The Alesis Nitro Mesh Kit is a complete 8-piece electronic drum kit centered around next-generation Alesis Mesh head drum technology. The Nitro Mesh kit is the perfect choice for any electronic percussionist in any style, whether you’re just starting out, or looking to upgrade to a higher-quality kit with a professional module. This article answers some popular questions about the included features and the functionality of the Alesis Nitro Mesh kit.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What are the differences between the Nitro Kit and the Nitro Mesh Kit?
- What is included with the Nitro Kit?
- Can I expand this kit with more drum triggers?
- What is the size of the kit when it is fully assembled?
- Can I use my own pads with the Nitro module?
- Is there a recommended type of drumstick I should use with mesh pads?
- Is the Hi-Hat pedal a continuous or a switch-type pedal?
- What sample content is included with the Nitro module?
- What features will help me learn drums?
- Can I play along with songs on my phone/tablet/computer?
- Can the Nitro drum module connect to a computer to trigger drum software?
- Can I adjust the levels of the play-along tracks?
- Can I reset the module to its factory default settings?
- My headphones have a built-in microphone. Can I use these with my module?
- Is the kit portable?
- Should I set up the Nitro Mesh Kit on a rug?
What are the differences between the Nitro Kit and the Nitro Mesh Kit?
The Nitro Mesh Kit expands on the playability of the original Nitro kit by upgrading to mesh snare and tom pads for improved response and versatility. Mesh heads are the unanimous preference of electronic drummers for their natural feel and ultra-quiet response.
What is included with the Nitro Kit?
The Alesis Nitro Mesh Kit includes everything you need to make a complete drum kit:
- Nitro Drum Module
- 8" Dual-Zone Mesh Snare Pad
- (3) 8" Mesh Tom pads
- 10" Hi-Hat Pad
- 10" Crash Pad w/ Choke
- 10" Ride Pad
- Kick Pad Tower
- Kick Pedal
- Hi-Hat Pedal
- 4-Post Aluminum Rack
- Cable Snake
- Cable Wrap Strips
- Drum Key
- Drum Sticks
- Power Supply
- Nitro Module User Guide
- Kit Assembly Guide
- Safety & Warranty Manual
Can I expand this kit with more drum triggers?
Yes! An additional tom and crash cymbal can be added to the Nitro drum module with the Tom 4 and Crash 2 inputs on the rear of the module.
What is the size of the kit when it is fully assembled?
The size of the completed kit will be around 4' x 3'. As with all of our kits, the arrangement is fully customizable and the exact size can vary with different playing styles and personal preferences.
Can I use my own pads with the Nitro module?
While other standard or dual-zone single pads will likely work, the Nitro module is configured to respond optimally with the included drum kit. You could potentially use third-party standard triggers, however, since other manufacturers design triggers specifically for different drum modules, not all triggers may respond as expected.
Is there a recommended type of drumstick I should use with mesh pads?
Although some companies make sticks specifically marketed toward mesh drum heads, it is not necessary to use a specific style of drumstick with mesh heads. Any wooden or plastic tipped drumstick will not damage the drum head. Unlike acoustic drums, the style of the stick will not affect the sound produced.
If you would like to use a set of drumsticks other than those supplied with the kit, we recommend using a new set of sticks that have not been chipped, worn down, or otherwise damaged from playing an acoustic drum kit. The irregularities on a damaged drumstick can pull at the material on the mesh drum heads and cause it to deteriorate which over time may puncture the head.
Avoid using felt beaters or mallets. The friction caused by the felt can wear the mesh over time.
Is the Hi-Hat pedal a continuous or a switch-type pedal?
The Hi-Hat pedal included with the Nitro Mesh Kit is a continuous variable type pedal. This pedal allows for open, half-open, and closed hi-hat sounds, and will also allow for "chick" and "splash" sounds when the pedal is pressed down and released without striking the hi-hat cymbal pad.
What sample content is included with the Nitro module?
The Nitro module comes complete with 40 classic and modern ready-to-play kits. Easily tweak any existing kit, or create your own using the 385 superior drum, cymbal, and percussion sounds included in the Nitro drum module. The USB/MIDI connection allows MIDI information to be transferred between the module and the computer, so while it will not allow for audio file upload or transfer, it will allow for the module to send MIDI information to the computer to trigger your favorite DAW or virtual instrument.
What features will help me learn drums?
The Nitro module features three different learning modes for developing your skills and becoming a better drummer. Start by holding the Page/Select button until the LED under Song/Pattern is lit, and then choose from one of three learning modes:
- Beat (BEA) - This mode is for the snare pad only and helps develop timing, meter, and basic patterns.
- Rhythm (RHM) - Rhythm mode expands the learning environment to the entire kit and helps develop coordination and timing with the entire kit.
- Pattern (PTN) - This mode adds backing tracks for practice playing with accompanying instruments.
Choose a pattern using the < and > buttons and press Start/Stop to begin. The pattern will count off and then repeat for you to follow along.
To help with the learning process, every practice is recorded and scored by default. If you wish to practice without being scored, use the Play/Practice button to begin the sequence.
Can I play along with songs on my phone/tablet/computer?
Yes, the Nitro module features a 1/8" (6.35mm) Aux input to allow you to connect a phone or other device for playback. To balance the levels, use the Volume knob on the Nitro module and the volume controls on your device.
Can the Nitro drum module connect to a computer to trigger drum software?
There is a USB/MIDI connection for use with virtual instruments and recording software. It is class-compliant which means that it will work with any modern Mac or PC without the need to download any software or drivers. Also, it features MIDI In and Out ports for connecting directly to standalone MIDI gear. Both connections allow for the passing of MIDI information only.
Can I adjust the levels of the play-along tracks?
The included play-along tracks can be adjusted in various ways. While the actual key cannot be adjusted, other levels can, such as the volume level, tempo, and click track. Also, the drums can easily be toggled on or off via the DRUM OFF key on the front of the module.
How do I adjust the volume of each individual pad?
- Choose a pad you would like to edit by pressing its corresponding Pad Select button on the Nitro Module.
- Next, select the Voice button, then press the Page/Select button until VOL appears on your display.
- Use the < and > buttons to adjust the volume level of your selected pad.
- Press Save to store your personalized settings.
Can I reset the module to its factory default settings?
Yes. Hold the < and > arrow buttons simultaneously while powering on the unit. The screen will show "RST---" for one second and then the module will restore back to the factory default settings and be ready to use.
My headphones have a built-in microphone. Can I use these with my module?
Headphones that feature a built-in microphone have a 'TRRS jack' that may not work properly with the Nitro Mesh module. The TRRS headphone jack features an extra channel which may prevent it from lining up properly inside the headphone port on the module which can cause audio drop-outs or incomplete signals. Standard headphones which feature a 'TRS' headphone jack are required for a consistent and reliable connection.
Can I fold this kit away for storage or travel?
Absolutely! If the crossbars connected to the two center posts are loosened, the kit can be "folded" to make it easier for travel. When folded, the dimensions are around 20in x 30in x 46in, or 50cm x 75cm x 115cm (Width x Depth x Height).
Should I set up the Nitro Mesh Kit on a rug?
A rug is not technically required, however, most drummers will use one by default in order to prevent the kick, pedals, or entire kit from shifting during play. When using any drum kit on a bare floor, the force of playing can cause some pieces to move (usually the kick pedal and pad). Arranging the kit on a rug or carpet is a regular solution to this.