Alesis Nitro Kit - 8 Piece Electronic Drum Set (Discontinued)

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$299
Alesis Nitro Kit - 8 Piece Electronic Drum Set

Back in 2016, our research showed that the Alesis Nitro Kit was by far the most popular electronic drum set in the sub $500 price range. It was also the highest rated set under $300 by quite a wide margin - leaving all other options in this price bracket so far behind that it's the only one that got our recommendation for the sub $300 price at the time.

In addition to coming with a snare, hi-hats, kick and 3 toms it also has 2 additional 2-zone inputs on the module to allow for future expansion - you can use these for extra toms or cymbals.

It's mounted on a 4-post aluminum rack which provides a good combination of being light-weight while remaining reasonably strong.

This set is used by beginners and also as a practice kit by more experienced drummers. There are also a lot of guitarists, singers, bass players, keyboardists and just about every kind of musician who play an Alesis Nitro Kit just for the sheer fun of it!

One thing to note: Alesis bill this as an 8-piece kit because they, as many electronic drum manufacturers do these days, count the 3 cymbal pads as pieces - in terms of traditional acoustic drum kits this would be considered a 5-piece kit.

Features:

  • A dual zone snare pad
  • 3 single zone tom pads
  • Kick pad with drum pedal
  • 10" Hi-Hat Pad
  • 10" Crash Pad with Choke
  • 10" Ride Pad
  • Hi-Hat Pedal
  • 40 ready-to-play classic and modern kits - 385 drum and cymbal sounds
  • 60 built-in play-along tracks, sequencer, metronome, and performance recorder
  • USB/MIDI connection for virtual instruments and recording software
  • 5 pin MIDI in and out ports
  • Can be used as a MIDI controller directly with hardware or via your computer
  • Stereo line outputs and headphone output

Pros

The vast majority of customer reviews were very positive with many saying it was "a great kit for the price" or words to that effect. In his review for Music Radar Dave Holmes said, "The buttons of the graphical kit layout are great for various kit/drum voice editing and this is where the module has the edge over almost any other at this price-point. Changing any of the drum and kit parameters is rapid thanks to the layout."

Cons

A couple of people said that some of the cymbal sounds were quieter than they would have liked in the pre-set kits. Because it only has a dual zone snare and single zone toms. anyone who develops their chops and gets serious will eventually out-grow this kit and want to graduate to higher-end options like these, but it's still a great place to start without spending too much money if you're not yet sure if you'll get really serious about drumming.

Overall

This was very popular as a starter kit and as a present for children starting out with drums. There are also experienced drummers who reported having had a lot of fun with this kit as well.

Unfortunately it's very hard to find in stores these days, but there is an alternative which is an upgraded version of this kit called the Alesis Nitro Mesh which was still widely available at the time of publication.

Additional Analysis by Alexander Briones

This was originally written in a slightly different context of analyzing the best overall electronic drum sets and provides some additional helpful information.

The Alesis Nitro Kit gives you quite a lot for your money, with its single 8" dual-zone snare, 3 x 8" toms, hi-hat with pedal controller, kick tower pad, ride cymbal, and crash cymbal.

To support all that, it comes with a 4-post aluminum stand that lets you mount the pads, and it even comes with a kick pedal and drum sticks, which lets you play with the kit right out of the box.

At the heart of this kit sits the Alesis Nitro drum module, which comes with 40 drum kits, 60 play-along tracks and 385 different sounds that you can use to customize your own kit. Other features include USB/MIDI connectivity, plus it comes with built-in reverb, EQ, and metronome.

Specifications:

  • Snare: 2-Trigger 8" (Rubber Pad)
  • Toms: 3 x Toms 8" (Rubber Pad)
  • Cymbals: 1 x Ride, 1 x Crash with Choke (10" Rubber)
  • Hi-Hat: 1 x Hi-Hat (10" Rubber) with Pedal Controller
  • Kick Pad: Kick Tower and Kick Pedal
  • Drum Stand: 4-Post Stand
  • Drum Module: Nitro Drum Module
  • Module Sounds: 40 Drum Kits, 385 Total Sounds, 60 Play Along Tracks
  • Extra Features: Metronome, USB/MIDI Connectivity, Reverb, 3-band EQ
  • Module Inputs: 1 x 1/8" (Aux in), DB-25 Snake Input, 2 x 1/4" (Tom 4, Crash 2)
  • Module Outputs: 2 x 1/4" (Left, Right), 1 x 1/8" (Headphones)
  • USB: Type B
  • Power Supply: 9 VDC; 500 mA; center-positive
  • Dimensions: 27.6" x 47.3" x 43.3"
  • Weight: 41.2 lbs.

Pros

Value for money is big in the entry-level price range, if not the top priority. This is the reason why many are happy with the Alesis Nitro Kit, because it gives them a complete electronic drum kit with a lot of extra features, all while keeping the price tag very affordable.

Cons

There are some experienced drummers who are not too happy with the feel of the rubber pads, most of them note that it plays well for the price. One user noted that the kit is a bit fragile and small for big and tall drummers, but is still useable with some sitting and playing technique adjustments.

Unfortunately it's very hard to find in stores these days, but there is an alternative which is an upgraded version of this kit called the Alesis Nitro Mesh which was still widely available at the time of publication.