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


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


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Thanks to Tim Palander for providing information.