Summer NAMM is here, and with it comes a plethora of new products, such as the new Alesis drum set, the DM10 Pro Kit.
The DM10 Pro Kit features Alesis RealHead drum pads, Surge Cymbals made of real cymbal alloy and an ErgoRack mounting system. The DM10 drum sound module contains drum, cymbal and percussion sounds built from real samples of classic studio drums and cymbals, along with in-demand acoustic drum sounds from renowned drum brands, a collection of snare drums, electronic beat-machine sounds and more.
Each sound is a series of different samples. According to the manufacturer, multiple dynamic-level samples and articulations are all built in so that as you play harder and softer, the drum or cymbal changes its timbre, not just its dynamics. You can also play with or without reverb for different room sounds and achieve a variety of rimshots, rim clicks and different stick-placement sounds on the cymbals. Use the DM10 as a trigger-to-MIDI interface for performing and tracking with software drum modules; play along with the tracks in the DM10's internal sequencer; or mix in an MP3 player and play along.
The DM10 module has 12 TRS inputs, allowing you to create custom configurations with up to 24 different pads. Its top-panel mixer lets you create custom mixes.
The acoustic-like RealHead pads come in 8-inch and 10-inch sizes, and the dual-zone pads have mylar drumheads and triple-flanged counterhoops for a realistic feel. The snare and tom pads are dual zone, enabling you to perform rimshots or rim clicks or assign other sounds. Furthermore, the DM10 Pro Kit comes with a 12-inch Surge Hi-Hat Cymbal, a 13-inch Surge Crash Cymbal with choke and a 16-inch Surge triple-zone Ride Cymbal with choke.
The curved, chrome-plated ErgoRack is a heavy-duty, adjustable mounting system designed to allow you to add on additional drum pads, Surge Cymbals and other percussion instruments. It has a standard 1.5-inch tubing for compatibility with other drum manufacturers' rack hardware.
Expect the DM10 Pro Kit to be available in the third quarter of 2009. For more information, please visit www.alesis.com.