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Jexus' review of the Alesis Andromeda is up

PostPosted: Sun Jan 05, 2014 9:41 am
by Alex E
http://www.syntezatory.net.pl/alesis_a6_andromeda.htm

If you value his opinions as much as I do, you'll probably really enjoy this one.

Re: Jexus' review of the Alesis Andromeda is up

PostPosted: Sun Jan 05, 2014 11:17 am
by madmarkmagee
Oh... oh what he said will annoy some people.


This is going to be brilliant :lol:

Re: Jexus' review of the Alesis Andromeda is up

PostPosted: Sun Jan 05, 2014 11:48 am
by Alex E
I also liked the kind words he said about the Virus. I'm glad he's starting to appreciate that sound a bit more. I always really enjoyed it myself.

Re: Jexus' review of the Alesis Andromeda is up

PostPosted: Sun Jan 05, 2014 12:17 pm
by danbroad
I can't help feeling someone needs to loan Jexus a Prophet 12. That synth was made for him.....

I think he's spot on with the Andromeda's UI. I played one in the store before going with the Virus, and although I missed out on an asset, the UI was confusing and cramped to me. A frustrating experience, just couldn't get with it at all. No doubt a very nice synth if you like the interface, but now that I see voices failing on many units and a paucity of spares I'm glad I chose the German synth at the time. My $.02

Re: Jexus' review of the Alesis Andromeda is up

PostPosted: Sun Jan 05, 2014 2:02 pm
by pflosi
Clearly he's got no f**k idea what he's talking about ;) And the demos sound like he spent about one hour with it :mrgreen:

Re: Jexus' review of the Alesis Andromeda is up

PostPosted: Sun Jan 05, 2014 4:59 pm
by meatballfulton
I found the review interesting precisely because he chose to play devil's advocate.

I have never met an A6 in the flesh but let's be honest: with all the people screaming for new poly analogs and all the A6 fanboy ravings why was it discontinued?

Many people point to price and reliability, just as in Alesis' other folly the Fusion. It wasn't that expensive! Certainly alongside Voyager, Virus and now Kronos and Prophet 12 the price was reasonable.

Perhaps Alesis just wasn't up to the task of going high-end? All of their successes have been built on low-cost products.

Blah blah blah :read:

Re: Jexus' review of the Alesis Andromeda is up

PostPosted: Sun Jan 05, 2014 5:54 pm
by Solderman
I was wondering when he'd get that one finished. I agree with it, especially the bit about getting just a taste of all things vintage, based on my short time with one. That bit about Too Many Eggs in One Basket is going to ruffle some feathers in the synth community, but I think there's a ring of truth there: There are most definitely A6 loyalists and Alesis does not support their product, which has already shown to exhibit serious malfunctions with no means of repair.

Re: Jexus' review of the Alesis Andromeda is up

PostPosted: Sun Jan 05, 2014 8:08 pm
by garranimal
Haha it's not for everybody. :lol:

Re: Jexus' review of the Alesis Andromeda is up

PostPosted: Sun Jan 05, 2014 8:26 pm
by Ned Bouhalassa
Anyone who puts in the time and effort to compose such a review, has the balls to say what he does, tells me/us to F-off, only to then quote Primo Levi (!) is a gem in this community. :clap:

Re: Jexus' review of the Alesis Andromeda is up

PostPosted: Sun Jan 05, 2014 9:15 pm
by zoomtheline
I might pay him to do similar reviews for synths I have always wanted to stop prices rising at such stupid rates.

Re: Jexus' review of the Alesis Andromeda is up

PostPosted: Sun Jan 05, 2014 9:44 pm
by GuyaGuy
zoomtheline wrote:I might pay him to do similar reviews for synths I have always wanted to stop prices rising at such stupid rates.

:mock:

I have to say, there have been a couple of times where I was really tempted to go for an A6. Then I'd look at the manual and pics of the interface and see what Jexus talks about--an overly clunky interface. Then I'd check the demos and hear lovely sounds--but always a bit to soft for what I'd want. But there's no synth out there that is perfect for everyone...

Re: Jexus' review of the Alesis Andromeda is up

PostPosted: Sun Jan 05, 2014 10:18 pm
by 8bit9bot
zoomtheline wrote:I might pay him to do similar reviews for synths I have always wanted to stop prices rising at such stupid rates.


YES!

Re: Jexus' review of the Alesis Andromeda is up

PostPosted: Mon Jan 06, 2014 1:45 am
by davidfuego
Andromeda is not for everybody, or you love it or hate it. I love it and never has let me down. There is a guy from australia named cool something and he has many demos. They are all amazing. As soon as I finish my record I could gladly show jexus my music full of andromeda presets including bass, leads, arps, pads and many more sounds. Jexus was maybe stuck on new ideas and andromeda proofed that it takes a lot of imagination to really produce music with it and his demos start sounding similar after a while. John lennon used to say: give me a tuba and I will make you come something out of it. Genius words.

Re: Jexus' review of the Alesis Andromeda is up

PostPosted: Mon Jan 06, 2014 1:48 am
by griffin avid
I read it as tongue-in-cheek and if not that then head-up-butt.
There's a lot of rambling, which is the 'cool part' and then there's him saying [basically]...


Everything that the A6 is hyped for, is why I don't like it.
Really? Cool story bro.

I have never met an A6 in the flesh but let's be honest: with all the people screaming for new poly analogs and all the A6 fanboy ravings why was it discontinued?
Ten years later...
So...that's....your ...marker.....?

Many people point to price and reliability, just as in Alesis' other folly the Fusion.
The Fusion ONLY tanked because of BAD PRESETS. Ability, build, feature set are all stellar.
And once they shipped a totally new preset bank- everyone reversed their opinion.
By then, it was too late and it blew off the shelves at great discount and all the late owners can't praise it enough.

A6 had/has the same issue. The opening complaint for every noodler is "Ohhh, the presets suck?" How can thins thing be that awesome?!"

Roland V-Synth has exactly that same problem.
Oh and look, it's not the highest selling product...oh and look, people choosing NOT TO BUY IT, does not change what it is.

It should be called or referred to as something other than a review.
It aint that.Maybe

JEXUS takes a look at the Andromeda A6 and re-evaluates its stature, 14 years later.
Does it hold its value and should it still be your fantasy piece?

Re: Jexus' review of the Alesis Andromeda is up

PostPosted: Mon Jan 06, 2014 2:43 am
by commodorejohn
Besides, I'm Polish, which means that if something is on a high pedestal, I need to throw some s**t on it.

:lol: