May 11

Alesis Nitro Mesh Electronic Drum Set Review – Are they worth it?

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Alesis Nitro Mesh Kit is an affordable option suitable for both beginners and advanced level drummers. It comes with everything you need to get started. Founded in 1984 in Hollywood, Alesis has grown into one of the most respected manufacturers of all variety of musical instruments—including drums. The company offers various electronic drum models and kits.

Let’s take a closer look at the Alesis Nitro Mesh 8-piece and explore its pros and cons so that you can decide if this electric drum set is the right one for your needs.

Alesis Nitro Mesh Kit Review

Alesis Nitro Kit

The Alesis Nitro Mesh is a complete eight-piece electric drum set. Featuring the latest generation of Alesis mesh drumhead technology, it offers a truly realistic feel and is among the quietest on the market—it’s also one of the most affordable. 

This kit’s ample—but tightly packed—playing surfaces are enhanced by a quality recording module with an LCD-backlit display. This Alesis nitro module designed with an expanded library of 385 percussion sounds, 40 play kits, and 60 music tracks.

It is USB MIDI compatible and even works with old-school in-and-out jacks, allowing you plug-and-play capabilities with nearly any device from an iPhone to sound modules.

You get a sturdy four-post aluminum mounting rack to support the entire setup. The height-adjustable mount has a memory lock, which can remember your desired height. However, tall players may find the mount to be a bit on the short side. To get around this, you might consider adding something underneath the mount.

Four of the five mesh drumheads are tunable. As mesh drumheads, they provide much better response and sound quality than a rubber kit. Nylon woven at an angle of ninety degrees makes for a durable and responsive design with whisper-quiet operation for apartment dwellers and those with roommates.

The Nitro Mesh Kit’s dual-zone snare offers even more sound versatility. However, the tom drums are only single-zone.

Overall, this is a budget friendly electronic drum set. It offers performance and features you wouldn’t expect from an instrument in its class. Your next question might be, what does this kit include, exactly?

Components:

The alesis drums nitro mesh kit comes with:

  • Five high-quality 8-inch drum pads
  • Three single-zone tom drums
  • One dual-zone snare
  • One kick drum
  • Three 10-inch cymbals: (Hi-Hat pad, Ride pad, Crash with choke)
  • Hi-Hat controller
  • Kick pad tower with a bass drum pedal
  • Drum key
  • Drumsticks
  • Kit assembly guide
  • Module user guide

Do you know this electronic kit was featured in Summer NAMM 2018, played by the drummer, ‘TEXAS’ Tim Root. Check out the Demo below.

Key Features of the Nitro Mesh Kit


Recording

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The Alesis Nitro Mesh comes with a unique recording feature that allows you to record in three ways while playing.

The first option is to simply hit the “rec” button on the module. The second method is to record via the audio output. Connect the module with a recording device (even a smartphone will do), and you will end up with decent sound quality. The final way is to use MIDI conversion. You can use the USB port or the MIDI in/out with recording software.

Sound Performance

Even though the Alesis Nitro Mesh is a reasonably priced electronic drum set, it provides comparable sound quality to those produced by more expensive drums. You get an LCD display to scroll quickly through the features as well as a performance recorder, an onboard sequencer, and a metronome to help you quickly produce your beats.

Mesh Drumheads

nitro mesh head

As the name suggests, the Alesis Nitro Mesh has mesh heads—five of them, to be exact. Four of the five are tunable. As mesh drumheads, they provide much better response and sound quality than a rubber kit. Nylon woven at an angle of ninety degrees makes for a durable and responsive design with whisper-quiet operation for apartment dwellers and those with roommates.

Snare Pad & Tom Pads

The Nitro Mesh Kit has a dual-zone snare. This option offers even more sound versatility as you can produce different sounds by hitting either the rim or the center of the pad—just like a traditional drum set. However, the tom drums are only single-zone. 

Cymbals and Hi-hat

This kit includes a hi-hat, ride cymbal, and a chokable crash, for a total of three cymbals. Each one has a comfortable 10-inch diameter. Cymbals typically range between 14 and 18 inches with smaller sizes producing a higher pitch, so this is a nice middle-ground for tone quality.

Kick Drum and Pedal

The Nitro Mesh also includes a kick drum and chain-drive pedal. The pedal is a particularly nice addition as many all-in-one kits don’t include one, and they can be expensive. You can also use this kit with a double-bass pedal, though it does take a bit of adjustment to get both to hit in the center of the kick pad.

Alesis Nitro Mesh Kit Assembly


Assembling the Alesis Nitro Mesh Kit from scratch takes less than a half an hour.

  1. First, open the large box that the kit came in and start with the small box labeled “accessories”. This box should contain:
    • Tools to assemble the drum kit
    • Pad mounting rods
    • Module power supply
    • Cable snake
    • Screws
    • Drumsticks
    • User guide
    • Assembly guide
  2. The next step is to open the box labeled “drum stand.” Check the assembly guide to find out how to assemble the drum stand using the individual pieces in the box.
  3. Once you have all the components lined out and have read the guide in entirety, take the pad mounting rods from the accessories box and insert them into the clamp around the kit.
  4. Attach the drum pads to the rods and fasten them securely. The snare pad is labeled separately.
  5. Next, insert the cymbals onto the cymbal stands. For the kick pedal, place the beater into the holder and tighten it with the included drum key. The kick pedal attaches right to the base of the kick drum pad. You can also place the Hi-Hat control pedal under the kit to the left of where the Hi-Hat is.
  6. You need to mount the module to the rack and connect the cable snake to the rear of the module.
  7. The final step is to plug the power supply into the module and turn it on—and you’re ready to rock.

Frequently Asked Questions


What is the difference between the Nitro Kit and the Nitro Mesh Kit?

The Nitro Mesh Kit has mesh snare drumheads and tom pads for improved response and versatility. The Nitro kit, on the other hand, has standard rubber pads.

Can I expand the kit with more drum triggers?

Yes. You can add an additional tom and crash cymbal to the drum module if you wish.

What is the size of the fully assembled kit?

Fully assembled, the Nitro Mesh Kit is approximately four feet wide and three feet long. However, the configuration can be customized based on your preferences, which will affect the exact footprint of the setup.

Do I have to use a certain type of drumsticks?

You can use any plastic or wooden-tipped drumsticks. The kit does include a set of sticks. Felt mallets and beaters are not recommended for use with mash pads.

Is the Hi-Hat pedal a switch-type or a continuous pedal?

The Hi-Hat pedal is a continuous variable pedal. It can produce closed, open, and half-open hi-hat tones. It is also capable of “splash” and “chick” sounds.

What content is available in the Nitro module?

The nitro module has 40 modern and classic ready-to-play kits. You can tweak existing kits or create your own using the 385 drum, percussion, and cymbal sounds in the module.

Can I use my headphones, which have a built-in microphone?

You should use standard headphones along with a TRS cable as headphones with a built-in microphone can cause audio drops.

How can I learn how to play drums?

The Nitro module has three different modes to help you develop your drumming skills. You can choose from one of the following learning modes:

Beat (BEA) – Used with the snare pad, the BEA mode is meant to help develop meter, timing, and basic patterns.
Rhythm (RHM) – RHM mode expands the learning environment and enables you to improve your timing and coordination.
Pattern (PTN) – PTN mode adds backing tracks to help you practice playing with accompanying instruments.

Summing It Up

The Alesis Nitro Mesh Kit delivers a superb sound for its price point. It is versatile and quite—perfect for practicing at home. Although it may not satisfy the needs of advanced drummers, this is a good drum set for beginners and offers great value for your money.


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