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DM10 Studio Kit

Professional Six-Piece Electronic Drum Set
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More drums, more sounds, and more stability.


The DM10 Studio Kit is 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.

You will immediately notice the DM10 module’s outstanding sound quality. This new 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. 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 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, and 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.

BFD is a trademark of FXpansion Audio UK Ltd.
Toontrack is a registered trademark of Toontrack.
Reason is a trademark of Propellerhead Software AB.
iPod is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.

  • DM10 high-definition drum module with 12 trigger inputs and mixer
  • Load custom third-party sound sets or control computer software, all via USB
  • RealHead 10" snare and four 8" toms: dual-zone drum pads with real mylar heads
  • DMPad Cymbals: DMPad 12" Hi-Hat, DMPad 12" Crash, DMPad 14" Triple-Zone Ride, and DMPad 12" Cymbal
  • Compact, four-post StageRack with integrated boom cymbal arms
  • Premium sound library of uncompressed samples from real drums and cymbals
  • Dynamic Articulation™ changes sounds' timbre along with dynamics for realism
  • Works with iPad via Apple USB Adaptor (sold separately)
  • Play along and record yourself with the sequencer
  • Mix input for practicing with CD and MP3 players
  • This product is class compliant; it does not require drivers


(1) DM10 drum module
(4) RealHead 8" Dual-Zone Drum Pads
(1) RealHead 10" Dual-Zone Drum Pad
(1) RealHead Kick Pad*
(1) DMPad 12" Hi-Hat Cymbal
(1) DMPad 12" Crash Cymbal
(1) DMPad 14" Ride Cymbal
(1) DMPad 12" Cymbal
(1) RealHat Pedal continuous hi-hat control pedal
(1) StageRack with clamps and cymbal arms
(1) Cable snake with cable collars
(1) Drumkey
(1) Power supply
(1) DM10 User Manual
(1) Setup Guide


* Kick pedal sold separately

DM10 module specifications

Polyphony: 64 voices
Memory: 128 MB, linear

Audio inputs: stereo (2x RCA)
Trigger inputs: 12x 1/4" TRS
Hi-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: 1,047
Preset sound type: 16-bit uncompressed samples
Preset 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: 91
Percussion: 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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  • Does the DM10 have the capability to load new sound sets into its internal memory?

    Yes it does.
  • Is Alesis developing aftermarket sound sets for the DM10?

    Yes. We are working with Sonivox to create more DM10 sound sets.
  • When will they be released?

    Working with a sound set or VST instrument designer is like working with painter or any other artist: if you rush the effort, the work gets compromised. The finished product will be worth waiting for.
  • Can I load individual samples into the DM10?

    The DM10 works with sounds in a proprietary way, and therefore is not compatible with individual samples at this time.
  • I would like to create my own sound sets for the DM10. Can I do this?

    Building sound sets for the DM10 module is a fairly involved process that requires significant development beyond simply cueing up samples and sending them to the module via USB. We work very closely with the developers of our DM10 sound sets to make sure that they are optimized to provide superior quality and playability when loaded into the DM10 module, and so that they are formatted to be recognized correctly by the module itself. The tools that are required to optimize and compile those sound sets were created for developer use only, so there is no way for end users to “roll their own” aftermarket DM10 sound sets at this time. If you are a professional sound designer and are interested in becoming a DM10 sound set developer, please contact us.
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Software & DriversSizeType
DM10 – Firmware Updates [posted 9/22/2014]
This zip file includes the latest Boot, App, Trigger, and Sound ROM firmware updates which improve overall performance of the DM10 module. It increases sensitivity, reduces the possibility of crosstalk, and enhances system stability. This update also adds default trigger settings for the DM10 X Kit Mesh, and the DM10 Studio Kit Mesh drum kits.
DM10 – Trigger Firmware Update [v1.00a]
This zip file includes the latest trigger firmware update which increases sensitivity and reduces the possibility of crosstalk. This updated trigger firmware should only be used if you are using DM10 with the Alesis RealHat hi-hat control pedal.
DM10 – Trigger Firmware Update [v1.01b]
This zip file includes the latest trigger firmware updates which increases sensitivity and reduces the possibility of crosstalk. This updated trigger firmware should only be used if you are using DM10 with the Alesis Pro X Hi-Hat.
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DM10 Studio Kit - Quickstart Guide [RevF]
1 MBpdf
DM10 - QuickStart Guide [RevB]
2 MBpdf
DM10 Studio Kit (2011) - Product Overview
149 KBpdf
DM10 - Operator's Manual [RevC]
1 MBpdf
DM10 - Trigger Compatibility Guide
16 KBpdf

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