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Alesis DM5 Module/Pad 4-Piece Electronic Drum Set

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Excellent Alesis electronic drums at an unbeatable low price.

The Alesis DM5 Electronic Drum Kit is a fully self-contained 4-piece setup including the DM5 sound module (701700 - see the customer product box on this page), 5 responsive playing pads (one which serves as the hi-hat in conjunction with an included foot controller), 2 natural motion cymbal pads, a kick pedal, tubular support, rack, and all essential interconnection cables.

The DM5 single rackspace sound module contains 540 percussion sounds and 21 pre-programmed drum/percussion sets. All sounds recorded in true stereo at 48 kHz with ambient effects. Dynamic articulation feature enables the DM5's drum sounds to respond to the force with which the pad is struck, including volume, tone, and pitch. Random sample feature brings new life to static tracks by realistically varying the sound of the drum as it is played.

Gives performing drummers looking for a wealth of sounds an easily transportable system and enables drummers to practice quietly.

FEATURES
5 responsive playing pads, 7" x 7-1/2" each 
2 natural motion cymbal pads, 11-1/2" diameter each
Kick pedal
Tubular support rack
All essential interconnection cables
DM5 single rackspace sound module
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3.8

(based on 28 reviews)

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Great first drum kit, get practicing most anyware.

I bought the Alesis DM5 4 piece drum set for my son to expand his desire to expand drumming from a single snare. This is a GREAT first drum kit.Assembly instructions are ok, they...Read complete review

I bought the Alesis DM5 4 piece drum set for my son to expand his desire to expand drumming from a single snare. This is a GREAT first drum kit.Assembly instructions are ok, they really need to identify how to mount the kick pedal as it doesn't line up well with the included bracket.The stand is mostly metal, accept its joints which are rigid plastic. After assembly the stand does its job and feels solid. The drum pads and snares are plastic underneath with durable rubber on top. I was concerned at first but once it all came together it all feels solid and durable. Wiring was easy, and the kit has several extra cables, screws and a bracket for more pads or possible failures. Also included were velcro straps to manage all cabling. (too bad no example of how it should be dressed).You will need 110v, headphones or powered speakers, and a stool, but drum sticks were included.As for the DM5, its got a lot of near real drum sounds and the ability to alter and combine your one drum kit. 21 Presets and 500sounds should keep you busy for a while. I figure if the DM5 ever gets tired, its also possible to loop with garage band on the MAC via MIDI and open a whole new realm of possibility's.With everything together, we powered it on and were drumming away with default presets. But have the manual near by because so many more options are available. (we noticed in DM5 instructions, like the assembly instructions had several assumptions regarding its configuration/and programming. Simple stuff that you may or may not be stifled with, depends on how well you follow procedures and deal with them when steps are missing. The pads had range and were responsive enough to play very soft or hard.I would recommend this to anyone wanting to learn drumming, have fun and not mortgage the house for it. Oh and let the kids jam without having complaints from anyone. Great intro electronic drum kit, we are very happy with the purchase.

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Mediocre

This was my first and probably last electronic drum kit. It simply doesn't have the feel of a drum kit at all. The mounts constantly would move when I played, although I'll admit...Read complete review

This was my first and probably last electronic drum kit. It simply doesn't have the feel of a drum kit at all. The mounts constantly would move when I played, although I'll admit I play fairly hard depending on the song. The ride port on the module stopped working on day 2. Another thing that annoyed me was the hihat pedal; it simply had two settings: open and closed. I guess I expected to be able to sizzle the hihats but there's no in-between. Another thing I found off was how the volume of each pad adjusted the sensitivity more than the pad sensitivity... That simply didn't make any sense to me at all and it made it hard to get the cymbals loud enough without the bass drum triggering them from very subtle vibrations. Speaking of which, the bass drum was physically way too loud (very audible through a 1 foot thick wall), although putting a sock on the pad seemed to muffle it decently. Another thing that bothered me was the height adjustment; the kit felt a little too low for me (I'm 6'3) adjusted at maximum height. One other thing to note is that the bass pedal didn't clamp onto the kit correctly without stuffing some paper in the clamp to allow it to clamp closer together. All-in-all, this kit seems like it will hold up pretty decently if you're willing to re-tighten everything after each playing session. Don't, however, expect this to be anywhere close to an acoustic kit. I really wouldn't buy this unless you absolutely can't have an acoustic kit. This seriously won't satisfy anyone but absolute beginners. Other than that though, it's not a bad little kit for the price.

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2.0

Poorly designed and executed

By sockmonster

from Chico California

Bought this 5 months ago. Drum sounds are superior for this price range, however that is damped by poorly designed hardware. Example: Look at the component that holds the trigger. There is only one boss to ensure the pad stays in place when tightened. These strip off quickly, and soon the pads hang limp. Have had to modify entire kit with large washers and larger threaded fasteners to ensure pads do not flop during use. DM 5 model can be glitchy and unreliable. The rack is also poorly made. The arms will work their way out of the sockets with the most gentle of use. Support has been in the forms of email and and begging the store where purchased. Indications from the company that they will replace parts that break. Unfortunately those words do nothing to help in the middle of a gig or session. The problem is there is nothing they can do for this unit, save a complete pad and rack redesign and/or replacement which of course they are unwilling to do.

 
5.0

Check this out

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This is great for a studio musician on a budget, and can't wake up the neighbors (apartments like myself). The drums will sound very studio like.. Alot of colorization to them, but they sound great. If you add a good compressor, people won't be able to tell unless you play like TOOL. I plan to get one myself for my metal project. Pads and structure is sturdy, and it's only 500 bucks (Cheaper than most drumsets). Definately worth the money, hands down.

 
4.0

Freakin Sweet

By Drummerman79107

from Amarillo, TX

I've only had these drums for a couple of days but they are amazing. Definately worth more than the price. I was unipressed with the kick pedal but everthing else is great. It takes some time to assemble them but once you plug them in they are fully capable right from the start. The wiring is simple and the module is user friendly. Definately a best buy for a drummer on a budget.

 
4.0

Good for Playing Around

By TofuKing

from TX

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This would be a good beginning electronic set, but not good for the beginning drummer. The mounting rack was kind of a pain to get into working order. Once you get everything set, the module has some good sounds. However, it has no teaching features like metronome, songs, or recording. The hardware feels very cheap. The pads feel like hard plastic and toy-like, but remain somewhat sensitive. The hi-hat controller is cheap-o plastic. The kick pedal is flimsy. The Kick Drum set up is annoying. I recommend paying a little extra for either the Alesis Pro if you like the module, or any Yamaha set because you're gonna feel like upgrading after buying this set anyway. For the price of upgrading every component, you might as well buy a good drum set. Overall, the set is way nicer than the Simmons SD5K, but is behind in class to the other brands.

 
1.0

Duck Tape and String...

By jwiley091

from Fairfax, SC

A few years ago our church started a praise band. The front our sanctuary is to small to have an acoustic drum set so we bought this set because we thought it would be something good to start with... The pads have poor response, and the design has MANY MAJOR flaws in addition to the reviews that I've read the bolts don't stay tight (The way that the snare pad is mounted on that bar, the WHOLE bar spins louse)... Also the pads mount to the bars with little plastic peaces so that you can adjust the angle of the pad and now two of ours have broken... And last but not least the hihat pedal broke shortly after we bought the set... Now we joke that our drum set is held together with "Duck tape and String". All of these problems give our drummer a hard time and don't allow him at play some songs the way we would like.... All in all I wouldnt buy ANY Alesis of this model stile until they make some visible changes, and i KNOW they dont have CHEEP PLASTIC MOUNTS.....(Giving then the benefit of the doubt you get a cheep set for a cheep price)

 
1.0

You get what you pay for

By Nate--BCtv

from Midwest

Sold it after a few months of frustration. Cheap frame and joints and no assembly instructions. I actually used the picture from musicians friend website to set it up. The module is so so, but the pads and pedals are cheap. I should have spent a bit more on something nicer. Instead I'm back to my acoustic kit in my guitar players basement. Recording is easy, but electronics will always sound like electronics. For quick demos by casual musicians, this is a good choice based on price. If you want to be serious about recording/playing live, you're going to have to make a bigger investment in your drumkit than this. Too much set up time for live applications, no realistic feel for serious practice, sound module is too generic for CD quality recordings.

 
5.0

It's really not so bad at all.

By Dr. Mumbo

from Wandering between NY & NC

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Like a million other folk, I fart around in my home recording studio, trying to be a one-man band. As others have said, drum machines are just too mechanical and it is not always easy to find something that does your song justice. The Alesis DM5 is a bit better than okay and quite a bit worse than great - but it does the job. I have no regrets that I purchased one.

 
4.0

GOOD BUY

By INEEDMUSIC

from Wilmington, DE

This is a good drum kit for beginners but if you want to play more complicated things then you should spend a little more money.=P Anyway, I am very glad that the dm5 is at the price that it is; the quality:price ratio is on point. Although I programmed my dm5's hi hat trigger to be another kick pedal to play double bass, and sometimes the drum kit will "freeze..?" and I'll have to turn it off, wait a minute, and turn it back on. And sometimes when I turn it back on and i press the hi hat trigger down, it makes sound when I lift my foot up and not when I press down.

 
5.0

Much better than I expected

By Yen;yD

from Eden Prairie, MN

I purchased this set as a beginner's set to learn how to play drums (I'm originally a guitar palyer). I needed somthing that was smaller, lightweight, and had adjustable volume, so I figured an electronic set was the way to go. This was the cheapest set out there by far, so I was a little skeptical at first (considering the lack of reviews on the web).But let me tell you; this thing is sick! The DM5 controller is a breeze to use and sounds very sweet. The pads are very responsive and the frame is sturdy. The only thing that I was unimpressed with is the hi-hat pedal, but, that is a really minor part of the kit. A real pro would be unimpressed, but anyone just starting out or looking for a value setup will appreciate this kit.It ain't no Roland. But it plays well and is much cheaper than anything else out there.

 
4.0

Not bad for a practice kit

By Boombeater

from moore, OK

Let's get something out of the way: This won't be a good kit for pro recording, however it is an excellent practice or warmup kit. Good for an apartment or small room. It is a little "thwacky" sounding, but just use headphones and you won't hear it. It is also a MIDI interface which should increase the appeal.

 
5.0

sick edrum kit

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This is a sick kit that is more than worth the price. the dm5 module is the best part. this is loaded with cool stuff. the only down side is the ride doesn't have a good sound when played soft, it has to be hit pretty hard. It is awesome!!!!

 
3.0

Mediocre

By denreaper

from Louisville, KY

This was my first and probably last electronic drum kit. It simply doesn't have the feel of a drum kit at all. The mounts constantly would move when I played, although I'll admit I play fairly hard depending on the song. The ride port on the module stopped working on day 2. Another thing that annoyed me was the hihat pedal; it simply had two settings: open and closed. I guess I expected to be able to sizzle the hihats but there's no in-between. Another thing I found off was how the volume of each pad adjusted the sensitivity more than the pad sensitivity... That simply didn't make any sense to me at all and it made it hard to get the cymbals loud enough without the bass drum triggering them from very subtle vibrations. Speaking of which, the bass drum was physically way too loud (very audible through a 1 foot thick wall), although putting a sock on the pad seemed to muffle it decently. Another thing that bothered me was the height adjustment; the kit felt a little too low for me (I'm 6'3) adjusted at maximum height. One other thing to note is that the bass pedal didn't clamp onto the kit correctly without stuffing some paper in the clamp to allow it to clamp closer together. All-in-all, this kit seems like it will hold up pretty decently if you're willing to re-tighten everything after each playing session. Don't, however, expect this to be anywhere close to an acoustic kit. I really wouldn't buy this unless you absolutely can't have an acoustic kit. This seriously won't satisfy anyone but absolute beginners. Other than that though, it's not a bad little kit for the price.

 
1.0

not well built, do yourself a favor and upgrade

By Crash Rocks

from Lowell, MA

I recently bought this setup. The module/brain itself is nice and a good deal. The kit/pads/pedals and rack are a piece of crap. Setup was a pain in the neck and the directions (or lack thereof) totally sucked. My hi-hat pedal already broke and I have only had this for 1 month. (I am trying to get it replaced via warranty currently but I might just buy a Roland Hi-Hat pedal instead). I used my own DW kick pedal, because the kick pedal that came with it looked like it belonged with a ?toy drum set?. The rack screws come loose and the cymbals have 3 screws on the bottom that keep falling out. Do yourself a favor and try the Hart or Roland kits instead. I wish I did...you get what you pay for.

 
4.0

Alright drum set

By Fidel

from Laredo Texas

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The drum set sounds alright doesn't have the best sounding drum sounds. It dosn't have an aux input to connect a cd player which is essencial for practing with a cd. It dosn't have a metrotone to help you keep the beat which is very important. the hihat pedal is really cheap and doesn't feel noting like a really one. I recommed you saving more money and buying a better drum set.

 
5.0

Excellent Value

By Steve-kAyEV

from Longview, TX

I've had my Alesis set for about a month now and I am very pleased so far. I am a guitar player and I wanted this set for my house. I've had numerous late night jam sessions with my friends without bothering the neighbors. Recording demos at home has become really easy. My drummer comes in and lays down the drum tracks in minutes without having to mic anything or spend hours mixing. Plus the drums are just plain fun to play. There aren't a lot of bad things to say about this set, but here are a few. The fram is metal and seems to be fine, but hardware is plastic and pretty cheap. It seems sturdy enough but may not last. If I had to replace it all with metal connections, this would still be a bargain. I wouldn't recommend gigging with this unit. The pads feel sturdy and I believe they'll hold up fine. The module gives some really good sounds, but if I were doing some serious recording, I'd use an acoustic set. So for what I paid, I think it's an excellent value.

 
1.0

Not Worth It

By WALKiN' DUDE

from OFallon, MO

I do not think that the Alesis electronic drumset w/DM5 module is worth having at any price...even if it were free, it would still be an unreliable pain in the neck to deal with. I have decided to return mine. A pad fried within a day and a half. That shouldn't happen to quality merchandise. DO NOT BUY. I have hear of people that claim to be quite happy with the quality...I can't account for that. Try this:you're looking to finish up a track, you've just about got the drums all done, and the trigger pad burns out. Well, make yourself comfortable, because you're going to be waiting SEVERAL DAYS while you line up the warranty exchange, send it off, wait for warranty replacement 'approval', then shipping and handleing time back to you...what song were you working on again?

 
4.0

It's good

By the man on the throne

from Kentucky

I bought this product to help with recording and make it easier on my neighbors when i practice. AS for the recording this drumset does pretty decent recordings with a few flaws, for example, the touch sensitivity is sometimes a little off making the recording miss some notes which could be vital to the part. other than that this is a good quality product. I liked it so well that i bought an additional tom pad and cymbal pad.

 
4.0

Beginners Only

By FireChild

from VA

The sound library is pretty good. It has a pretty good selection of different sounds you can use, and there are plenty enough expansion slots in the module if you want to get extra parts. You can also align the pads however you want with relative ease. However, once you're past the basic bass-snare-bass-snare lines you start to feel stifled.The major flaw is that the rotating joints are weak (beware, Kildrumz impersonators) and after a few months I already am afraid to use it because I'll have to readjust every few hits. It's also not very quiet to play even when you have the sound turned off because of the solid surfaces. It's near impossible to mount the mediocre kick pedal to the frame, to boot. The cymbals are terrible, too. If you want even primitive smash-n-hold, get something else.

 
4.0

Great first drum kit, get practicing most anyware.

By MyCatsOnFire

from California

I bought the Alesis DM5 4 piece drum set for my son to expand his desire to expand drumming from a single snare. This is a GREAT first drum kit.Assembly instructions are ok, they really need to identify how to mount the kick pedal as it doesn't line up well with the included bracket.The stand is mostly metal, accept its joints which are rigid plastic. After assembly the stand does its job and feels solid. The drum pads and snares are plastic underneath with durable rubber on top. I was concerned at first but once it all came together it all feels solid and durable. Wiring was easy, and the kit has several extra cables, screws and a bracket for more pads or possible failures. Also included were velcro straps to manage all cabling. (too bad no example of how it should be dressed).You will need 110v, headphones or powered speakers, and a stool, but drum sticks were included.As for the DM5, its got a lot of near real drum sounds and the ability to alter and combine your one drum kit. 21 Presets and 500sounds should keep you busy for a while. I figure if the DM5 ever gets tired, its also possible to loop with garage band on the MAC via MIDI and open a whole new realm of possibility's.With everything together, we powered it on and were drumming away with default presets. But have the manual near by because so many more options are available. (we noticed in DM5 instructions, like the assembly instructions had several assumptions regarding its configuration/and programming. Simple stuff that you may or may not be stifled with, depends on how well you follow procedures and deal with them when steps are missing. The pads had range and were responsive enough to play very soft or hard.I would recommend this to anyone wanting to learn drumming, have fun and not mortgage the house for it. Oh and let the kids jam without having complaints from anyone. Great intro electronic drum kit, we are very happy with the purchase.

 
4.0

Good electronic set

By LP-Tele9610

from Birmingham, AL

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I have had this set for about 4 maybe 5 years now. I bought an extra pad so I could have three toms. Well this past December the extra pad broke internally and my hi-hat pedal quit holding the cords in its jack. But this is quality stuff 'cuz it should have broke a year before when it did. I hit the pads hard enough to get bounce and I play fast enough that if I lose a stick the actual module peice gets wacked. All in all my set is still good.

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