PCMs/WAVs/ROMs/samples from Alesis Quadrasynths/QS Series?

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PCMs/WAVs/ROMs/samples from Alesis Quadrasynths/QS Series?

Postby ziggyzipgun » Wed Oct 25, 2017 6:17 pm

Is the somewhere I could download, or a way to transfer to my computer, just the raw factory PCMs from an Alesis QS-series synth?

I had an Alesis QSR for a number of years and recorded many rough demos with, just using factory presets. I sold it a few years ago and eventually fell in love with the Waldorf Blofeld, which is now 50% of my keyboard rig (paired with an Arturia Minibrute). I've been making good use of the Blofeld's limited sample memory (60MB) with a couple sets of Mellotron samples, but I'd like to be able to load some of the raw PCMs from the Alesis and build up a couple patches similar to the ones I used on the old home demos. I'm planning to pick up a used QSR in the near future to figure out which patches I used and how they're set up, but is there a way to transfer the PCMs to a computer? My original plan was to see which PCMs the patches used, make patches with everything bypassed, and record samples of the PCMs through the optical ADAT output...but that seems like an unnecessarily large pain in the d!ck. Also, are there PCMs for each note, or just one that gets transposed? I never learned how to program the QSR, and I'm not looking to permanently add it to my collection since I've already spent a lot of time learning how to program the Blofeld.

I realize that it's a silly idea, and somewhat defeats the purpose of either synth, but I think it'd be an interesting way of carrying on the now gone Quadrasynth sound.
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Re: PCMs/WAVs/ROMs/samples from Alesis Quadrasynths/QS Serie

Postby madtheory » Wed Oct 25, 2017 6:52 pm

Sample Robot, Extreme Sample Converter or Autosampler in Apple Mainstage will automate the process of sampling the QSR.

It's the only way. Alesis never made the PCMs available, and no one has done a sample set of it AFAIK.
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Re: PCMs/WAVs/ROMs/samples from Alesis Quadrasynths/QS Serie

Postby ziggyzipgun » Wed Oct 25, 2017 7:22 pm

Anyone know if the samples were different the original Quadrasynth/S4, the S4 Plus, and the QSR? I understand that the presets were different, but I didn't know if they all used the same set of samples.
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Re: PCMs/WAVs/ROMs/samples from Alesis Quadrasynths/QS Serie

Postby madtheory » Wed Oct 25, 2017 9:21 pm

Pretty sure sample memory was increased and PCMs were too, an "upgrade" check the reviews on Sound On Sound magazine. IIRC they reviewed each synth as it came out.
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Re: PCMs/WAVs/ROMs/samples from Alesis Quadrasynths/QS Serie

Postby gs » Tue Oct 31, 2017 3:35 pm

I don't think there's going to be anything special about the Alesis PCMs, especially short waveforms... Most of the character from those Alesis sounds came from the programming, not the PCMs themselves. Best to just pick up a used QSR, re-identify the presets you used, and be done with it.
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