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Alesis DM5 Module/Pad 4-Piece Electronic Drum Set   

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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 t...Read More

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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
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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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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.

 
5.0

Great Value in Electronic Drums

By Pnabur

from Minnesota

This is very easy to put together, and quite solid. The drum module had been programmed by someone prior, and it was not very desirable. The ride cymbal didn't work and the sounds were weak. I reprogrammed it back to its original design, and it is just great. The brush sound on the snare is not very accurate but the amount of style adjustmensts is endless. This is my first electronic set and I play guitar and drums. And I prefer this set up to my accoustic set for practices(band) and recording. We will be using in a live setting as well. The cymbals, ride and crash are very accurate as well. The new alesis double contact snare will be added. There are 12 sound inputs on the module with every percusion sound available to reproduce.This is a great buy. Thank you.

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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.

 
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

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)

 
4.0

Good for Playing Around

By TofuKing

from TX

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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
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.

 
5.0

Just what this piano player was looking for!

By xax65sTGz

from Norton, MA

As a semi-pro piano player who has wanted to be a drummer for 50 years, this set gives me all that I wanted; a small, simple, inexpensive electronic drum kit that would allow me to learn to play drums without bothering the wife and kids. It's setup in my personal recording studio and likely won't travel, though I imagine it could pretty easily. The workmanship is very good, in my opinion. The kick pedal and frame are much sturdier than I expected after reading some derogatory comments about them. The heads aren't as "live" as real drums I've played, but they're live enough for me to learn on. The hi-hat pedal is a little flimsy, but does allow some adjustment that might help. I recommend this kit to musicians like me who aren't drummers ... yet.

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