Alesis Strike Firmware v1.3 - Frequently Asked Questions

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. 

 

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Where can I download the Strike firmware and content updates?

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.

 

How do I install the update and Power Station kit?

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:

 

What's included in the update?

Strike Firmware v1.3 makes the following changes since v1.2:

  • Power Station New England Kit Expansion: Added two new preset kits.
  • Improved Playability: Extensive improvement of trigger response and realism.
  • Automatic Hi-Hat Calibration: Firmware now automatically adjusts to the hi-hat pedal and hardware performance.
  • Kit FX Mode now includes a built-in compressor and equalizer, great for adding those final touches to your sound. We also added an FX2 processor (the previous FX tab is now FX1).
  • Updated Effect Routing: Onboard effects are now pre-fader so adjusting your Strike module’s sliders will adjust any associated effects too, such as reverb or delay tails.
  • Program Change Receive: Send MIDI program change messages to your Strike module’s MIDI input or USB port. The

More details are available in the release notes included with the v1.3 download.

 

How do the new hi-hat parameters work?

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:

  • Chick: Raises or lowers the point at which your pedal will trigger the "chick/stomp" sound. If you play with the top cymbal really high above the bottom one, or if your hi-hat pedal has high-tension springs, increasing this setting may help you get a more consistent chick/stomp sound. 
  • Tightness: You should not have to adjust this much, but if you tend to play with very little distance between the hi-hat cymbals when opening and closing them, lowering this setting may help capture the finer details of your playing. If this setting is too low, you may trigger unintentional "chick/stomp" sounds while striking the top cymbal. 
  • Sensitivity: Lowering this setting can help increase the dynamic range of the "chick/stomp" sound (though setting it too low can cause inconsistent chick volumes). 
  • Splash: This setting determines how easy or hard it is to create a hi-hat "splash" sound. Higher values make it more difficult to "splash", though you may prefer that depending on your "footwork".
  • Curve: If you prefer to hear more closed or semi-open sounds, choose one of the logarithmic curves (Log 1-4). If you prefer a more open sound, choose an exponential curve (Exp. 1-4). Select Linear for an even balance between these. 

 

Where were the new sounds recorded? What is the Power Station?

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

 

What drums were used to record the new sounds?

Snares
  • DW Edge 6x13
  • Taye Studio Maple 6.5x14 w/ wood hoops
 
Toms
  • DW Collectors Maple 9x10
  • DW Collectors Maple 12x14
  • DW Collectors Maple 13x16 Floor
 
Kick Drums
  • DW Collectors Maple 16x18
  • Tama Star Series Maple 18x22
 
Ride Cymbal
  • Sabian 21” Prototype Ride
 
Crash Cymbals
  • Sabian 17” Legacy Crash
  • Sabian 19” Legacy Crash
 
Hi-hat
  • Meinl 14” Byzance Sand Hats
 
Stack
  • Sabian AAX 15” Fast crash (on top)
  • Wuhan 18” sizzle china (on bottom)

 

I'm unable to perform the second update (trigger update). What should I do?

After the first update is complete, simply restart the updater application. It will not be necessary to disconnect or power off the Strike module. 

 

What should I do if the update fails on a Mac?

Some Mac users may experience the following behavior during the update:

  • An error message from the updater application reporting that it cannot locate your Strike module.
  • The updater times out, stops, or fails during the firmware update process.

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! 

  1. Close your Strike Updater app. 
  2. Open Audio MIDI Setup. This is located in the Applications > Utilities folder. 
  3. From the menu bar, select Window > Show MIDI Window.


     
  4. From the drop-down at the top left of the MIDI window, select New Configuration


     
  5. Name the new configuration. 
  6. This will cause OS X to rescan for any current MIDI devices, but also remove any old ones that are no longer connected. Sometimes old “remembered” devices can interrupt MIDI communications on Macs. 
  7. Now, double-click on the IAC Driver icon. This will bring up a new window. 
  8. At the bottom left you’ll see a Ports section. Select any ports listed in there and click the minus button below to remove them all. You should be left with No Available Ports.  


     
  9. Now be sure to close the Strike Updater app, and check that your Strike module is still connected and in update mode. 
  10. Re-open the Updater app and try again.

 

Further Technical Support

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