is a manufacturer of electronic musical instruments
owned by Numark
and based in Cumberland
, Rhode Island
The products manufactured by Alesis are mainly for studio
performance (as opposed to practice) use and are targeted at professional
and semi-professional musicians
. Alesis is known for budget equipment but has sometimes produced surprisingly high-quality and innovative gear such as the Nano-Synth, Nano-Bass, Nano-Piano, Andromeda A6
and software analog modeling synthesizer
. The Micron
is based on the Ion.
Alesis achieved an early success with their original MidiVerb device, a stereo reverb (2 in, 2 out) at a reasonable price. Although the MIDI specification was not extensive, it was sufficient. The unit responded to patch changes 1-63 to select different preset reverb sounds, higher numbers activated "Defeat" mode (which was Alesis parlance for Mute). The MidiVerb was built using off-the-shelf parts, which enabled the device to be repaired in the field easily.
The list of popular Alesis gear includes the MicroVerb, SR-16 drum machine (introduced in 1991 and still in production), the Quadrasynth line of sample-based synths, and the ADAT 8-track digital tape recorder, ubiquitous in the early 90s.
The company suffered financial turbulence in 2001 following an April 27 Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, after investing heavily in the hard-disk equivalent of the ADAT, the HD24. In the subsequent restructuring, Jack O'Donnell (president of Numark Industries) acquired the company.
List of Alesis Gear
- M1 Active (Mk1 and Mk2)
- M1 Active 520 and 620
- HR-16, HR-16:B
- Quadrasynth Plus
- S4 Plus - Rack version of Quadrasynth -
- QS6.2 Voice Expandable Synth
- QS8 88-key Synthesizer Keyboard
- QS8.1 88-key Synthesizer Keyboard
- QS8.2 88-key Synthesizer Keyboard
- ION Analog Modeling Synthesizer
- Fusion 6HD 61 note Semi-Weighted Keyboard Workstation
- Fusion 8HD 88 Note Fully Weighted Keyboard Workstation
- A6 Andromeda Polyphonic Analog Synth
- Performance Pad
- Control Pad