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Average rating: 4.2 out of 5
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stavros a part-time user from Greece writes:
With Micron you can get 3 osc with waveshape adjustment, sync + fm, ring modulation and noise (white or pink) generator. 2 filters (with lowpass, bandpass, highpass etc.) that you can run them parralel or serial.2 LFO's, S&H and 3 envelopes (filter, amp and one more to control anything you like...) Manny modulation capabilities: you can make almost everything to control anything. Fx are basic, but better than nothing (inc. vocoder) and blah-blah-blah... I bought this synth for 350 euros (second hand). So, who can say that this was not a good investment? For one year and a half it runs from my home to studio, from studio to stage etc. and is still good as new! No problems with knobs or anything else. Buy it, you won't regret it.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Aug-03-2007 at 01:41
PC-72 a part-time user from Denmark writes:
I admit, when I first saw the synth, I was amused. Such little, naively ridiculous-looking and bricky thing - and, of course, the price. It was all so ridiculous...until I bought it. I must say, I had not expected what I was about to encounter: Ass-kicking and brain-ripping sound - complete with 8-voice polyphony and tons of options to be calibrated. I completely misjudged it by its ridicuous look and its insignificant price. The look and the price can easily be compared to the former Iraqi Information Minister. Furthermore, I was marveled nearly shitless (to put it that way) by another feature: The sequencer. It just took away my breath. There is a step sequencer, an arpeggiator, one-key on-the-fly recording, all with automatic transposition... And as if that was not enough, there was also the Setups feature; in other words it is amazing how much you get for a ridiculously little price. Of course, many are troubled by the tedious control knob, and I fully understand why. But as far as I am concerned, most of the time I actually see it as an advantage: You can calibrate everything with one hand, and use the other hand for relevant purposes, like playing along to test the sound. All in all, the Micron is the very best 3999,- kroner ($730), I've ever spent.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jul-05-2007 at 19:03
eisix a hobbyist user from Germany writes:
Now that I have the Micron for half a year there is something that I would like to add to my first review. The micron shines in these areas: 1.)Modulation routing, especially the many mod sources. Here is where YOUR SOUND is created. Without that maybe the micron would sound cheap and boring 2.)The SETUP MODE alongside with the built in SEQUENCER provides you with a very cool and powerful kind of groovebox. You do not need your pc. This is why I bought it. 3.) You can sync parameter changes to the rhythm of your patterns in various ways. I pretty much under-estimated that. 4.) Filters: You have some choice. Of course most of them sound digital and not really like the original filter which they were modeled after. The filter section is a highlight. 5.) Form factor is great. 6.) Drums & rhythms - really good. These are the things I dislike about the micron: 1.) Program editing using "the knob". The user interface is seriously crippled - almost broken by design. Shortcuts are a relief to some extent only. 2.) The sound is good and not good. Very 70-80ish, kind of thin (per voice), many presets sound all the same. No way to campare this to the originals it tries to emulate or to a bomb like the waldorf microwaveII. 3.) Effects cannot always be used in setup mode because all parts share the two effect modules. So you better try to do a good dry sound whenever possible. 4.) You can record slider movements in patterns - with lots of aliasing and/or crackling. Slow motions also eat your memory quickly. Conclusion: Lovable little synth. Perfect practicing tool to accompany me playing the bass guitar. I wrote a bunch of tracks with the micron.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Jul-02-2007 at 17:08
Atlas Icon a part-time user from UK writes:
What a rip roaring little beasty this is! When I first saw it, it reminded me of the old Moog Source; remember that one all you old crones (including me of coarse) Having been advised by a dealer 2 years ago to check it out(at that time looking for a true analogue) I took the plunge-mainly cost based-but being away from synth playing for some years I had little knowledge of what was out there. I'm glad I did! I find it not too bad to program only to echo other reviewers in the need for a software editor (dont think Alesis plans this though) Just remember boarders, programming a D50! sheer hell. One other irritating prob I regularly encounter is the inability to effect rhythms with sliders in set-ups? perhaps there is a way. There is always freshness to the synth everytime I switch on which is inspiring. I have used it for most of my compositions to date even in raw preset form (but then why not?) it makes for an interesting learning curve, for me anyway, from now on. The main control input Knob does worry me though WILL IT LAST! and for how long? Still for the price tag I think boarders will be pushed even now to find anything else that comes close. Top boarding Alesis! Readers you must check one out!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jun-03-2007 at 08:31
Matt Simpon a part-time user from US writes:
I played this at guitar center... I love korg.... but i know what im trading my microKORG in for... sorry little guy

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-May-29-2007 at 17:15
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