We take an in depth look into the Alesis Strike Pro Electronic Drum Kit with “Texas” Tim Root. Watch as Tim gives us a rundown of all the great new kits, cool features and shows us why this is one of the best professional drum kits available with a budget friendly price tag!
Sometimes, the struggle to find a responsive, great feeling and amazing sounding electronic drum kit that doesn't look weird on stage is all too real. Finding one that won't break the bank can also be a little problematic.
Then, along comes the Alesis Strike Pro – a budget friendly, responsive and intuitive electronic drum kit that is ready to hit the stages and studios of the world, without costing you the earth.
We were lucky enough to have "Texas" Tim Root stop by PMT House Of Drums to guide us through all the cool features and sounds packed within the new model for 2017 and find out why this electronic drum kit should be on your must-try list!
An Overview Of The Alesis Strike Pro
We could sit here and tell you all about the unique features of the Alesis Strike Pro. Like how it’s an 11-piece professional electronic drum kit with mesh heads with large dual hoops for realistic response. Or how the Strike pro features premium wooden shells and how each drum has been designed to provide the familiarity of an acoustic kit thanks to the 14" snare, 8,10,12 & 14" toms and a 14" kick.
We could even discuss how it’s jam packed full of 110 different kits encompassing a wide range of musical genres and how there’s even 1600 different instruments to choose from… but we’d rather let the legendary “Texas” Tim Root talk you through the features in this cool video series.
Take a look and see/hear just how awesome the Alesis Strike Pro is!
A Closer Look At The Alesis Strike Pro Drum Sounds
When searching for the perfect electronic kit, drummers face a couple of major challenges when trying to find the right set up for their sound. Of course, there’s a myriad of different things we want from our electronic kits, but overall, we want something that responds to our playing as realistically as possible. We want a set up that not only gives us a wide range of sounds we'll actually want to use, but a selection of kits that don’t sound like they belong on a NES classic, too.
Fortunately, the Alesis Strike Pro Module is jam packed with a selection of beautifully sampled (and world renowned) kits that can be accessed and edited easily to your specifications as well as an entire library of sounds that respond so accurately to your playing, that you'll feel like you've got the actual acoustic instrument in front of you.
In this video, “Texas” Tim takes us through a selection of different sounds and kits within the Strike Pro module. Listen to the Rock’N Kit, Blue Jay Kita, Nac Kit, Funky Bass kit, Jungle Jam Kit, Orchestral Kit, Auto EDM Kit and more.
The Alesis Strike Pro Electronic Drum Kit Module
The Alesis Strike Pro module is not only packed to the brim full of great sounds, but also allows you to get really creative with your music.
In this video “Texas” Tim Root shows us how to mix any of your 110 built-in kits, allowing you to add new dynamics to your playing. In addition, we also find out how easy it is to add layers to your drum sounds, say for example you wanted to add a hand clap to your snare sound – brilliant!
Tim also shows us how we can tune any of the 1600 instruments within the Alesis Strike pro, change the velocity of each instrument and kit and add effects to your playing. You can also adjust the linear curve and sensitivity of each of your drums providing a huge range of control over your kit.
We also see how easy it is to add your own samples to the Alesis Strike Pro module. The on-board sampler can be used to create fantastic loops in seconds. Here, Tim uses his iPhone to add a track and then edits it within the module to create something entirely new. These samples can then be added to any pad you wish for use in a live or studio setting. And with the included 8GB SD card, you’ve got more than enough room to store a wide range of different sounds and recall them whenever you want.
Key specs of the Alesis Strike Pro
The Alesis Strike Pro electronic drum kit comes with pretty much everything you need to get started straight out of the box. Although it doesn't come with a hi-hat stand or bass drum pedal (which is fine if you have your own breakables) you have 3 x crash cymbals, one more than you usually get with electronic kits, a sturdy chrome rack ready for touring, the Alesis Strike Pro module, as well as kick, 4 x toms and a snare plus all the cables required for quick set up. Here's a few of the key specs:
- Strike performance module with 4.3 full-colour LCD screen and individual outputs
- 110 new kits and over 1600 multi-sampled instruments recorded especially for the module
- 8GB SD card included for storing user kits - almost unlimited storage for kits and sounds!
- Large dual-hoop pads with wood shells
- Adjustable mesh heads
- 14" Kick drum
- 14" snare pad
- 8",10",12",14" tom pads
- 16" triple-zone ride cymbal, (3) 14” crash cymbals, and 12"moveable hi-hat
- Larger, more flexible, premium 4-post chrome rack
- Easy to use software editor for creating custom kits/instruments and importing .wav files
- On board sampling and editing capabilities
- USB/MIDI output for use with virtual instrument and recording software
* Hi Hat Stand and Bass Drum Pedal Not Included
Alesis Strike Pro 1.2 Firmware Update
In July the team at Alesis released the 1.2 firmware update for Strike Pro. This robust new upgrade now adds several new important features and enhances many of the existing features within this awesome electronic drum kit. Now when you download the 1.2 and update your Strike module will have significantly more control and flexibility with their Strike kit!
Here’s the Alesis Strike 1.2 Updated Feature List
- Sample Mode: Added Internal and Internal+Aux
- Input recording modes. Sample yourself playing solo or playing along with music from your Aux input.
- Loop Mode: Each of the two layers on each trigger can be set to loop its playback.
- Layer Velocity Limit High/Low: Configure a layer to play in certain velocity ranges only
- Metronome Output Routing: Route the metronome to the Main Out, the Headphone Out, or both.
- USB mass-storage capability
- General trigger performance enhancements. Improved dynamic range.
- Improved hi-hat pedal performance, including greater dynamic range for “chick” sound
- Adjustable Splash Performance
How do I get my Strike Pro V1.2 Firmware and Content updates?
Click here to get the Strike Pro V1.2 Firmware and Content Update. Be sure to read the Strike Editor Software User Guide too!
Take control over your Strike with the Alesis Software Editor
Here’s what Alesis have to say about the Software editor:
“The Software Editor is a separate download that gives Alesis Strike Pro users a sophisticated software editor program that resides on your computer. Once downloaded, you connect your Mac or PC via USB cable to the Strike module, open the editor, and create and edit custom kits for your Strike module.
In addition, you can now dive down to the Instrument level and create all new custom multi-layer instruments or edit existing instruments. The Strike Editor enables users to import more layers than ever before and includes an amazing automap feature that is an Alesis exclusive!
You can import your own .wav files and mix & match with the 14,000 plus samples that are already included with the Strike module. Once edited and finalized, these kits or instrument can be saved on an SD card.
The Strike editor unleashes the true potential of the Strike module. This editor is the most powerful of its kind and one of the most powerful tools for electronic drummers on the market."
Click here to download the Alesis Strike Software Editor (go to "Downloads").
View the Alesis Strike Pro over at PMT Online and pre order yours today!