Alesis is no stranger to electronic drums.
Their kits have become very popular in the last few years due to their affordability.
The DM10 MKII is the latest iteration of drums in the DM series from Alesis.
The amount of confusion regarding the series is natural, considering there are seven different variations of the DM10.
Today I’ll be focusing on the DM10 MKII Pro and not the Studio version, despite their many differences.
Alesis DM10 MKII Pro Review
Let’s talk about the main distinctions between the two kit options.
The Pro and Studio are excellent mid-range e kits
Both electronic drum sets are mid-range when compared to low-end kits like the Alesis Nitro Mesh or high-end kits like the Roland TD-25KV.
The Pro kit offers an additional floor tom pad, larger-sized pads, a stand-mounted snare, and a newer drum module.
In my judgment, the Pro version offers much more to be desired and is the better value kit.
Perfect for practice
The Pro and the Studio are perfect solutions for drummers needing a practice kit. They aren’t costly and produce less noise than a set with rubber pads.
Compared to the Studio, the DM10 MKII Pro is a large kit (though, both measure to around 6′ x 6′ due to the hardware frame).
The pads on the Pro version are much larger than other electric kits from Alesis, making it one of few they sell that feels like an acoustic drum set.
Both iterations offer mesh heads rather than rubber, which is excellent, as mesh heads are considered the top of the line. Most electronic drum manufacturers are going in this direction.
The pads on the DM10 MKII Pro have an excellent response and feel.
Despite the kit having mesh heads, it’s important to note that the drums are pretty loud. If you have neighbors in an apartment complex, they may be able to hear you playing through the walls.
All the pads are velocity sensitive
The pads react differently in volume depending on how hard you hit. Tapping the snare drum will result in a quiet sound while hitting full-force will give a loud and full hit.
Most electronic drum sets today are velocity sensitive, but the ones that stand out are ones that use multiple samples per velocity layer.
Unfortunately, the DM10 MKII Pro does not have this ability.
If that seems confusing allow me to explain:
Multi-velocity samples? Not on the DM10 MKII
Imagine playing a quiet note on the snare drum. Each time you hit at that level, the module is going to randomly pick a different sample from a group of similar volume samples.
Multi-velocity samples enhance the realism of a virtual instrument and eliminate the machine gun-nature many electronic kits suffer from.
I was first introduced to the concept of multi-velocity samples when I began using Trigger2 from Steven Slate Drums.
Despite the module itself not having multiple sample layers, you can use virtual instruments and a digital audio workstation to achieve this.
It’s a little complicated, but I tend to do it anyway for a more realistic experience.
Alesis offers a one year manufacturer’s warranty with the purchase, but if that’s not sufficient, you can pick up an extended warranty from wherever you pick up the kit.
What comes in the box of the Alesis DM10 MKII Pro?
The MKII comes with two 10″ dual-zone mounted toms, two 12″ dual-zone floor toms, a 12″ dual-zone snare pad, two 14″ dual-zone crashes, a 16″ triple-zone ride, a 12″ hi-hat, the DM10 MKII module, and 8″ bass drum pad, and a four-post chrome rack.
Tom and snare pads
I like the fact that Alesis is offering bigger pad sizes for both the toms and snare.
We generally don’t see pads of this size in this price range. Alesis has made large drums more accessible to young and budding drummers.
Dual zone pads included
Both the snare and tom pads are dual zone, meaning you can get two different sounds depending on where you strike the pad.
The rim or hoop will play one sound, and the mesh head will play another.
Dual-zone drums are great for drummers who want to go deep on programming kits with all sorts of different sounds. They also add realism to the playing experience.
The pads look excellent from a design standpoint as well, looking strikingly similar to the PD-85.
Depending on your feel and taste, you can use a drum key to change each pad’s tension, just like a regular drum.
Remain mindful that the higher the tension, the more stick bounce you will have when playing.