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Alesis DM10 Studio Drum Kit

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One of the best values in the e-drum market.

The Alesis DM10 Studio Drum Kit is a truly superior 6-piece electronic drum kit. From natural-feeling RealHead drum pads to the extraordinary capabilities of the DM10 drum module, this drum set is part of an elite class. The possibilities are limitless with the Alesis DM10.Alesis DM10 ModuleAlesis DM10s drum module features a wide range of options and outstanding sound quality. Its complete range of true instrument sounds is phenomenally enhanced by the Dynamic Articulation system exclusive to Alesis. With Dynamic Articulation, sounds from different percussion samples at different articulations and dynamics are incorporated so that the way you hit the drums will affect the timbre of the sound, not just the volume. The DM10 also has features like acoustic drum sounds from legendary drum bands and the sounds of American, Canadian, Turkish, or Chinese cymbals. The DM10 drum module is also well-equipped for custom mixing with a top panel mixer. It is the first drum sound module that permits sound to be loaded via USB. It has 12 trigger inputs and is also prepared to play with software drum modules such as Toontrack or BFD. Alesis StageRack The 4-post design of the StageRack is sturdy, reliable, and compact. It has 1-1/2 tubing with flexible clamps and mounts. Instead of relying on a drum key, the StageRack has wing-screws on most clamps for easy, immediate adjustments. Made of slick, black aluminum, this system can easily accommodate additional drums and cymbals.Alesis Real Head Drum Pads These mylar drumheads with triple-flanged counterhoops have the real feel of acoustic drums. In 10 and 8 sizes, they make the adjustment from acoustic drum sets easy and accessible. The tom and snare pads are dual-zone so there is the option to assign sounds such as gongs, wind chimes, and cowbells. Any single or double kick pedal can be used in conjunction with the Real Head Kick Pad including double pedals with the use of a Y-cable.Alesis DMPad Cymbals The included low-noise DMPad cymbals include a hi-hat, a 3-zone ride, and two crash cymbals. The under side of these cymbals has large choke triggers for accuracy and control. The DMPad cymbals are also carefully designed with a rubberized surface which balances out the sound of the sticks on the pad so the desired cymbal sounds are dominant. This complete, professional set from Alesis can be used for the fullest variety of musical genres and makes an excellent studio drum set.

FEATURES
  • DM10 high-definition drum module with 12 trigger inputs and mixer
  • RealHead 10" snare and 4 - 8" toms; dual-zone drum pads with real mylar heads
  • DMPad cymbals: hi-hat, 2 crashes, and triple-zone ride
  • Compact, black aluminum StageRack
  • Premium sound library of uncompressed samples from real drums and cymbals
  • Dynamic Articulation changes sound's timbre along with dynamics for realism
  • Works with iPad via Apple USB Adaptor (sold separately)
  • Sound-set loading and use with software drum modules, both via USB
  • Play along and record yourself with the sequencer
  • Mix input for practicing with CD and MP3 players
  • Includes:
    • 1 DM10 drum module
    • 4 RealHead 8" dual-zone drum pads
    • 1 RealHead 10" dual-zone drum pad
    • 1 RealHead kick pad
    • 1 DMPad 12" hi-hat cymbal
    • 2 DMPad 12" crash cymbals
    • 1 DMPad 14" ride cymbal
    • 1 StageRack with mounting clamps and arms
    • 1 RealHat pedal continuously variable hi-hat control pedal
    • 1 set of interconnection cables
    SPECIFICATIONS
    DM10 module specifications
      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 Studio Drum Kit
       
      4.0

      (based on 45 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

      • 5 Stars

         

        (22)

      • 4 Stars

         

        (14)

      • 3 Stars

         

        (2)

      • 2 Stars

         

        (3)

      • 1 Stars

         

        (4)

      88%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Responsive (6)
      • Great sound (5)
      • Sensitive (5)
      • Versatile (5)
      • Huge tone (4)

      Cons

      • Poorly made (3)

      Best Uses

      • Accompaniment (4)
      • Small venues (4)
      • Soundtracks (4)
      • Jazz clubs (3)
      • School bands (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (4), Professional musician (3)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Good kit for the price

      Great kit. The only issue is you must tweak this thing. When we set it up it took about 1 hour to get the physical hardware in place...and by the way we...Read complete review

      Great kit. The only issue is you must tweak this thing. When we set it up it took about 1 hour to get the physical hardware in place...and by the way we didnt have any problem with the cords reaching the brain or the drums or the cymbals, so I dont know where that is coming from. So the set up was an hour, then getting the drums to play properly was at least 2.5. This is the drawback to this kit. You must set all the levels of every drum which includes the cross talk, the velocity curve, (which I think would solve the one reviewers problem with the cymbals not triggering and the toms not playing at low impact. You REALLY have to tweak this thing to get it to play like it should. The factory settings are no go. The crosstalk between triggers is terrible and yes we had one that was stuck "on" but we just had to go and change it on the trigger edit setting from Piezo to trigger and then it stopped. I can t stress this enough, it CAN be done but you need to tweak the thing until you get it. Once we got it dialed in 2.5 hours later it played great. But be patient.
      Features are not bad, the DM10 module is a bit limited in the sounds from the preselected kits that are available, but not bad. I love that most kits come set with the rims of the toms as other cymbals or sleighbells etc... it gives you a whole other dimention of sound possibility. Once again, this is not a top of the line kit and we just put it together the other day, but it will do its job in a small sanctuary for a Christian school.
      Heads seem good, as do the cymbals. They are plastic heads to emulate real drum heads, which they do pretty well. The only problem is the cage is a little light in the toughness realm. It is light plastic and anyone who really abuses their kit will certainly wipe this thing out sooner rather than later. And you hard hitters out there beware, the heads did well under normal play, but dont look super durable. But it is a cheap kit and seems worth the money.
      Good value. It isnt a Roland, but the other set we have at our church is the Pearl Epro live set and for the money this thing blows it out of the water. The brain is actually almost identical. The E-pro has the "redbox" but if you look at the DM10 and the red box side by side, they are layed out the same and the controls are identical once you get into them. The only difference is the Pearl has a few more kits and sounds to choose from.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Great Drum Kit....but

      Ok, so when I finally got this beauty in just a few days(thank you musiciansfriend.com) I was excited to drum the whole day into the night without stopping....but when I...Read complete review

      Ok, so when I finally got this beauty in just a few days(thank you musiciansfriend.com) I was excited to drum the whole day into the night without stopping....but when I first hit the drum I was expecting more rebound honestly and for it not to be so loud(which was something I was REALLY hoping for as a college student about to live in the dorms). Also, I play mainly metal(in general) so I blast and on top of that I am naturally very heavy handed so my snare drum kept moving so I adjust the tube that supports it occasionally. Ok so those are the little things. Because I am heavy handed I broke a cymbal about a month and a half of regular use but took make about 2 weeks to finally get something rolling on getting my cymbal replaced or fixed and I think my other cymbal might be a little broken too...I will check into that.

      Pros:
      -Great Kit
      -Awesome kits already integrated(Dead snare is my favorite)
      -Good look
      -Easy to hook up

      Cons:
      -Frame looks somewhat like cheap plastic
      -Dancing bass drum(moves side to side when doing 16 notes at a moderate tempo)
      -Cymbals feel cheap and break somewhat easily if you are heavy handed OR you like to rock out crazy when playing it at shows
      -Real Feel...not so much. Save some money for a mesh head conversion. Feels better and quieter
      -Quieter than a acoustic drum set but more annoying

      Conclusion:
      It really is a great kit it does wonders. Alesis makes it fast simple in many ways but in doing so I assume they forgot about those heavy handed drummers so they cymbals will be great for someone else other than us. 3 stars because it did not feel as "real" as they said, bass drum gets annoying, cheap plastic feel to some aspects of this kit BUT it gets the job done nicely.

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      (18 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Good kit for the price

      By MarkRN

      from Central PA

      See all my reviews

      Comments about Alesis DM10 Studio Drum Kit:

      Great kit. The only issue is you must tweak this thing. When we set it up it took about 1 hour to get the physical hardware in place...and by the way we didnt have any problem with the cords reaching the brain or the drums or the cymbals, so I dont know where that is coming from. So the set up was an hour, then getting the drums to play properly was at least 2.5. This is the drawback to this kit. You must set all the levels of every drum which includes the cross talk, the velocity curve, (which I think would solve the one reviewers problem with the cymbals not triggering and the toms not playing at low impact. You REALLY have to tweak this thing to get it to play like it should. The factory settings are no go. The crosstalk between triggers is terrible and yes we had one that was stuck "on" but we just had to go and change it on the trigger edit setting from Piezo to trigger and then it stopped. I can t stress this enough, it CAN be done but you need to tweak the thing until you get it. Once we got it dialed in 2.5 hours later it played great. But be patient.
      Features are not bad, the DM10 module is a bit limited in the sounds from the preselected kits that are available, but not bad. I love that most kits come set with the rims of the toms as other cymbals or sleighbells etc... it gives you a whole other dimention of sound possibility. Once again, this is not a top of the line kit and we just put it together the other day, but it will do its job in a small sanctuary for a Christian school.
      Heads seem good, as do the cymbals. They are plastic heads to emulate real drum heads, which they do pretty well. The only problem is the cage is a little light in the toughness realm. It is light plastic and anyone who really abuses their kit will certainly wipe this thing out sooner rather than later. And you hard hitters out there beware, the heads did well under normal play, but dont look super durable. But it is a cheap kit and seems worth the money.
      Good value. It isnt a Roland, but the other set we have at our church is the Pearl Epro live set and for the money this thing blows it out of the water. The brain is actually almost identical. The E-pro has the "redbox" but if you look at the DM10 and the red box side by side, they are layed out the same and the controls are identical once you get into them. The only difference is the Pearl has a few more kits and sounds to choose from.

      (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Good set, but only once you know how to tweak it.

      By Sarah Sterner

      from Atlanta GA

      Comments about Alesis DM10 Studio Drum Kit:

      Let me make this clear, this is an excellent kit, and in most cases there is absolutely nothing wrong with the hardware out of the box. This kit gets a lot of bad press because of issues with crosstalk, sensitivity and retriggering. I assure you this can all be fixed with just a quick read through the manual. I am an 18 year old girl drummer, and granted I have some drum technology experience, I was able to fix this without any big issues. Granted, this may not be the case for a lot of you just starting out.

      This kit will not play well right out of the box. That's just a fact. It's not because of the quality of anything included, it is only because of the factory settings on the DM10 module. If you are willing to take half an hour to read through the manual, adjust the crosstalk and pad sensitivity, and really just be willing to play around with the settings a little bit, then this kit will be everything you wanted it to be. The only reason this kit gets bad press is because people do not know how, or are not willing to tweak it a little bit. If you take your time and are patient with it, you will be so happy with the outcome! Buy this kit!! It is the best value on the market today.
      The quality of the module and the hardware are both great, again, they just need some adjusting to get along with each other.
      This is simply the best value on the market. You are getting the most drums for the money, and the quality blows other comparably priced 6 piece kits like the SD9K out of the water!

      (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Perfect Sound Every Time

      By Paul Smith

      from St. Louis metro area (southern Illinois)

      See all my reviews

      Comments about Alesis DM10 Studio Drum Kit:

      I bought this Alesis DM10 Studio kit for a couple of reasons; more playing time, and more consistant home recordings. I haven't played my big Tama kit much since I moved to where I live today, seven years ago. I really don't have the space for it here, and the neighbors can hear it regardless of location. It's also difficult to get consitancy in recorded sound when you have to set up and tear down all the time. Electronic drums solved that. I've played this kit every day since I got it, and I'm quite pleased with it. They do not feel like acoustic drums, as you are hitting more than just the mylar heads. However, they are way better than any of the rubber pads I've played. They're not as quiet as rubber, but much quieter than acoustic.

      There is definitely a learning curve, but it can be short. Do your homework online regarding the trigger sensitivity and crosstalk setup (the manual is no help with this). I spent about two days with it - one on my own, then the next after research - and now have two user kits that sound and play exactly as I want them to sound and play. Definitely worth the price, especially at 1/3 the cost of a comparable Roland kit.

      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      DM10 STUDIO DRUM KIT...A GREAT BARGAIN FOR THE PRICE

      By Ralph Taylor

      from Arkansas now

      Comments about Alesis DM10 Studio Drum Kit:

      This is worth the money. You really can't move the set around from the way it shows setup in the pictures, but can still move it enough to be very comfortable. The cords are at set lengths for drum and cymbal assignment and location. Once you have set this up once it becomes a lot easier from then on.
      For what you get at the price, you really can't beat it the DM10. My only complaint if any is the settings. You have to adjust each individual drum on the volume. Some are set louder or softer than the rest. But this kit is like have 5 extra drums or cymbals or percussions or the combination of both!! I have been playing drums for a long, long time..both professionally and for fun. Rock, country, blues and gospel and am totally pleased with this kit. I live in a duplex and my regular set of drums are just too loud. I can put my headphones on and have a blast. The only other complaint I have with this kit is the sensitivity issue of them. What you lay into the drums may not always be what comes out.Accents sometimes come across more subtle, but that maybe more of actually getting in there and fine tuning the settings. I just got this set 2 weeks ago and haven't had the chance to really adjust this set. This set is a lot of fun to play, seriously!! The rim on the 4th tom can be a china cymbal while the head is the lowest tom. The rim on the 3rd tom can be a splash while the head is next to the lowest. The possiblities of this drum set is almost unlimited. I played with some old friends that I use to play in bands a long time ago and hooked this set into the PA system and it wailed!! Everyone was really pleased with the sounds this set made. It is well worth the money, I have played more expensive kits and hey they are great, but again for the money, you really can't beat this set!! its worthy of a professional gig once you adjust it. The frame is made out of PVC, but is nice and sturdy. My verdict, buy it!!! I am almost 50 years old, but can still get after it or can play smooth and groove and this set has been able to fulfill both ends.
      Again, well worth it. It is a PVC frame, but nice and strudy. The only downside is having to tighten the bolts everynow and then. The heads pickup really nicely, It comes with rubber covers for the rims, so you get a nice bounce off of them to be used for extra percussions.
      For the price, you definitely get your money's worth. I got the drums, 2 year warranty and shipping cost all together at a very reasonable price. I haven't played on another set of electronic drums that could come close to the value of this set.

      (8 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      This is a cheap toy...

      By CIIxfVuNe

      from Undisclosed

      See all my reviews

      Comments about Alesis DM10 Studio Drum Kit:

      I don't recommend it.
      i recieved the dm10 well packaged all completeturns out the pads trigger themselves and there is a very huge problem with volume balance between the cymbal and and the drum pads.I updated the module with al the patches, calibrated, and adjusted all triggers and still i get several sounds of the set that play by themselves CONSTANTLY! The pad rims also seem to be uncontrolable and un adjustable and play themselves as wellI cant record anything using this set. Also the pads dont seem to be very responsive either when played with. I tried everything i could think off on the manual with no success. Also the cymbal pads arent working well, specially the Ride Pad. It has very low volume and the volume for this pad is set to max, also the bell doesnt seem to work, AT ALL.Everytime i use it, in the middle of a track, some of the pads just stop working, with most frequency the toms and the kick pads. I have to turn off the unit and leave it off for several minutes for it to work more or less properly again. I think this unit came defective.Overall, it seems most of the pads came defective, but actually i think thats how they are, some of the plugs also are hissy sounding and the module is emitting very bad and loud low frequency sounds, i'm afraid it might bust my monitors.At the moment im feeling terrible about this purchase.I know its not a Roland Vdrum, but still its a pricey unit and ive owned much more economic sets than this one that work and sound sublimely better than this.
      Roland and Yamaha seem to make the only edrumsets worth purchasing but the price is just exagerated. keep to acoustic sets people. I know their loud, but buying an acousitc set and sound proofing a room is still a heck of alot cheaper than buying an edrumset that you wont feel ripped of with.

      (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Great Drum Kit....but

      By Warcurse

      from El Paso, Texas

      About Me Experienced

      Comments about Alesis DM10 Studio Drum Kit:

      Ok, so when I finally got this beauty in just a few days(thank you musiciansfriend.com) I was excited to drum the whole day into the night without stopping....but when I first hit the drum I was expecting more rebound honestly and for it not to be so loud(which was something I was REALLY hoping for as a college student about to live in the dorms). Also, I play mainly metal(in general) so I blast and on top of that I am naturally very heavy handed so my snare drum kept moving so I adjust the tube that supports it occasionally. Ok so those are the little things. Because I am heavy handed I broke a cymbal about a month and a half of regular use but took make about 2 weeks to finally get something rolling on getting my cymbal replaced or fixed and I think my other cymbal might be a little broken too...I will check into that.

      Pros:
      -Great Kit
      -Awesome kits already integrated(Dead snare is my favorite)
      -Good look
      -Easy to hook up

      Cons:
      -Frame looks somewhat like cheap plastic
      -Dancing bass drum(moves side to side when doing 16 notes at a moderate tempo)
      -Cymbals feel cheap and break somewhat easily if you are heavy handed OR you like to rock out crazy when playing it at shows
      -Real Feel...not so much. Save some money for a mesh head conversion. Feels better and quieter
      -Quieter than a acoustic drum set but more annoying

      Conclusion:
      It really is a great kit it does wonders. Alesis makes it fast simple in many ways but in doing so I assume they forgot about those heavy handed drummers so they cymbals will be great for someone else other than us. 3 stars because it did not feel as "real" as they said, bass drum gets annoying, cheap plastic feel to some aspects of this kit BUT it gets the job done nicely.

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I love this set

      By Kathy Potts

      from in my house

      See all my reviews

      Comments about Alesis DM10 Studio Drum Kit:

      Once you get the hang of the adjustments its easy to go in and set them for all sets ..so you can adjust your volume for each trigger then save it and it will be the same on all sets not just one..and as far as crosstalk(hitting one trigger and another one sounding) it is adjustable too..once you read the manual and get used to the settings they are easy to get around just a couple of buttons and your where you need to be..this set is amazing ..so many different sounds ..like having hundreds of instruments at your disposal..from gongs to cowbells to timpani to chimes its like having infinite drum sets from jazz to rap to just plain crazy....you wont believe all the different sounds and instruments ..I got this while it was on sale and it was worth every penny..the frame has to be basically set up like the picture..but you can adjust the height and don't have to put the pads and such exactly like they are in the picture ..I have mine set up to where all four toms are in a line at the same level. Ive never been able to set an acoustic set up so close and easily accessed like this..I love this set and its the best purchase ive made for my studio in a long time..anyone that doesn't like this set just hasn't read the manual and learned about how to use it and set it up....

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Kit

      By David Noller

      from Alamosa, CO

      Comments about Alesis DM10 Studio Drum Kit:

      It does great, sounds great, records great but the overall quality could be better. The heads get damaged real quick and the hissing knocks the score down a little bit.
      The reason I bought this kit is because of the USB to computer function. It does really well however when my main mix is plugged in and my headphone input and then I try to plug this into the computer I get a the sound of a bad ground. I read in the manual that the console is succeptable to static electricity and I believe that is why I get that hissing coming from the kit.

      Other then that I love the two trigger functionality.
      They have been holding up so far but the wear and tear is quick especially if you plant to practice a lot. I recommend getting the warranty that comes with it as it will be helpful. The sounds on the console are great however.
      It's a good price for a great sounding electronic drum set. It sounds great while recording as well. I'd recommend it to anyone but you will have to fine tune the triggers when you first get it to make it feel like and sound like a regular kit.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent electronic drum kit for all!

      By BlessedJohn

      from New York state

      About Me Professional Musician

      See all my reviews

      Pros

      • Great Sound
      • Great Sound And Value
      • Huge Tone
      • Responsive
      • Sensitive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Accompaniment
        • Jazz Clubs
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues
        • Soundtracks
        • Symphonies
        • Versatile To Customize

        Comments about Alesis DM10 Studio Drum Kit:

        after paying the drums for over 40 years now on and off the road, and studio I knew that taking the time by doing my homework would be half the battle to ending up with a kit that I would appreciate and still grown with.. The dm 10 is my first electronic set. The sounds are awesome and adjustable in almost every direction you want to move toward. I knew that there would be some fine turning he kit, that would take a hour or so and after digging in found myself ready to enjoy, and have since without any regret at all. Dm 10 is a real winner for the thinking musician. What are yu waiting for ??? :0)

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        pure enjoyment

        By josh friesen

        from arizona

        Comments about Alesis DM10 Studio Drum Kit:

        from seeing some reviews about this drumkit i was skeptical. its true when you first get it setting it all up is frustrating but only take a couple minutes to hours. when you first fire it up you must set the volumes to what you like. the sound quality is amazing and the many sound effects help out alot. this is my first e drumset and i love it. of course the feel of the set is a bit different from an acoustic set but you get used to it. and there are alot of wires but thats normal. this set is great for me because i can hook it up to th computer and record with it. its fully customizable and can take a beating. i use it daily for practice and to jam along with my favorite songs.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Really fun to play

        By Matthew Nichols

        from Utah

        Comments about Alesis DM10 Studio Drum Kit:

        This obviously can't beat an acoustic set, but if you have family and neighbors that you want to keep as friends, this is a good alternative for those late night jam sessions. The heads feel good and the sound is great. The only complaint that I have is in the frame that it came with. Not the greatest quality, but okay for the price. Also requires a bit of fine tuning and patience to get rid of cross-talk.
        Great sounds and customizability. Great for play-alongs.
        Provided rack is a week.
        Good set for the price.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Not Bad if you like E-Drums

        By Todd Johnson

        from Virginia

        See all my reviews

        Comments about Alesis DM10 Studio Drum Kit:

        For the money, it does what its supposed to do and held up well. I play very hard and only had the trouble with the kick wires/trigger. Easy to fix by taking off the head and using a soldering iron to fix the wires.

        Plan on spending a few days getting your own custom drum sound by playing with the pre-sets and making your own signature sound.

        Its light weight and my wife and I moved the whole rack with the drums and cymbals attached up a steep set of stairs with no problems at all.
        This set is pretty complete and has a lot of things you can do to change the sound etc.
        Only 2 problems: On my set the trigger wire in the kick broke twice, and once the center of the trigger popped out. This might be because I kick pretty hard so I'm not sure if its a common problem or just me.

        I never could get the cymbals to mute when you grab them. (This might be a setting) and sometimes when you hit the ride even dead center you will get an occasional gong sound? Don't know why.
        Over all I used this set in my band for 6 months and it works well enough to play at the band level. I've since converted to a Tama set because I've always played accoustic drums and I just never could get used to all the setting etc on E-Drums. The nice thing about this set is being able to practice quietly with your Ipod plugged into the drum brain.
        Plan on buying a mouse pad for each drum, cut it round to fit the drum and install under the batter heads. This deadens the stick noise, and makes the set even quieter. You don't need mesh heads to make this set playable and quiet for those who live in apartments etc.
        I just like accoustic better, since I grew up with them. To each his own.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        DM10 Studio Drum Kit Review

        By TJ Conwell

        from Millbrook, Alabama

        Comments about Alesis DM10 Studio Drum Kit:

        This being my first electronic set, I was really impressed with the YouTube video showing all the functions and am very impressed with the overall ease of setup and playability of this set. I would like to recommend to any future users that you avoid (at all costs) the Surge cymbals and go with the standard DMPads that comes with the kit. They Surge ones are very plastic feeling and really will disappoint you. Visit your local music store and give this set a try (and those Surge cymbals as well) and you will see that this kit is a good value, especially for the home player.
        Lots of features and sounds to use, but honestly even with the 100 preset kits there are several that just sound the same with reverb added or perhaps some extra effects. I guess for some that would be a great thing, but for me it is just not the most spectacular use of the memory. There are 100 "blank" settings that can be programmed as well with lots of space available to download via the MIDI or USB connections to program as well.
        The pads are well made but the rack and connectors are plastic-like and you have to be careful with them to not over-tighten. Once they are set you are ok, but I can already tell that having some replacement parts on hand (pad clamps especially) may be the way to go for me in the future. I would also defintely recommend going with the mesh heads as the Alesis ones dent and mark up pretty easily.
        For the value, it's listed at a really good price and worth the investment if you are looking for a set to use at home and in some live situations. If you are a very hard player though, I would keep looking for a more durable set as this one can take a small beating, but certainly not a repeated beating that some metal drummers may put it through.

        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        First impresssions

        By bdbryant

        from Western USA

        Comments about Alesis DM10 Studio Drum Kit:

        I am not a drummer, but I had a chance to assemble one of these and bang on it for a couple of days, so maybe this will be helpful to some readers. (Take my numeric ratings with a grain of salt; I haven't played other kits to compare it to.)Purchase:Be sure you notice that the kit does not include a pedal for the bass drum, or a throne. It does include a pedal for the high hat.You will also need an amplifier and/or headphones, and a couple of instrument cables if you use an amp. The headphone jack is 1/4", so if you have phones with a 1/8" jack you will need an adapter cable.No software discs come with the system. However, you will want to download the brain's software update from their web site, so you will need a computer with an internet connection, a USB port, and a USB cable with the "D" shaped connector on one end. The computer doesn't need to be near the kit -- you can just carry the brain over to the computer for the download.The kit comes with all the other cables you will need.Assembly:I won't say assembly is "difficult", but certainly isn't trivial. If you're not accustomed to assembling stuff with bolts and nuts, arrange for some help.The only tools you need are a medium-large screwdriver and a drum key. The latter is provided with the kit.The pieces of the frame aren't labeled and it's a bit difficult to identify them from the small photos in the instructions. There was a bit of confusion over the cymbals as well; more on that below.There are pointed screws on the bottom of the kick drum, to keep it from sliding, so make sure you back them out if you're working on a tile or hardwood floor. You may want to get a rug or piece of carpet for them to dig in to while in use.The cables and their sockets on the brain are labeled, but they don't exactly match. Just plug up all the ones that do match, and then put the last couple in any free socket.Note that the kit leaves one free socket on the brain, so you can add another piece if you wish. However, no extra mounting hardware is provided.Calibration:It does a self-calibration whenever you power it up. The set I assembled was failing every time. It was because I had the two crash cymbals reversed: If you look at the cable jacks you will see that some are "tip-and-sleeve" and others are "tip-ring-sleeve". One of the crash cymbals has a choke sensor (rubber pad under the front edge), and it must go on the t-r-s connection. Since the cables are custom lengths, that means it has to go on the left, in order for that cable to reach.When you first play it may sound all screwed up -- hitting a drum will cause a cymbal to crash as well, the drums aren't all equally loud, etc. Don't panic; you can adjust all this. Look at the "Ext. Trig Menu" chapter and work through the whole kit to set the sensitivities so you don't get unwanted collateral sounds. Then look at the "Editing Instruments in a Kit" section and work through the whole kit again to set the relative volumes.You will lose your customizations when you power it off, so follow the instructions for "Deactivate Write Protection" and read the "Storing & Copying Data" chapter to see how to save your changes. Don't worry about screwing up; there is a procedure for restoring the factory settings.I invested the better part of a day in the assembly and calibration (and head-scratching), but the end result seems to be a very nice kit. Wish I knew how to play...

        (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Buyer Beware

        By Highperformance 57

        from Escondido, CA

        Comments about Alesis DM10 Studio Drum Kit:

        I bought the unit planning on using it for practice at my residence. I will start with the good:Not very complicated to put together, the rack was sturdy and the cymbals were very similiar to the ones that come with Yamaha and Roland. Owners manual was well layed out and thorough. The sound module looked nice and was easy to use.The Bad:The printed instructions and diagrams for assembling the unit was extremely small. I downloaded a digital copy from Alesis and displayed on my laptop.All the clamps that hold the rack together as well as the drum and cymbal hardware are plastic and crack very easily.The base drum module is very tippy (top heavy). It needs support legs like the ones that come with Roland and Yamaha. Alesis assumes the base drum pedal will act as the support.Could not get the Hihat to stay calibrated and did not perform as promised.All the trigger cables are precut at different lengths making any set up variation impossible unless you purchase longer cables. I had to slide the sound module under the hihat cymbal to get the last Tom connected up which makes access to the sound module more difficult and limits visibilty of the set up screen. Longer wires would also allow for attaching the cables in an organized manner to the drum rack.I would have rather had mesh or rubber drum heads than the ones that came with this unit. Rebound is not very good and there is something hard under the pads.Customer service is lacking at Alesis. Long wait times and not very experienced in solving problems.I sent the unit back after two weeks of trying to make it work as promised as shown on the Alesis website and You-Tube videos.If you buy this unit, make sure the Business you buy it from will offer returns and a full refund like Musicians Friend. I am saving my money and going to buy a Roland or Yamaha unit.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        low quality, and very comlicated.

        By garrett wilbourn

        from kansas

        Comments about Alesis DM10 Studio Drum Kit:

        not worth the money, comlicated module, low quailty pads and heads, good symbals good rack.
        not pleased at all. i found it very hard to get the triggers ajusted right. complicated module you will spend at least a week setting it up. not worth $799 in my book. i also own a dm5 and it works so much better.
        the trigger pads feel low quailty, along with the heads, i have my heads as tight as they will go and i still have poor rebound, feels nothing like an acoustic kit. i would suggest upgrading to mesh heads, the rack i was very impressed with, very sturdy and was very simple to set up, the only bad is its too small to really exspand on. the wires going to the module are cut way to short. my module has to be twisted and right under the high hat stand.but i doo like the cymbals a lot.
        its a good price but still it has so many problems that its just not worth it, you can put 2 dm5s together and have a better kit then this. the sounds are a little better then the dm5 and have more custom kits. i also really the the sequencer and the recording on the module.

        (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Perfect for our son!

        By Music Junkie

        from Sebastopol, Ca

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        Pros

        • Great Sound
        • Huge Tone
        • Responsive
        • Sensitive
        • Versatile

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          Best Uses

          • Accompaniment
          • School Bands
          • Small Venues
          • Soundtracks

          Comments about Alesis DM10 Studio Drum Kit:

          This kit was always destined for our son. He can practice in his room with no disruption to the rest of the household. He can also improve his playing ability and also intigrate more in to the digital age. This along with my acoustic kit in the music room are a great combo.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Solid Outfit with a couple of Glitches

          By bealss

          from Finger Lakes, NY

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          Comments about Alesis DM10 Studio Drum Kit:

          I have enjoyed this kit and think the selection of samples is excellent. I can't compare this too closely with other electronic kits, but believe the issues I have with this kit are not unusual for any other elelectronic drum set.

          PROS: The dual zone snare and toms are something I would not want to do without. Why the company configures the default kits without standard rim shot tones for the rims is beyond my comprehension, but you can fix that pretty easily.

          The sounds are really nice, and include some of my favorite Ludwig kit samples. The cymbal samples are also great. The fact that it comes with four toms and three cymbals plus the hi-hat gives me as much kit as I wanted. There are still a couple of open slots to add on if you really need to.

          The bass drum trigger is large enough to handle a double bass pedal.

          Plenty of input and output options.

          I like the mylar heads and found tightening them from the factory settings improves playability for me. The rims have very much the look and feel of standard metal rims.

          Lots of tuning options. Fairly easy to understand interface.

          CONS: The frame is not the greatest, but I understand it has been upgraded since I purchased my kit last year. However the way it is designed does make it very easy to set up and I have had no issues with anything moving on me when I'm playing. It's more in the moving of the kit that I have issues with how easily the parts separate. I have solved the problem by using velcro straps to secure everything when it's being moved.

          The feet for the base of the frame fall off easily and have no retaining screws. I already lost one.

          Phantom triggering is a real problem, particularly tom-3 triggers the crash cymbal and I have not been able to eliminate that problem yet. A common issue with electronic kits.

          There are also ocassional missed triggers and I have noticed unintended cymbal swells.

          I do NOT have the Surge cymbals, which would be a great addition, although what I REALLY want are the new Zildjian electronic cymbals. That would cost as much as the set, so it's not happening...yet. There are certainly times when I would love to have a choke for the cymbals," but have a hard time paying the price just for that feature. The ""look"" of the Surge doesn't really matter to me and the playability of the ones that come with the kit is very good. So I'm happy with what I got for the price I paid.
          This kit is very full featured: lots of sounds", lots of pads and plenty of cymbals. Dual zone snare, toms, and cymbals was a must for me.
          A few weaknesses: particularly the frame and trigger isolation. The triggering is always a problem with electronic kits and for the most part the response is very nice.
          Can't complain about the value at all!

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          take your time.....

          By JoeT

          from Scranton Pa.

          Comments about Alesis DM10 Studio Drum Kit:

          For those reviews complaining about crosstalk...read your owners guide and take your time setting it up. I played with mine for about 4 hours before I got everything to trigger correctly. This module is awesome...really configurable...I use these for recording only...I can see where live use could be a pain.....bass and keayboards nearby can dfinitly cause trigger issues...just like every other, more expensive electronic kits....look... they're not perfect....but for 1/3rd the price of some kits out there...they're awesome.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Good... but not what I expected...

          By FHD

          from Texas

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          Comments about Alesis DM10 Studio Drum Kit:

          Okay maybe I'm a bit spoiled here, I started off with borrowing my friend's Roland kit, one of mid class ones that cost about 3k that made me want to buy an electronic set, so I went from a $3,000 Roland to a Alesis that was about 1/3 of that price, quality, and features. So this is where I'm comming from, had I never played my friend's E-kit I probably would more satisfied but the truth is, I'm not... 100% more like 75%

          1st off right of the box the thing rack was very flimsy and had to balance, I actually have alot of the legs angeled, because it's the only way I could get it to stay. Then assembly from there is pretty quick and easy. However the cables are just the right length for the setup you see in the picture, if you move a tom or the hi-hat somewhere else the cable is stretched and tight (which sucks cuz I have a different set up but no big) 2nd, once I got the thing up and running I noticed that the stock Sensitivty settings are pretty stupid in a sence that the bass drum and toms 1-3 are super quiet. AND IT'S TRUE THE CROSSTALK IS HORRIBLE! HOWEVER!! After reading the manual I found out how to change it, and got it to sound great! The only bad thing is, the manual even states this, anything you adjust trigger/sensitivity/crosstalk - wise gets reset after you turn it off, it doesn't matter if you have the write protection off, it's saved in cache memory. This is a big issue to me and takes an extra 5 minutes or so to configure when I turn it on.

          On a good note though, The module/brain is great! It has lots of pre-made sounds and lots of customization once you read the manual and learn how the thing works. The heads are pretty good but I prefer mesh, and louder than rubber but i feel the response is much better than rubber. (F.Y.I they are smiliar to a really tight drum head) The cymbals work great, the hi-hat works good once you get use to the feel and you get a lot of bang for your buck.... however I am using this as a practice instrument because I live in an apartment with no one under me luckily. Also it records very very well and sure beats mic'in acoustic drums but this is not a professional lvl E-kit and cannot compare to Roland Kits... I know some of you are saying DUH!!! but for those that were curious, it's true, Roland is way better. IMO, I say if you just want a good E-kit to bang on and experiment with this is the one, if your looking for a Pro lv recording and acoustic simulator, this is not the one for you.

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