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Average rating: 4.2 out of 5
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Shadowbunny a professional user from USA writes:
Very powerful yet small and compact synth! I absolutely adore this thing. I've gotten it in hopes of producing more electro and electrocore with it, and so far, I am very impressed. The vocoder rocks and the bass in this thing is orgasmic! The drums are alo very impressive. I highly recommend this synth.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Apr-12-2006 at 12:53
Spyglass a professional user from Chicago writes:
I've had my Micron for over 6 months. i love it. however, i've grown tired of the presets and the pages of sub-menus is creativly crushing. Its also a great performance synth (i wish it had after touch). i have a semi-famous indie-band similar to Talking Heads / Devo and its my main board for live performance.

i wish i had the time to use sounddiver or unisyn, on it. ya know, really get into the synths programs.

they go for $300 used on ebay, for the money i'd buy two. they have great little sequencers built into them, BE SURE TO GET THE NEW FIRMWARE UPDATE ON THE ALESIS SITE! it allows you to setup sequence's that are 16 bars long.

Another cool trick is to sync it to ext. midi clock and put a peizo on your drummers kick drum (as long as he hits the 4's your micron stays in sync to him!). go to the Alesis website links page to get the info on building your own piezeo drum triggers.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Dec-27-2005 at 21:49
Adam from usa writes:
Amazing and simply that.Im a electronic music producer mainly breakbeats and funk :)

Its taking me to the next step and thanks to this bad boy i got a record coming out soon i love this thing its really opened my creativity.

:)

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Dec-25-2005 at 20:29
Sir Jackpipe a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I've had this machine for a few months now and even though I'm not super impressed with a lot of the presets, I know that it's all just a matter of getting in there and doing some creative editing which brings me to my main desire. Could somebody please make a software editor for this synth !?! I just got an editor program for one of my other synths (EMU proteus PK-6) and what a world of difference it makes to not have to wade through page after page of sub menus to change one parameter at a time ! And the micron with it's solo control knob is just begging for an editor to make it tons easier to get in there and bring out the soul of this beast which is evident in some of the patches, especially the basses and the sound effects ones. I love the built in pattern sequencer, it's like having a small computer driving an on board sequencer built right into the keyboard ! I also have a korg ms2000b VA synth and I know that with the right editing, I could make the micron into a serious competitor for my analog synth sound needs but again editing on this thing is just a pain that could be easily dealt with via a patch editor program, so all you computer geniuses out there, HELP !!! For the money, I don't think you can beat this board as long as you're ready for some editing duties because in my opinion a lot of the presets sound really cheap and thin especially compared to my korg, but then again the korg only hols 128 patches, has no reverb, and doesn't have that radical pattern sequencer and costs more so it's not really a fair comparison. My advice : Buy it !!!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Dec-18-2005 at 06:03
DanG a part-time user from canada writes:
It seems ridiculous that you can get this much synth for under $500. Having recently been shopping around and playing anything from the Poly-evolver (way, way out of my price range), to Nords to the Virus to the Fantom, I settled on a Micron as giving the best pleasure-to-money ratio.

The flexibility offered by 3 oscillators, hard and soft synching, 6 different kinds of FM, 18 filters , and an extremely open mod-matrix is fantastic. From what I've seen so far, the Micron isn't a synth that will become stale in a few months. I have a microKorg, which was great to really learn analog synthesis on, but the Micron really says 'come play me' in a way the microKorg doesn't.

As far as the quality of sound coming out, I'm more than happy with it. I don't particularly care to compare it with vintage analogue synths because it isn't one. The audio coming out isn't thin or "digital" (whatever that means), and you can make a hell of a lot of noise with it.

The FX are nice, I have no problems there, nothing out of the ordinary, and I find that the patches often don't need much more than a little reverb or delay.

The sequencer/pattern player is a nice bonus. It's very basic compared to what you'll find on workstations, but it makes things gel: You make a bunch of precussion patches, and you can put them together in a drum loop then and there to see how they all sound together. Instant gratification! I haven't used this thing live, so I don't know how useful it would be in that situation, but it's definitely great for jamming at home.

So, there must be some catch? Well, yes, there are 2 things that aren't great about this synth, but whether you find them a real problem depends entirely on you. Firstly (the one you can't get around), the buttons on this are a little cheap. I would have been happy to pay an extra $20 if it meant that the control knob (a turn-and-push dealie) felt a little more solid. I don't live in fear of it breaking off in my hand, but it does mean that you have to be a little more careful taking it gigging or just generally throwing it around. Secondly, there aren't that many knobs on the front. In the ideal world, every synth would have a knob/slider for every parameter, but in this case, they have to charge you nearly double for that (when you buy an Ion, which doesn't have a sequencer in it). I found the menu system very easy to learn (1 day) and the shortcuts make editing pretty fast; but if you aren't good at this sort of thing, then you will get annoyed.

To sum up, if you want a nice VA synth that's small but won't limit your ideas, this is the one to go for. If you have 2 or 3 times as much cash, other options open for you, but I personally won't rush out to trade this in for a NordLead3 as soon as I have the extra 2 grand. To the people weighing up the Micron/MicroKorg choice: I have both, and they're both fun, but the Micron will do a lot more as a stand-alone and in the studio.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Dec-15-2005 at 15:58
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