This is very simple dynamic processor from Alesis company. It has only three controls -input(also a compression amount control),release,and In , Alesis Studio Electronics, and associates put on the market a range of effects and processors numriques, called MICRO SERIES. The Alesis MICRO LIMITER is a true stereo in/stereo out compressor/limiter which is used for automatic gain riding, peak limiting, and special effects on both live.

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The Threshold pot sets the transition point of the gate from open to closed; the Delay control allows you to set the time taken for the gate to close after the signal has fallen below the threshold level; and the Rate control sets the rate of closure of the gate. Also, the Alesis effects boxes are definitely aleiss a sturdier construction than the RCL I asked several other people for their opinions of the effect and we all agreed on one thing – there was very little perceptible difference between the input direct and output treated signals.

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If this sounds like a rather savage technique to apply to an acoustic chain that you’ve probably spent hours attempting to perfect, then you’re perfectly right. At a time when I’m attempting to cut down on the number of leads that invariably get too muddled to sort out properly, having three extra leads dangling in the way is no joke.

But nothing really tangible that you could say ‘Yes, there’s definitely a psychoacoustic enhancer in there. Both the Boss and Alesis devices proved to be extremely useful in this application and the string synth was, in fact, almost usable again. However, I still could not give the Alesis unit top marks because of the effect bypass switch on the front panel, which generates a considerable ‘thump’ when the switch is used.

They really are good quality and excellent value. What can I say? Cookies help us improve performance, enhance user experience and deliver our services. Contact Sound Technology pic, Contact Details. Well, I don’t believe that my hearing is at all impaired, other than the natural wear-and-tear one might expect for a 26 year-old pair of lug ‘oles.


apesis Not satisfied with those reviews? It just doesn’t do enough to justify the expense. I do have some reservations, however. To finish then, I would limuter both the Micro Gate and Micro Limiter to anyone with serious aspirations but with limited cash. I would have thought that silent, electronic switching would be essential on an effects unit which purports to be ‘studio quality’.

Beehiving is always present, it’s just that it tends to stand liiter more when the instrument is supposed to be silent, ie. Is my hearing at all impaired? If you intend rack-mounting these devices all three slot neatly together, side-by-side, to facilitate this then you should consider using a patchbay of some sort so that you can simplify the connection process.

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To briefly explain, the process involved in psychoacoustic limite not something used by Alfred Hitchcock to ‘pep up’ Anthony Perkins prior to the famous ‘shower scene’ is a very subtle technique described as a mixture of high frequency boosting, compression and harmonic generation designed to resynthesize the upper harmonics of sounds which are otherwise lost in the recording process. This pre-amp with auxiliary input-output, is a multi-dot effect, the SEthe signal that comes from eight kinds reoit Sampler of S and some analog synths cheap, like the proton and the Evolver The manual states that this is because the limiter was designed to be “more musically useful”, which is a little difficult to comprehend.

I reserved my judgement ilmiter the third addition to the Alesis Mciro range until last. Even when the input signal is below that limit, it can be compressed so that for every four decibel rise in the input signal the output will only rise by, say, two decibels.

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Certainly, there was a change; not a great change but a very subtle one. The first box to come under scrutiny was the noise gate. Sort by most recent most useful.


It’s just that, to my ears, the Alesis units sounded cleaner and were stereo rather than mono. A ‘noise gate’ is basically a means of electronically ‘masking out’ the general background noise that tends to be generated by all types of electronic equipment.

Every musician eventually learns about the problems caused by noisy leads and devices such as chorus pedals, etc. Sadly, the Boss gate is strictly monaural. The LEDs on the front panel indicate this wonderfully. Finally, I can’t understand why the bypass switching on these units is not silent. If you’re like me and have a neighbour whose idea of a quiet Sunday afternoon is to spend miccro hours sanding the front door with the Black and Decker he got for Christmas, then a noise gate is essential if you’re to cover up all of the minor annoyances such as ‘spikes’ on the mains supply that tend to make your recordings sound like mirco advert for a well-known breakfast cereal.

The latest additions to the series are three effects boxes: The first product in the Micro series was the bit Microverb which, like its larger forebears, produces real studio quality digital reverb at a truly affordable price. The Output control is provided so that you can easily match levels after the limiting process. The ‘noise gate’ is a simple technique that mutes the output stage of the audio path when the signal drops below a predetermined level so, although the ‘snaps’, ‘crackles’ and ‘pops’ are still there, the noise gate mutes them during the quiet passages of your music and, consequently, they are not as obvious.

This limiter provides a powerful and warm. Simple, basic and robust, these instruments are xlesis as a bit limited, especially in The Alesis gate proved very simple to become acquainted with.

To compare the Alesis gate with the Boss equivalent, I used an old string synthesizer which I custom built in my University days. Personally, the separate mains adaptor is a minor annoyance.