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Alesis | NanoPiano


The NanoPiano is a 1/3-rack sized (5.5 inches wide) MIDI-module with 256 instantly accessible Piano sounds. Its sounds are based on the same synthesis engine as the QS-series, using 8 MegaBytes of 48kHz 16-bit digital ROM samples. There's a total of 256 preset Piano programs inside, organized into 16 categories, each with 16 different programs per category. Categories include: Acoustic Piano, Piano/Strings, Piano Layer (w/ clavs, organs, vibes, etc.), Piano FX, Electric Pianos, EP Layer, Chromatic (vibes, marimbas, etc.), Organs, Bass, Strings, Synth Pads, Lead Synths, Piano Splits, Effects, Piano/Pads, and Piano/Vox. The sounds cover every musical style.

None of the sounds are programmable from the front of the module. But with 64 voice polyphony and 16 MIDI channels, the NanoPiano was designed to give you easy access to quality Piano sounds for your MIDI music production system, live or in the studio. And using external MIDI editor/librarian software the NanoPiano's presets can be edited, including a lowpass filter, 3 LFOs and 3 envelope generators. Each program also features built-in four-bus multieffects based on the MidiVerb 4™ processor that can be controlled from the Effect knob and via MIDI. Unfortunately it is not multi-timbral and can only receive MIDI on one channel at a time. But for very little money you can get a great source of MIDI Piano sounds that sound great!

Engine TypeDigital
Voices (max)64
Engine Detailed16-bit 48kHz linear sample ROM
Filter (VCF)Sweepable Lowpass filter
Envelope (VCA)3 Envelope Generators
Memory8 MegaBytes, 256 Presets
Key typeN/A
Produced:1997 - 1997
Legend: Obvious Y: Yes, N: No, N/A: Not Applicable
VCO Voltage Controlled Oscillator DCO Digital Controlled Oscillator
LFO Low Frequency Oscillator Sub Sub Oscillator
VCF Voltage Controlled Filter VCA Voltage Controlled Amplifier
Velocity As with a piano, the harder you hit a key, the louder the sound, unlike most organs which always produce the same loudness no matter how hard you hit a key. Aftertouch Pressing a key after you activated it. Channel Aftertouch, no matter which key, it will send a Channel message. Poly Aftertouch, sends the pressure per key instead of the whole channel.
Values for OSC, LFO, Filter, Envelope are per voice unless stated otherwise.

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