"These are the Daft Punk compressors, these are the Alesis 3630s, you've seen them in a lot of Future Music videos... and they sound great. They're about $60 each, and that's cheaper than a plugin, so I bought four of them. If you're looking for a cheap, good compressor, it's great." (14:43)more
According to this article on the making of Goldie's *Timeless* album from the [June 1998 issue of *Sound on Sound* magazine](https://web.archive.org/web/20150416233330/http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/jun98/articles/goldie.html), Playford's studio gear includes an Alesis 3630.more
«In this photo you can also see the Alesis 3630 compressor and the Ensoniq DP/4 multi effects processor: both very cheap racks that can have very drastic and creative effects. I regularly patch sounds through the DP/4 to find a sort of colour or atmosphere to set the track in. What’s great is that you can chain the effects in any order you want within the unit, like flange a reversed reverb that would then go through a distorted envelope filter, or the opposite. If I do an all-hardware live show one day this rack will definitely play a big role»more
Alesis was in the digital reverb and drum machine business back in the 1980's when they made their first units and I immediately became a fan of their hardware. I owned ADAT's so as soon as it was available, I bought the Alesis 3630 and used it in the studio regularly. I found it to be very useful and great sounding. I used it for everything from bass, drums, guitar, and voice to stereo mix down. I think everything Alesis makes has been great.
ince its introduction, the 3630 Compressor™ has become the most popular dynamics processor ever made. The reason is easy to understand: it provides two independent full-featured compressor/ limiters in one rack space while offering excellent sonic quality for any application from studio recording to live sound or broadcast. The 3630 offers Ratio, Threshold, Attack and Decay controls to customize its compression response for even the toughest signals. You can also choose between RMS and Peak compression styles, plus Hard and Soft Knee dynamic curves for every application from subtle gain control to in-your-face punch. As an independent dual-channel compressor, the 3630 offers separate controls for two different source signals. Plus, two fully independent gates with threshold and rate controls allow you to easily and efficiently stifle unwanted ambient noise. Other advanced dynamics processing features such as precise signal metering, a sidechain for keying or ducking effects and stereo linkable operation make the 3630 the most powerful compressor in its class.
This product is brilliant, there are numerous websites telling you how you can basically change this into a dbx compressor with some higher quality parts with a bit of DIY however these websites also tell you that after a certain point in the production of these they did this change for you, which is what i have, it is assumed that this is what daft punk did to their model where it got its frame, simple and easy to use.