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Micron/Ion 2

Ion 2 and Micron 2 revamps. And Alesis SR idea.
Ok, So I've been using a old Akai Miniak since late 2013 or early 2014. I honestly can't remember, I have been using this synth with the Alesis Micron exclusively since then, mainly because that Akai was my first synth ever. I'm extremely impressed with the overall sound capabilities and qualities of the synth and wholeheartedly believe that this synth engine should still be on the market today. The main issue is with the interface, I think we can all agree that the Micron was very frustrating to work with unless you were just going to be using preset programs with your compositions. ere's my proposition to Alesis;
Micron 2: 12-voices, user interface similar to the Elektron Analog 4 MKII and a large led screen.
Ion 2: 20-voices, has all the sequencing capabilities of the Micron synths.
SR-X: Essentially the same as the SR-16 (The drum machine I use use) except it can record and use samples from other instruments/aux, or at least can use use samples from a SD card or save samples from a USB device.

The Ion/Micron engine could definitely benefit from some sound engine tweaking to ensure high quality sounds using a single voice per note. The interface of this synths I feel should genuinely be designed by the Elektron team, their synths have incredible interface design and their sequencing technology is paralleled by none. The need for additional voices is due to the fact that 8 voices simply is not enough for a deeply layered song, especially if a instrument is using 2 voices per note or you're using the Micron to sequence rhythm parts as well. The Micron does have awesome synthesized drum capabilities as well, so having some extra room to actually use it simultaneously with instruments without running out of voices would be great. I would also LOVE to see a Andromeda reboot similar to this vein.

Here's a link to a few of my songs just to show you how I actually use my old discontinued Alesis products.

Micron only: https://clairvoyancebell.bandcamp.com...
Micron/SR-16: https://clairvoyancebell.bandcamp.com...
Micron/SR-16/ Miniak for additional polyphony: https://clairvoyancebell.bandcamp.com...
These recordings were essentially recorded in live performance mode.
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  • Hello,

    Thanks for posting your music and your product suggestions! I'll be sure to pass this along to my team as a feature request for you for a new product. Please be aware that updates and announcements will not be posted here on the forums. Instead, please stay tuned to www.alesis.com, or consider signing up for our newsletter.
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  • Thanks for the reply, since I know someone is actually paying attention I'll just go ahead and list some of the design features I would really like implemented, and I understand that you probably would prefer to stay away from a collaboration from a competitor company, so I'll go ahead and describe some of the interface/control elements that would be most important to me and I'm sure other users would appreciate as well.

    The "program" edit mode for the Micron model could be made much easier if the screen displayed 8 parameters per page that could all be adjusted by the assignable knobs. While in edit mode, their custom assignments would not be in use but rather they would be editing the on-screen parameters such as "filter frequency" "filter resonance", "Filter Keytrack" and the data knob will be used to scroll through the pages (example Filter 1 page one, filter 2 page 2, osc.1, postmix, blah blah blah). So basically: to edit a "program" (sound) you go into edit mode, scroll through pages with up to 8 parameters per page, adjust those parameters using the 8 "assignable/edit" knobs. ( I guess I did not mention this in the original post but having more "x/y/z" style assignable knobs would be a huge improvement on this thing, and personally I would prefer this kind of interface over the ion due to the fact that it is more flexible for "setups" with many synthesizer programs running all at once.

    Having pads to assign sequences to in "setup" mode would work much better for a lot of people due to the fact that you can trigger, loop, and stop a sequence with a single finger tap. The old method of assigning and latching a sequence or arpeggio to the keyboard should still be available for the purpose of transposing the pattern in real time. Since the pads should implemented in this way anyways, it would also make sense to use them in the step sequencer edit mode similar to the electribe or the thousands of other sequencers that use this sort of thing.

    There should also be a option to switch to "advanced" sequence mode which will also allow the creation of sequences with true odd metered lengths such as 3/4,5/8, 7/16, 9/8, 10/8. In the old design, you able to quantize meters of even numbered beats into 20th notes, which was neat, but creating a true odd length sequencer is important due to the fact that I or someone else will want to create a setup/song that changes time signatures during the song without running into a major tempo issue. Obviously this gets complicated due to the fact that having a 7/4 sequence running and the same time as a 4/8 sequence causes a "polymeter drift", that personally I would like to be able to do intentionally, but I imagine a lot of users would find annoying or confusing. So this feature would need to be addressed in a little more detail.

    Two very minor things: "part volume" in setup mode should directly correlate with the part's "program volume" (if your program volume is set to 80%, in setup mode 100% volume is actually 80%, and 50% is actually 40%, very annoying.), and each "setup" should be able to have a stored tempo so the user doesn't have to manually adjust the tempo every time they switch setup.

    Lastly, as I've said, I've spent A TON of time in this synth and I have about 80+ virtual instruments programed into this thing so If you need someone to add some instruments to the Micron 2 or test the new one out I would love to do it. my email is clairvoyancebell@outlook.com so if you want me on your "team" feel free to contact me and I can give you my thoughts on whatever kind of ideas you have in mind for this sort of product.
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  • hello, yeah, hi can I get some free king support over here? My Micron's pitch wheel decided that it was going to start moving itself so I had to take the whole thing apart, only to find glue gun all up in it, so I had to take the pitch wheel out, and the pitch wheel is now short circuiting or something, I actually really need a new version of this synth to keep working with the Ion engine, or else I'm going to have to switch over to Korg and conserve my work on the miniaks/microns like some sort of rare metal.

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7Tg...

    https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/b%2...
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