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
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