Alesis DM10 - Setup Guide

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alesis dm10 module main5The DM10 default settings allow the user to play immediately upon connection, but, like any new kit, sometimes a few small adjustments are needed in order for the DM10 to be up, running, and ready to rock with your style of playing.  While there are lots of fine-tuning options available that you may become familiar with over time, this guide (and video) walks through the main settings to adjust in order to get playing as quickly as possible!

 

Contents

  1. Global Settings
  2. Individual Trigger Settings - for increased accuracy
  3. Cross-Talk Settings
  4. Write Protection
  5. Factory Default Settings
  6. Further Technical Support

 

Global Settings

Global Trigger Settings

Your DM10 module prompts you to set the correct Global Trigger Settings upon purchase.  However, if you are experiencing missed hits on multiple triggers, or if entire areas of more than one trigger seem to not be functioning at all, the Global Trigger Setting may not be correctly chosen.  For example, the module may be set for the triggers that come with the DM10 Studio Kit rather than the DM10 X Kit, or vice versa.

To change the Global Trigger Setting and ensure that the module is correctly set for your specific kit, follow the steps suggested below:

  1. Power on the DM10 module.
  2. From the Main screen, press the UTILITY button.
  3. Now press F4 SYS.
  4. Next, press F2 INIT.
  5. Use the CURSOR buttons to highlight the bottom option, which likely says DM10 Studio Triggers.  Use the VALUE/TEMPO dial to change this setting to your kit.
  6. Once your kit is listed, press F4 EXEC.  Then choose F1 YES when prompted with Are you sure? Initialize all trigger settings?
  7. Now, press the DRUM KIT button to get back to the main screen.
  8. Finally, power cycle the DM10 module and try your kit again.

Note: Once you power cycle the module, if you return to the screen in step 4 above, the bottom setting will always show as DM10 Studio Triggers because this is the first in a cycle of two or three settings that can be chosen.  This is normal and not necessarily the active trigger setting.

Once your kit is set to the correct Global Trigger Settings, if something still feels a little 'off' or 'not quite right', typically the most likely reason is that you want the triggers to be more sensitive to your strikes.  The easiest and fastest way to adjust that is by following these steps:

Global Sensitivity Setting

  1. Press the UTILITY button.
  2. Now press F3 (TRIG).
  3. Use the CURSOR buttons to highlight the Trig Sens field and then use the VALUE/TEMPO dial to change the setting to HIGH.
  4. Press the DRUM KIT button to return to the main page.

Quick Link to this part of the video

 

Individual Trigger Settings

Once you adjust the Global Sensitivity Setting, most likely you will be good to go.  However, if your style of playing is one where you strike the pads very, very quickly, or if you feel like some of the triggers are not picking up all of your hits during the roughs or flams, the individual trigger settings can be adjusted very easily in order to make sure no hits get dropped.  For increased accuracy, the DM10 offers the ability to adjust the individual trigger settings to make sure that each and every strike and dynamic you want to hear can be expressed exactly as you play it.

Three Simple Settings

  • Sensitivity
  • Threshold
  • ReTrigger

 

Sensitivity

By increasing the Sensitivity setting for a specific trigger, that trigger will respond to lighter hits more forcefully.

To adjust this setting, follow these steps:

  1. From the main screen, press the EXT TRIG button.
  2. Use the CURSOR buttons to highlight the Input field.
    Once the Input field is highlighted, use the VALUE/TEMPO dial to choose the trigger you want to adjust.
    (ie. If you would like to adjust the main head area of the snare drum, choose SnrHd. If you want to adjust the snare drum rim area, choose SnrRim, etc.)
  3. Use the CURSOR buttons to highlight the Sensitivty field.
  4. Use the VALUE/TEMPO dial to increase or decrease the sensitivity of the affected trigger.
  5. Press the DRUM KIT button to return to the main screen.

Quick Link to this part of the video

 

Threshold

The Threshold setting is similar to Sensitivity in that if it is set to a low value, a very light hit will trigger a sound.  However, the difference is this: If the Threshold setting is increased, there will be absolutely no sound until the pad is hit with a certain amount of force.  This allows for accidental unintentional hits to automatically be eliminated in real-time.

To adjust this setting, follow these steps:

  1. From the main screen, press the EXT TRIG button.
  2. Use the CURSOR buttons to highlight the Input field.
    Once the Input field is highlighted, use the VALUE/TEMPO dial to choose the trigger you want to adjust.
    (ie. If you would like to adjust the main head area of the snare drum, choose SnrHd. If you want to adjust the snare drum rim area, choose SnrRim, etc.)
  3. Press F2 (TRIG).
  4. Use the CURSOR buttons to highlight the Threshold field.
  5. Use the VALUE/TEMPO dial to increase or decrease the Threshold setting of the affected trigger.
  6. Press the DRUM KIT button to return to the main screen.

Quick Link to this part of the video

 

ReTrigger

The ReTrigger setting focuses on how quickly one strike comes after another, rather than how much force a pad is being hit with.  By adjusting the ReTrigger setting higher, any accidental secondary hits that come immediately after the first intentional hit, will be eliminated.  The lower the setting, the more likely the second hit will be heard.

To adjust this setting, follow these steps:

  1. From the main screen, press the EXT TRIG button
  2. Use the CURSOR buttons to highlight the Input field.
    Once the Input field is highlighted, use the VALUE/TEMPO dial to choose the trigger you want to adjust.
    (ie. If you would like to adjust the main head area of the snare drum, choose SnrHd. If you want to adjust the snare drum rim area, choose SnrRim, etc.)
  3. Press F2 (TRIG).
  4. Use the CURSOR buttons to highlight the ReTrigger field.
  5. Use the VALUE/TEMPO dial to increase or decrease the ReTrigger setting of the affected trigger.
  6. Press the DRUM KIT button to return to the main screen.

Quick Link to this part of the video

 

Cross-talk Settings

Every time you strike a pad, the entire kit vibrates.  Vibrations travel through the rack and can sometimes trigger other pads.  This tendency is called 'cross-talk', and due to the physical nature of drums, it is unavoidable (even on an acoustic kit).

The DM10 module comes prepared with a Crosstalk (or Xtalk) setting.  A more accurate description of this setting would be "crosstalk compensation", as there really isn't a way to prevent  the physical tendency for vibrations to travel.  This setting, however, uses an algorithm to separate intentional hits from unintentional crosstalk triggers; the result, when tweaked correctly, is that you only hear the sounds you want to hear.

Most often these settings do not need to be adjusted.  In most cases when these settings need to be adjusted, you may be experiencing pads that are cancelling each other out and missing hits.  This is where the Cross-talk settings become important.  Simply adjusting the Xtalk settings from 7 to somewhere in the middle will resolve the symptom.

To learn more about the DM10's Crosstalk settings and how to adjust them, follow the steps suggested below.

  1. From the main screen, press the EXT TRIG button.
  2. Use the CURSOR buttons to highlight the Input field.
    Once the Input field is highlighted, use the VALUE/TEMPO dial to choose the trigger you want to adjust.
    (ie. If you would like to adjust the main head area of the snare drum, choose SnrHd. If you want to adjust the snare drum rim area, choose SnrRim, etc.)
  3. Press F2 (TRIG).
    At this point you will notice two or three "Xtalk" settings depending upon which trigger you currently have selected.
    • Xtalk Rcv - describes the trigger's tendency to be triggered when an adjacent pad is struck.
    • Xtalk Snd - describes the trigger's tendency to cause adjacent pads to trigger when struck.
    • ZoneXtalk - affects how likely a dual-zone trigger is to cause crosstalk upon itself (ie - the Ride bell and Ride bow).
  4. Each setting can be adjusted from 0 - 7.
    Here is where it might get a little tricky. 
    • Since the setting is really 'Crosstalk Compensation', the higher the value, the less likely the pad is to send or receive any crosstalk.
    • Try to find the right balance (usually somewhere in the middle) with any problem pads, as well as their surrounding pads that are sending crosstalk.  It may be tempting to simply turn these settings all the way up; however, remember that the module is already using a smart algorithm to try to compensate for normal crosstalk.  If you turn it all the way up, you may find that it mistakenly mutes some of your strikes, writing them off as cross-talk.
  5. Once you have adjusted the Crosstalk settings, don't forget to save your settings by following the steps below.

Write Protection

Once you have adjusted all the settings above to where they are perfect for your style of play, you are going to want to Save these settings so that when you power off and power back on the DM10 module, you don't need to do it all again.  However, there is a Write Protection setting that is defaulted on when you first purchase the kit which ensures that any changed settings cannot be stored.  You need to turn off the Write Protection before saving your adjustments.

To turn On/Off the Write Protection, follow these steps:

  1. Press the UTILITY button.
  2. Press F4 (SYS).
  3. Press F3 (O/S)
  4. Press F4 (MEM).
  5. Use the CURSOR buttons to highlight the WritProt field and then turn the VALUE/TEMPO dial to toggle the selection to OFF.
  6. Press the STORE button.  The screen will show the message, "Store Settings?".  Choose F1 (YES).  This will store any settings you have changed during this session with the module.
  7. Press the DRUM KIT button to return to the main page.

Quick Link to this part of the video

 

Factory Default Settings

At this point, you have adjusted your Global settings as well as your individual Trigger settings and your kit should be responding exactly as you would like it to.  However, if it is not, or if you have changed so many settings that you can't remember what you did - or if you just want to start from scratch - you can always set the module back to the Factory Default Settings.  By doing this, all the global and individual trigger settings will be returned to the state they came in when the product was shipped. 

To reset the module to the Factory Default settings, follow the steps suggested below:

  1. With the DM10 module powered off, press and hold the EXIT and STORE buttons.
  2. While holding the EXIT and STORE buttons, power the unit on.  Once the screen says SYSTEM REINIT, release the EXIT and STORE buttons.

Your module has now been restored to the Factory Default settings it originally shipped with.

 

Technical Support and Warranty Service

Whether you are a customer or dealer, if you already own a Alesis product, or if you just have pre-sales questions, the Alesis technical support team is available to help!

Each product has a dedicated support page on the website where you can find manuals, specifications, software updates, drivers and troubleshooting guides: www.alesis.com

Visit the link below to connect with any of the following support options: online community support, phone support, email support.

 

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