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 ALESIS Ion Digital Synthesizer

Alesis Ion synthesizer
Alesis Ion
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other ALESIS gear..
Built 2003
Type: digital
Hybrid: no
8 Voice / Stimmen
4x Multitimbral
large Memory / Speicher
Value / Wert in 2017 ca. 500 (not rare)
Synthesis: subtractive

OSC Features pwm hard+soft sync ring fm algorithms
Wave Shapes morph saw-tri pulse sine noise
3 OSCs
2 Filter lpf hpf bpf notch vocal self reso 2-8 Pole
2 LFOs pulse sine tri saw random
3 Envelope Generators 3x ADSSR

MIDI CONTROLLER Control / Triggering
49 Keys with velocity aftertouch

Arpeggiator yes
Sequencer no
(ID 255)
  deutsch - german
ABOUT Alesis' anwer to their own product Andromeda A6? .. structure: yes, sound: no, completely different..
ABOUT Alesis Antwort auf ihr eigenes Produkt Andromeda? Strukturell ja, klanglich nein..
DETAILS cool Sample and Hold unit, a Real one - LFOs are VERY fast (1khz), all OSC waves can be set in symmetry. routings for sync and FM with 3 OSCs (hard/soft), LFO are being routed in the mod-matrix and the waveform is set in the matrix, too!
DETAILS Sample and Hold Einheit (eine richtige), sehr schnelle LFOs bis 1khz. OSC-wellenformen können in der Symmetrie eingestellt werden. Verschaltungen bei Sync (hard/soft) und FM mit 3 OSCs (!), LFOs werden in der Matrix geroutet und haben erst dort eine Wellenform.
SOUND nice FX but always with some plastic in it..
SOUND FX ohne Ende, allerdings mit reichlich VA-Plastikschwurbel..
VERSION micron (3okt keys), ion (5okt)
VERSION micron (3okt keys), ion (5okt)
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by: moogulator
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alesis micron vs. ion

but sounds very different..
alesis ion VA Synth some filters are implemented saying "moog 24lpf" or oberheim lpf,bpf,lpf, 8pole types, jupiter 8 and more (formant type filters).. it doesn't sopund a6, but for a VA it sound very good.. imo the best choice for those who can't afford the andromeda..
1000hz max speed (cool! only the waldorf Q has more: 2600hz) lfos (2x), and 3 ENVs, 2 filters routable (parallel,serial and more..) some stereo modes for filter routing, envs: quite nice, with curves.. quite a6-like.. in structure. same machine as 3oct-key with 3 knobs very tiny and small for live use and take away called alesis MICRON is available for about 450€ - the ion is around €750 - both are completely the same sound engine!
ion alesis micron vs. ion synthesizer TEXT
AUDIO FILE (download)
audiodemo (6.3 MB of audio recorded
,uuhm quite baaad messe (fair) recording and "unmotivated", I almost did not hear anything.. so I just pressed some knobs and hoped it is better than nothing..) audiodemo ion and micron click here (ah, and don't tell me it suXX, it does!) -
It is very silly, I could not hear anything and just stepped through some things .. You hear fm'ed filters first (lfos at 1khz and changing) and in the later part some silly preset variations ;) My worst demo ever!!.. Really..
there are some things that have not been available so far: FX and some filter models.
listen yourself if you find the filters analog'ish.. ;) I wasn't sure this is close to the synth it says to be.. hmm.. modmatrix, fm, sync (soft & hard).. 8 voices.,unison mode uses 2,4,all voices.
more to come..
ion audio file - etwas grob, weil auf der messe bei erscheinen aufgenommen..

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ion ion audio synthesizer audio AUDIO


strange, they always had real usable things, they invented the ADAT recorders and a series of well known FX boxes. the best known one and now discontinued is the 16 voiced real analogue Andromeda, which drew much more attention to Alesis as a synth manufacturer who instroduced VA synths later. today they changed more to the DAW kind of products which are still interesting like more affordable CC boxes for DAW and Mixing. after the release of Andromeda they went into insolvency and where bought by Numark, the DJ mixer company and the A6 dropped the price but the Andro team was fired. anyway it was the most remarkable product of Alesis ever made. there's no other 16 voice poly synth of that complexity around and will sooner or later be mentioned along with the Jupiter 8, the Matrx 12 or the Prophet 5. So thanks to Dave Bryce and Mike Peake (and others) for struggeling to make it real and hope there will be a second generation "Andromeda" incl. 3 Octave, Desktop and Rack Verison with faster LFO as they all wish.

Alesis now belongs to the inMusic group (along with Akai, Numark and ion)

Official Intl. Site :

Alesis gehört wie Akai und Numark zur inMusic Group.

Die Ur-Firma war vor Allem durch das ADAT Format 8Spur Recorder bekannt und die gleichnamige digitale Schnittstelle mit Lichtleitern für bis zu 8 Kanäle. Sie ist auch 2014 noch ein Standard in Audio-Interfaces.

Nach dem Alesis Andromeda - oder genauer während er in den Markt ging, ging die Firma insolvent und wurde von Numark gekauft.

heute gehören Numark, Alesis und Akai zur in Music Group (USA).



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