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DM10

HIGH-DEFINITIONDRUM MODULE WITH DYNAMIC ARTICULATION

OPERATOR'S MANUAL

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

INTRODUCTION.............................................................................................................................................

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CONNECTION DIAGRAM ..............................................................................................................................

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GETTING STARTED.......................................................................................................................................

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RESETTING THE MODULE TO FACTORY DEFAULTS ..........................................................................

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CHECK FOR UPDATES ...........................................................................................................................

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CALIBRATE YOUR HI-HATPEDAL..........................................................................................................

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DEACTIVATE WRITE PROTECTION .......................................................................................................

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THE BASICS...................................................................................................................................................

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NAVIGATING MENUS & ADJUSTING SETTINGS ...................................................................................

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KITS ..........................................................................................................................................................

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VOICES: LAYERS & INSTRUMENTS.......................................................................................................

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VOLUME ...................................................................................................................................................

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SEQUENCES............................................................................................................................................

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STORING DATA .......................................................................................................................................

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UTILITY.....................................................................................................................................................

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REAR PANEL FEATURES .............................................................................................................................

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TOP PANEL FEATURES................................................................................................................................

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KITS, VOICES, ACCOMPANIMENT & INSTRUMENTS.................................................................................

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SELECTING A KIT ....................................................................................................................................

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EDITING INSTRUMENTS IN A KIT...........................................................................................................

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EDITING ACCOMPANIMENT IN A KIT.....................................................................................................

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EDITING VOICE & ACCOMPANIMENT PARAMETERS.........................................................................

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EDITING MIDI PARAMETERS................................................................................................................

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EDITING EFFECTS PARAMETERS .......................................................................................................

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DRUM KIT SETUP ..................................................................................................................................

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SEQUENCES................................................................................................................................................

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PLAYING SEQUENCES .........................................................................................................................

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RECORDING SEQUENCES ...................................................................................................................

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EDITING SEQUENCES (DRUMS) ..........................................................................................................

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EDITING SEQUENCES (ACCOMPANIMENT)........................................................................................

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SETTING UP THE CLICK TRACK ..........................................................................................................

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EDITING QUANTIZATION SETTINGS....................................................................................................

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STORING & COPYING DATA ......................................................................................................................

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NAMING..................................................................................................................................................

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STORING & COPYING KITS ..................................................................................................................

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COPYING INSTRUMENTS .....................................................................................................................

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STORING SEQUENCES.........................................................................................................................

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STORING TRIGGER SETTINGS ............................................................................................................

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EXT. TRIG MENU .........................................................................................................................................

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TRIGGER INPUT PARAMETERS...........................................................................................................

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TRIGGERING PARAMETERS ................................................................................................................

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VELOCITY CURVE .................................................................................................................................

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MODE (RIDE BOW & BELL) ...................................................................................................................

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HI-HATCALIBRATION............................................................................................................................

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STORING EXT. TRIG SETTINGS...........................................................................................................

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EXPLORING OPTIMAL SENSITIVITY AND THRESHOLD SETTINGS ..................................................

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UTILITY MENU .............................................................................................................................................

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GENERAL ...............................................................................................................................................

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METRONOME (F1) .................................................................................................................................

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MIDI (F2) .................................................................................................................................................

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TRIG (F3) ................................................................................................................................................

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SYS (F4) .................................................................................................................................................

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UPDATING THE MODULE ...........................................................................................................................

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MIDI SETUP..................................................................................................................................................

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

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DM10 KITS....................................................................................................................................................

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DM10 SEQUENCES .....................................................................................................................................

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DM10 INSTRUMENTS ..................................................................................................................................

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INTRODUCTION

Welcome to the Alesis DM10 drum module! The DM10 includes lots of high-fidelitydrum, percussion, and accompaniment sounds giving you the sonic realism of acoustic drums but with the convenience and flexibility of electronic drums.

This manual details all the DM10 module's features. If you want to learn fast so you can dive right into playing, refer to the included Quickstart Guide. Or, for a brief overview of the module's features, see the BASICS chapter. Of course, we also recommend reading through this manual so you can take full advantage of all the amazing functions of the DM10.

Happy drumming!

The Alesis Team

CONNECTION DIAGRAM

WARNING:

Use only the included Alesis power supply with the DM10 module.

DRUM KIT

EXTERNAL MIDI MODULE

MIDI KEYBOARD

 

 

HOUSE AMP

POWER

COMPUTER

CD PLAYER

MONITORS

Connect your electronic drum set's triggers to the corresponding inputs on the module with the appropriate 1/4" cables. Dual-zonepads or cymbals (e.g., a drum with head and rim triggers or a cymbal that can produce bow and bell sounds) will require TRS cables to trigger both zones.

Plug 1/4” TS cables from the MAIN OUT or AUX OUT to an amplifier, mixer, or speaker system. (For mono sound, you can connect only one output.)

You can connect a set of 1/4” TRS headphones to the HEADPHONES OUTPUT.

You can connect another audio device to the AUX IN using standard RCA cables.

Refer to your electronic drum kit's assembly manual for more information on connecting it to the DM10 module.

IMPORTANT:

Always turn down your volume level(s) to zero before plugging or unplugging your cables from your triggers or the module.

The DM10 module may be affected by static electricity. If this occurs, simply turn the module off and wait at least a few seconds before turning it on again.

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GETTING STARTED

Please read the following instructions to set up your DM10 module for its first use!

RESETTING THE MODULE TO FACTORY DEFAULTS

If you ever need to return the module to its original default factory settings, press and hold the EXIT and STORE buttons simultaneously while turning it on.

CHECK FOR UPDATES

Since the initial release of this module, we may have released new firmware or sound ROM files. To ensure your DM10 module has the latest sounds and software features, we recommend checking the "Docs & Downloads" tab of www.alesis.com/dm10prokit for available updates. See the UPDATING THE MODULE chapter for more information.

CALIBRATE YOUR HI-HATPEDAL

The first time you connect a hi-hatpedal to the DM10 module, we recommend calibrating it so the module can "read" the pedal's movement optimally.

Note: The module'sHI-HATCONTROL TRIGGER INPUT does not support keyboardstyle expression pedals.

If you use the same hi-hateach session (even if you have disconnected

and reconnected it), then you shouldn't need to calibrate each time as long as you store your trigger settings after calibrating (see STORING TRIGGER SETTINGS in the STORING & COPYING chapter for more information). However, anytime you connect a different hi-hatfrom the previously connected one, you should calibrate it.

To calibrate the hi-hatpedal:

1.Connect the hi-hatpedal to the module but do not press it down.

2.On the module, press EXT TRIG.

3.You will see a page with items including "Sensitvty" and "Function." Use the CURSOR UP / DOWN buttons to highlight the "Input" field at the top of the screen then use the VALUE UP / DOWN buttons to select "HiHat."

4.Press CAL (F4).

5.With the hi-hatpedal completely raised ("open"), press CAL OPEN (F1 or F2) and wait for a message saying the process is complete.

6.With the hi-hatpedal completely pressed ("closed"), press CAL CLSED (F3 or F4) and wait for a message saying the process is complete.

7.Press EXIT to exit the calibration page (or press DRUM KIT to return to the main screen).

DEACTIVATE WRITE PROTECTION

Out of the box, the DM10 module is write-protected,so you will be unable to save any changes you make to the Kits, Instruments, Sequences, etc.

To turn write protection off:

1.Press UTILITY.

2.Press SYS (F4).

3.Press O/S (F3).

4.Press MEM (F4).

5.Press VALUE DOWN or move the VALUE DIAL counterclockwise until the "WriteProt" field says "OFF."

6.Press DRUM KIT to return to the main page.

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THE BASICS

This section of the manual outlines the basic features and concepts of the DM10. Each section below refers to another part of this manual that will explain the features in greater depth.

NAVIGATING MENUS & ADJUSTING SETTINGS

We designed the DM10's user interface to be as simple and as easy to use as possible.

DRUM KIT – Press this button to select the Main Screen, where you can select the current Kit. (From this page, you can press CURSOR DOWN to enter the Drum Kit Setup Menu, where you can adjust the overall Kit volume level, MIDI Program Change settings, or restore the current Kit's factory settings.)

SEQ – Press this button to enter the sequencer, where you can select a Sequence to play and adjust overall settings for the module's sequencer.

EDIT INST orEDIT ACCOMP – Press one of these buttons to reassign the sound for a trigger or to edit the sound of the Accompaniment track. You can also adjust other settings such as effects,velocity-relatedparameters, MIDI settings, and more.

EXT TRIG – Press this button to adjust sensitivity, crosstalk, thresholds, velocity curves, and other settings for the triggers.

UTILITY – Press this button to enter the Utility Menu, where you can adjust metronome and MIDI settings, update or reset the module, and more.

You can navigate the menus and adjust settings and parameters shown on the module's LCD with the following controls:

F-BUTTONSPressing the F1, F2, F3, and F4 buttons will select whatever "tab" is displayed above it on the LCD.

CURSOR UP / DOWN – Press either of these buttons to move up or down through the menu on the screen. (Pressing the CURSOR DOWN button while on the Main Screen will call up the Kit Setup screen where you can adjust the volume and MIDI settings of the current Kit.)

VALUE DIAL – Turn the wheel clockwise or counterclockwise to adjust the selected menu item (usually highlighted). This allows for quick adjustment of settings and parameters – the faster you turn the wheel, the faster it will scroll through the options.

VALUE UP / DOWN – Press the VALUE UP or VALUE DOWN buttons to adjust the selected menu item (usually highlighted) one increment at a time. These buttons are better for more precise adjustment of settings than the VALUE DIAL.

EXIT – Press this to return to the previous menu.

See the TOP PANEL FEATURES chapter for more information about these and other controls.

KITS

The DM10 module includes 100 Preset Kits and 100 empty User Kits. A Kit is a set of sounds that you can select in the module that will be triggered by your drums when you play them. The Preset Kits come preprogrammed so you can start playing with premium sounds right away. The empty User Kits are for you to create your own by assigning individual sounds to each trigger in the Kit. Furthermore, you can save over the Preset Kits in user memory, allowing for even more creative space. (The defaults can be easily restored by reinitializing the module).

To select a Kit, simply press DRUM KIT to enter the Main Screen, then use the VALUE UP / DOWN buttons or VALUE DIAL to select a new Kit number.

For more information on selecting and editing Kits, see the KITS, VOICES, ACCOMPANIMENT & INSTRUMENTS chapter.

Important: At any given time, the DM10 module has a Kit selected and a Sequence selected. If you change the Sequence, this will change your current Kit to the one that is associated with that Sequence. If you change the Kit, this will NOT change the current Sequence. However, if you then play the current Sequence, the chords or "hit groups" may sound unusual. In this case, we recommend muting Layer B of that Kit's Accompaniment (see EDITING VOICE & ACCOMPANIMENT PARAMETERS for more information) or muting the Accompaniment altogether by pressing MUTE ACCOMP.

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VOICES: LAYERS & INSTRUMENTS

Whenever you strike a trigger on your electronic drum set (e.g., a cymbal, a drum pad, etc.), it will trigger a Voice in the module. A Voice is the sound assigned to that trigger. Each Voice consists of two Layers, and each Layer has its own Instrument (a drum sound such as a tom, snare, hi-hat,etc.) which can be selected or edited.

We created the dual-layerfeature in the DM10 so you can play with more powerful composite and layered sounds and timbres using

your electronic drum kit. You can make subtle or dramatic changes to the sound of your Kits by changing the Instruments in each Layer. Furthermore, you can adjust certain parameters of the drum Voices (e.g., tuning, velocity, reverb, panning, etc.) in the module.

For more information on selecting and editing Voices, see the KITS, VOICES, ACCOMPANIMENT & INSTRUMENTS chapter.

VOLUME

You may have noticed that there are several ways to adjust the volume of your performance when using the DM10. You can:

Adjust the levels of the Voices in the Kit: Press DRUM KIT to enter the main screen then EDIT INST. Select the Voice to edit (top of the LCD) with the VALUE UP / DOWN buttons or VALUE DIAL (or by striking the trigger with NOTE CHASE on). Press LVL (F2) to enter the Level page. (Remember that each Voice has two Layers, A and B, which you can toggle between by pressing the EDIT INST button.)

Adjust the level of the entire Kit: Press DRUM KIT to enter the main screen then CURSOR DOWN to enter the Drum Kit Setup Menu, where you can set the overall Kit level.

Adjust the levels of drum sounds with the MIXER:

Slide the faders on the module's MIXER. Use the MIX BANK button to toggle between the two banks of sounds.

Please note the module's trigger sensitivity, threshold, velocity curve settings can also affect the dynamics of your performance. See the EXT. TRIG MENU chapter for more information on adjusting these other settings.

SEQUENCES

The DM10's built-insequencer lets you record, overdub, edit, play back, and loop Sequences (drum patterns). You can adjust settings like the tempo, time signature, and quantization for a Sequence.

To access the sequencer, press the module's SEQ button and navigate the menus or adjust the settings accordingly.

For more information on using the sequencer, see the SEQUENCES chapter.

Important: At any given time, the DM10 module has a Kit selected and a Sequence selected.

If you change the Sequence, this will change your current Kit to the one that is associated with that Sequence.

If you change the Kit, this will NOT change the current Sequence. However, if you then play the current Sequence, the chords or "hit groups" may sound unusual. In this case, we recommend muting Layer B of that Kit's Accompaniment (see EDITING VOICE & ACCOMPANIMENT PARAMETERS for more information) or muting the Accompaniment altogether by pressing MUTE ACCOMP.

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STORING DATA

The DM10 module can store the information you enter for use in future sessions. This includes Kits you edit or record, Sequences you edit or record, Instrument or Kit parameters, and more. Furthermore, while there are several slots for User Kits and Sequences, you can also save over the Presets (the first 100 Kits or the first 75 Sequences).

To store a Kit, Instrument, or Sequence, press the DRUM KIT or SEQ button (respectively) to select the item you want to store, then press the STORE button. (If you are storing a Kit or Instrument, you will be asked to specify which.)

Use the CURSOR UP / DOWN buttons and VALUE UP / DOWN buttons or VALUE DIAL to select the "From" Kit or Sequence (the one you want to save) and the "To" Kit or Sequence (where you want to save it to).

For more information on using storing data, see the STORING & COPYING DATA chapter.

UTILITY

The Utility Menu lets you control global settings such as the output routing and trigger sensitivity as well as metronome, MIDI, and tempo settings. You can also transmit SysEx data in this menu as well as re-initializethe DM10 (i.e., return it to its factory settings).

To access the Utility Menu, press the module's UTILITY button and navigate the menus or adjust the settings accordingly.

For more information, see the UTILITY MENU chapter.

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REAR PANEL FEATURES

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1.POWER SWITCH – Turns the module on and off.

2.POWER IN – Connect the included AC adapter to this input, then connect the adapter to a power source.

WARNING: Use only the included Alesis power supply with the DM10 module.

3.MAIN OUT – Use 1/4" TS cables to connect these outputs to an amplifier or speaker system. The volume of these outputs is controlled by the MAIN VOL knob on the top panel.

4.AUX OUT – Use a 1/4" TS cables to connect these outputs to a monitor system or recording device. The AUX OUT signal can be set to be identical to or independent of the MAIN OUT signal.

5.AUX IN – Connect an external sound source, such as a CD player, to these inputs using a stereo pair of RCA cables.

6.USB – Use a standard USB cable (included) to connect the module to your computer via this USB port. This connection allows the module to send MIDI messages via

USB to an external drum software module. You can also transmit SysEx files over this connection.

7.MIDI IN – Use a standardfive-pinMIDI cable to connect this input to the MIDI OUT of an external MIDI device.

8.MIDI OUT – Use a standardfive-pinMIDI cable to connect this output to the MIDI IN of an external MIDI device.

9.TRIGGER INPUTS – Connect the triggers of your drum kit to the appropriate inputs here. Please note thatdual-zonepads or cymbals (e.g., a drum with head and rim triggers or a cymbal with bow and bell sounds) will require TRS cables to trigger both zones.

IMPORTANT: Always turn down your volume level(s) to zero before plugging or unplugging your cables from your triggers or the module.

Note: The module'sHI-HATCONTROL TRIGGER INPUT does not supportkeyboard-styleexpression pedals.

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1.MAIN VOLUME – Adjusts the volume level of the MAIN OUT.

2.HEADPHONES VOLUME – Adjusts the volume level of the HEADPHONES OUTPUT on the module's front panel. The HEADPHONES VOLUME is independent of the module's MAIN VOLUME.

3.HEADPHONES OUTPUT – Connect your 1/4" headphones to this output. You can adjust the volume of this output with the HEADPHONES volume knob on the module's top panel.

4.MIXER – Slide these faders to adjust the levels for the different groups of drum sounds. Each fader controls a drum sound in each bank. The current bank (A or B) is determined by the MIX BANK button.

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