Alesis Micron to replace my Yamaha SY85?

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Alesis Micron to replace my Yamaha SY85?

Postby hemmick reef » Wed Oct 08, 2008 3:52 pm

I have a Yamaha SY85 but don't really use the sequencer anymore. I am looking for a smaller desktop synth to replace it: I need more space.
I would like to know, for the low price, if the Micron would have similar quality strings and pads? How about bell and digital type sounds? I think it would definetely be better on the analog modelling as the SY85 falls down a bit in that department.
The SY85 has nice effects that really smooth and blend with the sound, and it has a character even for a digital synth which I don't know if the Micron has?

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Re: Alesis Micron to replace my Yamaha SY85?

Postby tim gueguen » Wed Oct 08, 2008 4:04 pm

Do you need sounds like a realistic acoustic piano? You won't get that from a Micron. And this thread will probably get moved to Buyers Guide soon.
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Re: Alesis Micron to replace my Yamaha SY85?

Postby hemmick reef » Wed Oct 08, 2008 4:09 pm

Thanks for the reply.

Not to worried about realistic sounds as I have Sample Tank.
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Postby crystalmsc » Thu Oct 09, 2008 10:17 am

hemmick reef wrote:if the Micron would have similar quality strings and pads? How about bell and digital type sounds? I think it would definetely be better on the analog modelling as the SY85 falls down a bit in that department.

I'm a fan or the TG500 (SY85 module version) strings and airy/breathy pads in the performance mode and don't think that the micron would have the similar "rompler" type goodness. But as said, the micron (Ion here) is way better in emulating those sounds within analog context, with better filter, engine, modulation, etc. Also I would prefer the micron for synthesizing Bell and other digital type sounds which could be different from the more alike "rompler" style bell. The synth got character that I like in the way of mimicking older synth, which is different from some more modern sounding VA if that's what you are looking. But agree that the SY85 got character and good sounding/versatile fx part which is surprisingly good for a rompler of it's age.
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Re: Alesis Micron to replace my Yamaha SY85?

Postby hemmick reef » Thu Oct 09, 2008 10:55 am

Cheers for the help :)
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Re: Alesis Micron to replace my Yamaha SY85?

Postby tallowwaters » Thu Oct 09, 2008 12:16 pm

Why not get a rack version of the SY and the Micron?
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Re: Alesis Micron to replace my Yamaha SY85?

Postby RichShan » Tue Oct 14, 2008 11:36 am

tallowwaters wrote:Why not get a rack version of the SY and the Micron?


Agreed...

I was playing my SY85 last night after an absence of far too long and I was amazed at how good it sounded, especially for pads. Some of them are gorgeous, deep, moving. The filters on the SY are really versatile and I think you should be able to coax lots of warmth out of them.

If I had to let my SY85 go I would definitely look around for a TG500.

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