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Alesis DM10 Drum Module   

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The realistic sound, wide dynamic range, and accurate tracking of the Alesis DM10 Drum Module make it a top choice among electronic drum sets. The Al...Read More

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Superb sounds, with unlimited potential for expansion via USB.

The realistic sound, wide dynamic range, and accurate tracking of the Alesis DM10 Drum Module make it a top choice among electronic drum sets. The Alesis sound library has sounds built from uncompressed samples of studio drummers. Instead of just programmed sounds, there are true drum, cymbal, and percussion sounds. Included are studio drummer' favorite snares and drum sounds from legendary bands. A multitude of cymbal sounds from American to Chinese to Turkish are also available to create whatever drum kit combination you desire. The Alesis exclusive Dynamic Articulation places this drum module on an entirely other level. This system allows for the timbre and tone of a drum' sound to be affected in addition to its volume. Depending on how hard a drum is hit, the timbre is varied to reflect a realistic performance. This drum module features 12 trigger inputs for an enormous possibility of configurations. It has input for CDs or MP3s so you can play along with your favorite songs. There is also USB connectivity to link directly to your computer so you can constantly incorporate the latest contemporary sounds and tracks. The trigger to MIDI interface allows this system to work with software such as BFD, Toontrack, and Reason. For quiet practice, use the headphone output with its own volume knob. Control all components of your DM10 with a top-panel mixer. The DM10 Drum Module also features 2 stereo pairs of ¼ outputs so separate sounds can be sent to the house and to the monitor. For example, send the metronome or loop to the monitor but leave it out of the audience mix. For a realistic, natural sound with a plentitude of variations, the Alesis DM10 Drum Module is among the finest options available.

FEATURES
  • 12 trigger inputs
  • Top-panel mixer for balancing drums, cymbals, and accompaniment levels
  • Compatible with most electronic drum pads, cymbals, triggers, and controllers
  • Premium instrument library multi-sampled from real drums and cymbals
  • Dynamic Articulation changes sound's character with dynamic variation
  • Load sound sets and control software drum modules via USB
  • Play along with tracks and record yourself with the sequencer
  • Mix input for practicing with CD and MP3 players
  • Mountable on stands or racks with E-Percussion Module Mount, sold separately
  • Includes:
  • DM10 drum module
  • Power supply
SPECIFICATIONS

DM10 Drum Module

  • Playback
    Polyphony: 64 voices
    Memory: 128MB, linear

    Audio and Trigger I/O
    Audio inputs: stereo (2 RCA)
    Trigger inputs: 12 - 1/4" TRS
    Hi-hat controller input: continuous compatible (1 - 1/4")
    MIDI: In, Out (2 DIN MIDI)
    Audio outputs: stereo Main (2 - 1/4" balanced), stereo Aux assignable (2 - 1/4" balanced)
    Headphone output: stereo (1 - 1/4" TRS)
    Computer: High-speed USB for MIDI and computer transfer (1 USB slave)

    Sound Set and Sequences
    Preset sounds: 1,047
    Preset sound type: 16-bit uncompressed samples
    Preset kits: 100 (all kits can be overwritten)
    Sequencer patterns: 75 preset, 25 user (all patterns can be overwritten)

    Sound Types
    Basses: 55
    Beatbox: 55
    Beat/drum machine: 59
    Chinas: 13
    Crashes: 36
    Hi-hats: 25
    One-hits: 349
    Kicks: 91
    Percussion: 151
    Rides: 28
    SFX: 31
    Snares: 85
    Toms: 69
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AlesisDM10 Drum Module
 
4.0

(based on 7 reviews)

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60%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (3)
  • Functional (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (3)
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2.0

has gremlins

By george

from P.A.

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Low Price

Cons

  • Poor Quality
  • Unreliable

Best Uses

  • Practicing

Comments about Alesis DM10 Drum Module:

Stopped working after warranty expired, Sent module to N.J. approved repair facility and they lost my power supply, sent me one that fits something else, Still wasn't 100 % now fixing again (high Hat)
Needs to be better to compare with Roland-

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4.0

can be useful

By brewster

from ky

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality

Cons

  • Very Mechanical

Best Uses

  • Practicing

Comments about Alesis DM10 Drum Module:

I have this module along with the alesis dm10 studio electric drum kit. All of this is very good for practicing, but the module sounds are very mechanical and sound extremely unrealistic. I would never play live with the internal sounds of this module, ever. I do like it alot for practicing tho because everything is really punchy and cuts through songs when you play along. You can easily pair this module with something like superior drummer to get a good drum sound, or pads and midi a bass drop or what ever easily with this.

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2.0

Go with Roland or Yamaha instead unless

By Rev

from New York City

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Decent Features For Price
  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Inexpensive

Cons

  • False Promises
  • No Updates
  • Poor Sounds
  • Very Loud

Best Uses

    Comments about Alesis DM10 Drum Module:

    I've had the DM10 Pro kit for a few years now. Having come from a Roland kit that I foolishly sold I was looking for something inexpensive to replace it. The DM10 kit does the job but has many setbacks that a buyer should be aware of. I say this because I figure most want a one time buy and be done with it. The DM10 makes promises and fails to deliver. Sound expansions?? There is only *ONE*, that's it in all these years. They promised BFD and Toontrack expansions and it never happened. It only has 128megs of memory anyway! They also never update their firmware, hasn't been a new update all the years I've owned the kit and on my kit I can't trigger two different sounds (bow/edge) on cymbals. The problem was confirmed by an Alesis tech that tested on their house kit. But no fix yet!!

    The rubber rings on the pads rim wear down lighting fast as it's soft rubber, not like Roland's indestructible rubber. The pads are very loud to hit and the RealTrigger cymbals even louder - disturbs everyone in the house. The rack however is very nice and sturdy but it would be nice to have rubber lining in the clamps to prevent the oh so common slippage of plastic gripping smooth chrome - again was never a problem on the Roland kit. Lastly, while some internal sounds are good there are very few that are good enough to consider usable. This unit is best for controlling VST drum modules like Superior Drummer. For that it works very well, but is still very loud.

    Overall if I could do it again I would even prefer a Roland rubber pad kit.

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    5.0

    Incredible value w/o paying for a name..

    By Badboy Studios, Inc.

    from NYC

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Functional
    • Good Quality
    • Great Sounding
    • Incredible Value
    • Upgradeable

    Cons

    • Gray Plastic Not My Fav
    • No Room Acoustics Control

    Best Uses

    • Concerts
    • Practicing
    • Studio

    Comments about Alesis DM10 Drum Module:

    I have owned pretty much every drum module on the market, including the Roland TD-20. All of them had pluses and minuses that you have to work around. With samples that ranged from just okay to amazing. The Alesis DM 10 basically takes what was offered in the TD 20 and expands on it in unlimited ways.

    One, USB. Quick connection to any computer, which also allows for upgrades and add-ons to the unit itself. Not to mention quick midi.

    Two, Unlimited samples. The unit can be loaded with both first party and third-party samples from some of the biggest companies known to the drum market. Companies such as: BFD and Toontrack. Samples that sound as good as or better than any sample in the Roland TD 20. Which can only be expanded with other drums sampled by Roland itself. The thousand plus sounds in the unit off-the-shelf, are very well done and sound as good as any acoustic or electric drum out there.

    Three, 12 TRS ins that can be expanded to 24 by using a splitter on each of the inputs. Therefore by connecting 24 pads, you can have 24 different sounds assigned to 24 different pads... Or you can just use the inputs as they were intended by connecting 12 pads, each with multi zone recognition. For me, this configuration was absolutely necessary in my studio. Allowing musicians the flexibility of having every drum sound they could ever need, right in front of them, assigned to each of my 24 pads. Imagine having three different 8 piece drum sets playing through one unit at the same time, You can do it with the DM10.

    Four, Uncompressed samples. Which means full dynamic range without compromise.

    So then, you ask what doesn't this unit do that the TD 20 does? You cannot change the drum size or the room size and shape. You can choose different drum sizes in the menu system, but you can't change the size for each drum manually. The room size and shape isn't all that important to most people, so it really is an unnecessary feature even in the TD 20. Other than them two features, there isn't anything that this can't do that the TD20 can.

    Five, price. The TD20 can be had for around a grand on eBay. The TD30 will cost 2x that. With this unit offering more functionality than those units... it's hard to pay for the name. Sure, there are things that you can do with that unit that this cant do. There are things you can do with this unit that the TD20/30 cant do. Though it's not $1200 or more worth of functionality. It is settings that arent all that important in the real world to most people. Settings that can be replicated off board cheap.

    Six, a great onboard sequencer that allows for uncompromised control over your recordings. Simply record your live playing, go back and fix any offkilter beats in the on-board editor... Then record your masterpiece directly to your DAW... or simply drag-and-drop from/to your computer.

    Overall, I recommend this unit over the TD 20 and TD 30. The ability to load and save sounds from third-party manufacturers allows for an endless supply of drum sets from some of the greatest drum manufacturers around the world in uncompressed, uncompromised quality. What you save in money, could be used for extra drum pads or other studio equipment.

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    5.0

    Wow

    By Mike-Pt6ej

    from Los Angeles

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    Comments about Alesis DM10 Drum Module:

    Three in 9 month period.
    First DM10 module malfunctioned (new; out-of-box).
    Second (new; replacement) died within 9 months.
    Third (new DM10X module) malfunctioned (with-in two days (at least that's when I noticed).

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    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Alesis Rules!

    Comments about Alesis DM10 Drum Module:

    I thought making the transition to electronics would be difficult, I have been a purist for 40+ years. I own several kits and wanted a module with enough inputs that could handle a variety of different scenarios without a lot of re-programming on the fly and the DM10 fit the bill perfectly. I use either a five piece or a nine piece kit depending on venue with acoustic cymbals. Plenty of inputs and with the ability to custom create 200 different kits this is the module to own. It took a while to figure out the layered programming but once you grasp it you can create virtually any sound you desire. Upgrading and adding additional sounds is a piece of cake. Being sort of a "newbie" to triggering I was very tempted to purchase a lower priced unit to test the waters with but I'm glad I didn't. I have tried this unit with several different brands of triggers without a problem. This module will deliver the sound quality and has the options of units costing two and three times as much... definitely worth it!

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    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Nice Job Alesis

    By SignalTrip

    from Grand Rapids, MI

    Comments about Alesis DM10 Drum Module:

    I just recently purchased this module as an upgrade to my Roland TD-4. Out of the box I am quite impressed. The sounds are excellent and the roland triggers work well. I was really looking for a module that had more than 8 trigger inputs and this one delivers.

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