Pro Audio Support

Q:
Alesis QS - Series FAQ : (QS8, QS7, QS6 and QSR) (also reset to factory defaults)
 
A:
Q. How do I Re-Initalize my QS keyboard?
1. Turn the power off.
2. Make sure the Mod Wheel is all the way down, otherwise the zero position of the wheel will be incorrect.
3. Hold down the 0 and 3 buttons while turning the power on.
The unit will come on showing Program 01 with * in the display and no program name. This is the Program Mode edit buffer. It is a good place to start creating a program from scratch because all the parameters are set to their default settings. Re-initializing will also reset all global parameters. Re-initializing will not change any of the Mix or Programs in the unit.


Q. How do I Transpose the keyboard?
1. Press the EDIT SELECT button.
2. Press the GLOBAL button (right BANK button).
3. Press the right PAGE button until you see KBD TRANSPOS.
4. Use the VALUE buttons to select the range.
5. Press the PROGRAM or MIX buttons to return to play mode.


Q. How do I enable the General MIDI Mode?
1. Press the EDIT SELECT button.
2. Press the GLOBAL button (right BANK button).
3. Press the right PAGE button until you see GENERAL MIDI.
4. Use the VALUE buttons to select ON.


Q. How do I assign a different Program to every MIDI Channel in Mix Mode?
1. Select the Mix you would like to use.
2. Use the PAGE buttons (Program Channel Select) to select the MIDI Channel you would like to change the program on.
3. Use the 0-9 and 00-120 buttons to select a program. You may also use the BANK buttons to select a different Bank.
4. Repeat steps for the other channels.


Q. How do I select an Effect for the entire Mix?
1. Select the Mix you would like to use.
2. Press the EDIT button.
3. Press button 80.
4. Press the PAGE buttons until you see FX MIDI CHAN.
5. Press the VALUE buttons to select a MIDI Channel. The effect applied to the program that is on the MIDI Channel you have selected will be applied to all programs on all the channels in the MIX. You may also turn the FX PRG CHNGE parameter to off (press the left PAGE button until you see FX PRG CHNGE). This will allow you to change the program that is assigned to the effect MIDI Channel without changing the effect.

Q. How do I turn off a MIDI Channel in a Mix?
1. Select the Mix you would like to use.
2. Press the EDIT button.
3. Press button 60.
4. Press the PAGE buttons until you see PROG ENABLE.
5. Press the VALUE buttons to turn it off.


Q. How do adjust how much of the effect is applied to each Program in a Mix?
This is done be adjusting the effect send levels of each channel in the Mix. To do this follow this procedure.
1. Select the Mix you would like to use
2. Press the EDIT button.
3. select the MIDI Channel you would like to adjust the effect send levels of by pressing one of the buttons 0-9 or 00-50.
4. Press the PAGE buttons until you see FX LEVEL.
5. Use the VALUE buttons to select how much of the effect you would like to applied to that program.
6. Repeat steps for the other channels.


Q. What is Sound Bridge?
Sound Bridge is a utility program for your computer that lets you compile custom samples, programs, and sequences to be loaded into your synth from a compatible PCMCIA sound card. All you need is a computer, a serial cable connected to the serial port of your QS series keyboard and the serial port of your computer (usually the modem or printer port) plus an 8 meg PCMCIA card. There’s a Sound Bridge Manual on the included CD-ROM.


Q. How do I save a Program or Mix to a PCMCIA Card?
1. Insert the card into the sound card slot on the back of the unit.
2. Make sure the write protect switch on the card is off.
3. Press the STORE button.
4. Press the left PAGE button until you see SAVE TO CARD.
5. Use the VALUE buttons to select a bank location on the card to store to.
6. Press the STORE button again to save the data to the card.


Q. How do I Play a Sequence that's on the PCMCIA Card?
You can play a sequence in either Mix or Program mode. To start a sequence from the front panel of the keyboard do the following.
1. Press and hold the MIX or the PROGRAM button.
2. Press one of the top numeric buttons. (00-90) The display will ask you to select 0-9.
3. Press one of the bottom numeric buttons (0-9) to select the desired sequence number.
For example if you wanted to play sequence 12 on the card you would press and hold the MIX or PROGRAM button then press the 10 numeric button, then press the 2 numeric button to complete the selection.


Q. How many Sequences can a sound card hold?
A sound card will hold a maximum of 50 sequences. If you have a QS7 or QS8 you have two sound card slots so you can have 100 sequences. Sequences on card A will be numbered 00-49, sequences on card B will be numbered 50-99.


Q. I am getting modulation from the Mod Wheel but it is all the way down, what is wrong and how do I fix this?
There is nothing wrong with the unit, you probably just initialized it without the Mod Wheel being all the way down. If the Mod Wheel is not all the way down when re-initializing the zero position of the wheel will be incorrect. To fix this make sure the Mod Wheel is all the way down, then turn the unit off and follow the re-initializing procedure above.