Alesis released the news sampling drum pad in 2018. And no one can deny that this is a mind-blowing item.
For a long time, the Roland SPD-SX was the only flagship sampling pad on the market of the best electronic drum kits. But then, things are about to change with the Alesis Strike Multipad in play.
This Alesis drum pad is the only sampling electronic pad equipped with the “Strike” regard.
Why is the Alesis Strike Multipad a game-changer?
For some time, Alesis was only proud of its SamplePad Pro. But the way things are on the market today; this device was far inferior to the Roland SPD-SX.
And since these are companies that have been competing for a long time, Roland was taking most of the credit.
That is why I think the MultiPad is everything Alesis needed to up their game. There is no doubt they have done their homework thoroughly, offering a solution for both beginners and experienced drum players.
The Multipad comes with a special edition of Pro tools, combined with a copy of Ableton Live Lite. With these features, every producer on the market will be smiling.
I never thought I would be seeing anything like this any time soon from Alesis. But then, you can expect anything from such an innovative company.
What to consider when buying a drum pad
The market giants like Alesis, Yamaha, and Roland have been a great reference for electronic musical equipment.
They have always been trying to outshine each other. And that is good for us, right?
Well, that is why you should always consider the brand first before buying these gadgets. Apart from this, there are a bunch of other things to look out for.
- Features. There is so much that has been discovered technologically, and a lot more yet to come. For this reason, you also need to consider features your sample pad comes with. The best sample pad, of course, has multiple connections, and a wide range of sounds to choose from.
- Your needs. Sampling pads have become an essential component for a drummer, especially in recording studios. But this does not mean we all need them. So, it is important first to establish your needs. Then seek from something that lets you fulfill them.
- Your budget. The Alesis Strike and any similar devices don’t come cheaply. And in this case, I would advise you to buy according to your level of expertise. There is no need for a beginner to invest in something so expensive.
All these factors can be summarized in your preference. And every one of us knows what is best for them.
About the Alesis Strike MultiPad
Right off the box, the Strike will strike you. It is way better in looks than the previous version.
Alesis, since they introduced the SR-16 in 1990, has continued to impress fans with better tech. The Strike series released a few years ago is their latest addition. The rolling out the Strike Multipad introduced a heavy landing sampler that is now on the lips of everyone.
It comes with a superb quality build, bringing to the same level as the Roland SPD-SX.
The main selling points include:
- Velocity-sensitive pads with RGB customizable lights.
- Five onboard effects processors.
- Expandable. Add three more drum triggers, a hi-hat pedal, and two dual foot controls.
- More than 8k onboard samples.
- The internal storage of 32GB.
- Connect any recording source.
- Looping software in-built.
- Audio interface.
These are features you will not find with any other device below the price range.
Now let’s look at them much deeper.
There is a twelve-pad setup, categorized into nine main pads and three edge pads. Well, this is a standard-setting from most pads.
But there is something more; the main pads come with customizable LED light on each. With them, you get 17 different colors. And the color-coding is quite extensive.
With this feature, you no longer have to worry about setting your gear in the wrong area. Hence, it helps you avoid huge issues during gigs.
It is not only the color-coding that impressed me. The LEDs come with varying illuminating patterns. You will get blinking tempo and “audio breath,” among other features. The latter illustrates how strong the sound they are emitting is.
With this feature, you can easily tell a pad that is playing in a low tone. It will also reveal which sounds have a loop, or which playback track is working.
And with the inclusion go the swanky magenta and cyan, I give a thumbs up to Alesis. You will also appreciate how they have made the color scheme slick.
here are 30 preset kits onboard the Strike. Also, there are whooping 70 user locations for adding your kits.
The LCD shows everything happening at any given time. This 4.3-inch screen is enough to offer you an excellent view.
Also, the screen is large enough to show a lot of information. It comes with easy to use navigating menus on the editing samples.
A large room, more playing
Talk of storage and you will be surprised at how large the Strike Pad is. With a 32GB internal storage disk, you can save as many custom samples as you want so that you never have to lack in your next gig.
Compared to the SPD-SX, which only has 4GB memory, you can see where the Strike takes it all.
As if that is not all, it comes with more than 8000 simples on board. They are both pitched and percussive, enabling the user to expand their imagination.
Loading samples on the Strike Multipad through USB is quite basic. And if you feel the 32GB storage is not enough, then add more room with an external SD card.
The rubber on the road
I am sure you will not miss anything in the more than 8K sounds onboard. You can get a tone of great ones. And they all work perfectly with the looping function so that you can play along with your acoustic kit or pad.
Now the rubber used on the pads is something worth commending. I have seen many pads with are too bouncy, or brittle, that is why the Strike makes more sense to me.
It is its response that made me feel like I needed to get won one. It feels right when entering the pads with heavy hits, or to double strokes.
They are not too stiff, not too, and not too bouncy. Also, the rubber gives presents several actions along with the triggering. They help you easily control the actions of the Strike.
For instance, I like assigning a pad to turn on and off the effects. You can also step up to the next kit, control the internal click, achieve loop recording, and many other functions.
You will also notice a dedicated “panic button” on the console. It is a great feature for some drummers.
I also like the fact that you can assign two WAV features within each pad. And then program a pad to trigger the tone simultaneous, or otherwise.
The grouping feature, on the other hand, lets the pad to initiate the tones assigned to it. It can do this by either cycling through each sample or by playing them all together.
And for those who are looking for a more extended setup, the Strike comes with four additional pads inputs.
Little things that feel great
There are small buttons on the front panel that seem simple, yet you feel wonderful when you press. The kit-select buttons are more crucial because you will mostly use them during a live performance. They don’t illuminate, though, which makes them a bit hard to find if you want to focus more on the sheet music.
Also, there is a five-second delay. This can make going through the kits a bit slow. This can also be hard if you are trying to toggle between the tunes seamlessly.
But Alesis seems to have already noticed that. They have included a button that lets you toggle between preset kits and user kits. You don’t need to scroll past the presets anymore.
Sample functions and the Looper
The StrikePad Introduces a new feature called the A+B sample function. You can, therefore, have tow samples linked to a single pad. You can have them play together, or alternatively.
This is a concept that can be used inside a DAW with a PC. But I like using them as a standalone.
The looping function on the Strike is quite amazing. You don’t only loop samples inside the unit, but the sounds from audio inputs too.
The panel comes with great inputs and outputs. They include ¼ inch stereo, 2-foot control, stereo AUX, stereo main, tons of trigger ins, hi-hat in, MIDI In/Out, USB to a computer, and USM memory stick.
- Velocity-sensitive pads.
- 32GB storage.
- Built-in Sampler.
- Built-ins sampler.
- Lots of inputs.
- Ableton Live Lite and Avid Pro Tools First.
- So far, I think the only limitation could be the price. But this is not so much, considering the price.
Alesis has really stepped up their game in this one. Professional drummers will really love this. And I think the Alesis Strike Multipad price is justified. Now you can easily switch products like Alesis Strike Pro and the SPD-SX.