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I Love my DM10 X Mesh kit!!!

Since getting this kit, I haven't had a whole lot of time to learn all of its possibilities.

I've found it incredibly easy to get a really good acoustic-sounding kit to gig with, and I've been gigging with it ever since!

The mesh pads are truly amazing. Indestructible?

Do make sure you switch out your felt bass drum beater for plastic!!! My bass drum head started to melt in the short time while I waited for my new beaters. The head still works great... still feels indestructible, but has a melted spot where I was hitting it with my primary beater.

I cannot say enough how great this kit sounds live! Nay-sayers come up to me after finishing a set - and they're no longer saying "nay"!!! LOL

It just Thunders!!!

I love the rack system, I love the rubber rim bumpers, I love the DM10 module, the cable harness is excellent! My sound guy likes it so much he's trying to find one himself now! ;)

I'm getting a SamplePad Pro now to add to the awesomeness of this setup.

Alesis, Thank You!!!

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  • Last weekend was my first gig with this kit where we were asked to play really quiet.

    Although my previous bass player never liked "Quiet gigs", I've always enjoyed the challenge. My acoustic kit has long power shells, and it is LOUD! Plying quiet is fun and challenging.

    My new DM10 x Mesh kit allows me to rock out just like I was playing a loud gig! It's all up to the sound guy to set my volume!

    No more tripping sticks on microphones, no more laborious setups... this kit is a breeze to work with, from setup to take-down!

    I've switched the ride cymbal and the crash 2 positions, and also switched the right rear rack leg for the left, and now have my singing mic stand as part of my rack!

    Love it!
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  • I did buy this kit to become my main gigging kit.

    I'm really glad that it is working out so incredibly well for that. Especially with almost no 'learn' time involved yet. Yes, I did tweak on it quite a bit over the twenty or so gigs I've played with it so far, but all of that was really easy to do without much study time.

    Keep in mind, however, that I am a "Manual Reader", so as soon as I ordered the kit, I downloaded and read the manual. I like to know what's going on, even though the first read through doesn't get everything to stick completely.

    Another reason I wanted this kit is for an entirely different purpose. I'm working on making a movie, all on my own, and this includes the score.

    So I also bought this to be my main midi controller, since I feel much more comfortable playing drums than keys.

    I've played bass guitar and some lead guitar using electric drums before via midi. So I'm excited to get the chance to do this sort of stuff with a full array of orchestral instrument VSTs at my command!

    That's also where I feel that the addition of the SamplePad Pro will be a wonderful benefit ;)
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  • Thanks for your feedback, Daniel! Glad you're loving the kit :)
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  • I can hardly believe the quality of some of the sounds in this DM10 module - well... except that I've always known Alesis to have great sounds.

    But when I happened upon some of these guitar samples... Wow!!! There are a LOT of awesome sounds in this module, and I've barely begun to scratch the surface!

    It's still gig season for me. Three shows this weekend and this kit makes it much easier for me to get from one to the next quickly, and in a more relaxed manner.

    I am looking forward to finding a bit of a slow-down time where I can set this up in my drum room and just play around with all that the module has to offer - and then hook it up to my workstation for some VST goodness as well!

    My Singer has a studio with ProTools. I only have MusicMaker Premium - so I'm eager to see how that DAW works with this as a controller. I can kinda tell already that it'll be fun!
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  • Excellent! Have fun playing your kit, and don't hesitate to post if you're having issues :)
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  • Also... I am very impressed with these pads/heads!

    Yeah... believe them when they say: "Don't use Felt Beaters on the Bass Drum"!

    I used felt as I awaited my new beaters... the felt starts to melt the mesh. Still works great, but has that melted blemish there.

    The rest of the heads still look new... and I'm playing these a LOT - and I'm not babying them in the slightest!

    I can rock out at concert aggression, and the pads are still stealthy! Amazing! And they don't dent or give or otherwise get hurt - all while feeling AWESOME to an acoustic drummer of 37 years!

    The rubber rim wraps are feeling it a bit - still not sure how to find replacements for those - but....

    The cymbals are fantastic. I use a non-gloss Armor All cleaning wipe to keep them pretty, as with the rest of the kit. Just a mild wipe and then I use a soft cloth after. I also keep a Swiffer Duster in my stick bag to reduce the need to have to ever do a hefty cleaning.

    Love the Kit - the Kit shall Loveth yo back!
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  • My Bass player said that I should really look into getting some heavier TRS cables.

    I've added that to the look list of nay-saying that's common for people being introduced to a e-kit drummer.

    The DM10 x Mesh kit came with a bunch of velcro straps for the cables. I've routed them nicely along the rack, and keep the whole thing attached to the rack.

    When I pack up the kit, I take (only a little) time to double back, or continue the ends of the cables to the next mounting arm or whatever to keep them from dangling. Then use some of the extra velcro straps (I keep handy on the rack where I need them) to keep the module end and other groupings of ends from being loose.

    I fold one rack leg outwards, the other inwards, and the whole thing makes a nice, easy-to-carry unit, which protects the cables. It's all very wonderful.

    I love this kit a lot - and it gets a LOT of heavy use!
    • I too tear-down and set up twice a week, practice several times during the week and then play gigs on the weekend. I too set up the rack to fold like you did and completely reworked the cables using flexible wire loom, tie wrapped it to the top bar and fed each trigger from out of the wire loom. Turned out great, simple tear-down and setup. I even found a "Husky" tool box from Home Depot, got some 1" foam padding and am able to get all triggers and hardware into the toolbox for transport. The only thing I have to carry is the rack system, the amp and drummers rug and the toolbox is on wheels. Perfect fit!!
    • One of my guitarists had some really nice wheeled cases. Two of them are perfect - I used foam, fabric, etc., and made nice custom-fit cases. Their nearly the same dimensions as the folded up rack and lay very nicely together! ;)
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  • Your experience is much like mine, I really am enjoying it as well. After playing acoustic for more than 40 years, I was in a position to move to electronic and chose the Alesis mostly for the price but the reviews were really good too. I also noticed right away that the support is phenomenal - hands down the best support I've seen in this industry.

    I am noticing after playing for a little over 4 months every weekend that I lose audio for the kicks or cymbals when playing a crash swell or quick double bass/tom combo. The audio basically just cuts out. I don't know if I'm over-driving the audio out from the DM10X module or if the module is starting to fail but I was curious if you've noticed this as well but also wondered if so, what are you doing about it??
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  • Wow. Yeah... it's not a common thing, but yes... once in a while. And it seemed to me like it was only from the outputs, not through the headphone jack - but I'd have to confirm that, which might be tough. I don't use the HP jack while playing through the PA. If I use buds, I do so with in-ear monitors - not the DM10.

    But this didn't happen to me after 4 months, it did that right from the start - but very, very seldom. It somehow felt like an impedance issue?
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