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Alesis DM10 Studio Drum Kit   

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The professional DM10 Studio Kit 6-piece electronic drum set offers natural-feeling RealHead drum pads. The Alesis DM10 kit also includes low-noise D...Read More

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

The professional DM10 Studio Kit 6-piece electronic drum set offers natural-feeling RealHead drum pads. The Alesis DM10 kit also includes low-noise DMPad Cymbals, the groundbreaking DM10 drum module, and a compact, flexible StageRack.

DM10 Module
You will immediately notice the DM10 module's outstanding sound quality. This drum-sound module contains true drum, cymbal, and percussion sounds, built from real samples of classic studio drums and prized cymbals. Drummers will find some of the most in-demand acoustic drum sounds from legendary drum brands; a huge arsenal of top-producers' go-to snare drums; real American, Canadian, Chinese, and Turkish cymbals; and a choice selection of classic drum machine and electronic percussion sounds that have fueled the biggest hit records.

Discerning ears will notice that each of the Alesis DM10 module's sounds is actually a series of different samples; multiple dynamic-level samples and articulations are all built in, so as you play harder and softer, the drum or cymbal changes its timbre—not just its volume. This engineered realism is known as Dynamic Articulation, an Alesis exclusive.

You can play the Alesis DM10 electronic drum kit with or without reverb for different room sounds and enjoy a wide variety of rimshots, rim clicks, and different stick-placement sounds on the cymbals. For example, a hi-hat's sound depends on a number of factors—how open or closed the pedal is, how hard it is struck, and other variables. The result is 40 different sounds, plus foot chick and heel splash.

The DM10 Studio Kit's sound module not only has a breathtaking collection of sounds onboard, it is also the world's first drum-sound module that enables you to load new sound sets via USB connection from your computer. This means that your sounds will always stay fresh, current, and cutting edge.

You can also use the Alesis DM10 as a trigger-to-MIDI interface for performing and tracking with software drum modules such as BFD, Toontrack, and Reason, among others. For practice, you can play along with the tracks in the DM10's internal sequencer, mix in an MP3 player, and play along.

The Alesis DM10 module has 12 trigger inputs, perfect for creating custom configurations. The DM10's top-panel mixer gives you easy access to creating custom mixes.

Alesis Realhead Drum Pads
The DM10 Studio Kit features Alesis' acoustic-feeling RealHead pads in 10" and 8" sizes. The dual-zone pads feature real mylar drumheads and real triple-flanged counterhoops for the feel you demand. The snare and tom pads are dual-zone, enabling you to perform rimshots, rim clicks, or assign other sounds such as wind chimes, cymbals, gongs, and cowbells on the tom rims.

RealHead snare and tom pads mount on standard 10.5mm L-rods with low-slip, knurled mounting surfaces.

You can use virtually any single or double kick pedal with the RealHead Kick Pad (kick pedal sold separately), or split the DM10's kick input with a Y-cable and connect an optional second kick pad for the pedal feel you prefer.

Alesis DMPad Cymbals
The DM10 Studio Kit includes a set of 4 low-noise Alesis DMPad cymbals. The kit includes 1 DMPad hi-hat cymbal, 2 DMPad crash cymbals, and a 3-zone DMPad ride cymbal. DMPad cymbals provide a rubberized playing surface for a great balance between natural cymbal feel and low stick-on-pad sound. The ride and crash cymbals feature large choke triggers on the undersides for accurate cymbal control. The DMPad ride also features multi-zone triggering on the bell, face, and edge. The DMPad hi-hat cymbal and RealHat pedal give you continuously variable control from wide open to tightly closed.

Alesis StageRack
The StageRack is the backbone of the DM10 Studio Kit. With its sturdy four-post design and industry standard, 1-1/2" tubing, the StageRack provides excellent stability under the most energetic performance.

The StageRack's clamps, mounts and integrated boom cymbal arms are all fully adjustable with plenty of flexibility to securely fasten drums, cymbals and the DM10 module precisely where desired. Drummers will appreciate the StageRack's large wing-screws on most clamps, which enable users to make quick adjustments without reaching for a drumkey or other tools. Large enough to accommodate additional drums and cymbals, the StageRack has a much smaller footprint than an acoustic kit.

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 38 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

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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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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent electronic drum kit for all!

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from New York state

About Me Professional Musician

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)

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    (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Great Drum Kit....but

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    from El Paso, Texas

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

          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.

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          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Perfect for our son!

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          from Sebastopol, Ca

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            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.

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Not Bad if you like E-Drums

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            from Virginia

            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.

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            pure enjoyment

            By 

            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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            (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Perfect Sound Every Time

            By 

            from St. Louis metro area (southern Illinois)

            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.

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            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Kit

            By 

            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.

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            DM10 Studio Drum Kit Review

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            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.

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            (1 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Review of DM10 Studio Drum Kit

            Comments about Alesis DM10 Studio Drum Kit:

            4 Letters JUNK !!!!!!! It was returned to Musicians Friend.
            Sure looks pretty in the picture.
            Very poorly crafted.

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            (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

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

            By 

            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!

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