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Average rating: 4.2 out of 5
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chingiskan from italy writes:
Forget this piece of sounds cheap and cheesy with a lot of clicks and aliasing.the interface is it is complettly useless.

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Wednesday-May-02-2007 at 14:34
edjwise a part-time user from u,s and ehh writes:
after a lot of debate, I purchased the micron today and so far its just amazing. sounds full and solid.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Apr-30-2007 at 16:02
eisix a hobbyist user from Germany writes:
I owned a Yamaha CS1X which I sold three years later because it could do only 10 or so interesting sounds. I owned a Korg EA-1 MK2 which I loved in the beginning for its good sequencer. That one also went on ebay because it can do only a small number of usable distinct sounds. I'm sure as hell that this will not happen to the Micron. Believe me, the Micron can do tons of interesting sounds, noises, drums and fx. Every time you play you'll probably find something new. This baby is deep as hell. Many Micron features regularly put a smile on my face: instant loop recoding and the ability to quickly send phrases to a setup, cool drums, useful sequencer that records all knob movements, a powerful setup mode (band-in-a-box), extremely good filters, mod matrix, tons of memory for your ideas, faves, menu shortcuts and besides a damn good dsp engine. My gripe: many users already mentioned that the main control knob sucks. They are absolutely right. Alesis, when will you change that? If you should consider to buy a Xiosynth or MicroKorg instead: just don't do it. Maybe they are nice, beautiful and everything but the Micron belongs to a different category. Simply trust your ears.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Apr-05-2007 at 16:59
lowell a hobbyist user from usa writes:
i made a mistake in a previous message that i posted about how each of the micron's 3 oscillators can have its own filter and envelope parameters. after spending some more time with it, i realized that this is not the case. however, i suppose you could use the micron's 4 part multitrimbrility to layer 2 or more patches together providing that you are willing to sacrifice the polphomy. like i said, novices will need to spend a little more time with the interface.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Nov-14-2006 at 21:24
lowell a hobbyist user from usa writes:
i almost talked myself out of buying a micron for fear that $400 gets you a cheap, plastic, and generic-sounding synth. i'm very glad that i went through with it because what i discovered contradicted almost all of my expectations. aside from the main parameter knob and basic synth-action keys, the build quality is suprisingly solid. even so, the keys don't feel nearly as loose as some other va's i've tried in the past. the unit is housed inside a metal case with plastic end-caps. compare that to any plastic roland va that costs about $200 more. i like metal cases.

in terms of synthesis, i expected the architecture to follow a similiar style set by the novation k-station. you have 3 oscillators, which can have different modulation,lfo, and envelope depths applied to each independant oscillator. however, only one filter, lfo, and 2 envelope settings can be applied to the overall program. well the micron is a lot more powerfull in that area. you can apply a seperate filter, lfo, and 3 different envelope settings per individual oscillator. this allows for some complex sounds, particularly very intense pads. overall, the sound is very clean and unmuddled.

unlike the k-station, editing is not as straight-forward. everything is based on multi-function controls, you have to scroll through menus, and you select the parameters you are editing by using keys on the keyboard. its not difficult to do, but you do need to be patient and have some understanding of synthesis.

despite it's entry-level price, its a powerfull synthesizer which may not be so great for the beginner. don't base anything on its presets because this synth is ment to be programmed despite its hidden interface.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Nov-12-2006 at 10:57
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