to have more
    sequencing features. But, I have tooo much
    stuff right now that I don't use all the time,
    have to figure out what I can chuck.


    SWAIN:

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    Actually, the supernova has UNLIMITED sequencing control. You can change an entire program inside out with both MIDI continous controller and NRPN data.

    And the Arpeggiator is very cool. + 6 Saws at once! Imagine the Pads and Synths you could make. AAAARRRRRHHHHHH!

    I have a Supernova I and I think It's very, very cool, But the Supernova II blows my brains out.
    The Virus is also great, great, great. Alot better than the Supernova I.
    Mano is in love with that machine.
    So we identify horses... with ultra!
    choons from < 2001 http://www.mp3.com/ChrissT
    Sincerely Dj Chriss
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    Easy of use?

    Ok....

    SupernovaII simple to use?

    Virus simple to use?


    What is the answer?

    I have a virus right now, and I find the
    interface to be one of the most difficult
    ones I've ever tried to use. The German
    programers need to get out of the way and let
    a user interface person zip in and fix the way
    people use the synth. The hardware is great,
    the sounds are great, but I really don't have
    days, weeks, and years to learn how to use
    the darn thing.

    So, is the Supernova II this hard to use
    as well. I will have to snag one of these
    keyboards from a friend and try it out as well.


    SWAIN:::

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    Talking

    thanks SWAIN, thats exactly what i wanted to hear about the andromeda! i think i will be going with the virus KB, if only for financial reasons (i can get a new one for US $1100, as opposed to almost $3000 for the A6)... of course, i might change my mind again if i find a shop with the A6 and actually get to play around with one

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    The supernova has an easy interface, I think. Perhaps it's because I knew all the expressions in advance since I've been working with Reality.
    It's somewhat the same buildup, but the Nova got all those nice knobs and buttons.
    So we identify horses... with ultra!
    choons from < 2001 http://www.mp3.com/ChrissT
    Sincerely Dj Chriss
    det ska' vi da ha', ska' vi da ha'!

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