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Alesis NanoBass

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Alesis NanoBass



Category:  Products / synthesisers / sample synthesisers

Added: 18-Dec-98  |  Author: admin

New price: £249  |   S/H price: na


Alesis NanoBass



The three units in the Nano instrument series were all released in 1997 offering sounds derived from the Alesis QS Composite Synthesis & piano samples seen in previous Q-Series products, all crammed into a tiny 1/3rd rack size box. Don't let the tiny size fool you, these units offer high quality sounds & can be a great fix, particularly the Piano & Bass, for getting a big selection of quality sounds at a cheap secondhand price in a tiny footprint size.



 



Prices on release were:
NanoBass £249 GBP
NanoPiano £339 GBP
NanoSynth £375 GBP



 



All three units are based on 16 Bit Linear 48kHz Sample ROM & synthesis, offer 64 note polyphony & can utilise Alesis's QS Mix Mode (64 Part multitimbral across 16 MIDI channels).  



 



The NanoSynth & NanoPiano also both incorporate Alesis's high quality QS Parallel Matrix Effect processing (4 independent stereo multi effects processing busses), which include reverbs, choruses, distortion, delays, rotary speaker simulations and more.



 



Each unit offers a rotary control to select the Preset Bank and a secondary rotary control to switch between presets in the selected bank, with a final dedicated control pot assigned to one relevant effect parameter for the selected patch, with more control over parameters available via MIDI.





Round at the back, the NanoPiano & NanoBass have 1/4" L/R main stereo outputs, while the Nano Synth has its L/R out and L/R Inputs on RCA phono connectors with the Stereo Inputs allowing you to pass THRU any stereo signal such as a backing track, blend it with the onboard synth engine and monitor the whole lot via the L/R outputs.



 



The NanoSynth also uniquely features a Serial multi-pin port, allowing the unit to be controlled directly from a Mac or Windows computer using the supplied Alesis software.



 



Finally, all three units have traditional MIDI In and Out/Thru connectors.



 

 

NanoBass



256 high-quality preset bass programs from a 4 megabyte sound library, including dance music styles, techno, jungle, acid, hip-hop, house and R&B basses, many with exciting resonant filter sweeps and other cool modulation sounds built into the samples.



 



The NanoBass also contains plenty of rock, pop, fusion and jazz music basses, including punchy rock electrics, smooth fretless bass, rich acoustic uprights and many more. Built-in bass performance trademarks - pops, slaps and so on - are included to make your sequenced tracks sound like they were performed by a studio player. To customise your bass sounds, each program provides one adjustable parameter - Attack, Decay, Brightness, Sub Octave level and so on - that you can change using the convenient front panel controller.



 



There seems to be a MK1 & M2 version Nanobass, although I can find no reference to a product revision online  - At the Nano zeries product launch in 1997 and on the Alesis website the Nanobass control pots are Red in colour, it has the second control pot labelled 'Adjust' and across the top it says "64 Voice Bass Synthesizer Module" - It's program list around the front selector switch starting at 12 o'clock & working around the dial clockwise reads:



 



Acoustic/Fretless, Electric1, Electric2, Acid, House, Rap, Industrial, Synth1, Synth2, Synth3, Synth4, Layer1, Layer2, Drone, Riff1, Riff2.



 



However by 1999 The NanoBass on the Alesis website is now sporting Orange control pots, it's second control pot is labelled 'Effect' & across the top it now says:  "16 Bit Linear Bass Synthesizer Module" - It's program list around the front selector switch starting at 12 o'clock & working around the dial clockwise now reads:



 



Acoustic, Fretless/Harmonic, Elec1, Elec2, Elec3, Funk, Acid, House, Rap, Industrial, Synth1, Synth2, Synth3, Layer, Drone, Effect



 

 

Nanobass specifications



 



Sound Generation Method:
16 Bit Linear 48kHz Sample ROM



 



Synthesis:
QS Composite Synthesis ™



 



Voices:
64, each with sweepable lowpass filter, 3 envelope generators, 3 LFOs, programmable effects send and QS Modulation Matrix, dynamic voice allocation



 



Available Waveform Memory:
4 MB



 



Program Memory:
256 Preset



 



MIDI Connections:
MIDI In, MIDI Out/Thru



 



Audio Outputs:
Stereo L and R outputs



 



 



 




NanoSynth



8 MB sound library includes 512 preset programs and 128 user program slots. Pianos, organs, cutting-edge and vintage synth sounds, strings, brass, winds, guitars, drums, percussion and much more are offered within this sonic collection. Fifteen complete drumsets and an entire bank of sounds are arranged in the General MIDI hierarchy, making it easy to set up standardised creation/playback of music and multimedia projects.



 

 

NanoPiano



Using the ultra-realistic grand piano sound of the QS8 Master Synthesiser, the Nano Piano offers 256 preset programs, including Alesis's acclaimed phase-accurate stereo multi-sampled Bosendorfer grand, as well as a selection of alternate piano sounds for different types of music. Nano Piano also includes a large selection of organs, electric pianos, vibes, clavinets, strings, synth pads and voice programs. Patches can be used on their own, as splits or layered with the piano sounds for rich, thick multi-voiced sounds.



 













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Product:  Alesis - NanoBass
Name: Kilo
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Date: 19-Jan-99

Excellent synth for basslines etc... !!!

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Product:  Alesis - NanoBass
Name: Brad
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Date: 19-Jan-99

I purchased a NanoBass. When I got it home I found out that it does not comply with the MIDI specification. All notes are 1 octave lower than they should be according to the MIDI spec. Alesis customer service told me I had to reprogram my stuff at my end. That's not convenient in my application.

The sounds are fine, but the programming is wrong, so I'm going to return the unit.

Alesis, if you're listening, you should fix this product.

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Product:  Alesis - NanoBass
Name: kilo
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Date: 19-Jan-99

er...... maybe that's cause it's a ...'Bass' module ??....... like maybe they thought they'd bung it an octave down.... or is it that you're using a sequencer s/w..... some of the sequencer softs call c-1, c-3.....weird...... still, if all you had to do was transpose your bass track up an octave, is this such a big deal that you had to demand a refund ?

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Product:  Alesis - NanoBass
Name: canuk
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Date: 19-Jan-99

I just bought the unit, and I tell you what. it kicks, Its got the BASS! Its time to show all the scrubs around where I live and their big ass overpriced stereo systems what its all about. Who cares if its an octave down than what it should be, that just means more BASS.

Im gonna put support for it on my page.

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Product:  Alesis - NanoBass
Name: Diver (Bob Kessler)
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Activity: Professional
Date: 19-Jan-99

Very Very cool piece for the money. Not a lot of programability, but fantastic for demos. Sounds really smooth, punchy, brash, etc. when you need it. Try stomp boxes or other processing for techno and house tracks. On Divers scale (1-10): Overall: 3.5

products under $300: 8.25

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Product:  Alesis - NanoBass
Name: Kim Ohwi
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Activity: Professional
Date: 19-Jan-99

I use Nanobass, it is great! but, it has some

trouble when change patch nomber,

aleady effector has been setting automaticaly...

Hum...I lovely use 'Kuk','Kuk' bass sound...Thanks!

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Product:  Alesis - NanoBass
Name: k
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Date: 23-Jul-99

test nanobass comments

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Product:  Alesis - NanoBass
Name: Dunk
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http://www.modarchive.com/waveworld/bass.shtml
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Date: 02-Dec-01

Just to say theses things sell for around £70 - £100 second hand. There are wave files to demo such at the link

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Product:  Alesis - NanoBass
Name: Philadelphia_soul
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Date: 03-Dec-07

Can you put on this side mp3 whith pattern of nanobass, propably I buy this in Poland but i cant found adio pattern.

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Product:  Alesis - NanoBass
Name: BIG
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www.myspace.com/thebeefinjectors
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Date: 09-Jan-09

Amazing little unit. I'm using it with a Roland PK-5a pedal board. This Little unit is great for gigs. No laptop or complicated menus. Perfect.

Awesome!

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Product:  Alesis - NanoBass
Name: FunkyNS'69
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Date: 11-Sep-11

Excellent sound module for the money.
Excellent range of preset bass sounds.

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Product:  Alesis - NanoBass
Name: AL TRAUTMAN
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Date: 21-Mar-15

Anyone has a NanoBass for sale?

AL

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Product:  Alesis - NanoBass
Name: Rufus
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Date: 10-Apr-16

Would like to buy a nanobass module ?
Does anyone have a unit for Sale

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