DM5 Drum Module


Serious drum sound.

DM5 is a classic Alesis drum-sound module for drummers, programmers, producers, and anyone else who needs great-sounding drums and percussion. DM5 contains 540 stereo, 18-bit drum sounds that can be assigned to any of the 21 programmable drumsets. 12 trigger inputs enable DM5 to be used with all Alesis drum and cymbal pads, SURGE Cymbals, and the triggering devices from most other major manufacturers.

DM5 also has full MIDI I/O so it can be used as a sound source for composing, programming, and sequencing with a wide variety of controllers including keyboards, pad triggers, MPCs, and more.

Alesis' exclusive Dynamic Articulation™ technology modifies sample sounds so they change as you play them. This results in sounds that respond accurately not only to dynamic changes, but also with the appropriate timbral and color changes you'd expect from their acoustic counterparts. Our Random Sample feature also ensures you don't get the same sound twice for further creative realism.

Built-in Alesis studio effects including reverb and ambiance ensure that you can send a complete, finished sound to the PA, recording system, and your headphones with no additional processing.


  • 540 drum, percussion, and cymbal sounds
  • Dynamic Articulation™ modulates tone and pitch of sounds for realism
  • Stereo samples with reverb and ambiance
  • Seven-position, user programmable panning
  • 128 dynamic levels via MIDI or trigger inputs
  • 21 drumset-memory locations with defaults stored permanently


  • Inputs: (12) 1/4" (each with 5 user adjustable trigger parameters)
  • Outputs: Two 1/4" stereo pairs
  • Headphone: 1/4" TRS with variable gain
  • MIDI: In, Out/Thru
  • 18-bit sample resolution
  • 48kHz Sample rate
  • Footswitch: 1/4", assignable to hi-hat control or program advance
  • 16-voice polyphony
  • Panning: 7 position, user programmable
  • Kits: 21 Memory locations w/defaults permanently stored in ROM
  • Tuning Scheme: Coarse (chromatic) and Fine (cents)
  • Data Input: Data knob, front panel keypad (sound auditioning via velocity sensitive
  • Preview button on front panel)
  • Expanded Dynamic Articulation™: Modulates tone and pitch
  • Power: 9V AC external transformer, UL and CSA approved
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 19" x 1.75" (1U) x 6"
  • Weight: 4.5 lbs.

Docs and Downloads

  • DM5 Drum Module - Product OverviewOpen
  • DM5 Drum Module - QuickStart GuideOpen
  • DM5 Drum Module - Reference ManualOpen
  • DM5 Drum Module - Sound ChartOpen
  • DM5 Sysex/MIDI Implementation GuideOpen



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