Alesis Forge Kit Electronic Drum Set (Discontinued)
This is among the most feature-packed sets in the sub $500 price range, and it also includes drum sticks.
It has quite a lot of pre-set kits, user configurable kits, and sounds for the price.
The snare and toms have rubber heads that have a relatively natural response which are all mounted on a 4-post chrome plated aluminum rack which has plenty of strength while remaining relatively light-weight. The kick tower pad is also large enough to use a double kick pedal with it.
It also lets you plug in a USB memory stick which you can use to load samples or record your playing onto.
- A dual zone 11" snare pad
- 3 single zone 8" tom pads
- 10" crash cymbal with choke
- 10" ride cymbal with choke
- 10" hi-hats & pedal
- Kick pedal and Tower trigger pad
- Comes with 70 kits - 50 factory + 20 user kits and 600 sounds
- 60 built-in tracks to play along with for practice
- A Drum Key is included for adjusting the rack
- The drum module has USB/MIDI out for using as a MIDI controller with your computer and accepts MIDI In for triggering the module
- It has an additional USB port for memory sticks
- 2 x 1/4" Out for left and right channel outputs
- 1/8" Stereo Out for Headphones
- 1/8" Aux In for listening to external tracks you play along with while wearing headphones
Many of the customer reviews praise the response of the pads and feeling quite like real drum heads. The sturdiness and quality of build are also frequently mentioned in positive reviews for the Alesis Forge. Conrad Tracey summarized his Mixdown Magazine review by saying, "For me the Alesis Forge represents great value for money. It’s packed with features that are useful and relevant to musicians and artists alike. It looks great and I would be happy to play it on stage as a primary kit or as an addition to my acoustic drums."
On the downside, although Alesis say you can use a double-kick pedal with it there are a few people who found it didn't register fast double kick playing.
This was the best value electronic drum set under $500 but it's no longer widely available so you might want to look at the alternatives that we now recommend in our guide to The Best Cheap Electronic Drum Set For Beginners.