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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... Read More

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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
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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.
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AlesisDM8 Pro Electronic Drum Set
 
4.0

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(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

So So

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from Greensboro, NC

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Pros

  • Great Sound
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Not Sensitive
  • Poorly Made

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    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.

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    (5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Really an awful, awful kit. But very cheap.

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    from Colorado Springs, CO

    Comments about Alesis DM8 Pro Electronic Drum Set:

    For starters, I'll say that this kit accomplishes 0 in the quiet play department. This is an incredibly loud kit. I have had it for 10 months now, and within 4 months the kick trigger was smashed in. Not from overzealous pedal work, but because they decided 1/8" of foam could protect the trigger. It works well enough now, but stutters very frequently. My floor tom has just about failed completely. Two months ago the crash cymbal failed to choke. For the price, it does give you a lot of options, but be extremely gentle with this kit, because it will not last you very long.

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    5.0

    Fantastic! As good as I hoped for!

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    from Bridgewater,CT

    Comments about Alesis DM8 Pro Electronic Drum Set:

    I have owned and continue to own and play high-end Ludwig acoustic drums. I was very reluctant to even consider electronic drums, but smaller venues and late night practice finally pushed me into it. Additionally, we record in a small studio which is equipped with electronic drums which makes recording direct much easier than micing acoustics. After much research, I finnaly chose the Alesis M8 Pro kit. WOW! I couldn't be happier. While I admit that the action is somewhat different than acoustic drums, you soon become accustomed to the different feel and stick response, which i believe, actually improves your chops. The sounds are amazing and recording direct either through an interfacce or through a USB port as MIDI is simple. We record with Sonar Producer X1 and these babies were recognized immediately, like Sonar was designed for them. The price is also fair. i've played other brands, which were all very good, but the sound, price, multi-zone symbol(you can choke them) and snare (rim shots are very cool) and last but not least, the very cool look of black realHeads with chrome rims make these drums very appealing. i am extremely pleased with them. Johnny D. Drummer for the HearAfters.

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    (37 of 37 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    DO NOT BE DECIEVED!!!!

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    from Allentown PA

    Comments about Alesis DM8 Pro Electronic Drum Set:

    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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