Most Alesis drum kits are supported by Melodics. Check our supported devices list to see if yours is there. Our supported devices will work in their default settings, and only when connected using a USB cable. USB — MIDI interfaces may work for you, but will negate the default mappings built into Melodics and you will need to use a manual mapping.
We recommend using a USB cable and default mappings where possible!
If your kit doesn’t have a USB connection, check out the Manual Mapping instructions below.
If Melodics doesn’t automatically recognise your drum kit then you may need to manually map the kit:
If you’re using a MIDI — USB interface, make sure you have any necessary drivers installed. Check the manufacturer’s website for this.
Alesis kits have GM (General MIDI) and LOC (Local) controls under the MIDI settings. You will want to make sure that GM is set to ON and LOC is set to OFF. This will ensure your kit strictly sends out GM values (GM on), and that the notes aren’t triggering the internal sound generator (LOC off). You’ll also want to make sure your kit is sending MIDI on channel 10.
If some drums aren’t working, try resetting your module to factory settings. (Check your manual on how to do this.)
This may be an issue with what pedal your kit is expecting to use. You will need to change the hi-hat pedal settings to match the pedal that you physically have connected.
If the open hi-hat is working but the closed hi-hat isn’t, you can check what notes are being sent out by your kit using the following MIDI software:
Take note of which notes are being sent for which drum(s), then get in touch with us and we can get this working for you.
Free to download, play 60 free lessons for 5 performance minutes a day to start building your rhythm, timing, and muscle memory immediately.
Then subscribe for unlimited access to premium lessons, including exclusive lessons from acclaimed artists.
Lesson title here
You can play it with your computer keyboard, but it is a much better experience with access to a MIDI keyboard, pad controller, or MIDI drum kit.
These MIDI devices are connected: