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Alesis DM6 USB Kit | Eight-Piece Compact Beginner Electronic Drum Set with 8" Snare, 8" Toms, & 12" Cymbals
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- Realistic-feeling full electronic drumset, includes DM6 drum module "brain" and everything you need to get started
- Headphone and amplifier outputs to practice quietly or jam out live; USB-MIDI output for sending MIDI data to virtual instruments & software on your computer
- Contains 108 top-notch drum, cymbal, and percussion sounds with aux input for practicing with an external audio source
- Includes kick, snare, (3) tom, (2) cymbals and a hi-hat pad, kick pedal & hi-hat controller
- Dual-zone 8" snare pad expands expressive playing freedom with multiple sounds per pad
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The Alesis DM6 USB is a stand-alone drum kit. You can play it plugged into any stereo or headphone, or use the USB output to connect with a computer to control music software and expand your songwriting abilities.
- Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 2GHz, Intel Core 2 Duo.
- Mac OS X 10.6-10.10, 1.6GHz Intel Core Duo, RAM 1GB (minimum).
The perfect choice for the aspiring drummer
The Alesis DM6 USB Kit (formerly DM6 Kit) highlights the best of Alesis' 20 years of experience in professional electronic percussion gear.
This electronic drum set features a completely new sound module with 108 quality drum, cymbal, and percussion sounds. Its pads feel great, and its hardware and rack system are high quality.
The impact-sensitive pads give natural, musical response that will make you feel like you're playing your acoustic kit – without making your neighbors hate you.
- Five-piece electronic drumset with DM6 drum-sound module.
- Realistic, natural-feeling rubber playing surfaces.
- USB-MIDI output for use with drum-module software.
Unmistakable Alesis Feel
Like all Alesis drum sets, the DM6 USB Kit features realistic, natural-feeling playing surfaces.
To reduce vibration feedback, we selected natural rubber drum and cymbal surfaces for the DM6 USB Kit's pads.
The DM6 module features an internal collection of top-notch drum, cymbal, and percussion sounds that will blow you away.
Edit and save your drum kits for custom sounds, or you can connect your smart device or CD player and mix it in.
The DM6 USB Kit mounts on a heavy-duty aluminum rack. The tubing enables you to add on with Alesis and other brands' clamps and mounts. The kit also comes with a full set of mounting hardware and cables, as well as rugged kick drum and hi-hat pedals.
- Includes everything you need to get started except headphones and a chair.
- DM6 module contains 40 preset practice patterns with visual pad-indicator feedback.
- 108 top-notch drum, cymbal, and percussion sounds.
- 15 programmable drum sets.
- Dual-zone snare pad for rim click and rimshot capability.
- Standard 1 1/2 inch tubing enables you to add on with Alesis and other brands' clamps and mounts.
- Connect your smart device or CD player and mix it in with 1/8 inch input.
- Works with iPad via Apple USB Adaptor (sold separately).
- DM6 sound module.
- Kick Pad with stand.
- Single kick pedal.
- Hi-hat pedal.
- 8" Dual-Zone Pad.
- 8" Single-Zone Pads.
- 12" Cymbals.
- ProRack complete with mounting hardware.
- DM6 Kit cable snake.
- Drum key.
- Assembly instructions/quick start guide.
|DM6 USB Kit||DM10 Studio Kit||DM10 Studio Mesh Kit||DM10 X Kit||DM10 X Mesh Kit|
|Rack||2-Post Aluminum Rack||4-Post Aluminum Rack||4-Post Aluminum Rack||4-Post Chrome Rack||4-Post Chrome Rack|
|Dual-Zone Snare Pad||(1) 8" Rubber||(1) 10" Mylar||(1) 10" Mesh||(1) 12" Mylar||(1) 12" Mesh|
|Tom Pad||(3) 8" Single-Zone Rubber||(4) 8" Dual-Zone Mylar||(4) 8" Dual-Zone Mesh||(2) 10" and (2) 12" Dual-Zone Mylar||(2) 10" and (2) 12" Dual-Zone Mesh|
|Kick Pad||(1) 6" DMPad with stand||(1) 8" RealHead||(1) 8" Mesh||(1) 8" RealHead||(1) 8" Mesh|
|DMPad Hi-Hat Cymbal||(1) 12"||(1) 12"||(1) 12"||(1) 12"||(1) 12"|
|DMPad Crash Cymbal||(1) 12"||(1) 12"||(2) 12"||(2) 14"||(2) 14"|
|DMPad Ride Cymbal||(1) 12"||(1) 14"||(1) 14"||(1) 16"||(1) 16"|
|Sound Kits||10 preset / 5 user||100 preset / 100 user||100 preset / 100 user||100 preset / 100 user||100 preset / 100 user|
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The Alesis DM6 USB Kit brings the best of Alesis’ 20 years of experience in professional electronic-percussion gear to the aspiring musician in need of a versatile drum set.
The DM6 module features an internal collection with 108 quality drum, cymbal, and percussion sounds. You can edit and save your drum kits for custom sounds using 10 presets and 5 custom slots. The USB output sends the notes you play out as MIDI signal, so you can use the DM6 as a trigger-to-MIDI interface with drum-module software such as BFD, Toontrack, or Reason for a limitless collection of sounds.
You can also connect your smart device or CD player through the DM6’s stereo input jack to play along to your favorite songs.
Like all Alesis drum sets, the DM6 USB Kit features realistic, natural-feeling playing surfaces. To reduce vibration feedback, we selected natural rubber drum and cymbal surfaces for the DM6 Kit’s pads.
This five-piece kit gets you started on a dual-zone snare pad for two-sound compatibility. The DM6 USB Kit also comes with three tom pads, an upright kick-drum pad, and hi-hat, crash, and ride cymbal pads. It even comes with an Alesis bass drum pedal and the kick pad is compatible with any single or double bass drum pedal for your personal feel.
- Triggers: 1 kick drum pad, 1 hi-hat pedal, 1 hit-hat cymbal, 1 crash cymbal, 1 ride cymbal, 1 dual-zone snare pad, 3 tom pads
- Voices: 108 voices
- Drum Kits: 10 preset kits, 5 user kits
- Patterns: 40 preset patterns, 1 user pattern
- Display: LCD
- 1/8" stereo mix-in
- 25-pin D-sub for cable snake
- 1/8" stereo master
- 1/8" headphone
- USB: for trigger-to-MIDI interface
- Power: 9V AC, adapter included
- DM6 drum sound module
- (1) DMPad Kick Pad with stand
- (1) DMPedal single kick pedal
- (1) DMHat Pedal hi-hat pedal
- (1) DMPad 8" Dual-Zone Pad
- (3) DMPad 8" Single-Zone Pads
- (3) DMPad 12" Cymbals
- (1) ProRack complete with mounting hardware
- (1) DM6 Kit cable snake
- (1) Drum key
- (2) Drumsticks
- (1) Assembly instructions & quick start guide
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This thing is just the best. It gets more realistic as you start to get a better feel for the kit. I started with everything locked up tight like a set of pads, and within a week I had Umphrey's plugged in and was rocking along with my favorite band's sets. I'd highly reccommend this for permanent drummers that temporarily reside in apartments, or people who want to learn the drums and don't know how serious they are about it.
The kit has left me extraordinarily inspired, and I'm so stoked on getting my first acoustic kit because of it. Despite the bigger dreams, this little machine still let's me beat out the prison blues.
Rebound all along the modules is pretty OK. Its not very realistic however, as all of the tom pads have great rebound, including pad 3, which is supposed to be the floor tom. The snare pad has pretty crappy rebound though. The center of the pad has a bit of rebound, but you aren't going to be laying down a solid double stroke roll on it by any means. The rim of the snare has a nice sound it, as the snare pad is a two section pad. It is hard to trigger sometimes though, as when you are riding on the hi-hat, you really have to slam the rim in order to make sound at a comfortable angle.
The hi-hat pedal is OK. It isn't too flimsy, but it isn't firm enough for you to practice double bass with. Supposedly, if you hit the pedal the right way, it makes the sound of a hi-hat opening, like on a real hi-hat, but we have had very little luck with that. The sound is just open or closed. The bass pedal is pretty great. We have adjusted it to be pretty tense, and it works well, when played heel up, which is how my son plays. If you have big feet however, and you play heel down, you may run into issues, as there is a little annoying notch near the top of the pedal, where your toes would rest.
The drum set doesn't come with a throne, and it doesn't set up pretty tall. Now, my son is 6'4", and the proper to sit at the drum set is with your legs as a slightly downward angle. My son's are about flat with a cheap throne on the highest setting. Its not a deal breaker, but it can be annoying. The set also doesn't come with a speaker or headphones.
One thing that my son loves a ton, is that there is an aux-in port on the drum control. That way, he can have an auxiliary cable in from his computer, to his drums, and then plug his headphones into his drums. This is extremely convenient, because he then can hear his computer, and his drum at the same time, and that makes practicing music really easy. It also means that he never has to unplug his headphones from his drums, and then plug them back into his computer when he's done jamming; he can just go over to the computer. The drum module also has a metronome, and many different profiles where you can assign different drums to different pitches. He can have a jazz profile, a worship profile, and a metal profile, and switch between them all in no time at all. The actual sounds from the drums are OK, but the cymbal sounds are pretty great. Just play around, and you'll find a combination that you like.
If you hit heavy, or plan to use this for gigging, read these next two sections. if not, carry on :)
My son is a very heavy hitter, and when we got this set, he was using very heavy sticks. My son was using the Mike Mangini signature stick on these electronic drums, and he was hitting the crap out of them. For those of you who don't know, the Mike Mangini signature stick is like 16.5" long, and weighs a fair amount more than your run-of-the-mill 5A's. This is worst case scenario, and it showed. After, about 4-5 months, a small tear appeared in tom 2. It didn't affect playing or rebound, but it was there. After 6ish months a tear appeared on the side of the hi-hat, where the drumstick hits 99% of the time. We switched the hi-hat drum pad with the ride drum pad, and carried on. A few weeks ago, it happened again on the hi-hat. so we switched it with the crash. It hasn't affected playing a whole ton, but, once more, its there. Now, my son has switched over to Vic Firth x8d's, a very light stick, so we will see how this drum pad withstands time as opposed to the others. This entire experience knocks off a star on the review.
The second star knocked off is for triggering issues. What I mean by that, is that not everything triggers right 100% of the time. The hi-hat (granted, very rarely) will sometimes not register an open, and that throws my son's practice off, and he'll have to restart that song, to make sure that the error wasn't on his part. Another triggering issue is that sometimes, during a cymbal roll, or even just a big crash, the crash cymbal will trigger the bass drum. So you hit the crash, and it crashes, but it sounds like you hit the bass drum as well. This again, is annoying, and gets in the way of practicing. We've gotten use to it now, but it's enough of a complaint to remove a star, and for you not to trust this is perform 100%, 100% of the time.
This is an excellent purchase for anyone learning drums. My son bought this 7 months ago, having only learned the basic rock beat, and jazz swing. He now comfortably plays in the school jazz band, a jazz combo and for our church. If you're looking for something to practice on, and are OK with hiccups you may encounter, this is the kit for you.
TL;DR - Great kit for practice, don't gig with it, don't beat the crap out of it, and it will last you.
The legs connected to the cross bar come loose when stored and I have to hold the cross bar while trying to align the leg and reattach it. It's plastic so it's expected. Just go over the connections with the included tool to make sure they are tight.
Personally, I think some of the preset drum kits are lame and I would never use them.
That's about it. It's fun to play and the hang-ups are minimal.