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Ion discontinued

Posted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 5:23 am
by Stab Frenzy
Anyone else noticed this? Or am I just late to realise what everyone already knows?

Will the prices on ebay be going up now that they're discontinued?

L@@K!! Alesis Ion analog synth!! VINTAGE!! RARE!!!11

Posted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 5:30 am
by felis
The site was just recently updated. This is their current line up for synths:
http://www.alesis.com/synths

The Ion seemed to be a love it or hate it type synth. I, for one, am not glad to see it's been dropped.

Re: Ion discontinued

Posted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 5:39 am
by Sir Ruff
Stab Frenzy wrote:Anyone else noticed this? Or am I just late to realise what everyone already knows?

Will the prices on ebay be going up now that they're discontinued?

L@@K!! Alesis Ion analog synth!! VINTAGE!! RARE!!!11
Dude, don't be so cynical...

(you forgot the MOOG ARP ROLAND!@!!!!!)

:lol:

Posted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 6:01 am
by insky
I guess taking a look at their legacy product list confirms that the lack of the Ion on their current product list is not an accidental oversight.

Posted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 6:44 am
by keb
Looks like the aging QS synths have finally been put out to pasture as well...

Posted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 6:49 am
by Analog Freak
I wonder if the fact that it's discontinued means that they're going to come out with some sort of replacement? I suppose the Ion just wasn't selling enough to turn a profit and the Micron was. It's still pretty strange, because the two synthesizers are almost identical in terms of what's under the hood.

Posted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 7:08 am
by tyrannosaurus mark
Hmm, from my perspective the ion is an ugly massive keyboard and the micron is a cute and portable bargain. Hahaha, then again I don't own either

Posted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 9:17 am
by brian.only
At least the andy is still up. :)

I always thought the micron looked and felt cheap, ion feels a bit sturdier and gave some more control. Pity if the trend is functionality/options vs. portability...I cant truly get busy on a 2-3 octave keyboard unless I just playing a bassline.

Posted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 9:29 am
by BlackGnosis
aw dammit I wanted to get one! D=

Re: Ion discontinued

Posted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 1:00 pm
by D-Collector
Sir Ruff wrote:
Stab Frenzy wrote:Anyone else noticed this? Or am I just late to realise what everyone already knows?

Will the prices on ebay be going up now that they're discontinued?

L@@K!! Alesis Ion analog synth!! VINTAGE!! RARE!!!11
Dude, don't be so cynical...

(you forgot the MOOG ARP ROLAND!@!!!!!)

:lol:
bah!

Here in scandinavia, sellers usually name any synth over 15 years old a CULT SYNTHESIZER!!!

Like Yamaha DX27 CULT SYNTH !!! or Roland MT32 CULT SYNTH, Rare module, etc. Everything is a cult item :shock:

But at least I get a good laugh when browsing through ads :D

Re: Ion discontinued

Posted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 1:23 pm
by tyrannosaurus mark
D-Collector wrote:
Sir Ruff wrote:
Stab Frenzy wrote:Anyone else noticed this? Or am I just late to realise what everyone already knows?

Will the prices on ebay be going up now that they're discontinued?

L@@K!! Alesis Ion analog synth!! VINTAGE!! RARE!!!11
Dude, don't be so cynical...

(you forgot the MOOG ARP ROLAND!@!!!!!)

:lol:
bah!

Here in scandinavia, sellers usually name any synth over 15 years old a CULT SYNTHESIZER!!!

Like Yamaha DX27 CULT SYNTH !!! or Roland MT32 CULT SYNTH, Rare module, etc. Everything is a cult item :shock:

But at least I get a good laugh when browsing through ads :D
wow, do people actually use the english word 'cult' do describe a synthesiser?

THAT'S AWESOME!

But a really strange use of the word 'cult'

Posted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 3:41 pm
by AstroDan
Alesis makes some odd decisions. That synth appeared to be a huge success. Haven't they gone out of business like a hundred times?

Posted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 3:46 pm
by JSRockit
That's too bad...probably one of the better bargain VAs around.

Posted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 3:53 pm
by BluMunk
It seems like Alesis is falling out of the keyboard game. Which is too bad; I've always been a fan of their product line (owner of a QS7.1).

A buddy of mine bought the Ion this past fall and I think it's a great synth. I wonder if it's problem might have been that for a few hundred more a person could buy a synth with some mystique in it. Save up another $200-300 and get a Nord. The Ion pushed its price point (either up or down, depending on how you look at it) and so lost a chunk of the market.

Posted: Wed Feb 27, 2008 3:55 pm
by felis
Hopefully they've got an Ion II in the works. There were only a few things I've heard people would like changed though, like maybe a bit of an angle on the display, and maybe more polyphony.
IMO - they pretty much got it right the first time.