Alesis NanoBass

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The NanoBass is a tiny total Bass module for instant access to just about every Bass sound you can think of! This 1/3-rack sized module (5.5 inches wide) has 256 preset Bass sounds. There are 16 categories, each with 16 different programs in that category. Categories include: Acoustic Bass, Fretless Bass, 3 Electric Bass and 3 Synth Bass types, Funk, Acid, House, Rap, Industrial, Layered, Drone, and Effected Basses. None of the sounds are programmable, but with 64 voice polyphony and 16 MIDI channels, the NanoBass is designed to give you hands-on Bass for your MIDI music production system, live or in the studio.

Despite it's small size and low price, it's got high-quality 16-bit 48kHz linear samples based on the popular QuadraSynth synth engine for supreme-quality sonic performance with no voice robbing. Most of it's Bass sounds rock, many with exciting resonant filter sweeps and other cool modulation sounds built into the samples. The sounds cover every musical style. Each program also features built-in Alesis effects that can be controlled from the Effect knob.

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Cole
April 24, 2014 @ 4:56 pm
I've been using NanoBasses live for the past eight years, and I sit on patch 3 in the ELEC1 bank all night long. Actual string bass players frequently compliment my tone. Here's the skinny on that: If you want to get a truly great bass tone out of this or any other hardware synth source, send the signal (mono) through a proper bass rig and either mic it or send a post-eq output to FOH or your recording apparatus (or both, for maximum flexibility). I typically boost the low and low-mid frequencies slightly and the top end ever-so-slightly, and the results are undeniable. Go Nano or go home!
frasco
June 3, 2012 @ 1:02 pm
craig/jasen: can be that you don´t get sounds from it because he receive too much/wrong polarity energy with the power supply.
There´s no indication of the correct alimentation needs, and trying out with a multy power supply cause the burning of a part of the internal battery.
Jasen
April 18, 2012 @ 10:26 pm
Cannot get volume out of mine.Any Ideas? New to midi. Is there a parameter i have to turn on from the Controller?

I had this issue too when I first got mine, put it on ch 1 and turn on the controller first.
resonator
June 24, 2011 @ 5:51 am
I can't believe the high ratings. This unit screams GM, very boring and very uninspiring.
Craig Franettovich
May 4, 2011 @ 10:51 am
Cannot get volume out of mine.Any Ideas? New to midi. Is there a parameter i have to turn on from the Controller?
 
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  • Demos & Media
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    Alesis NanoBass Demo
    by jakkone

    Manual - Alesis have made manuals and program charts for many of their products available on-line, for free download as .PDF files.

  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 64 voices
  • Oscillators - 16-bit 48kHz linear sample ROM
  • LFO - 3 LFOs
  • Filter - Lowpass filter
  • VCA - 3 Envelope Generators
  • Keyboard - None
  • Memory - 4 MB, 256 Presets
  • Control - MIDI IN/OUT (16-parts)
  • Date Produced - 1997
  • Resources & Credits
  • Images from Alesis

    Thanks to Tim Palander for providing information.

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