Now with Alesis, you can get a drum that is high quality and affordable. When it comes to quality e-drum sets, features and affordability are the most crucial considerations.
And now Alesis recently released the Strike Pro SE to meet the demand of many drummers. The kit comes with beautiful looks, and the shells are sized no less than acoustic drums would.
It comes with a bigger kick drum, varying mesh heads, and an upgrade on the hi-hat.
It is no secret that electronic drums are slowly and surely becoming popular over the years. But some drummers still wonder whether they are worth the money.
And perhaps this one of the reasons Alesis put so much time into this one. Looking at its appearance and general features, you can tell there is a lot of thinking, planning, and investment that goes into the kit.
They aimed at creating a real professional e-drum set that would perform at the same level as quality acoustic drum kits.
But have they achieved this goal?
In these reviews, I will take you through some of the features I think stand out in this kit. Come along.
Why is Alesis a good brand?
One of the best ways to choose a great electronic drum set that will quench your needs is brand considerations. And I am sure once you have top brands figured out, you can never go wrong.
Alesis is one of my favorite e-drum makers. For years, the company has invested heavily in cutting edge technology, and now it competes with top brands like Yamaha.
Some of the features that perhaps a drummer may want to look at include:
- Quality e-drum sets. Every electronic drum set that Alesis produces is aimed at serving a specific purpose for a particular level of drumming. And they don’t disappoint.
- Variety. What are you looking for? A beginner e-drum kit? Or a professional e-drum set for home recording? Well, Alesis has it all. This means you can never lack what you are looking for. They have taken care of every category of drum players.
- Affordability. Compared to other brands in the same quality range, many buyers go for Alesis products because of affordability. But the prices never compromise their quality.
- Experience. Alesis has been on the market for quite a while now. And for this reason, they have gained much experience concerning the needs of the drummer. Besides, the e-drums are made by people who understand drumming; perhaps most are professional drummers too.
The release of the Alesis Strike Pro stands as one of their best works ever.
This kit was maybe inspired by drummer’s needs to have an electronic drum set that looks and sounds just like an acoustic kit. And with this, they can easily transition between the categories.
Alesis has been at the forefront of innovation. No wonder they have become very popular with the electronic drum market.
But have they achieved this goal? There are people who still worry about investing in the wrong kit. I was one of them before this review.
Therefore, the answer you are looking for is here. I always do my research before buying any item.
Summary of this Alesis Strike Pro Review
- Alesis is one of the top manufacturers of electronic drum sets.
- The Alesis Strike Pro is a professional e-drum kit carrying four tom pads, a snare pad, a kick pad, four crash cymbal, and a hi-hat controller.
- The pad is nylon mesh, which is standard for modern electronic kits.
- This kit is the higher-end model of the Strike, although there are other kits by the manufacturer that are identical in many ways.
- The kit also comes with a Strike module that has a sleek design, faders, and an LCD. I also control buttons and 1600 multi-sampled instruments.
We can all agree this kit is pretty solid.
About the Alesis Strike Pro
As stated above, the Strike Pro features in the high-end e-drum from the company. It is a solid set that comes fully equipped with every professional drummer’s needs.
The kit itself is a bit large. On one hand, this is a good thing because it looks and sounds just like and acoustic. But on the other hand, you may need a longer time to set it up before playing.
The box in which the Alesis Strike Pro comes is very heavy. Therefore, you may want to unpack it separately from outside before carrying it up the stairs.
Alesis has invested heavily in this one. It serves every drumming purpose, from home practicing to live stage performance. You can also record your sounds right from home.
In the box, you get:
- One 14 inch kick drum pad
- One 14 inches dual-zone snare pad
- Four dual-zone toms; 8 inches, 10 inches, 12inch and 14inch
- One 16 inch triple-zone rid, two 14 inches dual-zone crash, and one 12 inch hi-hat cymbals.
- A strike drum module
- Hardware: Chrome rack, a pair to sticks, cable snakes and wraps, drum key, power supply, and an assembly guide.
Unfortunately, you will have to buy your own kick pedal and hi-hat stand. I can live with the kick pedal missing, but I think they should include the hi-hat stand.
There are two categories of the Strike kit; Eight-piece and eleven-piece kit. The eight-piece is way cheaper, but it has only one crash cymbal and three toms. But it is still great for those looking for a simple and more portable setup. Also, you can upgrade it to the Pro version anytime you wish.
Features of the Strike Pro
Alesis has really tried on this one. I could help but notice some of the best features of the kit were everything a drummer needs.
Big shell sizes
Many electronic drums are known for being small and compact. For instance, the Alesis pro is very small and portable. But these can be a big problem when you want to transition.
The Strike Pro has the same features as the regular shell size. And I have become a big fan of this because I hate the small drum pads.
The shells are made from wood. This is why we say; the Alesis Strike Pro is in so many ways, like a standard acoustic drum set.
They feature a beautiful red sparkle finish, which is pretty impressive.
You can only find such ‘real’ drums with V-drums or ATV Artist standard drums. And this is where Alesis has really made it.
Well, consider the size of the pads, the Alesis pro feels a lot more like an acoustic kit. And the size plus the mesh heads make things even more interesting.
The response is excellent. I never liked the false feeling that mesh heads give, but with this one, I have changed my opinion.
The kit comes with adjustable tensions. And it is not too bouncy and not too rigid, just the right amount.
And the only other way you can come close to this feeling is perhaps if you convert an acoustic into and electronic kit. But that would require you too much time.
Excellent drum pads
Alesis thought outside the box with the addition of the 14-inch dual-zone snare drum pad. I don’t enjoy small pads myself because I love to enjoy the feel of traditional drums.
All drum pads are dual-zone. Hence, you can play independent sound from the center and the edge. This brings out another level of realism you will not get in many entry-level kits.
And better still, you can tune the drum pads. This is one of my favorite features as it allows me to increase or decrease the responsiveness of the mesh. This makes the e-drum sounds more realistic,
At first glance, you will not fail to notice the neat ‘hammered’ look of the cymbals. They are just like the traditional hand-hammered ones, offering a beautiful touch.
And the bell comes in a large size, with which you can play different accents while playing. And these cymbals can be chocked.
I was not impressed that the cymbals have only one size with the piezo. It must face a certain direction, with the logo facing the opposite direction.
Even so, there are locking washers under the cymbals, which keeps them straight. But still, the crash seems to misfire whenever you slightly miss the zone of the piezo.
The Strike Pro comes with a triple-zone ride, something you can only get in higher-end electronic kits. You can hit the bell, bow, or edge.
All other cymbals are dual-zone. Together with the triple-zone cymbals, this feature will take you to the next level. You will love them.
The drum module
I was very impressed with the module right from the looks. It has a beautiful design and features most of the bells and the whistles that come with the TD-50.
There are 100 new drum kits with more than 1,600 multi-sampled instruments. This brings more realism in the drums.
For instance, the snare can be lightly tapped from a mix of different samples than beating the drum with full energy. This eliminates that machine-gun-like sound, making it greatly realistic.
I never liked the Alesis drum kits before as their entry-level e-kits don’t come with such technology. More so, they don’t sound as good.
The LCD is incredibly installed with nice visuals of each kit. You can get all the information about the presets. I found it better than the TD-50 series because of its high responsiveness.
Also, the module carries an 8GB SD card on which you can lead new samples and sounds. The USB/MIDI connections are wonderful if you are looking to use virtual instruments with a DAW.
It comes with snake cable, each with a labeled end for the respective pad. You can connect the module easily with the pads.
Besides, Alesis has unveiled the Strike Software Editor. With this, you can easily create new kits on your PC, rather than using knobs.
There is 110 new drum kit presets made from 1,600 multi-sample instruments. The Strike is a better representation of the dynamic range. Stuff like rolls and drags are pretty impressive.
Sound is one of the most critical issues with e-drums. And I don’t like most of them. But the Strike Pro is closer to what I call quality sounds.
The FX Engine could be improved. I don’t like the fact that I could not add compression and EQ to the individual drums and cymbals.
I have tried out many electronic drum modules, and they don’t sound great all the same.
Again, the Strike Module is not easy to use with the external VST instruments. They are quite tricky. I was able to get the mappings after several trials, but you cannot differentiate between the open and closed hi-hat midi CC messages.
But then, you can easily record your drums in quiet settings. And I would say the module is pretty acceptable.
- Cheaper than Roland drums with same features
- Beautiful looks
- Solid and sturdy rack
- Decent sound module
- The hi-hat and piezo lack quality assurance
- There is limited effects engine
- No dedication to audio interface
One of the biggest issues I found with Strike Pro is the hi-hat. If this is an issue for you too, try out several options.
It will be a great idea to go higher on the ladder if you want something from Alesis. But if you are running low on budget, the DM10 MKII or the Surge Mesh might be what you are looking for.
I like the Strike Pro kit, especially considering its price tag. And am sure Alesis will continue working to resolve the issues it has. Once done, this kit will be the top of the market.
I would recommend it to a beginner. But this is subject to whether you would like to drop the e-drum kits in the future.