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Nick
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 06, 2015 8:31 pm    Post subject: bought an Alesis Micron Reply with quote



My band convinced me to gig with my old Yamaha combo organ I have instead of buying the new Roland VR09 I had my eye on. Saves me $900 at the expense of my back but I needed something more versatile to get electric piano and synth sounds. Needed something small, and everything small either has microkeys, is a monophonic synth, or is just a midi controller. Except this thing. Got it on craigslist for $175. Even came with a homemade makeshift hard case.

First impressions are great, this is just what I needed. Back 10 years ago when I bought a microkorg, my friends all scoffed at the Micron for some reason but having owned both I can't understand why. Now I just need to figure out the effects and DI part of this rig.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2015 6:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I considered a micron but reports on the interface/menu system made me think twice. Nice score though
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2015 12:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The interface is not the best I'll admit, in fact it's pretty terrible actually. The microkorg has easily accessible memory banks, and on this thing I still haven't figured out other than how to scroll through the presets (which actually doesn't take that long if you write down the numbers you need), but there's gotta be a better way. All I really need is a few of the patches I use in a row next to each other for a set, and it looks like there is a "favorites" list so I should be ok once I spend some time with it.

Reasons I love this though compared to the microkorg:

Full size keys
Sustain Pedal In
Expression Pedal In
I like the sound of it better, everyone uses the MK.
Better lcd screen makes it easier to navigate.

Obviously you lose the vocoder mic and push button presets, but the pros outweigh the cons for me.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2015 2:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was looking at the manual of that once, and couldn't find any way to turn off the touch sensitivity. Is it true that you can't?

That would drive me up the wall.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 08, 2015 12:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmmm....just messing with it for a bit I found a way to CHANGE the sensitivity from low to high, but no I can't find a way to remove it completely.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 23, 2015 8:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This was my first proper hardware synth, and I loved it. I only ended up selling it to help fund my Moog Little Phatty, as I mostly underutilized the Micron for Moogy monosynth sounds.

Nice community here and many patches available once you join:

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/alesis-ion/info

I've been trying to purchase one again now that I'm much further along in my adventures with synthesis, as it's incredibly powerful. They were selling consistently for $300 USD, which is above what they sold for ($250) when they were clearanced/discontinued. I found the hardware interface rather serviceable when using the shortcuts, but there are a couple of computer-based editors that make life easier. I spun up a VM and used the midiCTRL editor for Windows:

http://midictrl.com

Here's a post I made when I first had it:

http://www.shortscale.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=25517

After reading it again, it's a rather interesting snapshot of where things were almost seven years ago with affordable synth hardware.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2016 6:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

More of a softsynth guy nowadays but my only remaining hardware synth is an Akai Miniak (which supposedly is just an altered layout of this) and will probably never get rid of it while it still works, too useful (most portable complete keys rig, and my only vocoder). I actually use a converter to make it my controller pretty often too because it looks sweet next to my APC40. I only wish it had USB.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 2016 10:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nice
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