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ALESIS

DM5

Reference Manual

INTRODUCTION

Thank you for purchasing the Alesis DM5 18 Bit Drum Module. To take full advantage of the DM5’s functions, and to enjoy long and trouble-freeuse, please read this user’s manual carefully.

HOWTOUSETHISMANUAL

This manual is divided into the following sections describing the various modes of the DM5. Though we recommend you take time to read through the entire manual once carefully, those having general knowledge about drum modules and MIDI should use the table of contents to reference specific functions while using the instrument.

Chapter 1: Setting Up. Deals with the necessary preparation before playing, including connections to external devices.

Chapter 2: Your First Session with the DM5. This section provides a brief tour of the DM5, shows you how to audition the various sounds of the DM5, and points out the various performance features.

Chapter 3: Connections. Details rear panel connections (like MIDI, footpedals and the serial interface), properhook-upprocedures, plus application examples.

Chapter 4: Overview. Covers the structure of sound sources within the DM5, how to read and navigate through the LCD display pages, how to edit parameters, and how to store edited Drum Sets.

Chapter 5: MIDI Functions. Explains how to edit MIDI parameters.

Chapter 6: External Triggering. Describes all external trigger functions.

Appendices. MIDI basics,trouble-shooting,maintenance and service information, and the MIDI Implementation Chart.

Conventions

The buttons, knobs, and rear panel connectors and switches are referred to in this manual just as their names appear on the DM5, using all capital letters and in brackets (Example: [DRUM SET] button, [] and [] buttons, [VALUE] knob, etc.).

When something important appears in the manual, an icon (like the one on the left) will appear in the left margin. This symbol indicates that this information is vital when operating the DM5.

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CONTENTS

 

1: SETTING UP .................................................................................

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Unpacking and Inspection.......................................................................................

5

AC Power ..............................................................................................................

5

Line Conditioners and Protectors.................................................................

5

About Audio Cables ...............................................................................................

6

Basic Audio Hookup...............................................................................................

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MIDI Hookup.........................................................................................................

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External Triggers Hookup.......................................................................................

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2: YOUR FIRST SESSION WITH THE DM5 ...........................................

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Powering Up..........................................................................................................

9

Playing the Demo Sequence.........................................................................

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What’s a Drum Set? ................................................................................................

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Playing the DM5.....................................................................................................

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Auditioning Internal Programs....................................................................

10

Selecting the MIDI Channel.........................................................................

10

Choosing Voices in a Drum Set....................................................................

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Storing an Edited Drum Set.........................................................................

12

Naming a Drum Set....................................................................................

12

Recalling the Factory Drum Sets ..................................................................

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3: CONNECTIONS ..............................................................................

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MIDI......................................................................................................................

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Example 1: Using a MIDI Keyboard .............................................................

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Example 2: Using a MIDI Sequencer.............................................................

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Example 3: Using Two or More DM5 Modules..............................................

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External Triggers ....................................................................................................

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Footswitch Hookup ................................................................................................

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4: OVERVIEW...................................................................................

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Basic and Definitions ..............................................................................................

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The Voice...................................................................................................

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Random Voices...........................................................................................

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About the Edit Buffer..................................................................................

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MIDI Note Range .......................................................................................

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DM5 Polyphony .....................................................................................................

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Reading The Display...................................................................................

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Function Buttons ........................................................................................

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/ Buttons ...........................................................................................

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Multi-PageFunctions..................................................................................

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The Store button.........................................................................................

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The Note Chase Button ...............................................................................

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The Preview Button ....................................................................................

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Drum Note Selection...............................................................................................

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Function Buttons ....................................................................................................

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Voice .........................................................................................................

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Tune..........................................................................................................

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Mix............................................................................................................

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Output.......................................................................................................

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Drum Set....................................................................................................

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Index

Ext Trig......................................................................................................

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Group........................................................................................................

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MIDI..........................................................................................................

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Copying a Note’s Parameters to Another..................................................................

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5: MIDI FUNCTIONS .........................................................................

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Drum Set Root Note................................................................................................

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MIDI Channel ........................................................................................................

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MIDI Thru/Out......................................................................................................

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Local Control..........................................................................................................

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Program Change Enable..........................................................................................

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Program Change Table............................................................................................

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Saving Data via MIDI..............................................................................................

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Receiving Data From Another MIDI Device..............................................................

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6: EXTERNAL TRIGGERING ................................................................

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Overview...............................................................................................................

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About Trigger Parameters.......................................................................................

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Trigger Selection.....................................................................................................

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Trigger Note Assignment........................................................................................

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Gain.......................................................................................................................

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Velocity Curve .......................................................................................................

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Crosstalk................................................................................................................

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Decay ....................................................................................................................

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Noise .....................................................................................................................

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Footswitch Mode....................................................................................................

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Understanding Hi Hat Pedal Mode..............................................................

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Tips On Triggering From Acoustic Drums................................................................

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Output Sensitivity.......................................................................................

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Mounting...................................................................................................

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Trigger Placement.......................................................................................

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Muffling.....................................................................................................

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Mounting Hardware and Configuration.......................................................

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APPENDIX A:TROUBLE-SHOOTING....................................................

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Trouble-ShootingIndex...........................................................................................

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Re-initializing.........................................................................................................

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Checking Software Version .....................................................................................

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Maintenance/Service..............................................................................................

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Cleaning ....................................................................................................

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Maintenance...............................................................................................

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Obtaining Repair Service.............................................................................

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APPENDIX B: MIDI SUPPLEMENT .....................................................

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MIDI Basics............................................................................................................

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MIDI Hardware......................................................................................................

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MIDI Message Basics ..............................................................................................

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Channel Messages: Mode Messages .............................................................

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Channel Messages: Voice Messages .............................................................

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System Common Messages .........................................................................

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MIDI IMPLEMENTATION CHART .................................................

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Setting Up: Chapter 1

CHAPTER1

SETTINGUP

UNPACKING ANDINSPECTION

Your DM5 was packed carefully at the factory. The shipping carton was designed to protect the unit during shipping. Please retain this container in the highly unlikely event that you need to return the DM5 for servicing.

The shipping carton should contain the following items:

DM5 with the same serial number as shown on shipping carton

AC Power Supply Adapter

This instruction manual

Alesis warranty card

It is important to register your purchase; if you have not already filled out your warranty card and mailed it back to Alesis, please take the time to do so now.

AC POWERHOOKUP

The DM5 comes with a power adapter suitable for the voltage of the country it is shipped to (either 110 or 220V, 50 or 60 Hz). With the DM5 off, plug the small end of the power adapter cord into the DM5’s [POWER] socket and the male (plug) end into a source of AC power. It’s good practice to not turn the DM5 on until all other cables are hooked up.

Alesis cannot be responsible for problems caused by using the DM5 or any associated equipment with improper AC wiring.

LINECONDITIONERS ANDPROTECTORS

Although the DM5 is designed to tolerate typical voltage variations, in today’s world the voltage coming from the AC line may contain spikes or transients that can possibly stress your gear and, over time, cause a failure. There are three main ways to protect against this, listed in ascending order of cost and complexity:

Line spike/surge protectors. Relatively inexpensive, these are designed to protect against strong surges and spikes, acting somewhat like fuses in that they need to be replaced if they’ve been hit by an extremely strong spike.

Line filters. These generally combine spike/surge protection with filters that remove some line noise (dimmer hash, transients from other appliances, etc.).

Uninterruptible power supply (UPS). This is the most sophisticated option. A UPS provides power even if the AC power line fails completely. Intended for computer applications, a UPS allows you to complete an orderly shutdown of a computer system in the event of a power outage, and the isolation it provides from the power line minimizes all forms of interference—spikes,noise, etc.

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Chapter 1: Setting Up

ABOUTAUDIOCABLES

The connections between the DM5 and your studio are your music’s lifeline, so use only high quality cables. These should be low-capacitanceshielded cables with a stranded (not solid) internal conductor and alow-resistanceshield. Although quality cables cost more, they do make a difference. Route cables to the DM5 correctly by observing the following precautions:

Do not bundle audio cables with AC power cords.

Avoid running audio cables near sources of electromagnetic interference such as transformers, monitors, computers, etc.

Do not place cables where they can be stepped on. Stepping on a cable may not cause immediate damage, but it can compress the insulation between the center conductor and shield (degrading performance) or reduce the cable’s reliability.

Avoid twisting the cable or having it make sharp, right angle turns.

Never unplug a cable by pulling on the wire itself. Always unplug by firmly grasping the body of the plug and pulling directly outward.

Although Alesis does not endorse any specific product, chemicals such as Tweek and Cramolin, when applied to electrical connectors, are claimed to improve the electrical contact between connectors.

BASICAUDIOHOOKUP

When connecting audio cables and/or turning power on and off, make sure that all devices in your system are turned off and the volume controls are turned down.

The DM5 has two Main and two Aux audio outputs on the rear panel, as well as a headphone output on the front panel. These can provide an amplification system or mixer with several different audio hookup options:

Mono. Connect a mono cord from the [MAIN OUTPUT–R]to a mono amplification system or individual mixer input.

Stereo. Connect two mono cords from the [MAIN OUTPUT–L]and [MAIN OUTPUT– R] to a stereo amplification system or two mixer inputs.

Dual Stereo/Four Individual Outs. Connect two mono cords from the [MAIN OUTPUT–L]and [MAIN OUTPUT–R]and two mono cords from the [AUX OUTPUT–L]and [AUX OUTPUT–R]to a dual stereo amplification system, or four mixer inputs.

Stereo Headphones. Plug a set ofhigh-qualitystereo headphones into the front panel [PHONES] jack.

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Setting Up: Chapter 1

MIDI HOOKUP

If you are using a MIDI keyboard or sequencer, connect its [MIDI OUT] to the DM5’s [MIDI IN]. If you have another MIDI device you wish to control from the same keyboard or sequencer, connect the DM5’s [MIDI OUT/THRU] to the other device’s [MIDI IN]. This also requires that you turn the DM5’s MIDI Thru parameter on.

To turn on the MIDI Thru parameter:

Press the [MIDI] button.

The [MIDI] button will light.

Press the [] button twice to select the Thru parameter.

The Thru parameter’s value will flash.

Turn the [VALUE] knob clockwise until the Thru parameter’s value reads “On”.

For more information about MIDI connections, see Chapter 3.

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Chapter 1: Setting Up

EXTERNALTRIGGERSHOOKUP

Plug all of the triggers you will be using into the rear panel jacks. Since the triggers are interactive, the DM5 needs to “see” all of the signals simultaneously. Therefore, you should make sure that all triggers are connected before you begin editing the External Trigger parameters.

Use the table below as a guide for connecting your trigger inputs. The trigger default note numbers correspond to these drum sounds. If you are using a Hi-Hattrigger, be sure to connect its output to Trigger Input [1], as it is already assigned to note Bb1, which is always the OpenHi-Hatsound (except in Drum Set 18; see below). By connecting a footswitch, you can have theHi-Hattrigger play a different note when the footswitch is pressed (F#1, for example, which is the ClosedHi-Hatsound). For more information about Footswitch Control, see page 22.

Trigger

Note

#

Sounds

Trigger

Note

#

Sound

1

Bb1

46

Hi-Hat

7

Eb2

51

Ride Cymbal

2

C1

36

Bass Drum

8

C#2

49

Crash Cymbal 1

3

D1

38

Snare

9

A2

57

Crash Cymbal 2

4

C2

48

Tom 1

10

D3

62

Conga

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A1

45

Tom 2

11

F3

65

Hi Timbale

6

F1

41

Tom 3

12

G3

67

Hi Agogo

Note: Drum Set 18 uses a different set of default note numbers. The trigger default note numbers for all pre set drum sets can be found in the DM5 Factory Drum Set Reference Chart.

For more information about setting up the External Trigger parameters in the DM5, see pages 18 through 22, and Chapter 6.

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Your First Session With The DM5: Chapter 2

CHAPTER2

YOURFIRSTSESSION

WITHTHEDM5

POWERINGUP

After making your connections, turn on the system’s power using this procedure:

Before turning on the DM5’s power, check the following items:

Have all connections been made correctly?

Are the volume controls of the amplifier or mixer turned down?

Is the volume of the DM5 turned down?

Turn on the [POWER] switch on the DM5 front panel.

Upon power-up,the DM5 will recall the last selected Drum Set, and will display the page that was last selected.

Press [DRUM SET].

The [DRUM SET] button will light. The display should look something like this:

If this Program/Mix has been edited, the display will indicate this by showing a period “.” to the right of the name of the Drum Set.

Turn the DM5’s master [VOLUME] knob fully clockwise.

The best signal-to-noiseratio is achieved when[VOLUME] is set to maximum.

Turn on the power of the amplifier/mixer, and adjust the volume.

PLAYING THEDEMOSEQUENCE

The DM5 has a built-indemo sequence which demonstrates the wide variety of sounds this amazing instrument is capable of generating. In order to get the full effect of the demo, we recommend that you connect both the [MAIN OUTPUT-L]and [MAIN OUTPUT-R]to the inputs of your sound system, or listen on headphones.

To play the demo sequence:

Hold the [DRUM SET] button, and press [PREVIEW].

The display will read: “Playing Demo...”.

Press any button to stop the demo.

There will be no MIDI out messages during the demo, and the external triggers will be disabled.

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