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Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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Malpaso Man a professional user from UK writes:
The Micron is vastly superior to the ION.

Okay... the Micron doesn't have the knobby control surface and big LCD screen, but what it lacks makes up for liek having better effects - reverbs and delay, an arpeggiator and a step-sequencer.

The ION just got better - but in the small compact shape and form of the MICRON.

Well done Alesis - what next? the Sub-Micron synthesizer!!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Nov-06-2004 at 13:53
rjnevada a hobbyist user from USA writes:
Its main strengths are:

1- Great filters and a great variety of them. You probably heard about that already.

2- Again, you probably heard, the 3 oscilators are great too. You have a lot of control of over your wave shapes, width and pitch. This thing can crank out great bass and is capable of a very full sound.

3- The envelope section is also pretty kick ass. It gives you a control for how long sustain will hold for. It also gives you control of the shape of your attack and decay (2 types of curves and a linear line) which is a nice touch.

4- Great modulation section. You have, I believe, 12 sets of modulation sources and destinations where just about anything can modulate anything.

This thing beats the hell out of the MS2000 which I've owned. The oscilation section is much more intuitive, you have much better control of your wave shapes, and it also pounds out more bottom end. Their is a much greater variety of filters which are much warmer and they can be way dirtier. The ION can modulate the pants off of the MS2000. There's a better distortion section. Then there's the numbers game: The Ion has more parts, better multi-timbral character, etc.

I've owned a few analogs and emulators (Juno 106, Saturn 9, Poly61, Poly800, MS2000r, MFB Synth Lite, BassStation, AN200, CZ5000 and Darkstar2) and this thing does the analog thing, gasp, perfectly. I cannot think of a better analog emulator and it is a much better choice than a 106 that'll crap out in 2 months. It'll give you more veratility than most others especially in the ION's price range.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Nov-05-2004 at 22:04
Watson from Where the wild roses grow writes:
Holy freakin' smokes, this machine sounds good! It is VERY close to the real analog deal, and it's reasonable. Hell, the Micron, which is basically the same thing in a smaller edition (plus a few xtras!), goes for $399!! Go try one,...and then you'll buy one, it's incredible. There is no VA, except maybe for the Yamaha AN1x, that comes this close to analog, although the MS2000 is a great machine, too. But this with it's double filters and 18 different filtertypes, 40 band vocoder, etc, can really do anything from Minimoogbasses and leads to Martix strings&pads, in fact anything you can or cannot imagine is possible with this engine. I have only one question to the alesians: how the %&¤# did the do it?

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Nov-03-2004 at 10:54
Jarred C from Down under writes:
If it had more than 8 voices, this machine would be otherworldly. The sound and features (i.e. the 16!diff. filter types, arp. 3 osc etc) makes it an extremely versatile, great sounding synth, yet it can not do 'real' instruments, nor was it ever ment to. If you're on a budget I suggest you check out the Micron which is basically identical to this one, except it lacks all the real time controllers as it is in a compact 37-keys housing. But, the little brother has an additional reverb effect and also a step-sequencer which is not found on the Ion. I must say,... the designers at Alesis are smart people, indeed.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Oct-11-2004 at 03:37
reason a hobbyist user from germany writes:
> MidiOX will timeout in one second so dont > use it!!It didnt work for me even after > lowering the midiout buffer!!

hint (worked for my micron):

in midiox, open the sysex view and chose sysex | configure. "delay 120" and "delay after 10ms" worked for me. previously, all transfers failed, even with freeloader. freeloader transferred alright, but the micron reported "transfer error". so if freeloader doesn't work for you, try midiox and raise the delay value until transfers succeed.

btw., that micron is just plain AWESOME :)

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Saturday-Oct-09-2004 at 06:37
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