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Alesis DM10 Studio Electronic Drum Set  

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The Alesis DM10 Studio Kit is a professional, six-piece electronic drum set with natural-feeling RealHead drum pads, low-noise DMPad Cymbals, the gro...Read More

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More drums, more sounds and more stability.

The Alesis DM10 Studio Kit is a professional, six-piece electronic drum set with natural-feeling RealHead drum pads, 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 new drum sound module contains 1,047 drum, cymbal and percussion sounds, including many 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 sound 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 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 resulting in 40 different sounds - plus foot chick and heel splash.

The DM10 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 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 iPod or other MP3 player and play along. The 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.

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, or split the DM10's kick input with a Y-cable and connect an optional second kick pad for the pedal feel you prefer.

DMPAD CYMBALS
The DM10 Studio Kit includes a set of four low-noise DMPad Cymbals. The kit includes a DMPad Hi-Hatl, a DMPad Crash with choke, a triple-zone DMPad Ride with choke, and a DMPad 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 one Crash cymbal 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.

STAGERACK
The StageRack is the backbone of the DM10 Studio Kit. With its rugged four-post design and industry standard 1-1/2" tubing, the StageRack provides supreme stability under the most serious drumming duress. The StageRack's clamps, mounts, and integrated boom cymbal arms are all fully adjustable with plenty of flexibility to securely fasten your drums, cymbals, and module exactly where you want.

You won't need tools to make most adjustments so you can spend less time setting up and more time rocking out. Large enough to easily accommodate additional drums and cymbals - even acoustic drum, cymbal, and percussion instruments - the StageRack still takes up only a fraction of the space of an acoustic kit. The DM10 Studio Kit gives you more - more drums, more cymbals, more sounds, more flexibility, and more value - to power your creativity.

FEATURES PLAYBACK
  • Polyphony: 64 voicesMemory: 128 MB, linear
AUDIO AND TRIGGER I/O
  • Audio inputs: stereo (2x RCA)Trigger inputs: 12x 1/4" TRSHi-hat controller input: continuous compatible (1x 1/4")MIDI: In, Out (2x DIN MIDI)Audio outputs: stereo Main (2x 1/4" balanced), stereo Aux assignable (2x 1/4" balanced)Headphone output: stereo (1x 1/4" TRS)Computer: High-speed USB for MIDI and computer transfer (1x USB slave)
SOUND SET AND SEQUENCES
  • Preset sounds: 1,047Preset sound type: 16-bit uncompressed samplesPreset 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: 349Kicks: 91Percussion: 151 Rides: 28 SFX: 31Snares: 85 Toms: 69

The sound and feel to take you to a higher level of expression.

SPECIFICATIONS

DM10 Studio Electronic Drum Set

  • Kit Specifications
  • Weight: 66 lbs.
  • Packaging dimensions: 22.4"L x 46.2"W x 12.6"H
  • Assembled dimensions: 5' x 5' x 5'
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AlesisDM10 Studio Electronic Drum Set
 
3.8

(based on 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

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76%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Responsive (10)
  • Great sound (9)
  • Versatile (8)
  • Sensitive (7)
  • Huge tone (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Small venues (5)
    • Soundtracks (5)
    • Accompaniment (4)
    • Jazz clubs (3)
    • Recording (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (11), Professional musician (5)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Alesis DM10: Great Value!

    I don't usually write reviews because I don't have a lot of time. I felt compelled to write this one because I think this is an exceptionally good product for the price. I have...Read complete review

    I don't usually write reviews because I don't have a lot of time. I felt compelled to write this one because I think this is an exceptionally good product for the price. I have been a drummer for almost 40 years, and have played numerous acoustic and electronic kits. I have always been a hardcore acoustic kit person until I required a different drumming setup in my studio. After reading tons of reviews, I decided to try the Alesis DM10. I received my Alesis DM0 Studio kit about a week ago. It arrived much faster than expected and was well packed. The box took a good beating up the stairway to my studio as I had to hump it up there by myself. It took me a little over an hour to assemble the kit. I could have easily saved another 15-20 minutes if Alesis would have marked the parts (A,B,C, D, etc.) with little stickers in conjunction with the pictures of the parts on the assembly directions. This is simple enough to do and I don't know why Alesis did not do it? The pictures of the parts in their diagrams were not that good. Never the less, the assembly was not nearly as bad as I had read in other reviews, still simple enough to do. The first thing I did was to upgrade my DM10 module to the latest Alesis OS. This is extremely important to do initially! After my kit was assembled, I turned it on and surprise, everything triggered and worked on startup. I spent another 25 minutes adjusting the trigger sensitivity and related parameters, but everything worked great! I have been playing and tweaking the DM10s the last few days and am thoroughly enjoying it. The sounds are crisp, clear, and punchy. The sonic qualities of the samples are first rate. The tom pads respond well enough for studio use although they are a bit louder than expected. I will upgrade the heads to the custom mesh heads very soon though. The kick is solid and sturdy and works well with my Gibraltar pedal. Cymbals have a decent bounce, and I like that dual zone choke that allows you to mute their sound after a crash. After calibrating my hit-hat (10 second task), the clap worked like a charm. The frame\hardware seems to be solid and sturdy even with a good around the block pounding. The hardware has quality; it does not look for feel cheap. I got the Alesis rebate which made it a steal. Yes, there are better electronic kits out there but to get there but they go up in price by the thousands. I will be using the DM10s for recording and are a perfect fit for my studio. For the price range, the Alesis DM10s are the boss hands down.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Run away from this now!!!!!!

    Right after this arrived I set it up I discovered module was defective. I called Alesis technical support. After I half an hour I got someone on the phone and they confirmed it was...Read complete review

    Right after this arrived I set it up I discovered module was defective. I called Alesis technical support. After I half an hour I got someone on the phone and they confirmed it was a bum unit and told me to send it in for repairs. I paid extra to ship it and after 3 weeks of not hearing from anybody I called them again. They told me to call the third party tech company that was fixing it. I couldn't get a straight answer for a week of calling this tech company. Finally they told me a part was back ordered til January 2014 (3 months).
    After hearing this news I called Alesis again and told them this problem and they said they'd mail one out to me that day. Next week I get an email saying that they have a new unit being shipped to THEM that will arrive to THEM next week and that they would send the new one when they receive the OLD damaged unit from the third party tech, which would probably take a week after THEY receive the new one. So I don't have the unit, and when I get it two months will have passed. I had a drummer coming through town ready to record stuff, but that was a no go. This company has cost me a lost of production costs already. Worst customer service. So people, run away. Also, Alesis is part of inMusic, which includes AIR Music Technology, Akai Professional, Alesis, Alto Professional, ION Audio, M-Audio, MixMeister, Numark, and Sonivox. Since it was inMusic service department, I'm staying away from all their products just in case.

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    4.0

    Awesome E-Drumset...after some tweaking

    By MCMattyG

    from Howard, PA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound
    • Great Value
    • Many Uses

    Cons

    • Not Playable Out Of Box
    • Pad Noise
    • Pad Rebound Not Great

    Best Uses

    • Anywhere You Need Drums
    • Live Performance
    • Studio

    Comments about Alesis DM10 Studio Electronic Drum Set:

    The set up directions are vague at best, but not impossible. With a little effort and creative thinking I got them together and ready to play. So, I turned them on...and the disappointment set in. I had lots of crosstalk and misfiring. It was uplayable. I thought I made a mistake. But, I figured I would give them a chance and adjust some of the settings to improve the playability. After some tweaking, I am extremely happy with the drums. You will need to plan on spending some time adjusting the trigger settings. But, if you have a little patience, you will be rewarded with a great E-Set. Two big thumbs up!

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    5.0

    This is a great e-kit!

    By Josh

    from Denver, CO

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Great Sound
    • Responsive
    • Sensitive
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Recording
    • Small Venues
    • Triggering Drum Programs

    Comments about Alesis DM10 Studio Electronic Drum Set:

    I've always disliked e-kits. I love the feel of acoustic drums and always felt like e-kits were small, cramped, pads felt strange, etc. I've always thought of them as more of a toy than a means to actually play drums. I live in an apartment now so real drums are a no go. After much research and playing lots of kits I had basically settled on a middle of the line Roland Vdrum set for twice as much money. Then I saw a YouTube video of someone playing the Alesis Dm10 Studio. After watching every video I could possibly find I could tell this set was different. People just seemed more comfortable playing it. Even the sounds that come on the brain out of the box sounded better than the roland set for half the price. Also you get more drum pads and cymbals. So I took a little bit of a chance and without playing this set in person, I ordered it. When it came in it took me about 1.5 hours to assemble it (I kind of took my time too). It is definitely the most roomy e-kit I've played on. It is also definitely the most comfortable one I've played on as well. The pads and heads feel great, the cymbals are very quiet. One thing I had read is that the heads on the pads are loud. They are not really that loud. They are quieter than I imagined. The kick is the loudest and I am thinking about doing the conversion to a mesh head but I haven't decided because I do like the heads. Next I hooked the kit up to my computer to do the update. The instructions are very clear on how to do the update and it only took about 15 minutes total. The update helps get the trigger settings closer to where you want them. Next is the only thing I almost listed as a "con" but decided it really isn't one. It takes a little bit to get everything set to the way you play. There's really nothing wrong with that and honestly everyone plays a little different so it's great to have control like that. I spent about 3 hours tweaking settings on each pad to set the sensitivity, re trigger, threshold and crosstalk. The kit isn't perfect yet but is getting there. There are also many resources online including a helpful video on the Alesis site to get you started setting these settings the way you like. I imagine I still have about 2-3 more hours to get the kit just about perfect. So out of the box the kit isn't ready to record with or play a concert with, it just takes time but I don't believe that is necessarily a con because it sounds better than the Roland set costing twice as much. Next I plan on hooking the set up to my computer and buying addictive drums so I can trigger those sounds with this drumset. At that point with the settings perfect for me and having access to amazing samples through a program like addictive drums, the possibilities are really endless. And this is all from the comfort of my apartment. Well if you read this whole review, I apologize for it being so long but I read every review I could find and I really wished someone would put everything together and cover all the things you really need to know getting started. So that's what I tried to do and I hope this helps. :)

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    4.0

    I love my DM10 Studio Drum set.

    By Buz

    from Baldwinsville, NY

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    Pros

    • Easy to set up
    • Great Sound
    • Huge Tone
    • Responsive
    • Sensitive
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Tom 4 Not Marked

    Best Uses

    • Accompaniment
    • For My Own Enjoyment

    Comments about Alesis DM10 Studio Electronic Drum Set:

    The only problem that I had, setting them up was the number 4 tom, wasn't marked as the others were. I had to figure out where to plug it in. I had two choices. Should be marked better.

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    3.0

    good value but needs better engineering

    By technodrummer

    from daytona beach,fl

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Great Sound
    • Responsive

    Cons

    • Poorly Made

    Best Uses

    • Soundtracks

    Comments about Alesis DM10 Studio Electronic Drum Set:

    alesis tech support has trying help iron out the bugs in the dm10 module.there are firmware updates to fix known issues but i have unable to get it to load with win 7. I would wait one year to see if they have gotten all the bugs out.

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    4.0

    Fun

    By DSmiingSun

    from Earth

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    Pros

    • Fun
    • Good sound
    • Usb Midi Works Great

    Cons

    • Snare Responds Ok

    Best Uses

    • Quite Jam Out
    • Trigger

    Comments about Alesis DM10 Studio Electronic Drum Set:

    I've had it for 11 months. I don't like to write reviews until I've live with the gear. Bought it mostly to record MIDI into various computer Drum modules (NI's Komplete Drums, Battery, Groove Agent...) Works well for that. Also fun with it's own sounds. Only downside is snare 'feel' isn't so great. tight rolls are a little difficult. Overall well worth the coin. Works for what I wanted and a little more. Debating investing in a different (mesh) snare.

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    (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    unhappy customer

    By bear

    from anniston, al

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • None

    Cons

    • Did Not Work Had To Send
    • Returned First Day

    Best Uses

    • None

    Comments about Alesis DM10 Studio Electronic Drum Set:

    very disappointed never got to play had to send for repair on day one

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    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Good for the money.

    By BGdrum

    from Dayton, OH

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Alesis DM10 Studio Electronic Drum Set:

        I purchased this set two years ago when I moved into an apartment building and needed a practice set. For the money, it's a good kit. BUT the key issue I have encountered is durability. Within three months time, the thinner crash cymbal broke. The stock heads will need replaced pretty quickly (I admit that I am a heavy handed drummer though). Now, the biggest concern is the rack. The joints no longer held the tubing in place after about six months. After about five minutes of playing, my rack would snap in half. I fixed the problem by screwing the pipes directly into the joints. It works perfectly now, but is not nearly as mobile. Most complaints I read are about the noise of the kit. This can be solved by converting to mesh heads, or simply applying a mouse pad-like surface. I would recommend this kit to someone looking for a good e-kit on a budget.

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        5.0

        AMAZING! Simply AMAZING!!!!

        By K-Clash

        from Egg Harbor City, NJ

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Great Sound
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • anything

          Comments about Alesis DM10 Studio Electronic Drum Set:

          I received this kit today and I am simply AMAZED with it. The setup was simple, I programmed my own custom kit in about 10 minutes. This is my new daily kit. I play and teach so it will be used a lot. My favorite kit I have ever played. Got the Pearl Demonator dbl pedal and it goes right with it perfectly. Couldn't ask for anything better!

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          4.0

          Great Electronic kit for the money

          By SirSticsalot

          from Tucson, AZ.

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Accompaniment
            • Jazz Clubs
            • Small Venues
            • Soundtracks

            Comments about Alesis DM10 Studio Electronic Drum Set:

            Great kit for the money. I use it when I'm not able to play on my acoustic kit. It's has many great drum sounds and EFX's.

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            5.0

            Excellent set for a great price!

            By Live from the south

            from Brandon, MS

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Alesis DM10 Studio Electronic Drum Set:

                This electric set does more than the Roland but is cheaper. I would buy this set again if I had to do it over again. The cheaper Roland kits have sensitivity issues with the cymbals not so with this set. Customer service was excellent when I called to get help with setting the brain so I could store drum sets. I upgraded to mesh heads in the first week. The drums are pretty loud. All you need to upgrade is 5mm foam and the mesh heads to go back on where the Mylar ones were. Then you just bump the sensitivity up on the head triggers to your liking. It took me 3 days to set up drum set, triggers, and get everything exactly how I wanted it. Now this set triggers exactly how I play. Everything is very sturdy but I don't think it would last with carrying around. You need to buy the more expensive version of this set for that it has more metal on the drum rack and such. I bought the DM10 studio and it is in my studio. Hands down the best electric kit for your money on the market right now.

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