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Alesis Sample Rack Percussion Module With Onboard Sound Storage
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The perfect sound source for live drum trigger or for studio recording. SampleRack comes equipped with 8 dual zone 1/4" trigger inputs and true 1/4" ...Click To Read More About This Product
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Great drum sounds and effects along with trigger interface.
The perfect sound source for live drum trigger or for studio recording. SampleRack comes equipped with 8 dual zone 1/4" trigger inputs and true 1/4" kick and hi-hat pedal inputs. Use the 10 internal preset kits, or import your own sounds by using an SD or SDHC card (not included) up to 32GB to store an additional 20 user kits and 512 samples per card. The convenient USB connection allows you to drag and drop samples from your Mac or PC without removing the SD card from the SampleRack. Tweak each sample as you please: built-in reverb, pitch, panning and sensitivity adjustment allow full creative expression. With an optional module mount, USB MIDI, 5-pin MIDI, and an 1/8" audio input for playing along to your favorite tracks, the SampleRack integrates seamlessly into your existing acoustic or electronic drum kit setup.
Play onboard sounds or load your own via the SD card slot
10 ready-to-play kits with over 200 drum and cymbal sounds accessible via MIDI
Efficient single rackspace (1U) design
8 trigger inputs plus true kick and hi-hat inputs
Save sounds on SD card (up to 20 Kits), accessible via USB
LCD display and software utility for complete control
1/4" stereo outputs (L, R); 1/4" headphone output
1/8" stereo aux input with level control; MIDI In & Out
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- Easy To Use
- Background Noise
Comments about Alesis Sample Rack Percussion Module With Onboard Sound Storage:
I own this unit as well as the Sample Pad Pro. They are both good but have noise in the background that is hard to get rid of. The Sample Rack is much better than the Sample Pad Pro (in terms of this background noise problem) but it is evident that Alesis has sacrificed audio quality for functionality with these two products.
This module has a simple and easy-to-use interface that is nearly identical to that of the Sample Pad Pro, making the two an ideal pair. The menu screen changes automatically as each trigger is hit and all of the trigger and instrument settings can be adjusted by the four direction buttons. An additional 'Options' screen is accessed by simultaneously pressing the Up and Left buttons for about one second while a 'Save' menu screen is accessed the same way through the Down and Right buttons.
The other downfall (besides the loud background noise) of this unit is that, like it's Sample Pad cousin, it is slow when loading samples and therefore it is important for you to have minimal samples on the SD card - just enough for the triggers you are assigning them to, so about 8 or 9 max, unless you want to have a lot of different kits and are willing to take the time to load them all in. This also means that you should obviously know the samples by heart and be previewing them on your computer ahead of time to be sure they are the exact sounds you want.
I use this for my four higher cymbals and 2nd ride cymbal in my electronic drum set. It runs through a Behringer Autocom Pro-XL (compressor/limiter) to help eliminate some of the background noise and enhance the sound before going to the mixer. I will eventually be adding a separate noise gate and possibly a direct box because this unit, as far as I know, does not have balanced outputs, and even though it's only going 18 inches to the Autocom Pro-XL, there is still a lot of power wires in the area with all the other rack equipment going on.
The onboard sounds are good and can be tuned up or down to create multiple possibilities - for instance I have two splash cymbals in my setup and since there is only one splash cymbal sound on the module I just tune one higher than the other and it's like I have two different splash cymbals that sound alike so they work well together.
The bottom line - this product is great if you are not using it for anything seriously professional, or if you are mainly using it as a midi controller. Otherwise, if you want it to produce a really clean sound you're gonna have to get a noise gate and possibly a compressor or sonic maximizer. The noise gate should ideally have 4 channels (instead of just 2) so that you can do what is called "double-gating" - this ensures that the overall noise reduction is effective by being both quick-acting and smooth (unnoticeable). It's also important to remember that even with the most optimal noise gate settings you will still hear the background noise when the sounds are being played. This makes the module ideal for cymbal add-ons because the high pitched sounds can blend over the background hiss.
I'm giving this product 3 stars because, for around the same price, there are other drum modules that you can get that will help you accomplish the same thing, and they will most likely be less noisy. I used to use the Alesis DM-5 for my main module, which is about 2 decades old, and it had less noise than this. I still have the DM-5 and I contemplated using it for this purpose, only the 12 triggers are all single-zone.