Synth Site: Alesis: D4 Drum Module: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.9 out of 5
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Bruenda Mallard a professional user from USA writes:
I used to own the D4. I've since sold and upgraded to newer units. This is a fine unit but surprisingly the used prices sometimes are as much as it's later brother DM5. Watch out for early models (Less than Version 1.02) since they don't have full trigger adjustments which is really important to have. The units can sometimes not age very well either. The buttons on the front don't take much abuse so watch out for units that the buttons are pushed in on (unless you want to fix it).

With that said. Alesis did supply a good amount of inputs (12) which is nice. The stock sounds for the age of the unit has held up well. Good for a first module if you have no other. The percussion sounds are weak. The units strengths are it's basic kit sounds. Also the processor may get overloaded and cut off sounds if you get too busy. The unit is very easy to use which is another of it's highlights. If you get can a unit in good shape for a good price it's certainly a decent buy.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Thursday-Mar-15-2001 at 18:03
Daniel Tenselius a professional user from Sweden writes:
I use the D4 for composing only, since we add real drums later on. It tends to sound a bit dated, and at first doesn´t really have so many usable sounds. A while ago I thought about selling it, but instead tried it with a dedicated Behringer compressor...wow! All of a sudden it is really fun to add drum tracks. In such a combination, I can really recommend the D4. It is a really good drum module...it just needs a little help soundwise.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Aug-01-2000 at 15:39
Brent Haeseker a 0 user from usa writes:
I record live drums in my studio and try to use as much of the real mic'ed sound as possible, but when a bass drum or snare isn't working then it's the D4 to the rescue. I just run a line from the direct out on the proper drum channel on the board into the trigger input on the D4 and replace the mic'ed drum with the D4. If the mic'ed drum is gated properly you will never have problems with false triggers from the D4. The results from doing this have been amazing. You can achieve big studio drum sounds without the big studio. Some of the sounds are the same as the mediocre HR16 sounds, but there is enough of the good stuff to make it a great studio tool. Very easy to use as well.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:34
Jim lunemann a part time user from u.s.a. writes:
the d-4 is a good unit except for the the poor servce system roland provides to fix and repair the units when they break down . they do fit well when you balance them with a mike set up but they sound too sterile alone .

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:34
Bruce N. Baker a part time user from USA writes:
Great, First off, I've got a SPD-11 (roland with 8 pads on one unit) which I've used for quite a while and just ran into the D4 with the yamaha trigger pads. It's a scream. Not much editing but don't need it. Lots of good sounds. 20 &quot;SETS&quot; which you can modify as needed (assign any drum sound to any pad). A wide assortment of sounds for each type of drum. 12 Triggers, 4 outputs. Need a say more. For a 16 bit unit it sounds suprisingly good. If you find one used and don't have triggerable drum module, get it.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:34
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