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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
SPECIFICATIONS

DM10 Studio Drum Kit

  • 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
 
4.1

(based on 44 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

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

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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

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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)

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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