Is The Alesis Crimson Electronic Drum Set Worth Your Money?
Read DrumPerium’s Alesis Crimson Review Below To Find out!
Whenever someone thinks about buying an ‘Electronic Drum Set’ the first question that crosses their mind is, “Is it going to be expensive?”. After all, nobody wants to take out a second mortgage on their house just to buy a drum set.
However, there is no denying that quality comes at a price and if you want a electronic drum set that produces super cool beats that gets everyone’s heads bobbing, you’ll need to fork out some serious cash.
There are many cheaper brands on the market and these are marketed as ideal if you’re a beginner or intermediate player. The truth of the matter is that these cheap alternatives can’t even be considered worthy of mention. You’d be better off banging on a tin can with 2 chopsticks.
You’re probably wondering, “Is there no drum set that’s affordable and good?”
The answer – Yes, there is one. It’s the new Alesis Crimson Mesh Kit and almost everyone is raving about it… and for good reason too.
The Company Behind The Crimson Kit
Alesis is a company based in Cumberland, Rhode Island. They specialize in producing audio mixers, drum machines, professional electronics percussion products and much more. They’re fantastic at what they do.
For years they’ve been trying to create an ‘electronic drum set for beginner/ intermediate’ player that would be at a price point that is affordable for most people. Finally, they succeeded and it was worth the wait.
The Alesis Crimson Mesh Kit produces really high quality sound and is a mid-range unit. If you’re a drummer, you’ll love this set that is head and shoulders above its peers.
What’s Inside The Box?
This is a standard 5-piece electronic drum set that comes in a cool all-black mesh. It can handle both a single and double pedal because the 8” Kick pad has ample space. Besides that, you’ll get a 10” dual zone floor tom and two 8” dual-zone rack toms.
The Crimson has a 12” snare drum that is a favorite with most of the buyers. The set itself with the metal racks is sturdy, stable and durable. You won’t need to worry about the drum set wobbling during your furious drumming session.
The three-zone 14” ride, 12” hi-hat with its own pedal and the 12” dual-zone crash that accompany this set will make even the beginners feel like a pro.
The Alesis Crimson Sound Module
Alesis claims that their module comes capable of producing 600 sounds. With the 20 extra ‘user kits’ and 50 preset kits, the number of sound permutations and combinations increases exponentially.
The metronome will be very helpful for the beginner and you can even save the beats you play. You can always listen to your own music or proudly impress your friends and family with your drumming mixes.
The Alesis Crimson has an internal memory that will allow you to save 4 or 5 tracks. You can use a USB memory stick that comes with the set to save another 99 tracks.
What’s also interesting is that you can upload your own samples into the module and sync them to the trigger/pad that you’d like to use. This makes it fantastic for creating sound effects such as loops, etc.
Other than that, the Crimson has a headphone jack, an auxiliary input (If you’re using iPods or other sound devices), mono and stereo outputs and a midi in an out. This set truly has everything you’d need.
Does The Alesis Crimson Kit Play Well?
You bet it does! We were very impressed when we tried out this set. You have a lot of freedom to personalize and get creative with the tunable mesh heads. The shiny metal rims make the whole set look aesthetically pleasing and gives the drum set a ‘cool factor.’
Many people who have tried out the Alesis Crimson Mesh say that the snare on this model feels exactly like playing on a normal snare.
The kick and toms are great too. The only thing we found slightly lacking was the cymbals. Since they’re made of rubber, it just doesn’t feel the same as banging on metal ones. But of course, this is just us being picky. The cymbals respond well and sound just like they should… we just wanted that ‘kick’ when playing on them.
You can also choke the crash and adjust rim sensitivity, threshold, reduce the crosstalk between the head and rim, etc. There is a lot of flexibility here. You’ll need to start using the Crimson to experience just how versatile and accommodating it is.
Would You Recomment It?
If you’re looking for an impressive drum kit, the Alesis Crimson Mesh Kit has your name written all over it.
The quality and features that come with it are impressive and the beginner/intermediate player will seriously improve his or her drumming skills with it.
Overall, the new Alesis Crimson Mesh Kit gets our highest recommendation. The kick pad and snare drum are absolute winners. The price is affordable and this electronic drum set is well worth the investment and will last you a long time. Do get it today.
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Roland Drum Pad PDX-6 — Ideal for Simple Kits
The Roland Drum Pad PDX-6 is the smallest of the Roland V-Pads. Originally designed as a Tom Pad for the TD-4KX, it provides dual triggering from its 6.5″ mesh head and 8″ rim.
Names of PDX-6 Components
PDX-6 can be mounted using the MDH Pad Mount series and it’s compatible with all MDS Drum Stands.
The Roland Drum Pad PDX-6 Pad Comes With: Connection Cable, Drum Key and Owner’s Manual.
Specifications of Drum Pad Roland PDX-6
Pad size: 6.5 inches
Triggers: 2 (Head, Rim)
Drumhead: Mesh Head (MH-8)
Width: 227 mm (8-15/16 inches)
Depth: 286 mm (11-5/16 inches)
Height: 64 mm (2-1/2 inches)
Weight: 1.1 kg (2 lbs 7oz.)
Roland Drum Pad PDX-8 An Improved V-Pad for Snare
Roland’s Mesh Heas V-Pad Roland Drum Pad PDX-8 offers an expanded Rim for more comfortable and quiet rim-shots, as well as separate head and rim triggering for authentic performance.
Trigger Type Settings for the Sound Module
Set the trigger type for the drum sound module to the pad you are using (PDX-8). If you’re using the PDX-8 with the drum sound module TD-30, choose trigger type “PDX-8.”
If you’re using the PDX-8 with the drum kit TD-1KV/TD-1K, choose pad type “S2.”
For the PDX-8 function correctly, the trigger type and trigger parameters in your percussion sound module (TD-11, TD-25, etc.) must be adjusted.
Adjust the “Rim Sens”
If you find the following kinds of problems occurring, adjust the “Rim Sens” of the percussion sound module.
- If you hear a rim sound when you strike the head, decrease the “Rim Sens” value.
- If you cannot get a rim sound even when you strike the rim hard, increase the “Rim Sens” value.
Connecting to a Sound Module
Use the included stereo cable to make connections with the drum sound module. Connect the L-shaped plug of the included cable to the PDX-8.
If you use a monaural cable, you won’t be able to employ rim shot and cross stick playing techniques.
NOTE: To prevent malfunction and/or damage to speakers or other devices, always turn down the volume, and turn off the power on all devices before making any connections.
- Roland Drum Pad PDX-8’s is a light weight drum pad.
- Its compact design allows for comfortable performance.
- Quiet response, even when playing rim shots.
- Accessories Included: Connection Cable, Drum Key and Owner’s Manual.
Options (sold separately): Mesh Head (MH-8), Pad Mount (MDH-10U) and Drum Stands (MDS series)
- Pad size: 8 inches
- Triggers: 2 (Head, Rim).
- Width: 266 mm (10-1/2 inches).
- Depth: 326 mm (12-7/8 inches).
- Height: 62 mm (2-1/2 inches).
- Weight: 1.3 kg (2 lbs 14oz.).
Roland Drum Pad PD-85 : A Rimshot-Ready Mesh Pad
The New Roland Drum Pad PD-85 is 8″ Dual-Zone V-Pad featuring Roland’s latest dual-triggering technology. Resulting in more consistent and accurate sensing between the head and rim.
Built tank-tough and ready to take a pounding, these new-generation pads are available in both black and white finishes with chrome bracket.
Rimshots – An Easy Match For PD-85 Drum Pad
When PD-85 is used as toms with TD-30, TD-25 and TD-15 sound modules, the Roland Drum Pad PD-85 let you play rimshots, and the sound will change depending on the strength of your stroke.
The box includes: Roland PD-85 Drum Pad, Owner’s manual, Connection Cable and a Drum Key.
Roland PD-85 Specifications
- 8 Inch Dual Zone Mesh Head (MH-8) Drum Pad.
- Patented mesh head technology.
- Great acoustic feel.
- Dual trigger capability.
- Compatible with all TD-series sound modules.
- Available in black or white finish.
- Width: 245 mm (9-11/16 inches).
- Depth: 310 mm (12-1/4 inches).
- Height: 95 mm (3-3/4 inches).
- Weight: 1.7 kg (3 lbs. 12 oz.).
Roland Drum Pad PDX-100 – A Compact And Lightweight V-Pad
The Roland Drum Pad PDX-100 is a Lightweight 10″ Mesh Head V-Pad for V-Drums. PDX-100 has an advanced dual-trigger sensor, a metal rim hoop, a tensionable head, and a compact casing.
For perfect positioning, the dual-mounting capability increases your setup versatility. Roland Drum Pad PDX-100 is ideal for use as Snare and/or Foor Tom Pad with the TD-30K, TD-25KV, TD-15KV, and other Electronic Drum Sets.
Roland PDX-100 is compatible with the MDH Pad Mount series as well as the MDS Drum Stands series. Notice: MDH Pad Mount, MDS Drum Stands are sold seperately and thus not included.
PDX-100 Is Delivered With: Connection Cable, Drum Key and Owner’s Manual.
Roland PDX-100 Specifications
Pad size: 10 inches
Triggers: 2 (Head, Rim)
Acceptable rod diameters: 9.0 to 13.0 mm (3/8 to 9/16 inches)
Usable pipe size: 22.2 mm (7/8 inches)
Width: 310 mm (12-1/4 inches)
Depth: 325 mm (12-13/16 inches)
Height: 90 mm (3-9/16 inches)
Weight: 1.8 kg (4 lbs.)