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Is your post missing? Alesis DM5 - Am I an idiot? Posts Latest Activity. Page of 2. Filtered by:. Previous 1 2 template Next. I've gone through the manual, but it seems to be describing a completely different device.
Does Alesis have some secret code or multiple names for the buttons, menus, etc? Everything I read remarks on how easy it is to program but I can't even adjust individual instrument volumes.
Should I reset to factory presets? Thanks for your compassion if that's what you reply with. Tags: None. Sure you don't have a DM Pro?
Last edited by BarT ; , PM. Comment Post Cancel. I think there was a MIX button on the front panel Jim in Baltimore. The Alesis DM-Pro sux What exactly are you trying to tweak with the DM5? Rather than one-stop shopping, the different buttons handle different tweaking options. The DM5 is not the most intuitive module out there as you have already noticed. In other words changes an assigned sound from a snare to a conga for example. TUNE: Sets the drum sound's tuning. IOW changes a sound from C to D or whatever you want.
MIX: Sets the drum sound's volume and pan position in a stereo field parameters like anyone could figure that out from the word "mix".
This where you would edit and tweak velocity curve, crosstalk, decay, noise sensitivity , and gain. Then use the wheel to change it and then hit store. Hope this helps Rick. Learning to tweak the DM series is like the rat learning to run in the maze. Once he has it figured out then it's easy but in the mean time it's a pain.
This is from memory as my DM-5 is with my Bro in law. Surprisingly most of us get volume function and gain or sense function backwards. This may be what is killing your happy time. First we'll adjust gain and then volume two very different steps of one trigger.
Let's pick the snare head not rim. To modify the trigger sensitivity gain on one drum trigger; Step one!!! The little knob at the far left corner of the box. You will now hear one of the triggers. Lets choose to edit the snare. By the way you could get to the snare trigger by pressing "Chase".. I don't like this method because the pro sometimes goes to the drum that you hit but sometimes goes to he drum that it "thinks" you hit D screen there are little numbers which correspond to each 10 or 12 triggers and "Wink" when you strike its trigger.
One more time Hit the "review" button and make sure that the DM is looking at the snare trigger! From here trigger editing is step by step This will give you the greatest dynamic range.
The drum will sound loud or not at all Get your volume with the volume knob I never did like the layout of the Alesis modules for adjustments Last edited by weldman ; , AM.
The DM5 just isn't a difficult machine to program nor is it very deep. Are you new to electronic drums? Drumkat Turbo 4. Smashin Jack. I'm not trying to discourage you from working with you DM5, but I'll tell you my experience. I had a DM5 which I used for my Zendrum in the 90's. I sold it later and ended up getting a DM-pro so i could add pads and triggering to my acoustic kit.
Plus, I had problems with false triggering and lack of triggering ughh! The "speed wheel" to navigate thru sounds and programming is awesome. Worth the difference in price alone. My point is, I would save for a TD-8 or another module unless you really don't want to part with your Alesis. I'm not dogging on Alesis, but for dummies like me, I love the way a Roland is laid out and how easy it is to use and adjust. And that's just the beginning. How bout the sensitivity I seem to have trouble with the dm5 with trigger sensitivity, I tend to mess with this for hours and every time i think I have it figured out I hear miss fires or no fires.
Originally posted by TonyB View Post. I seem to have trouble with the dm5 with trigger sensitivity, I tend to mess with this for hours and every time i think I have it figured out I hear miss fires or no fires. Originally posted by gingerbaker View Post. Last edited by fulrmr Daniel ; , PM. It's about finding a happy medium with the DM5 and it means you might have to adjust your playing style a little to compensate.
It's now been retired to secondary duty thanks to my TD I still use it for my x-hat plus second snare and additional ride , and I forget how I have it set up, but I know it took a lot of tweaking to find something I was happy with and even now I still mess about with it from time to time because something bugs me or it decides to start double-triggering from the CY I've noticed that when you belt the CY-5 it sometimes false-triggers the DM5 on the pad's rebound.
Then I adjusted the retrig time quite low so that I could at least get triplets out of it. I don't get much dynamic range out of it but that's OK for an x-hat anyway and it was quite loud, so I turned the gain down a bit to make it sit better in the mix. The downside to the TD3 is the limited number of inputs if you want a bigger kit why I still keep the DM5 about , and it's lack of multi-outs a single stereo pair.
The DM5's got 4 outs 2 stereo pairs, which can be used as 4 monos if you pan everything correctly and also the added bonuses of selectable MIDI channel TD3 is locked to channel 10 and the option to use the HH pedal input as a programme-change footswitch instead although only prog up, not down as well annoyingly. Hope that helps a bit.
Originally posted by fulrmr Daniel View Post. I agree! Even my TD-3 is much more enjoyable and sounds alot better too! IMHO of course. All rights reserved. Yes No. OK Cancel.
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ALESIS DM5. Reference Manual
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.
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Quick setup for the dm5 electronic drum kit – ALESIS DM5 User Manual