Cool! I'm not taking it out of my sites. It looks awesome. I'm just gonna wait a little longer for some longer term reviews. I'm glad it's worked for you!I've had no issues with mine and I'm using it (on some gigs) as the whole drum kit for a typical 3 hour club gig.
Well I might give it the benefit of the doubt eventually after I see some more long term reviews in the future. It definitely seems to have what nobody else offers right now. Alesis claims it's pro level so maybe they have finally built something to those standards. We shall see!Stick with the SPD series.
Every Alesis pad I've owned has fallen apart, died, or had such horrible cross-talk and double triggering, it was literally un-usable on stage.
You are 100% correct - they are cheaply made, and not for sustained long (or even medium) term use in any sort of critical or live-stage situation.
Hard Pass. Save your money for the Roland or Yamaha units - that are actually pro-grade. Except for Roland's infamous plastic 1/4" insert jacks, which I still cannot explain to this day why a $900 unit has crappy plastic 1/4" jacks that go bad after a year or two. But that's fixable, and the unit is worth it.
That's the problem, you should have zero crosstalk issues and they don't address it which is the worse part. Instead of permanently fixing the issue, they just send people another unit under warranty that has the same problems. I read a post of a guy that had yours and he sent it back twice and then got fed up and got his money back. The samplepad 4 is the little version of yours and it has the same issues (not mine, knock on wood) but it does take long to load. About the looping, I don't know. Maybe a multipad owner can chime in on that. The thing is that I have compared Roland, Yamaha & Alesis in store and the Alesis units are overall nicer (aesthetically) and to my ears the sounds are just better. But I guess they are not up to par in the reliability department. I'm not in a rush so like I said, I'm gonna give it some time. If in the end, it meets pro level as Alesis claims, then I will buy it.Irod1707-I have the big Sample Pad Pro...haven't gigged it. I have a small cross talk issue. My biggest complaint is the time to load a new kit. In once case it takes over 1 minute and that's just two samples.
My understanding is that w/the Roland you 1) can create loops using the samples you have 2) you can assign a few loops two different pads and assign the pads to a group so when you trigger the 2nd one the 1st goes off and 3) I think it has a way to put different loops into the same BPM. I can't find any of that info on Alesis.
I do like the alesis tempo lights and I can see how the assignable lights could be nice...but yes...Alesis quality is questionable.
I will say I remember having to repair my 1st generation Octapad on a 3 day gig on Martha's vineyard..(extension pad jack wiring issue)...can't remember why our trumpet player had a soldiering iron with him...but was glad he did.
Cool that's a good idea. I do that as well when I plan on buying something. By the time I get it, I know how to use it. Problem is that sometimes it over motivates me and makes me go out and buy it earlier than expected Lol! I'd like to see how limited that Alesis version of Ableton is. I guess I will find out the day I buy the machine.Irod1707...yes...I'm also in no rush. I downloaded the owner's manual last night which should help me learn more about what it can do. I'm in no rush either. Only one of my projects 'might' want to use it at gigs (the sample pad) so there is no reason rush. I'll probably buy Ableton 1st (which comes with the new Alesis but a cheaper version).
At that price, and with my repeated experience with Alesis e-drums? They can "claim" that it's pro-level all they want. But they won't get the benefit of the doubt from me, because I've already given them a chance with two different units, and both were utter crap. To date, they have not been able to successfully create a multi-pad with any sort of durability or accurate triggering (crosstalk). If I'm gonna spend $7-900 on a drum sampler, it's going to be something proven reliable and durable, and stage-worthy like the Roland or Yamaha units. Who cares what the sound banks are like, if you can't get the thing to trigger correctly, or it takes half an hour to load a freakin' kit. Useless, IMO.Well I might give it the benefit of the doubt eventually after I see some more long term reviews in the future. It definitely seems to have what nobody else offers right now. Alesis claims it's pro level so maybe they have finally built something to those standards. We shall see!
Yep that's true. Same experience with me (and many others). But maybe, just maybe they might of done it with this one. I can only hope! They have to start somewhere. But you are right, no issues with Roland or Yamaha. Their products have been rock solid since they came to market. It didn't take them years to get to that level. My big issue with the Alesis since I first saw it is the price. It's very bold of them to venture into Roland/Yamaha territory without a proven product. They should have priced it less but they didn't. Seems like they are operating in the "my product is expensive so it has to be good" mentality. Again though I like it, I'm just afraid of the build quality. I shall wait and see!At that price, and with my repeated experience with Alesis e-drums? They can "claim" that it's pro-level all they want. But they won't get the benefit of the doubt from me, because I've already given them a chance with two different units, and both were utter crap. To date, they have not been able to successfully create a multi-pad with any sort of durability or accurate triggering (crosstalk). If I'm gonna spend $7-900 on a drum sampler, it's going to be something proven reliable and durable, and stage-worthy like the Roland or Yamaha units. Who cares what the sound banks are like, if you can't get the thing to trigger correctly, or it takes half an hour to load a freakin' kit. Useless, IMO.
I don't see any Alesis e-drums on a big stage. I see lots of Roland and Yamaha electronics. That should tell you something....
I can't agree more!Exactly. Everything they've put out to date, has been bunk. If they plan on winning over 1) new customers or 2) previous customers who've been turned off due to shoddy products, then they need to price it aggressively. And they haven't - which indicates to me, a certain lack of self-awareness and their brand reputation.
Because really, the argument always comes down to "hmmmm I can get a Roland, Yamaha, or this new Alesis unit for roughly the same price. Every Roland or Yamaha unit I've owned has been great. Alesis is a POS, and has never really put out anything worth this kind of money. I'll take the SPD-sx, please" Done.
Glad you posted this months after the last post on this thread. Last time I had written when the Strike had first come to market and I wanted to see what the eventual long term consensus would be on the durability. I have been interested in it since it came out but found the price way out of line for an Alesis product. That can change though as long as it meets and/or exceeds the performance & durability of Roland and Yamaha units. I use an Alesis Samplepad 4 for triggering and some extra effects on my acoustic kit and have never had any of the malfunction issues that I've always read about. So as an Alesis user, I'd like to upgrade to the Strike. I really like the samples that Alesis has vs. Roland and Yamaha and I like the way the menus are layed out. I really think that they can make a product that's just as good. I might be putting this as my xmas gift to myself this year!I’ve had the Alesis Strike Multipad for a few months now and so far so good. No crosstalk issues. No other issues. Has lots more sound samples than SPD or Yamaha. Lights are not only cool but very functional.
Alesia seems to be trying to improve quality with its Strike line of electronics. (There is a couple full e-kits in the line.) They have less time making them than Roland and Yamaha so they probably have some more catching up to do. Time will tell, but it’s nice to see some competition. So I figured what the hell, I like more competition. And it more than meets my needs.
Strike Multipad handles some functions differently than SPD, like looping, so you may want to check out reviews to make sure it meets your needs. I recommend Justin’s review on his 65 Drums YouTube channel.