I was watching Justin's (65 Drums) comparison of the Alesis Strike Pro SE and the Roland TD27KV (https://youtu.be/0Qolic4Kz0w
) as I specifically visited the Alesis and Roland booths at NAMM this year to play their new e-kits.
I compared the strike Pro with the VAD306 since they are the same price point ($2,499) and I am after a kit with bigger drums (not pads) and an acoustic kit look.
I pretty much had the same experience that he did:Alesis Strike Pro SE:pros:
felt like sitting behind an acoustic kit
real drum sizes
good sounds (better IMO, but that's subjective)
mesh heads felt great (upgraded from original strike pro)
updated HH (like Roland's now)
value - you get more for the moneycons:
rubber cymbalsRoland VAD306:pros:
traditional hardware set-up
more editing options
USB audio interfacecons:
sounds (again, subjective, but to me they sound kind of "linear" or compressed)
bouncy mesh headsConclusion:
After playing both, I prefer the Alesis kit. It felt better to play, the rack gave it a solid base, heads felt better, sounds are great. The Roland kit felt a little small and still "electronic". The sounds were less inspiring to me, although if you like to tweak, there are more options to edit and come up with your own kits. I've owned both Alesis drum machines and modules as well as Roland drum modules. They sound... different. Depends on what you like.
I will say that no matter the kit, I HATE RUBBER CYMBALS!!! If (ok, when) I buy a new e-kit, I'll be using my acoustic cymbals with it. I have a set of L80 low volume cymbals for practicing and a full set for recording/gigging.
My ideal kit would be the Alesis Strike Pro SE with my acoustic cymbals.