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MF MD HG Exclusives 09-19-14

Alesis RealHead Dual-Zone Pad  

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        Alesis

        A real head with a real feel.

        The Alesis RealHead Dual-Zone Pad is equipped with a real Mylar drumhead and real triple-flanged counterhoops. This 2-zone percussion setup allows you to perform rimshots, rim clicks, or assign other sounds, such as wind chimes, cymbals, gongs, and cowbells to the rim trigger.

        Alesis RealHead snare and tom pads mount on standard 10.5mm L-rods with low-slip, knurled mounting surfaces.

        Features
        • 8"-diameter dual-zone pad
        • Real Mylar drumhead
        • Real triple-flanged counterhoops

        Advanced design electronic drum pads from the e-drum experts at Alesis.

         
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        AlesisRealHead Dual-Zone Pad
         
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        5.0

        Good quality for a good price.

        Comments about Alesis RealHead Dual-Zone Pad:

        As a DIY studio owner and engineer, I often experiment and modify gear to suit my needs. I bought the Alesis USB Pro electronic kit with SURGE cymbals, which came with 4x 8 inch RealHead Dual-Zone pads and 1x Single-Zone for the kick. The first thing I did was take the hoops off, removed the trigger plate from the neoprene pad, flipped the plate underneath the foam, wedged a styrofoam ring to press the trigger, and then swapped the mylar heads with Pearl traveller mesh heads, Voila!

        After fine tuning the sensitivity and attack on the USB Trigger I/O module, these pads play like butter on Superior Drummer w/Metal Foundry expansion. If you know how triggers work, and how to setup your modules, you should not have any issues. These pads are really responsive and so quiet, I've jammed grindcore death metal until 5am without waking neighbors. Although I've also built my own cymbal triggers and electronic snare out of a steel piccolo with mesh head, I will likely be buying the 10 inch RealHead Dual-Zone to add to my Frankensteined electronic kit.
        The shells and hardware are good quality for the price.
        The price range makes these even better, rather than spending a ton on Roland triggers. Don't get me wrong, I love Roland products as well, but if you don't have that kind of money and aren't a gear snob, these Alesis pads are a great deal.

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        1.0

        RealHeads do not feel like real heads

        By cosmo lee

        from New York City

        Comments about Alesis RealHead Dual-Zone Pad:

        I've played these pads in various sizes. They are the same ones that come with the DM8 Pro kit which I own. The Alesis sets use what they call "RealHead" pads. These are controllers that use actual drum head skins as part of their pads. Implied in their usage is the possibility that the heads will feel more authentic compared to substitutes such as rubber, mesh, etc, because they use the real thing. Unfortunately, this possibility is unrealized.

        The Alesis pads do not feel like real drum heads at all, and the pads are hobbled by their design. The bass drum pad feels as if your beater is striking a board. The other pads lack the soft bounce that you feel with real drums.

        The worrisome aspect of the Alesis pads is the potential for damage they could cause your hands. The impact sensor of the pad is a metal plate underneath the drum head. The only thing between this plate and the drum head is a thin layer of foam. When you strike the drum head with decent force using a stick, the foam bottoms out, and you are essentially rebounding off the metal. This results in feeling the unpleasant physical impact of hitting a hard object. This could harm your hands over extended usage. My teacher noticed this about the Alesis pads immediately when I showed one to him. An actual drum head has a soft rebound response to your strikes. The Alesis pads have a hard rebound response to your stronger strikes. It doesn't require wailing unreasonably hard on the pads in order to feel this, only forceful strikes that are not out of the norm. I found this to be the case with the larger pads - the 12" snare and tom - not so much the smaller toms.

        Having the foam positioned in direct contact with the drum skin has the unfortunate effect of dampening the response of the pad. It feels like playing on a rubber pad. You do not get the bounce of a real drum head. Although Alesis trumpets the pads as being constructed with rims like real drums, no amount of tightening the heads will give you the bounce response of a real drum head. I tightened them until the frames started to warp from the tension, but couldn't get anything near authentic response. Doing a vertical stick bounce - where you hold a drum stick vertically above the pad about the elevation of the length of a drum stick, and let it drop - gives you an indication of comparative response. There's little rebound from the stick bounce off of the Alesis pad head. You might get 3 inches of bounce - nothing near a real drum head bounce. On an actual snare the stick will bounce more than twice that. I would describe the difference as a "dead bounce" versus a "live bounce".

        The strike sensor, which has a denser foam covering, only extends partially under an inner circle of the pad. The outer circle surrounding that sensor has a ring of less dense foam. This means that the response, and audible feedback from stick impact on the inner pad is different from the response on the outer pad. It lacks consistency of feel across the pad.

        The pads are noisy. This makes sense, since the pads use real drum skins. It would be a worthwhile trade-off to have the noise of real heads if the pads had authentic feel. But they don't, so you're left with the worst of both worlds.

        For me, the Alesis pads are a disappointment. I really wanted to like them - the concept of using actual drum heads for pads is very appealing. Some very expensive electronic kits do this. There really is nothing like the feel of an actual drum head. Alesis seemingly offers the feature at a very attractive price. However, it has executed the concept in a way that undermines the hypothetical realness. Sadly, Alesis' "RealHeads" do not have the feel of real heads.

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        1.0

        tupperware drum

        By Joshua Tipton

        from pittsburgh, PA

        Comments about Alesis RealHead Dual-Zone Pad:

        This is a terrible drum. Although it's fairly priced it retains no real quality of being a drum other than it's shaped like one. The stick control is terrible and they are very noisy. Save your money and just save up for a mesh model

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