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Fueled by the same sound engine as the acclaimed Alesis Ion, the compact, three-octave Micron Analog Modeling Synth offers analog realism and high-resolution control at a great price. The Micron holds... Click To Read More About This Product

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Fueled by the same sound engine as the acclaimed Alesis Ion, the compact, three-octave Micron Analog Modeling Synth offers analog realism and high-resolution control at a great price. The Micron holds over 1,000 programs and multitimbral setups and is compatible with Ion programs. The Micron features eight voices, each with three oscillators, two multimode filters, three envelope generators, two LFOs, sample and hold, and tracking generator. Four multitimbral parts. The Micron also offers a programmable step sequencer, arpeggiator, rhythm sequencer for drum kits, and a dynamic realtime phrase sequencer, which all synch to MIDI clock. Stereo bus effects, including reverb and 40-band vocoder. Provides 1/4" balanced stereo analog outputs and inputs with 24-bit conversion. A 37-key synth-action keyboard with velocity sensitivity allows comfortable, expressive playing. Controls include three continuously rotational 12-bit parameter knobs, two assignable modulation sliders, pitch wheel, and expression and sustain pedal inputs.

Features
  • Industry-leading ION analog-modeling sound engine in a compact package
  • 8 voices, each with 3 oscillators, 2 multimode filters, 3 envelope generators, 2 LFOs, sample and hold, and tracking generator
  • 4 multitimbral parts capability
  • Programmable step sequencer and arpeggiator
  • Programmable rhythm sequencer for drum kits
  • Dynamic realtime phrase sequencer
  • Stereo buss effects, including reverb and 40-band vocoder
  • 1/4" balanced stereo analog outputs and inputs with 24-bit conversion
  • 37-key, synth-action velocity sensitivity keyboard
  • 3 continuously-rotational 12-bit parameter knobs
  • 2 assignable modulation sliders
  • Pitch wheel
  • Expression and sustain pedal inputs
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
One year parts and labor warranty on all keyboards, DAT, and modules.
One year or 1500 hour warranty (whichever comes first) on tape heads.
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AlesisMicron Analog Modeling Synth
 
4.8

(based on 17 reviews)

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(70 of 74 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Napoleon Of Modeling Synths.

By SyNthGuRu216

from Cleveland, OH

Comments about Alesis Micron Analog Modeling Synth:

At first glance the Alesis Micron looks like little more than a toy. It's innovative size and simple design can be misleading however, because the Alesis Micron packs more features than some of todays leading modeling synths. The formula for this instrument? Alesis basically took their Ion modeling synth, simplified the design, and downsized it in everything but features. They left the keys full size which is a much desired feauture. They also give you octave up and octave down buttons, so you never have to worry about size limiting you from playing high of low. The pitch bend wheel is one of the best I have played yet, and unlike some, does not slip out of my fingers while I'm playing. The preloaded sounds have alot to say for themselves and require very little tweaking, however, those struck by creativity will have no problem completely altering them. All I can say about the Micron is go try it yourself, you'll be surprised, and whether its lying in bed with the Micron expierimenting with new sounds, or playing onstage, you will not be disapointed.

(33 of 36 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Simply amazing

By Synthguy123

from Millbury

Comments about Alesis Micron Analog Modeling Synth:

I bought this synth yesterday and I was so amazed by it I didn't stop playing it all night. This thing has so many effects. Im in love. All in all 1000000 times better than the mini korg (which I also have)

(18 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Excellent Virtual Analog Synth

By JoeyKeys

from Buffalo

Comments about Alesis Micron Analog Modeling Synth:

Wow! This synth is great! I own a microkorg synth and one day hope to get a minimoog, but because the classic analog synths are so expensive, I got this. The microkorg is good, but this does a lot more for its price. Plus this thing does just as much as its sister synth the Alesis Ion but costs less. The sounds are amazing. Most sounds are very close to a true analog and even sound like an old atari game. They can get classic sounds that true analogs have for less price. You can make and save up to 500 of your own user tones, patterns, arpeggios. That's a lot for such a small thing. Plus this small thing has full sized keys. very portable indeed.......

(18 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Why buy big?

By Lyndon

from Portland, OR

Comments about Alesis Micron Analog Modeling Synth:

This synth has everything you need. Fat bass, soothing pads and the ability to be edited to your needs at the touch of a button. If you want a great unit for a great price, this is your best bet. The synth sounds on this thing are straight out of analogue. One listen to the organ patches alone will have you purchasing this great set of keys in no time. I've done plenty of recording with this thing and I can't get over the lush sounds that come out of it. Amazing.

(18 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Simply Amazing!!!!!!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Alesis Micron Analog Modeling Synth:

This is a really good synthesizer. For the last couple of days I have tried deciding between the Micron or the MicroKorg. Once I heard about the Micron's sequencer I quickly went the Micron. I am sooo glad I did. The sounds on this synth are incredible and it is very user friendly for people who are very creative and need something to mess around with and tweak. Plus, this is very essential for a DJ who wants to throw together some effects or some chords.

(18 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sweet!

By Kyle

from Atlanta, Georgia

Comments about Alesis Micron Analog Modeling Synth:

This little guy is incredible. I've been playing it for about 3 months and it's been awesome. It doesn't have built-in speakers, but it does have a headphone input. Even with headphones in, when you have it plugged into an amp/sound system/whatever, you can still use the headphones. It has two inputs (L/R) and two outputs (L/R). It also has a special set of sounds you can use for an external instrument (I use a guitar). There is absolutely NOTHING you can't do on this thing. It's incredible. I HIGHLY recommend it!

(17 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Modern Synthesis at its Best!

By vangogh

from Rocklin, CA

Comments about Alesis Micron Analog Modeling Synth:

As a Radiohead junkie, I naturally picked up tools to work on synthesis, and I am in love with the complexities of this amazing syth. Its features are like that of any technical or analog synth I have played on, but I love how any sound, any program, and any system is easy to access. I have followed Thom Yorke, Postal Service, and Radiohead for years, and this synth gives me almost any sound to model the features of a full-range synth of Thom, Johnny, or Ben's caliber. The only downside to the Micron is the time signatures in terms of setups, in that all measures are based upon 2's and 4's, making it difficult to build time signatures based on 7/8's or 5/4's. Other than that, I use this synth in almost all my music and it provides sounds and programs valuable to any synth-based musician.

(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

INCREDIBLE synth!

By DJ Zombie-Walk

from St Louis, MO

Comments about Alesis Micron Analog Modeling Synth:

I bought this synth back in April after spending over an hour playing around with it in the store, and I must say this is by far one of the BEST purchases I've made for my music. It's so simple to use, and is a WONDERFUL piece of equipment if you're a producer. The only thing that's an inconvenience for me (I wouldn't even really call it a PROBLEM. I love this synth way too much to say it has any problems.) is that if you're using it for production, it isn't good if you're going for anything other than fast-paced electro music. But, this synth's greatness in what it delivers makes up for it 100%! If you buy this synth I KNOW you will love it. It is simply amazing. 5 stars. No doubt about it!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A small package that will be a BIG addition to your sound arsenal

By Heavy G

from Chicago, IL

Comments about Alesis Micron Analog Modeling Synth:

I did a lot of research before buying this synth. I have a Yamaha Motif ES-8 (which has some beautiful acoustic instrument tones). I was looking for a "second tier" (top shelf of my two tiered stand) synth that could afford quick access to some killer analog textures to augment the Motif. I read a lot of documentation on both the Micro Korg and the Micron...someone suggest the Micro X, also (but it is a couple hundred dollars more). In the end, I chose the Micron for a number of reasons... 1. The synth engine is outstanding...the tones are pretty close to the original analog versions. ALthought many "pros" will argue about the Nord, Moog, etc...sure, I could get the real thing (and the ultimate in performance) for about 5 times the price. Not an option...this is pretty darned good for less than $400. 2. It's physical layout and menu system are easy to navigate. The full sized keys (vs. the mini keys on the Korg) are a HUGE improvement. Moving up or down an octave is a breeze and can be done on the fly...overall, very simple format. The build quality is excellent (much more solid than the Korg). 3. It is a cool looking piece of hardware. I love the retro vibe...it just livens up my studio. It puts you in a playful mood when you riff on it. All in all, I would have to say that I am very happy with this keyboard. I imagine, it will enable my keyboard player (I am a drummer) to be able to leave the Motif in my studio and just use the Micron for live gigs.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Alesis Micron...

By Trillian

from El Paso, Texas

Comments about Alesis Micron Analog Modeling Synth:

Great for the price. I have no complaints with this piece of musical equipment. Its the first I have owned and I love it. Sound quality is great...

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Its tight but hard to use?

By kyle

from michigan

Comments about Alesis Micron Analog Modeling Synth:

the micron has everything. awsome sound excellent edge for anytype of music that you play. the size is perfect for being on stage. the only problem i would argue that its the best synth for low money is that the different setting are hard to find. there not easily excessable like the microkorg. you have to scroll through all 80 to get to the ones you like where the microkorg you can just push which one you want.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome

By The Musician

from Texas

Comments about Alesis Micron Analog Modeling Synth:

Do not let this little guy fool you. i played this guy at a show last night and it blew me and all of my band members away. It has every sound and effect that you need for a show.I defiantely recommend this product.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

so much put into this thing

By totallyted

from costa mesa ca

Comments about Alesis Micron Analog Modeling Synth:

a complete package, hard to think of a better synth especially when you include how cheap it is, 1000 different programs, awesome beats and rhythms, very good sounds, though with so many you do have some poor sounds, but thats no problem at all you may find need for them one day, you can also create an entire song on this thing, probably the only synth at this price you can do that one. Its the most complete instrument iv put my hands on, the preset sounds lean towards the dance/electronic side but with so many sounds theres something for any style.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best price/Easy to use

By Stephen

from Sac. CA

Comments about Alesis Micron Analog Modeling Synth:

This is the first and only synth I've owned.It is very easy to use and has alot of editing control so any sound can be tweaked.It's great for beginers to advanced musicians. The only downsides are that the sounds it comes with aren't that great and requires some adjustment, the other is it's lack of realtime controllers.

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AWESOME!!!

By T. Sanders

from Florida

Comments about Alesis Micron Analog Modeling Synth:

I was skeptical at first.. it does look like a toy. But once you plug it in.. it is addictive. The plethora of sounds that you have to pick from are awesome. The durability of the keyboard in travel is great, and I teach High School kids. If you are looking for an addition to you key voice or an addition to add sound effects, this is the board for you. Why buy a hug synth when this little baby packs it all.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

my secret weapon

By Clint

from san mateo, ca.

Comments about Alesis Micron Analog Modeling Synth:

excellent for the price. i remember thinking it was going to eventually wear on me, but here i am 5+ years later still playing the electron. this little machine gives me so much confidence, it is such a pleasure. i hooked it up to a digitech jamman and boss reverb to play live electro.

 
5.0

RIP MICROKORG

By Diana Kelly

from Fredericksburg virginia

Comments about Alesis Micron Analog Modeling Synth:

Well when i first started my band i had a synth player that used a microkorg but after his leave and my sudden new found talent of learning by ear and a natural talent with the keys i assumed the role of synth player but i had one problem NO SYNTH for several months i searched and searched and after which i decided on would get and it was the microkorg...but after a a month of gathering the money a came across a band that used this particular synth and feel inlove instantly, i cast aside the now outdated and over used microkorg and when i reached the ammount needed bought this synth in a heart beat!!!! This synth is the most amazing analog modeling synth on the market with only the miniak to rival it seeing how they are practically the same thing haha just different sounds and a bit different set up its easy to use and you get drum kits which really sold me on it! Buy this synth andbe in for hours of fun!

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