Alesis has unveiled two keyboard workstations: the Fusion 6HD ($2,399), with a 61-note semi-weighted keyboard, and the 8HD ($2,999), with an 88-note, fully-weighted keyboard. The Fusion 6HD and 8HD offer four types of synthesis, an 8-channel hard disk recorder, a built-in sampler, effects processing, and expandable RAM. The workstations are powered by a Coldfire processor surrounded by seven high-performance DSPs. The 6HD and 8HD can save and load programs off of a hard disk or using removable Compact Flash memory.
The four synthesis types include sample playback, analog modeling, FM synthesis, and physical modeling. (Fusion is the first Alesis instrument to offer FM synthesis.) The instrument's 44.1 kHz samples can be stored in the expandable (64 MB to 192 MB) Flash ROM. These can be exchanged for other samples stored on either Compact Flash cards or the internal 40 GB hard drive.
Each workstation sports a 32-track MIDI sequencer and recorders that support 8-tracks of simultaneous recording at 24-bit, 44.1 kHz resolution. The signal processor offers 20 reverbs, 10 chorus effects, and 50 insert effects. For more information, visit Alesis.com.