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Alesis DM8 Pro Electronic Drum Set  

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Packed with over 750 first-quality studio and live drums and cymbals, dozens of play-along tracks, and an advanced metronome for practice and perform...Read More

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OVERVIEW

Hundreds of superb sounds and the feel drummers deserve.

Packed with over 750 first-quality studio and live drums and cymbals, dozens of play-along tracks, and an advanced metronome for practice and performance, the DM8 module also has audio and trigger inputs and outputs including USB MIDI for expansive connectivity. The kit provides DM Pad 16-inch tri-zone ride and 14-inch crash cymbals, both choke-able. There are also 8-inch and 10-inch tom pads plus a large 12-inch floor tom pad and dual-zone snare, all with Alesis’ RealHead technology. The rugged StageRack is stable and durable.

FEATURES
  • DM8 high-definition drum module with over 750 Dynamic Articulation™ sounds
  • RealHead 8", 10", and 12" drum pads with tension-adjustable drumheads
  • 12" dual-zone Snare, 8", 10", and 12" Toms, and 8" Kick, which works with single and double pedals (sold separately)
  • DMPad 12", 14", and 16" multi-zone cymbal pads with natural motion
  • 16" 3-zone Ride with choke, 14" Crash with choke, 12" Hi-Hat with RealHat continuous pedal
  • StageRack with four-post design, integrated cymbal booms, and wingbolt-adjustable clamps
  • StageRack includes convertible boom/straight cymbal arms, mounted in the downtubes
  • Premium instrument library multi-sampled from real drums and cymbals
  • Play along with tracks and record yourself with the three-part sequencer
  • Mix input for practicing with external music players
  • USB-enabled for tracking and programming with virtually all music software

If you imagine sound, feel, looks, durability, and price as the faders on a mixer, the DM8 Pro Kit is the perfect mix.

SPECIFICATIONS

DM8 Pro Electronic Drum Set

  • Includes:
  • DM8 drum module
  • 2 RealHead 12" drum pads
  • RealHead 10" drum pad
  • RealHead 8" drum pad
  • RealHead kick pad
  • DMPad 12" Hi-Hat cymbal
  • DMPad 14" Crash cymbal
  • DMPad 16" Ride cymbal
  • RealHat Pedal continuous hi-hat control pedal
  • StageRack with clamps and boom cymbal arms
  • Cable snake with cable collars
  • Drumkey
  • Power supply
  • DM8 User Manual
  • Setup Guide
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AlesisDM8 Pro Electronic Drum Set
 
4.0

(based on 20 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

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    (1)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great sound (7)
  • Responsive (7)
  • Versatile (7)
  • Sensitive (6)
  • Huge tone (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (7), Novice (3)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Great kit and easy to learn and use

      If your looking for a great kit that won't break the bank and easy to use and program or tweak to your own use or way of playing,this is the one.I have had it...Read complete review

      If your looking for a great kit that won't break the bank and easy to use and program or tweak to your own use or way of playing,this is the one.I have had it about a week and play on it all the time,Its a great deal and i would't hesitate to buy it again
      With 750 sounds and so many choices right out of the box,this is great ekit that i found pretty easy to adapt to.Bring an acoustic drummer for many many years and having owned 2 electronic kits previously,i researched all of the options for my price point before deciding on the Dm8 pro.The kit has a dual zone snare,which actually all of the drum pads are dual zone,but the module only uses this capability out of the snare.You could really use any of the pads included for the snare,so your not limited to the 12 inch size,if you prefer the 12 as a tom,you could use either the 8 or 10 and still have dual zone.
      The Pads are well built and sturdy,fairly heavy and not cheap looking or feeling.The cymbals are also quite heavy and durable rubber where the triggers and chokes are.The bass drum stand is heavy and the hi hat controller pedal is also metal,no plastic parts,unlike those of the simmons.The rack is also metal,The tom holder brackets are plastic but not flimsy.All of the tensioners are adjusted with an included drum key,they also include some cable tie downs to make the wiring neat.

      The cymbal stands are both metal,as well as the hi hat holder.The two cymbal stands are mini booms so you can position them about anywhere you like ,

      Playability wise,the settings are ok out of the box,but i immeadeatly messed with the sensitivity and cross talk features as well as curve settings.This will be different for each person,as to how you hit and play the drums.The usb out is a great feature to record to the computer and it does include a free drum program you can download.Very limited in the free program but this module will work with about any vst software such as toontracks solo or ez drummer.
      For this price point,i was more then happy with the sturdiness and quality of the product,much more then any other comparable kit.

      The realhead pads are a little loud but feel responsive and have good attack.No its not the same as an acoustic kit but it is very close.Some have swapped these out for mesh heads,something i will do soon.I have to admit the kick drum pad is real loud,its probably the worst feeling pad on the drum set and loudest.Good response just louder then the rest of the drum pads on contact.I have owned a roland kit and find these way easier to program and play then the rolands were.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      RealHeads do not feel real.

      Alesis DM8 Pro Drum Set.

      I will focus my comments on the aspect of the Alesis drum set that most differentiates it from other manufacturers' sets, the drum pads. The...Read complete review

      Alesis DM8 Pro Drum Set.

      I will focus my comments on the aspect of the Alesis drum set that most differentiates it from other manufacturers' sets, the drum pads. The Alesis sets use what they call "RealHead" pads. These are controllers that use actual drum head skins as part of their pads. Implied in their usage is the possibility that the heads will feel more authentic compared to substitutes such as rubber, mesh, etc, because they use the real thing. Unfortunately, this possibility is unrealized.

      The Alesis pads do not feel like real drum heads at all, and the pads are hobbled by their design. The bass drum pad feels as if your beater is striking a board. The other pads lack the soft bounce that you feel with real drums.

      The worrisome aspect of the Alesis pads is the potential for damage they could cause your hands. The impact sensor of the pad is a metal plate underneath the drum head. The only thing between this plate and the drum head is a thin layer of foam. When you strike the drum head with decent force using a stick, the foam bottoms out, and you are essentially rebounding off the metal. This results in feeling the unpleasant physical impact of hitting a hard object. This could harm your hands over extended usage. My teacher noticed this about the Alesis pads immediately when I showed one to him. An actual drum head has a soft rebound response to your strikes. The Alesis pads have a hard rebound response to your stronger strikes. It doesn't require wailing unreasonably hard on the pads in order to feel this, only forceful strikes that are not out of the norm. I found this to be the case with the larger pads - the 12" snare and tom - not so much the smaller toms.

      Having the foam positioned in direct contact with the drum skin has the unfortunate effect of dampening the response of the pad. It feels like playing on a rubber pad. You do not get the bounce of a real drum head. Although Alesis trumpets the pads as being constructed with rims like real drums, no amount of tightening the heads will give you the bounce response of a real drum head. I tightened them until the frames started to warp from the tension, but couldn't get anything near authentic response. Doing a vertical stick bounce - where you hold a drum stick vertically above the pad about the elevation of the length of a drum stick, and let it drop - gives you an indication of comparative response. There's little rebound from the stick bounce off of the Alesis pad head. You might get 3 inches of bounce - nothing near a real drum head bounce. On an actual snare the stick will bounce more than twice that. I would describe the difference as a "dead bounce" versus a "live bounce".

      The strike sensor, which has a denser foam covering, only extends partially under an inner circle of the pad. The outer circle surrounding that sensor has a ring of less dense foam. This means that the response, and audible feedback from stick impact on the inner pad is different from the response on the outer pad. It lacks consistency of feel across the pad.

      The pads are noisy. This makes sense, since the pads use real drum skins. It would be a worthwhile trade-off to have the noise of real heads if the pads had authentic feel. But they don't, so you're left with the worst of both worlds.

      For me, the Alesis pads are a disappointment. I really wanted to like them - the concept of using actual drum heads for pads is very appealing. Some very expensive electronic kits do this. There really is nothing like the feel of an actual drum head. Alesis seemingly offers the feature at a very attractive price. However, it has executed the concept in a way that undermines the hypothetical realness. Sadly, Alesis' "RealHeads" do not have the feel of real heads.

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      2.0

      Don't play it like an actual drumset

      By Mike Litoris

      from San Jose, CA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

        Cons

        • Poorly Made

        Best Uses

          Comments about Alesis DM8 Pro Electronic Drum Set:

          I'm a big guy. I play heavy music. I bought this kit so I could work on stuff at home to bring back into the studio. Two months after purchasing, the snare drum started slipping as I was playing it rendering the kit useless. You've basically got an attachment made of smooth plastic that clips on to the rack (which is also made of smooth plastic) holding the snare in place. Smooth plastic on smooth plastic...not a durable combination. Called Alesis and their resolution was to send me another of the same attachment (no thanks) and they then suggested I buy a snare stand. Not a bad kit otherwise...just don't play it like a real drum set.

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          5.0

          Very satisfied with DM8 pro

          By Project15

          from Chicago, IL

          About Me Novice

          Pros

          • Customizable
          • Great Value For The Price
          • Quality construction

          Cons

          • Poor Kick Pad Sensitivity

          Best Uses

          • Practice

          Comments about Alesis DM8 Pro Electronic Drum Set:

          I bought this set last Christmas (10 months ago) as my first drum set and have played on it almost every day since purchasing it. Still love it!

          Setup and Sensitivity - I spent some time reading the manual to set up the triggers correctly. It took some time, but I got it to a point that works great for me. I've been unable to get the kick trigger to function 100% as I want as it's not sensitive enough for my preference even after lots of settings adjustment, however, it's usable. Is it a direct replacement for an acoustic set if you're looking for that acoustic sound? No, as it can't match the exact sensitivity of an acoustic set (can any electric set?).

          "Real Heads" Feel - I prefer them over rubber pad drumsets and even over the roland mesh heads! I play on an acoustic set every other week and I will admit that it was a slight adjustment from practicing on this to moving to the acoustic, but I would think that's expected.

          Module - The stock sounds were abundant, and while I did find some default sets I liked, I was able to take a recording of the acoustic set I play on and recreate a similar drumset sound in the DM8's module.

          Quality Construction - I beat on this thing as hard as I would an acoustic set (sometimes harder when I'm jamming alone in my basement and really get into it) and everything has held up fine.

          Summary - For the price, this set cannot be beat. The DM8 Pro's setup works great for me since it has the same amount of drums as the acoustic set I use. If you need more drums, there's always the DM10/DM10X.

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          3.0

          Great kit, but WAY too loud!

          By Blake

          from WA

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Good Feel
          • Great Sound
          • Great Sound Bank
          • Responsive
          • Solid construction
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Too loud

          Best Uses

          • Home Not Aparment
          • Home Not Apartment

          Comments about Alesis DM8 Pro Electronic Drum Set:

          This is a great drum kit. The sound bank is awesome and it feels pretty good. It's a lot of fun to play on, but it's just WAY TOO LOUD! I bought this kit hoping I could practice in my apartment and within 20 minutes of playing I got a call from the main office about multiple complaints. I played it one other time and later that day received an eviction warning. I can't even be mad... they really are extremely loud. You might get away with it if you keep your heel down for the kick pedal but even that is unlikely. I had to return them in the end. If you're looking for a kit to play in an apartment, keep looking!

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          (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Alesi DM 8 Pro E Drum Set

          By farfar47

          from Plano, TX

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Alesis Dm8 Pro E Drum Set
          • Great Sound
          • Huge Tone
          • Responsive
          • Sensitive
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Alesis DM8 Pro Electronic Drum Set:

              Just love my new drum set - I enjoy jamming with drums so close to the real thing - Thanks Musician's Friend for offering a great product at a great price

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              4.0

              No kick drum pedal

              By garp

              from Clarion, PA

              About Me Novice

              Ask me a question

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Alesis DM8 Pro Electronic Drum Set:

                  I'm a newbe, but I'm really impressed by the feel and sound of the DM8. However, it comes without a kick drum pedal, and I haven't been able to find an Alesis one anywhere. The documentation talks about being able to use a third party pedal, which makes it sound a little like they expect you to. (And why else not include it.) However the Yamaha pedal I purchased would not clamp to the Alesis trigger base because a cutout between the ends of the base where the clamp would have to grab is too close to the trigger head. and the beater rod hits the rim of the trigger head. Maybe there are other pedals out there that would work, but I don't know how to determine that. Why not include the pedal with the set, like the DM10?

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                  3.0

                  Pro/con

                  By Roger

                  from Cincinnati,Ohio

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Easy to use
                  • Great Deal For The Cost

                  Cons

                  • Real Feel Is Not
                  • Too Hard Of A Response

                  Best Uses

                  • Great To Practice With

                  Comments about Alesis DM8 Pro Electronic Drum Set:

                  I don't like the real feel heads ,they are not.For these heads to be an upgrade is a poor decision ,I'm sure it's was market driven.they need to scrap these heads and just offer larger rubber pads like on the DM6.The options on the Module are great.

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                  5.0

                  DM8 Pro Electronic Drum Kit

                  By joe z

                  from Williamstown, NJ

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Ask me a question

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Alesis DM8 Pro Electronic Drum Set:

                    The kit sounds great, however I have a small problem with one of the pads. I e-mailed Alisi.com waiting for a response.

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                    5.0

                    Best electronic kit by far!

                    By Drum king 87

                    from Clarksville Tn

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Better Then Acoustic Kits
                    • Good Rich Sound
                    • Great Sound
                    • Huge Tone
                    • Responsive
                    • Sensitive
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                    • None

                    Best Uses

                    • Private Practice Solos

                    Comments about Alesis DM8 Pro Electronic Drum Set:

                    This Alesis Dm8 pro Kit is the best by far drum set I ever owned after owning 2 previous sets this one is perfect for me because it has over a ton of features from pre built in kits to create your own I am a soloist the rich sound of having the electronic kit is perfect sound quality and absolutely awesome and if you take time to fine tune It and sounds better the acoustic kits less nosiy are overall I am very pleased with this kit!

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                    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Pleasant surprise

                    By Jeff

                    from Dingmans Ferry,PA

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Set-up Instructions

                    Best Uses

                    • Accompaniment
                    • At Home Practice

                    Comments about Alesis DM8 Pro Electronic Drum Set:

                    I'm not a Drummer,I bought this kit for our Drummer who is Quite powerful(read this as too loud). Being a heavy drummer used to an acustic kit, it was a bit of a gamble..I figured I would hear all sorts of complaints from Him,but after he fooled around a bit finding the tones and response he wanted,He could only say good things about this kit. For a old scholl drummer to be impressed,well,that says alot.

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Great for USB use with Virtual Drums

                    By Virual Drummer

                    from Denver, CO

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                    • Flat Sound

                    Best Uses

                    • Usb Recording Of Virtual

                    Comments about Alesis DM8 Pro Electronic Drum Set:

                    Overall this is a great kit for the sale price. The onboard drum sounds leave much to be desired, but the USB interface works great with virtual drums. The pad sensitivity controls and adjustments are very useful.

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