Alesis AI-3

Alesis AI-3

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AI-3, Analog/Digital Converter from Alesis.

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Alesis AI-3 tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Alesis
  • Model: AI-3
  • Category: Analog/Digital Converters
  • Added in our database on: 04/01/2002

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Alesis AI-3 user reviews

Average Score:5.0( 5/5 based on 4 reviews )
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radiobomb's review"perfect 8ch line-to-ADAT conversion, both directions."

Alesis AI-3
This is a fantastic unit, powerup and forget. Used mine for 15yrs, never had even 1 issue !... amazing. Good dynamic range on conversion, clear front panel indication of signal presence [green] and clip [red] LEDs. Rear panel has the jack i/o and the ADAT i/o. Simple 1u design, silent, does not heat up even when left on permanantly. Highly recomended. All i/o are available as mono i/o or stereo pairs, or a combo within the 8ch.
-10db or +4db operation front panel switch.

lionstarstudioprod's review"Easy"

Alesis AI-3
Digital to analog converter with 8 ins / 8 outs
24 bit 48k max


I've had it for 2 years, it's awesome!!!!!
I haven't had the chance to test any other DACs, but this one is very practical
You can plug in ADAT and come out in a 1/4" analog jack
Regarding the converter itself, personally, I have nothing to say, it's very pro
Coupled to a motu 896, you just turn it on and that's it
Based on my experience, I wouldn't hesitate to buy it again.

jovitu's review

Alesis AI-3
AD/DA converter in ADAT format, 8 ins/8 outs at 24/48, or 4 ins/4 outs at 24/96.
Analog ins and outs via unbalanced jacks or TRS
Very easy to install


I've had it for one month.
With an RME 96/32 card with a dual-processor G4 running Logic, MAc OS X
I used to have a DIGI 001 under OSX, ugh! I had the opportunity to work quite some time with Sonic Solution, so I certainly have a good point of comparison...
It's great, not expensive.
I wouldn't hesitate to buy it again
But there's a catch: Don't EVER turn it off, the first day you use it, it sounds somber and lacking definition...
The next day it's as good as the RME, with 450€ converters.
So, don't turn it off.
Even if it doesn't have the prestige of a Lynx or an Apogee, this converter sounds good..... with an RME you get 10 ins and 10 outs for 1000 Euros.

Tamino's review

Alesis AI-3
24/48 AD/DA converter (96k possible with 4 tracks), 19" rack-mountable format.
- Front panel: Power switch, +4dbu / -10dbv switch, level/clip LEDs
- Rear panel: Power connector (internal transformer), 1 adat in/out, 8in / 8out on balanced jacks
96db dynamic range for the AD and 95db for the DA.

For all the features:


It's as easy as it gets. It works fine right away and it doesn't get hot (despite the internal transformer).

I have this converter connected to an RME Hammerfall 9636 (which is awesome!) and to an Allen&Heath GS3v (24/8) mixer.
I used to have a hoontech dsp 24 value (2in/2out).

Regarding the conversion quality, the Ai3 is way better than the Hoontech. More well-defined and less "metallic." I can't say how it compares to other hardware, because I would have to test it under objective conditions, same mic, same source, same preamp, same monitors...

But my first tests are pretty conclusive in terms of quality.
The converter is limited in terms of connection options but it will allow you to make the best of older hardware because it supports up to 48kHz max., which is why you can still get it at reasonable prices.

If you don't want to go beyond 48khz at 24bits, it's a very good solution.

It deserves a high mark (9), due to its price and quality, the only point I'd take off is due to its dated(?) possibilities.

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