Alesis Forge Kit

Editor rating

4.6/5 on December 9, 2016

User's rating

68 reviews

PROS

  • Best value in class. The features you get are above anything else you can get at this price point.
  • It’s big and feels like it can take a beating. You don’t need to hold back just because it’s an electronic drum kit.
  • Amazing level of customization. This means that whether you’re just starting out or are an enthusiast you’re going to have thousands of hours of fun tinkering with the kit.

CONS

  • The base drum doesn’t pick up quick light presses. But it can easily be adjusted from the module.
  • The module only recognizes larger memory sticks.

Alesis Forge Kit Review

Alesis Forge Kit Features

Light frame with heavy duty clamps

Every joint has a double clamp mechanism holding it in place. The frame is made of thick aluminum rods that make this kit really sturdy. But because it’s aluminum it’s also light, mobile and relatively portable.

1000$ sound module

The most powerful drum module in its class. 630 sounds onboard, Besides the 50 preloaded kits, and 20 memory slots for your own custom made kits. This is amazing fun, the amount of fun you can have with this unit and this drum set is above anything you can under 1000$ or reaching the pro level kits. While we’re on the module, the knob is a great feature and makes you navigate through the menus a lot easier. It’s a small thing, but pushing buttons can be a hassle on other modules.

Left handed mode

And that’s not all, the whole kit is very customizable, and if you are finicky with your sounds or just like to tinker until you get the perfect sound like me, this is miles ahead of other budget drum kits. Having a premium module really puts this kit in a class of its own.

Great feel from the hardware

The toms are reactive; it’s like under the rubber there’s a trigger plate that gives you immediate feedback. It has great Dual-zone snare that has little to no movement. Great cymbals that are shockable and have a dual trigger. Also, let’s not forget that it comes with its very own kick drum.

 

 

What do you get with the Alesis Forge Kit?

  • Forge Drum Module
  • Polyphony (max): 64
  • Kits
  • 70 (50 preset + 20 user)
  • 9 General MIDI kits
  • Sounds
  • 628 sounds/voices (drum, percussion, effect)
  • 14 hi-hat combination voices
  • Up to 99 user-loaded samples, 15 MB total
  • Sequencer
  • 125 patterns (120 preset songs + 5 user songs)
  • Up to 99 user songs in 1 folder on USB flash drive
  • 192 ticks per beat
  • Real-time record
  • Approx. 6800 notes per user song
  • Tempo: 30–280 BPM
  • Display: 64 x 128 pixel, monochrome, backlit display
  • Connectors
  • DB-25 cable snake
  • 1/4” (6.35 mm) TS Crash 2
  • 1/4” (6.35 mm) TS Tom 4
  • 1/4” (6.35 mm) TRS main outputs
  • 1/8” (3.5 mm) stereo headphone output
  • 1/8” (3.5 mm) stereo auxiliary input
  • (1) 5-pin MIDI input
  • (1) 5-pin MIDI output
  • USB MIDI port
  • USB host port
  • Power: 9 VDC, 500 mA, center-positive
  • Module Dimensions (width x depth x height): 9.1” x 6.3” x 2.7”
  • Module Weight: 1.1 lbs (full drum set weight: 37.5 lbs; Shipping weight: 51.8 lbs )
  • Box Contents
  • Forge Drum Module
  • 11” dual-zone rubber snare pad
  • 3x 8” rubber tom pads
  • 10” ride cymbal with choke
  • 10” crash cymbal with choke
  • 10” hi-hat cymbal
  • Kick pad tower
  • Kick drum pedal
  • Hi-hat pedal
  •  2x Drumsticks
  • 4-post chrome rack
  • Cable snake
  • Cable wraps
  • Drum key
  • Power adapter
  • Module user guide
  • Kit assembly guide
  • Safety & Warranty Manual

Final Verdict

Definitely, this is enthusiast level tech, great hardware combined into an affordable package. This is more than great value, this is pound-for-pound the most fun you can get for the money. This may not be as easy to get into as other simpler kits, and the size could be an issue, but when it comes to getting the best experience you can have for the money, it doesn’t get better than the Alesis Forge.