ALESIS NanoCompressor Reference Read more about nanocompressor, input, compression, output, manual and mixer. Description. The NanoCompressor is “the other, other” compressor from Alesis. It’s a 1/3U stereo compressor ideal for smashing drums and nuking snares, also. The Alesis NanoCompressor was launched in as part of the Nano range of 1/3-rack-space project studio devices. As far as I can tell, it’s a.

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Release determines how quickly the compression dies away nanofompressor the strike of the note. With the Ratio knob set all the way to the left, there will be no compression at all.

But these controls work interactively, so once again, the result as it sounds to the listener will depend on the setting of the other dials. All the way right, the compression remains active for three seconds after the initial attack, before fading away to leave the natural sound.

So, there should at least be a laudable standard of quality in mxnual simple stereo unit How does it sound? With it set all the way to the right, the initial strike of the note is allowed through without compression.

Alesis NanoCompressor Manuals

Finally, the Output allows compensation for any drop or rise in signal level once the compression settings have been determined. What Alesis have done as regards pricing on this range has to be admired. In Peak mode, the NanoCompressor performs as a strict limiter with a ceiling on volume set by the Threshold level.

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This prevents aless loud transients in the playing from exceeding a desired maximum level, thus protecting recordings against unwanted distortion.

Alesis NanoCompressor Manuals

The example I’m looking at was manufactured in December The incorporates two of these compressors, both with its own noise gate, whereas the Nano is just a single one, without a gate. RMS mode, however, disables the Attack and Release controls, and sets its own times.

I relate the following only to this particular example, and my assessment should not be taken in any wider sense. With it set all the way to the right, the sound will potentially be heavily squashed — subject to the setting of the other controls. Hard Knee just means the sound is strictly governed by the Threshold setting and will be immediately compressed once volume raises above that threshold.

With the Attack knob set all the way to the left, the effect is introduced almost immediately. So, the NanoCompressor is a tiny box which is most unlikely ever to be accused of taking up too much room in a studio. Newer Post Older Post Home.


For that reason I actually use the compressor in my Boss ME-5 in preference to the Nano for recording most instruments in my home studio I use the for vocals.

In fact personality is what I feel the NanoCompressor lacks.

The Alesis is a much more powerful device than the NanoCompressor, and is, I believe, easily worth the extra money. The Ratio controls the actual amount of compression — how much the sound is squashed. More Guitar Reviews and Retrospectives. The further to the left you turn this knob, the lower the volume at which compression will kick in, and accordingly the more compressed the sound will be — subject to the setting of other controls.

The Threshold sets the volume at which compression will kick in. All the way left, only the initial attack of the manua is compressed.

Attack determines how quickly the compression kicks in after the strike of a note. On the front, the user controls are as follows Like all retrospectives on Planet Botch, there is no commercial influence involved.