Alesis DM8 Pro Electronic Drum Set 886830607233

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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 performance, the DM8 module also has audio and trigger inp... Click To Read More About This Product

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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 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
Specifications
  • 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

Warranty
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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AlesisDM8 Pro Electronic Drum Set
 
3.8

(based on 30 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

72%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great sound (10)
  • Responsive (9)
  • Versatile (9)
  • Sensitive (8)
  • Huge tone (5)

Cons

  • Poorly made (4)

Best Uses

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    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (12), Novice (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

DO NOT BE DECIEVED!!!!

THIS DRUM SET IS THE TRUTH! You you investigate this drum set here and on the web hyou will see alot of mixed reviews. I am here to say after alot of research I...Read complete review

THIS DRUM SET IS THE TRUTH! You you investigate this drum set here and on the web hyou will see alot of mixed reviews. I am here to say after alot of research I decided to buy this set after guitar center price matched (which also superb) I have nothing to say but great things. Alesis took the little things from other manufactures and put it in their kit. For example at one point I seen that yahmaha had had this cool feature where you can start a play along by hitting one of the pads and I really thought was a great idea. In all the reviews I read no one said anything about this in alesis doing this but I am here to tell you they have just gotta read the direction! Also the pads, you will see and here a lot of mixed reviews on them. When you search the web alot of people say that there either really bad and loud or pretty good. On this issue I feel that they are not bad just loud and I dont really even think they are loud my wife does. As far as the pounce of the pads they are not as bad as some reviews say but they do not bounce as much as mesh heads. I personally thing think that the bounce of the mesh heads are to much. I play on mesh heads from roland (the acclaim best edrum compay) and the heads had to much bounce for me who has recently come from playing acoustic drums. If you played an acoustic drum for a long period of time or perfer them than the alesis heads are better for developing your control in your rist and ankles( I play alittle double bass) Now as you may already know you can tighten the heads of the drums but I play mine write out the box and they feel right. I real like my sticks are have a mind of their own, I control the hits I do and the patterns I play not the head. Now the thing that must people worry about is the triggering and sensitivity of the pads and I am going to tell you that straight out of the box its ok just ok. But if take the time to just go through the owners manual you will see that you have full and maybe to much control of how the pads trigger and sensitivity works! IT IS SICK MAN! You not only tune how the drum trigger but also program the Threshold of how hard you have to hit the drum to make a sound. Then you can change the how loud a sound goes off based on your hits and that is just the begining just go to alesis.com and read the virtual manuel and you will see I PROMISE! The kits and there sounds are range from many different things but one thing they all have in common is that they all can be sound great with "dynamic articulation." Basically that means how you play will come across on the set just like a real drum and if you tune the triggers like I mention before you will have a really great sound and feel. There is so much to this kit I still have not done like creating my own kit or let alone my own instrument (yes you can create your one snare tom kick and so on which as sick). I am telling you by this kit and buy it from guitar center but not at the price. You can find it better online but you want the excellent customer service of guitar center. (Shout out to guitar center in Allentown PA near the mall). I know you may see bad reviews but I can almost promise you that they are new buyers who just put the rack together, threw the manual aside, started to play and did not like the default settings. But if you think about it when you buy any instrument you have to tune it, put cloth in the bass drum, set up the way you like do the same with this and PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE read the manual it will open the kit to you and ideas WILL flow. GOOD LUCK friend and I hope you have a blessed day and this review help!

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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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5.0

Great kit at a great price.

By Brian

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Alesis DM8 Pro Electronic Drum Set:

Got this for my son...awesome kit with lots of great sounds and good feel. Very responsive and easy to use

 
5.0

Great and flexible kit

By Bytor

from Topeka, Kansas

About Me Novice

Pros

  • Great Sound
  • Responsive
  • Sensitive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Alesis DM8 Pro Electronic Drum Set:

      Great sounding kit. Not super quite but I've got neighbors on all sides and haven't heard any complaints about noise levels. After making some minor adjustments I had the pads responding just fine.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      I would bye this product again but not for quit practice

      By Eddie

      from Vancouver WA

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Great Sound
      • Responsive
      • Sensitive

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Accompaniment
        • Jazz Clubs
        • School Bands
        • Soundtracks
        • Symphonies

        Comments about Alesis DM8 Pro Electronic Drum Set:

        It's good for bands and for group dining but not to good for inside quit practice makes loud noise when hit. Overall good quality drum set.

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        This thing has given me lots of headaches

        By Aaron Stark

        from Seattle, WA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Lots of options

        Cons

        • Falls apart all the time
        • Frustrating
        • Poorly Made
        • Takes forever to get working correctly

        Best Uses

        • At home practice

        Comments about Alesis DM8 Pro Electronic Drum Set:

        I'm going to tell you like it is, this thing will give you lots of headaches and stress. When I first got it, the kick drum was making the sound of a ride cymbal. When I finally got the kick sounding like a kick, it canceled out the sound of all the other drums when played together. Be prepared to spend a long time trouble shooting on the phone with customer service before the thing is fully operational. The worst part of all is it's durability. If you don't tighten up each screw before playing, it will completely fall apart and come crashing to the floor. I'm a pretty heavy hitter, but having the thing fall apart every time I play is downright ridiculous. The only plus is the endless amount of options in terms of pre-set kits. I would recommend buying another E-kit if you're searching for something to practice at home with.

        (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        So So

        By Pharmboy

        from Lexington, NC

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Great Sound
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Not Sensitive
        • Poorly Made

        Best Uses

          Comments about Alesis DM8 Pro Electronic Drum Set:

          They just don't live up to the expectations, but they don't suck either. Owned them a year, used them lightly in the studio only. I'm mainly a guitarist but have owned and played drums since around 1980, so I consider myself an experienced but middling drummer. What I found was the triggers were not consistent (I had to return one drum to Alesis for an intermittent trigger, they handled it well). Each drum, even if the same size, had a very different size trigger area. A couple of these were just too small, so if you aren't perfect and hit it within a 4 inch diameter, you get nothing or a weak tap sound. They also seemed to be a little light duty for the job of getting stomped and banged with sticks.

          The cymbals suffered from trigger issues worse than the drums. Couldn't get a consistent sound from crash to crash. The feel of the cymbals was so unrealistic that it was distracting, but this may be common for all digital cymbals when compared to real metal, I don't know. On the other hand, the feel of the drums themselves was respectably close to the real thing. Not the real thing, but way better than rubber pads enough that you didn't pay attention to the difference in feel.

          The sound itself was very good, the controller was pretty good but the design was just ok as far as usability and programming, which you really don't do, you just select a set and play. Sadly, they all tie into the module with a dedicated plug, so expanding or moving over to a different set is limited but not impossible.

          If you want a set to play with for light duty practice and such (they aren't super quiet, btw) then they are adequate, but if you are trying to do anything serious in a personal studio, you may find yourself frustrated and having to repeat tracks over and over, tweaking and swapping around in an effort to get the feel and tone you were promised, but somehow can't quite get.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Bad experience, Bad Product

          By Aaron

          from Saint Paul, MN

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

            Cons

            • Poorly Made

            Best Uses

              Comments about Alesis DM8 Pro Electronic Drum Set:

              I purchased this product about a month and a half ago. Right out of the box the high hat pedal and the kick drum pad were not working properly. After playing the kit a few times both the pedal and the pad stopped working completely. I contacted Musician's Friend customer service and they informed me that I would have to return the entire kit, because they do not have replacement parts, before they could send me a new one, meaning that I would be out of the product I wanted for a time. They then told me to contact Alesis directly to ask about replacement parts. Alesis informed me that they would replace the parts if I mailed them back to them out of my own pocket and that I would not receive a replacement for 6-8 weeks. So again I would be out of the product for a long time. This was a bad experience and a bad product.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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.

                   
                  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.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  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!

                  (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  2.0

                  Not up to my expectations !

                  By Drumtech45

                  from Allentown Pa

                  About Me Experienced

                  Comments about Alesis DM8 Pro Electronic Drum Set:

                  Not very happy with this kit. Not at all as advertized ! Heads are not like acoustic drums. Can't get the same sounds I did with the cheaper DD502 kit I had ,which was half the cost! Can't control the reverb. Bass drum sounds like hitting a hard wooden box ! Pretty much wasted 700.00 on this kit ! Guess I am stuck with it till I get the $$ for a Roland !

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