Alesis Strike Pro - Audio/Midi Routing an Ableton Drum Rack

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The stunning new Alesis Strike Pro kit shatters all your pre-conceived notions about electronic drums. This article will walk you through step by step on how to route this module on an Ableton drum rack, allowing you to use Ableton's sound library or your own! This is a great tool if you're using your Strike kit in a recording or live environment. Make recording drums from an acoustic to electronic kit more seamless!

 

Contents

  1. Connecting your Alesis Strike Module to Ableton
  2. Adding a Drum Rack to an Instrument Track 
  3. Assigning sounds to your Drum Rack
  4. Further Technical Support

 

Connecting your Alesis Strike Module to Ableton

  1. Open a brand new Ableton Live project. 

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  2. Click on Options > PreferencesNote: You can press CTRL+ comma (WIN) or COMMAND + comma (MAC).

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  3. Select the Link/Midi tab on the left-hand side of the Preferences window. Plug in your Alesis Strike module and you should see it pop up under Midi Ports.

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  4. Make sure the inputs/outputs have Track and Remote set to ON. They should glow yellow when they are enabled. 

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  5.  If you hit a pad on your Alesis Strike Kit now, you should see Ableton react to the midi signal on the top right-hand corner of the screen. Your Alesis Strike module is connected!

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Adding a Drum Rack to an Instrument Track

  1. On the left-hand side of the screen, you will see a Categories section. Select Instruments.

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  2. Click + Drag Drum Rack over to an empty Midi Track in your Live project.

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  3. You should now see a Drum Rack on the bottom left-hand portion of the screen. 

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  4. Make sure that the track is Enabled. Just click on the Record button, it will glow red.

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Assigning sounds to your Drum Rack

  1. If you hit the pads on your kit, you should see some lights flash on the Drum Rack. A signal is coming through! 

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  2. Go back to Categories and select Samples. The number of Samples you have here will depend on the version of Live you are running, you can also use your own samples which you can drag into the Drum Rack directly. 

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  3. Once you have a found a sample you want to use out of the Live sample pool, strike the pad you want to assign a sample to and it will display on the drum rack.

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  4. Now you can Click + Drag a sample to the rack slot that is lighting up from the Live Sample pool OR your own folder of samples. Repeat this process for all of your drum/cymbal pads.

    Note: You can use your own samples when you load them into Ableton as long as you are using a supported audio format. See the article here for a list of supported file formats in Ableton. 

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  5. Here is a picture of a pre-mapped Drum Rack. All of the CC notes are listed on the individual instruments tracks after they are mapped. Use the arrow on the right corner of the Drum Rack title and it will drop down the instruments. 

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    Note: You will not see a drop-down menu to see the individual instruments until you add a sample to the Drum Rack. You can also route this kit using a drum plugin of your choice. However, you will then have to do all of the sample assigning inside of the plugin (refer to your plugin User Guide) just like we are doing with the Ableton Drum Rack. Refer to this guide to figure out which CC notes are being sent from the module for each pad/cymbal.

 

Further Technical Support : 

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

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