Alesis Micron

Alesis Micron Image

The Micron is like an Ion packed into a compact 3-octave keyboard for the "on-the-go" musician. The Micron boasts the same analog modeling sound engine as the acclaimed Alesis Ion, offering breakthrough analog realism, high-resolution control, and tremendous value. The Micron is compatible with Ion programs and holds over 1,000 programs and multitimbral setups. It's therefor best used as a preset type synthesizer - either download your own Ion patches or others into the Micron and take them on the go. Sure the Ion is a hands-on synth programmer's feast, but the Micron gives you access to the same power as the Ion in a compact synth ideal for gigging, practicing, composing and just good old fashion playing around with!

Most obviously, the Micron has done away with just about all the real-time controllers found on the Ion, offering just three 360-degree endless parameter knobs, two assignable modulation sliders and one assignable backlit pitch wheel. Slim pickin's but enough for live performances (you only have two hands!) or quick tweaks. Sure you can delve deeper into patch editing and even the extensive twelve-route modulation matrix (with 114 sources and 78 destinations) but that's tedious with so few controls.

Despite its rather simple looking design, the Micron does house a beast inside - full of programmable functions! Just like the Ion, the Micron offers continuously variable wave shapes, plus osc-sync and FM synthesis. The Micron has 8-voice polyphony with three oscillators per voice, and is up to 8-part multitimbral. There are two multimode filters with 20 filter types (upgraded from 16 in the Ion), three envelope generators and two LFOs with multiple wave shapes and sample & hold. In addition to its powerful modulation matrix, the Micron offers a programmable step sequencer, an arpeggiator, a rhythm sequencer for drum kits, and a dynamic realtime phrase sequencer - all of which sync to MIDI clock. Effects include a 40 band vocoder that does not use up any polyphony, 4 insert effects, and stereo master effects. Stereo inputs let you process external audio through its effects, filters and vocoder - just as you can with the Ion.

So, if twiddling knobs all day is not your thing, but the sounds that come from such efforts are what you are looking for then the Micron may be the synth for you! Instant access to thousands of incredibly realistic analog synth sounds with all the power and programmability of the Ion. The Micron offers all that and more but for less money because of its minimalist design/interface.

Check Alesis Micron Prices on eBay

The link above will take you to a search for this synth to see active listings with more images, specs and information. If you don't find it there, try looking in our forum marketplace. Our marketplace gets thousands of visits every week so make sure to check back often if you want to buy or sell a synth.

Related forum topics

Comments

Are you looking to buy or sell a Alesis Micron? Post an ad in Gear For Sale or a request in Gear Wanted. For spare parts and repair services check out Gear Services & Other Goods. Our forums also has a Buyer’s Guide section where you can ask for advice on buying synthesizers.

113 Visitor comments
Liquidyzer
December 11, 2012 @ 5:51 am
WoW what a great cheap purchase. Actually the 1st VA i've really liked (the Virus Ti Polar came close) For the price the sound engine is amazing. With the endless modding capabilities it really reminded me of the Dave Smith Evolver. Difference was the Dave Smith was buzzy and Brassy sounding. Funnily the Micron sounds more analog & plastic (its Bass blows away the Evolver) Sold my Evolver keyboard, missed the experimentation so considered buying the desktop version... wont bother now. Be Warned though totally useless without an Editor. Want the Ion now but scary reports of build quality.
Alexx
December 8, 2012 @ 11:34 am
Odd synth. MicroKorg is waaaaay better - straightforward interface and modern VA sound. Micron just can't into Trance/Techno area, no matter how long you will tweak it.

The only good side of Micron is cinematic "wasteland" pads. For all other kinds of sound, buy MicroKorg.
ra78
November 8, 2012 @ 2:33 pm
I'm with Micron for 5 years, and it wont be sold. One need to get used to tweak it manually but the engine is VERY powerful and flexible. For the Mac owners - check retroware synth - they got au editor that will turn your life into pure endless bliss :) http://mysite.verizon.net/retroware/ and here you may find a standalone but very cheap and working editor for PC http://chippanfire.com/software/miniak-patch-editor/
Alex
November 4, 2012 @ 10:38 pm
I want to buy one if these. Contact me @ saabgti@gmail.com
Vinnie
September 30, 2012 @ 5:12 pm
@Marty, yes the micron will work as a module, just like nearly any Midi keyboard when you set it up correctly to do that.
The Alesis Micron or Akai Miniak is a superb synth, easy to program imo and capable of some great sounds, from real good analog emulation to scary freaky FM distorted craziness, i had been thinking of getting one for many years and finally found one at a reasonable price, truly awesome.
as far as people saying the sound of a synth is still current well imo most any synth is current if you program it correctly, it is only the presets that get dated.
 
Post Comment!
VSE Rating

Awesome!

User Rating

Rated 4.2 (699 Votes)

  • Check Prices on eBay
  • The link above will take you to a search for this synth to see active listings. If you don't find it there, try looking in our forum marketplace or post a wanted classified.
  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 8 voices (up to 8 multitimbral parts)
  • Oscillators - Alesis proprietary DSP Analog Modeling: Three oscillators per voice, with continuously variable wave shapes (Sine, Square-Pulse, Saw-Triangle), sync and FM
  • Filter - 2 multi-mode filters with 20 classic and unique filter types.
  • Envelopes - 3 EGs: Pitch/Mod, Filter, and the Amp have their own ADSR envelopes.
  • LFO - 2 multi-wave LFOs and 1 S&H. Ring Modulator. FM. hard&soft OSC sync.
  • Effects - One insert drive effect per voice, Two master effects processors, with reverb and delay. Built-in 40-band Vocoder.
  • Keyboard - 37 keys (velocity, release velocity sensitive).
  • Memory - 1,000 Programs (500 preset programs, with space for 400 more) fully compatible with Ion programs.
    Over 200 preset pattern sequences and 250 preset drum rhythms, with space for hundreds more.
  • Arpeg/Seq - Arpeggiator: MIDI-sync-able multiple-pattern plus *random* feature.
    Sequencers: Programmable step pattern sequencer; Dynamic real-time phrase sequencer; Drum Rhythm Sequencer.
  • Real-Time Controllers - 3 360-degree endless parameter knobs, 2 assignable modulation sliders, assignable backlit pitch wheel.
  • Control - MIDI (4-part multitimbral) IN/OUT/THRU
  • Date Produced - 2004
  • Resources & Credits
  • Images from Alesis.

    Additional info provided by Adam Lundberg.

    Reviewed December 2007.

Errors or Corrections? Send them here.