November 19, 2012
$769–$949 per system
highlights Real cymbals with embedded mics • variety of cymbal types, including hi-hats, splash, crash, ride, and china • available individually or as a complete system with AE Digital Cymbal Processor and cables
target market Drummers with electronic or acoustic setups
analysis Designed for players who want the feel of real cymbals but with a flexible, customizable sound library. Extremely versatile.
highlights DTX400 Drum Trigger module • 4 drum pads including 3-zone snare • 10" cymbal pads • real Yamaha bass drum pedal • interactive training functions with voice guidance • USB connectivity
target market From beginner to pro drummers
analysis An affordable practice/session kit suitable for students or experienced players. Compact setup features 10 preset kits that utilize 169 high-quality sounds from the company’s more expensive electronic kits.
DM10 X Kit
highlights DM10 sound module with sequencer • six drum pads • three cymbal pads plus hi-hat • XRack and snare stand • quick-release clamps
target market Electronic drummers who want an affordable, yet full-size kit
analysis With four rack toms and three cymbals, as well as 1,000 uncompressed multi-samples with Dynamic Articulation, Alesis didn’t skimp on the pads or the sounds with this kit.
highlights TD-15 sound module with SuperNatural sound engine • V-Hi-Hat controller • USB connectivity on module • four drum pads • Coach function • Quick Record • Quick Edit
target market Discriminating drummers who want a road- and studio-ready kit that’s easy to schlep
analysis A portable set with excellent audio quality, thanks to its SuperNatural technology, mesh V-pads that feel realistic, and an easy-to-use sound module.
highlights Affordably priced • 5-piece kit • 2 cymbals plus hi-hat controller • 10 custom kits • 22 preset kits • lightweight aluminum rack • 48 song presets to practice with
target market Beginning and intermediate players, as well as schools and home studios
analysis A full-size, entry-level MIDI-compatible electronic drum set that would work well for students and personal studios looking for an inexpensive drum controller.