Alesis CompactKit 7 - Frequently Asked Questions

alesis compactkit7 mainThe Alesis CompactKit 7 is a tabletop electronic drum kit with seven velocity-sensitive drum pads that deliver realistic drum sound with the feel and response of real drums. It also comes with two pedals for hi-hat and kick drum, so you’ll really feel as if you’re sitting down at an actual set. There are 100’s of built-in percussion voices, preset drum kits and play-along songs, so you can get started right away with your own customized sound. This article aims to answer the questions you may have about the Alesis CompactKit 7.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

What kind of batteries does the CompactKit 7 use?

CompactKit 4 uses (6) C batteries.

 

Do I have to use batteries to power CompactKit 7?

No! You can power CompactKit 7 with batteries or with the included 12V DC 2A power adapter.

 

Why did my CompactKit 7 turn off by itself?

The CompactKit 7 automatically shuts off if you attempt to turn the volume up too loud. This is a safety feature to prevent damage to the internal speakers. If your product continues to shut off by itself, try adjusting the volume to a lower level.

 

On the LED readout on the front of the product, I can only turn the volume up to "11". Shouldn't the volume go up to "15"?

Wen the CompactKit 7 is plugged into a power source, the volume will go to "15". When the product is running off of battery power, the highest it will go is "11". 

 

Can I use CompactKit 7 as a USB MIDI controller with my computer?

You certainly can! Just connect CompactKit 7 to your computer's USB port and it will be recognized as a class compliant MIDI device. 

 

How do I change the MIDI notes my pads are sending via USB?

To set the MIDI note of a pad or footswitch:

  1. Press Note. A dot will appear in the display above Voice to indicate you are adjusting a voice setting
  2. Hit a pad or press a footswitch to select it
  3. Use the Value Down/Up buttons to adjust the note for the pad or footswitch

 

How do I record my performance with the CompactKit 7?

To record your performance:

  1. Select the desired kit, song, tempo, and reverb level (as described earlier). Also, if you want to activate or deactivate the drum part of the song, press Drum Off.
  2. Press Rec. Its light will flash.
  3. To start recording, hit a pad or press Start/Stop. The metronome will count off the tempo, but it will not be recorded. To deactivate the metronome, press Click.
  4. To stop recording, press Start/Stop.

    Note: 

    • If the memory is full before you stop recording, FL will appear in the display, and it will stop recording automatically.
    • When you record a new performance, it will overwrite the previously recorded performance.
    • When you power CompactKit 7 off, the recording will remain in the memory.

 

How do I change the voice of a drum pad or footswitch?

To change the voice of a pad or footswitch:

  1. To change the voice of a pad or footswitch:
  2. Press Voice. A dot will appear in the display above Voice to indicate you are adjusting avoice setting.
  3. Hit a pad or press a footswitch to select it.
  4. Use the Value Down/Up buttons to select a voice (001–265) for the pad or footswitch.

To change the sound of another pad, repeat Steps 2–3.

 

How do I change the volume of a sound assigned to a pad or footswitch?

To set the volume of a pad or footswitch:

  1. Press Volume. A dot will appear in the display above Voice to indicate you are adjusting avoice setting.
  2. Hit a pad or press a footswitch to select it.
  3. Use the Value Down/Up buttons to set the volume (L00–L31) for the pad or footswitch.

To set the volume of another pad, repeat Steps 2–3

 

 Where can I find further support for this and other Alesis products?

Whether you are a customer or dealer, if you already own a Alesis product, or if you just have pre-sales questions, the Alesis technical support team is available to help!

Each product has a dedicated support page on the website where you can find manuals, specifications, software updates, drivers and troubleshooting guides: www.alesis.com

Visit the link below to connect with any of the following support options: online community support, phone support, email support.