Alesis Micron Virtual Analog Synth

Feb 17, 2004 12:00 PM, Editors


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Following the release of the Alesis Ion synthesizer, Alesis introduced the Micron virtual analog synthesizer, which boasts the same sound engine as the Ion in a compact three-octave keyboard. The Micron is compatible with Ion programs and holds more than 1,000 programs and multitimbral setups.

The Micron offers continuously variable wave shapes, sync and FM synthesis. Sixteen filter types are included, along with two LFOs with multiple wave shapes and sample and hold. The Micron has 8-voice polyphony with three oscillators per voice, and is 4-part multitimbral. The Micron also features a programmable step sequencer, arpeggiator, rhythm sequencer for drum kits and dynamic real-time phrase sequencer—all of which sync to MIDI clock. A powerful and intuitive modulation matrix is built in. Effects include a 40-band vocoder that does not use up any polyphony, four drive effects and stereo bus effects, including reverb.

For assignable real-time control, the Micron has three knobs, two modulation sliders and a pitch wheel. The knobs are 360-degree potentiometers with 12-bit resolution, yielding 32x the resolution of a typical MIDI controller, yet still compatible with the latest sequencers via NRPMS (Non-Registered Parameter Numbers).

Lightweight and portable, the Micron keyboard contains 37 keys with velocity and release velocity sensitivity. There are two analog outputs and 2two stereo analog inputs—all 1/4-inch balanced and using 24-bit conversion. Also included are connections for expression pedal, sustain pedal and MIDI In/Out/Thru.

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