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    Alesis Fusion

    Synth Workstation

    In these days of fast, flexible computers and powerful virtual instruments, has the hardware workstation synth had its day? Alesis's Fusion mounts the case for the defence, offering four synthesis types, sampling, sequencing and hard disk recording — for under £1000.

    Reviews May 2006
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    Alesis Micron

    Modelled Analogue Synthesizer

    Less really is more — the 'smaller' name suggests a cut-down follow-up to 2003's Ion synth, but in fact the Micron includes most of the spec of its predecessor, and has added effects and a built-in sequencer too.

    Reviews Jan 2005
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    Alesis Ion User Tips

    Programming Guide

    Although the Ion is already well-respected for its sound quality, its synthesis architecture is also surprisingly flexible. We show you how to get the best from this little beast in your studio.

    Techniques Oct 2004
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    Alesis Ion

    Modelled Analogue Synthesizer

    The Ion might be a latecomer to the world of analogue modelling, but this has afforded Alesis the opportunity of learning from all the virtual analogues already on the market. Free and radical, or negative particle? We find out...

    Reviews Sep 2003
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    Alesis QS6.2 & QS8.2

    Expandable 64-voice Sample-based Synths

    Alesis' QS6.2 and QS8.2 may induce a feeling of déjà vu — they look remarkably similar to 1995's QS6 and QS8. But eight years on, surely the spec has been significantly upgraded to reflect the passage of time?

    Reviews Jun 2003
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    Alesis Air Synth

    Motion-controlled Synthesizer

    Alesis brought us Air FX, a motion-controlled effects unit, just before they ran into financial trouble in 2001, so the planned synth version never really appeared at the time. Now that they're back, the Air Synth is with us at last...

    Reviews Mar 2003
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    Alesis A6 Andromeda

    16-Voice Analogue Synthesizer

    Looking like a star cruiser, or something from the film 2001 (rather than just the year), Alesis' Andromeda is the first analogue polysynth that approaches the complexity of a digital workstation. But does analogue necessarily equate to quality?

    Reviews Apr 2001
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    Alesis DM Pro

    Drum Module

    The latest addition to Alesis's DM series of drum modules has the suffix Pro — but does it have the feature‑set to match?

    Reviews Jun 1999
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    Alesis Nanosynth

    64-voice Synth Module

    The Nanosynth is a pygmy on the outside but a veritable Watutsi on the inside. Derek Johnson cuts a swathe through the undergrowth in search of tiny treasure...

    Reviews Oct 1997
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    Alesis Nano Bass

    Bass Sound Module

    Bass, how small can you get? Nicholas Rowland gives Alesis' new bottom end a good slap.

    Reviews Sep 1997
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    Alesis Nano Piano

    Stereo Piano Module

    A very, very big piano inside a very, very small box: Derek Johnson investigates Alesis' latest impressive conjuring trick.

    Reviews Jul 1997
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    Alesis DM5

    Drum Module

    Paul White checks out the successor to his beloved D4 and ends up casting sidelong glances at his cheque book.

    Reviews Feb 1996
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    Alesis S4 Quadrasynth

    64-voice Sound Module

    Dave Crombie gets to grips with Alesis' Tardis-like synth module and finds out that the inside is a lot bigger than the outside.

    Reviews Nov 1994
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