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Author Topic: Alesis DM Pro (1999) 24-bit 64 voice expandable drum module  (Read 4169 times)

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Alesis DM Pro (1999) 24-bit 64 voice expandable drum module
« on: January 03, 2016, 12:21:53 AM »

It's inevitable that with a complex beast like this, a review ends up dwelling on the instrument's functionality, rather than conveying a subjective impression of either its quality in terms of sounds or what it's actually like to use 'in the field'. The fact is that where the DM Pro's sounds are concerned, I can sum the situation up in very few words: they are excellent. And on a day-to-day level, the DM Pro is generally easy to live with too. As I've already mentioned, the programming hierarchy is organised into two levels of operation, Kit and Drum. I'm sure many users will find themselves spending most of their time at the Kit level, simply assembling collections of sounds for the project in hand and then altering their main parameters to suit. On this level, the DM Pro is as user-friendly as its predecessor, the DM5: you can work your way around quickly, without too much need to scroll through screen after screen of parameters. Clearly, being more detailed, the Drum Edit level involves a lot more button-pushing, and for that reason I'd have liked to see the unit increased to 2U in size, with more programming buttons.

Overall, I was certainly left with the feeling that, in the right hands, this is a formidable instrument. Of course, this power comes at a price, and at an RRP of £799, I suspect my DM5 isn't going to be replaced just yet. But the use of the word Pro in the product name is entirely appropriate: this is an instrument for professionals.
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