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Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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astronomer a part-time user from blue america writes:
what's next is: the fusion! wow...alesis is working overtime...

i have had the ion for some time now and use it for gritty pads and atmospherics as well as minimalist little rhythms...don't have to do much to get them either...now, the micron has better patches and dance rhythms...i was thinking of syncing the two... but then i see the fusion demo here...

think i'll put my $400 toward a fusion (or a poly evolver?)...

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jan-30-2005 at 21:45
Yan a hobbyist user from CANADA writes:
Just purchased the ion and am very pleased. I was looking for a VA synth that had a) very good sounds and b) intuituve interface that would boost my creativity.

The Ion sounds very thight and clean and has a wide palette of possibilities. I think it may very well outperform more expensive VA's in certain areas.

I initially wanted an MS2000 because the interface is also awesome and the wavesequencing seemed interesting but the arpeggio bugs turned me off as well as the low poly.

The ION interface is very nice to operate but the LCD is too horizontal. I think it is best to use a forward angled stand when using the synth.

I wish the arpeggio patterns were more interesting but you still have access to basic patterns by tweaking lenght etc...

I also wish it were possible to split the keyboard parts. I am not sure yet if this is possible.

The build quality is remarquable so it will be in good condition even after many years.

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jan-27-2005 at 16:02
Alex a part-time user from United States writes:
holy cow. my first true synthesizer, the ION is a monster of a machine. a little difficult at first, but it becomes insanely intuitive as you get used to it.

i have this hooked up on stage along side a Chord organ i picked up from some vintage store and a roland piano, and it fills he electronic nitch my band had been missing before hand.

the crowd eats up the amazing low end this thing can produce, as well the thick, booming leads!

im planning on getting a QS7 to replace my Roland. way to go, Alesis!

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jan-27-2005 at 09:30
MarkM a part-time user from USA writes:
I have owned my Ion for a year, and find it to be a very fine synth. I play in an ambient group, and the Ion really cuts through the mix. I have had no trouble with mine. The layout and mod matrix make this a very easy instrument to get around and make patches. I find that the Ion has a very Moogy sound via its filters. The presets that come with it tend to be for dance/clubs. But many offer some starting out points for tweaking some interesting sounds. As stated elsewhere, the weakness of the Ion is the effects. The delay is minimal. There is no reverb, but the chorus and phasers aren't too bad. In a Multi you must assign the effects for all four parts. Each voice can't have it's own individual fx. Another weakness of the instrument are the arp patterns. You can't edit your own. Other than that, the Ion is a solid synth with a great sound and very reasonable price.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jan-20-2005 at 14:10
zord a professional user writes:
very, very nice synth. great sound. lots of tricks. reasonable price. highly recommended

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Dec-24-2004 at 11:17
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