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kick drum for Alesis Surge mesh

How do I get the kick drum to sound louder. Everything else sounds good .Kick drum is too low. Volume is set on max. Everything works well on the surge except the kick drum.
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  • Hi John,

    Thanks for posting. Sorry you're having issues with your Surge Mesh Kit. 

    Make sure that the cabling is seated properly to ensure that your triggers are all properly and fully-connected. You may also need to adjust the sensitivity and/or threshold settings within your module:

    1) Hit the pad whose settings you want to adjust, or press its corresponding Pad Select button. 
    2) Press Utility, then press Page/Select until the desired setting appears in the display. Sensitivity will be indicated by SEN and threshold by THR.
    3) Use the < and > buttons to adjust the value.  

    Don't forget to save your settings!
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  • I'm having the same trouble here. Everything is sounding great when I press the buttons on the module, and almost every drum/cymbal sounds the same as the corresponding button press (if struck firmly enough). Except the kick drum. Pressing the button produces a good loud sound, but no matter how hard I stomp the pedal I can't seem to re-create that. Close, maybe to 70%, but not 100%. I've adjust the sensitivity right up and the threshold to 0, still can't get it there.

    I'm a bit worried there's no detailed instructions on how to set up the parts of the kick drum, so maybe I've gotten it wrong (I am completely new to drumming). I assume the soft white pad on the striker faces the drum face? How should the kick pedal be attached to the drum? There's a notch on the clamp that grabs when you screw down, but the ridge on the front of the drum attachment won't reach into the notch, so I assume it's not meant to clamp that way? Would love some more info, ta. I've attached some photos so you can see how I've connected it up.
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  • Ok, after much googling I found some info that I shouldn't use the felt beater on a mesh head, so I've turned it around. It doesn't seem to make any difference to the sound though, I still can't quite seem to get the same volume or oomph from beating the kick drum as I can from the button on the module.

    And by the way, why wouldn't you tell people in the instruction manual NOT to use felt on mesh kick?
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    • It looks like this is set up properly, based on what I can see in the images. However, based on the symptoms that you've described, it sounds like you may need to replace that particular pad. If you're located in the US, you can contact our Parts team by calling 401-658-3131 Ext. 1407. If you're located outside of the US, please get in touch with your international distributor by visiting www.alesis.com/dealers.
    • I had the exact problems. Instructions should be more detailed for the kick set up. I’m still not sure how to clamp the paddle to the kick drum. Seems the clamp should go past the bump then close it down. But it stops on top like your picture. Which ends up coming loose.
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  • I was having the same problem and decided to take matters into my own hands and open up the kick to see if there was a problem with the sensor. I plugged it in to an amplifier and lightly tapped it and it was very responsive. After taking the mesh head off I noticed that the sensor was two to three inches from where the beater would actually hit. The dampening foam seems to cancel out all of the kick. When I'm playing it shows that I'm making contact by lighting up the module but no sound comes out. When I plug the cable into a different drum, everything works as expected.

    I've attached a photo showing what the inside of my kick looks like. If this is incorrect and you could show me what it's supposed to look like, that would be greatly appreciated. I would love to play these new drums.

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  • I had the same problem. I moved the batter down and now it works fine
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  • i did the same lowered the beater so that it hits the sensor directly. Is anyone having an issue when you kick and the beater bounces back and you get an annoying double beat; i turned the beater back to the felt side which helpled; is it possible to loosen the mesh so there is less rebound on the bass? if so do you tighten or loosen the bolts around the head. thanks
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  • I would flip the beater back, though. It's rumored to shred the mesh. Something about opposing materials and whatnot.
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  • yeah thanks i will if i can get the mesh loose enough to prevent the ghosting of the beater.
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  • Hi,

    I have recently bought a Surge Mesh kit and the assembly instructions on the website appear to show the kick pedal beater with the white felt side towards the drum head but reading here people are suggesting that you should use the black harder side. Can someone from Alesis confirm which way it should be as I don't want to accidentally damage my new drum head.

    Thanks.
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  • Use the hard, black side. Alesis says that the felt hits the mesh and they both wear each other out. They told me this on the phone and also in videos online.
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  • Thanks for the reply.

    Alesis need to update their assembly instructions for the Surge Mesh. I checked the more expensive mesh kit instructions and they do indeed say use the hard side - eg Strike and Crimson II Mesh.
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