Synth Site: Alesis: Micron: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.2 out of 5
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gridsleep a hobbyist user from USA writes:
You can't argue with something that has 40 oscillators. Yes, this slightly-bigger-than-a-shoebox synthesizer has three 8 voices with 3 oscillators per voice and 2 LFOs per voice. Unless my arithmetic has rusted since first grade, that makes 40 oscillators. Heck, if you don't like the mimzy interface, you can get a seriously decent computer editor/librarian from for 30 bucks or if you have emagic SoundDiver or SoundQuest MIDIQuest you can create your own editor/librarian. This could be your whole studio or center of same or a convenient additional sound to any mix. It can sit on your lap and it purrs like a kitten. And you can stand it on end when you need to get up. Name another synthesizer that can stand on its end.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Feb-22-2011 at 05:16
JohnBrewer a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I've had my micron for just shy of a year now, and I still love it. There are so many ways to tweak the sounds that, well, sometimes it gets overwhelming. So many options=bad? I don't think so.

Yeah, I agree that the interface sucks; I've found that by making a "patch sheet," I can keep track of what I've done, and plan in advance (I did it on a spreadsheet).

Ages ago, a user (Oskimus) suggested that Alesis make a midi control or edit board. We know that isn't ever going to happen...but has anyone with the know-how made the effort to put together a knob box for this crazy thing?


Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Jul-13-2010 at 22:16
Mark a hobbyist user from tennessee writes:
It seems like all the people who wrote negative reviews are pros, who are comparing this to their pro setups. You can't compare a $200-$400 Micron to a $600-$1200 Nord Lead 3. The guitar center I was at had a Nord Lead 2, MicroKorg and Micron in their virtual analogue section. The Micron was the perfect choice because it sounded a lot nicer than the MicroKorg but wasn't going to kick my ass financially. And even when I take into account the fact that the Nord Lead produced perhaps the most beautiful voices I've ever heard in my life, and that it had the easiest interface ever, I didn't want it That much more than the Alesis because the Micron's built in sequencing is FREAKIN SWEET.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Sunday-Oct-21-2007 at 20:51
Jay a part-time user from Portland, Oregon writes:
I bought the Micron on E-bay for 219.00 $u.s. and can hardly believe how much this synth has to offer...It had so many preset sounds, phrases, drum beats, and keyboard set-ups with room to save more than any other synth in it's price range. The sound is incredible and creating setup sequences, patches, and drum sequences is simple and it all is clocked together in perfect time. It's very fun to play and the options it offers are literally has three knobs and 2 sliders so basically 5 tweek options(not counting wheel) so really, it's only one less than the microkorg. The knobs are all assignable to tons of different parameters and can be assigned to basically control up to 1-12 virtual knob at once plus it has a great number of quality effects. The interface is extemely intuitive and quite easy to learn and use(dispite what critics claim)...I beleive it is very possible to make thousands of songs with this and could easily be the only synth You would need to create great sounding albums....the vocoder doesn't sound as good as it could(but not bad)and when I plugged my guitar into it it didn't do a great job there either. I also wish it had 3 more knobs and 2 more sliders and perhaps an external "write" and "play" interface option. A built in audio interface like the X-station would make it perfect but don't let anyone confuse You...IT IS AN EXCELLENT SYNTH!! and one of the cutest objects on the face of the Earth to boot:)

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Aug-28-2007 at 15:57
Delone a professional user from Paris writes:
Alesis discontinued this small cheap toy and its bigger brother Ion.Let's talk about the reason:

-It sounds better than Microkorg but has big aliasing-problem too -the interface is a nightmare.if you try to tweak the sounds, the result is dissapointing.

If you want only to play preset-sounds, buy it. If you want to create your own sound in shot time with a good result, go for a Novation or Nord.

Love Peace Freedom

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Friday-Aug-24-2007 at 03:20
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