Synthesizers

Alesis Micron

The Alesis Micron, a new compact synth with the ION analog-modeling sound engine! The Alesis Micron is a powerful 8-voice Analog Modeling synthesizer based on the award-winning sound engine of the larger Alesis Ion in a compact 3.

Offering a virtually limitless sonic palette, the Alesis MICRON eight-voice analog-modeling synthesizer produces a big sound despite its small size. Whether you use a synth to accompany you on stage or in the studio or you prefer to work with the hundreds of preset Alesis sounds or create your own, the MICRON is a great musical companion.

The MICRON may be small in size, but it produces a big sound.

It offers 8 voices, each with 3 oscillators, 2 multimode filters, 3 envelope generators, 2 LFOs, sample and hold, and tracking generator.

The MICRON has two multi-mode filters, three envelope generators, and two LFOs: the full spectrum of synthesis components for shaping and creating sonorities and textures. For stage and studio-ready quality, the MICRON has 24-bit audio outputs and inputs via balanced connections.

Each of the MICRON’s voices contains two filters, and each filter can be one of the following different types, each with its own character and sonic flavor: Bypass, Low Pass: ob 2-pole, tb 3-pole, mg 4-pole, rp 4-pole, jp 4-pole, al 8-pole; Band Pass: ob 2-pole, al 6-pole, octave dual, band limit; High Pass: ob 2-pole, op 4-pole; three Vocal Formants, four Comb Filters, Phase Warp, Frequency, Resonance, Key Tracking, Envelope Amount, Offset, and Absolute.

Key Features

  • Analog modeling synth engine
  • Eight voices, each with three oscillators
  • Up to eight multi-timbral parts with stereo effects
  • Two multimode filters, three envelope generators, two LFOs, sample and hold, tracking generator
  • Dynamic real-time and step sequencers, arpeggiator, and drum machine/rhythm sequencer
  • Stereo bus effects including reverbs and delays
  • 24-bit 1/4-inch balanced stereo analog outputs and inputs
  • 37-key synth-action keyboard with velocity sensitivity
  • More than 600 preset sounds

Specifications

  • Synthesis: analog modeling (subtractive), noise generator, FM
  • Polyphony: up to 8 voices
  • Timbrality: up to 8 parts
  • Oscillators: 3 per voice with continuously variable waveshapes, sync, linear and exponential FM, Ring Mod, routable modulation matrix per voice.
  • Filters: 2 multi-mode resonating filters per voice with 16 filter types
  • Modulation: 2 LFOs with multiple wave shapes, sample and hold, tracking generator, freely routable modulation matrix per voice
  • Effects: 4 drive effects, 1 per part; master effects
  • Sequencing: step sequencer, arpeggiator, drum machine/rhythm sequencer, and phrase sequencer
  • Program memory: up to 1,000 programs and multi-timbral setups
  • Velocity sensitive: Yes
  • Keyboard: 37-key, synth action
  • External control: MIDI in/out/thru
  • Inputs: 2 balanced 1/4-inch TRS, mic
  • Outputs: 2 balanced 1/4-inch TRS, 1/4-inch TRS headphone
  • Pedal Inputs: Assignable expression pedal, sustain pedal

 

Alesis Micron Data Transfers

Alesis Micron Data Transfers

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Alesis Micron Repair

Alesis Micron Repair

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Novation Ultranova

 

 

Novation UltraNova 37-key Synthesizer Features at a Glance:

  • 144 character LCD
  • 8x detented touch sensitive encoders
  • 1x large smooth encoder (with back-lit filter lock buttons)
  • 1x large patch select/speed dial encoder
  • 2x volume & monitor mix dials
  • 39 LED lit/indicated buttons
  • Pitch wheel (LED lit)
  • Modulation wheel (LED lit)
  • 37 note keyboard with velocity and aftertouch
  • XLR dynamic mic input
  • 2x 1/4″ jack inputs
  • 2x 1/4″ jack outputs
  • 2x 1/4″ jack aux outputs
  • 1x 1/4″ jack headphone output
  • SPDIF digital output on RCA connector
  • Expression pedal on 1/4″ jack input
  • Sustain pedal on 1/4″ jack input
  • MIDI in/out/thru
  • 12 volt power input (AC adapter included)
  • 2 x 4 audio interface USB port (UltraNova can be powered via USB)
  • Up to 18 note polyphony (dynamic voicing)

Tech Specs

Sound Engine Type(s) Modeling
Number of Keys 37
Type of Keys Semi-weighted
Other Controllers Pitchbend, Mod Wheel, 8 x Encoders
Polyphony 18 Notes
Number of Presets 300
Number of Effects 14
Effects Types Distortion, Compressor, Chorus, Delay, Reverb
Arpeggiator Yes
Audio Inputs 2 x TS, 1 x XLR (Mic)
Audio Outputs 4 x TS, 1 x TRS (Headphones)
Digital Outputs 1 x S/PDIF
USB 1 x Type B
MIDI I/O In/Out/Thru/USB
Pedal Inputs 1 x Expression, 1 x Sustain
Weight 7.93 lbs.
Power Supply Bus Powered, 12 V DC, 1250 mA (Included)
Manufacturer Part Number ULTRANOVA