NAMM 2016 Alesis launch new products

    Alesis has just announced the launch of four new products for NAMM 2016:

    Official info below:

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    Alesis ELEVATE 4 & ELEVATE 5S

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    Compact, high-performance powered speakers pack a sonic wallop and give producers/recording engineers accurate, reference-quality sound for every monitoring requirement

    Alesis (alesis.com), the world’s leading manufacturer of electronic instruments and components for today’s musician, today announced the introduction of its Elevate 4 and Elevate 5S powered studio monitors.

    Recognising the need for high-performance speakers that deliver concise, high-output sound to any recording/production scenario, the new Alesis Elevate monitors give users the ability to listen to and mix down recording studio sessions as well as edit multimedia content by accurately delivering deep bass and ultra-smooth high frequency response.

    The Elevate 5S is a premium active 2-way studio monitor, suitable for the most critical applications. With drivers of the very highest quality (a 5¼-inch Kevlar® woofer and a neodymium-powered 1-inch silk dome tweeter), the Elevate 5S’s frequency response is smooth and authoritative over the full musical range. Much of its performance is due to its system-optimised bi-amplified design with active crossover, which sends 50 watts to both the LF and HF drivers, for a whopping total of 100 watts of power per speaker. The Elevate 5S is packaged and sold singly.

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    Additional Elevate 5S features:
    • Balanced XLR+1/4″ combo input ensures versatile connection options
    • Custom elliptical waveguides for controlled dispersion and a widened sweet spot
    • High-density wood cabinet with dual bass porting for strong bass without clarity-robbing cabinet resonances

    The Elevate 4 is a 4-inch 2-way speaker, packaged and sold as a pair. One speaker contains the 2-channel amplifier that powers both units. The amplifier itself is a powerful Class AB design, capable
    of 40 watts RMS total system output, more than enough to power the system to loud levels with inaudible distortion.

    Additional Elevate 4 features include:
    • 4″ low-frequency driver, 1″ silk dome tweeter per speaker
    • 20-watt per channel with Class AB architecture
    • Stereo ¼” balanced inputs; Stereo RCA unbalanced inputs
    • Custom elliptical waveguides for controlled dispersion and a widened sweet spot
    • Subwoofer output for use with an outboard powered subwoofer
    “For producers, enthusiasts and musicians who need powerful, accurate sound from a compact package and for whom value and affordability are also important, these new Alesis Elevate powered
    monitors deliver the full package.” said Walter Skorupski, Product Manager for Alesis. “They offer very sophisticated performance – the most subtle details can be heard even in a difficult and dense mix. These new Elevate series monitors are a must-have tool for a modern musician to quickly get an amazing and precise sounding audio mix.”

    MSRPs for the Elevate 4 and Elevate 5S will be £84.99 /pr. and £69.99 ea. respectively.
    They will be available in Q2 2016
    Please visit Alesis in Hall A, Booth #6700 at Winter NAMM.

     

    Alesis’s new Forge and Commaned electronic drum kits

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    Newest electronic drum kits deliver professional sound quality and versatility at unheard-of value price

    Alesis (alesis.com), the world’s leading manufacturer of electronicinstruments and components for today’s musician, today announced the introduction of two new electronic drum kits, the Forge and Command. Both are 8-piece kits (5 drums, 3 cymbals) with a highly-capable electronic drum module and a chrome 4-post rack for solid support during even the hardest playing sessions.

    Forge Kit

    The Forge Kit is a complete 8-piece electronic drum kit that includes everything a drummer needs to play like a pro. It features an 11” dual-zone snare and three 8” tom pads for great feel and natural response, plus a kick drum pad with pedal. Three cymbals provide a virtually unlimited range of playing expression: a ride cymbal, a crash cymbal with choke function and a responsive high-hat. The premium chrome 4-post mounting rack keeps everything solid and secure so drummers can really play hard and the set won’t “travel” or lose its positioning. The setup also includes the powerful Advanced Drum Module that features 70 drum kits (50 factory pre-set + 20 user-customisable) with over 600 sounds and 60 play-along tracks and a built-in metronome.

    Forge Features:

    • Dynamic, comfortable rubber pads for great feel and natural response
    • 11” dual-zone snare and three single-zone toms
    • Kick drum pad tower with bass drum pedal included
    • (3) 10” cymbals: ride cymbal, hi-hat, crash w/choke
    • Advanced Drum Module with 70 kits (50 factory pre-set + 20 user-customisable) and 600 sounds
    • Load .WAV samples and play-along tracks via USB memory stick
    • Real-time recording (5 tracks internally; up to 99 tracks via USB memory stick)
    • USB/MIDI output for use with virtual instrument and recording software
    • Premium chrome 4-post rack
    • Connection cables, drum sticks, drum key and power supply included

    Command Kit

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    This 8-piece electronic drum kit steps up from the already excellent playing response of the Forge with our exclusive Alesis snare and kick drum Mesh drum heads (Patent Pending) that deliver an authentic drumming experience, with “real drum” sound, response and rebound. There are also two 9” dual-zone rack toms and an 11” dual-zone floor tom. This set really fulfills the promise of delivering a great feel with an incredibly lifelike drumming sound.

    The set also features a 10” ride cymbal, a responsive 10” hi-hat with pedal and a 10” crash with choke function. The included Advanced Drum Module features 70 drum kits (50 factory pre-set + 20 usercustomisable) with over 600 sounds and 60 play-along tracks and a built-in metronome. The premium chrome 4-post rack and boom cymbal arms keeps everything solidly anchored, so there’s never any ‘travel,’ or ’creep.’

    Command Features

    • Tightly-woven Mesh kick and dual-zone snare pads for enhanced feel and playing response
    • Two 9” dual-zone rack toms and 11” dual-zone floor tom (3) 10” cymbals: ride cymbal, hi-hat, crash w/choke
    • Bass drum pedal included
    • Alesis Advanced Drum Module with 70 kits (50 factory pre-set + 20 user-customisable) and 600 sounds
    • Load .WAV samples and play-along tracks via USB memory stick
    • Real-time recording (5 tracks internally; up to 99 tracks via USB memory stick)
    • USB/MIDI output for use with virtual instrument and recording software
    • Premium chrome 4-post rack and boom cymbal arms
    • Connection cables, drum sticks, drum key and power supply included

    “Alesis is well-known for its responsive, realistic-sounding electronic drum kits,” said Tim Root, Global Percussion Product Manager for Alesis. “Our new Forge and Command kits deliver a truly professional level of sound, feel and flexibility with amazing value that is going to have drummers smiling and everyone else wondering how we did it.”

    The Forge and Command kits will be available in Q1 2016

    MSRPs will be £399.88 and £549.99 respectively.

    Please visit Alesis Drums in Hall D Booth #2539 at Winter NAMM

    Alesis debut V Mini 25-Key USB-MIDI Controller

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    Feature-packed portable controller with backlit drum pads, assignable knobs and VST software

    enables musicians to take command of their music and create, produce and perform anywhere.

    Alesis (alesis.com), the world’s leading manufacturer of electronic instruments and components for today’s musician, today announced the introduction of its V Mini portable 25-key USB-MIDI controller. The V Mini is a serious piece of creative gear for the modern musician. The Alesis V Mini enables musicians to take full command of their music software and gives them the freedom to create, produce and perform whenever and wherever inspiration strikes.

    The V Mini features 25 velocity-sensitive mini keys with octave controls that expand the keyboard to the full melodic range for playing bass lines, chords and/or melodies. It also has editable pitch-bend, modulation and sustain buttons for added expression; four assignable knobs for manipulating effect plugins and virtual instruments; and four velocity-sensitive backlit pads for clip launching and finger drumming.

    To cap off the playing experience, Alesis has included Xpand!2 by AIR Music Tech, a powerful and intuitive multitimbral virtual workstation instrument that has over 3000 fully-editable presets covering every musical style. Most importantly, the V Mini connects to any computer with just a single USB connection to power up and send/receive MIDI data, making it the perfect creation and production tool for musicians on-the-go.

    Features:

    • Compact USB-°©‐powered design let you create anywhere

    • 25 expressive velocity-°©‐sensitive, synth-°©‐action mini keys

    • 4 backlit velocity-°©‐sensitive drum pads; 4 backlit assignable knobs

    • Dedicated octave, pitch bend, modulation, and sustain buttons

    Includes Xpand!2 virtual instrument software by AIR Music Tech

    “If you’re looking for a MIDI controller that’s perfect for writing and producing tracks on-the-go, or you’re looking to save valuable space in your home studio or live setup, you can’t do better than the new V Mini,” said Walter Skorupski, Product Manager for Alesis. “The V Mini is fully loaded with intuitive controls and features while maintaining a very small footprint, and it’s incredibly easy to use – just plug it in and create! Plus, the included Xpand!2 software by AIR Music Tech has tons of amazing sounding presets that cover all the bases. We envision the V Mini is going to be extremely popular with a wide range of users from beginner to advanced players, and they’ll all have their own reasons for loving the V Mini.”

    The MSRP for the V Mini will be £49.99

    The V Mini will be available in Q2 2016


    Alesis releases new Strike kits

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    Astonishing top-of-the-line electronic drum kits deliver unparalleled feel, playability and looks combined with absolutely unprecedented sound quality, control and connectivity.

    Alesis, the world’s leading manufacturer of electronic instruments and components for today’s musician, today announced the introduction of its groundbreaking new Strike electronic drum kit family—the first-ever electronic kits to deliver the very best of both acoustic drums and electronic drums in terms of feel, playability, looks, sound quality and control. Drummers looking to move beyond the limitations of a conventional acoustic set have never been totally happy with the feel, playability or looks of an electronic kit. Alesis Strike finally changes that, for good.

    To start with, Strike features all-new drum and cymbal design. The drums have larger dual-hoop pads with adjustable Alesis Mesh heads (Patent-Pending), which deliver an incredibly natural and responsive drumming experience. Strike’s premium multi-ply wood shell drums are available in standard acoustic drum sizes (8-10-12-14”) so drummers instantly feel at home when they sit behind them.

    The new 3-zone Strike 16” ride cymbal, 14” crash, and 12” movable hi hat cymbals are an exciting step forward as well. They feel spectacularly realistic: They are fully covered with a new thick comfortable rubber that creates the perfect blend of feel, control, bounce and volume. The cymbals offer a larger bell area for enhanced playability, along with a cool “hammered look.” Plus, these cymbals are much quieter than ever before, for those late-night practice sessions when volume is not your friend.

    Once Alesis had successfully combined the best of the acoustic/electronic playing experience, they raised the electronic aspect of Strike to new heights. The all-new Strike Performance Module has a sound library with 200 custom kits made from over 1000 instruments. The module has onboard sampling capability, SD card storage, and USB/MIDI connectivity, which you can use in conjunction with your favourite music production software as well as the powerful new Strike Software Editor.

    With this editor you can assemble your own custom samples into multiple velocity layer and round robin instruments, piece together the perfect drum kit and then transfer it onto the module via USB. Every feature and control is incredibly easy for the player to keep track of, thanks to the Strike Module’s 4.3- inch colour LED screen, which displays all the player’s settings and choices at a quick glance. Unprecedented flexibility and programmability is combined with total mastery and unambiguous knowledge of their kit’s status like never before: This is what total control looks like and sounds like.

    Strike will come in two configurations:

    Strike “Zone” kit: 5-Piece Professional Electronic Drum Kit with 3 cymbals

    • Strike Performance Module with 4.3 colour LED screen
    • Over 1000 drum and percussion instruments and 200 Kits
    • Mesh heads (Patent Pending) with larger shells and standard drum sizes
    • Strike software editor for creating your own custom kits and instruments
    • Sample your own sounds or load .wav files
    • Convenient USB/MIDI connectivity
    • 12” Strike snare pad w/wood shell
    • 8”-10”-12” Strike tom pads w/wood shells
    • 14” Strike kick drum pad w/wood shell
    • 16” Strike ride cymbal (3-zone) w/full rubber pad and hammer marks
    • 14” Strike crash cymbal w/choke, full rubber pad and hammer marks
    • 12” Strike hi hat cymbals (top & bottom) w/full rubber pads and hammer marks
    • 4-post chrome rack

    Strike “Pro” kit: 6-Piece Professional Electronic Drum Kit with 5 cymbals

    • Strike Performance Module with 4.3 colour LED screen
    • Over 1000 drum and percussion instruments and 200 Kits
    • Mesh Pads with larger shells and standard drum sizes
    • Strike software editor for creating your own custom kits and instruments
    • Sample your own sounds or load .wav files
    • 14” Strike snare pad w/wood shell
    • 8”-10”-12” Strike tom pads w/wood shells
    • 14” Strike tom pad w/wood shell
    • 14” Strike kick drum pad w/wood shell
    • 16” Strike ride cymbal (3-zone) w/full rubber pad and hammer marks
    • (3) 14” Strike crash cymbals w/choke, w/full rubber pads and hammer marks
    • 12” Strike hi hat cymbals (top & bottom) w/full rubber pads and hammer marks
    • Premium 4-post chrome rack (new upgraded rack system)

    “I’ve been playing electronic drums for over 35 years and there has never been a more powerful, capable electronic drum set than Strike. Drummers are going to love these,” said Tim Root, Global Percussion Product Manager for Alesis. “The Strike kits sound, feel, play and look amazing. We firmly believe that Strike marks a turning point for today’s drummer and modern percussion just won’t be the same from this day forward.”

    The Strike Zone and Strike Pro kits will be available in Q2 2016

    MSRPs will be £1149.99 and £1749.99 respectively.

    Please visit Alesis Drums in Hall D Booth #2740 at Winter NAMM

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