Alesis 3632 Compressor

Compressor / Expander / Limiter / Gate

  • Intelligent Knee - For situations that require both soft- and hard-knee envelopes
  • Intelligent Ratio - Adapts to the input signal
  • Intelligent Gain - Adjusts automatically the output level
  • Adjustable attack and release time
  • Link mode for stereo operation
  • Automated attack and release behaviour
  • Based on analysis of the input signal
  • Manual control possible
  • Control of both channels via channel A when Link Mode is enabled
  • Sidechain send and return
  • Switchable low-cut filter minimizes pumping effect
  • Gain reduction LEDs
  • Switchable input/output LED displays
  • Bypass switch for both channels
  • In-/Outputs XLR and jack
  • Design: 19"/ 1U
  • Incl. power supply
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  • Acousticband medium Compression
  • Basslimiting
  • Dreadnought light Compression
  • Drumset heavy Compression

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Compressor Yes
Gate Yes
Peak Limiter Yes
2-Channel Unit Yes
Attack/Release Adjustable Yes

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Push it hard and it will bite

20.05.2016
Here is my review for the Alesis 3632
I have been using my unit in mono mostly, as a channel insert. Please take note that some of the issues I noticed with this unit may not apply to stereo use.

Pros and bonuses
Has a power switch! (it is actually triangular and looks way cooler)
The Smart Knee function sounds very good on instruments; it makes compression sound very subtle and musical. I was very pleasantly surprised.
The input/output level LED strip is a big help when compensating level post compression precisely. Its faster and more accurate to do it visually.
Has clean bypassed sound.
The compression and smart knee knobs light up when pressed.
It comes with sticky rubber feet that you can put on the unit if you wish to place it on a flat surface like as a desk.

Cons
The gate makes a noise when the threshold is crossed. It sounds like distortion. The limiter makes a similar electrical noise when the limit is hit hard. Same when high release settings are used on the compressor.
Some of the buttons are a little bit hard to depress, they sink too much into the front plate.
You cannot see the knob markings in dark rooms / low visibility, the grooves on the knobs are the same colour as the knob itself.

Conclusion
Good piece of affordable gear. Works well at moderate settings and it has its use in the studio.
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Still a classic

Quiggers, 24.05.2014
So they've revamped the 3630, supposedly Daft punk and the whole French house fraternity used the original heavily. Alesis have not broken anything with this update.
The knobs and switches are still peppered across the front panel, giving loads of control. the stereo link switch means that the left side of the panel controls both channels. the metering is clear and allows you to visually monitor the dynamic processing.

The overall sound is still clean unless you set aggressive settings in order to get the unit to pump and growl, it can do this if you want it to. I want it to.

Round the back is a proper iec power input, no flimsy DC adapter like on the old version, this is a huge improvement for live situations. There are input output and insert jacks, all feel solid and I've no doubt they will out last me.

The only down point is the blue power LED, it is stupidly bright compared to every other LED.
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