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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1996 Alesis NanoCompressor

So, the NanoCompressor is a tiny box which is most unlikely ever to be accused of taking up too much room in a studio. Hard Knee just means the sound is strictly governed by the Threshold setting and will aleeis immediately compressed once volume raises above that threshold.

So, there should at least be a laudable standard of quality in this simple stereo unit The example I’m looking at was manufactured in December The Ratio controls the actual amount of compression — how much the sound is squashed.

With the Attack knob set all the way to the left, the effect is introduced almost immediately. Attack determines how quickly the compression kicks in after the strike of a note.

What Alesis have done as regards pricing on this range has to be admired.


But these controls work interactively, so once again, the result alessi it sounds to the listener will depend on the setting of the other dials.

In Peak mode, the NanoCompressor performs as a strict limiter with a ceiling on volume set by the Threshold level. The Threshold sets the volume at which compression will kick in.

Alesis NanoCompressor Manuals

I relate the following only to this particular example, and my alfsis should not be taken in any wider sense.

With it set all the way to the right, the initial strike of the note is allowed nanoxompressor without compression. RMS mode, however, disables the Attack and Release controls, and sets its own times. This prevents any loud transients in the playing from exceeding a desired maximum level, thus protecting recordings against unwanted distortion.

Alesis NanoCompressor Manuals

Release determines how quickly the compression dies away after the strike of the note. Like all retrospectives on Planet Botch, there is no commercial influence involved.

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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. In fact personality is what I feel the NanoCompressor lacks. The incorporates two of these compressors, both with its own noise gate, whereas the Nano is just a single one, without a gate.


All the way left, only the initial attack of the sound is compressed. With the Ratio knob set all the way to the left, there will be no compression at all. On the front, the user controls are as follows The Alesis is a much more powerful naanocompressor than the NanoCompressor, and is, I believe, easily worth the extra money.

With it set all the way to the right, the sound will potentially be heavily squashed — subject to the setting of the other controls. All the way right, the compression remains active for three seconds after the initial nanocompresaor, before fading away to leave the natural sound.

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

Finally, the Output allows compensation for any drop or rise in signal level once the compression settings have been determined. How does it sound?