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Average rating: 3.4 out of 5
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Edoardo a professional user from Italy writes:
You should buy it because it's very simple and quick to use, with plenty of sounds. I had problems with alimentation either in D4 and in Dm5!

The manual trigger on the front panel it's very cheap, you can't use it.

It hasn't for me, the dynamic sound as you expect from a 18-bit machine.

Some sounds are weak and some &quot;punch&quot; in bass drums is missing!

But it's a useful tool!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:34
Russell Sweet a professional user from USA writes:
The DM-5 is an excellent module for a wide array of drum sounds. All of the

drum kit are easily configurable for any type of music. The samples are truly

authentic-sounding. Some really cool sounds can be generated using some sort of

outboard effects processor. One of the only fallbacks is the limitation of the

pitch-bend on the samples. I couldn't produce the kind of bone-jarring stretched

out bass tones that I like. Other than that, this module comes HIGHLY

RECOMMENDED for the professional and the hobbiest alike.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:34
Adam Smith a professional user from USA writes:
Pros: I love the DM5. I bought one to free up some polyphony on my K2000, be relieving it of the burden of routine kick + snare + hihat tracks. The quality and consistany of the "dynamically articulated" drums is far more realistic than any sample CD kits anyways. Cons: My first DM5 was severely defective, and I'm glad I did not buy it via mail-order. Also, the headphones volume and main volume out should not share the same knob IMHO. Lastly, the value "wheel" is a piece of crap. -Adam

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:34
Nathan Shane a professional user from USA writes:
I've owned many drum machines over the past 18 years of my musical career, and when Alesis came out with the D4, I was quite satisfied. I just purchased a used DM5 for $275.00 at Guitar Center. I spent the evening doing a digital comparison for the "authenticity" of the sounds between the DM5, D4, and drum samples from a Roland S750. The DM5 wins hands down for having the least amount of "hiss and noise" at the audio outputs, so recording is much cleaner. It becomes very obvious to my ears that the DM5 benefits greatly from using a 48kHz sample rate and 18-bit samples. The realism and subtle nuances that make drums sound like real drums are actually there and quite identifiable. The DM5 sounds also last quite a bit longer (perhaps almost an extra second) than the original D4, especially the cymbals. The extra length helps the sounds to more accurately portray what happens in the real world of instruments, so the sounds don't die off too quickly. One of the bad points I ran into is that the unit I purchased has a polyphony problem. The DM5 is made for 16 voice polyphony, but the unit I have is defective, in that "notes" begin to choke and cut off during a simple 16th note Hi-Hat pattern w/ Kik and Snare. I'm sure this is just a manufacturing problem on some units...and for those who know, yes, I did have the Group Setting set to Multi so the sounds wouldn't be cut off...

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 23:34
blake p brunner a part-timer user from maryland, usa writes:
This thing is retarded. Here is my story:

I bought one of these god-forsaken things in 9/98, hoping to get some fat drum sounds to liven up my music. But, after messing with the thing for, oh, two hours, it started freezing up on me, every time I tried to send sequences to it. So, after much hassling with Alesis, me sending the DM-5 in, them saying, "Hey man, there's nothing wrong with it. Must be your sequencer," they grudgingly agreed to replace it with a new one.

And the new DM-5 acts the same as the old one. Alesis's reply? Get a new sequencer, like I really have the time and money for that. I like Freestyle. It's simple, it's no Cubase/Cakewalk, but it's what I use.

As for the sounds, they're nothing special. Just sampled drums that sound thin and digital. The bass drums are especially disappointing. I think I'm going to sell this piece of depravity, if I can find some sucker to accept.

Rating: 1 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Aug-05-1998 at 17:04
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