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Average rating: 4.1 out of 5
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Dave Hastings a part-time user from Jax., FL USA writes:
Supplemental:I got my DMPRO back from Alesis with the ver2.0 upgrade hardwired in (It took one month). The unit now works exceptionally well with all the Hart® Series X e-drums. Note:Hart Dynamics makes the pads and "cymbals" for the Alesis DMPRO Kit. They are superb and have a lifetime guarantee. I recommend getting them from Peter Hart directly. I stated in my previous comments that I was still looking for the snare sounds I wanted, so I tried an acoustic snare in my on stage e-kit. I took it home afer one rehersal. Neither the band nor I liked the effect. Electronic drums are here to stay, and with the DMPRO and Hart "drums," I am not sorry. The sound is great and they are fun to play.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Apr-25-2000 at 09:57
JKSuperstar a part-time user from Denver, CO (USA) writes:
Sounds are Great (now that's out of the way...)

GOOD: Trigger is dead on (much better than my Roland TD-7). And with 16 triggers (two derived from the hat pedal, down & up!) there's plenty of room for my acoustics + triggers, or a Large full electronic set... As with anything, you need to SPEND TIME playing with the pads until you find the velocity curves that fit your style, (the DMPro has plenty to choose from). Good work on false-triggering with Group Crosstalk matrix (calculated from you playing, not preprogrammed or threshold values) and the Noise Suppression input (good for acoustics, put a trigger on your rack (or other mount) and the DMPro removes that noise). Well, I did mention my last experience was with a TD-7.

The Sounds are great (well, out of the >1,000, you've got to find some you like), and if you've got a PC and a Flash Card, you can dump any samples you want into it. It is geared for a studio-setup, with no sequence recorder, though it will play sequences you dump into it (just like sounds). Sound Diver is included (lets you edit anything inside the DMPro) and speeds creating new sounds. Oh yeah...ENVELOPES, ENVELOPES, ENVELOPES!!! That's 3... Amp, Pitch, & Filter....and they don't need to stay assigned to those parameters...a Matrix lets you control most parameters with any incoming MIDI controller or the Aux pedal or the Hat pedal or the get the point. Drums like talking drums, Udus, and timpani can be created from almost any sound (or sample) for drums that aren't so dead & mechanical (each envelope has delay-attack-decay-sustain-release). MIDI implementation is one of the best...

Effects: Has that Alesis reverb (sometimes sounds like a QS synth, or should I say a Sound Blaster?)but that can be tweaked, and the OverDrive, Delay, and Flange/Chorus/Resonator make up for it.

All the software included finishes off the DMPro's place in a studio (microLogic AV for getting those sequences, Cool Edit to create samples, Sound Diver to bypass the LCD menus, and Freeloader to get your Samples & Sequences into the unit). Oh, and with 64 poly, you can run some bass lines through this thing to boot.

BAD: No sequencer inside. Unfortunately, the Delay is Mono (no Ping-Pongs!) but Alesis probably forsaw this and added 4 Aux outs, so when you're tired of the effects, add your own. Also, for something tagged as "The Best!" it doesn't offer multizone trigger detection, like the ddrum5 and V-drums do. That'd make those snares so much nicer.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Mar-31-2000 at 18:39
Dave Hastings a part-time user from USA writes:
I play Hart Dynamics Series X e-drums through the DMPRO in my church's praise band. The ver1.2 chips that came with it were barely usable with the "cymbals." Alesis sent my the ver1.3 for free and now the unit is great. The current ver2.0 configuration requires that the unit be sent in and hardwired but I've heard it's worth the trouble.

Point is, I highly recommend that a potential buyer demand that the unit be plugged in and the chips (version) be determined BEFORE shelling out the cash! Insist on the latest or be ready to work real hard on the trigger setup.

For live drummers, the unit works well our Berringer (sp?) soundboard, but on stage "presence" is a big problem. We solved this by playing the module through two Fender 100W self powered monitors (one is a slave).

I agree with others who have praised the sounds, but have one major criticism: Snare drum rimshots are pathetic. The 12" piccolo snare, tuned to the head breaking state and then struck with purpose is NOT among the sounds on this Alesis. That this is the pulse of most Christian contemporary music has forced me to consider a miked drum of that variety.

The rest of the unit is a dream! Great kicks, toms, cymbals, bells and gongs...even timpani. I use a different "kit" on almost every song. As for ease of use, I was an acoustic drummer who had never played e-drums before. The stuff came in on a Thursday and I was ready to play that Sunday. But, I did read the manual!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Feb-25-2000 at 16:28
Disease Factory a professional user from USA,COLORADO writes:
Good for live gigs, and neat sounds, hook some triggers up, and boom, fx are killer, tons of great sounds, default kits kinda blow, but you can customize them and make em rock.. changing programs is annoyingly slow.. but if you set up your own kits with fx, pair this with a sampler.. boom.. kicks ass!

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Feb-08-2000 at 13:12
Paul Warfel a part-time user from USA writes:
I have three versions of Yamaha's FM/AWM Sy series,the SY99, SY77 and TG77. An alesis ESQ-1 and ESQ-M as well as Korg DW8000 and Oberheim Matrix-6. This is the current synth setup of a constantly changing and growing home studio. But with all these voices I still have problems with drums. The Drum sounds I wanted to use were always on the same synth that I needed for a sustaining pad. The stolen voices stopped many songs from being easily completed. Stolen polyphony is no longer a problem. Now I have 64 voices that are always free just for Drums. I no longer fear intricate high hat rhythms. So, After you fill out your basic synth setup this is definitely the next step. It is a lifesaver when it comes to polyphony for the rest of your rig. Also, The sounds are set in such great presets that I feel like a $100,000 a day producer has worked over all my rhythm tracks before my demos are finished. Plus I have recently found some great synth sounds in the DM Pro that I have used in my rhythm tracks. Sadly, it is not for the faint of hearted when it comes to programming, but if you look above you can tell that I do not fear learning a new system if the final results are worthwhile. These results are worthwhile.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Tuesday-Feb-08-2000 at 04:01
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