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Average rating: 4.2 out of 5
chingiskan from italy writes:
Forget this piece of sounds cheap and cheesy with a lot of clicks and aliasing.the interface is it is complettly useless.

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Wednesday-May-02-2007 at 14:34
edjwise a part-time user from u,s and ehh writes:
after a lot of debate, I purchased the micron today and so far its just amazing. sounds full and solid.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Apr-30-2007 at 16:02
eisix a hobbyist user from Germany writes:
I owned a Yamaha CS1X which I sold three years later because it could do only 10 or so interesting sounds. I owned a Korg EA-1 MK2 which I loved in the beginning for its good sequencer. That one also went on ebay because it can do only a small number of usable distinct sounds. I'm sure as hell that this will not happen to the Micron. Believe me, the Micron can do tons of interesting sounds, noises, drums and fx. Every time you play you'll probably find something new. This baby is deep as hell. Many Micron features regularly put a smile on my face: instant loop recoding and the ability to quickly send phrases to a setup, cool drums, useful sequencer that records all knob movements, a powerful setup mode (band-in-a-box), extremely good filters, mod matrix, tons of memory for your ideas, faves, menu shortcuts and besides a damn good dsp engine. My gripe: many users already mentioned that the main control knob sucks. They are absolutely right. Alesis, when will you change that? If you should consider to buy a Xiosynth or MicroKorg instead: just don't do it. Maybe they are nice, beautiful and everything but the Micron belongs to a different category. Simply trust your ears.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Apr-05-2007 at 16:59
lowell a hobbyist user from usa writes:
i made a mistake in a previous message that i posted about how each of the micron's 3 oscillators can have its own filter and envelope parameters. after spending some more time with it, i realized that this is not the case. however, i suppose you could use the micron's 4 part multitrimbrility to layer 2 or more patches together providing that you are willing to sacrifice the polphomy. like i said, novices will need to spend a little more time with the interface.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Nov-14-2006 at 21:24
lowell a hobbyist user from usa writes:
i almost talked myself out of buying a micron for fear that $400 gets you a cheap, plastic, and generic-sounding synth. i'm very glad that i went through with it because what i discovered contradicted almost all of my expectations. aside from the main parameter knob and basic synth-action keys, the build quality is suprisingly solid. even so, the keys don't feel nearly as loose as some other va's i've tried in the past. the unit is housed inside a metal case with plastic end-caps. compare that to any plastic roland va that costs about $200 more. i like metal cases.

in terms of synthesis, i expected the architecture to follow a similiar style set by the novation k-station. you have 3 oscillators, which can have different modulation,lfo, and envelope depths applied to each independant oscillator. however, only one filter, lfo, and 2 envelope settings can be applied to the overall program. well the micron is a lot more powerfull in that area. you can apply a seperate filter, lfo, and 3 different envelope settings per individual oscillator. this allows for some complex sounds, particularly very intense pads. overall, the sound is very clean and unmuddled.

unlike the k-station, editing is not as straight-forward. everything is based on multi-function controls, you have to scroll through menus, and you select the parameters you are editing by using keys on the keyboard. its not difficult to do, but you do need to be patient and have some understanding of synthesis.

despite it's entry-level price, its a powerfull synthesizer which may not be so great for the beginner. don't base anything on its presets because this synth is ment to be programmed despite its hidden interface.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Nov-12-2006 at 10:57
Joe a hobbyist user from USA writes:
This little baby brother of the Ion is a sweet deal especially if you can buy it used. You'll save lots of money if you buy this instead of the ion. Both this and the ion do practically the same thing with the same interface and sounds. This is just 12 keys shorter. It's ease of use is pretty strait forward. Believe me, I own the Microkorg too. This Micron is much eaisier to use due to it's simple little interface. There is an awful lot of knob twidling to get what you want (because there is no room on it to have lots of knobs) and editing the patches can take time, but it is easy. This keyboard, I believe was made to be an accessory to the Ion, but it is a stand alone model especially for how small it is. I really love the funky little presets and step sequensor especially compared to the Microkorg. If you have to choose between this and the Microkorg...please choose this. Also this baby is housed in a steel shell. Nice, compact, strait-forward use...nothing better for it's size and price.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Monday-Oct-16-2006 at 17:02
Oskimus a professional user from Indonesia writes:
I had others synthesizers else than micron, but micron makes me touch it every day, it have very nice sound, ease on synthesis, and very clean sounding engine. i probably rate it 5/5 if alesis put more knobs and slide on it and not to pointy fragile knobs. alesis should make a midi control or edit board for advanced micron users.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Friday-Sep-29-2006 at 08:31
Jason S. a part-time user from USA writes:
Got a Micron From a pawn shop today in the box for 214.00USD What a buy.. Very nice sounds. Menus are going to take a little time. Kind of a kill-joy. But overall I think this thing is god in a box as for overall performance power(so far).

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Sep-12-2006 at 21:00
Peter Richards a hobbyist user from UK writes:
We definately need a software editor!

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Monday-Sep-11-2006 at 10:13
Remon a hobbyist user from Netherlands writes:
I fell in love with this little machine as soon as i layed my hands on it! Just play with sounds, twiddles the knobs and be amazed how sweet or how dirty you can make it sound! It is a friendly looking machine that won't scare you off with too many knobs (which is a downside also, but let's continue) and it's really a thing to have!

Since it's affordability is incredible it will attrack many beginners but they may have a second look before they purchase this. Like everybody says the downside of this little monsters is the lack of knobs; programming and editting isn't nearly as intuitive as it should be for someone who wants to pick it up and start jamming right away. For myself using the buid-in stepsequencer is still a bit of a pain (but that can be mostly my own fault).

My conclusion: very, very lovely synth which can sound either brutal or sweet for a lovely. If you are into electronic dance music and you're known with the basics of synthesis this one's a nice addition to your studio. If you're a beginner; this is not the most intuitive synth and be prepared to get frustrated once in a while but the reward is one of the sweetest :)

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-Jun-03-2006 at 02:53
Shadowbunny a professional user from USA writes:
Very powerful yet small and compact synth! I absolutely adore this thing. I've gotten it in hopes of producing more electro and electrocore with it, and so far, I am very impressed. The vocoder rocks and the bass in this thing is orgasmic! The drums are alo very impressive. I highly recommend this synth.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Apr-12-2006 at 12:53
Spyglass a professional user from Chicago writes:
I've had my Micron for over 6 months. i love it. however, i've grown tired of the presets and the pages of sub-menus is creativly crushing. Its also a great performance synth (i wish it had after touch). i have a semi-famous indie-band similar to Talking Heads / Devo and its my main board for live performance.

i wish i had the time to use sounddiver or unisyn, on it. ya know, really get into the synths programs.

they go for $300 used on ebay, for the money i'd buy two. they have great little sequencers built into them, BE SURE TO GET THE NEW FIRMWARE UPDATE ON THE ALESIS SITE! it allows you to setup sequence's that are 16 bars long.

Another cool trick is to sync it to ext. midi clock and put a peizo on your drummers kick drum (as long as he hits the 4's your micron stays in sync to him!). go to the Alesis website links page to get the info on building your own piezeo drum triggers.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Dec-27-2005 at 21:49
Adam from usa writes:
Amazing and simply that.Im a electronic music producer mainly breakbeats and funk :)

Its taking me to the next step and thanks to this bad boy i got a record coming out soon i love this thing its really opened my creativity.


Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Dec-25-2005 at 20:29
Sir Jackpipe a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I've had this machine for a few months now and even though I'm not super impressed with a lot of the presets, I know that it's all just a matter of getting in there and doing some creative editing which brings me to my main desire. Could somebody please make a software editor for this synth !?! I just got an editor program for one of my other synths (EMU proteus PK-6) and what a world of difference it makes to not have to wade through page after page of sub menus to change one parameter at a time ! And the micron with it's solo control knob is just begging for an editor to make it tons easier to get in there and bring out the soul of this beast which is evident in some of the patches, especially the basses and the sound effects ones. I love the built in pattern sequencer, it's like having a small computer driving an on board sequencer built right into the keyboard ! I also have a korg ms2000b VA synth and I know that with the right editing, I could make the micron into a serious competitor for my analog synth sound needs but again editing on this thing is just a pain that could be easily dealt with via a patch editor program, so all you computer geniuses out there, HELP !!! For the money, I don't think you can beat this board as long as you're ready for some editing duties because in my opinion a lot of the presets sound really cheap and thin especially compared to my korg, but then again the korg only hols 128 patches, has no reverb, and doesn't have that radical pattern sequencer and costs more so it's not really a fair comparison. My advice : Buy it !!!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Sunday-Dec-18-2005 at 06:03
DanG a part-time user from canada writes:
It seems ridiculous that you can get this much synth for under $500. Having recently been shopping around and playing anything from the Poly-evolver (way, way out of my price range), to Nords to the Virus to the Fantom, I settled on a Micron as giving the best pleasure-to-money ratio.

The flexibility offered by 3 oscillators, hard and soft synching, 6 different kinds of FM, 18 filters , and an extremely open mod-matrix is fantastic. From what I've seen so far, the Micron isn't a synth that will become stale in a few months. I have a microKorg, which was great to really learn analog synthesis on, but the Micron really says 'come play me' in a way the microKorg doesn't.

As far as the quality of sound coming out, I'm more than happy with it. I don't particularly care to compare it with vintage analogue synths because it isn't one. The audio coming out isn't thin or "digital" (whatever that means), and you can make a hell of a lot of noise with it.

The FX are nice, I have no problems there, nothing out of the ordinary, and I find that the patches often don't need much more than a little reverb or delay.

The sequencer/pattern player is a nice bonus. It's very basic compared to what you'll find on workstations, but it makes things gel: You make a bunch of precussion patches, and you can put them together in a drum loop then and there to see how they all sound together. Instant gratification! I haven't used this thing live, so I don't know how useful it would be in that situation, but it's definitely great for jamming at home.

So, there must be some catch? Well, yes, there are 2 things that aren't great about this synth, but whether you find them a real problem depends entirely on you. Firstly (the one you can't get around), the buttons on this are a little cheap. I would have been happy to pay an extra $20 if it meant that the control knob (a turn-and-push dealie) felt a little more solid. I don't live in fear of it breaking off in my hand, but it does mean that you have to be a little more careful taking it gigging or just generally throwing it around. Secondly, there aren't that many knobs on the front. In the ideal world, every synth would have a knob/slider for every parameter, but in this case, they have to charge you nearly double for that (when you buy an Ion, which doesn't have a sequencer in it). I found the menu system very easy to learn (1 day) and the shortcuts make editing pretty fast; but if you aren't good at this sort of thing, then you will get annoyed.

To sum up, if you want a nice VA synth that's small but won't limit your ideas, this is the one to go for. If you have 2 or 3 times as much cash, other options open for you, but I personally won't rush out to trade this in for a NordLead3 as soon as I have the extra 2 grand. To the people weighing up the Micron/MicroKorg choice: I have both, and they're both fun, but the Micron will do a lot more as a stand-alone and in the studio.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Thursday-Dec-15-2005 at 15:58
cosmo a hobbyist user from usa writes:
i bough it 2 days ago, very nice bass,pads and bass drum, everything else sounds to digital. step sequencer is a big +

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Sunday-Oct-30-2005 at 01:34
th a hobbyist user from croatia writes:
I read a lot of rewievs about this synth, and I must say I'm a little bit confused. Maybe it's just my point of view... But, I don't like Micron at all! I mean, it can produce some sounds I can't get anywhere else, and it can sound very bright and clean, but somethimes, when I compare it to my other synths, it sounds like a toy (Yamaha EX5 workstation, Supernova II Rack and Virus Classic). Anywhay, I'm thinking of selling it, but again, it's good for me to have it as a midi controller for Supernova II or Virus. And I can use a sound here and there from it too. At this time, I don't know what to do. Please, don't get me wrong. I think I just don't like Micron-kind-of-sound. It can suit to many players. But not me...

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Sunday-Sep-18-2005 at 15:16
badboy a hobbyist user writes:
Sounds are surprisingly good, but the effects ruin most presets. I suggest you turn them off. Especially the crappy compressor which is used on just about every sound.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Sep-16-2005 at 12:51
badboy a hobbyist user writes:
Sounds are surprisingly good, but the effects ruin most presets. I suggest you turn them off. Especially the crappy compressor which is used on just about every sound.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Sep-16-2005 at 12:51
Dave a professional user from New York, NYC writes:
I just got this bad boy. The sound is PHAT. The piano keys are good quality. The knobs feel a bit cheap like they will break off. There are TONS of sounds, for example, 47 different basses. The first thing i tried to do was create an original beat. Not exactly easy. . . there's a learning curve here

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Jul-01-2005 at 09:49
Ole One Eye a hobbyist user from USA writes:
This board can't be beat, especially for the price. The sound quality is superb. Granted that it doesn't have the dozens of knobs that a typical analog or analog modeling synth may have, but for the kind of sound this thing produces, it's worth the sacrifice. The biggest highlight on top of the sounds is the setup mode. It's four part multitimbral so it is very friendly with software/hardware sequencers. The electronic drums and loops are sweet. I've used a couple to create some cool tracks so far, coupled with my Roland Fantom-s88, the possibilities are virtually endless. The user interface is very user friendly, although a little larger display screen would have been nice, but it's still readable and easy to understand. I haven't even touched the manual and have navigated through the board's features with very little effort. The filters on this thing are dreamy. Anything from the classic Tom Sawyer sweep to the wicked sound from Frankenstein, as well as classic pads, leads and just flat out warped noises, this thing has it all. And man can this thing put out the bass! It has some preset sub bass sounds on here and this thing can vibrate the floor without a subwoofer! The effects on this board are very good. Unlike the Ion, the Micron has Alesis' classic reverb effect, which can add that little extra spark and depth to the sounds, not to mention a chorus effect and delay. With the sound quality, features, and durability of this board, it is worth every penny of $400 brand new. Check one out when you get the chance, you won't be disappointed!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Jun-12-2005 at 12:54
Dave a part-time user from NYC writes:
WOW what an amazing little beast. How they managed to cram all those features into that little red case is crazy. It sounds amazing and the set ups, patterns and beats help make song ideas flow. Ok so the vocoder isn't great, but you can't have it all for this price.

Don't even think about the microkorg, it is a total joke compared to the micron. Trust me I have some classic analogs that don't leave the house... this guy can sound like them all. Buy one, you will not be disappointed!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Apr-19-2005 at 00:39
Mark from L.A writes:
I like this keyboard..I now have both the Microkorg and Micron... I was able to program the Microkorg in one day thanks to the user friendly manual... The Microns manual sux arse, it's been a week having this synth and I'm half way on the manual...

Rating: 0 out of 5 posted Thursday-Apr-07-2005 at 12:43
wjk a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I sold my MicroKorg for the Micron and have never looked back, except for the vocoder, and a few sounds unique to the MK. The Micron's playability, sound palette, patterns, setup and beats are phenomenal for the price (any price). The vocoder on the Micron is not in the class of any I've used, but that's my only real complaint. For some, the knobs are very touchy, and take care of the Main input knob (it serves several functions at once). Overall this machine is beautifully thought out. It's an instant classic.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Monday-Feb-14-2005 at 08:45
Token Keyboard Player a part-time user writes:
i've had this thing for a few weeks now. theres no better feeling than going to a show, carrying under your arm a gray and red breadbox. no one has seen anything like it, so, lugging their kurzweils and rolands around, they made fun of it. big dogs making fun of a puppy.

this is a very, very loud puppy. coupled with a 300 watt sumo amp from alesis, this thing stole the show. the backup board i used, a Roland Em-20 (i know, i know. a Micron and an Em-20?), was completely outclassed. dust fell from the ceiling. my little breadbox pwned.

my only recommendation is get another board to go along with it. it only has 3 octaves which can be a little restricting, but when used in conjunction with a bigger system, its simply amazing.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Dec-08-2004 at 09:47
Anonymous writes:
...but I'm saying that it's better than the Virus, at least when it comes to sounding analogue. There's no aliasing, and the sound of the raw osc (3 per voice) is a marvel. If someone presented some 30 sounds to you from the Virus C, Nord lead 3 & Micron, respectively, while you were wearing a blindfold: You'd choose the latter. Esp, if the sounds were strictly limited to the bare osc without fx. And, the effects on the Micron is also VERY good.... What Alesis has managed to prove here, is that incredible machines are now possible, and made available for less due to the advancing digital technology combined with expert design/programming. The filter designers actually sat and A/B'd with actual Jupiters and Minimoogs, etc, when creating the filters on the these machines.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Nov-19-2004 at 19:33
bobsonjazoe a professional user from austin texas writes:
ok so heres my review after having the thing for over a month now..... i love the thing. it gets raw and nasty when i want it to and when i want some pretty smooth pads it does that well too. i cant say how much i love the filters on this thing. most digital gear i have played with has had a stepping effect when you tweak the filters but this thing is as smooth as glass.

where this thing really shines is in the setups mode. you can assign all your patterns to specific key ranges and play a whole song just by pressing keys. kind of like the feature on the korg trinity and triton. the drum sounds are great for analog sounds. i have just scratched the surface on the vocoder, but i have to say it puts the ms2000 and micro korg to shame already. it has 4 outputs! how cool is that its a rare thing nowdays for a $400 synth to have more than sterio outputs. the only drawback is the second pair of outputs are pre effects section so none of that killer delay and reverb(good for the drums)

tech support has answered every question i have had and been real helpfull. os update is a must! the slow parameter changes people are complaining about have vanished after the os update. i was worried about build quality after reading about the other peoples stories about theirs breaking off knobs and having ghost parameter changes, but mine has been solid and never malfunctioned. all in all a great deal. i can see m yself playing mine for years to come. i actually prefer mine to a virus now. i'm not saying its better, i am just saying that i prefer it.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Nov-19-2004 at 08:05
Mr. L from WhereeverSuitsMySelf writes:
Oh yes, this machine is the VERY BEST in VA synth history. Just to correct the guy who'd written the introduction...the differences between this and the Ion (apart from the looks, obviously) is essentially as follows:

1. the addition of a wondaful reverb effect 2. a step/pattern sequencer 3. more memory programs 4. a (phatsounding)beat/rhythm section

Else, they're prettymuch the same.

It sounds VERY analogue, and with 18 (!) filtertypes to choose from,...well, there's not many synths that cannot be replicated on this little gem. The (always greatsounding Alesis) reverb adds that little magic touch to some of the sounds, esp pads and strings. And the step&rhythm seq is a marvel. Yes, it is better than the Ion in ther sound department! Thank you, Alesis, for makin' the greatest synth of the 21st century!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Nov-09-2004 at 09:29

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