Synth Site: Alesis: DM5 Drum Module: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 3.4 out of 5
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trevor boudreau a hobbyist user from port hawkesbury nova scotia canada writes:
I've bought the Alesis dm5 kit about a month ago it came with the Ion rubber/foam pads first of all the sounds are not bad that the model can produce but the plastic rack clamps are pure shit that hold the smaller rods for the pads do yourself good to upgrade to Gibraltar multi-clamps made of metal and can to opened quick to remove without having to take the drum rack apart to slip on or off the clamp.

also mine kit as mentioned came with the Ion drum pads, these pads are junk as they got a plastic tab under them that will mesh with a plastic swivel clamp and then attach to the rod ,plastic to hold a drum pad ya right WHAT THE HELL WHERE THEY THINKING the clamps snap or weaken after use , or god forbid if anyone happens to push o the pad to at all they snap pure junk . I'm slowly upgradeing the drum pads and all the clamps to metal

money wise for this set not worth it at all as now I've got to upgrade the pads and clamps to something that will last and not snap on stage on in just practice . do yourself good and shop and spend the cash for a better set or go with the dm5pro set at least the drum pads are better and then just upgrade the clamps to metal ones

Rating: 2 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Mar-18-2009 at 12:08
Dave a professional user writes:
It is excellent however you cannot bang on it as it is made of light metal tubing and plastic clamps. Sounds are just fine, these people who go on about the xtra reverb added and the cymbals being to phony do not have a clue, if you know how to play gently without banging and beating the pad triggers and hardware breaking all of this you will love it. Good for straight ahead beats, trim the fat, punk, industrial, rock n roll non-Slayer like drumming(It is to lightweight for that) you will be happy. It's a beautiful thing. For those who said the added reverb and cymbals are bad sounding are wrong I am pretty critical and they passed as long as you dont over do it. However $499 is to much for this dm5 module with drum set. Search for a better deal, way better deals are out there, be patient keep looking. As for beginners it is perfect, Let your teacher know what you have bought the dm5 module with drum set and ask him to teach you how to rock out convincingly without banging and playing to hard, your heaviest hit has to be controlled by the light weight limits of the trigger pads and light weight hardware.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Saturday-Sep-13-2008 at 01:44
Richard Browning a hobbyist user from US writes:
ABSOLUE JUNK The sounds are actually fairly decent and easy to configure, however, I have a problem using the hi-hat trigger features of the module, I can open and close the hithat with the pedal, but as soon as i hit any drums i have to hit the hit hat again to allow me to use the pedal. Also the unit freezes up every five minutes or so. alesis answer it to reset and reinitialize the unit which resets all of the features. hardly a solution i want after hours of programming and tweaking.

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Mar-25-2008 at 15:12
Kale Walker a part-time user from Salem, Oregon USA writes:
I got the DM5 a few months ago and must say it's a great sampler. Some of the drums and cymbals are cheese, but then again even some of the higher priced moduels have cheese sounds.. The ease and use is good and a easy to read instruction booklet is choice. I wouldn't recommend using this module for a actual set, but for various trigger pads around your acoustic set this thing is top choice.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Nov-20-2007 at 23:16
David Menchaca a professional user from United States America writes:
In the electronic percussion era the DM5 is holding its own and then some. There is always complaints of feel and sound. As for the DM5 there are no complaints from me for example the V-curve allowes you to cut back per pad level so you can used those ghost notes, and all so the random sounds it provids of multiple notes and levels per pad. There are better modules out there but for the money compared to its abilitys there is no comparison.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Nov-04-2003 at 15:22
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