Technology and computers have become a part of everyday life in the global, consumer-based economy just like how music has been an integral part of our lives and our culture.
In modern times, electric kits are a perfect example of how technology has become a massive part of our lives.
The brand ‘Alesis’ are pioneers in the electronic drum market. They are the ones to come out with the first affordable and compact drum machine, HR16 and the much acclaimed SR16.
They are a significant force in the market and needless to say everyone takes a note, when their product(s) gets ready for its star launch.
Here we are presenting, our review of the much hyped and talked about – Alesis DM10 Mesh. To begin with, it is quite easy to setup right out of the box, sounds great, and feels like an acoustic kit.
The Alesis DM10 Mesh Kit is a six-piece electronic drum set with its exclusive Alesis dual-zone mesh drum heads that deliver an unprecedented degree of realistic drum “feel” and personal expression for modern electronic drummers.
The ultra-quiet mesh drum heads come closer to duplicating the feel of an acoustic drum head and their natural ricochet better than any previous Alesis electronic drum kit. The Alesis mesh drum heads have a precise adjustment knob so drummers can easily adjust the heads to provide the exact response that best suits their playing style.
- It is crafted for both, the studio and live performance. The DM10 Mesh Kit is a high-performance 6-piece electronic drum kit and comes complete with five drum pads (8/8/8/8” toms and 10” snare), four cymbals (12” hi-hat, two 12” crash, and a 14” three-zone ride), and the compact 4-post Stage Rack with integrated boom cymbal arms.
- It’s armed with the exclusive Alesis tightly woven black mesh drum heads that dampen acoustic noise and provide a singularly natural drumming experience. Players will immediately notice the enhanced feel, response, and reduction in acoustic noise, making the surprisingly reasonably priced Alesis DM10 Mesh Kit ideal for quiet late-night practice sessions, as well as live performance and studio recording.
- The module itself is slick and easy to use, with a handy volume mixer on the left, along with a volume control for main output and headphones. There are 99 kits and sounds on the module to choose from (more can be added via USB), many of which add another dimension to playing by adding electronic sounds to the bass and snare triggers.
Download for FREE: [PDF]DM10 Reference Manual – Rackcdn.com
Alesis DM10 Mesh Kit – Best Features:
- Mesh drumheads enhance feel and reduce acoustic noise
- 6-piece kit with kick, snare, and four tom pads
- 4-piece cymbal pad set with hi-hat, ride, and two crash pads
- Compact 4-post rack with boom cymbal arms and hinged clamps
- 4 points of sensitivity on each drumhead for superior response
- Includes DM10 sound module with 12 trigger inputs and mixer
- Over 1,000 uncompressed samples featuring Dynamic Articulation
- Control computer software over a USB connection
- Connects to iPad via optional Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit
- Total Number of Pads – 10
- Number of Snare/Tom Pads – 5
- Included Snare/Tom Pads – 1 x 10″ (Snare), 4 x 8″ (Tom)
- Number of Kick Pads – 1
- Number of Cymbal Pads – 4
- Included Cymbal Pads – 1 x 12″ (Hi-hat), 2 x 12″ (Crash), 1 x 14″ (Ride)
- Included Hardware – 1 x 4-post X-Rack with Boom Cymbal Arms, 1 x Hi-hat Pedal
- Number of Drum Kits – 100 (Preset), 100 (User)
- Effects – Yes
- Module Analog Inputs – 13 x 1/4″, 1 x stereo RCA
- Module Analog Outputs – 2 x 1/4″ (Aux), 2 x 1/4″ (Main), 1 x 1/4″ (Headphones)
- Module – MIDI I/O In/Out/USB
- USB- Yes
- Manufacturer Part Number – DM10XStudio Mesh
When playing, this kit really comes to life with realistic sounds and amazing sensitivity. Where ghost notes had previously become a blur of accents or disappeared completely, these mesh heads are perfect dynamically and feel natural too. The noose gives a great rim shot and not a bad rim click. Acoustically, the sound is quite loud and seems to have a tone to each drum.
Though its one cracker of a product, it does have its share of disadvantages:
- Durability – Resilience and toughness of this piece is a bit questionable especially from the perspective of real bands who will like you to use it almost non-stop.
- Quality of Bass Drum Pad / Kick drum – Again this is something which was not expected from Alesis, but in our review we found the quality of bass drum pad as well as kick drum a bit mediocre compared to Alesis standard and this again brings us back to the question of sturdiness of this kit.
- When playing the bass drum it sounds like someone is hammering on a wood table. So if you live in an apartment, this could be an issue. Also, the ten-inch pads appear slightly more sensitive than eight-inch pads. It is a little disappointing considering the high quality of the rest of the kit, but this hardly outweighs the plus points of this kit
- Cumbersome set up process – The set-up process is moderately annoying if you are one of those who lack patience. Instructions are given on the sound module, however not on the actual kit itself.
- The assembly instructions aren’t very clear, so one is required to pay very close attention to what you’re doing while putting this thing together. If you’ve never assembled an electronic set before, or applied a firmware update to an Alesis set, you might be in for a frustrating several hours.
It’s not very difficult, but certainly from consumer perspective, the directions could have been much better and simpler.
Advantages over competition
Value for money – Great investment and with all its features and the experience it offers. This will sure blow you away!
Amazing sound quality – If you want to go for good feeling drums to trigger outside kits as well as good quality sounds internally then this is the drum set you want. It sounds just awesome and feels like an acoustic kit.
Dynamic articulation – this means each sound is a series of different samples. The sound not only changes in volume from how you play the pad, it also changes its timbre as a natural drum or cymbal would. This is simply great!
Sturdy frame – The kit has an overall tough frame and it offers great effects and the best part is it can be easily customized.
Hard rock, metal music is incomplete without the great drumming and the great drumming can only be done when the great drummers have great drum kits. This one is indeed best suited for live shows for practice or for studio recording as it has awesome.
The best selling studio kit; its features, sounds and construction take it way beyond those of the entry-level kits, but at a very pocket friendly price. For beginners, music enthusiasts and the home studio owners or professionals looking to go some way towards capturing the performance and sounds of real drums, without breaking the bank, the Alesis DM10 Mesh kit may well be the answer.
Overall, this is a great value professional kit, with superb sounds and a definite example of how technology can be a blessing when used correctly. And we are really very impressed with it!