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Alesis Ion Virtual Analogue Synthesiser

The recent addition to the Alesis synth armoury, the Ion. The Ion is an 8 voice polyphonic, virtual analogue synthesiser, unlike its truly analogue bigger cousin the Andromeda. It has a less than generous 49 key keyboard, with no aftertouch, but it sounds great and is a doddle to program with a mod matrix of 12 levels and a very clear interface, with most of the controls having dedicated buttons or knobs.

The little green screen is not hugely attractive and is set at a bit of a funny (and unadjustable) angle, although I have no trouble with it. It is festooned with lights and the mod wheels light up in a progressively brighter red glow as you turn them.

There is an SOS review of this beast, which, whilst hesitant at first came out very well in the end. The 8 note poly, which is much less than some more expensive competitors such as the new Kurzweil VA and the Access Virus KC, has not yet been a limitation for me. For the price of less than 600 this is very highly recommended. You can read a full review I wrote for Samplecraze here: Samplecraze Alesis Ion Review

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