Alesis Strike Pro Kit - Optimizing Trigger Response

The stunning new Alesis Strike Pro kit shatters all your pre-conceived notions about electronic drums. It combines the feel and familiarity of acoustic drums combined with the versatility and capability of the best electronic drums. These are the perfect drums to move beyond the limitations of a conventional acoustic set, without giving anything up. While the module comes pre-configured for a consistent response, you may want to make your own tweaks to customize it to your playing style. This article will explain some of the most important settings, and show you how and when to make adjustments to optimize the performance of your Strike Kit.





Firmware Update

Before diving into tweaking any trigger settings, check that you have the latest v1.4 firmware update. This update installs brand new content and kits, as well as updates the hi-hat calibration process and improved playability. To check your current firmware version, simply press Utility and F5 to view the current app and trigger OS versions. 

For a breakdown of the latest update and where to find it, check out the guide below:

If you still want to explore the trigger settings, check out the rest of the article for some tips and tricks. 


Hi-Hat Hardware Setup

For a more in-depth hi-hat tutorial, visit our Hi-Hat Configuration and Troubleshooting guide. 

While the trigger settings for the drums and cymbals of your Strike Kit or Strike Pro Kit have already been optimized, you may need to make a small adjustment to optimize your hi-hat pedal performance. Hi-hat pedal designs can vary and the Strike module has an easy adjustment to help with this.

  1. The hi-hat control module will go on first. But before placing the hi-hat control module on your hi-hat stand, look for and remove any felt washers that would sit directly beneath the control module on the cymbal seat (i.e. where a real bottom hi-hat cymbal would normally be resting). 

    Most, if not all, hi-hat stands will include a felt washer or pad to be placed below the bottom hi-hat cymbal to protect it. If not removed, this felt will contribute additional and unnecessary suspension to the Alesis hi-hat and control module that will result in unexpected hi-hat behavior.

    For the most accurate and controlled response, please make sure that this felt piece is removed and the hi-hat control module is resting directly on the hi-hat cymbal seat. 
  2. Make sure the smaller 1/8” cable coming from the bottom cymbal is plugged into the Pro-X module which the bottom cymbal sits on top of. This cable will communicate to the module that the hi-hat pedal is closed.

  3. Make sure the spring that rests in the bottom cymbal has the black "stopper" on the top side, closer to the top cymbal and not down inside the cymbal. If this 'Stopper' is upside down inside of the bottom cymbal, it will not function properly.
  4. Now loosen your hi-hat clutch and let the top cymbal rest on top of the spring.

  5. At this point your setup options will be somewhat preferential:
    • You can tighten the hi-hat clutch right where it is. However, some users may prefer to have the top and bottom hi-hat cymbals a little further apart when idle. If this is your preferred setup, it is recommended that the top cymbal is pulled up off the spring slightly, or about an inch or so. However, lifting the top cymbal too high off the spring may result in some unexpected behavior when "stomping" the hi-hat pedal.
    • Pushing down on the spring and then tightening the clutch is not recommended. Not only does this make the two hi-hat cymbals contact more frequently, but compressing the spring actually limits how much data the module can use to make the different hi-hat articulations sound correctly.

During your setup, be cognizant of the placement of the ALESIS logo on this pad. The logo should be farthest away from you, so you can read ALESIS correctly, as that's where the "Edge" sensor is. 

For a more in-depth hi-hat tutorial, visit our Hi-Hat Configuration and Troubleshooting guide. 


Fine Tuning Your Drum and Cymbal Triggers 

Like the hi-hat pedal settings mentioned above, the TRIGGERS mode has settings for each drum and cymbal zone as well. These are already optimized on your module, but of course, there may be some desire to fine-tune based on your playing style. Here is an explanation of each parameter.  

    • This is the most common setting to adjust how a trigger "feels". If you feel like the drumkit is too "hot" or it is too difficult to get softer sounds from your kits, then you should turn this down. Alternatively, if you feel like you have to hit too hard to get the louder sounds, turn this up. 
    • The above is helpful for making quick tweaks to individual drums. However, if you find that every drum/cymbal in your kit seems to be too sensitive or insensitive, you can adjust the entire drumkit's sensitivity with one setting! Press the UTILITY button then press F3-TRIGGER. Change the TRIG SENSITIVITY setting to your preference (LOW, MEDIUM, HIGH)
    • This setting determines how hard you need strike a trigger to get it to respond. If this setting is too low, you may hear the drum triggering by itself (some call this "ghost triggering"). If it is too high, you may find some of your softer hits are missed.
    • All of that said, this is generally not something you will need to change. The default settings are optimized for your Strike drums and cymbals already. 
    • If you would like to use a different model of drum/cymbal trigger, then you may need to adjust this. 
    • This is the minimum amount of time needed between successive strikes of the same trigger for the second one to produce a sound.
    • If this setting is too high, some notes may not trigger when you play faster or perform rolls.
    • If this setting is too low, you may trigger extra, undesired notes while playing normally.
    • This is another setting that will likely not need any changing. The most common scenario would be for those who like to "bury the beater" into the kick drum head. Turning up this RETRIGGER setting can help remove some of the "double hits" that happen.
    • This determines how a sound’s volume is affected by how hard you strike it—that is, how responsive the trigger’s dynamics are to changes in your playing.
    • Most of the triggers on your Strike Kit or Strike Pro Kit use Linear as the default setting, which provides the most accurate and natural performance. 
    • This determines how susceptible the trigger is to “crosstalk” from other triggers.
    • The higher the value, the less likely crosstalk from other triggers will affect it.
    • This determines how likely the trigger will cause “crosstalk” in other triggers.
    • The higher the value, the less likely it’ll be a source of crosstalk on other triggers.


Optimizing Crosstalk (XTalk) Settings 

When striking a trigger causes another trigger to sound unexpectedly, it is referred to as crosstalk (or XTalk). It’s not common, and your Strike module has already been optimized to eliminate this when using your Strike Kit or Strike Pro Kit. However, like a real acoustic drum kit, your kit can be positioned and played in many different ways depending on your preferences, some of which may cause crosstalk. If that happens, follow these tips to troubleshoot crosstalk:

  1. Make sure your drum and cymbal pads are not touching each other or their clamps.
  2. Set up your kit on a soft, carpeted surface. Hard floors will generally cause more vibration through the drum rack.
  3. Adjust the tightness of the cymbals wingnut. Wingnuts that are too loose can let the cymbal “bounce” which can cause unwanted vibrations through the boom arm and rack. Wingnuts that are too tight don’t allow enough “bounce,” so the force from a strike will transfer directly to/from the rack.
  4. If a specific drum or cymbal pad seems to cause others to sound, increase the XTalk Send setting for that specific trigger. XTalk Send is best turned up on the trigger that’s causing the crosstalk on other triggers.
  5. If a specific drum or cymbal pad seems susceptible to unexpected triggering from crosstalk, adjust the XTalk Receive setting for that specific trigger.


Will My Pro X Hi-Hat Work With This Kit? 

Yes! The hi-hat included with the Strike and Strike Pro kits is a far more responsive version of the Pro X hi-hat kit and we don’t see any reason to use a Pro X Hi-hat over the one that’s already included.

If you’re in a pinch, it will work, though you may want to adjust the SENSITIVITY setting to fine tune the response.



Further Technical Support

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