- Review Review by Andrew
- "A Perfect Balance of Price and Performance" Review by TheDAWDude
This upsurge means pro kits from the big names have more bang for the buck than ever. All of which makes for happy pro musicians and studio owners who are now able to have custom connectivity with their existing setups and choose from a wide variety of controller options to meet their live, studio and rehearsal needs.
Alesis has pioneered the "prosumer" project studio market and in doing so has garnered acclaim from the professional community by providing musicians and studios with cutting edge products at unheard of prices.
The Alesis USB Pro Drum Kit is no exception. A first glance shows what looks like real cymbals and drum trigger pads with tunable heads. Well the brass-alloy cymbals are the pro quality "Surge" line of multi-trigger controllers available with bell, body, edge and choke playing zones. The USB pro kit comes with a 12" hi-hat single zone, 13" crash single zone and a 16" choke-able dual zone ride compliment. The (1)snare and (3)tom playing surfaces are all dual trigger controllers the kick is a single trigger pad with foot pedal mount. All of these are the superior "RealHead" drum pads and have Mylar heads for an extremely authentic playing experience.
My kit was purchased for studio use and comes with the Alesis "Trigger I/O" unit and provides customizable setups for trigger to MIDI conversion and has both a standard 5pin DIN and USB midi connection as standard outputs. There are no sounds on-board but with a studio full of virtual and rack mounted midi controllable instruments my options are vast. The software that comes with the kit is listed as BFD lite but mine came with Toontracks EzDrummer lite. I run both of these programs in their professional editions and have found something to like with each of them.
Setup of the kit was simple and took me a little over an hour to get up and running. I was surprised at how well the sounds responded to the default trigger settings. However adjusting the Trigger I/O dynamic controls for each of the individual playing surfaces makes it possible to best approximate the natural sonic response characteristics of the instrument sound being triggered. This process is accomplished by tweaking a variety of controls which let you choose from six velocity curves for matching amplitude response, and also include trigger gain, threshold, cross-talk, re-trigger and trigger type settings to optimize the control surfaces to your playing style. These settings balance the interrelation between the triggers to minimize cross-talk, false triggering and re-trigger timing. The attention spent on fine tuning these parameters makes the 21 customizable presets powerful one button configurations. A preset calls up the MIDI channel information, MIDI note selection and program changes for your kit selection.
The Alesis USB Pro Drum Kit is just right for my studio and UniqueSquared brought it in for a price that beat everybody.
The make offer button let me choose an even lower price.
UniqueSquared "On Time, Under budget and shipped free. WOW!!" (Posted on 9/6/12)