The Alesis Crimson Mesh Kit is a flexible, powerful, and affordable five piece electronic drum kit with mesh heads and the Crimson Advance Drum Module. This article walks through a number of frequently asked questions about the Crimson Mesh Kit.
The Crimson Mesh Kit module comes complete with 50 classic and modern ready-to-play kits. They are:
|1 Acoustic 1||14 Indian||27 Noise||40 Old School|
|2 Funk||15 African||28 Junkyard||41 R&B|
|3 Standard||16 World||29 Lo-Fi||42 Studio 1|
|4 Rock||17 Orchestra||30 Reggae||43 Studio 2|
|5 Power||18 Marimba||31 Ska||44 Standard 2|
|6 Jazz||19 Vibraphone||32 Songo||45 Vintage|
|7 808||20 HipHop||33 Fusion||46 Acoustic 2|
|8 Pop||21 909||34 Jazz Latin||47 Live|
|9 1970s||22 Dance||35 Jazz Brush||48 Room|
|10 Latin||23 Electronic||36 Big Band||49 Metal|
|11 FX Mix||24 Drum & Bass||37 Brush||50 90s Power|
|12 Percussion 1||25 House||38 Magic|
|13 Percussion 2||26 Techno||39 FunkBand|
There are over 600 voices so that you can easily tweak any existing kit, or create your own using the 20 User Kit preset slots. Also, you can save as many user kits as you like to your USB flash drive as well.
Additionally, there are 60 preset songs that you can play along to. Each song has a drum part and accompaniment. You can adjust the volume of each so you can listen to the drum part, and then lower its volume and play along!
See the chart below for an overview comparison of the two kits:
The Crimson Mesh Kit allows you to add any WAV file up to 16-bit/48kHz to a 4GB to 64GB FAT32 formatted USB drive and add to/create your own unique kit. Each sample must be a 16-bit mono WAV file with a maximum size of 15 MB. It can have a sampling rate of 48, 44.1, 32, 22.05, or 11.025 kHz.
To load your own samples from a USB flash drive to use as voices within a kit:
To save a kit to a USB flash drive:
To load a kit from a USB flash drive:
The Alesis mesh drum heads include an added physical knob to adjust the sensitivity of the piezo pickups inside of the head. The knob adjusts how much the module will respond to the inner vs. outer pickups inside of the head. Additionally, you can also adjust the Trigger sensitivity and many other settings within the Crimson kit module as well.
The Crimson Mesh Kit comes with an impressive 5 premium mesh heads in ‘Special Edition Red’ finish and 3 premium DMPad cymbals. Additionally, there are 2 available 1/4" Dual-zone connections on the rear of the module which allow you to increase the amount of available single or dual-zone triggers on your kit. Although the inputs are labeled Tom 4 and Crash 2, you can assign any sound you like to those trigger inputs.
The Hi-Hat pedal included with the Crimson Mesh Kit is a continuous variable type pedal. This pedal allows for open, half-open, and closed hi-hat sounds, and will also allow for "chick" and "splash" sounds when the pedal is pressed down and released without striking the hi-hat cymbal pad.
The Crimson Mesh Kit module comes with a USB connection allowing you to connect the module to a computer and send MIDI messages over this connection. It is class-compliant which means that it will work with any modern Mac or PC without the need to download any software or drivers.
You may need to adjust some settings in the drum module to ensure all MIDI communication can be properly sent or received. To adjust the MIDI settings:
The default Trigger MIDI Note assignments are as follows:
|Kick Drum||36||Tom 3 (Center)||43||Crash 1||49|
|Snare Drum (Center)||38||Tom 3 (Rim)||58||Crash 1 (Edge)||55|
|Snare Rim||40||Tom 4 (Center)||41||Crash 2||57|
|Tom 1 (Center)||48||Tom 4 (Rim)||39||Crash 2 (Edge)||52|
|Tom 1 (Rim)||50||Ride Bow||51||Hi-Hat Open||46|
|Tom 2 (Center)||45||Ride Edge||59||Hi-Hat Closed||42|
|Tom 2 (Rim)||47||Ride Bell||53||Hi-Hat Pedal||44|
We recommend using a kick beater made of a hard material such as plastic, wood or metal when using a mesh kick pad.
Felt beaters can be popular with electronic drum kits with rubber pads, but they should be avoided for use with mesh drum heads. The added friction from the felt can quickly wear down and puncture a hole in the mesh.
Yes. To return the drum module to its original default settings:
As an alternative, the module can be fully factory reset by holding down the < and > buttons while powering on the module. This will return the module to its full factory default settings.
The headphone output of the module is a common 1/8th inch (3.5mm) stereo output. Using headphones with a built in microphone (TRRS) may cause drops in your audio. It is recommended to use standard headphones with a TRS cable.
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