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The Perfect Feel and Premium Hardware:The Alesis Crimson II Kit is a 9-piece electronic drum kit featuring exclusive Alesis mesh drumheads (U.S. Patent 9,424,827) that delivers the perfect feel and expression. It features an 8-inch kick, 12-inch dual-zone snare, two 8-in. dual-zone rack toms and a 10-in. dual-zone floor tom, along with a 12-in. hi-...  Click To Read More About This Product

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The Perfect Feel and Premium Hardware:
The Alesis Crimson II Kit is a 9-piece electronic drum kit featuring exclusive Alesis mesh drumheads (U.S. Patent 9,424,827) that delivers the perfect feel and expression. It features an 8-inch kick, 12-inch dual-zone snare, two 8-in. dual-zone rack toms and a 10-in. dual-zone floor tom, along with a 12-in. hi-hat with pedal, two 12-in. crashes with choke and 14-in. triple-zone ride. A premium quick lock chrome 4-post rack with separate double-braced snare stand keeps everything solidly anchored, no matter how hard you play!

Loaded with Great Sounds and Features:
The included Crimson II Drum Module features 74 drum kits (54 factory + 20 user) with over 671 sounds and 120 play-along tracks built-in. To further sharpen your skill, there’s a built-in metronome, real time recorder, and 1/8-in. input for playing along with your mobile device, so you’ll be ready for the studio or stage. There is also a stereo pair of 1/4-in. outputs, headphone output, and a USB-MIDI output for triggering your favorite virtual instrument plugins.

Load Your Own Samples:
The Crimson II Drum Module also features a USB memory stick input. You can use this input to load your own .WAV samples for the ultimate flexibility. Once the .WAV samples are loaded, you can easily assign these to any zone of any pad on the Crimson Mesh Kit. The sonic possiblities are endless! You can also load in .WAV files of play-along tracks using this input.

Features

  • Tightly-woven mesh drum heads enhance feel and playing response
  • 5-piece pad set with 8/8/10 in. dual-zone toms, 12 in. dual-zone snare and 8 in. kick
  • 4-piece cymbal set with 12 in. hi-hat, (2)12 in. crashes with choke and 14 in. triple-zone ride
  • Crimson II drum module with 74 kits (54 factory + 20 user) and 671 sounds
  • Load .WAV or .MP3 samples and play-along tracks via USB memory stick
  • Real-time recording (5 tracks internally; up to 99 tracks via USB memory stick)
  • USB/MIDI output for use with virtual instrument and recording software
  • Premium 4-post quick lock Chrome rack with double-braced snare stand
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AlesisCrimson II 5-Piece Electronic Drum Kit
 
4.0

(based on 16 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

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71%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great sound (10)
  • Responsive (8)
  • Versatile (7)
  • Sensitive (6)
  • Huge tone (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Small venues (6)
  • Accompaniment (4)
  • School bands (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (9), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Kit for the price

I read the reviews on this kit and have found some of them to be applicable. After having this kit for almost one month, it's still new and I couldn't imagine anything breaking. ...Read complete review

I read the reviews on this kit and have found some of them to be applicable. After having this kit for almost one month, it's still new and I couldn't imagine anything breaking. Remember this is not an acoustic kit. You do not have to impale your drum heads and cymbals to get sound. If you are breaking this kit, you are
probably playing too hard. The cymbals actually do have three designated strike locations that can each be customized with different sounds. The ride bell does seem to be slightly inconsistent but it's different from one ride cymbal to another. Some rides are easy to produce the bell note, some aren't but i think it's more that I'm not striking the bell. Otherwise, I couldn't be more impressed with this purchase. If you are a heavy striker, buy an acoustic kit!!!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good kit as far as setup and feel but the sounds are awful

I had this kit and I did like the feel and setup. The large snare was nice and the big cymbals, ride, and hi hat were good to. It had a nice feel...Read complete review

I had this kit and I did like the feel and setup. The large snare was nice and the big cymbals, ride, and hi hat were good to. It had a nice feel all around like a bigger acoustic kit. However, the module was very weak. The stock sounds were terrible. Even after hours of tweaking, I could not get it to sound right. The cymbal swells did not work at all. it seems everytime I hit the cymbal and tried to dynamically build a swell it just kept playing the sample cymbal sample over and over with no build up.

The kick drum module sounded very flabby and I couldnt tighten it up to have more pop. The ride bell also was very finicky and didnt work most of the time (common complaint I read and knew about already). Also, there is no mid way on the hi hat. Its fully open or fully closed. Another big disappointment. I guess I am a bit biased as I came from Roland and quickly went back to Roland.

If you are just starting out and want a "big" kit, then this is for you. Also I would pair it with drum software like Superior or EZDrummer if you are going to buy it but you cant download samples through the MIDI so you have to have it plugged into a computer the whole time.

I gave it a 3 out of 5 because the setup was easy, the pads were nice, the cymbals were decent, and it was very responsive. That control module has got to go though!

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(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

One of the best e-kits!

By Ether

from undisclosed

About Me Experienced

See all my reviews

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Great Sound
  • Mesh padding
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Accompaniment
    • Practice
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Alesis Crimson II 5-Piece Electronic Drum Kit:

    In my opinion, this kit is just like the Roland TD series kits just at a lower price! The mesh heads feel great to play on and the setup was super simple. There are lots of options when you want to change your sound. Highly recommend this kit!

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I'm a beginner to intermediate drummer and this set rocks

    By Pacwind3

    from Vancouver, WA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Great Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Alesis Crimson II 5-Piece Electronic Drum Kit:

        I've been playing on my legs for over 30 years. I've owned two accoustic sets, but couldn't play much due to being in rentals. I've owned my home for over three years, but still didn't want to blast out everyone in the house. I can keep a beat well, and really just need to learn fills. So after a bit of research I settled on this set. I am not disappointed. I had a little issue with the module reading USB drives, but Alesis was quick to send a free replacement; no grips there. The set plays very well for my needs. I like the variety of sounds available through the module, and you can add any you find online, so it's pretty much limitless. The set looks outstanding and plays great. I am a seriously happy customer.

        (5 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        The Module is cheap, typical e-cymbals. Nothing special.

        By Former customer !

        from North Houston TX

        Comments about Alesis Crimson II 5-Piece Electronic Drum Kit:

        Its got good feel to it, for mesh heads. They're not soft and squishy or rubbery and bouncy.They have a fairly realistic feel to them. The cymbals aren't that great. Ie; The 16 inch ride is supposed to be three zone however you get the same sound across all three zones that' s a fail. The bell is very unresponsive. The output jacks are flimsy and wont hold up to a heavy 1/4 in cable put into an little 1/8 in jack for long especially of you use an adapter on the 1/4 cable input. Most of the sounds in the module are junk out of 120 or so I personally only found 5 that were worth really using but I'm mostly a traditional Rock/Jazz style drummer too. So as an practice or beginner set I suppose its okay or if you need to play silently using headphones its better than nothing and I guess that's the rub with this kit.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        WHAT AN AWESOME DRUM KIT BETTER THAN ADVERTISED

        By RADARLOVE

        from WEBSTER,TX

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • EASY TO CUSTOMIZE
        • ELECTRONIC DRUMS FOR DUMMIES
        • Great Sound
        • Huge Tone
        • Responsive
        • Sensitive
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Accompaniment
          • BIG VENUES, YOU NAME IT
          • Jazz Clubs
          • Small Venues
          • Soundtracks

          Comments about Alesis Crimson II 5-Piece Electronic Drum Kit:

          I'M A RETIRED PRO, AND I WOULD HAVE REPLACED MY ACOUSTIC
          GRETCH KIT W/ THIS WHEN I WAS STILL A WEEKEND WARRIOR.
          I'M 60 BEEN PLAYING FOR 43+ YRS. THE CONTROL BRAIN IS PHENOMENAL,
          EASY TO USE, SET UP, AND PLAY. THE PROS @ GC WERE DEAD ON ABOUT THIS KIT &
          EXTREMELY HELPFUL.

          Service and delivery comments:

          GC ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Kit for the price

          By Val

          from Memphis, TN

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Great Sound
          • Huge Tone
          • Responsive
          • Sensitive
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Recording

            Comments about Alesis Crimson II 5-Piece Electronic Drum Kit:

            I read the reviews on this kit and have found some of them to be applicable. After having this kit for almost one month, it's still new and I couldn't imagine anything breaking. Remember this is not an acoustic kit. You do not have to impale your drum heads and cymbals to get sound. If you are breaking this kit, you are
            probably playing too hard. The cymbals actually do have three designated strike locations that can each be customized with different sounds. The ride bell does seem to be slightly inconsistent but it's different from one ride cymbal to another. Some rides are easy to produce the bell note, some aren't but i think it's more that I'm not striking the bell. Otherwise, I couldn't be more impressed with this purchase. If you are a heavy striker, buy an acoustic kit!!!

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great for the price

            By Paul

            from undisclosed

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Alesis Crimson II 5-Piece Electronic Drum Kit:

            For the money this is a great set. I have found the sounds from most drum modules to be rather uninspiring, and this one is no different. The sounds are ok, but not great. Pair this set with EZDrummer though, and it totally comes to life. Well worth the extra $150 for the software (though you'll also need a halfway decent laptop or pc to run it on). I like the mesh heads on this set. They're a little on the bouncy side compared to an acoustic set, but they're really easy to play and you can adjust the tension to suit your personal tastes. The plastic rim covers on the drums are a bit of a pain as they get in the way of the tuning screws. I'll probably shave a little off of the covers with a dremel to remedy this. Hardware is ok. Snare stand is supplied with the kit. It's good enough for the job - double braced, not heavy duty but certainly not a cheapo stand. The rack will do the job for home use and is quite sturdy once set up, but I wouldn't try touring with it. I think once you'd taken it down and set it back up a couple dozen times the brackets would likely be toast. Apparently some people have had issues with the cymbals intermittently not triggering. I have not had such issues with mine, they all play as they should. The bell on the ride takes a bit of getting used to but it works (it's a little different than playing a bell on a regular cymbal). These cymbals are ok but don't expect them to last forever. I'll be replacing them with something a little better as and when they die. Overall this thing is pretty good for an electronic kit in the $1000 range. If you're looking for a practice kit that won't annoy the neighbors this thing is great. If you want something that plays good and sounds awesome get this thing and use it with EZDrummer 2. If you're planning on gigging with it I'd suggest you check out Roland or Yamaha stuff instead as the hardware is going to be better quality, but it's also going to be more expensive.

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Amazing E-set. Very good deal for a reasonable price

            By O'doyle rules

            from Brandenburg, Kentucky

            About Me Novice

            Pros

            • Amazing mesh heads
            • Easy set up
            • Great for practicing without disturbing people
            • Great Sound
            • Is easily one of the best looking E-kits around
            • Non-stop fun
            • Responsive
            • Sensitive
            • Very sturdy. Will take a beating!!

            Cons

            • Average E- cymbals.
            • Does not come with a kick pedal, throne, or amp.
            • Even though its quiet you still might annoy ppl
            • No hi-hat on its own stand with pedal.
            • Ride bell doesn't always register
            • Supposed to be 3zone ride but I only hear 2zones

            Best Uses

            • Constantly use this set 4 lots of practice!!!!!!
            • Perfect 4 begginers and intermediate players.
            • Perfect 4 practicing without annoying ppl near U
            • School Bands
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Alesis Crimson II 5-Piece Electronic Drum Kit:

            I've always wanted a drum set so I decided to start saving and checking out all my drum set options. I live in a condo with neighbors all around so an acoustic set was not going to be possible☹ after looking at most of the E-sets at guitar center and reading a lot of different reviews I decided to go with the Crimson II.
            I started setting it up when I got home and the set up was not difficult at all. It does take about an hour though. As soon as I turned it on and started playing I instantly knew that this purchase was worth every penny I saved to get it lol. The mesh heads are amazing and give a very realistic feel to an acoustic set. They are perfectly sensitive and very responsive. This E-set was also made to take a beating and in my opinion it looks way better then all the other E-kits that are more expensive. The built in module has many different kits for you to play on. Some are weird and don't sound good but there are quite a few good sounding ones.
            The only negative thing I can say about this set is that the cymbals are not terrible but I feel that they could be better. Also the ride is supposed to be 3zone but I only hear 2. Also the ride bell only registers a hit about 60% of the time. I also wish the hi-hat was on its own stand with pedal. The one thing that irritated me the most was that it didn't come with any kick pedals but I'm pretty sure most don't.
            If you are a beginner or intermediate drummer that's trying to get a good E-set for a reasonable price to help you practice I promise that the Crimson II won't disappoint.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Very Satisified for the money!

            By JNick

            from Ada, OK

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Great Sound
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Kick is Unstable

            Best Uses

            • Home Practice
            • Intermediate Level Drummers
            • School Bands
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Alesis Crimson II 5-Piece Electronic Drum Kit:

            I love the mesh heads on this kit! They are responsive and provide the acoustic feel that I was looking for. I like the size and the versatility of each tom. I was easily able to change the setup and make it my own. I enjoy the play along songs that are pre-loaded onto the module. They are a great practice tool. The rack is very sturdy and well made.

            The things I don't like:
            1. Hi-Hats are not very sensitive.
            2. Kick drum pad is not very sturdy. It won't fall over, but it will not stay in one place. it moves everywhere. (I have it on carpet with the velcro and spikes extended out.)
            3. The Bell zone on the ride is very tiny. (I guess this will increase your accuracy.)

            Just a personal gripe here, it doesn't come with a Kick Pedal. Yes it comes with one extra cymbal, 4 extra kits on the module, and some extra sounds; however, there are much cheaper kits that come with a kick.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great kit when used with drum software, few cons

            By Emmanuel

            from undisclosed

            See all my reviews

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Alesis Crimson II 5-Piece Electronic Drum Kit:

            I bought the Alesis over the Roland td-11k, and overall I would say I am satisfied, the sounds on the module arent the best but I bought it to use with EZdrummer and other programs so it responds perfectly, the hi-hat needed a little adjusting and that was it, my only negative comment is the 3-zone ride is not very responsive, hitting the bell is difficult and doesnt produce the sound every time, but it is not much of an issue for me since I dont play the bell anyways, the kit takes up a decent amount of space, but it does a good job of being adjustable to height, it is NOT a play right out of the box kit (atleast for me it wasnt), it took an hour or two to program the settings and sounds, and little while to get the height and pads in the right place, but so far it has been great, I will update this if I can if I ever get a problem :)

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I would buy and recommend it again to all my friends

            By Jr

            from Elkgrove Ca

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Great Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Accompaniment
              • Jazz Clubs
              • Soundtracks

              Comments about Alesis Crimson II 5-Piece Electronic Drum Kit:

              A lot of those high end and expensive E Drums arround" but if you try on this kit at the GC store, you'll be amazed playing with the setup" from toms with mesh heads, 2 to 3 zone cymbals, drum module loaded with WAV files of play along with, with USB memory input, and chrome hardware. All is there at my own openion" The best!

              (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Durability may be an issue

              By Drummerof64

              from Mobile, AL

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

                Cons

                • Poorly Made

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Alesis Crimson II 5-Piece Electronic Drum Kit:

                  I've had this kit for 3 weeks and the bass pad is already failing to trigger consistently. Mesh heads are showing wear already. I don't think this kit would last 6 months with regular use.

                  (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Good kit as far as setup and feel but the sounds are awful

                  By NtheDrummer

                  from Atlanta, Georgia

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Pros

                  • Responsive
                  • Sensitive
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                  • Flat Sound

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Alesis Crimson II 5-Piece Electronic Drum Kit:

                    I had this kit and I did like the feel and setup. The large snare was nice and the big cymbals, ride, and hi hat were good to. It had a nice feel all around like a bigger acoustic kit. However, the module was very weak. The stock sounds were terrible. Even after hours of tweaking, I could not get it to sound right. The cymbal swells did not work at all. it seems everytime I hit the cymbal and tried to dynamically build a swell it just kept playing the sample cymbal sample over and over with no build up.

                    The kick drum module sounded very flabby and I couldnt tighten it up to have more pop. The ride bell also was very finicky and didnt work most of the time (common complaint I read and knew about already). Also, there is no mid way on the hi hat. Its fully open or fully closed. Another big disappointment. I guess I am a bit biased as I came from Roland and quickly went back to Roland.

                    If you are just starting out and want a "big" kit, then this is for you. Also I would pair it with drum software like Superior or EZDrummer if you are going to buy it but you cant download samples through the MIDI so you have to have it plugged into a computer the whole time.

                    I gave it a 3 out of 5 because the setup was easy, the pads were nice, the cymbals were decent, and it was very responsive. That control module has got to go though!

                    (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    2.0

                    Looks good on paper, but hardware is very cheap.

                    By omac

                    from Columbus, Indiana

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                    • Poorly Made

                    Best Uses

                    • School Bands

                    Comments about Alesis Crimson II 5-Piece Electronic Drum Kit:

                    Rubber rim around the snare busted open in less than a week.
                    can't fit drum key around lug nuts without bending the lugnut.
                    cant mount brain because threads were stripped on the inside of the brain.
                    If your not a serious drummer, this kits perfect for the price, sound, versatility.
                    I would not recommend this to anyone looking to take drumming seriously.
                    Needless to say I will be returning my product.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Great gear for the price point

                    By Gnater

                    from Knoxville, TN

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Great Sound
                    • Responsive

                    Cons

                    • Ride cymbal triggers

                    Best Uses

                    • "Silent" practice

                    Comments about Alesis Crimson II 5-Piece Electronic Drum Kit:

                    I've only had this for a month. It was bought to use for practice without noise complaints or driving the wife crazy. The feel of the heads and hardware quality exceeded my expectations. I haven't tried adding additional samples (China cymbal for example) but so far am very pleased. Will be adding another splash soon. Drawbacks: As mentioned before, the "3" zone ride is really 1.5 zone, with bell triggers working about 75% of the time. I will need to play with the module settings on that one. Minor issue, the cords for everything farthest away from the module could be 4" longer to accommodate flexibility in setup.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Good Kit for the price

                    By Mike

                    from Columbus, OH

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Great Sound
                    • Responsive
                    • Sensitive

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Small Venues

                      Comments about Alesis Crimson II 5-Piece Electronic Drum Kit:

                      I have had this for about 48 hours and after playing around with the settings on each individual drum I have gotten everything set up. Out of the box the biggest difference from the Alesis to Roland is the "ready to play" aspect. My previous Roland was essentially ready to play out of the box, where as this Alesis required some dialing in to get everything right. Overall through it seems to be well worth the price. Cymbals sound great in my opinion and the feel of the pads is excellent.

                       
                      4.0

                      Received it for Christmas 2017. Love it.

                      By Old Drummer

                      from Atlanta

                      About Me Experienced

                      Pros

                      • Great Sound
                      • Huge Tone
                      • Responsive
                      • Sensitive
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Accompaniment
                        • Small Venues

                        Comments about Alesis Crimson II 5-Piece Electronic Drum Kit:

                        After 30 years of not playing these are used to sit at home and play along with songs. I love it for this and am 100% satisfied. They would be great for a venue connected to a decent amp. Lots of settings to learn, but allows you to play any cover song the way it was intended to sound.

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