Alesis Nano Compressor – Pre-Owned

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Product 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 for squashing bass guitar

The Nano has many similarities with the Alesis 3630 – it’s a simple, to-the-point compressor with few bells & whistles. The Nano ditches the useless features of the 3630 – noise gate, etc – and simplifies by using only one sidechain circuit. This makes it a stereo-only compressor

Nano continues the minimalist approach with five main controls: Threshold, Ratio, Attack, Release & Output. If you’re used to compressors, none of these requires explanation. In addition it has pushbutton switches for Soft / Hard, (to change the shape of the “knee” at which compression begins), Peak / RMS (this alters the response to signal peaks or average values), Input / Output (to switch the metering) and Bypass / Comp (to bypass the compressor)

Although the pushbutton switches are tiny, and difficult to read, this doesn’t matter a jot. Compressors should be set by ear. The main controls are large and have a very useable range – far better than the 3630 which is very picky about settings

The NanoCompressor is a stereo device. This means stereo drum ambience, parallel buses and backing vocals are all targets for some serious compression. It will do subtle compression as well as vicious but I think it excels at the nasty stuff. The provision of a sidechain insert jack means frequency-dependent compression is easily done

Product Specs/Additional Information

Inputs & outputs are unbalanced on jack sockets. The sidechain has a send / return insert on a stereo jack. Nominal operating level is -10 dBV. Input impedance is high (1 MΩ) so suitable for use with guitars & basses, etc. Power is from an external 9 VAC power supply (included)

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Product 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 for squashing bass guitar

The Nano has many similarities with the Alesis 3630 – it’s a simple, to-the-point compressor with few bells & whistles. The Nano ditches the useless features of the 3630 – noise gate, etc – and simplifies by using only one sidechain circuit. This makes it a stereo-only compressor

Nano continues the minimalist approach with five main controls: Threshold, Ratio, Attack, Release & Output. If you’re used to compressors, none of these requires explanation. In addition it has pushbutton switches for Soft / Hard, (to change the shape of the “knee” at which compression begins), Peak / RMS (this alters the response to signal peaks or average values), Input / Output (to switch the metering) and Bypass / Comp (to bypass the compressor)

Although the pushbutton switches are tiny, and difficult to read, this doesn’t matter a jot. Compressors should be set by ear. The main controls are large and have a very useable range – far better than the 3630 which is very picky about settings

The NanoCompressor is a stereo device. This means stereo drum ambience, parallel buses and backing vocals are all targets for some serious compression. It will do subtle compression as well as vicious but I think it excels at the nasty stuff. The provision of a sidechain insert jack means frequency-dependent compression is easily done

Product Specs

Inputs & outputs are unbalanced on jack sockets. The sidechain has a send / return insert on a stereo jack. Nominal operating level is -10 dBV. Input impedance is high (1 MΩ) so suitable for use with guitars & basses, etc. Power is from an external 9 VAC power supply (included)

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