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Alesis ION Analog Modeling Synthesizer

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    Description
    Developed by innovative Alesis engineering and DSP technology, the Alesis ION is a high-resolution analog modeling synthesizer offering breakthrough processing power, real-time control, and great value.

    Built on a 500 MIPS processor platform (500 million instructions per second), the ION offers continuously variable wave shapes, plus sync and FM synthesis. 16 filter types are included, along with two LFOs, Sample & Hold, and an Arpeggiator—all of which sync to MIDI clock. The ION has 8-voice polyphony with 3 oscillators per voice, and is 4-part multi-timbral. A powerful and intuitive modulation matrix is built in, as well as a 40-band vocoder that does not use up any polyphony.

    The ION features an ergonomic user interface with 3 variably-illuminating control wheels and 31 amply spaced control knobs. The knobs are 360 degree potentiometers with 12-bit resolution, yielding 32 times the resolution of a typical MIDI controller, yet still compatible with the latest sequencers via NRPNs (Non-Registered Parameter Numbers). The result is extraordinary precision—void of any undesirable digital artifacts—and a very “analog” sound throughout the entire frequency range.

    A 160x160 graphic display provides instant visual feedback as a parameter is edited. The ION keyboard contains 49 velocity-sensitive keys, 4 analog outputs and 2 stereo analog inputs (all balanced and using 24-bit conversion), 4 individual insert effects, a stereo master multi-FX processor, and an internal universal power supply.

    Developed by a world-class sound design team, many of whom programmed the flagship Andromeda synthesizer, the ION’s 512 user-rewritable presets cover a variety of genres, including many exciting new tonalities, as well as classic synth emulations. New sounds will also be available from the Alesis website, as will a Flash demo of the ION.
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    Architecture
    Type: Digital
    Synthesis: Frequency Modulation, Subtractive
    Oscillators: 3
    Waveforms: Pulse, Saw Up, Sine, Triangle
    Envelopes: 3
    Evelope Paramerters: Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release, Looping, Slope, Time
    Filters: 2
    Types: 12dB Slope (2-pole), 24dB Slope (4-pole), 36dB Slope , 48dB Slope (8-pole), Band Limit, Band Pass, Comb, Formant, Low Pass, Phase Warp , Resonance
    Filter Modulation: Envelope, Keyboard, Knob, LFO, Mod Wheel, Oscillator
    Filter Notes:
    17 Filter Types
    LFO: 3
    LFO Parameters: Sample & Hold, Saw Up, Sine, Square, Triangle, Key Sync
    LFO Notes::
    + Co-sine
    + Cos-Triangle
    + Cos-Saw
    + Cos-Square
    Polyphony & Tuning
    Polyphony: 8
    Timbrality: 4
    Tuning: Standard
    Modes: Mono, Polyphonic, Split, Unison
    Patches
    Patches RAM: 512
    Multipatches RAM: 64
    Storage: Internal
    Editing: MIDI
    Arpeggiator
    + forward
    + reverse
    + trigger
    + r-n-r in
    + r-n-r x
    + oct jump
    Effects
    + Super Phaser
    + String Phaser
    + Theta Flanger
    + Thru Zone Flanging
    + Chorus
    + 40-Band Vocoder
    Chips and Operating System
    Firmware v1.06
    500 MIPS processor
    Case
    Case: Keyboard
    Keyboard: 49 keys, Non-weighted, Plastic
    Controls: Aftertouch, Velocity, Knobs, Mod - Wheel, Mod - Wheel 2, Pitch -Wheel, Modulation 1/4" Jacks, Pedal - Sustain, Pedal - Volume
    Display Type: LCD, LED, Backlit
    Display Count H: 160
    Display Count V: 160
    Dimensions (WxDxH): 33.0” x 3.75” x 13.0” / 838. 20 x 95.25 x 330.20mm
    Weight: 20 lbs / 9 kg
    Connections
    Audio Output Connections: 1/4" Phone Jack, Stereo Main, Stereo Headphone
    Audio Output Count: 6
    Inputs: 2 Balanced 1/4” TRS jac 2 Balanced 1/4” TRS jacks
    MIDI Ports: IN, OUT, THRU
    DAC Bits: 24
    DAC Frequency Rate: 48
    Power: 12 Watts max (100-240V AC / 50- 60Hz)
    Production
    Year Released: 2003
    Year Discontinued: 2007
    Used By
    Klaus Schulze, Paul Nagle
    Manuals & Documents

    Product Links
    Company Product Sites:
    [+] www.alesis.com
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    Pricing
    MSRP List Price: $700 - convert
    Retail Street Price: $599 - convert
    Used Price: $300 - $500 - convert
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