Strike v1.3 firmware update delivers a dramatic increase in the responsiveness and playability to the Strike kits. However, the most exciting and impressive aspect of the v1.3 firmware update is unquestionably the new onboard kit comprised of a full range of today’s most sought-after and essential drum and cymbal sounds, all recorded with meticulous precision and lifelike accuracy at the legendary Power Station New England recording studio. This article answers your questions about Strike Firmware v1.3.
The updates are found in the Downloads section of the Strike Kit and Strike Pro Kit product pages on the Alesis website. Make sure you download the Firmware and Content Update as well as the latest version of the Strike Editor Software.
The update process has two main parts - updating the module firmware and then updating the module's sound content using the Strike Editor Software. Installation instructions are included in the download package, but we've also put together the below video walkthrough:
Strike Firmware v1.3 makes the following changes since v1.2:
More details are available in the release notes included with the v1.3 download.
Along with the new automatic calibration, we've updated the hi-hat parameters to help you fine-tune the response with more precision and less trial and error. Keep in mind that these settings are intended for the very specific scenarios described below and most users will not need to touch them at all. Here's how they work:
Power Station New England is a world-class recording studio in Waterford CT, based on the exact design and acoustics of the original Power Station in New York City. The main recording console at Power Station NE was originally installed at Electric Lady Studio in NYC in 1979 and has played a role in historic recordings by such artists as John Lennon, AC/DC, Van Halen, and Nirvana. For more info, you can visit the Power Station NE website.
After the first update is complete, simply restart the updater application. It will not be necessary to disconnect or power off the Strike module.
Some Mac users may experience the following behavior during the update:
This is likely due to a unique way OS X handles tracking old MIDI devices. This will not harm the Strike module in any way and there is an easy fix!
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