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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. Note: Bass drum pedal sold separately.

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: 349 Kicks: 91Percussion: 151 Rides: 28 SFX: 31 Snares: 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 19 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

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    (2)

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74%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great sound (11)
  • Responsive (11)
  • Versatile (10)
  • Sensitive (8)
  • Huge tone (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Small venues (5)
  • Soundtracks (5)
  • Accompaniment (4)
  • Jazz clubs (3)
  • Recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (12), Professional musician (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

This is a great e-kit!

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...Read complete review

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

I really wanted to Like it, but...

For the amount of drums and cymbals you get, it really did look like a lot of bang for your buck! However this kit did not live up to my expectations... lemme...Read complete review

For the amount of drums and cymbals you get, it really did look like a lot of bang for your buck! However this kit did not live up to my expectations... lemme explain

The kit took a while to set up, No Big Deal, I read the manual, had my fun with the default kit sounds at a low volume, pre-made kits, made my own kit, which wasn't bad, actually pretty fun. However it was then that I began to notice that the feel of the heads wasn't what I expected. It's literally hard plastic with rubber rims. Nothing like a practice pad, no where close to the Roland kits. So your strikes had little to no rebound. I kept playing though, I mean I hit it, it made drum noises, I was in an apartment. Awesome! Here's the worst part.

The module had default trigger settings which were obscure. Sensitivity default were Snare - 75, bass - 50, tom 1 - 10 tom 2 - 10, tom 3 - 25, tom 4 - 90, crash 1 - 80, crash 2 - 20. So you can imagine my horror when I 1st hit the kit. So I set the trigger sensitivities to each trigger to where it made sense, Done! Sounds Great. Call it a night, turned the module off. Guess what. TRIGGERS RESETS EVERY TIME. Consulted the manual. Nothing. Did a firmware update. Nothing. Then I started getting a buzzing white noise, changed cables, outlets, made sure it wasn't electrical. Still there. Found out it was Tom 2 detecting a very soft hit every now and then. Luckily it was only heard at high volumes.

At the end of the day it's an apartment friendly drum set that is pretty easy to record with. The sounds are good, nothing amazing, but good. The response was good, I didn't have to pound the drums to get a sound and it emulated soft hits to reasonable expectation.

So would I recommend this for a Pro Drummer? No! Save some extra dough and get a Roland. Would I recommend this for a kid learning or a novice drummer, yes! You get what you pay for.

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3.0

I really wanted to Like it, but...

By FHD

from Texas

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Decent Built-in Kit Sound
  • Great Sound
  • Inexpensive
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Bad Feel To The Heads
  • Not Sensitive
  • Poorly Made
  • Sensitivity Issues
  • White Noise

Best Uses

  • Home Practice
  • Kid Or Starting Drummers
  • Kidsstarting Drummers
  • Novice Drummers
  • Quickeasy Recordings

Comments about Alesis DM10 Studio Electronic Drum Set:

For the amount of drums and cymbals you get, it really did look like a lot of bang for your buck! However this kit did not live up to my expectations... lemme explain

The kit took a while to set up, No Big Deal, I read the manual, had my fun with the default kit sounds at a low volume, pre-made kits, made my own kit, which wasn't bad, actually pretty fun. However it was then that I began to notice that the feel of the heads wasn't what I expected. It's literally hard plastic with rubber rims. Nothing like a practice pad, no where close to the Roland kits. So your strikes had little to no rebound. I kept playing though, I mean I hit it, it made drum noises, I was in an apartment. Awesome! Here's the worst part.

The module had default trigger settings which were obscure. Sensitivity default were Snare - 75, bass - 50, tom 1 - 10 tom 2 - 10, tom 3 - 25, tom 4 - 90, crash 1 - 80, crash 2 - 20. So you can imagine my horror when I 1st hit the kit. So I set the trigger sensitivities to each trigger to where it made sense, Done! Sounds Great. Call it a night, turned the module off. Guess what. TRIGGERS RESETS EVERY TIME. Consulted the manual. Nothing. Did a firmware update. Nothing. Then I started getting a buzzing white noise, changed cables, outlets, made sure it wasn't electrical. Still there. Found out it was Tom 2 detecting a very soft hit every now and then. Luckily it was only heard at high volumes.

At the end of the day it's an apartment friendly drum set that is pretty easy to record with. The sounds are good, nothing amazing, but good. The response was good, I didn't have to pound the drums to get a sound and it emulated soft hits to reasonable expectation.

So would I recommend this for a Pro Drummer? No! Save some extra dough and get a Roland. Would I recommend this for a kid learning or a novice drummer, yes! You get what you pay for.

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4.0

So far so good

By Matt

from Suwanee Ga

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Great Sound
  • Responsive
  • Sensitive
  • Versatile

Cons

  • LOUD
  • Time Consuming Set Up

Best Uses

    Comments about Alesis DM10 Studio Electronic Drum Set:

    I purchased the DM7X set first and after about three uses one of the cymbal triggers stopped working. I called MF and they explained that the set was backordered to call back in a few weeks and they would honor the 45 exchange period.
    Called back and was told that the DM7X was no longer available. I decided to go for the DM10 as the next logical step. I had to pay the difference between the two and it was shipped right away. Can't say enough good things about MF customer service, they stayed the course until they had me satisfied, good job!

    I am happy with the dm10 after a couple weeks of playing, takes some getting used to but overall I think a great set for the hobby type drummer. The brain takes some time to get set up for cross talk and sensitivity compared to the DM7 but I attribute that to the DM10 being a more advanced set. The pre programmed kits are very diverse, and the sequencer seems to have many options for recording and play along songs. The play along songs are more realistic than the DM7.
    The drum heads are very loud, especially the kick. I will probably change to mesh type heads at some point.
    So far I am pleased with this set.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    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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    (17 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

     
    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. :)

    Comment on this review

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    I love my DM10 Studio Drum set.

    By Buz

    from Baldwinsville, NY

    About Me Experienced

    Ask me a question

    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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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    good value but needs better engineering

    By technodrummer

    from daytona beach,fl

    About Me Professional Musician

    Ask me a question

    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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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Fun

    By DSmiingSun

    from Earth

    About Me Experienced

    Ask me a question

    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.

    Comment on this review

    (2 of 6 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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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        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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