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Quick Links. Table of Contents. Qs series 64 voice keyboards and rack mount synths 97 pages. Alesis nanosynth sound modules: reference manual 48 pages. Page 2 This page intentionally left blank Page 5 Appendix A: Effects and Implementation Page 6 Table Of Contents This page intentionally left blank Page 7: Introduction You could say Alesis knows a few things about synthesis.
We have a year long track record of creating some of the most powerful and well- regarded keyboards in the world. The Quickstart guide is a separate manual that should have everything you need to start playing quickly.
Total Integration The Fusion has one of the biggest feature lists of any workstation on the market today. Page 11 Inside a real instrument.
This results in incredibly lifelike virtual instruments that you can play on the Fusion. The cool thing is that you can actually create virtual instruments that do not or cannot exist in real life by simply setting your parameters accordingly. Page Eight Channel Hard Disk Recorder There are several advantages to having an integrated multitrack recorder over a separate keyboard and multitrack.
First, you have much less gear to buy, carry around, and maintain—with the Fusion, you can do all your recording and mixing in one box making it much easier to record on the road.
This wheel is usually mapped to vibrato as a default, but it is possible to map it to almost anything on the Fusion. Use the modulation matrix to map the mod wheel. See page for more about the modulation matrix. Page 15 6. Switch assignments can be made through the modulation matrix. You can use these inputs to record things like live instruments guitars, bass, drums, etc.
Note that you need to plug in a line level signal into these inputs and many instruments condenser microphones, guitars, turntables, etc. You may want to use another keyboard to control the Fusion.
The Fusion supports USB 2. Page Powering The Fusion 1. Plug the male plug end into a properly grounded power outlet. Page Factory Reset Resetting your Fusion is easy: Hold down both the Play and Record buttons as you turn on your Fusion and wait for the unit to finish loading.
Once the Program screen is displayed, factory defaults have been loaded, and your Fusion is ready to go. Page Chapter 2: Fusion Basics This means you are not limited to the world-class set of programs that ship with the Fusion and that you are free to create your very own programs.
Each mode is specialized to handle specific tasks, which are covered below. Note that Mix, Program, Song, and Sampler modes have parameters that you can edit. You can arrange, edit, and record your compositions using this mode.
Page 28 The BANK buttons allow you to cycle through the different banks of programs and mixes that are stored on the Fusion. Page 31 Compare mode—the mode is only provided as a reference. Finally, once you save your updated parameter settings, you can no longer compare your current program, mix, song, or sample since your current settings have overwritten the old ones.
Chapter 2: Fusion Basics This menu will let you name and store your work from Program, Mix, Song, and Sampler modes. Page 34 Value Range: varies depending on available banks Your program, mix, song, or multisample can be stored in any bank available to your Fusion.
Select that bank using this parameter. This parameter will vary depending on whether or not you have inserted a Compact Flash card into the Fusion. Since some features including Envelopes, LFOs, Filters, Arpeggiations, and Effects are common to all of these modes, we cover them separately in chapter 4.
Page 40 Sometimes a sound fits into more than one category. For example a sawtooth synth sound might work equally well as a bass or a lead. For that reason, the Fusion allows you to assign a program to Alternate Categories.
Page 41 In other words, the Fusion does not set arbitrary limits on how many voices you can play at the same time and lets you push the processor to its absolute limit. Values range from 0 no pitch bend to 12 semitones. Here you can choose whether to enable or disable an insert effect for the program.
Chapter 3: Fusion Modes Conversely, as you play more softly, more of the attack is bypassed and a mellower tone results. Enable Trigger On Key Up in such cases. Page 52 Parameter: Optimize osc to Mono Value Range: On, Off This option conserves processing power and maximizes the number of voices on your Fusion by removing panning for an oscillator. Page Synthesis Type: Drum Chapter 3: Fusion Modes Synthesis Type: Drum This synthesis type is specifically designed and optimized for drums and other sample sets where each note on the keyboard corresponds to one distinct type of sound i.
This page shows parameter settings of eight consecutive oscillators in relation to one another. By having these common parameters on one screen, it saves users from having to jump back and forth between multiple oscillator pages. Certain percussion sounds mute other sounds when played in succession.
For example, when you play an open hi-hat and then follow it with a closed hi-hat, the closed hi-hat stops the open hat from ringing.
Since our synthesis type is set to Drum, you have 64 oscillators to choose from. Page 62 see above and a loop will begin taking place between these two points. If the Loop End is less than or equal to the Loop Start then the Fusion will default to using the loop points defined within the sample.
This creates richer harmonic content on your currently selected oscillator. Since our synthesis type is set to Analog, you have three oscillators to choose from. Turning this option on allows you to have higher polyphony, but it means you cannot pan the oscillator across a stereo field.
Since its inception in the s, FM synthesis has found its way into countless hit songs and continues to be used today because of the wide palette of sounds it can produce. Since our synthesis type is set to FM, you have six oscillators to choose from. The Fusion allows you to route an oscillator to any other oscillator including itself or to the audio output of the keyboard.
Keep in mind it is possible to connect one source to multiple destinations. Page 90 This parameter determines the number of poles on your filter. Filters with one or two poles are more gradual whereas filters with six or eight poles are much steeper in cutoff. All filters on the Fusion except the 1- pole have variable resonance see below. Page Envelopes ADSR envelopes are commonly used to control amplitude, but can also be used to control countless other parameters i.
The Fusion allows you to hook up an envelope to any modulatable parameter using the modulation matrix see page Page 92 Value Range: Envelopes Varies depending on how many envelopes you have created All programs on the Fusion have up to eight envelopes to modulate things like volume, filter, and other parameters.
The higher the value, the slower the attack. Fast Attack Slow Attack The word in parenthesis indicates where the current LFO is routed in the modulation matrix. Page 99 Synchronizes your LFO to the tempo see p. This is important for tempo-dependent effects like wah- wah and vibrato. The higher the value, the faster the LFO will oscillate every second.
Page Sometimes a mix may fit into more than one category. For that reason, the Fusion allows you to assign a mix to Alternate Categories so that you can place this mix in both the Strings and Piano categories. This parameter is often used in situations where you are using the Fusion with an external sequencer.
In such cases, you may want to place each part on a separate channel so that your sequencer can trigger individual parts. Otherwise, leave this box checked for normal operation. If you need to mute a part, uncheck this box. Use this button if you want to make tweaks to your program. In this mode, you can load programs, arrange your synthesizer tracks, record live instruments, and mix your musical compositions into finished songs.
This button disappears once 32 synth tracks and 8 audio track have been created since this is the maximum number of tracks available in one song.
Note that this parameter is not editable, and is included as a reference. Each song in the Fusion can have up to 16 locate points. They are as follows: 1. Overdub — Overdub recording keeps whatever is already recorded and lets you record additional performances on top of the original recording. Use this parameter to view levels on multitrack inputs 1 through 8. The screen can display groups of 6 tracks at a time. Page Chapter 3: Fusion Modes [Note: You must select an audio track for your screen to appear like the one above.
If the parameters on the screen look different from what you see above, it is because you have selected a synth track. See page for more about these processes.
This track allows you to insert two types of events: Tempo and Meter changes. Event Editors are typically associated with MIDI editing and you may be wondering why we have an event editor for audio tracks.
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The Fusion 6HD, as used for this review. As its name suggests, the Fusion 8HD has 88 keys as well as a fully weighted keyboard , but it's otherwise identical to the 6HD reviewed here. Photo: Mark Ewing. In these days of fast, flexible computers and powerful virtual instruments, has the hardware workstation synth had its day?
Alesis Fusion Reference Manual
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