Alesis MicroVerb 4
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Alesis MicroVerb 4

MicroVerb 4, リバーブ from Alesis in the MicroVerb series.

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songboy 09/10/2008

Alesis MicroVerb 4 : songboy のユーザーレビュー (content in English)

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Obviously this is primarily a reverb rack unit, you do get some other effects to color things up. There is Delay, chorus, pitch mod, flange, leslie simulation (ok, nothing really nails the real sound except the real thing) and some special effects and harmonizer type effects. This is a digital effect, but clean and warm none the less. You cannot edit it through a computer, but it does have midi in/out. Besides the midi, you get Stereo 1/4" in and Stereo out. You can run mono also, but I recommend stereo, you get more out of the effects that way. You also get a 1/4" stereo footswitch input, which is Very! awesome. It gives you a couple of options. You can use it as a bypass switch (on/off effect), a control switch when you use the leslie simulation (speed up or slow down) and you can use it as a tap tempo by tapping it, or by holding it down and playing something, of which the unit figures the tempo out accordingly. VERY COOL! Yes, it is a rack mounted unit.

UTILIZATION

This is a pretty simple unit to use. Most basic reverb units are. You get 100 presets and 100 user banks to save into. They give you a sheet with a total breakdown of the effects and that is very helpful, don't lose that unless you have great memory. Its nice to have nearby when using this unit live. It has two knobs on the left side that are for quick editing. They correspond to the each effect preset and have different applications for each. The manual is easy to read and has answered all of my questions so far. Again, the preset list is key.

SOUND QUALITY

You can find this unit for under $160 and for that price, this reverb is great! Some of the extra effects (pitch mod, harmonizers) I don't really see using that much, but they are fun sometimes and I like having them there...they might grow on me. I use this mainly in recording and I use if for everything that needs a little reverb, especially vocals. But it works great for drums, guitar, keys, you name it. They have a lot of presets already edited to work with certain instruments (pretty convenient). If I had to pick, it sounds the best on the vocals, but sometimes I use it on the whole master mix and get some pretty cool post production effects. I really don't dislike this thing on anything I have used so far. Its a reverb and it sounds good, so you really can't go wrong.

OVERALL OPINION

I have only had this for 2 months, but I use it all the time. The best thing about this unit is how affordable it is. You really get a lot of bang for your bank. I also have to mention again the foot pedal options, I love it. So far, I can't say anything bad about it. I have used some really nice plug ins in a pro studio and some of those sounded better than this unit, but most were more expensive and overall, they didn't beat the microverb down, they were just better. I also had a yamaha REV-100 which I didn't really care for. All the plate reverbs reminded me of the song "I just died in your arms tonight," which I didn't like. In fairness, it was pretty hot stuff back in the mid 90's, but I never really liked that era for pop music.
Overall opinion on value.... SWEET DEAL
I would definitely buy this unit again!!