Alesis DM7X Module - Video Walkthrough

dm7x module main

The Alesis DM7X is a professional quality drum module with a ton of features and it is a great choice for any electronic drummer. Check out this guide and video walkthrough to learn more about the features of the DM7X module.

 

Contents

 

Overall Kit Settings

Video link: Go directly to this part of the video here.

To adjust the overall kit settings:

  • Press the KIT button to scroll through the various settings that are available for adjustment.
  • Use the Left & Right buttons to adjust the individual settings.

 

Individual Pad Settings

Video link: Go directly to this part of the video here.

To adjust the individual pad settings of a kit:

  • Press VOICE.
  • Press the individual pad button on the lower section of the module or strike the pad.  A red LED will light next to the selected pad on the lower section of the module.
  • Press the VOICE button to scroll through the available settings.

Pad Song Switch Function (P-S)

Video link: Go directly to this part of the video here.

One interesting feature of the DM7X module is the Pad Song Switch (P-S) function. This allows the ability to start and stop a song by striking a trigger.  To use this function:

    • Choose a trigger by striking it or pressing the associated button on the module.
    • Press the VOICE button to scroll to the P-S option.
    • Use the Left & Right buttons to turn ON P-S.
    • Strike the chosen trigger or press the associated trigger button on the module to begin song playback.  Repeat to stop the song playback.

 

Utility Menu

Video link: Go directly to this part of the video here.

The Utility menu allows for individual pads to be adjusted even further.  To get to the Utility menu:

  • Press VOICE.
  • Choose a pad by striking the trigger or pressing the associated pad button on the module.
  • Press the UTILITY button to scroll through the available settings.

There are a number of settings in this menu that can be adjusted.  The options available will be different for each individual pad.  Some of the common options are settings such as:

  • Pad Sensitivity - how loud the trigger sounds when it is hit with a certain force.
  • Threshhold - how hard a trigger needs to be struck before it responds.
  • Cross-talk - allows the ability to adjust how easily the trigger picks up vibrations from other triggers.
  • Velocity Curve - The ability to adjust how loud the sound is relative to how hard the trigger is struck.  For example, it can be set so that light hits cause a louder sound, or vice cersa.
  • Rim Sensitivity - how responsive a trigger's rim is when it is struck.

 

Saving the Settings

Video link: Go directly to this part of the video here.

Once any adjustments are made, save the settings.  To do so:

  • Press SAVE.
  • Choose a User Kit (between 25 - 40)
  • Press SAVE again.

 

Recording a Session

Video link: Go directly to this part of the video here.

The DM7X module has the ability to record a drum session. To record a session:

  • Make sure the Red LED above the SONG/PATTERN button is lit.  If it is not lit, press and hold the PAGE/SELECT button until it is.
  • Press RECORD.  The module is now armed and the metronome is running. To toggle the metronome on or off, press the CLICK button.
  • Press START/STOP or strike a trigger to begin recording.
  • Press RECORD to stop recording.
  • Press PLAY/PRACTICE to play back your recording.

 

Drum Off Feature

Video link: Go directly to this part of the video here.

The module contains a number of songs internally.  It also has a unique feature called Drum Off, which allows for the ability to toggle on or off the percussion during those songs. To use this feature:

  • Press SONG.
  • Use the Left & Right buttons to choose a song.
  • Press the START/STOP button to begin playback of the song.
  • Press the DRUM OFF button to toggle the percussion during playback.

 

MIDI

Video link: Go directly to this part of the video here.

The DM7X also has the ability to send and receive MIDI information so it can be triggered by - or trigger - your favorite computer drum program or external sound module. Just connect the DM7X module to your computer or sound module with a USB cable or 5-pin DIN MIDI cable, and then:

  • Press the UTILITY button until the screen shows LOC. This stands for "Local".
  • Use the Left & Right buttons to change this setting to OFF.

With the Local function set to ON, striking a trigger will cause the internal module sounds to play.  With the Local function set to OFF, the module will send out MIDI information from the triggers to the connected computer or external sound module.

 

Technical Support and Warranty Service

Whether you are a customer or dealer, if you already own a Alesis product, or if you have pre-sales or parts questions, the Alesis technical support team is available to help!

Each product has a dedicated support page on the website where you can find manuals, specifications, software updates, drivers and troubleshooting guides: www.alesis.com

Visit the link below to connect with any of the following support options: online community support, phone support, email support.