Alesis Crimson 2 Review


PROS:

  • Easy to set up and install
  • Double-braced snare stand
  • Built-in Metronome
  • Crimson is an all-mesh and worked kit
  • Variety of sounds from different genres
  • Crimson ii drum works as a MIDI Controller Kit
  • includes a Pedal


CONS:

  • Some sounds of the module are very brassy
  • The snare height of the crimson ii kit is a bit uncomfortable
  • The cymbals are cheaply made and should be replaced with another brand


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Are you a budding or a seasoned musician? Do you need an Electronic Drum Kit to light up your life and kickstart your drumming? Then you are the right place.

Whenever you think about buying an electronic drum set, the first question that could into your mind is, “How much is it going to cost?”. Obviously, No one wants to sell their house to buy a drum set, right? However, we all know that for good quality, we need to pay a good price. Consequently, for a drum set that has amazing beats and bass, you will probably need to invest a great amount.

There are a lot of cheaper brands in the market, but the quality can not be promised. Now you all must be wondering. “Is there no drum set that is cheap in price but good too?”. Well, the answer is.. YES! There is! Alesis Crimson ii Drum Kit is here to the rescue!

The Alesis Crimson II Electronic Kit is the second renewal of the broadly famous Alesis Crimson Kit. It is a fully loaded electronic drum kit with five drums and four cymbals. As compared to the original Crimson Kit, it has one more cymbal, updated drum module, advanced features, and better sound quality.

It is a next-generation model with a 5-piece set up, with an 8-inches kick drum, and a dual-response snare. The whole set measures 12 inches, which is sufficient and can be easily placed in a studio, home, or a concert.

Alesis crimson 2 Review

It is a complete work drum set, which means, the Crimson ii is an ideal low-commotion answer for drummers. The work heads are tranquil and springy and in this way closer because of acoustic drums than rubber pads. If you look from afar, each drum seems to be an acoustic drum shell. This makes the Crimson II stand apart from different rivals in this value range. Moreover, the Alesis Crimson ii drum kit gives you top of the line highlights at a very affordable price.

The Brand behind the Crimson 2 Drum Kit

Established in Rhodes Island, Alesis is a company that produces drum kits, audio mixers, virtual instruments, and much more. And trust me, they are incredible at what they do!

They always wanted to create an electronic drum set for beginners and help them in pursuing their passion, and at the same time, affordable too. Finally, after a long time of waiting, they have succeeded. This Alesis Crimson Kit produces truly elevated quality sound, and if you are a true drummer, you will fall in love with it at first sight.

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Why you should buy the Alesis Crimson 2 Kit?

Whether you are a beginner or a professional, Alesis Crimson ii is the drum kit you can easily rely upon. If you are a drummer who prefers to buy an acoustic set but also wants it to be a silent and low commotion – this is the ideal choice for you. The fully worked setup and rubber cymbals allow you to place the Alesis Crimson ii almost anywhere, let it be home, a studio, at a concert, or a live gig.

Moreover, the hardware has a sleek and modern design and is aesthetically pleasing. You can place it anywhere you want – it will always look cool.

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Specifications

Incredible Hardware

The large-sized drums are the main attractive and noticeable component of the Alesis crimson ii electronic drum kit. It comes with super large drums, especially the snare and dual-zone floor tom. The diameter of the double-braced snare is a tremendous 12 inches, which makes it way bigger than the snare of Roland and Yamaha – the biggest and slightly expensive competitors. Each mesh head of the drum kit includes real drum hoops and drags. Simply loose and tighten the mesh heads to figure out which feedback suits you the most.

The drum pad is an 8-inch mesh pad sitting on a kick tower. One foot is the height of the tower, while the tower supports both single and double bass pedals. It can easily grip to carpets and other types of floors as it has supporting spikes. The pad has factory head settings, but it still feels good to play it. It gives a comfortable playing experience as the pedal is tightly connected to the tower.

In Crimson ii, there are a total of 3 toms; two front racks and a floor tom. The diameters of the front toms are 8 inches, while the floor tom is 10 inches. What Alesis have done with the drum sizes in crimson ii is simply incredible and we haven’t seen such an acoustic set up in any other electronic drum kit, especially at this affordable price.

Alesis Crimson ii comes with a delicate and portable hi-hat pedal controller. Simply just connect the pedal controller with the drum module and the controller will itself control the hi-hat position. You can perform from fully open to fully closed, in a range of clutch positions. The hi-hat cymbal is a 12-inch pad, positioned on the drum rack. The cymbal pad sits on a cymbal arm that could be positioned to match your setup to the fullest. Each cymbal rests onto its stand, and a cymbal nut is fastened in place. There is some motion as you hit every pad, and depending on your choice, you can loosen or tighten the nut.

With the Crimson ii Electronic Drum Kit, you get two crash cymbals and a ride cymbal. Each crash cymbal is 12-inches in diameter and can perform the choke effects, while the ride cymbal is 14-inches in diameter. Additionally, the electronic drum set is placed on a bright rack with a sleek design and connecting poles. The toms are positioned onto the rack and for playability, they can be positioned.

And now if we talk about the snare, Alesis Crimson ii electronic drum module has done wonders! The snare is a huge 12-inch shell. We know that this a very high weight to support. That is why Alesis Crimson ii comes with a separate double-braced snare stand. This double-braced snare stand is of great quality and is extremely vigorous. Having a separate stand of this kind makes the playing experience more amusing.

Sounds

The Alesis crimson ii electronic drum module offers many special features in the department of sound. It offers a large variety of sounds, nearly 671 sounds in total, including SFX, percussion, standard acoustic drum sets, and electronic acoustic drum sets. Moreover, you have the option of storing 20 drum kits of your creation.

The procedure for storing kits is quite effortless. Just select a sound you would like to use, assign the sound to the pad, cymbal, or pedal, make adjustments like changing the pitch or adding effects, store it to any of the empty slots, and you are done!

Additionally, it has 120 play-along tracks built-in. Cool, isn’t it? These play-along tracks are of different genres and help a lot of you need to practice.

Here you can listen a preview:

USB-MIDI Output

After the 671 sounds and 120 play-along tracks, the other notable feature of Crimson ii Electronic Drum Module is that it gives a lot of import options. It features a USB port, through which you can load samples of drums or cymbals over to a module. With the help of this, you will be able to make adjustments and store those samples to your custom kit presets.

Furthermore, if you like to use MIDI and virtual instruments, then the crimson ii drum module has definitely something interesting for you. You can attach the crimson ii module to any Computer or specifically MAC, and use it in combination with any regular MIDI Controller.

The procedure of installation of the WAV Samples is extremely easy. Through the USB Port, you can easily input your Wav Samples. You can take advantage of this feature by testing your own WAV Samples for flexibility.

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Does it play well?

Of course, it does! We were amazed when we tried this electronic drum kit. The mesh heads give you a chance to personalize, channel the inner drummer in you, and be creative. The only thing we found odd was the cymbals. As this set is particularly for beginners, the cymbals are made of rubber, not metal. So, banging on them does not feel the same. But that does not mean that the sound they are producing is bad – it is perfect! We are just talking about the “feel”. Additionally, it provides a lot of flexibility. You can also choke the crash, and adjust the sensitivity of the rim. Overall, the playing experience is pleasant and accomodating.

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Key Features

  • Crimson ii drum set comes with 120 play-along tracks and 670 sounds.
  • The hardware of Crimson ii kit is durable and of high-quality including an incredible double-braced snare stand.
  • Crimson ii kit contains an advanced drum module with premium features.
  • Crimson ii kit has a built-in metronome and real-time recording.
  • The ii kit comes with a dual-zone floor tom.
  • The Crimson ii drum module offers to import samples through USB
  • ¼” Stereo outputs

PROS:

  • Easy to set up and install
  • Double-braced snare stand
  • Built-in Metronome
  • Crimson is an all-mesh and worked kit
  • Variety of sounds from different genres
  • Crimson ii drum works as a MIDI Controller Kit
  • includes a Pedal

CONS:

  • Some sounds of the module are very brassy
  • The snare height of the crimson ii kit is a bit uncomfortable
  • The cymbals are cheaply made and should be replaced with another brand

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Review

Alesis made the Crimson 2 Kit by keeping in mind the experienced drummers all over the world. It offers a lot of advanced features at a very less price, as compared to Roland and Yamaha – the competitors. No one else is offering fully-mesh and worked sets at this price nowadays.

Crimson ii kit has a built-in set of sounds that can keep the drummers going for hours with a perfect feel and expression. This drum set has clearly everything you need. If you are bored with the built-in sounds, you can even add your own custom samples.

While doing our research, we heard many negative reviews too, to be honest. But you should not base your entire opinion just from the negative reviews, many people loved it too. The first issue that was repeatedly reported was the quality of cymbals. So, if you are planning to buy this drum set, consider replacing the cymbals with any other brand to produce the best sound possible.

The second mentioned problem was the settings of the module. As the module is relatively new, issues are common. Upon purchasing and installing the drum set you may need to configure and change the module’s settings. Let’s just hope that the company figures out what to do about it.

You can modify settings like the sensitivity to thresholds and speeds as you need them. That is why this drum set is not the best option for total beginners. Before you decide to buy this instrument, it would be better you have some experience. A new drum set like this would be hard to enjoy if you don’t have the experience required.

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Wrapping Up

Most of the Alesis Drum Kits have positive and overwhelming reviews. There are some issues detected, but nothing that can’t be fixed or replaced. Similarly, this Alesis Crimson ii Kit also has a few problems, but nothing serious. As mentioned before, the only thing you should consider changing is the cymbals.

Other than that, this is an incredible drum set and will definitely give you more chances to be creative. We totally recommend the kit. The price is modest and it is a great investment. Even if you are a beginner, you will surely feel like a PRO while playing it. Just be careful with the package when it arrives, it would be way too heavy!