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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 groundbreaking DM10 drum module, and a compact, flexib... Click To Read More About This Product

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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 groundbreaking DM10 drum module, and a compact, flexible StageRack. Note: Bass drum pedal sold separately.

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.

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.

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.

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.


  • Polyphony: 64 voicesMemory: 128 MB, linear
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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
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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Manufacturer's Warranty
One year parts and labor warranty on all keyboards, DAT, and modules.
One year or 1500 hour warranty (whichever comes first) on tape heads.
Custome must register purchase online to receive customer registration number and warranty.
(No warranties are sent with product.)

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AlesisDM10 Studio Electronic Drum Set

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(17 of 18 customers found this review helpful)


Alesis DM10 Studio: Great Value - A Very Good Kit!

By Mark A

from Sacramento, CA

Comments about Alesis DM10 Studio Electronic Drum Set:

I don?t usually write reviews because I don?t have a lot of time. I felt compelled to write this one because I think this is an exceptionally good product for the price. I have been a drummer for almost 40 years, and have played numerous acoustic and electronic kits. I have always been a hardcore acoustic kit person until I required a different drumming setup in my studio. After reading tons of reviews, I decided to try the Alesis DM10. I received my Alesis DM0 Studio kit about a week ago. It arrived much faster than expected and was well packed. The box took a good beating up the stairway to my studio as I had to hump it up there by myself. It took me a little over an hour to assemble the kit. I could have easily saved another 15-20 minutes if Alesis would have marked the parts (A,B,C,D, etc.) with little stickers in conjunction with the pictures of the parts on the assembly directions. This is simple enough to do and I don?t know why Alesis did not do it? The pictures of the parts in their diagrams were not that good. Never the less, the assembly was not nearly as bad as I had read in other reviews, still simple enough to do. The first thing I did was to upgrade my DM10 module to the latest Alesis OS. This is extremely important to do initially! After my kit was assembled, I turned it on and surprise, everything triggered and worked on startup. I spent another 25 minutes adjusting the trigger sensitivity and related parameters, but everything worked great! I have been playing and tweaking the DM10s the last few days and am thoroughly enjoying it. The sounds are crisp, clear, and punchy. The sonic qualities of the samples are first rate. The tom pads respond well enough for studio use although they are a bit louder than expected. I will upgrade the heads to the custom mesh heads very soon though. The kick is solid and sturdy and works well with my Gibraltar pedal. Cymbals have a decent bounce, and I like that dual zone choke that allows you to mute their sound after a crash. After calibrating my hit-hat (10 second task), the clap worked like a charm. The frame\hardware seems to be solid and sturdy even with a good around the block pounding. The hardware has quality; it does not look for feel cheap. I got the $200 Alesis rebate which made it a steal. Yes, there are better electronic kits out there but to get there but they go up in price thousands of dollars. I will be using the DM10s for recording and are a perfect fit for my studio. For the price range, the Alesis DM10s are the boss hands down.

(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)



By Caleb Koehn

from Folsom CA

Comments about Alesis DM10 Studio Electronic Drum Set:

I have had this kit for about a year a a half now. the kit has some alright sounds but it is not worth the money. after about a year of having the kit, nearly every part of it had broken. The ride, the crash, two pads, two of the crash stands, the moduele, and the bass drum. I sent it back to alesis and they said they would fix it, about four months of trying to contact alesis and get a status on the repairs, I heard nothing back. I desided to contact the suplyer and they ended up sending me a some of the broken products. still hearing nothin from alesis. i will NEVER buy any product sold by alesis again. if you like good quality drum products and bare minimum costomer service the DM 10 is not for you. this is the worst drum product i have ever bought. i would recomend buying a lower line product from any other brand for the same price. i hope this stops you from making the 1,000$ mistake i made.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Overall - an excellent choice


from Harrisburg, PA

Comments about Alesis DM10 Studio Electronic Drum Set:

Glad I read the reviews - the instructions are difficult to follow and if you don't download and print them out, the sheet packed with the set is almost too small to read - Definitely would have helped if the pieces were marked corresponding to the instructions - and for future tear down and setting up - Some of the labels on the control unit are not clearly defined as to what they correspond to - ie there are 4 toms and only 3 inputs marked - there are 3 symbols with 4 cables and only three cymbals are marked - I had to change cables after identifying the "right" connections - Now the positives - FANTASTIC looks and the heads are nearly perfect for look and feel of "real" heads (I HATE the look of rubber heads) but you also have the option in the future of replacing them with screen heads (but I don't think I'll be doing that) - the other reviewer's comment about cymbals striking when hitting toms - - - that could be the "rim shot" features on each of the toms - ie cowbell, wood block, additional cymbal crash - I like that feature but would like a table to tell me what feature you get on each programmed setting - Wonderful response - great for apartment dwellers - nice footprint - Have not had the set long enough - only just over a week - to comment on re-tightening clamps, break down and set up - longevity of plastic clamps and wing nuts (does anybody know of better alternatives?) - also, it appears that to transport the set, you must totally disassemble iot to get it inot any sort of transport case - time will tell - Still, I believe a great alternative for apartment dwellers and "older" drummers that are getting "tired" of lugging acoustic drum sets - and this set includes the exact configuration of the acousticc set I had to sell - snare, 2 tome on bass, 2 floor toms - So far, very pleased with my purchase -


Didn't take long for things to malfunction/too loud.


from Massachusetts

Comments about Alesis DM10 Studio Electronic Drum Set:

First off, I think that one of the reasons electric drum kits are made is so that there will be minimal acoustic noise when practicing. Not the philosophy followed by Alesis as this kit is still loud and obnoxious sounding, by itself. Shame on me for not carefully reading all the specs on this item. So if you're looking for an electric drum kit that is quiet, don't get this one! The bass drum stand was unstable and swayed side to side while playing. The sound quality was below average. I wasn't impressed with too many of their kits. There were two that I liked. My biggest complaint is about this kit is its durability, if there is any. After a few days of playing it, the base drum head lost it's sensitivity so I could barely hear it, even with that channel volume all the way up. Also, a RoHS cord went out on one of the crash cymbals. If these were just the beginning of technical malfunctions to come, then there was no way I was going to keep it. The only compliment I'll give is that because the drumheads are actual drumheads one would use for an acoustic kit, there is that element of playing the real thing, but again, the NOISE! Overall, very disappointing. Thankfully, I returned it to my regional Guitar Center within the thirty days I had it and got my bucks back and I payed the extra money for a much better sounding and acoustically QUIETER(lol!) Roland TD15-K :)

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