Looking for a new verb to replace my Yamaha spx90ii, which is terribly noisy. Someone local is selling an Alesis Microverb 3 for \\\. Would this. They said it couldn’t be done – yet Alesis’ Microverb III incorporates improvements over its predecessors while retaining its “budget” status. WHEN YOU THINK. Multi-Effects unit. This is the original and not the remake model. From the Alesis manual:Born from the original Alesis MICROVERB and MICROVERB II, the.
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Alesis Microverb III 16 Bit Digital Reverb and Delay
At more extreme settings, you can achieve some pretty dramatic results too. And it’s so intuitive: Before getting to grips with the Microverb III’s sonic capabilities, I should just mention a few of its physical attributes. Searchable archive of old, out-of-print music production magazines. As owners of earlier models will be aware, the Microverb was one of the first pieces of equipment to feature a revolutionary new concept in parameter control – the knob. But it also has a whole range microoverb other reverb types to choose from, and to refer to them as anything other than stunning would be to admit to having become blase about reverb effects in general.
Now in its third revision, the popular Microverb has attained full miicroverb status and boasts an incredible effects programs. You might expect a budget reverb unit to be fairly simple in operation, but the kind of simplicity we’re talking about here is one which doesn’t compromise overall performance and ultimately makes this such an attractive machine.
What more could anyone reasonably ask? ONE OF THE great things about reviewing the original Microverbs was that with only 16 programs, it was quite feasible to run through each one and describe the quality of the effect. Just turn the knob marked High EQ. That said, you do need to consult the manual fairly regularly when you’re trying to remember the effect settings for each position of the switch on the right of the unit – this sort of information would be included in the LCD on more expensive models.
It really helps – thank you! There are still ringy and woolly reverb sounds around: The days of a reverb unit having a particular quality of sound are thankfully at an end. Just switch the rotary knob to the next position.
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Well, obviously, life without MIDI-controlled program changes would be that much more difficult, but I don’t think that the type of programs provided by the Microverb need to be changed mid-song very often. The Microverb’s tri-colour LED isn’t exactly the last word in signal monitoring, but it does its job. WHEN YOU THINK about it, the design and selling of a new piece of hi-tech musical gear for the budget end of the market must cause manufacturers more headaches than a unit at the top of the same range.
Previous article in this issue: Both have to provide value for money – but this is usually much easier for the public to identify in budget equipment. A total of 16 different effects for each reverb type are available, arranged, for the most part, in ascending order of reverberation time.
Fancy a longer reverb time? This was particularly interesting when creating rhythmic effects in conjunction with a drum machine. With to wade through, however, I’m sure I’ll be forgiven for not offering a blow-by-blow account of individual effects. Ordinarily on this kind of machine you could have expected to find only fairly safe effects designed to please everyone but with no real character. Basically, all the most popular reverb types are catered for, and alongside Small, Medium and Large Rooms, we find settings for Medium and Large Halls as well as Chambers, Plates, Gated and Reverse effects.
Whoever it was at Alesis that made the decision to put the Microverb into a standard 19″ cabinet should be warmly congratulated. So, provided there is a suitable point at which to do so in the song, you could always switch in a different reverb or delay program by hand.
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Though the inclusion of EQ midroverb on a reverb unit is by no aldsis new, having two separate controls dedicated to the job does seem to open it up as a means of tailoring a particular effect to your needs. In addition, there are settings for Short, Medium and Long Delay effects, for Medium and Long Regenerative Delay effects and for Multitap and other “FX” – again, with microvdrb different varieties of each arranged in ascending order of delay time.
A pair of audio input jacks the left doubling as a mono ina pair of output jacks, a Defeat bypass jack for the connection of footswitch and a power socket for a 9v AC adaptor – and that’s it. Like all non-programmable machines, using the delay settings involves adjusting the tempo of your music to suit the repeat time of the effect.
However, the sheer number of programs has meant that some rather interesting reverb and delay effects have also found their way in and really do make this a fascinating machine to work with. Microvefb can send us a note about this article, or let us know of a problem – select the type from the menu above.