The Alesis Strike Pro has the ability to record drums via Midi Out, Stereo outputs, and via 8 individual outputs (kick, snare, hi-hat, ride, toms (stereo pair), and cymbals (stereo pair). Recording with 3-Drums has advantages:
- no need to worry about mic-bleed
- much easier editing process
- more flexibility over drum sounds
- no need to worry about having ‘a good room’
- perfect for a home studio
Of course the drawback are that some people don’t think “it’s real” or sounds as good as acoustic drums. Given music today, I’d argue most people couldn’t tell the difference anyway, much in the same way most people can’t tell the difference between a mic’d guitar amp and using amp sims.
Here’s how to record the Alesis Strike Pro drums using all 3 options for maximum flexibility:
Alesis Strike Pro, firmware 1.4, custom kit (download here)
Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 (Gen 2) – for 8 individual outputs
Steinberg UR22 MKII – for stereo pair outputs
- create an aggregate device (other folder, Audio Midi Setup)
2. Map your I/Os in your DAW ( for Logic Pro X, go to Mix -> I/O Labels)
3. Setup your tracks
4. Arm the tracks for recording
5. Hit record, and Bob’s your uncle!