A substitute for the alesis micron ?

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A substitute for the alesis micron ?

Postby KBD_TRACKER » Wed Dec 18, 2013 4:57 pm

I am looking for a VA synth with functions similar to that of the micron (good overall VA sound, multitimbral, rhythm and pattern programming, several LFOs and envelopes, many filter emulation, great modulation options, good keyboard, etc...) except with a BETTER user interface (ie a bit more knobs). But this time though, I am not interested in the alesis ion.

Any suggestion for something close/similar to what i am looking for ??

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Re: A substitute for the alesis micron ?

Postby meatballfulton » Wed Dec 18, 2013 5:14 pm

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Re: A substitute for the alesis micron ?

Postby ryryoftokyo » Thu Dec 19, 2013 5:12 pm

Akai Miniak? It's literally the Ion/Micron transplanted into another case. Other than that, the Korg Radius, as was suggested prior, Yamaha AN1x, Korg MS2000, Access Virus, or Nord Lead.
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Re: A substitute for the alesis micron ?

Postby Psy_Free » Thu Dec 19, 2013 5:29 pm

ryryoftokyo wrote:Akai Miniak? It's literally the Ion/Micron transplanted into another case. Other than that, the Korg Radius, as was suggested prior, Yamaha AN1x, Korg MS2000, Access Virus, or Nord Lead.


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Re: A substitute for the alesis micron ?

Postby ryryoftokyo » Thu Dec 19, 2013 5:39 pm

I would say those synths have a better UI than the Micron. More knobs, more intuitive workflow, more options, etc.
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Re: A substitute for the alesis micron ?

Postby meatballfulton » Thu Dec 19, 2013 5:46 pm

Well not the Miniak...it's got exactly the same number of controls as Micron, just rejiggered a bit.

BTW Radias prices are on the rise. Used to see used ones for about $700 and modules for $500, not any more :(

It gets the nod over the others mentioned because it can do sequenced drums, the others cannot.

AN1x is not multitimbral.
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Re: A substitute for the alesis micron ?

Postby ryryoftokyo » Thu Dec 19, 2013 6:49 pm

The AN1x can do two voices split or layered.
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Re: A substitute for the alesis micron ?

Postby Jabberwalky » Thu Dec 19, 2013 11:34 pm

Nice suggestion on the Radias. I remember when it came out, and everyone ripped on it. Always liked it, and now it's pretty unaffordable. You could buy a virus A and be done with it.
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Re: A substitute for the alesis micron ?

Postby KBD_TRACKER » Fri Dec 20, 2013 1:24 pm

thanks to all !
radias out of budget.
yeah the maniak could work but i already have a micron and the maniak has mixed reviews (UI not better than micron, display even less readable than micron).

right now unless a more appealing option comes up, i am thinking of the ms2000 (keyboard version).
not too expensive, decent sound, sequencer, lots of controls, etc.

anybody knows if they are particularly fragile, stuff to look at when getting a ms2000 used,
and approx market price for one in (very) good shape ?

thanks again !
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Re: A substitute for the alesis micron ?

Postby groy » Fri Dec 20, 2013 3:57 pm

What you mean by pattern and rhythm programming? The ms2000 is only bi-timbral with 4 note polyphony total, so 2 & 2 or 3 & 1 notes allotted. It is, however, obviously very hands on with physical controls.
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Re: A substitute for the alesis micron ?

Postby jim777 » Fri Dec 20, 2013 9:21 pm

I am thinking seriously about adding a Radias to my setup. i love the sounds I'm hearing from it on youtube, and if it will bring back what it costs due to rising prices it's as close to a safe bet as you can get.
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