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Rating and Reviews: Alesis 3630 Compressor

Squash your mix and pump it back up again with the powerful, punchy Alesis 3630 compressor -- the dynamics processor that house/techno producers swear by.

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"Alesis 3630 is best buy for HOUSE MUSIC PRODUCERS" submitted September 29, 2003

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Music Style: House, Techno
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Sound: Punchy, tight sound. Probably bad for rock music or a live band. GREAT for house music, techno. Used by Thomas Bangalter of Daft Punk, Patrick Alavi, High Caliber and many other house music groups. Feature: all the necessary knobs that you would need in a dynamics processing unit. Quality: mine is beat up, but the sound it clean Value: this is the best compressor for the money Manufacturer Support: never dealt with tech support The Wow Factor: this product is a sleeper, it is generally disliked by the audio tweeks, but for house music it is the BOMB! Overall: overall, this is probably the best sounding dynamics processor you can own without spending upwards of $1000
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"Made to last you in any usage setting with no regrets" submitted July 11, 2006

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Musical Background: pop engineer
Music Style: pop
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Sound: The sond delivered after compression is very neutral and clean with GOOD DYNAMICS and clarity. No doubt this compressor is the best of its kind. TS inputs/outputs are perfect for insert mixers with additional sidechains. Alesis is good! Feature: Good Ease of Use: Easy to learn in using the functions in no time. Quality: Well-made to last Value: Cheapest and yet the best compressor in its range Manufacturer Support: Good. The Wow Factor: Want it in no time. Why not. Overall: Good enough for studio and live usage, this compressor delivers wonders as the sound produced is what you want in transparency and neutrality. Alesis did it all. No regrets for this lightweight platform that is made to serve its master for good.
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Alesis 3630 Compressor Customer Review submitted April 21, 2010

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Sound: the sound is clear... the quality is good... great price... sounds good for home studio recording/mastering... works well with protools 002 Feature: RMS makes compression easy and fast Ease of Use: the LED's are great Quality: the unit feels solid and durable Value: awesome price!
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"Buy this. Now." submitted July 7, 2005

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Musical Background: Active musician, recording student
Music Style: loud, fast, and heavy
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Sound: Great for what I use it on. I only use the noise gate feature through my Boss ns-2 and a 5150 (I and II). It kills ALL of the unwanted noise and dead air while the Boss gets rid of feedback. Feature: Great. Very easyo to work with and personalize/tweak. Quality: Alesis has yet to let me down with any studio equipment thus far. Value: Cheap, sturdy, reliable, and effective. The Wow Factor: It balances perfectly the utiliterian and flash factors. Alot of cool lights and knobs, but they actually do things. Overall: havent dealt with too many others to call this the best yet.
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"Only recommended by inexperienced ears." submitted November 7, 2010

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Musical Background: Recording Engineer, Active Musician, Composer
Music Style: Progressive Rock, Jazz, Experimental Electronica, Industrial
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Sound: I wouldn't give something a 1 for no reason. This unit does a injustice to anything you send through it in terms of mud and noise. Feature: Lots and lots of features, which are pretty nice at this price point. Ease of Use: This is a very easy to use compressor, even for new users. It is easy to make it sound as good as it is going to sound: crappy. Quality: I just don't understand why this product is still being purchased, although my best guess is the price. The recommendations from others on here make it pretty apparent that their opinion comes from only using junk gear. I've worked in the recording industry for 12 years as an engineer -- both in small and large studios -- and this is absolutely the most horrible sounding compressor out there. It starts spitting artifacts way too early and the overall response is harsh and unmusical. Value: Straight up this is a waste of money. Anyone with a decent ear will want something better the second they plug this in. There are many great options within this relative price point. Manufacturer Support: I've dealt with them several times in the past and always had a good experience. The Wow Factor: I gave a price because the product is very appealing -- it just doesn't deliver. Overall: Really not worth buying. I wish I could say otherwise, but it just doesn't get worse than this.
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Alesis 3630 Compressor Customer Review submitted December 4, 2006

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Musical Background: Live Sound Engeneer
Music Style: Alternitive, Rock, Christian Music of all kinds
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Sound: The sound is top of the line- I have worked with many other ompressors.... Phonic, Mackie, and DBX. Alesis is the BEST! Manufacturer Support: I have not had to go to support through Alesis
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