By Radim McCue Published March 8, 2010
Alesis has announced that shipments of the DM-10 Studio Kit are on their way to music stores. Hailed as one of the first of a new generation of better-looking electronic drum kits, the DM-10 also features the new DM10 drum module, the DM10 Studio Kit features Alesis' RealHead drum pads, DMPad Cymbals and StealthRack mounting system.
Drummers will immediately notice the DM10 module is a step up from earlier versions both in terms of flexibility and expansiveness. This new drum sound module contains true drum, cymbal and percussion sounds built from uncompressed 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 electronic beat-machine sounds that have fueled the biggest hit records.
You'll also notice that each sound is actually a series of different samples: multiple dynamic-level samples and articulations are all built in so as the drummer plays harder and softer, the drum or cymbal changes its timbre, not just its dynamics. This engineered realism is known as Dynamic Articulation™, an Alesis exclusive. Drummers 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 big breakthrough is that this is also the world's first drum module that enables players to load new sound sets via USB. This means that owners' sounds will always stay fresh, current and cutting edge. Drummers 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. Drummers can play along with the tracks in the DM10's internal sequencer. They can mix in an iPod or other MP3 player and jam.
The DM10 module has 12 inputs, 10 of which are dual-zone compatible or can be split into two inputs using a standard Y-cable. This enables DM10 drummers to create custom configurations with up to 22 single-zone triggers or pads. The DM10 works with virtually all manufacturers' pads and triggers, and its input section can be further expanded with the optional Trigger|iO module.
The DM10's top-panel mixer allows drummers to easily create custom mixes without having to page through menus of parameters to achieve volume changes. These hands-on faders apply globally so as the drummer changes kits, the mix remains.
The DM10 Studio Kit has acoustic-feeling RealHead drum pads. The dual-zone pads feature real mylar drumheads and real triple-flanged counterhoops for the feel professional drummers demand. The ten-inch snare and four eight-inch tom pads are dual zone, enabling players to perform rimshots, rim clicks or assign other sounds such as wind chimes, cymbals, gongs and cowbells on the tom rims.
The DM10 Studio Kit comes with DMPad Cymbals with low-noise rubber playing surfaces. The kit comes with a DMPad 12" Hi-Hat, a DMPad 12" Crash, a DMPad 12" Cymbal and a triple-zone DMPad 14" Ride Cymbal. The Ride and Crash feature large choke triggers on the undersides for accurate cymbal control. The Ride also features multiple-zone triggering on the bell, face and edge. The Hi-Hat Cymbal is continuously controllable using the kit's RealHat Pedal. Stealthrack mounting system The DM10 Studio Kit's ergonomically curved StealthRack features a small footprint and understated appearance that is perfect for studios. The aluminum StealthRack is fully adjustable and sturdy. It employs standard one and one-half-inch tubing for compatibility with virtually all drum manufacturers' rack hardware. Drummer-friendly wing-screws are present on all important rack clamps and pads for ease of adjustment without reaching for a drum key. The drum pads mount on standard 10.5mm L-rods with low-slip, knurled mounting surfaces.
"The DM10 Studio Kit brings the sounds, flexibility and capabilities of the DM10 to a whole new audience. The 6-piece configuration lets drummers get creative with their setups!" said Adam Cohen, Director of Business Development, Alesis.
The DM10 Studio Kit is available from musical instrument and professional audio retailers. It has a U.S. retail price of $1,499.00 and an estimated street price of $999.00.