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Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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Justin Roth a professional user from United States writes:
lets see, the ION..... Great synth, for the price.. imo even beats out synths costing a few hundred more. software problems have been a bear, but with the updates have ALMOST vanished... keep working alesis

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jan-21-2004 at 20:24
MarkM a professional user from USA writes:
If you are in the market for a subtractive analogue-ish synth, for the money you really can't beat the Ion. This is a very well layed-out synth that makes sound design a lot easier to accomplish and understand. At first the keyboard disappointed me, but in use it seems adequate. The LCD window with all the menus is flat on the board which makes viewing a little more difficult than it needs to be. The operation of the Ion is based on the Setup, which is where you can place up to four patches to be played simultaneously. You can also split the keyboard and assign each patch to a separate midi channel in the setup. It only has eight voices so one must be careful when loading in a lot of patches in a setup. There are two filter banks with some great filters to choose from. The filters are based on some popular synths from the past such as the Moog and Jupiter. With the three oscillators you can dial up some pretty gutsy sounds. The Ion has three banks of 127 patches to choose from. You can save your own variation of these patches or make your own and store them in a fourth User bank. The is a very versatile and fairly deep Mod Matrix that is very easy to understand and manipulate. The arp is good but limited in programming. The effects are slim, but I feel they will improve in firmware updates. There have been a lot of complaints of overly sensitive pots which will activate themselves into edit mode. My Ion hasn't had that problem, but a friend of mine has had two that have. He eventually gave up on the Ion and bought another line of synth. Hopefully Alesis will solve this hardware problem soon. This is a great sounding synth, and there is nothing in this price range that can compare.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Dec-18-2003 at 14:23
writes:
Yep! I bought an Ion, it's a really good synth, the sound was nice, programmability okay, the knobs are bit overtly sensitive, can cuase screen jumps etc, but I took it back, and bought a Waldorf Q synth instead, and I didn't mind paying out the extra. It for me had more functions than Ion, a sequencer, arpeggiator, wavetable synthesis for ppg sounds, lovely, I can get instant kraftwerk sounds out of the Q.

People like the Ion, and people like the Q.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Dec-13-2003 at 08:14
writes:
Sure a digital synth can `sound analogue', though the fanboys around here that are into analogue synths as a fashion statement would never admit it.

The Ion sounds grand, and yes, pretty `analogue.'

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Dec-13-2003 at 06:49
uralmoto2001 a hobbyist user from usa writes:
On my 2nd ion. returned 1st one because of a bad pot.Nearly all of them have a "ghost" in the machine which causes edit screen jumps and self-edits.This is due to a hardware problem (overly sensitive pots). Alesis is aware of this and is working on it. They should be able to cure this with an OS update.Now the good news-this thing sounds GREAT!A filter monster!(20)Sure some of the presets are a little thin,but they are easily fattened.IMHO,the most analog-sounding of all the VAs.Anything else near this price would be a step down.My 2nd ion is behaving much better than the first one. I would reccomend trying one out-dont just surf the presets, do some serious tweaking- its easy to figure out even with no manual. You may want to hold off buying one until they exorcise the ghost, but when they do,snap it up! Great bang for the buck. Hell, I might buy another one (one for each hand!) Sound quality-5. Build quality-4(kinda cheap key action,like a nord2)

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Dec-13-2003 at 00:58
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