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Alesis Micron Analog Modeling Synth  

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You'll be amazed at how the Alesis Micron Analog Modeling Synth can be so sophisticated, yet so affordable. It delivers 8 voices, each with 3 oscilla...Read More

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ION analog-modeling sound engine in a compact package.

You'll be amazed at how the Alesis Micron Analog Modeling Synth can be so sophisticated, yet so affordable. It delivers 8 voices, each with 3 oscillators, 2 multimode filters, 3 envelope generators, 2 LFOs, sample and hold, and tracking generator. 4 multitimbral parts. Programmable step sequencer and arpeggiator. Programmable rhythm sequencer for drum kits. Dynamic realtime phrase sequencer. Stereo bus effects, including reverb and 40-band vocoder. Provides 1/4" balanced stereo analog outputs and inputs with 24-bit conversion. A 37-key synth-action keyboard with velocity sensitivity allows comfortable, expressive playing. Controls include 3 continuously rotational 12-bit parameter knobs, 2 assignable modulation sliders, pitch wheel, and expression and sustain pedal inputs. Unit compatible with ION programs.

  • Industry-leading ION analog-modeling sound engine in a compact package
  • 8 voices, each with 3 oscillators, 2 multimode filters, 3 envelope generators, 2 LFOs, sample and hold, and tracking generator
  • 4 multitimbral parts capability
  • Programmable step sequencer and arpeggiator
  • Programmable rhythm sequencer for drum kits
  • Dynamic realtime phrase sequencer
  • Stereo buss effects, including reverb and 40-band vocoder
  • 1/4" balanced stereo analog outputs and inputs with 24-bit conversion
  • 37-key, synth-action velocity sensitivity keyboard
  • 3 continuously-rotational 12-bit parameter knobs
  • 2 assignable modulation sliders
  • Pitch wheel
  • Expression and sustain pedal inputs

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ripping soundz

First off..I would like to point out that on this synth, the idea is...You create your own sounds, then you create step sequenced patterns as well as complete drum beats...Read complete review

First off..I would like to point out that on this synth, the idea is...You create your own sounds, then you create step sequenced patterns as well as complete drum beats which you can play(and record) in real time or key in before or after the fact, then.... You asign these patterns and beats to as many keys as you want and then You save the keyboard setup. The key pad becomes somewhat of a mixer mute button..like when You hit a key it's as if another track(you created and saved and asigned to this key)plays and always in perfect timing with the other tracks you recorded..the drums are actually assignable as a multi track recording to one key or you can assign the beat piece by piece to individual keys. after you've created a bunch of patterns of songs in your head to the sequencer and assigned to individual keys you just press one key after the other and build the songs arrangement live and on the fly.(the latch button will keep a pattern playing together and on loop mode for the amount of bars you assign) The final recording of your entirely created songs beats, patterns and solos need to be recorded on some other recording device. For fun you can asign effects to a particular keyboard set-up and even assign multiple keyboard splits for soloing or fx. The synthesis process is fascinating and highly programmable as well and the whole setup is super smart(ex.hold down one of the few buttons and the keyboards 37 keys double as 37 more push buttons for multiple functions. It's sounds are better the the virus or anthing else on the market. It's effects are sparse but keep it sounding clean and warm and real(analog) sound. The vocoder needs to be improved but with a little knob twiddling it improves a little. I luv its preset sounds(patches) but don't care for most of its patters(but who cares..I mean, who in the world would use a companies songs or tracks and try to claim them as your own anyways??) That's the whole point--you can make your own patters and arrangements! All without even touching a computer. The final song cant be recorde in this synth and that's why it's not considered a workstation but after owning(and mastering it) you realize how smart it actually is. Also..from a design standpoint it's like a quirky, cute little modern product..oh yeah..it's presets patches are mostly in honer of all the classic analog, early digital and fm synths of the past. Some useful organs and strings too. It's pads shine and it's got a great electric piano..(no good acoustic piano though)..its bass and lead sounds are excellent. It also does video game sounds and other geeky blippy sounds quite well too. You can tell that the sound programmers are masters from the old school because A: the sounds are so genuine and B. they have little understanding of the more modern genre s'(becuase of preset patterns) It's like they masterred synthesis in the 70s' and 80s' but missed the boat on the rave/techno/dj culture that exists..i mean, the patterns and keyboards setups sound like how a person who is great at synthesis might try to emulate what they think is house or techno or breaks or whatever if they just heard it from time to time on tv or walking past a bar or blaring from their daughters bedroom or something.no offense though because this thing is a masterpiece! 5 more knobs,usb connection and power and an audio interface and this thing would be perfect.


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Here is my take on the micron, having just used it yesterday for a good 4 hours. At first glance I was dismayed by the 2 modulation sliders harking back to old Roland synths...Read complete review

Here is my take on the micron, having just used it yesterday for a good 4 hours. At first glance I was dismayed by the 2 modulation sliders harking back to old Roland synths that just never tickled my fancy. Second I noticed the severe lack of nobs. The keys were sturdy, as was the frame, but I found that I had to crick my neck to find out what was going on. Compared to the microKORG this thing is definitely not ergonomic. Then I started the playing. I was impressed with the 8 note polyphony. That was where my happiness stopped. The pitch wheel has a very odd eighth-of-a-second delay that seemed to get worse as I ate up the polyphony. The drum kit was extremely quiet and thin which was a drag because the bass on this thing is flat enough. I drooled at the mouth when I heard there was 3 oscillators but spit after trying to edit them. I managed to get ONE classic 3x Osc. sound out of it but in the end it took me an hour to finish. The interface is terrible and the filter is supremely lacking (I'm not even sure if it can self-oscillate). The vocoder may be 16-band but don't think bigger is better. All 16-band means is that there are 16 editable channels. All of them sound like crap. I was horrified by the lack of waveforms as well. Newbs may look at this instead of the microKORG because of the bigger numbers and bigger keys. I just have two words for you. MIDI CONTROLLER! If you plug one into a microKORG, BAM! Instant satisfaction!

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You Get What You Pay For

By jond9801

from Dayton, OH

The Micron may be good for anyone who is looking to add a synth to their arsenal on a budget. However, it just doesn't hold a candle to true analog synths. I give Alesis props for bundling a considerable amount of features into a small package, but as they say, quantity is not always quality. Around 85% of the presets are pretty much useless, although some can be made to sound better with a little tweaking. The oscillators would probably sound fine to the casual listener, but to someone who's owned numerous vintage analog synths, they sound wimpy and digital. Oh, and the editing is headache-inducing. Not even kidding - every time I spend 15 minutes or so editing on this synth, I get a massive headache from the tedium of flipping through menus, and eyestrain from the tiny little display screen. Overall, I'd say it sounds better than the Microkorg, but if you're a serious synth player, go get a vintage Moog, Korg, or ARP.

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obviously better than the microkorg

By Tyler Bell

from saginaw, michigan

if you are looking at this synth and the microkorg, don't be fooled into buying for the name korg. the microkorg doesn't do half of what this does, yet its the same price. this thing is amazing and i'm very relaxed to know i'll be using this every day.

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Large Variety For Little Money.


from Atlanta, GA

There are hundreds of interesting sounds. This will please a lot of very different musicians. There are sounds that will work well with funk, psych rock, certainly techno, hip-hop, and the more ambient music. Since it is so versatile, you will probably be scrolling through dozens of sounds that you will not like. This is a small and understandable inconvenience. You are bound to find several precious sounds.The vocoder was disappointing, but that did not apply to me at all. Also, the editing options are very basic, but most settings are fine the way they are. I have become more interested in vintage keyboards, but I still come back to this for the newer sounds.

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Great Synth for a Budget!

By ClockWerkKeys

from Southern Indiana

If your like me and on a budget, this is the Hands-Down pick for a versatile, great sounding Synth! I'm currently in two bands. One is Classic Rock and the other is Ambient. I've found something on this board for both styles. The Pads are SUPER, the Basses BOOM. Vocoder is lacking, but I didn't buy this board for that anyway. With a little tweaking, this thing goes from great to Excellent! Be warned...there is a learning curve with these controls, but nothing alittle time and practice won't fix. The quality in this piece isn't great. {For example, the main control knob on mine spins off-axis.} But hey, for the price it can't be beat. I have no qualms recommending this board for anyone from beginner to pro.

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Alesis Micron

By Killamonkeee

from The SF Bay Area

An amazing synth geared for all genres! The controls are easy to master and turns this synth with complex features simple and fun. The Micron also looks great, especially the lights! The pitch wheel shines brighter as you turn it further either way, and the octave control buttons shine brighter or dimmer depending on how high or low the octave is. This is a wonder synth for beginners, or pros.

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This is the god of cheap synths. If you are thinking about getting a microkorg consider this. It comes with more patches, better quality sounds, easy editing and the ability to create full songs. Plus it has lots of room to save your own presets.

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By Ryan Considine

from San Marcos, TX

I bought the MIcron, my friend got the MicroKorg, and I can tell you this thing blows his away in every aspect (except the vocoder, but I hear it can be improved and it wasn't a necessity for me by any means.)The tone is killer, the presets are phenomenal, the beats are awesome. Everything is customizable to an infinite degree and it's all easy to do.There are just so many sounds covering all possible areas, and the setups?which allow you to combine up to 26 parts of drums, programs, and recorded patterns?are unbeatable. This thing is fantastic.

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By PaulC

from So FL

First purchased the Novation XIOSYNTH but presets were corrupted on 2 different units. Got the Micron, which was my first choice anyway, and it is great! Hundreds of USABLE presets and room for hundreds more of your own creation. Wait for a deal at your favorite vendor and then jump on it! You won"t be sorry. One of those rare products that works as good or better than the hype!!!!

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By z man210

from Kentucky

Wow. I just got one of these. And well its pretty much the best synth for its price. Has everything that you could ever need a synth to do. Easy to use once you find you way around the board. Real size keys makes it not a toy like the micro korg. Plus has a fancy color to add to it all. Overall love this thing.

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By Landrick Seales

from North Carolina.

I love everything about this thing, at first it was kinda complicated to figure out. Once you start playing with it you get the hang out it, the microkorg doesn't even compare to this thing. At first I kinda doubted I could find a way to make this thing worth in a metal/hardcore band but it sounds amazing from string patches to leads.

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