Alesis DM10 Pro Kit is the product of extensive research and development efforts. Based around the DM10 sound module, the DM10 Pro Kit features Alesis' RealHead drum pads, SURGE Cymbals made of real c... Read More
Alesis DM10 Pro Kit is the product of extensive research and development efforts. Based around the DM10 sound module, the DM10 Pro Kit features Alesis' RealHead drum pads, SURGE Cymbals made of real cymbal alloy and an ErgoRack mounting system.
You will immediately notice the DM10 module's outstanding sound quality. This drum sound module contains true drum, cymbal, and percussion sounds—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 with up to 24 different pads. The DM10's top-panel mixer gives you easy access to creating custom mixes.
RealHead Drum Pads
The DM10 Pro Kit has Alesis' acoustic-feeling RealHead pads in 8" and 10" 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.
The DM10 Pro Kit comes with premium SURGE cymbals, the only serious choice in electronic cymbals. The kit includes a 12" SURGE hi-hat cymbal, a 13" SURGE crash cymbal with choke and a 16" SURGE triple-zone ride cymbal with choke. Comprised of a genuine alloy cymbal coated with a clear sound-dampening layer, SURGE cymbals feel like acoustic cymbals because they begin life as just that. The crash and ride cymbals feature large choke strips on the undersides for even more attention to accurate cymbal control. The SURGE ride also features multiple-zone triggering on the bell, face, and edge. The SURGE hi-hat cymbal offers continuously variable control using the included pedal.
The DM10 Pro Kit features an ergonomically curved, chrome-plated ErgoRack for mounting the pads and module on. It is a heavy gauge, heavy duty rack—and supremely adjustable. The ErgoRack is large enough to enable you to add on additional drum pads and SURGE cymbals. You can even mount acoustic drums, cymbals, and percussion instruments on this roadworthy system.
The ErgoRack employs standard 1-1/2" tubing for compatibility with virtually all drum manufacturers' rack hardware. The rack features quick-release, metal clamps for fast setup and tear down. The crash and ride cymbals mount on large, knurled boom cymbal arms that are height adjustable right in the rack down tubes. The DM10 Pro Kit comes with tom mounts that enable freely adjustable mounting. Drummer-friendly wing-screws are present on all important rack clamps and pads for ease of adjustment without reaching for a drum key. The drum pads mount on standard 10.5mm L-rods with low-slip, knurled mounting surfaces.
The DM10 Pro Kit: The flagship of the Alesis electronic percussion line.
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It is my understanding that on the DM10 Pro, the rack clamps are quick release METAL clamps - not plastic. I think all of the other models have plastic, but not the DM10 Pro. Can anyone else confirm this? I have a gibraltar rack and was going to use those clamps if the Alesis are plastic. Otherwise, I'll sell them! Otherwise, good review! I am going to buy one this month! I think this blows away the competition.
I've been playing the same '63 Ludwig 4-piece since 1970. But I needed more sounds without giving up my classic kit. So, one day while playing around on an electric kit in GC (another brand), it hit me. I decided that instead of replacing my kit, I would just add to it by creating a hybrid. This kit is the perfect addition. They feel real, they sound great and the Surge cymbals look awesome mixed in with my set of Paiste's. I love the rack and quickly mounted my 13" tom to it. My 24" bass fits perfectly under there and I'm going to have fun learning how to best use 5 pedals (a double kick for the acoustic bass, another for the electric bass, and both acoustic and electric hi-hats). Mounting my acoustic tom caused issues though. The wiring bundle is set up to only reach the drums where Alesis wants you to mount them. I couldn't mount the module on the far left, where it belongs, and reach any pads beyond my acoustic tom. Each wire was about a foot short of their goal. Great idea to have them cut to length in order to hide the wiring, but another foot wouldn't have hurt the aesthetics's. Especially since every drummer out there wants to personalize to some degree. And I can't be the only one who will want to add other drums. That's my only negative experience. Minus 1 star for the too short wire bundle. I still have a ways to go to adjust all the settings for my perfect drum kit(s), but I'm going to enjoy getting there.
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