Alesis has long been in the business of creating musical instruments that are both high quality and affordable. This year at the California music convention NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants), Alesis rolled out two brand new electronic drum kits: the Alesis Command Mesh and the Alesis Surge Mesh.

Alesis Surge Mesh Kit | Eight-Piece Electronic Drum Kit with Mesh Heads (10" Snare, 8" Toms, 8"...
  • All mesh drum heads for a QUIET and natural response
  • Dual-zone Technology: play two different sounds on each drum
  • 10" snare drum, (3) 8" Toms, 8" kick drum, and 10" cymbals: hi-hat, Ride w/choke, Crash w/choke
  • 4-Post Chrome rack - super solid and quick to set up
  • Kick drum pedal, connection cables, drum sticks, drum key, and power supply included

The Alesis Surge Mesh is an eight-pad, five-piece electronic kit featuring mesh drum heads that are both quiet and have amazing, natural response. This kit ships with a beautiful four-piece chrome rack. Let’s take a look at some of the features.

What’s In The Box – Alesis Surge Mesh Review

  • All drums feature mesh drum heads for a better, natural feel
  • 10″ dual zone snare drum pad
  • Three 8″ dual zone tom pads
  • 10″ cymbals (3): a ride, hi-hat, and a crash cymbal
  • Auxiliary input for playing along with smart device or MP3 player
  • Surge drum module that includes 40 kits, 60 play-along songs
  • 385 unique sounds
  • Four-piece chrome rack, cables, sticks, drum key, and power source


The Drum Module of the Alesis Surge Mesh

The module itself almost resembles a metronome, like a Dr. Beat. It features a backlit LCD screen with plenty of buttons for customizing kits and changing everything from effects to recording your performance. You can reasign pads and create kits on the fly. There are 40 ready-to-go drum kits right out of the box.

In addition to tons of kits and percussion sounds, the Alesis Surge Mesh comes pre-loaded with sixty play-along tracks for practicing and performing.

My Overall Thoughts on the Alesis Surge Mesh

Now don’t get me wrong. I do like a lot of products that Alesis makes, but I have never been to big on their electronic drum kits. They seem very cheap to me, even when you get into their higher end kits, like the Strike Pro or Command Mesh kits.

Just listen to the kit yourself. You’ll see that it sounds very cheap. I understand this is being played in a loud convention center, but it still lacks the dynamics and subtle velocity sample changes that Roland and others have adopted in recent years.

Our Personal Recommendation Instead of the Alesis Surge Mesh

While the Surge Mesh is a fine electronic drum set for a beginner, we think you should avoid this drum kit if you’re looking for something more professional. We believe the Roland TD-11KV-S or the Roland TD-25KV are both much better options instead of the Alesis drum kit. Now both of these kits are more expensive, but are more worth your dollar in the long run.

Roland TD-11KV Electronic Drum Set Bundle with 3 Pairs of Sticks, Audio Cable, and Austin Bazaar...
  • SuperNATURAL-enhanced sound engine with Behavior Modeling provides an expressive and natural drumming experience, with compact and solid MDS-4V Drum Stand that enables fast setup and flexible positioning of drum components
  • Diverse sound library covers a wide variety of musical genres for performance and practice, and professionally recorded backing songs onboard - ideal for play-along practice and performance
  • Practice features include Quick Record/Quick Play, plus a unique COACH function that helps players of all levels build drumming skills effectively
  • Large LCD and icon-driven user interface for easy operation, and USB function provides direct connectivity to computer applications, as well as data backup and playback of WAV and MP3 audio songs
  • Equipped with mesh-head V-Pads for snare and toms (PDX-8/PDX-6) and dedicated V-Cymbals (CY-13R/CY-12C)

Have you had any experience with the Alesis Surge Mesh? Let us know in the comments below. Do you have another kit you favor over this one?

Posted by Mike Williams

Mike Williams is an accomplished studio/touring drummer and percussionist who has played with many national bands. In addition, he is also a record producer and mix engineer.

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