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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A total of 16 different effects for each reverb type are available, arranged, for the most part, in ascending order of reverberation time. But it also has a whole range of 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 miceoverb in general.
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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. However, its extensive range of reverb and delay effects have been chosen to offset this rather rigid format and make this a machine of potential interest to both first-time processor buyers and those looking to complement an existing unit.
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.
Review by Nigel Lord. 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.
More importantly, it’s everything that a piece of budget audio equipment should be: No longer is it possible to characterise an entire processor as being “ringy” or “woolly”. Too expensive, and they get overtaken by their rivals; too cheap, and they don’t make any money.
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The rear panel socket complement, as you might expect on a non-MIDI instrument, is fairly basic. Music Technology – Mar 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. I’m sure that when it came to designing and marketing the Mk III version of their entry-level reverb unit – the Microverb – no-one will have been more aware than they of the need to pitch it accurately.
Too sophisticated, and it would aleais an unfavourable light mixroverb the Midiverb and other units in the range; not mcroverb enough, and they risk owners of the earlier Microverbs deciding it isn’t worth the cost of upgrading. And it’s so intuitive: But what about systems in which the Microverb III would be called on to provide the sole source of effects? 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.
After all, when was the alrsis time you heard a record which featured a change of reverb halfway through?
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. In this respect, I found the Microverb III an excellent workhorse that provided an extensive range of sounds which worked well both with vocals and instruments.
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. 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. Happily, you soon begin to remember the settings with a little use. 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. Searchable archive of old, out-of-print music production magazines. Added to which, manually switching to a different reverb setting on the Microverb III doesn’t generate any of the peculiar changeover effects which occur on some units.
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 16 different varieties of each arranged in ascending order of delay time. For those not familiar with the idea let me explain that this form of control involves gripping a round plastic “knob” which protrudes from the front panel, and turning it either in a clockwise or anticlockwise direction.
In practice I found the delay times to be very sensibly chosen and sufficiently closely spaced remember you have 16 settings for each delay type to ensure tempo changes are kept to a minimum. Gear in this article: The Microverb’s tri-colour LED isn’t exactly the last word in signal monitoring, but it does its job.
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. 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.
If you’re enjoying the site, please consider supporting me to help build this archive 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. Before getting to grips with the Apesis III’s sonic capabilities, I should just mention a few of its physical attributes. 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.
With to wade through, however, I’m sure I’ll be forgiven for not offering a blow-by-blow account of individual effects. It’s reassuring to see Alesis prepared to take a few chances, too. Joking aside, to be confronted with a piece of equipment which features individual controls for each of its parameters is most welcome in microferb day and age. One-third rack size cases which were home to the first two Microverbs were not only a pain to accommodate, but always seemed to carry the stigma of “non-professional” equipment with them.
Like all non-programmable machines, using the delay settings involves adjusting the tempo of your music to suit the repeat time of the effect.
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Given the rather unpleasant nature of digital distortion, however, this is perhaps no bad thing. Previous Article in this issue Patchwork. Now in its third revision, the popular Microverb has iii full rackmount status and boasts an incredible effects programs.
Just switch the rotary knob to the next position. 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. 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.