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Alesis Introduces Innovative Trigger I/O Percussion Interface Tool

United States
Powerful Interface Redefines Use and Manipulation of Percussion Instruments

Cumberland, RI — December 1, 2006 — Alesis, the world’s leading manufacturer of professional audio equipment and studio electronics for the High-Tech Revolution, is proud to introduce the Trigger I/O percussion interface.

The Trigger I/O uses electronic triggers placed on traditional acoustic percussion sources (such as drum heads or cymbals) or electronic drum pad triggers, and converts them into MIDI note messages. With MIDI and USB 1.1 Plug and Play connectivity and ten inputs, an artist can expand performance options exponentially — playing sounds on synths, drum modules, or even a computer.

As always, Alesis designed the intuitive, cross-platform interface with the user in mind, so set-up is quick and editing is just as easy. “The introduction of the Trigger I/O is another example of our leading the way in the High-Tech Revolution,” says Alesis CEO Jack O’Donnell. “We’re constantly redefining music technology — not only for percussionists, but also for all musicians and producers. Anyone can now effectively incorporate computers, samplers, and synthesizers into their live performances and studio recording sessions, with one powerful tool: the Trigger I/O."

The Trigger I/O’s dual zone inputs select two different surface areas of the percussion instrument. For example, hit the center of the snare and it reproduces flawlessly, and a rim shot still cracks like a rim shot. These zone inputs are fully compatible with acoustic and pad triggers from popular manufacturers (visit www.alesis.com for a complete list).

Whenever a perfect sound combination is found, the Trigger I/O has 20 programmable presets to store and recall settings in an instant. A hi-hat input lets musicians switch effortlessly between on/off and continuous control modes, while the unique up/down footswitch input selects kits remotely, without ever missing a beat.

The Trigger I/O may be muscular, but it’s also quick and responsive, featuring trigger settings that are fully customizable for sensitivity. Users can assign MIDI Channels, Note Numbers, Crosstalk, velocity curve, threshold settings, retrigger times, and pad types. The Trigger I/O even has mounting holes for an optional drum stand, so it’s at home in any environment.

Alesis adds even more digital versatility to the Trigger I/O by bundling it with BFD Lite software, featuring a full range of professional-quality drum libraries. The software’s multi-velocity kits, customizable drum sounds, microphone mixing features and preset grooves bring every artist into a whole new performance realm.

The Trigger I/O: another way that Alesis is leading the way for the High-Tech Revolution.
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