Alesis DMPROKIT Setup Guide

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Contents

Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1

How to Use This Manual . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1

Before You Begin: Check DM Pro Kit Component List

Rack and Mounting Hardware Checklist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2

Trigger Pad Checklist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2

Cable Checklist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3

DM Pro Drum Module Checklist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3

Documentation Checklist . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3

Items You Will Need . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3

Assembling Mounting Rack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3

Attaching Pads and Cymbals

Snare . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6

High Tom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7

Mid Tom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7

Low/Floor Tom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8

Hi-HatCymbal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8

Crash Cymbal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8

Ride Cymbal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9

DM Pro Rack Mounting Tray . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9

Kick Drum Trigger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10

Hi-HatPedal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10

Installing DM Pro Module and Attaching Cables

Install Sound Module . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10

Label Cables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10

Connect DM Pro Module and Trigger Pads . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10

Ready to Play

 

Adjust Drum Head Tension . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Adjust Triggering Parameters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Select a Drumkit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Advanced User Tips and Tricks

Hi Hat Pedal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13

Snare Pad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13

Ride Cymbal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14

Tom Pad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14

Crash Cymbal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14

Kick Trigger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14

DM Pro Kit Setup Guide

Introduction

Thank you for purchasing the Alesis DM Pro Kit. It’s a complete electronic percussion system that combines Alesis’ top-of-the-lineDM Pro drum module withstate-of-the-artdrum pads, mounting hardware and connecting cables. Flexible, powerful and durable, the DM Pro Kit is anall-in-onesolution for everyone from hobbyists to pro drummers.

To assure proper setup and take full advantage of the DM Pro Kit’s wide-rangingfeatures, please read this Setup Guide and the DM Pro Module Reference Manual carefully.

How to Use This Manual

This Setup Guide is designed to help you configure your DM Pro Kit to the “power on” stage. Please refer to the DM Pro Module Reference Manual for advanced instructions on playing, programming and fine-tuningyour percussion sounds.

JWhen something important appears in this manual, an icon (like the one on the left) will appear in the left margin. This symbol indicates that this

information is vital when setting up and operating the DM Pro Kit.

Assembly instructions are phrased for setting up a typical right-handeddrum kit. Whether you’reright-handedorleft-handed,you can easily adjust and configure the DM Pro Kit to accommodate your playing preferences.

Assembly instructions are phrased from the drummer’s point of view – that is, “right” and “left” are used to describe procedures as if you are sitting on your drum throne facing the kit.

Before You Begin: Check DM Pro Kit Component List

The DM Pro Kit package contains everything you need to build a complete electronic percussion system. The components include five categories:

1)Rack and mounting hardware

2)Trigger pads

3)Cables

4)DM Pro Drum Module

5)Documentation

Before you begin assembly, we recommend that you take an inventory of all the components and organize them into separate groups. Use a pen or pencil to check off the following components. If you find that your DM Pro Kit is missing any components, please contact Alesis Customer Support at 800-5-ALESIS.

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Rack and Mounting Hardware Checklist -(Figure 1)

Qty. Part Description

2Rack Bases

2Upright Tubes

1Center Tube (w/ 3 memory locks)

1Right Side Tube (w/ 1 memory lock)

1Left Side Tube (w/ 2 memory locks)

4Rack Tube T-Clamps

Qty. Part Description

8 Hardware Clamps

4 TomArms

1Long Snare Arm

2Cymbal Booms

1DM Pro Rack Mounting Tray w/screws and washers

1Small Utility Tray (not pictured)

2Drum Keys (not pictured)

5Cable Ties (not pictured)

Figure 1: Rack and Mounting Hardware layout

Trigger Pad Checklist

Qty.

Part Description

Qty.

Part Description

1

Snare Pad

1

Hi-hatCymbal

3

Tom Pads

1

Crash Cymbal w/ Spring Collar

1

Kick Trigger w/ Inverted Beater

1

Ride Cymbal

1

Hi-hatPedal

2

Rubber Cymbal Mats

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Cable Checklist

DM Pro Drum Module Checklist

Qty.

Part Description

Qty.

Part Description

6

1/4" Mono Cables

1

DM Pro Drum Module

3

1/4" Stereo Cables

1

Power Supply

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DM Pro Module Reference Manual

 

 

Documentation/Miscellaneous Checklist

Qty.

Part Description

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DM Pro Kit Setup Guide

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Color-codedcable stickers

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DM Pro Addendum

Items You Will Need

In addition to the drum keys that come with DM Pro Kit, you will need a phillips head screwdriver and flat head screwdriver. An adjustable wrench or pliers will prove useful for final tightening of clamps.

For performance, you’ll need to provide four items: a kick drum pedal, a drum throne, drum sticks and headphones or some other form of monitoring/amplification.

Assemble Mounting Rack

The first step in setting up your DM Pro Kit is to assemble the mounting rack. Begin by laying out the rack components as shown in Figure 2. During the following assembly procedure you will build the DM Pro Rack from the ground up.

JIn assembling the Mounting Rack, you will be using four T-Clamps.We recommend you loosely tighten each clamp – just enough to hold it in

place. After you have completely assembled and positioned the kit, you can then tighten each clamp securely.

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Center Tube

Left Side Tube

Right Side Tube

Upright

Tubes

Rack Bases

Figure 2: Mounting Rack Components

1.Attach One Upright Tube to each of the Rack Bases.

a)Loosen the wing nuts and drum key bolts on each clamp attached to the two Rack Bases.

b)Place rack bases side by side and make sure clamps are aligned. If not, slide the memory lock and clamps until aligned.

c)Insert the Upright Tube into clamp. Make sure the Upright Tube is fully seated inside the clamp. Loosely tighten wing nuts.

d)Compare the two Upright Tubes to make sure they are the same height.

e)Firmly tighten wing nuts on each clamp. Then, firmly tighten the drum-keybolts on each clamp.

2.Attach Right Side Tube to Upright Tube

a)Choose a T-Clampand loosen all wing nuts.

b)Identify the Right Side Tube (it’s the tube withone memory lock on it).

c)Attach T-Clampto Right Side Tube by inserting tube into the clamp opening marked “tighten first.” Make sure the tube is fully seated in the clamp, and the opening marked “tighten first” is positioned directly next to the memory lock. Loosely tighten the wing nuts marked “tighten first.”

d)Loosen memory lock on the Right Side Tube and slide it into the T-Clamp,making sure you align the memory lock’s notch with the indentation in theT-Clamp.

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e)Firmly tighten the memory lock’s bolt with drum key.

f)Select either of the two Upright Tube / Rack Base assemblies built in Step 1.

g)Slide the Right Side Tube’s T-Clamponto the Upright Tube. Position it approximately one foot from the top of the Upright Tube. Loosely tighten all wing nuts.

h)Set aside the completed Right Side Tube /Upright Tube / Rack Base assembly until Step 4 below.

3.Attach Left Side Tube to Upright Tube

a)Choose a T-Clampand loosen all wing nuts.

b)Identify the Left Side Tube (it’s the tube withtwo memory locks on it).

c)Attach T-Clampto Left Side Tube by inserting tube into the clamp opening marked “tighten first.” Make sure the tube is fully seated in the clamp. Loosely tighten the wing nuts marked “tighten first.”

d)Loosen memory lock on the Left Side Tube and slide it into the T-Clamp,making sure you align the memory lock’s notch with the indentation in theT-Clamp.

e)Firmly tighten the memory lock’s bolt with drum key.

f)Select the other Upright Tube / Rack Base assembly built in Step 1.

g)Slide the Left Side Tube’s T-Clamponto the Upright Tube. Position it approximately six inches from the top of the Upright Tube. Loosely tighten all wing nuts.

4.Attach Both Side Tubes to Center Tube

a)Take the two remaining T-Clampsand loosen all wing nuts.

b)Identify the Center Tube (it’s the tube withthree memory locks on it).

c)Attach one T-Clampto each end of Center Tube by inserting tube into the clamp opening marked “tighten first.” Make sure the tube is fully seated into each clamp, and rotate the clamps so that they are roughly aligned with each other.

d)Loosely tighten the wing nuts marked “tighten first.”

e)Insert top of left Upright Tube assembly into the T-Clampon left side of Center Tube. Insert top of right Upright Tube assembly into theT-Clampon right side of Center Tube.

f)For maximum stability, make sure that Rack Bases are perpendicular to the Center Tube, with all four rubber feet in full contact with the floor. Also, make sure that Center Tube is level, with each T-Clampflush with the top of the Upright Tubes.

g)Loosen Center Tube memory locks and slide toward T-Clampson each end. Slide each memory lock into its respectiveT-Clamp,aligning each memory lock’s notch with the indentation in theT-Clamp.

h)Firmly tighten each memory lock’s bolt.

i)Firmly tighten T-Clampwing nuts labeled “tighten first.”

j)Firmly tighten all remaining wing nuts.

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You’ve now assembled the DM Pro Kit’s Mounting Rack. Before moving on, make sure that the mounting rack is standing upright and stable, with all wing nuts securely tightened.

Attaching Pads and

Cymbals

Your next step is to attach pads and cymbals to the DM Pro Kit Mounting Rack.

JRemember: all assembly instructions are phrased from the drummer’s point of view – that is, "right" and "left" are used to describe procedures

as you sit on your drum throne facing the kit.

To attach pads and cymbals, you will be using all eight Hardware Clamps. These clamps have a large wing nut for adjusting their large opening, and a wing nut/hex nut combination for adjusting their small opening.

JDuring assembly, you must tighten the wing nut and hex nut evenly so that equal pressure is applied on both sides of the clamp opening. This

is necessary to insure maximum stability.

Attach Snare

a)Choose a Hardware Clamp and loosen large wing nut until clamp’s large opening releases. Attach clamp to far left end of Center Tube, making sure that the clamp’s large wing nut is facing upward. Tighten large wing nut.

b)Loosen small wing nut and hex nut on Hardware Clamp.

c)Identify Long Snare Arm and attach it to the Center Tube by inserting its open tube end into the Hardware Clamp. For optimum stability, slide in the Snare Arm until clamp is at its mid-point.Evenly tighten the hex nut and wing nut, providing equal pressure on both sides of Snare Arm.

d)Identify Snare Pad. It is different from Tom Pads – the Snare Pad has a thicker rubber rim and a blue washer on its output jack.

e)Attach Snare Pad to Snare Arm by inserting Snare Arm’s splined L-Mountinto Snare Pad. Loosely tighten with drum key.

f)Position Snare Pad at a comfortable height and angle. Firmly tighten all wing nuts and drum key bolts.

g)Adjust snare’s memory lock (this is the memory lock at the middle of the Center Tube) by loosening its drum key bolt and

sliding it to the left into the Snare Arm’s Hardware Clamp. Make sure you align the memory lock’s notch with the indentation in the clamp.

h) Firmly tighten the memory lock’s drum key bolt.

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Note: for even more flexible positioning of your Snare Pad, you can choose to use your favorite snare drum stand. The Snare Pad will easily fit any basket-stylesnare drum stand.

Attach High Tom

a)Choose a Hardware Clamp and loosen large wing nut until clamp’s large opening releases. Attach clamp to the Center Tube just to the right of the Snare, making sure that the clamp’s large wing nut is facing you. Tighten large wing nut.

b)Loosen small wing nut and hex nut on Hardware Clamp.

c)Identify Tom Arm and attach it to Center Tube by inserting its open tube end into the Hardware Clamp. Evenly tighten the hex nut and wing nut, providing equal pressure on both sides of Tom Arm.

d)Choose a Tom Pad – all three Tom pads are

identical to each other and can be used interchangeably.

e)Attach Tom Pad to Tom Arm by inserting Tom Arm’s splined L-Mountinto Tom Pad. Loosely tighten with drum key.

f)Position Tom Pad at a comfortable height and

angle. Firmly tighten all wing nuts and drum key bolts.

Note: Tom Pads do not require a memory lock. You can add memory locks to the DM Pro Kit’s Toms if you wish. These memory locks can be purchased at any drum retailer.

Attach Mid Tom

a) Choose a Hardware Clamp and loosen large wing nut until clamp’s large opening releases. Attach clamp to far right side of Center Tube. Make sure that the clamp’s large wing nut is facing you. Tighten large wing nut.

b)Loosen small wing nut and hex nut on Hardware Clamp.

c)Identify Tom Arm and attach it to Center

Tube by inserting its open tube end into the Hardware Clamp. Evenly tighten the hex nut and wing nut, providing equal pressure on both sides of Tom Arm.

d)Attach Tom Pad to Tom Arm by inserting Tom Arm’s splined L-Mountinto Tom Pad. Loosely tighten with drum key.

e)Position Tom Pad at a comfortable height and angle. Firmly tighten all wing nuts and drum key bolts.

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Attach Low/Floor Tom

a)Choose a Hardware Clamp and loosen large wing nut until clamp’s large opening releases. Attach clamp to far right end of Right Side Tube. Make sure that the clamp’s large wing nut is facing you. Tighten large wing nut.

b)Loosen small wing nut and hex nut on Hardware Clamp.

c)Identify Tom Arm and attach it to Right

Side Tube by inserting its open tube end into the Hardware Clamp. Evenly tighten the hex nut and wing nut, providing equal pressure on both sides of Tom Arm.

d)Attach Tom Pad to Tom Arm by inserting TomArm’s splined L-Mountinto Tom Pad. Loosely tighten with drum key.

e)Position Tom Pad at a comfortable height and angle. Firmly tighten all wing nuts and drum key bolts.

Attach Hi-HatCymbal

a) Identify Hi-HatCymbal Pad and attach it

to Tom Arm by inserting open tube end of Tom Arm into the underside of Hi-HatCymbal Pad.

b)Firmly tighten Hi-HatPad’s wing nut and drum key bolt.

c)Choose a Hardware Clamp and loosen large wing nut until clamp’s large opening releases. Attach clamp to far left end of Left Side Tube (you’ll need to leave plenty of room for Crash Cymbal) next to memory lock. Make sure that the clamp’s large wing nut is facing you. Tighten large wing nut.

d)Loosen small wing nut and hex nut on Hardware Clamp until small opening is released.

e)Attach Hi-Hatto Left Side Tube by inserting arm into the smaller opening of the Hardware Clamp. Close the clamp and evenly tighten the hex nut and wing nut, providing equal pressure on both sides of Tom Arm. Be sure to place clamp around main section of Tom Arm, avoiding the tapered section at the end of the Arm.

f)Position Hi-HatPad at a comfortable height and angle. Firmly tighten all wing nuts and drum key bolts.

g)Adjust hi-hat’smemory lock (this is the memory lock at the far left end of the Left Side Tube) by loosening drum key bolt and sliding it into theHi-Hat’sHardware Clamp. Make sure you align the memory lock’s notch with the indentation in the clamp.

h)Firmly tighten the memory lock’s drum key bolt.

Attach Crash Cymbal

a)Choose a Hardware Clamp and loosen large wing nut until clamp’s large opening releases. Attach clamp to far right end of Left Side Tube. Make sure that the clamp’s large wing nut is facing you. Tighten large wing nut.

b)Loosen small wing nut and hex nut on Hardware Clamp until small opening is released.

c)Identify Cymbal Boom and attach to Hardware Clamp by inserting arm into the smaller opening of the Hardware Clamp. Close the clamp and evenly tighten the hex nut and wing nut, providing equal pressure on both sides of Cymbal Boom.

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