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So I got an Ion

Post by Entropy Farmer » Wed Aug 08, 2007 8:41 pm

Do I have weakling jello-fingers, or do the buttons require an abnormal amount of pressure to depress? Using the thing reminds me of my great-great aunt who used to poke the h**l out of your shoulder with her bony crone finger. It's like I need a set of Tony Levin's Funk Fingers to page the bloody menu.

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Post by Panurge8 » Wed Aug 08, 2007 11:01 pm

Is it a new (or previously unused) one? I bought mine used and I only encountered this problem with the fourth timbre button, but after a few days the button was the same as the rest. I wonder if the buttons will become less stiff over time? Hope you like the synth, I certainly do!

BTW: are the Funk Fingers those rods he uses on his right hand pointer and middle fingers? Those are awesome. 8)
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Post by johans121 » Thu Aug 09, 2007 12:05 am

Mine feels fine.

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Post by killedaway » Thu Aug 09, 2007 1:08 am

i bought mine new.... never noticed any sort of stiff button thing happening. might be a fluke. how do you like your ion sound-wise?
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Post by Box » Thu Aug 09, 2007 2:22 am

I bought mine used from a guy in Michigan that used it in a band and all the buttons on mine work fine. Maybe it's just you. :P But it's a fantastic synthesizer and I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.
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I got one VERY used................

Post by jplavidfan » Thu Aug 09, 2007 6:51 am

and I took a can of switch spray to most of the pushbuttons and even the main volume button.

After a bit of poking around, they all worked fine, but yes, those little lit rectangles were most definitely sticky when I got mine.

And I like it a ton! The sound just keeps on going and going. I am just starting to alter the preinstalled patches. But I have an MS2000 that I am just getting started with too.

But, I will say this. The MG1 still puts out a warmer sound than any VA.

I had to learn it for myself. I have 3 VA's now, and they sound great, but the Bob Moog filter sends them all to wannabe h**l.

I am convinced I need a Minimoog soon.

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Post by Entropy Farmer » Thu Aug 09, 2007 12:00 pm

Doesn't this belong in "Help"
Whoops. Yes, it should have gone there. That's what I get for posting in a hurry at work.

Anyhow, this switch spray stuff sounds intriguing. My unit was sitting around for a few years not being used according to the Ebay description, which might explain things. The mod wheel also squeaks at like 14khz, which is h**l of annoying.

To try and steer this back into general synth territory: I like it so far! The mod matrix is really comprehensive, and the sound character contrasts nicely with the other synths I have. I feel like I'm doing a lot of menu diving, though, considering how many dedicated controls there are.

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Post by Maschinengeist » Thu Aug 09, 2007 10:03 pm

They should be smooth. Maybe the previous owner spilled some soda in it.
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Post by Box » Fri Aug 10, 2007 12:11 am

After you spend a few hours with it you'll get aquainted with it. The Ion is is my first and only synth, and after spending about a week with it I was flying through the edit menus. I really love my Ion A LOT. I probablly will never get rid of it. My only real problem is its 49keys instead of 61, despite that its perfect. One day I had brought it by my high-school band(yes... I'm only 15, about to be 16 though :)) and got many astonished looks from people. Even my band director (been directing for 27 years) was amazed with it and even further more shocked when I told him its price. I'm going to use it for my school's upcoming talent showcase and wow the other people at my school. :P Sadly, when I tell people I play synthesizers and they say "a what?" kinda makes me feel unique. :P[/quote]
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Post by chipbrain » Sun Aug 12, 2007 6:17 pm

Box, how much actually does a new Ion costs, and from where exactly can i order it safely and troubleless,since am stuck in a half-reckognized european-banana-republic (where finding an Alesis dealer is downright impossible)?

Iv been wanting one since the day they got out, but am still searching...
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Post by machvingtsun » Wed Aug 15, 2007 10:36 pm

I want to buy on of these to.
Nova musik is selling them at what seems to be the cheapest price new.

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Post by thestreets » Wed Aug 15, 2007 10:53 pm

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