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Alesis' legendary SR-16 ignited the drum-machine market in 1990 and has remained a classic ever since. The...
Electronic drum sets weren't always widely used, but with improvements to the accuracy of sound modules and drum machines over the years, they've become an increasingly common choice, especially for studio use. Alesis has been at the forefront of electronic drums coming into their own, and today they're setting the standard when it comes to digital percussion. There's plenty to like about electronic drums even if you're used to an acoustic set. For starters, they're dramatically easier to transport. No bulky shells means that these drum sets take up only a fraction of the space in your tour van and they're a lot less work to set up. Perhaps even more importantly, though, an electronic drum set gives you an incredible amount of flexibility. With sound modules that can be programmed with unlimited options for samples and voices, you can emulate the most legendary acoustic drums, use different sounds altogether or even add effects pedals to color your percussion tones.
Just like traditional drums, Alesis electronic drum sets come in a range of performance levels. For the beginner or hobbyist, the DM Lite five-piece kit is a good place to start. You can connect this set to an amplifier or simply plug in some headphones to practice in silence, and its light-up LED pads are a big help in learning to play or improving your skills. At the top end of the lineup is the DM10X set, which comes well-appointed with six drums and four cymbals backed by Alesis' best electronics for professional performance on stage or in the studio.
You can also pick up standalone Alesis drum machines and modules to upgrade an existing electronic drum kit or to connect to your acoustic cans with a set of triggers. The SR-16 and SR-18 drum machines are each loaded with hundreds of different percussion sounds and a wide array of Alesis' renowned digital effects, making them solid choices for even the most demanding professional work. There's also the DM10, which is the same drum module that's found in the DM10X and DM10 Studio kits.
Of course, drum sets and modules are only part of Alesis' lineup. Some more great options are the PercPad and SamplePad, controllers which can put countless percussion sounds in one compact pad, and the practice and monitor amp to make your electronic drums heard. One of Alesis' most popular instruments is the RealHead Kick Pad, which lets you use a standard bass drum beater with electronic drums, or works as a standalone electronic bass drum to complement an acoustic set when you want a rig that's easier to transport.
Whether you're looking for an easy-to-move alternative to acoustic drums, a MIDI-compatible percussion solution or the ultimate in customizability, Alesis electronic drums will deliver. Go ahead and broaden your horizons with Alesis you'll be glad that you did.