Reviews and Problems with Alesis DM6 USB Express Kit Electronic Drumset
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Cymbals, where art thou?
2 August 2011
Summary: I purchased this thinking the cymbals would work "normally", that is to say that I wouldn't have to hit the magic spot on the cymbal to get it to sound. Alas, such is not the case, even after trying two other different cymbals (Roland V-series and Alesis Surge) nothing helped--if I didn't hit the sweet spot it wouldn't sound. My fix? I installed the Alesis DM10 controller, and the cymbals started working as intended.
Don't buy.....it will cost $200+ to complete the kit
C. Fisher "cyofish", amazon.com
21 June 2011
Summary: Low rating is because of it's value not functionality. The drum kit is adequate for my needs. First of all the identical kit is sold by ION for $49.99 (ION Premium Electronic Drum Kit). This is exactly the same thing just a different label. Second, the DM6 Express Kit is an incomplete drum kit that will cost you an additional $220+ to by the ride cymbal and the 3rd tom pad. This kit doesn't come with the ride cymbal or the 3rd tom pad that the unit is built for.
Good PRACTICE kit for beginner to intermediate drummers
Jimi Pentricks, amazon.com
25 February 2011
Summary: So I've had this kit for about 6 months now, and its pretty good. I'll just give a rundown of all the components. Cymbal/Hi-Hat set up: The cymbals are not very sensitive and won't trigger if you hit them very lightly. The Hi-Hat pedal only has 2 settings, open and closed. This is annoying because i like to ease off the pedal just a little on a real hi hat so it sizzles when Im building up a beat.
Summary: The snare/rim shot triggering issue is annoying. Normal playing generally triggers both sounds simultaneously, while hitting the pad REALLY hard in the center eliminates the rim from sounding. There's a firmware update on the Alesis site offered to correct this, however it is only for PC users. I guess Mac users who've spent the same money on the same product don't deserve the same support. Thanks, Alesis.
Summary: I had the exact same problem as Mike above. The snare did not distinguish between rim shots and regular strikes of the snare. As with Mike, Alesis wanted me to send in the defective parts, repair them for 4-6 weeks and then send them back. I didn't think that waiting a month to repair parts that were defective out of the box was fair, so I returned the unit to Amazon for full refund.
Summary: After assembling the DM6 USB kit (assembly was easy and went fine), the left digit of the LED display flickered for about an hour and then went out. Now the left digit is dead. The snare also ALWAYS makes the rim sound even when you are hitting it lightly in the middle and you are nowhere near the rim.
Summary: I can not believe that Alesis was able to put a drum kit on the market at this price, so I had to buy it. I thought for sure it would be all plastic or fall apart when I got it, but I was BLOWN away to see it was metal and they even included wooden drumsticks (I was banking on plastic) but it includes real wooden drumsticks too! Pads feel great, module is awesome and easy to use. I am buying another one for my nephew for Christmas!!! Bravo Alesis, Bravo!