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NAMM 2016: Alesis Presents New Electronic Drum Kits

Alesis is going big for NAMM 2016, with four new electronic drum kits. Two of them feature pads and advanced drum modules we've come to expect from Alesis. The other two, however, are part of the new Strike series, and strive for optimal realism, feeling just like an acoustic drum kit. In short, they've got something for both beginners and advanced players.

Forge and Command

First of all, there's the new Forge Kit. This eight-piece kit features a dual-zone snare drum pad and three single-zone tom pads, as well as three cymbal pads and a bass drum pad. Its true strength, however, lies in the advanced Forge Drum Module, which features over 600 different sounds, 70 kits and a USB/MIDI connection. You can also easily play along to your own tracks by plugging in a UBS stick. Then there's the Command Kit, which features a similar module, but features mesh snare and bass drumheads instead of rubber pads, for enhanced realism. It also has dual-zone tom pads. Both drum kits come with a sturdy rack, all the necessary cables, a power supply and even a pair of drumsticks.

Strike Zone and Pro

To emulate the feel of an acoustic drum kit as accurately as possible, Alesis designed the Strike series. These kits use wooden shells with patented Alesis mesh heads for authentic response and rebound. The cymbals have also been given an overhaul, as they feature a layer of new, specially developed rubber that enhances their playing feel and reduces their volume. Of course, these kits have a powerful module to back up their impressive hardware. The Strike Performance Module has over 1,000 sounds and 200 preprogrammed drum kits. However, using the Strike Software Editor, you can even create your own kit and upload it to the module using USB. The Strike Zone Kit features a 12" snare drum, 8, 10 and 12" toms and a 14" bass drum, along with hi-hat, ride and crash cymbals. The Stage Pro Kit is a little more elaborate, with a 14" snare and an additional 14" tom, as well as two crash cymbals.

Keep an eye on the relevant product pages for up-to-date information on availability and pricing.

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