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Old 06-22-2003, 02:33 PM
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Default ai-3 still current?

I was looking at using the Alesis AI-3 to up my inputs on my Digi001 setup. One of the local retailers gave me a "Are they still making those?" and I noted that every place has them "back-ordered". Am I missing something? Am I about to buy the last AI-3 every made? Is there a newer piece of equipment I should be considering?

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Old 06-22-2003, 05:04 PM
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gleiter...

I just went thru this myself...

I can't answer you for sure but here's what I know...

The original AI3 was 20 bit. The Alesis site now claims that the AI3 is 24 bit. My guess is that these newer units have just started shipping or the first run was under produced and the demand higher than expected resulting in a backorder.

The dealers I talked to all said they were expecting delivery in two weeks a week ago. I couldn't find anyone who had actually received a 24bit version though.

Still probably one of the most cost effective ways to add to the 001 albeit not the highest quality convertes... probably on par with 01 though. If you do find one in a store MAKE SURE IT'S THE 24 BIT VERSION.

STAudio makes a 24 bit unit that is cheaper. They have very limited distribution and support in the States so I am reluctantly waiting to see if the Alesis materializes.

FWIW, the 'B' company (don't want to say the word around [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img] ) here claims to have a unit coming out in August which will be inexpensive as well ($250 US I think). Look at their site if you want details.

I'm hoping for an Alesis unit to appear at GC. I'm not ready to prepay for vaporware just yet.

Compare these links:

Alesis: AI-3 24 bit

Alesis: reference to 20 bit mention of older 20 bit models (also named AI3)

ST Audio: Adam 24

The 'Other' Brand: ADA8000
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Old 06-22-2003, 05:52 PM
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I've owned an AI-3 for about 3 years now & it's 24 bit. There was a notice in the box when I opened it, saying it was a new "improved" version. It's rather quirky. Won't work if it's below 60 degrees in the control room. Power & status lights are very dim. After it's been on for about 15 minutes the lights finally go to full bright and it appears to work fine.
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Old 06-22-2003, 06:42 PM
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roundo:

That's intersting... that they've been 24 bit for that long... I didn't know that...

The other quirky business... that's kinda scary. Wonder if the newer units are better?

They also have the Ai4... samples up to 96... but has AES inputs...

AI4

noticed the price was the same ($400)...
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Old 06-22-2003, 07:36 PM
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The AI-4 is a digital format converter (AES/EBU <-> ADAT optical), no analog section whatsoever.

The AI-3 has been 24-bit for years, I've bought them for several clients to use with Digi001's since about mid-2000. Don't let the price or brand name scare you, I would argue that they are marginally better than the a/d in the 001, but you don't really notice until you have a $1k preamp in front of it. It's a shame neither have word clock.
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Old 06-24-2003, 07:00 AM
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[img]images/icons/confused.gif[/img] I thought the the AI-3 was always 24bit. I think it was produced to improve ADATs input to 24bits..
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Old 06-24-2003, 08:28 AM
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Original Ai3's were 20 bit. They have apparently been 24 for some time though now.
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Old 06-24-2003, 08:54 AM
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when i bought my ai-3 about a year and a half ago, i got the same story about not being in stock anywhere, so i ordered it with sweetwater and they pretty much delivered it when they said it would be delivered.

and its 24 bit...
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Old 07-07-2003, 05:24 PM
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Hey " D B" AI-3 or 001 converters? what sounds the best?
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Hey " D B" AI-3 or 001 converters? what sounds the best?
<font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">they both sound the same to me. if you're happy with the 001 converters, then you'll be happy with the AI-3...
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