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DM6 USB Electronic Drum set

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The Alesis DM6 electronic drum set highlights the best of Alesis' 20 years of experience in professional electronic percussion instruments. This electronic drum kit features a completely redesigned so... Read More

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Overview

The Alesis DM6 electronic drum set highlights the best of Alesis' 20 years of experience in professional electronic percussion instruments. This electronic drum kit features a completely redesigned sound module with 108 quality drum, cymbal, and percussion sounds. Its drum pads feel great and its hardware and rack system are built to last.

Unmistakable Alesis Feel
Like all Alesis drum sets, the DM6 features realistic, natural-feeling playing surfaces. To reduce vibration feedback, natural rubber drum and cymbal surfaces were selected for the DM6's drum pads. This 5-piece kit gets you started on a dual-zone snare pad for 2-sound compatibility. You can dial in a snare drum sound in the center and a rim click, rim shot, or something totally different like a cowbell on the rim.

The Alesis DM6 electronic drum kit also comes with 3 tom pads, an upright kick drum pad, hi-hat, crash, and ride cymbal pads. It even comes with an Alesis bass drum pedal and the kick pad is compatible with most single and double bass pedals.

Outstanding Sound
The DM6 module features an internal collection of topnotch drum, cymbal, and percussion sounds. You can edit and save your drum kits for custom sounds. You get 10 presets and 5 custom slots. In addition to the sounds, there's a USB output that sends the notes you play out as MIDI signal. This enables you to use the DM6 as a trigger-to-MIDI interface with drum-module software such as BFD, Toontrack, or Reason for a limitless collection of sounds.

The Alesis DM6 has headphone and amplifier outputs so you can play quietly in phones or connect up and rock out. You can also connect your iPod or CD player and mix it in with the DM6's stereo input jack.

Practice Tools
The DM6 module has a metronome, an essential tool for keeping steady time whether you're practicing alone or with a band. The DM6 also has a built-in sequencer with 40 preset music tracks for play along—great practice tool!

Rugged Hardware
A drum set is only as strong as its weakest link. The DM6 Kit mounts on a heavy-duty aluminum rack. The standard 1-1/2" tubing enables you to add on with Alesis and other brands' clamps and mounts. The electric drum kit also comes with a full set of mounting hardware and cables, as well as rugged kick drum and hi-hat pedals.

Features
  • 5-piece electronic drum set with DM6 drum-sound module
  • DM6 module contains 108 topnotch drum, cymbal, and percussion sounds
  • Realistic, natural-feeling playing surfaces
  • 15 programmable drum sets
  • Dual-zone snare pad for rim click and rim shot capability
  • USB-MIDI output for use with drum-module software
  • Connect your iPod or CD player and mix it in with 1/8" input
  • Expandable with any of the Alesis e-Percussion essentials
  • Velocity sensitive
Includes:
  • DM6 drum sound module
  • Dual-zone snare pad
  • Tom pads
  • Hi-hat, ride, and crash cymbal pads
  • Upright kick tower
  • Alesis kick pedal
  • Alesis hi-hat pedal
  • ProRack complete with mounting hardware
  • DM6 Kit cable snake
  • Drum key
  • Drumsticks
  • Assembly instructions/quick start guide
DM6 Module
  • Kits: 10 Preset, 5 User Kits
  • Patterns: 40 Preset, 1 User
  • Sounds: 108
  • Inputs: 1/8" stereo mix-in, 25-pin D-sub for cable snake
  • Outputs: 1/8" stereo master, 1/8" headphone
  • USB for trigger-to-MIDI interface
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4.0

(based on 13 reviews)

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Great set for new drummers

So i would always mess with my buddys drum set after he and his band were done practicing and made the choice to get a set of my own. The alesis DM6 is not...Read complete review

So i would always mess with my buddys drum set after he and his band were done practicing and made the choice to get a set of my own. The alesis DM6 is not only my first electronic drum set but my first drum set period. Althought you really can never duplicate the feel of an acoustic set, the DM6 comes close. There are plenty of sounds to make your own custom drum kits and the module itself is very easy to use, just be sure to read the manual if you are having trouble with the bass drum trigger. The snare drum is dual zoned but again does not have the feel of a real snare. Overall its a great set for a beginner like myself and plus, when the set was put together i was surprised at the size. It fits in my room comfortably Buy this set if you are looking for a cheaper Edrum set that has great quality.

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Not for a jazz drummer

Given the price, the kit is OK. I think it would probably suite a beginning drummer as long as they were not trying to play jazz. My main complaint is the ride cymbal...Read complete review

Given the price, the kit is OK. I think it would probably suite a beginning drummer as long as they were not trying to play jazz. My main complaint is the ride cymbal is very unresponsive and you can't change the sensitivity. You can change volume but that's different. Also, the sweet spot on the cymbals is very small. The kit seems to be built well and was easy to assemble. The sounds are not great but pretty good for the price. There is one firmware update, but no version for Macs so you're out of luck on that one. Bottom line, if you're a beginner with not a lot of money it might be a good start.

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3.0

Set Overall Functions Well But HighHat Leaves A Lot To Be Desired

By David Witham

from Atlanta, GA

Very good drum sound and a decent variety of voices. Some of the percussion type voices are very electronic sounding and not very authentic but the drums, crash, and ride are reasonable. The HighHat dies out to nothing after the third pedal push and the beginning sound is very weak to begin with. If you change voices you can get a decent crash cymbal sound out of it but that is a duplicate to the crash that comes with the set. We thought it might be a defective cymbal pad but we traded that pad out for the crash pad and the results were the same (good crash sound non-existant high-hat). It sounds like the issue in the "brain" itself. Will contact Alesis for a remedy.

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5.0

Great for the Price

By Timothy Johnson

from Milwaukee, WI

I did a lot of research on different electronic kits before I finally settled on this one. I wanted to be able to trigger Addictive Drums and other drum vsts in my DAW realistically. I'm not really a drummer, but this kit makes me feel like one. I've read about some stability issues but so far I haven't had any trouble. I hope it stays that way. Give it a try.

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3.0

Not what I hoped for

By James Hunter

from Thomasville,Ga.

I did a lot of research on moderatly priced drum sets and this one seemed to rival the rest. The one thing I wanted it to do ,it will not do. I wanted to be able to add reverb to the snare and rimshot according to the song. This unit DOES NOT do that! This is something that should be on EVERY electronic kit.Now I have rto find another brain to do what the DM6 brain will not do. If you want to make adjustmentds on this set,forget it! It does very well for straigfht ahead playing if you do not need individual adjustments.No other reviews told me this unit would not perform these very needed feats in a studio. So I am!

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Works pretty well for Rock Band 3 & Beginning Drums

By Steven Walstrom

from Renton, WA

I bought this drum set for my girlfriend with the goal of using it to play Rock Band 3 and for her to begin learning to play drums. First of all, it seems to work out pretty well for just jamming on drums. For the most part, the module seems pretty easy to use, although some aspects are not completely intuitive. For example, it's advertised that the kit has forty drum kit sounds in it, but I've only been able to cycle it through 15 of them before it repeats. Some of the kits sound kind of cheesy, and it would be nice if there were options to change the sounds and levels of individual components, which I've seen on more expensive Alesis kits. The kit also seems to work pretty decently with Rock Band 3 for PS3. The MIDI-thru-USB was a little disappointing vs. a regular MIDI port, but I was able to make it work by running the drum kit into a laptop and using a USB-to-MIDI adapter cable from the laptop to the Mad Katz MIDI/RB3 adapter, using some freeware on the laptop. The only issues with the game I've found doing this is the crash and ride cymbals seem to be switched between the kit labeling and the game (not sure if this is a problem with the module, the laptop's software, or Mad Katz' adapter), and it seemes like the module has trouble sending MIDI signals when the high-hat and crash cymbals are hit at the same time.

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Drum Kit for Jamming, and Even Got it to work with Rock Band

By Spencer Hamons

from Anchorage, Alaska

This drum kit is surprisingly well built. It was nice to find a drum kit at this price point with nice metal rack and well built pieces. The head unit is also easy to get used to and make changes to in the middle of a set. The reactions of the heads are good. While reading some reviews, some people stated that the head units didn't feel as good as some of the Roland heads out there, but then again, this entire system costs less than what one Roland drum head costs. I was able to use the USB audio output, connect through a MIDI cable to my laptop, then feed the information to my XBox and get this drum system to work with Rock Band 2 and Rock Band 3 on my XBox 360. Makes playing with my friends a lot more fun, and it really helped me learn to jam along with my favorite songs too. My wife and I have been using this unit about two years now, ever since the DM6 first hit the market. It has been played a lot and doesn't show the first sign of wear. I am surprised at how well the unit has held up and continues to play today.

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(13 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good deal!

By Dick Miles

from Lancaster, NY

I chose electronic drums because I have a home studio and these are the easiest to record. Simply plug them into the digital recorder and play. The DM6 is ideal for my purposes without breaking the bank. My only complaint is that the ride cymbal trigger is very touchy. Hit it too light and ther is no sound at all. Hit too heavy and you get the bell sound. Hopefully, as I get used to the feel of the set, that problem will go away. Until then, it's a minor annoyance I can live with.

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(46 of 47 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great starter/practice kit!

By Vinnie

from Richmond, VA

I bought this kit a few months ago because of the nearly silent drum pads. So far the kit has been great, it is easily adjustable and doesn't take up a lot of space. My only concern with the kit is that the kick drum pad CAN be used for double bass but will it eventually loosen from your double pedal because you have to slide the pad so far over in order to the right in order to center both beaters. Also the ride cymbal is too sensitive so you have to just barely tap it to get the "ride" sound, any harder than that and you will get the "ride bell" sound. Lastly, the crash cymbal sound has a very unnatural sound. I will eventually upgrade the drum brain to the DM5 brain and that will allow me to add even more drums and cymbals to the kit as well as provide me with a bigger variety of better and more realistic cymbal sounds.

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(13 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Not for a jazz drummer

By Aaron

from Sacramento, Ca

Given the price, the kit is OK. I think it would probably suite a beginning drummer as long as they were not trying to play jazz. My main complaint is the ride cymbal is very unresponsive and you can't change the sensitivity. You can change volume but that's different. Also, the sweet spot on the cymbals is very small. The kit seems to be built well and was easy to assemble. The sounds are not great but pretty good for the price. There is one firmware update, but no version for Macs so you're out of luck on that one. Bottom line, if you're a beginner with not a lot of money it might be a good start.

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(25 of 32 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

doesnt seem like it would be good but it is

By patrick casper

from amherst, NH

i didnt think this would be worth it, an acustic would definitly be better. but i like it alot. this set doesnt give off sound if you have headphones which is good, you need to put an amp or speakers into it to play outloud which kinda sucks. theres 15 differant sounds all the pads make and you can play alone with rythems and things that go alone with that. if you like rock, jazz and just want to have fun this is a good kit, for metal not so much because the bass drum isnt deep enough and the pads dont make it sound good. but for just about anything else its good, easy to build and put together and doesnt make alot of sound dosnt take to much space so i think its a good buy. p.s if you can get a better one it worth it.

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(17 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Decent Kit

By Chester Drawers

from Georgia

The Dm6 kit is a decent electronic drum kit for people that don't really play the drums all that much. It is a basic kit that can be used for recording and for practice. The pads are decent and the kick is decent but the crash cymbal does not offer a very realistic sound. It is a good kit but if you want double bass or if you are a pro you might wanna go with the DM6 Pro Kit with the Surge cymbals. Otherwise it is very reliable it has just been very aggravating for me to get the right output cables to connect and record to my Boss recorder correctly.

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