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Find out what Alesis have announced at NAMM 2018!

Alesis make wide range of professional but affordable electronic instruments and music production gear. Check out what they have in store for us in 2018...

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Ollie Mason

Alesis have announced 2 new drumkits this NAMM offering everything the modern drummer needs to play like a pro.

The 2 new drum setups take popular existing Alesis kits, and enhance them with Alesis' Mesh head technology for a more realistic and professional feel. Both new kits offer a 10" dual-zone mesh snare and three, 8" dual-zone mesh toms that will give you the control and authentic feel of a real drumset. The Command & Surge drum modules feature a high calibre sound, a range of different customisable kits and 60 built-in Jam Tracks as well as many other pro features.

Comparing the 2 kits

The Surge Mesh Kit features 40 drumkits (24 preset kits + 16 user kits) with over 385 sounds, on-board effects and even an on-board sequencer with 80 songs. The Command kit expands this feature set with 70 drum kits (50 factory + 20 user) with over 600 sounds and USB functionality so that you can add 3rd party .WAV samples and assign them to pads on your kit.

Alesis continue to build on a fantastic selection of electronic drum sets and are often the first choice for drummers on a budget. The benefit of mesh really enhances the feel and playability of an electric kit, and provides a welcome upgrade to the Alesis range outside of their flagship Strike models released last year.

The Vortex Wireless 2 is a brand new next-generation Wireless Midi Keytar controller that uses a simple USB dongle to connect seamlessly to your mac or PC. The 37-key Vortex can easily integrate with your virtual-instruments, Plugins and DAW, offering endless sonic possiblilities for the Keytar. Designed for the Studio and the Stage, the Vortex wireless 2 offers a stable, reliable wireless connection so that you can concentrate on creating a dynamic performance! This new Keytar offers many of the features you'd find on a studio midi controller; including hands on faders to check your levels and pads to create drumbeats or launch clips.

For years the general consensus was that the keytar was decidedly naff, yet over the years they've been played by a wide range of reputable musicians, from Herbie Hancock and Stevie Wonder to Justin Timberlake and Muse.

What's more, the keytar has had a bit of a resergence in recent years with more and more players deciding to take up the iconic instrument. Whilst some still pine for the classic Roland AX-7 flagship keytar to be remade, Modern alternatives like the Vortex 2 Wireless offer a much wider range of performance features, giving you much more control and flexibility when on stage.

NAMM 2018 - Andertons Music Co.

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