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Alesis DM7X Session Kit
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Cette batterie électronique est équipée de 4 pads, 3 cymbales et 1 module DM7 qui propose 385 sons, 40 kits programmés, 60 morceaux enregistrés et bien plus encore avec ses entrées et sorties multiples ! Livrée avec une paire de baguettes.
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I bought this Five-Piece kit but ran into a technical issue with the hi-hat occasionally triggering another drum, so I sent it back and opted to upgrade to the six-piece DM7X. Aside from the brain controller, these kits are much different. Not only do you get an extra tom and crash, but, each tom dual-zone (rims) that can be programmed for different sounds which essentially gives you an additional four more pieces. The toms in the five-piece kit are not dual zone!
In addition, the rack seemed to be more durable and of better quality. Much easier to assemble out of the box as well (actually, most of the rack come pre-assembled as opposed to the five piece). Also, the snare has its own rack mount which makes for a better setup.
Overall, this kit plays and sounds great but the extra $100 for the six-piece is well worth it.
To ensure I don't forget anything, I'll review each part of the kit. One general thing to note is that you may want to buy nylon-tip sticks for this set because wooden tips do get the pads a little dirty (the kit comes with wood-tip sticks).
ASSEMBLY: The kit was fairly easy to put together. It took me approximately an hour and a half to get everything set up perfectly. It's nice that a drum key is included to put the kit together since you can also use it to tune an acoustic kit. The instruction guide isn't very helpful, but it's easy enough to figure out on your own. Don't feel limited by the awkward setup in the picture (what's the snare doing so far to the left?). You can fully customize the position of each piece of the kit to your liking. The only part I wanted to change that I couldn't was the brain. You can slide and tilt it along the top rack, but you can't move it to a different arm.
HI-HAT: The hi-hat is probably the weakest component of the kit. I can confirm the issues other reviewers have noted regarding the hi-hat pedal. It's VERY sensitive, so even slightly lifting your foot will trigger the open sound; it's not a defect but rather poor design. The cymbal itself plays pretty well, but the volume differs greatly depending on where you hit it. Hitting it near the "bell" or the outer edge produces the loudest sound, and hitting the middle of it is sometimes barely audible if playing along with a song. The ride is the same way, so I assume it's just how the cymbals are made.
SNARE: The pad material is AWESOME! It definitely beats the hard rubber Yamaha uses, and I even prefer it over the rubber pads on the top-end Roland kits. It plays fairly close to a real drum head, and has a good amount of rebound that responds well and doesn't hurt your wrists. It's also nice that the snare is dual-zone. I typically use the rim for either a cross-sticking rimshot or something like a cowbell. To get the loudest and clearest sound, you have to hit the snare pretty close to the middle of the pad (just like a real snare). It's not too big of a hassle, but if you accidentally hit the outer edge during a fill (it's a small pad, after all), you'll probably notice the drop-off in volume. I haven't tweaked the pad settings yet, but the plethora of individual pad settings can probably remedy this a bit. The pad is velocity-sensitive as promised, and that feature works very well and is very customizable.
TOMS: No complaints. Everything from my review of the snare applies here except the toms are not dual-zone unless you buy the upgraded 6-piece kit.
CRASH: The crash is velocity-sensitive as well, so you can accent and crescendo to your heart's content. You can set the cymbal up to be pretty loose so that it responds like a real cymbal. It chokes VERY well.
RIDE: As with the hi-hat, hitting the ride near the bell or the outer edge produces the loudest sound, and hitting the middle of it is much quieter. This is fairly close to how a real ride cymbal works, but I wish hitting it in the middle produced a bit louder sound. I probably just need to tweak the ride settings. You can set up certain kits so that this cymbal is a secondary crash if you don't need a ride or if you want to use one of the toms as a ride. Chokes very well.
DM7X MODULE: I won't go over all the settings here because there are A LOT of them, and Alesis has a good video on YouTube detailing the module. I'm not sure you'll find this amount of customization in any other kit in this price range (or even a little above this price range). The most annoying thing about this brain is that Alesis used numbers for things instead of names, so you get "Kit 1" instead of "Rock Kit." You basically have to play each kit to learn what it is. The same applies for the voices you can use for each pad. This gets a bit daunting since you have so many kits and sounds to choose from. Overall, though, the tons of sounds/voices combined with the ability to tune and adjust each pad means you can create the perfect kit for you.
The included songs are pretty good but are numbered as well. Most of them seem to fall in the jazz genre and are quite challenging to play. You can record yourself playing which is quite helpful. You can also play along with a metronome and/or utilize the learning functions on the module to practice. If you just want to jam away, plug in your phone or iPod using a standard aux. cable and go to town! I haven't used the MIDI functionality, so I can't speak for that.
For the most part this drum kit performs fantastic. It is the only kit I've ever used, but for my purposes plays and responds well to different velocities, and the drum heads themselves have a good rebound. I use this Drum kit as a MIDI controller to send MIDI instructions to my PC which has Native Instruments Abbey Road Modern Drummer installed. I highly recommend purchasers of any electronic drum kit go with an external sound library as the quality difference in sounds is night and day.
The only problem I have had (which is still massive) is the Hi Hat Pedal is a piece of Junk. The session kit comes with the DM Hat controller instead of the Realhat and only has Open/Closed positions. The problem is when your foot is flat on the pedal and your playing notes on the hi hat in the closed position, sometimes it just doesn't work. Playing while watching the module you see the corresponding component lights your playing light up. The Hi hat control light and the hi hat cymbal light are supposed to light up on every hit, this is the same for all the drums in the kit. When you strike a drum the corresponding light on the module lights up. When the malfunction occurs, say for example your playing 16th notes on the hi hat with the pedal pressed down, if you alter pressure at all (even though the pedal is still pressed all the way down) you will get nothing. No sounds, no lights until you resume a more firm pressure on the pedal. If your trying to play something you will notice this ALL THE TIME. It is incredibly frustrating.
Alesis customer support is a mixed bag. One guy told me I had to send in the old pedal and wait for it to get there before they would ship out a new one. A 4 week turn around for a kit I just bought, but I got disconnected and got another guy who just sent it out, not even asking for the old one.
After receiving the replacement I was dissapointed to see I still had the same issue. So unless I have a bad cable (which doesn't really make sense) it's just a bad bad design. I plan on living with it for now, and possibly looking for a used Roland FD-8 Hi Hat controller on Ebay, to see if that makes a difference.
Bottom Line, There's been some great reviews of this kit on here and I know that, but just be aware that this problem is something that can happen. Another note. If you do end up with a bad cable, you can't replace it. All 1/4" cables that plug into the components terminate at the opposite end in a big parallel printer port looking connector. If a cable goes bad you can't go to Radio shack or walmart and just get another guitar cable to replace it. You need the whole "snake cable" as Alesis calls it. Good luck finding one.