For a long time I’ve been considering buying an electronic drum set and I’ve finally gone ahead done it. An Alesis USB Studio Drum Kit is set up in my studio now and I’m quite pleased with it so far.
First off let me explain why I didn’t buy a real acoustic drum set.
(1) I have very limited studio space. An electronic drum set takes up far less space.
(2) I have no experience with recording a real drum set and I’ve read that it’s among the more difficult things to record well. Also, as previously mentioned, my studio space is small which is not ideal for recording acoustic drums.
(3) I wanted to be able to switch between many different drum sounds (which is easy with a MIDI controller drum set.)
(4) With MIDI input it’s easy to correct performance mistakes (and I’m a beginning drummer so there are plenty of them.)
The Alesis USB Studio Drum Kit allows me to get great sounding drums without the hassle of setting it all up and of course it also allows me to have unlimited variety in my drum sounds. Well, more accurately it’s limited only by the software that I have on my computer.
Unlike most electronic drum sets on the market, this one has no on board sounds. Its only purpose is to be used as a MIDI controller. To me this was actually a plus because I have no interest in the on board sounds; I wanted an electronic drum set to control my VSTi drum samplers (I have EZDrummer and Battery 3.)
It ships with a “lite” version of EZDrummer which I can’t comment on because I haven’t used it (since I already had the full version.)
It also ships with a USB cable to connect to your computer but it does not come with a MIDI cable. My situation required that I get a MIDI cable so I had to buy that separately.
It doesn’t come with a kick drum beater either. You have to buy one separately.
It does come with drum sticks.
It took me about two hours to put the thing together but I’m not very good at that sort of thing and I didn’t have any significant problems doing it.
I have no complaints with this drum kit; it’s working exactly as I had hoped it would. If you’re in the market for a MIDI controller drum set; this is a good one.