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Alesis DM10X Kit Review 2020
- Winner of Best Electronic Drum Set 2020
The Alesis brand has established itself as a key innovator in the music production space, making new technologies accessible for the hobbyist musician and people learning the ropes. This review of the Alesis DM10X drum set will give you an overview and what’s to love and hate about the product.
This electronic drum set is easily the best in range at Alesis. This piece of musical equipment packs in the hardware, making it great value for money. With more drums, cymbals, and sounds than your average electronic drum set, you’re given so much flexibility in your musical experiments.
The DM10X’s ‘brain’ or sound module is the true star of this piece of equipment. It is the world's first drum-sound module that enables you to load new sound sets via USB connection from your computer. This will ensure that your module is always current.
No Holding Back
While most musicians that are used to acoustic are a little paranoid to go full speed on an electronic drum set, you won't have to hold anything back on the DM10X. It features a heavy-duty, chrome-plated steel XRack with hinged, quick-release clamps. The rugged Xrack features a super steady four-post design.
Sure, this heavy duty hardware makes you feel safe to go hard, but traditional acoustic players can also rest assured that the play is as close to acoustic as possible. This is thanks to the RealHead pads in 10 and 12-inch sizes, which includes mylar and triple-flanged counter hoops, ensuring that real, authentic feel.
The kick pedals and drum thrones enhance your drumming experience even more, but these are sold separately.
Big Brains For Big Play
The real star of the Alesis DM10X Kit is its ‘brain’ or otherwise known as the DM10 module. This powerhouse features a built-in sequencer, top-panel mixer, metronome and a range of outputs that you’ll find will come in handy.
You’ll have great fun messing around with the just over 1000 uncompressed, sample-based sounds included in the module, all of which have been made with an exclusive Alesis multi-sample technology, called Dynamic Articulation.
The MD10 module is also responsible for ensuring that tracking is accurate and instant, which I found incredible when recording with a natural response. It’s uncanny how advanced the technology is that it comes so close to authentic acoustic, with all the best parts of technology intact.
For example, it also stores acoustic drum sounds from iconic drum bands, popular snare drums, and cymbals from all parts of the world. Not to mention the classic drum machine and percussion sounds that come standard.
You will have a ball messing around with the MD10 module, and it could easily put you on the path to creating music in genres and style you never imagined!
This Alesis DM10X Kit review will not be complete without mention of another exclusive - the Dynamic Articulation technology. It may take a professional or expert to notice, but the addition of this technology ensures that not just the volume is improved, but the timbre too.
The timbre is the quality of a musical note, sound, or tone that distinguishes different types of sound production, such as voices and musical instruments, string instruments, wind instruments, and percussion instruments. So you can see how Dynamic Articulation can vastly improve your music production experience and the quality of the end product.
This is something Alesis refers to as ‘Engineered Realism’ and its effect is unmatched in my opinion.
The Not So Good
Although my experience with the Alesis DM10X Kit has been great, the main deterrent that that stood out, which I found in other reviews of the Alesis DM10X Kit too, is sensitivity. The quality of the sensors and signal response definitely has room for improvement, and at its premium pricing, you shouldn't expect any less than a solid experience.
If you’re big on trusted brands (if you aren't, you should be), then anything Alesis would be a no-brainer to consider. The Alesis DM10X Kit, in particular, includes technologies exclusive to the company, which some say, makes it their best kit yet.
It's the perfect fit for transitioning from acoustic to electronic on the one hand, and for beginner drummers on the other. It's price point makes it affordable enough for entry level but not quite the big bucks for strictly professional equipment.
If you can deal with a tad of a sensitivity issue, then this is the electronic set for you.
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