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Tamino 06/04/2004

Alesis AI-3 : Tamino's user review


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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.