The Alesis DM10 MKII Studio Kit is a premium nine-piece electronic drum set with our exclusive Alesis dual-zone mesh drum heads that deliver an unprecedented degree of realistic drum “feel” and personal expression for modern electronic drummers. These ultra-quiet mesh drum heads come closer to duplicating the feel of an acoustic drum head and their natural rebound better than any previous Alesis electronic drum kit. This article answers the most popular questions about the features and functionality of the DM10 MKII Studio Kit.
The DM10 MKII kit is a 9 piece kit with the possibility to expand to a total of 11 pads. Here is what is included with the kit:
Yes, it is compatible with double-kick pedals. If using dual-beaters, try to keep both beaters as close to the center of the drum as possible. If they are spread out and closer to the edges, the response may not be as strong.
Yes! You can use the drum module with a USB flash drive to save/load samples or kits, and even record songs. Your USB flash drive can have a capacity of 4–64 GB, and it must use a FAT32 file system to work properly with the drum module. Each sample must be a 16-bit WAV file with a maximum file size of 15 MB. It can have a sampling rate of 48, 44.1, 32, 22.05, or 11.025 kHz.
We recommend using a kick beater made of a hard material such as plastic, wood or metal when using a mesh kick pad.
Felt beaters can be popular with electronic drum kits with rubber pads, but they should be avoided for use with mesh drum heads. The added friction from the felt can quickly wear down and puncture a hole in the mesh.
Your favorite sticks will work just fine! Some companies do make sticks designed specifically for electronic drum kits, but while these are great options, they're not necessary. Any wooden or nylon tip sticks in any shape will work just fine.
If you'd like to avoid the wooden sticks getting worn down and catching on the mesh, nylon tipped sticks work great. Keep in mind, unlike acoustic drums, the material used in the sticks and shape of the tip will not have any effect on the sound produced.
To return the drum module to its original default settings:
There are 120 preset songs that you can play along to. Songs 001–060 include a full band accompaniment to play along to, Songs 061–070 are percussion loops, and Songs 071–120 are “one-shot” accompaniments. You can adjust the volume of the accompaniment and your electronic drum kit separately.
To play a song:
Crosstalk is the vibration from one pad causing a second pad to trigger. For example, striking the Ride cymbal causing Tom 3 to trigger without being hit. Inversely, crosstalk could also cause a trigger to be ignored, such as striking both the Ride and Tom 3 at the same time, but only the Ride is triggered. The vibration of one pad can be enough to cause sympathetic vibrations in another; setting off the trigger and causing the pad to sound inadvertently. Crosstalk is the vibration from one pad causing a second pad to trigger. For example, striking the Ride cymbal causing Tom 3 to trigger without being hit. Inversely, crosstalk could also cause a trigger to be ignored, such as striking both the Ride and Tom 3 at the same time, but only the Ride is triggered. The vibration of one pad can be enough to cause sympathetic vibrations in another; setting off the trigger and causing the pad to sound inadvertently.
The DM10 MKII module has been fully optimized to prevent crosstalk, but there are occasions when it could be triggered depending on how the kit is assembled. Here are some tips:
Yes! The back of the module has inputs for One Cymbal Pad and One Tom Pad
The DM10 MKII module comes with a USB connection allowing you to connect the module to a computer and send MIDI messages over this connection. It is class-compliant which means that it will work with any modern Mac or PC without the need to download any software or drivers.
You may need to adjust some settings in the drum module to ensure all MIDI communication can be properly sent or received. To adjust the MIDI settings:
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