I recently fired up my old Alesis QS6.2 synth after a long hiatus, only to discover the user bank was hosed. Not only did I want those sounds to play with, but they have special significance to me, since I worked on them while I was at Alesis!
Opening up the unit, I found out sure enough that the battery was dead. It was pretty easy to find a source online, so I ordered a replacement and soldered it to the motherboard. No big deal.
I figured it would then be easy to find the QS6.2 User Bank sysex file online.
But to my surprise, the Alesis website didn’t have it. Apparently, it underwent a major overhaul and this old file didn’t make it through the migration. UPDATE #1: I found a page for legacy Alesis products here! You can find the downloads for almost all old Alesis products there. UPDATE #2: the Alesis download links seem to be broken after you try to enter your email address. Sorry! Try emailing Alesis customer support to complain.
But, searching through my old computer files, I found it on my computer from when I worked on it!
So, as a public service to all of you QS6/6.1/6.2 fans out there, here is the original factory QS6.2 User Bank sysex file.
To load this into your QS synth, you’ll need a MIDI interface for your computer and some MIDI software. On Windows, I use Cakewalk or MIDI-OX (free). Enjoy!!
Leave me a comment below if you have a QS synth! – Brian
p.s., this is the NAMM show display where we introduced the QS6.2 synth back in 2002. I was in charge of the update from the QS6.1 to QS6.2. I upgraded the D/A converters, improved the analog layout to eliminate hum in the outputs, improved the button layout ergonomics, and updated the colors (from black to silver).