Alesis Compact Kit 4 Review

Alesis is a reliable name that has been in the business of making brilliant electronic drum kits for all classes of drummers for a very long time, and the quality of their kits has endeared them to many drum players and given them a solid reputation in the manufacture of electronic drum kits.

The Alesis Compact Kit 4 is a portable 4-pad tabletop electronic drum kit, that joins a list of standard electronic drum kits ideal for all levels of drum players. Alesis is also renowned for producing portable, handy electronic drum kit.

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Asides the fact that it is very suitable for kids and beginners, it is also handy for adults too. Space is properly managed as it is not so large in size and can be easily packed and tucked away after use.

Box Contents

When you open the packaging of the Alesis Compact Kit 4, what you get out of the box includes;

  • The Compact kit 4 device
  • Power supply adapter
  • Drumsticks
  • User manual
  • Warranty and safety documentation.

What Does the Alesis Compact Kit 4 Look Like

Visible on the face of this electronic drum kit is the pads, a total of 4 pads for playing on the kit. At the top centre of the kit is the LCD display for showing the operation or mode currently in use. It also has a tuning dial for changing and adjusting settings shown on the display. The speaker is positioned slightly above the LCD display for sound output.

There is a dedicated master volume button for adjusting the general sound volume of the compact kit, alongside a dedicated rhythm volume button. Tapping the rhythm volume and tuning the dial will adjust the sound of every other instrument or accompaniment in a song track, except the sound of the drums in the song.

Alesis CompactKit 4 – Tabletop Electric Drum Set with 70 Electronic / Acoustic Drum Kit Sounds, 4 Pads, Battery or AC-Power and Drum Sticks Included

There is also a demo button for playing the demo song and a rhythm button for selecting a song from the preloaded songs on the kit to play along to.

Adjusting the Tempo

The Tempo/Tap button is on the right-hand side of the rhythm volume and is used to adjust the tempo while playing on the kit. However, as opposed to toggling the Tempo/Tap button, the tempo of a particular song can be set by striking any pad a few times in relation to the signature timing of the preferred song, the song then starts playing based on the tempo of the last set of strikes on the pad.

A fun feature if you ask me.

There is also a Pad Assign button to change the sound emanating from each pad on the kit when struck. Beside the Pad Assign button is the Chord button used to toggle on and off the accompaniment in a song track.

There is also the Drum Coach button for selecting Solo songs to play using the coach function – I’ll talk about this in more detail later.

The Start/Stop button for songs and the Game button are other visible buttons found on the face of the Alesis Compact Kit 4 machine.

Behind the Compact Kit is the Power button for turning the kit on and off, and the power input for connecting to an external power outlet using the power adapter for the kit. There is also the headphone output for connecting external (3.5mm) stereo headphones.

Generally, the kit has a very decent and simple outlook.

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Ease of Use

The Alesis Compact Kit 4 Tabletop electronic drum kit is a simple, easy to use electronic drum kit. It does not have sophisticated controls and the user interface is quite decent A novice or newbie can easily work with the functions and use the kit with little or no help. The Roland TD-1K Entry-Level electronic drum kit and the Alesis Nitro Kit might be options to look at if you need an electronic drum kit with more advanced features and functions.

Features

The Alesis Compact Kit 4 Electronic Drum Kit comes fitted with 4 velocity-sensitive pads for capturing every ambit of your playing, no matter how intense or minimal it is. It also doubles as an alternative Tempo/Tap for setting the tempo of song tracks you want to play. This is done by hitting any of the pads 2-3 times, following the time signature of the song before it commences, the tempo of the songs is then set automatically by the last 2-3 strikes it recorded on the pad.

The Compact Kit 4 also comes with 70 percussion voices and 10 effect voices. The song selection is not totally mind-blowing, but in view of the price tag, it is quite good enough. It also comes with 50 play-along songs to polish and develop the beginner drum player’s skill.

This is a great feature in the sense that there are a lot of options for the drummer to play with and, playing on the compact kit each time will always be exciting as there is always something new to work with. The ability to switch between kits enables the drum player to personalise sounds to fit in with his/her playing style and preference for smooth playing experience.

The Compact Kit 4 also has the record function for recording the playing and performance of the drum player on the kit to note mistakes and improvements, which is essential to building the drum player’s abilities and skills.

The dual power supply feature means that the Alesis Compact Kit 4 can be powered either by using the AC adapter or the batteries. This is a really nice feature because it makes it very portable as you can take it along to play anywhere even if you are not with the power adapter, so long as you have the batteries in the kit.

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Drum Coach Feature

The coach feature shows notes and displays instructions on the LCD screen for the drummer to follow to enhance a wonderful learning experience. To use this feature, all you have to do is to select the preferred background track which you want to play to, switch the drum coach function on, and play along to the notes displayed on the LCD screen.

A rhythm pattern is displayed on the LCD screen for the drum player to play and imitate. This feature is great for learning and getting familiar with the basics of drum playing by the beginner drummer.

There is also a game function on the compact kit 4 to help the drummer learn and make massive improvements in core areas like strokes strength, playing in line with tempo, and also playing in the right time signature using the metronome.

The games, its instructions, and guide are usually displayed on the LCD screen on the kit. The drum kit is very portable and comes in a small compact box which does not take a lot of space.

As opposed to a regular drum kit that occupies a large portion of space, the compact kit fits perfectly on a small table or any small space at all conveniently for easy use by the drummer.

The Alesis Compact Kit 4 comes with a ton of great inbuilt features and a wonderful user-friendly interface, there are a few things we specifically like and dislike with this drum kit.

Pros

Cons

  • It is a great kit for beginners to learn and perfect their drumming skill.
  • Drum coach feature helps the beginner drummer to learn the basics and rudiments of drum playing.
  • The sounds from the kit are realistic and give a good feel of how a regular drum kit sounds like.
  • The port for external headphones is also a great advantage, as the drum player can practice and have fun playing without disturbing the peace of others.
  • The Alesis Compact Kit 4 comes with only four pads. Not a big deal and you can easily overlook the number of pads it comes with.
  • There are no foot pedals for the hi-hat and bass drum controls. The controls for both of them have to be programmed to fit into the four pads.

Overall, the Alesis Compact Kit 4 is a great kit for beginner drummers with a user-friendly interface and great features for developing drumming skills, all in a very portable box for a pocket-friendly price.

Alternative Choice

If you are looking to check out great alternatives to the Alesis Compact Kit 4, you can check out Ivation Portable Electronic Drum Pad. It is also very suitable for beginner drummers and kids especially. It comes fitted with a 2400 mAh battery, which lasts up to ten hours after a complete charge. It also comes fitted with a built-in speaker which further evidences its portability. There is no need to connect it to external speakers for sound output. There is also an option to plug in a headphone jack for private listening and practice.

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A great feature of the Ivation Portable Electronic Drum Pad that sets it apart from other entry-level electronic drum kits like the Alesis Compact Kit 4 is the fact that it comes with 7 drum pads to play on. There is a distinct pad for hi-hat, toms, snare, crash cymbal and ride cymbal. This provides the beginner/user with the feel of playing a real drum kit. The Ivation Portable Electronic Drum Pad also comes with a foot pedal for kick/ hi-hat control.

Just like the Alesis Compact Kit 4 Electronic tablet top drum kit, Ivation Portable Electronic Drum Pad also comes with a game feature, for which the drum pad serves as the controller. This feature enables the kids and beginner drummers to not just learn the basics of drum playing and get a hang of it, but also have lots of fun while doing that. The Ivation Portable Electronic Drum Pad is also very pocket friendly like the Compact kit 4.

You will get a great value for your money purchasing either of both kits.

Last update on 2020-06-03 / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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