access virus indigo or micron/ion?

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access virus indigo or micron/ion?

Postby goober » Sat Jul 21, 2007 5:37 pm

Not sure which is a more fair comparison, I'm sorry for all these questions but what do you find as the better synth? Which is more flexible in sound and easier to program, the micron/ion/ or access virus indigo. This is version 1. Thanks for all your help.
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Postby otto » Sat Jul 21, 2007 5:49 pm

I've owned both. They are both nice but unless your getting a good deal on the Virus the prices should be a bit spread. You can pick up a used Ion for around $400-$500 and I think the indigo goes around $800+ still but i might be wrong as they don't pop up all that often. Using complete generalities and opinion: The virus is dark and lush sounding and the Ion has a smooth classic analog sound. If your wanting a 70's analog(ish) sound I'd lean towards the Ion. If your wanting a more modern VA sound with a dark edge I'd go for the virus. I prefer the virus but I did love the Ion sound too and would not be opposed to having both. Do some searches and listen to examples of both.
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Postby goober » Sat Jul 21, 2007 5:58 pm

well right now on ebay there's a high bid of 306 dollars with no reserve and only 8 hours left, its also in pristine condition. Hmm, I do prefer a dark kind of edge actually. Ion I see on ebay for 400 with little over a day left.
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Postby otto » Sat Jul 21, 2007 6:11 pm

goober wrote:well right now on ebay there's a high bid of 306 dollars with no reserve and only 8 hours left, its also in pristine condition. Hmm, I do prefer a dark kind of edge actually. Ion I see on ebay for 400 with little over a day left.


Look at the completed listings. Many biddders bid in the last minutes. If you can secure an Indigo for as cheap as an Ion more power to you.
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Postby goober » Sun Jul 22, 2007 1:05 am

can someone tell me if the virus indigo has a drum sequencer and a sequencer? I've also read that the Indigo has one of the worst user interfaces is this true?
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Postby killedaway » Sun Jul 22, 2007 1:30 am

it doesn't say on access' website?
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Postby goober » Sun Jul 22, 2007 1:38 am

nope its a discontinued product, also do you think this guy may have feedback fraud? i notice sometimes he has the same person three times in a row giving feedback.
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Postby killedaway » Sun Jul 22, 2007 2:12 am

i doubt it. considering he's been around since '97 and has 100% feedback, i'd say he's probably a great seller. 10 years and no problems (actually, that's my record as well!).

also, those multiples are probably just similar items (4 books in a series, 3 dvd box sets of the same show, various collectible figurines in the same collection). i'd bid on it, if that was what i was after.
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Postby goober » Sun Jul 22, 2007 2:20 am

gotcha.. dang just got sold for 631 dollars I'd say that was a good deal I read people paying 1000 dollars or more a few years ago. Guess I'll start lookin at the Ion now =)
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Postby n3wt15 » Mon Jul 23, 2007 4:53 am

the virus indigo doesnt have a sequencer in it
and i dont think the interface is bad at all

its not bad, but its deep
so it can get confusing at times i guess

i remember for years i wouldnt get one, just because everyone and their mom seems to use them
then i found a good deal on one, and wish i would have gottn it sooner
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Postby Synthetic Solace » Mon Jul 23, 2007 5:15 am

well without a doubt the virus is more flexible.Especially if were talking about modulation capabilities,much more polyphony,more effects but the price even for an old one will deffiently cost you more then even a brand new ion
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Postby m03 » Mon Jul 23, 2007 6:00 am

Synthetic Solace wrote:well without a doubt the virus is more flexible.Especially if were talking about modulation capabilities,much more polyphony,more effects but the price even for an old one will deffiently cost you more then even a brand new ion


Actually, aren't the Virus modulations really weak (fewer total modulations, fewer sources, fewer destinations) vs. the Ion/Micron? Plus the Ion/Micron has a third envelope.
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Postby Synthetic Solace » Mon Jul 23, 2007 6:12 am

ahhh yeah i was thinking about the new ones the older indigo only has 3 source & 6 destination slots the ion appears to have 12 slots i believe

indigo specs---- http://www.access-music.de/specificatio ... uct=indigo

Ion Manual ---- http://www.alesis.com/downloads/manuals/Ion_Manual.pdf
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Postby Taxidermy » Mon Jul 23, 2007 6:47 am

If the idea of what each synthesizer sounds like is leaving you split between the two, the indigo is 16 part multitimbral 24 voices, where the ion is only 4 part multitimbral 8 voices. Plus the midi implementation on the ion is awful.
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