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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Iji importantly, it’s everything that a piece of budget audio equipment should be: If you’re enjoying the site, please consider supporting me to help build this archive I genuinely thought knob twiddling had vanished for good. Happily, you soon begin to remember the settings with a little use. This was particularly interesting when creating rhythmic effects in conjunction microoverb a drum machine.

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. On the review model, it appeared to warn of an overload situation long before there was any audible evidence of one occurring.

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. Before getting to grips with the Microverb III’s sonic capabilities, I should just mention a few of its physical attributes. You can send us a note about this article, or let us know of a problem – select the type from the menu above.

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. 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. If you value this resource, you can support this project – it really helps!

It might have been useful to have a list screened on the top panel of the Microverb although this is of little use once installed in a rack. Whoever it was at Alesis that made the decision to put the Microverb into a slesis 19″ cabinet should be warmly congratulated. But what about systems in which the Microverb III would be called on to provide the sole source of effects?

Basically, all the most popular reverb types are catered for, and alongside Small, Medium and Large Rooms, we aesis settings for Medium and Large Halls as well as Chambers, Plates, Gated and Reverse effects. But it also has a whole range of other reverb types to choose from, and to refer to them as anything other aleesis stunning would be to admit to having become blase about reverb effects in general.

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However, the aleiss 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.

Review by Nigel Lord. Given the rather unpleasant nature of digital distortion, however, this is perhaps no bad thing. For the most part, I found the effects comparable to those on units costing two and three times as much though of course, on the Microverb, they are only available individually. Carrying the torch in this exciting new field, the Microverb III comes equipped with no less than seven of them – for control of Input, Mix and Output, Low and High EQ, and for selecting the effects program itself.

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. As of now the answer is stereo programs including delay, multitap and other effects, individual low- and high-frequency EQ, a standard 1U-high rackmount box and a price which will still leave you with change from two hundred small round bronze ones.

And this can be a little restrictive – particularly when working with other musicians “could we slow down by about 3bpm, chaps, my delay unit’s out of sync?

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In fact, using the delay effects, I created a repeated signal so different from the original it sounded like another instrument altogether. Added to which, manually switching to a different reverb setting on micriverb Microverb III doesn’t generate any of the peculiar changeover effects which occur on some units.

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. A total of 16 different effects for each reverb type are available, arranged, for the most part, in ascending order of reverberation time.

Music Technology – Mar To this extent, the absence of MIDI clearly represents no drawback at all.

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Similarly, both need to offer some technological improvement over previous models and over their nearest rivals – but make your entry-level unit too good and you’re left with a problem as to what to include on units higher up the ladder. Though they couldn’t claim to have actually set the ball rolling – that accolade has to go to Yamaha for the release of its ground-breaking R design with four count ’emseparate reverb programs – Alesis have probably been responsible for filling more “U”s of rack space with effects processing gear than any other company.


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.

Gear in this article: Too expensive, and they get overtaken by their rivals; too microerb, and they don’t make any money. With to wade through, however, I’m sure I’ll be forgiven for not offering a blow-by-blow account of individual effects. And although the Microverb III is eclipsed by most other rack-mounted effects units in terms of onboard facilities, its performance cannot be judged to be anything but professional.

Alwsis all non-programmable machines, using the delay settings involves adjusting the tempo of your music to suit the repeat time of the effect. It’s enough to give you ulcers Generally speaking, it’s the more exotic multi-effects which require switching in and out, and this tends to obviate the need for MIDI on a unit like the Microverb III.

The rear panel socket complement, as you might expect on a non-MIDI instrument, is fairly basic. At more extreme settings, you mixroverb achieve some pretty dramatic results too. Nigel Lord is drowning in reverb. In this respect, I found the Microverb III an excellent workhorse that provided an extensive range of sounds which worked well iki with vocals and instruments. Previous article in this issue: It’s reassuring to see Alesis prepared to take a few chances, too.

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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 micriverb and ultimately makes this such an attractive machine. 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 miicroverb the top of the same range.

Whether it represents your first foray into the world of effects processing or you’re looking to use it alongside an already overworked reverb unit, the Microverb III will not disappoint.