Since its introduction, the Alesis 3630 Compressor has become the most popular dynamics processor ever made. (Biggest selling perhaps, popular is debatable)
Despite what the official Alesis marketing department say about the Alesis 3630 Compressor below, it is not the holy grail of compressors, regardless of the fact it has become something of a cult classic among many musicians. Price played a major part in the success of the Alesis 3630, as it did with most of Alesis's products.
For the money paid, it offered a lot of features but it also had a lot of distortion, can make the sound dull and lifeless, and generally just sounds gnarly. For the pros, this was unacceptable, but for many home musicians and even larger artists such as Daft Punk, the pumping sidechain effect has become ‘a sound’ of it’s own that is sort after, so who are we to judge?
The reason is easy to understand: it provides two independent full-featured compressor/ limiters in one rack space while offering excellent sonic quality for any application from studio recording to live sound or broadcast.
The Alesis 3630 offers Ratio, Threshold, Attack and Decay controls to customize its compression response for even the toughest signals. You can also choose between RMS and Peak compression styles, plus Hard and Soft Knee dynamic curves for every application from subtle gain control to in-your-face punch. As an independent dual-channel compressor, the Alesis 3630 offers separate controls for two different source signals.
Plus, two fully independent gates with threshold and rate controls allow you to easily and efficiently stifle unwanted ambient noise. Other advanced dynamics processing features such as precise signal metering, a sidechain for keying or ducking effects and stereo linkable operation make the Alesis 3630 the most powerful compressor in its class.
The Alesis 3630 Dual Channel Compressor/ Limiter with Gate, is a cost-effective gain control device that complements any studio with several important features.
Typical applications for the Alesis 3630
Frequency Response: 10Hz – 30kHz
Dynamic Range: >118 dB
Crosstalk: < -85dB @ 10kHz
Compression Threshold Range: -40 dBu to +20 dBu
Compression Ratio: 1:1 to ∞:1, selectable hard or soft compression knee
Peak Attack Time: 0.1 ms to 200 ms
Peak Mode Release Time: 50 ms to 3 seconds RMS Average Mode Attack and
Release Times: Program dependent
Gate Threshold Range: Continuously open (no gating) to -10 dBu
Gate Rate Time: 20 ms to 2 seconds