11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on December 8, 2014
I've been playing for 28 years. I've had half a dozen real drum sets and a DYI electric set I made with a D4 when it was new. I've played all sort of styles with several bands in a wide range of venues. None of that has anything to do with my review. I just felt like bragging a little ;)
These took a little under an hour to set up (without reading the instructions). They sound great. They feel great. The hardware is very sturdy. It assembles, tightens and adjusts like a real drum frame so if you've ever put one together you wont have any problems. I put them together and started jamming with the patterns, which were full and fun to play along with. I really got caught up playing and they felt great. They are the perfect solution for the Urban drummer, who needs a quiet way to practice. They work great with my Mac and I can't wait to start laying down tracks.
A note for Mom's and Dad's if your kid is asking for drums this is a great option.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on February 5, 2015
I have been playing in bands for more than 25 years and have over 15 years of studio recording experience. I mostly play guitar and sing and perform final mix-downs for other bands, but I bought this set for my son who plays the drums.
I have had this kit for about six months. Straight out of the box I could tell that it was solidly built and it was really easy to put together. The only confusion came when dealing with the kick drum. It would not trigger properly. After a bit of testing I realized that there is a switch on the back of the brain that changes how the kick drum is triggered. Flipped the switch and everything worked perfectly.
I didn't notice this at first, but after a couple weeks of playing the kit I was listening really closely to the sounds. When you hit a drum there is a distinct distortion on the trailing end of the drum sound. This is most pronounced on the tom drums as they trail down into silence. I thought that this might be due to the older firmware as others have mentioned, but after upgrading the sounds didn't improve.
In the age of iPods and smart phones it seems ridiculous that we can't get a decent drum sample put on a $500 drum processor. This is disgraceful that such a specialized device has such a cheap sample rate that you can HEAR the distortion. The more I play the kit the more it annoys me.
My son complains that the snare drum doesn't react like a real snare drum. He is in marching band and is practicing complex drum patterns. For a test, I hooked up the USB cable to the computer and loaded the driver to test it as a MIDI device. After going crazy on the drums something went crazy and the MIDI recorded notes that the drum set could not produce. It was a mess of random MIDI notes. I don't know if this was because of the drum kit or the driver, but either way, this rendered the kit nearly unusable as a recording device.
But for a practice kit, you can't beat the price and performance. The price is less than what you can expect to pay for an acoustic set and far more versatile - and QUIET!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on March 31, 2011
This was my first e-drum purchase and I couldn't be happier. I have been playing drums since I was 11 (that's 20 years). I am just a recreational player and am not in any bands, but will jam with friends if I get the chance. I wanted the "quietness" for my wife and my neighbors, and this takes up less room than my Pearl 6 piece. Set up was easy, just follow the directions. I left hardware loose until final adjustment and placement of pads. Hardest part was the 2 or 3 trips to Radio Shack to get headphone chord extensions and various wires to hook up my computer, stereo, and monitor speakers. Pads are realistic (although I need to work on my rebound). The feel and characteristics are a little different from the real thing, but once you get used to it and learn the technique it works out. The patterns to play along with are lame, but there are about 4 that are worth your while. I wish there were more good jam patterns and not jazz/samba style. Drum kit sounds are good. My fav is #14 cause it has a good Green Day snare. People say they have problems with the high hat controller, but mine works fantastic. It is very realistic. Obviously it is either 1/2 open or closed, and has no fully open sound, but this works out for the kind of music I play. (ROCK) This kit, although on the cheap price side, is very good quality and takes a beating. I am not easy on the kit at all and thrash the h3ll out of it. It takes it like a champ. I like the fact that it is upgradable and look forward to adding a new controller with more sounds and more pad inputs and growing my set over the next few years. Definately get this if you are considering. It is a great starter kit and is expandable. You can use these pads with different controllers later on. Cheers
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on October 20, 2014
GREAT EXPERIENCE buying this set from AMAZON. I am an experienced drummer. This is a great set to practice in my apartment, to travel to friends, and even gigs. The articulation and volume depths of the "real like feel" heads are great. Tons of options for programming the sets to how you want and individual volume adjusts tops this set. I use the "mix-in" feature all the time with songs and even with my guitarist/vocalist/bassist using adapter plugs so we can "jam" all hours of the night completely quiet to the neighbors. We will also record with this thing down the road using the USB output. Love the rim-shot feature that can also be programmed to any sound -so when I program the pedals to double bass, I use the rim shot as my hi-hat sound. Both pedals that come with this are actually nice to play on and the hi-hat pedal also feels exactly like the bass pedal so it works good for double bass. You can put your own double pedal on this set also, and don't worry if it will be able to keep up because it can even if your using axis, demon drive, speed cobra, or the elliminator. Overall a great quality, great depth, great articulation, compact, easy to use, fun. If I had to say bad things about it which I really don't want to, the only thing I could say is that when using the hi-hat pedal as a second bass pedal that it is not as loud as the primary bass pedal -but the feel is great. But if you have a double bass pedal then don't worry about -it which case any serious double bass player will have their own anyway. The other bad thing is you can't add additional triggers (I wouldn't want anymore). But any "real" drummer can make this set sound way better than a bad drummer sitting behind a more expensive set looking like a clown. Work on your technique, not on how much you are able to spend on a drumset to feel better about yourself. THIS set is everything you need, so quit wasting time doing your homework on these sets, BUY THIS ONE.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 25, 2011
Just like the other critical reviews, I really wanted to like this drum kit. I am fairly experienced playing drums and was looking for something I could use in my apartment at a low cost. This kit appealed to me because of the price in particular and the number of good reviews. I've seen that a lot of people will choose this kit as an upgrade after playing Rock Band and, while this may be a decent kit for a beginner, I highly recommend not getting this if you have any experience playing drums. The most important issues I had with it were occasional lack of response, particularly on the cymbals and snare drum. While playing the snare drum and hi-hat together, the kit would often just pick up one of them. The hi-hat had many quirks as well -- when I would lift my foot off the pedal and play the hat at the same time, it would play a closed hi-hat, presumably because there was somewhat of a delay. I also experienced a frequent double bass tone when playing playing the bass drum although this may be because of my habits of playing on an acoustic set. However, the extra tone was very noticeable and it doesn't make sense to adjust your drum playing habits to accomodate a quirky cheap electronic drum set.
Despite the flaws in this kit, I can understand why people give it such good reviews as many of these shortcomings will not even be noticed by a novice. However, if you're looking for something that will last beyond a beginner level, I'd suggest making a slightly larger investment.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on October 8, 2012
I ordered this on amazon 2 years ago before my winter break in school started. It was after i confirmed the order that i saw it could come between 5-8 days plus a few days to process which bummed me out. I ordered at night time on a wednesday and didnt ccheck the tracking number. a day and a half later i wake up to my door bell and it was here. I was amazed at how fast it shipped and i immediately took it up to my room and set it up alone. Setting it up was easy and took about 20 minutes. The bass trigger is small so you cant hook up a double bass pedal and get accurate triggering.but you can turn the hi-hat into another bass pedal but you'd have to sacrifice a pad to do so. I hated the hi-hat pedal it just feels like a toy and not like a real hi-hat pedal. The drum pads felt good they were quiet and got a good bounce. Be aware that the feet do fall off and your set will come flying foward which has happened numerous times. For experienced drummers do not get this you will feel very limited with only 100+ sounds and no choke on these cymbals. if you are an experienced drummer i'd recommend going with the alesis dm8 pro or usb which is between 60-100 dollars more but definitely worth the money theres 7 times more the sounds and more features. i no longer have the drum set i had it for 2 months and sold it
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on November 30, 2010
I got this for my son to learn on, and it has been great for that. The skills he's picking up easily transfer to analog kits, something I worried about at first. It's compact, and lets him practice without disturbing the neighbors.
I like it too, because I can use it to record drum tracks for songs that I write. The sound is very good for a kit in this price range. My buddy had a Roland set a few years back in the $1000 range and it really didn't sound any different. It doesn't sound exactly like an analog set, but it is pretty good nonetheless. It is easy to back off and play quiet as well as bringing up the intensity and playing loud. The sounds vary with the intensity of the strikes, too...not just in volume, but in the actual sound that the drums make.
I would feel comfortable playing this set through a PA system at a live performance.
That being said, I had a few issues with the set:
1)Beware the spikes on the bass drum pad. They're placed incorrectly to keep the pedal from creeping, but perfect for penetrating the rug I used under the drums and ruining the hardwood floor. I resorted to putting a strap between the two uprights and around the back of the pedal to keep it in place.
2)Go for the firmware update. Instructions are on the Alesis site, and it significantly improves the playability of the drums, particularly the high hat. It is very easy to do, especially if you have a laptop.
3)If the kick pedal is too bouncy and gives you inadvertent double strikes, try positioning the striker off-center (below center). The pad is less bouncy there and it makes it more controllable. Of course, if you're perfecting your "double kick", then put it dead center for the best response.
4)The rimshot feature is worthless, since the stick angle required to hit it would mean that you lack a real bone structure in your forearm, or you are standing on your head. You pretty much have to hit the underside of the snare, something I never did on a real set. Would have been much better to put that trigger on the elevated ring that goes around the snare, but I imagine you'd probably be hitting it accidentally then. It sounds cool, though.
I've had no issues with the hardware or any parts. Assembly was straightforward, but be prepared to be bewildered at first. If you follow the directions, and you've put ANYTHING together successfully before, you shouldn't have too many problems with this. It is customizable, too, so you can decide how you want it to go together (height and spacing of pads and cymbals, left or right handed, etc.).
All in all, for this price, you really can't go wrong.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 26, 2014
I've wanted to play drums for a long time, but knew the noise would be an issue. I looked at other sets and almost got the DM8 because it comes with more sounds and customization options on the module. This kit is a great starter kit and a lot of fun... I connect my computer with an auxiliary cable from the headphone jack to the input jack on the module, then connect headphones or a guitar amp to the module. Using this set up I can play anything I want on iTunes or a website etc. It's a lot of fun playing along-- especially once you start to improve. I've been playing it pretty hard for a couple months and haven't had any technical issues.
A few issues:
There aren't a ton of sounds available on the module, but you easily get your basic rock sounds and some additional stuff. I would like to run it through software on the computer but I haven't had great success pairing it with the right drumming software. Research using the kit as a controller online first if this is what you plan to use it for, and make sure you have the right equipment/software or are willing to buy it.
A couple tips:
-Watch YouTube vids of people playing the DM6 to get a feel for how it looks/sounds/handles.
-Install the firmware update from the Alesis website (fixes an issue where the hitting the hi-hat would trigger the snare at times).
-Buy a few different pairs of sticks and see which ones you like, or switch between them. The sticks that came with the set aren't that great. I bought three pairs of Vic Firth sticks on Amazon the same time I bought the set. After some research I bought the Vic Firth American Classic eStick, the Vic Firth American Classic 5A, and the Vic Firth American Classic 5B. I use the 5As the most, but also use the eStick and the 5B. Adapting to different sticks seems to help with my technique overall.
Overall I really enjoy this kit and for $360-$400 I think it's a good deal.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on September 14, 2010
I'll try to keep this succinct and say only what needs said. Setup was fairly easy (although the instructions were downright cryptic). The adjustability is wonderful. And the kit looks phenomenal out of the box. That being said, one of my toms is nowhere near as responsive as the rest of them (I'll soon contact the company for a replacement), the cymbals are not intuitive to strike placement (you only get the secondary cymbal tone when you strike it very hard, and even then it's no guarantee), and I'm guessing, due to their close proximity to each other and the sensitivity of the pads, the snare often activates when I strike the hi-hat. At first glance, the different tone kits don't bring much to the table. But there is a wide range of personalization available when you begin to dig deeper into the controls. To a small extent, I've even been able to cover up the less-than-responsive tom by lowering the volume on all the other pieces. My only other complaint is that the bass drum doesn't bring much to the table. It sounds more like a flat tom than a bass pedal.
In short; this kit was somewhat defective out of the box. But it's still fun to use. So, unless you plan to record with your electronic kit, I'd recommend this product as a fun musical toy. But it's certainly not up to par with some of the more expensive kits I've used. And recording with this kit would likely be a nightmare.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 4, 2010
We all know that you get what you pay for. This drumset contradicts that statement. I live in a college dorm, and I was dying without something to hit, so I bought this. The drum kits that are offered sound realistic, even though my hi hat doesn't work as well as the other components. The size is perfect, small and compact, Easy to assemble and vice versa. It's not as quiet as I believed it would be, because my neighbors can still hear it but that varies (walls). The nice plug in for Mp3 players is a definite plus to such an affordable drum set. Also what is extremely nice about this package is that it even comes with a bass drum pedal. That is very, very good for under 500$. Usually you would have to cough up money for such items. Everything hits spot on and even reacts to how hard you hit the pads (except the crash, but thats ok, because all you want the crash for, is...well the name informs on the purpose). As far as moving the pads around, what's neat about the drum set is that you can assign different pads and cymbals different sounds (even changing a tom to a snare) and then saving it. Therefore you can change the pads on the slides, or you can just do that. What's annoying though is that the module is in the middle...This makes any movement difficult with headphone wires around. Other than that, there is no reason that an Indigent human being wouldn't buy this, if they had the money (like myself).