Alesis 3632 Compressor, Stereo Compressor/Expander/Limiter/Gate, intelligent Knee for soft- and hardknee curves, intelligent ratio looks at the incoming signal, intelligent gain - automatic outputlevel, linkmode for stereo, sidechain send and return, low cut, gain reduction LEDs, switchabel input/output LED, bypass for both channels, 19" Unit
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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.
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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