With powerful all-mesh heads, the Alesis Turbo Mesh Electronic Kit is an 8-piece electronic drum kit that manages to cram in professional features whilst keeping costs down. Single-zone snare sensor and cymbal choke detection, 10 premium quality drum kits and the inclusion of all needed accessories such as bass drum pedal, sticks, cabling and a drum key, this is the ultimate electronic kit ideal for beginners and intermediate players alike.
The Alesis Turbo comes with an aluminium rack that allows you to set the pads up so that the player gets the most comfortable experience possible. The 8" mesh heads are also designed to respond much like an acoustic kit so that rudiments and dynamics can be practised accurately.
The snare drum features single-zone technology so that rim-shots and powerstrokes can be sounded out with great clarity which also delivers a very authentic playing experience. The ride and crash cymbals have choke detection meaning that the player can grab the cymbal after hitting it to bring it to a sudden end, just like acoustic cymbals - these are features that you would usually find on much more expensive electronic kits.
Large sound library
The brains of the Turbo packs are an incredible 10 ready to play kits with 120 drum and cymbal sounds in total. Each kit has been sampled with exceptional detail so that the sound corresponds perfectly to the players' dynamic performance. For the more adventurous, the Turbo Mesh is fully USB/MIDI compatible so it can become part of your studio or stage workflow.
The kit that helps you improve
For absolute beginners, or those that want to improve their skills the Turbo will be your best friend. 60 built-in songs allow you to practice timing, dynamics all whilst having fun. The sequencer allows you to capture and critique performances so that you can build your skills. A dedicated learning mode will help you play fundamental beats and have you jamming along like a pro in no time.
With so many features, you would think that the Turbo may be hard to use, but this couldn't be further from the truth. The clearly labelled buttons and bright LCD display make for very simple operation so that you can get into your drumming as quickly as possible.
For times when silent practice is needed, a headphone and stereo output let you rock out whilst keeping quiet. A stereo input lets you connect CD, MP3 or any other audio source for you to play along with.
1-box is all you need
Along with the frame, pads, cymbals and pedals, you will also get a pair of sticks, all required cables and a drum key to put things together with ease. The Alesis Turbo Mesh provides incredible value whilst maintaining premium-grade features. Purchasing an all in one digital kit has never been so easy.
Manufacturer Alesis Model Turbo Mesh 7-Piece Electronic Kit Bundle Pads Dynamic, 8-inch high quality mesh drum heads Cymbals 3 x 10-inch cymbals including hi-hat, ride and crash Frame Aluminium rack Polyphony 64 voices Kits 10 Instruments 120 (drums, percussion, SFX)
7 hi-hat combinations (open/closed)
Effects Reverb, 3-band equalizer Sequencer Normal Mode: 80 songs
Learning Mode: 20 beats, 12 rhythms, 10 patterns
Resolution: 120 ticks per quarter note
Maximum Note Storage: approximately 1600 notes
Tempo 30 BPM to 280 BPM Display Backlit segment LCD Connectors 9-trigger snake cable input (25-pin connector)
Headphones (1/8" stereo)
Auxiliary input (1/8" stereo)
2 additional trigger inputs (1/4" TRS; Tom 4 & Crash 2)
Main output (1/4" stereo L/R)
MIDI in (5-pin DIN)
MIDI out (5-pin DIN)
Power 9 VDC; 500 mA; center-positive Included Accessories Kick Pad Tower
Bass Drum Pedal
The controller is fairly bare bones; some of the included kits are pretty ropey with an unbelievably awful and excessive reverb effect, and there's very little you can do to customise them beyond adjusting individual volumes (no swapping the ride for a splash, for example), but it's good enough for most purposes - there's a decent dry kit, and a nice 808ish electronic one - and it provides a (USB) MIDI connection so you could use it to trigger a VST through your DAW of choice if you want a broader range of sounds or more control. The "coaching" modes aren't that much help, although that may be because the minimal information in the manual doesn't actually explain what they're supposed to do, and the built in backing tracks are OK but there doesn't appear to be an immediately obvious way of turning off the included drum track which makes playing along a bit confusing/annoying.
Build quality of the pads is good (choke control on the cymbals would have been nice, but never mind) but the stand seems slightly less sturdy with a tendency to wobble a bit if you get overexcited. The wiring loom is also a bit off with regards cable length - the floor tom has no slack at all, but there's 18 inches too much for the ride, and it could have done with including three cable clips rather than the two they supplied. Kick pedal feel is not even remotely close to the real thing as it has no weight at all, but potentially it can be swapped out at a later date.
The bundle items are a mixed bag; the stool is nice and solid and the sticks are OK (I always preferred a 7 on electronic kits - 5A are a bit too heavy), but the headphones are definitely a weak point: too bass heavy, and they don't give off an air of durability.
Overall, though, this is a nice practice kit, and under the right conditions it would even do for playing live - it's far from perfect, but I think for the price it's worth it.
A final note: the product isn't listed *anywhere* on the Alesis site, and I have had to contact support in an attempt to register it - as yet no response, so if you're buying for the 40 lessons be aware you may not get them!
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