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Alesis DM5 18-bit Drum Module
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Submitted: March 14th, 2009
by Sawyer Goodson
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Sound Quality
Sounds are excellent for this price range. Good selection of drum sounds and all are very close to realistic. Most people are not aware of the electronic nature of this kit until they look at it. Cymbals are hard to bring up out of the mix without some heavy equalization, but able to get adequate sound.
Reliability/Durability
Bought this 5 months ago. Drum sounds are superior for this price range, however that is damped by poorly designed hardware. Example: Inspect the component that holds the trigger pad. There is only one boss to ensure the pad stays in place when tightened. These strip off quickly, and soon the pads hang limp. Have had to modify entire kit with large washers and larger threaded fasteners to ensure pads do not flop during use. The pads have been shedding parts and pieces almost daily, and requires tremendous effort to ensure reliable operation. DM 5 model can be glitchy and unreliable. Ex: Kick will suddenly become a tom, and you loose your low end for no particular reason. Display show correctly. Power down and up a couple times clears issue. The rack is also poorly made. The arms will work their way out of the sockets and fall to the ground with the most gentle of use.
Price/Value
General Comments
We use this gig in a practice space, and gig in areas where sound pressures are required to be low. It has been problematic and difficult. The plastic inserts on the back of the DM5 module have broken off during gigs (someone pulled on one of the output cables, and the insert failed at the plastic nut). Delayed the gig last night by hanging up and refusing to put out kick sounds (reboot until glitch clears) I should have checked out the details on this kit out more closely. Not ever owning an electronic kit, It was difficult to know what to look for, other than price. I have learned a 459 dollar lesson in electronic drum evaluation. So I have that.
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