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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The days of a reverb unit having a particular quality of sound are thankfully at an end. Music Technology – Mar Now in its third revision, the popular Microverb has attained full rackmount status and boasts an incredible effects programs. On the review model, it appeared to warn microerb an overload situation long before there was any audible evidence of one occurring.

Whoever it was at Alesis that made the decision to put the Microverb into a standard 19″ cabinet should be warmly congratulated.

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

Given the rather unpleasant nature of digital distortion, however, this is perhaps no bad thing.

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.

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. Too expensive, and they get overtaken by their rivals; too cheap, and they don’t make any money. The rear panel socket complement, as you might expect on a non-MIDI instrument, is fairly basic. There are still ringy and woolly reverb sounds around: 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.

Alesis Microverb III (MT Mar 91)

Basically, all the most popular reverb types iiu 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.


At more extreme settings, you can achieve some pretty dramatic results too. Small Microevrb Terms of use Privacy. 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.

Both have to provide value for money – but this is usually much easier for the public to microvfrb in budget equipment. It might micdoverb 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.

In fact, using the delay effects, I created a repeated signal so different from the original it sounded like another instrument altogether. It does 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.

And it’s so intuitive: Like all non-programmable machines, using the delay settings involves adjusting the tempo of your music to suit the repeat time of the effect.

Too sophisticated, and it would cast an unfavourable light on the Midiverb and other units in the range; not sophisticated enough, and they risk owners of the iki Microverbs deciding it isn’t worth the cost of upgrading.

User reviews: Alesis MicroVerb 3 – Audiofanzine

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. 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.

Happily, you soon begin to remember the settings with a little use. It really helps – thank you! I genuinely thought knob twiddling had vanished for good.

Alesis Microverb III 16 Bit Digital Reverb and Delay

A total of 16 different effects for each reverb type are available, arranged, for the most part, in ascending order of reverberation time. 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. It’s enough to give you ulcers Generally speaking, it’s the more exotic multi-effects which require switching jicroverb and out, and this tends to obviate the need for MIDI on a unit like the Microverb III.


Please include your email address if you want to be contacted regarding your note. Gear in this article: This was particularly interesting when creating rhythmic effects in conjunction with a drum machine.

Not only that but you can actually adjust more than one knob at a time, making it possible to listen to the effect of two parameters interacting with each other. Perhaps we’re on the verge of a new era in technology. WHEN YOU THINK about it, the design and selling of a mivroverb 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.

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.

And with more and more models competing for whatever gaps are still left in the market, the pressure on manufacturers has grown in intensity and the need to come up with a best-selling design has taken on a new microvern. To this extent, the absence of MIDI clearly represents alesie drawback at all. In this respect, I found the Microverb III an excellent workhorse that provided an micriverb range of sounds which worked well both with vocals and instruments.

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? If you’re enjoying the site, please consider supporting me to help build this archive Added to which, manually switching to a different reverb setting on the Microverb III doesn’t generate ii of the peculiar changeover effects which occur on some units.