Alesis CompactKit 4 Review

The Alesis CompactKit 4 is a table top style drum kit set which can be a great starter kit for an aspiring rock star, regardless of their age and skill level. The 4 pads deliver 80 effect and percussion sounds for a natural and realistic feel and response.

There is an interactive game and coach mode which lets you tinker around to get you familiar with basic drum style and patterns. Even if this is your very first time, the visual feedback from the LCD monitor will guide you to get the fundamentals of the kit so you can play along with dozens of built in songs and music. I think this a great feature which makes this kit truly unique and versatile from the other drum kits.

You can adjust the tempo of the Alesis CompactKit 4 drum kit to change the difficulty levels as well to test yourself as you become accustomed with the drum kit. The speakers and headphones give you opportunity to play both in public and private, making it versatile.

Alesis CompactKit 4 Review

Now I will talk about some of the aspects of the Alesis CompactKit 4 drum kit in detail so that you can get a firsthand experience of using this electronic drum kit set.

Built-in Game Feature

The built-in game feature brings an additional measure of fun to the experience of learning how to play to make your practice sessions more interactive and enjoyable. I personally love this feature of the Alesis CompacKit 4 drum kit and I don’t know of any other drum kits which have this special feature. I think this feature makes the drum kit one of a kind and it also makes me like this kit more.

Your Very Own Music Teacher

It doesn’t matter that you can’t afford the money or find the time for actual lessons. With the Alesis CompactKit 4 drum kit you can easily get the practice you need from a music teacher with its built in coach feature. The coach feature shows notes on the LCD monitor and teaches the user how to play along with the built in sounds and songs.

Great Selection of Sounds

Speaking of a music teacher, the Alesis CompactKit 4 drum kit is equipped with dozens of built in songs and rhythms, so that any young and person of any age can start playing along with the music right away and get better at their drumming skills.

Sensitive Drum Pads

There are four velocity sensitive drum pads on the table top of the Alesis CompactKit 4 drum kit. The sensitive drum pads deliver realistic and natural drum sounds with the response and feel of real acoustic drum sets.

Comes with Drumsticks

You are ready to start drumming right out of the box, no need to stop for drum sticks because some are already included. In fact, the packaging is done in a way so that the aspiring drummer can start jamming away right as they get the kit out of the box, rather than waiting for additional kits and instruments.

Take It with You

You can plug in the Alesis CompactKit 4 on the wall. But while on the go, you can easily take it along with you to play for an audience or for further improvement of your drumming skills as the drum kit runs on 6 C size batteries as well. The table top design makes it compact and portable as well so you can easily store it on the back of a van while travelling. I think this makes the Alesis CompactKit 4 better as a travelling companion than many other competitors’.

Now let us take a look at some of the pros and cons of the Alesis CompactKit 4 drum kit in detail.


  • The Music coach feature is an amazing tool for a beginner.
  • The built in sounds and rhythms are good for practice sessions.
  • The built in game feature is a creative addition which makes the drum kit set unique and versatile from the other drum kits.
  • Lightweight and compact so you can store it away after practice.
  • Runs on both electricity and 6 C size batteries if you want to take it everywhere with you.
  • Includes everything you need on the package so that you can start jamming away as soon as you get it.


  • The volume doesn’t offer ‘quiet’ option, only ‘loud’ and ‘louder’ but that’s what headphones are for.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: Is there any output jack to play into a speaker?

A: Yes, with the headphone output on the kit, you can play it through the speakers or connect it to the interface of an audio interface.

Q: Do the pads have cymbal sounds?

A: Yes, there are real cymbal sounds included on the kit.

Q: Can you hear the drum sounds without using headphones like you do on real drum sets?

A: Yes, there are speakers on the front of the Alesis CompactKit 4 drum kit so you hear the drum sounds without headphones.

Q: Do I need to purchase the cords or are they included in the package?

A: Yes, they are included with the package, no need to purchase anything.

Q: Is there any way to insert a kick foot pedal?

A: Yes, there is an input jack on the back of the drum kit to insert in kick foot pedal.

Final Verdict

I would like to conclude on a positive note that the Alesis CompactKit 4 drum kit can be a great investment for the aspiring drummer as it a complete kit which provides you with professional feel. The option to connect your computer with the kit gives you unlimited options to choose from your favorite performances. I will recommend this kit for beginners as it is an affordable and suitable starter kit for a drummer. I hope this review will come in you aid when you take your decision.


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