Alesis Turbo Mesh Kit - Electronic Drum Set
Entry level kits from Alesis have been a favorite with Gearank readers for several years now and it's not hard to see why with their consistently high ratings and excellent value proposition.
The Alesis Turbo Mesh Kit lets you experience mesh heads at a very affordable price. Each of the mesh pads are tunable to your preference, to give you the bounce and feel that's closer to acoustic drum heads.
For the price you're getting 3 tom pads, a snare, and a complete set of cymbal pads which include a 10" hi-hat, 10" ride and 10" crash. This kit also comes with foot controllers for triggering the hi-hat and kick drum.
Mesh heads provide a bit more realism to their feel and tend to be a bit quieter as well. A parent noted that the pads on this set are quiet enough not to cause problems for people watching TV in the next room, although probably not quiet enough to let the kids play while you're trying to sleep.
- Snare: 8" Single-zone Mesh Snare
- Toms: 3 x 10" Mesh Toms
- Cymbals: 10" Crash Cymbal Pad, 10" Ride Cymbal Pad
- Hi-Hat: 10" Hi-hat Pad with Foot Controller,
- Kick Pad: Kick Controller Pedal
- Drum Stand: Rack Stand
- Drum Module: Turbo Mesh Drum Module
- Module Sounds: 120 sounds, 64 max polyphony
- Extra Features: 10 preset kits; 120 drums & percussion sounds, 30 backing tracks
- Module Inputs: 1 x 1/8" (aux in)
- Module Outputs: 2 x 1/4" TS (L/Mono, R)
- USB: MIDI I/O - Type B
- Power Supply: Power Supply
- Dimensions: 32" x 46" x 32"
- Weight: 29.1 lbs.
Much of the praise this gets centers around it offering excellent value for money and being a great starter kit. The good quality of the mesh heads comes up time and again in user reviews, even when experienced drummers are offering their opinions. Most beginners, and those who bought it for children to learn on, are more than satisfied with the limited range of sounds and preset kits it comes with, although some more experienced players disagree.
There are a few complaints about build quality, with some pinpointing the input and ports as flimsy and requiring extra handling care. You can't choke the cymbals and the pads only have a single zone, so if your playing technique is already developed and requires these features then it would be best to go for a more fully featured option. Some experienced drummers don't like the sound of the preset kits and prefer to use their own sounds via their computer instead - one user specifically complained about the presets having too much reverb which can't be edited out.
This is an excellent starter kit that even some experienced drummers say is better than they expected. If you have no experience with electronic drum sets, then this is a great one to start with and you can later move up to more expensive models once your needs exceed what a basic kit can offer.
Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options available which you can see in our guide to The Best Cheap Electronic Drum Set For Beginners.