Big Gnome wrote:I think an Ion would be a better comparison to a Nord Lead than the Micron on account of its control surface and larger keyboard.
It depends what you're looking for.
No one can reasonably state the Ion/Micron doesn't put the Nords to shame in terms of architecture with more oscillators per voice, two multimode filters, a huge modulation matrix, and so on. So it comes down to each machine's character. Opinion seems to be sharply divided on the Ion's sound; I like it myself, you may not. Likewise, loads of people swear by the "Nord sound," and more power to them, but it doesn't do a thing for me. If that sound is what you're after, you will never be happy with an Ion or Micron; if you're more interested in sound design, you'll probably find the Nord limited.
The best thing you can do is try both at a Guitar Center or something and decide for yourself which speaks to you.
hemmick reef wrote:I think the Micron has a short-cuts function, where you hold a button down and press one of the upper keys (they have the catogory printed above the key) which takes you directly to the Filter, LFO etc.
I'm not so concerned about the fiddly editing, just what can be eventually created.
Huppo wrote:I sure wish Alesis would break down and put that Micron/Ion engine in a knobby rack mount unit.
hemmick reef wrote:How would you describe the different charaters - it would help to know what others think.
Joey wrote:it depends on what kind of experience you want, the ion is much more of the programmers synth, while the nord 2x is about immediacy and performance
Big Gnome wrote:hemmick reef wrote:How would you describe the different charaters - it would help to know what others think.
Like Joey said, Nords are characterized by a very bright, edgy sound (which I would describe as "buzzy" or "brittle", but that's just my own prejudice showing itself)--great for cutting through a mix, but subtlety isn't a particularly strong point of theirs. Ions tend to sound very smooth and midrangey (a little too much so, frankly--EQ is your friend concerning the Ion); they're very detailed, but they don't have nearly as much bite.Joey wrote:it depends on what kind of experience you want, the ion is much more of the programmers synth, while the nord 2x is about immediacy and performance
Joey nailed it--definitely take this into consideration.
For your listening pleasure here are a few Ion demos I recorded some time ago, all without effects (except the last one, with some added reverb)--
http://studentsites.expression.edu/~ssm ... onbass.mp3
http://studentsites.expression.edu/~ssm ... lation.mp3
hemmick reef wrote:if a Micron can do the same for £250 I think I'll get one. I imagine it could get pretty close to Moog's, Juno's and some of the other classic analogue's ?
carbon111 wrote:I had an Ion for a while but ended up returning it for a Nord Lead 2X.
The Nord was more immediate for me, programming more straightforward, nicer build quality...I liked its overall sound much better as well.
The only drawbacks were no aftertouch and no patch naming (only numbers).
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