Alesis Micron

(Ion analog-modeling sound engine in a compact keyboard)

-Eight voices, each with three oscillators, two multimode filters, three envelope generators, two LFOs, sample and hold, and tracking generator
-Four multitimbral parts
-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 keyboard with velocity sensitivity
-3 continuously-rotational 12-bit parameter knobs, 2 assignable modulation sliders, pitch wheel, expression and sustain pedal inputs
-Compatible with ION programs

The Micron has the same sound engine as the Ion in a compact 3-octave keyboard . The Micron is compatible with Ion programs and holds over 1,000 programs and multitimbral setups.
The Micron offers continuously variable wave shapes, plus sync and FM synthesis. 16 filter types are included, along with 2 LFOs with multiple wave shapes and sample & hold. The Micron has 8-voice polyphony with 3 oscillators per voice, and is 4-part multitimbral. The Micron offers a programmable step sequencer, arpeggiator, rhythm sequencer for drum kits, and dynamic realtime 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, 4 drive effects, and stereo bus effects, including reverb.
For assignable realtime control, the Micron offers 3 knobs, 2 modulation sliders, and a pitch wheel. The knobs are 360 degree potentiometers with 12-bit resolution, yielding 32 times the resolution of a typical MIDI controller, yet still compatible with the latest sequencers via NRPMS (Non-Registered Parameter Numbers). entire frequency range.
Lightweight and portable, the Micron keyboard contains 37 keys with velocity and release velocity sensitivity. There are 2 analog outputs and 2 stereo analog inputs balanced and using 24-bit conversion. Also included are connections for expression pedal, sustain pedal, and MIDI In, Out, and Thru.
Developed by the same sound design team that programmed the Andromeda synthesizer, the Micron’s presets cover a variety of genres, including many new tonalities, as well as classic synth emulations. Ion programs can be transferred to and from the Micron via MIDI, and more new sounds will also be available from the Alesis website.

Alesis (Usa) – 12555 Jefferson Ste. 285 LA CA 90066 - (310) 821-5000, email

Alesis Italy :E-sound Tel : +39 0733 226271 - Fax: +39 0733 226546
Corso Persiani, 77 - 62019 Recanati (MC) - Italy
Via Avogadro, 10 Zona Industriale E.Fermi - 62010 Montelupone (MC) - Italy

advanced technologic sound magazine
2004 February issue 122

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