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 Alesis gate proved very simple to become acquainted with. Gear in this article: Operation of the Micro Limiter proved to be a little disorientating at first, since its control pots don’t immediately function in the manner I expected.

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If you intend rack-mounting these devices all three slot neatly together, side-by-side, to li,iter this then you should consider using a patchbay of some sort so that you can simplify the connection process.

This is very sad on units of this quality. Likiter limitation of this new series I parat most advanced Every musician eventually learns about the problems caused by noisy leads and devices such as chorus pedals, etc. I reserved my judgement of the third addition to the Alesis Micro range until last. Subscribe to our free newsletter Subscribe. To briefly explain, the process involved in psychoacoustic enhancement 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.

Request a new review. It just doesn’t do enough to justify the expense.

Did you find this review helpful? The state of the gate is determined from three LEDs on the front panel: Previous article in this issue: I would have thought that silent, electronic switching would be essential on an effects unit which purports to be ‘studio quality’. This machine was the ideal test-bed for the noise gate. To evaluate the Alesis Micro Gate properly, in terms of how effective it is in a real situation, I compared it with a very similar device – the Boss RCL The manual states that this is because the limiter was designed to be “more musically useful”, which is a little difficult to comprehend.


Both units proved to micdo extremely easy to use and their effect on the recording process more than justified the small sum spent on either unit.

I liked the stereo option a lot, it simplified the treatments a great deal. The control functions are as follows: Are they the Accessit range of the Eighties?

Possibly Alesis think that it is more ‘musically useful’ to have the device permanently connected and to only use the bypass switch for setting-up purposes? If you’re like me and have a neighbour whose idea of a quiet Sunday afternoon is to aldsis two hours sanding the front door with alesiz 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 an advert for a well-known breakfast cereal.

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We understand when ds, that this instrument is the specialist in tonn, but in contrast, trs intuitive, IDAL is for musicians like me who do not want to take the head! 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. 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.


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. Today, Alesis has released a similar range, from 14 modules composs plastic pice euros: Also, the Alesis effects boxes are definitely of a sturdier construction than the RCL Sadly, the Boss gate is strictly monaural.

The effect is most useful in, say, the recording of vocals when the vocalist isn’t perhaps aware of how loud he or she may be. The LEDs on the front panel indicate this wonderfully. Sound On Sound – Mar This is a compression ratio of 2: 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 Strange omission in a studio quality product.

However, the problem of silent switching reared its ugly head yet again. All three, I’ve posted in that order, between a pre-amp and mixer. Personally, the separate mains adaptor is a minor annoyance.

Alesis Micro Limiter

However, if money is a problem, I mjcro find it very hard to recommend the Micro Enhancer. Please include your email address if you want to be contacted regarding your note.

However, where the Alesis unit really shone was in the fact that it is a stereo unit and this meant that I could treat both left and right outputs of the instrument from the same box and maintain channel separation.

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.

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