What’s the difference between the Alesis Nitro, Forge, and Command kits?

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I’ve always wondered why electronic drum manufacturers don’t give their cool, inspiring kits cool, inspiring names. The acoustic drum world is full of evocative names: Hyperdrive, Tornado, Catalina, Horizon, Superstar, Cocktail, Broadkaster, Armory, Storm, Mars… The list goes on, but what do the fabulous, revolutionary electronic kits get? DM6, TD15KV+P, XD80USB, and DTX400K.

Practical, sure, but not overly inspiring.

The only thing with funky names is that it’s a little unclear as to which kit has more features than another. Roland’s naming system is functional and pretty easy to follow. The TD4 is a step up from the TD1. The TD25 is a streamlined TD30. Alesis’ new kits Nitro, Forge, and Command have down-right kick-ass names, but which one is the basic model? Which has the most features? Let’s find out!

The basic kit: NITRO

132340

  • Dynamic, comfortable pads for great feel and natural response
  • 8” high quality rubber drum pads (dual-zone snare, three single-zone toms)
  • Kick pad tower with bass drum pedal included
  • 10” cymbals: ride cymbal, hi-hat, crash w/choke
  • 4-post aluminum rack—super solid for stability and flexibility
  • Connection cables, drum sticks, drum key, and power supply included
  • Nitro Electronic Drum Module
  • 40 ready-to-play classic and modern kits—385 drum and cymbal sounds
  • 60 built-in play-along tracks, sequencer, metronome, and performance recorder
  • CD/MP3 aux input to play along with your own songs
  • USB/MIDI connection for virtual instruments and recording software
  • MIDI in and out ports connects directly to stand-alone MIDI gear
  • Stereo line outputs and headphone output

The Alesis Nitro at Red Dog Music


 

The intermediate kit: FORGE

571277 (1)

  • Dynamic, comfortable rubber pads for great feel and natural response
  • 11” dual-zone snare and three single-zone toms
  • Kick pad tower with bass drum pedal included
  • 3 x 10” cymbals: ride cymbal, hi-hat, crash w/choke
  • Forge Drum Module with 70 kits (50 factory + 20 user) 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

The Alesis Forge at Red Dog Music


The pro kit: COMMAND

371689

  • Tightly-woven 10″ dual-zone snare pad for superior feel and playing response
  • 8″ Mesh Kick pad with kick drum pedal included
  • 3 x Large dual zone rubber tom pads
  • Command Advanced Drum Module with 70 kits (50 factory + 20 user) 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

The Alesis Command at Red Dog Music



 

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Guy Perchard

Digital editor & recording specialist at Red Dog Music
As well as being the marketing man-about-town at Red Dog Music, Guy is a busy, award winning record producer and mixing engineer. He is also partial to a chorizo stromboli for elevenses.

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