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HIGH-DEFINITION DRUM MODULE
WITH DYNAMIC ARTICULATION
TABLE OF CONTENTS INTRODUCTION.............................................................................................................................................1 CONNECTION DIAGRAM ..............................................................................................................................1 GETTING STARTED.......................................................................................................................................2 RESETTING THE MODULE
p p r r s h c a o e t y o t g t t n INTRODUCTION Welcome to the Alesis DM10 drum module! The DM10 includes lots of high-fidelity drum, 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 feature
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 softw
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 Dr
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-layer feature in the DM10 so you can play with more powerful composite and layered sounds and tim
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 sto
REAR PANEL FEATURES 9 9 9 9 9 9 5 4 3 6 8 7 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 5 4 3 1 2 1. POWER SWITCH – Turns the module on and off. WARNING: Use only the 2. POWER IN – Connect the included AC adapter to this input, included Alesis power supply then connect the adapter to a power source. 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 O
5. MIX BANK – Toggles between Banks A and B, determining which bank of triggers the MIXER's faders are affecting. An LED indicates the current bank. When neither LED is lit, these faders are disabled. 6. METRONOME ON / OFF – Turns the metronome on or off. You can adjust the metronome volume with the fader directly underneath this button (when MIX BANK is set to Bank B). 7. LCD – Displays system menus, parameters, and other settings as you use the DM10. 8. F-BUTTONS (1-4) – These but
KITS, VOICES, ACCOMPANIMENT & INSTRUMENTS The DM10 Module has 100 Preset Kits and 100 User Kits, which you can select from the Main Screen. Each Kit is a collection of Voices – or drum sounds – that are assigned to each TRIGGER INPUT on the DM10 module's rear panel. When a trigger connected to that input is struck, that Voice will sound. Each Voice consists of two Layers, each with its own Instrument. Both Layers sound together, helping to create powerful composite and layered s
EDITING ACCOMPANIMENT IN A KIT 1. When you are in the Kit whose Accompaniment you want a b to edit, press EDIT ACCOMP. The screen will show: a. the number of the Kit whose Accompaniment you will be editing c b. the Layer (the Accompaniment consists of two layers, each with its own Instrument) d c. the Category (the type or "class" of sound currently assigned to that Layer) d. the Instrument (the sound for that Layer) 2. Select which Layer of the Accompaniment you will edit by p
EDITING VOICE & ACCOMPANIMENT PARAMETERS While editing your Kits by changing the Instruments in a Note: The DM10 will retain any changes drum Voice or the Accompaniment, you can also edit you make to the Instruments or parameters various parameters that affect each Layer and, therefore, as you move between the various Kits. the Instrument on that Layer. You can do this for the drum Voices or the Accompaniment, though some parameters below may only be editable for one of these.
• DYN (F2, 2nd page): Vel>Decay: The velocity of a note will control the decay time of its sound (±00-99). With a positive value, higher-velocity notes will have a longer decay time. With a negative value, higher-velocity notes will have a shorter decay time. Vel>Filtr: The velocity of a note will control the filter cutoff (±00-99). Vel>Level: This lets you set how velocity-sensitive the Instrument is (00-99). The higher the setting, the greater the dynamic range you'll have
EDITING MIDI PARAMETERS This page allows you to edit various MIDI-related settings for each trigger. To edit them, 1. Press DRUM KIT to go to the Main Screen. 2. Press EDIT INST. The top of the screen will show the number and name of the Kit whose Instruments (drum voices) you will be editing. 3. Select MIDI (F2). The top of the new screen will show the trigger Voice you are editing. You can select another trigger by pressing NOTE CHASE then striking the desired trigger.
EDITING EFFECTS PARAMETERS On this page, you can apply a variety of effects such as reverb, chorus, or delay to the entire Kit: 1. Press DRUM KIT to go to the Main Screen. 2. Press EDIT INST. The top of the screen will show the number and name of the Kit whose effects you will be editing. 3. Select FX (F4). 4. Select any of the options at the bottom of the LCD using the F-BUTTONS. Use CURSOR UP / DOWN to move through the menu items and VALUE UP / DOWN or the VALUE DIAL to
VIBRATO: Vibrato is produced by causing the pitch of a note to "waver" slightly back and forth, creating a subtle pulsing effect. This effect is often created by players of string instruments and horns. The DM10's vibrato effects have the same editable parameters. Mono Vibrato: Traditional vibrato effect. Vibrato: Vibrato with a simulated stereo effect, creating a "wider" sound. Rate: The speed of the vibrato (how quickly the pitch wavers). Depth: How much the pitch wavers from t
XOver Delay: This delay has a stereo effect. The echo pans around the stereo field. LDly / RDly (left/right delay): The speed of the delay/echo. This can be set differently for the left and right channels to create an even wider, more varied sound. Feedback: How much of the echo will be routed back into the processor again, which creates a longer-lasting, intensified echo effect. Damp (damping): The amount of low- and high-frequency dampening of the echo. At negative values, th
DRUM KIT SETUP While selecting Kits, you can enter the Drum Kit Setup Menu Note: The DM10 will retain any changes to access a few useful parameters pertaining to the current you make to the Instruments or parameters Kit. as you move between the various Kits. 1. Press DRUM KIT to go to the Main Screen. 2. Use the VALUE UP / DOWN buttons or VALUE DIAL to select a Kit. 3. Press CURSOR DOWN to enter the Drum Kit Setup Menu for that Kit. 4. Select any of the options at the bottom
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