NAMM06: Alesis Introduces Electronic Drum Kit

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NAMM06: Alesis Introduces Electronic Drum Kit

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Down at the Alesis stand the company were showyng off their new DM5 Electronic Drum Kit. Which they tell us is designed for aspiring and professional drummers alike. Alesis say that the DM5 “provides expressive feel and a rich collection of world-class sounds—making the DM5 the ideal drum/percussion solution for players at every stage of their musical career.�
The full DM5 Electronic Drum Kit includes the DM5 sound module, containing a wealth of pre-programmed sounds and drum kits, along with five pads (snare, kick, two toms, and a hi-hat controller) plus two special cymbal pads. Shipped with an included kick pedal, support stand, and interconnect cables.
With a broad assortment of percussive timbres that range from sampled acoustic instruments through innovative electronic sounds, the single rackspace DM5 sound module contains 540 percussion sounds and 21 pre-programmed drum/percussion sets, recorded in true stereo at 48 kHz with ambient effects. Featuring an ultra-fast trigger to MIDI conversion system with twelve trigger inputs and five programmable parameters for each trigger, the DM5 sound module’s feature set is comprehensive and should provide drummers/percussionists with a wide range of control.
Adding even greater realism to its arsenal of sounds, the new DM5 Electronic Drum Kit includes Alesis’ proprietary Dynamic Articulation™ feature. Dynamic Articulation enables the DM5’s drum sounds to respond to the force with which the pad is struck. This enables the various sounds to change volume, tone, and pitch in the same manner that an acoustic instrument’s timbre varies when played soft or loud. Combined with the DM5’s Random Sample feature, which brings new life to static tracks by realistically varying the sound of the drum as it is played, Alesis believe that the DM5 is a remarkably expressive instrument that provides stunning realism.
No electronic drum kit is complete without a responsive set of pads that enable drummers to articulate their craft in musical fashion, and in this regard, the DM5 excels. It includes pads for snare, two toms, kick drum, and hi-hat. The hi-hat is controlled with a foot pedal that attaches via the sound module and facilitates switching between open and closed sounds. Further, the kit includes two natural motion cymbal pads that make it easy to configure the kit with ride and crash cymbals. All of this comes combined with a rugged tubular rack system that supports the sound module and all pads—plus the necessary cables to interconnect the system
Commenting on the capabilities of the new DM5 Electronic Drum Kit, Alesis CEO Jack O’Donnell noted, “The DM5 Electronic Drum Kit is a tremendously versatile percussion sound module and controller system that enables drummers of all levels to practice quietly via headphones or perform on stage with a great assortment of sounds. With an extremely competitive price point, we believe this kit will appeal to a wide range of players.�
Suggested retail price of the DM5 is $699
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