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luis Markson

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Alesis 3630
« on: July 27, 2011, 02:51:49 am »

I've always had bad experiences with Alesis... Not real rider friendly either...

Regardless...

Anyone had any experience with the 3630?
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Re: Alesis 3630
« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2011, 05:33:29 am »

I've always had bad experiences with Alesis... Not real rider friendly either...

Regardless...

Anyone had any experience with the 3630?

I've used them when I first started 15 years ago, had 6 of them, gave 4  away so far.  On a budget they work, but I prefer dbx, and Drawmer even more so.
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Re: Alesis 3630
« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2011, 05:39:41 am »

I've used them when I first started 15 years ago, had 6 of them, gave 4  away so far.  On a budget they work, but I prefer dbx, and Drawmer even more so.

Thought as much. Cheers.
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Re: Alesis 3630
« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2011, 06:45:19 am »

I've always had bad experiences with Alesis... Not real rider friendly either...

Regardless...

Anyone had any experience with the 3630?
Mine worked fine, seemed transparent enough so long as you didn't let it work too hard. My biggest problem was the wall wart as opposed to internal power supply. The dang things always come unplugged from my power conditioner.
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Re: Alesis 3630
« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2011, 07:03:57 am »

Mine worked fine, seemed transparent enough so long as you didn't let it work too hard. My biggest problem was the wall wart as opposed to internal power supply. The dang things always come unplugged from my power conditioner.

Agree.  The wall-wart is a pain in the ass to manage.  Other than that, I think the unit works decently.  I use 3 of them; one channel per sub group (vocals, drums, bass, etc...)  Though, I don't think they would be a contender for any type of recording use.
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Re: Alesis 3630
« Reply #5 on: July 27, 2011, 07:08:06 am »

Also - there's an "upgraded" 3630 getting ready to hit the streets (if not already).  It has limiters on each channel, and the wall-wart is gone.
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Re: Alesis 3630
« Reply #6 on: July 27, 2011, 08:42:55 am »

I've always had bad experiences with Alesis... Not real rider friendly either...

Regardless...

Anyone had any experience with the 3630?
This piece of gear often appears on "Worst 10" lists of pro audio gear.  It's a pretty different direction from your other recent posts of using external fancy preamps.
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Re: Alesis 3630
« Reply #7 on: July 27, 2011, 09:30:41 am »

I've always had bad experiences with Alesis... Not real rider friendly either...

Regardless...

Anyone had any experience with the 3630?

They sound like ass and don't weigh enough to be a good door stop or boat anchor.  Widely seen among former users as a device that improves the signal chain... when removed.

YMMV.

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Re: Alesis 3630
« Reply #8 on: July 27, 2011, 10:12:15 am »

I've always had bad experiences with Alesis... Not real rider friendly either...

Regardless...

Anyone had any experience with the 3630?

They sound like ass and don't weigh enough to be a good door stop or boat anchor.  Widely seen among former users as a device who improves the signal chain... when removed.

YMMV.

Tim Mc

However, they work quite nicely when paired with a sonic maximizer, and then shoved under the door. Niether piece of gear is quite heavy enough on its own, but together...
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Re: Alesis 3630
« Reply #9 on: July 27, 2011, 10:25:29 am »

I've always had bad experiences with Alesis... Not real rider friendly either...

Regardless...

Anyone had any experience with the 3630?

They sound like ass and don't weigh enough to be a good door stop or boat anchor.  Widely seen among former users as a device who improves the signal chain... when removed.

YMMV.

Tim Mc

+1  That's why you see them sold in pairs a lot.  They do however make a fair light show with a lot of red when used with any pro console.
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Re: Alesis 3630
« Reply #10 on: July 27, 2011, 02:09:06 pm »

I had one once, It didn't take much signal to overload it. I recently ended up with one of their 1/3 rack micro compressors ??
They seem to be the same thing in a smaller space. I havenít tried to use it for real though.
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Re: Alesis 3630
« Reply #11 on: July 27, 2011, 03:21:20 pm »

Even I won't use them.

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Re: Alesis 3630
« Reply #12 on: July 27, 2011, 04:32:11 pm »

In defense of these little "charms"... I use these in live sound on sub-groups.  For the cost of these "tools", they have served me well over the years.  Obviously, there are substantially more expensive ones available and I would consider those if I did recording.

I  have never had any issues with them and no one has ever come up to me and complained about how the compression for the drums/vocals/etc... sounded like "ass".
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Re: Alesis 3630
« Reply #13 on: July 27, 2011, 06:12:46 pm »

I've always had bad experiences with Alesis... Not real rider friendly either...

Regardless...

Anyone had any experience with the 3630?

Had one back when they first came out.  Mine compressed differently on each channel even when you fed the same signal at the same level to both sides.  It was easy to cause massive pumping which was a fun effect in the studio some days.  Sold it for $75 and felt like I had committed a felony by taking that much money
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Re: Alesis 3630
« Reply #14 on: July 28, 2011, 07:26:02 am »

It's a pretty different direction from your other recent posts of using external fancy preamps.

+1
I'm still trying to get my head around the jump from Grace Designs in one thread to the dirty-six dirty* here, seems like pulling in opposite directions.
I really hope they're for completely different gigs/clients.
If it's for getting a deliberate lo-fi/distorted vocal sound, I'd think an appropriate preset in many FX devices would be a better option.
Cheers,
David.

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Re: Alesis 3630
« Reply #15 on: July 28, 2011, 07:43:02 am »

Just like throwing money into the street.

I have often thought Alesis, looking to save on production costs, sent these to Behringer for manufacture. To further cut down on the costs they probably eliminated quality control, and to further cut costs they probably used components rejected by Behringer.

What happened to the M101 experiment? Sounds like you're looking to fill your rack with gadgets instead of quality productive hardware. Pick a path, follow it, and leave the bullshit rack pieces for later in life when you might have the money to waste. That way when you find out crap is always crap it doesn't hurt as much when you open your wallet.
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Re: Alesis 3630
« Reply #16 on: July 28, 2011, 08:38:48 am »

+1
I'm still trying to get my head around the jump from Grace Designs in one thread to the dirty-six dirty* here, seems like pulling in opposite directions.
I really hope they're for completely different gigs/clients.
If it's for getting a deliberate lo-fi/distorted vocal sound, I'd think an appropriate preset in many FX devices would be a better option.
Cheers,
David.

* Well, someone had to say it  ;)

Just wanting to broaden my knowledge of gear. There's always a chance that there might be a few "sleepers" out there in gear that doesn't immediately seem appropriate or worthy..
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Re: Alesis 3630
« Reply #17 on: July 28, 2011, 08:45:07 am »

+1
I'm still trying to get my head around the jump from Grace Designs in one thread to the dirty-six dirty* here, seems like pulling in opposite directions.
I really hope they're for completely different gigs/clients.
If it's for getting a deliberate lo-fi/distorted vocal sound, I'd think an appropriate preset in many FX devices would be a better option.
Cheers,
David.

* Well, someone had to say it  ;)

Just wanting to broaden my knowledge of gear. There's always a chance that there might be a few "sleepers" out there in gear that doesn't immediately seem appropriate or worthy..
Well, at least you've found consensus that this piece isn't one of them.   :D
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Re: Alesis 3630
« Reply #18 on: July 28, 2011, 07:27:08 pm »

Just wanting to broaden my knowledge of gear. There's always a chance that there might be a few "sleepers" out there in gear that doesn't immediately seem appropriate or worthy..
Well, at least you've found consensus that this piece isn't one of them.   :D

yup.
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