Alesis NANOCOMPRESSOR QUICKSETUP User Manual

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Quick Reference Guide

Front Panel Controls

Threshold - sets the level above which the NanoCompressor starts to compress the inputRatio - sets the compression slope, or the amount of gain reduction above the ThresholdA t t a c k - ad j u s t s t h e a m o u nt o f t i me before compression begins (Peak mode only)R e lea se - adjusts t he a mount of time until compression will cease (Peak mode only)Output - Sets the output signal level

Power - lit when the unit is plugged inReduction - displays the amount of gain reduction

Hard/Soft - switches between Hard or Soft knee compression styles

Peak/RMS - switches between Peak and RMS signal detection modes

Signal - shows the Input or Output signal levelInput/Output - selects whether the Signal meter is monitoring the Input or Output levelBypass/Comp - bypasses the compressor for A/B comparisons of the original signal

NanoCompressor Quick Facts

Welcome to the NanoCompressor Quick Reference Guide. This is a supplement to the manual designed to quickly get you up and running with this signal processor. Some of the key features of the NanoCompressor include:

Affordable, high quality compression for a

• Stereo Inputs and Outputs

 

wide variety of sources

Selectable RMS or Peak signal detection

Sidechain input for ducking and de-essing

Bypass footswitch input

• 1/3 rackspace package

• Selectable Hard and Soft Knee

• Compression Bypass switch

 

compression curves

Low noise, low distortion components for high quality sonic performance

Getting Started With the NanoCompressor

The Alesis NanoCompressor was designed to easily integrate into any studio or instrument setup. To use the NanoCompressor with a mixer insert:

Connect the balanced 1/4” plug of an Insert cable into the insert jack of your mixer’s channel or main insert. Plug the “send” into the NanoCompressor’s Left Input and the “return” into the Left Output

Set the controls like this: RATIO set for 4:1 (about 12 o’clock), PEAK/RMS set for RMS and HARD/SOFT set for SOFT. Make sure that the BYPASS/COMP switch is set for COMP.

Turn the THRESHOLD control all of the way to the right, then slowly turn it down (counter-clock-wise). As the Threshold gets lower, you will notice the REDUCTION meter will show more and more compression.

For more information please refer to the NanoCompressor Reference Manual that comes with your processor.

Example Settings

Vocal Limiting

THRESH RATIO ATTACK RELEASE OUTPUT

Threshold set so that the loudest sections get about -6dBof gain reduction

Ratio set for 6:1

Knee set for Soft

Peak/RMS set for RMS

Vocal Compression/Spoken Word

 

• Threshold set so that one reduction LED

 

 

(-1dB) lights during the softest passages

 

Ratio set for 2:1

THRESH RATIO ATTACK RELEASE OUTPUT

Knee set for Soft

Peak/RMS set for Peak

Attack set to 0.1 ms (7 o’clock)

Release set between 10 and 12 o’clock

Drums

 

Threshold set so that all drum hits are

 

 

compressed (about 3dB)

 

Ratio set for 4:1

THRESH RATIO ATTACK RELEASE OUTPUT

Knee set for Soft

Peak/RMS set for Peak

Attack set around 8 o’clock

Release set around 9 o’clock

Rock Bass

 

Threshold set so that only the peaks are

 

 

compressed

THRESH RATIO ATTACK RELEASE OUTPUT

Ratio set for 4:1

• Knee set for Hard

 

 

• Peak/RMS set for Peak

 

Attack set around 9 o’clock

 

Release set around 10 o’clock

Funk/R&B Electric Guitar

 

Threshold set for constant compression

 

 

(around -3dB)

 

Ratio set for 6:1

THRESH RATIO ATTACK RELEASE OUTPUT

Knee set for Soft

 

• Peak/RMS set for RMS

SWITCH IN

SWITCH OUT

© 1996 Alesis Corporation Specifications Subject To Change Without Notice Printed In USA 7-51-12048/96