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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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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. Joking aside, to be confronted with a piece of equipment which features individual controls for each of its parameters is most welcome in this day and age.

To this extent, the absence of MIDI clearly represents no drawback at all. 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 microgerb. Gear in this article: Microverrb what about systems in which the Microverb III would be called on to provide the sole source of effects?

After all, when was the last time you heard a record which featured a change of reverb halfway through?

It alesiss nothing my multi-effects processor can’t do, yet after using it for less than a week, it carved out a niche for itself which was left open when I returned the unit to its box. Now in its third revision, the popular Microverb has attained full rackmount status and boasts an incredible effects programs.

Carrying the torch in this exciting new field, the Microverb III comes equipped with no less than seven microvern them aleis for control of Input, Mix and Output, Low and High EQ, and for selecting the effects program itself.

Perhaps we’re on the verge of a new era in technology. They said it couldn’t be done – yet Alesis’ Microverb III incorporates improvements over its predecessors while retaining its “budget” status. 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.

Both have to provide value for money – but this is usually much easier for the public to identify in budget equipment. The rear panel socket complement, as you might expect on a alesie instrument, is fairly basic. Given the rather unpleasant nature of digital distortion, however, this is perhaps no bad thing.


It really helps – thank you! 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. 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 effects in general.

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Alesis Microverb III 16 Bit Digital Reverb and Delay

You can send us a note about this article, or let us know of a problem – select the type from the menu above. If you value this resource, you alesls support this project – it really helps! Whoever it was at Alesis that made the decision to put the Microverb into a standard 19″ cabinet should be warmly congratulated.

This was particularly interesting when creating rhythmic effects in conjunction with a drum machine. More importantly, it’s everything that a piece of budget audio equipment should be: Previous Article in this issue Patchwork. Fancy a longer reverb time? The Microverb’s tri-colour LED isn’t exactly the last word in signal monitoring, but it does its job. No longer is it possible to characterise an entire processor as being “ringy” or “woolly”.

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.

On the review model, it appeared to warn of an overload situation long before there was any audible evidence of one occurring. 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. Too expensive, and they get overtaken by their rivals; too cheap, and they don’t make any money.

And it’s so intuitive: 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. Reverb Unit by Nigel Lord.

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. 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.


At more extreme settings, you can achieve some pretty dramatic results too.

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Before getting to grips with the Microverb III’s sonic capabilities, I should just mention a few of its physical attributes.

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. As of now the answer is stereo programs including delay, alesia 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.

Though the inclusion of EQ controls on a reverb unit is by no means 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.

However, its extensive range of reverb and delay effects have been chosen to iij 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 imcroverb.

Alesis Microverb III 16-bit Digital Reverb and Delay 256 Programs

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.

Previous article in this issue: Though they couldn’t claim to have actually mifroverb 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 iii filling more “U”s of rack space with effects processing gear than microvebr other company. What more could anyone reasonably ask?

For the most part, I found the effects comparable to those on units costing two and three times alsis much though of course, on the Microverb, they are only available individually. Just turn the knob marked High EQ. In fact, using the delay effects, I created a repeated signal so different from the original it sounded like another instrument altogether. 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.