Alesis DM5 User Manual

Page of 55
 
ALESIS 
DM5
 
 
Reference Manual 
 

Summary of Contents of user manual for Alesis DM5

  • Page 1 ALESIS DM5 Reference Manual
  • Page 2INTRODUCTION Thank you for purchasing the Alesis DM5 18 Bit Drum Module. To take full advantage of the DM5’s functions,...
  • Page 32 DM5 Reference Manual
  • Page 4 Index CONTENTS 1: SETTING UP ................................................................................. 5 Unpacking and Inspection.......................................................................................5 AC Power ..............................................................................................................5 Line Conditioners and Protectors.................................................................5 About Audio...
  • Page 5: Line Conditioners and ProtectorsIndex Ext Trig......................................................................................................31 Group........................................................................................................31 MIDI..........................................................................................................32 Copying a Note’s Parameters to Another..................................................................32 5: MIDI FUNCTIONS ......................................................................... 33 Drum Set Root Note................................................................................................33...
  • Page 6: Basic Audio Hookup Setting Up: Chapter 1 CHAPTER 1 SETTING UP UNPACKING AND INSPECTION Your DM5 was packed carefully at the factory....
  • Page 7: MIDI HookupChapter 1: Setting Up ABOUT AUDIO CABLES The connections between the DM5 and your studio are your music’s lifeline, so...
  • Page 8: External Triggers Hookup Setting Up: Chapter 1 MIDI HOOKUP If you are using a MIDI keyboard or sequencer, connect its [MIDI OUT]...
  • Page 9: Playing the Demo SequenceChapter 1: Setting Up EXTERNAL TRIGGERS HOOKUP Plug all of the triggers you will be using into the rear panel...
  • Page 10: Selecting the MIDI Channel Your First Session With The DM5: Chapter 2 CHAPTER 2 YOUR FIRST SESSION WITH THE DM5 POWERING UP After...
  • Page 11: Choosing Voices in a Drum SetChapter 2: Your First Session With The DM5 WHAT’ S A D RUM SET? A Drum Set is a stored...
  • Page 12: Recalling the Factory Drum Sets Your First Session With The DM5: Chapter 2 CHOOSING VOICES IN A DRUM SET In this section, we will...
  • Page 13: MIDIChapter 2: Your First Session With The DM5 STORING AN EDITED DRUM SET Once you have made changes to a...
  • Page 14: Example 1: Using a MIDI Keyboard Connections: Chapter 3 CHAPTER 3 CONNECTIONS MIDI MIDI is an internationally-accepted protocol that allows musical-related data to be conveyed...
  • Page 15: Example 2: Using a MIDI SequencerChapter 3: Connections EXAMPLE 1: U SING A MIDI KEYBOARD The DM5 may be “played” from a MIDI keyboard (or...
  • Page 16 Connections: Chapter 3 EXAMPLE 2: USING A MIDI S EQUENCER The DM5 can be used with a MIDI sequencer...
  • Page 17: Example 3: Using Two or More DM5 ModulesChapter 3: Connections Local Mode The Local parameter determines whether or not the external triggers will “play” the internal voices...
  • Page 18: External Triggers Connections: Chapter 3 EXAMPLE 3: USING TWO OR MORE DM5 MODULES The DM5 provides 16-note polyphony, which means at...
  • Page 19Chapter 3: Connections EXTERNAL TRIGGERS The DM5 has twelve trigger inputs designed to accommodate the most widely used drum pads...
  • Page 20 Connections: Chapter 3 To setup the external triggers: ➀ Plug in all of the triggers you will be using....
  • Page 21Chapter 3: Connections Repeat steps ➃ through ➆ for the remaining triggers you will be using. After completing these steps,...
  • Page 22: Footswitch Hookup Connections: Chapter 3 Decay Note: In this scenario we will use only the snare pad. Depending on the type...
  • Page 23: About the Edit BufferChapter 3: Connections ➄ Repeat steps ➀ through ➃ to correct the problem with the tom 2 pad. ➅ Finally,...
  • Page 24: DM5 Polyphony Overview: Chapter 4 CHAPTER 4 OVERVIEW BASIC AND DEFINITIONS THE VOICE Each time the DM5 receives a MIDI or...
  • Page 25: Reading The DisplayChapter 4: Overview Often the default is “whatever was selected last.” Example: If the DM5 was set to Drum Set...
  • Page 26: Multi-Page Functions Overview: Chapter 4 ABOUT THE USER INTERFACE READING THE DISPLAY The display is made up of 6 sections. 1)...
  • Page 27: Drum Note SelectionChapter 4: Overview FUNCTION BUTTONS The eight Function buttons select eight different groups of parameters, as shown in the display....
  • Page 28: Tune Overview: Chapter 4 EDITING PARAMETER VALUES After selecting the parameter to be edited, use the [VALUE] knob to vary...
  • Page 29: OutputChapter 4: Overview FUNCTION BUTTONS VOICE Press [VOICE], and the display shows the selected MIDI note number in the middle...
  • Page 30 Overview: Chapter 4 MIX Press [MIX], and the display shows the selected MIDI note number in the middle and...
  • Page 31: GroupChapter 4: Overview Output Options Having two stereo output pairs allows for several options. Stereo with Fixed Placement: Plug the...
  • Page 32: Copying a Note’s Parameters to Another Overview: Chapter 4 DRUM SET Press [DRUM SET], and the display shows the selected Drum Set number on the...
  • Page 33: Drum Set Root NoteChapter 4: Overview The DM5 can play up to 16 voices at a time, so it’s possible to run out...
  • Page 34: MIDI Thru/Out MIDI Functions: Chapter 5 CHAPTER 5 MIDI FUNCTIONS The MIDI Function contains five pages of parameters. When you first...
  • Page 35: Program Change EnableChapter 5: MIDI Functions MIDI CHANNEL The DM5 can receive and transmit MIDI data in Omni mode (receives data appearing...
  • Page 36 MIDI Functions: Chapter 5 LOCAL C ONTROL MIDI page 2 has only one parameter: Local Control. The Local parameter...
  • Page 37: Saving Data via MIDIChapter 5: MIDI Functions CONTROLLERS ENABLE The DM5 can respond to several standardized MIDI controllers appearing at the DM5’s [MIDI...
  • Page 38: Receiving Data From Another MIDI Device MIDI Functions: Chapter 5 PROGRAM CHANGE T ABLE MIDI page 4 lets you view and edit the Program Change...
  • Page 39: OverviewChapter 5: MIDI Functions To allow for running several DM5s in the same MIDI setup, System Exclusive data is channelized....
  • Page 40: About Trigger Parameters External Triggering: Chapter 6 CHAPTER 6 EXTERNAL TRIGGERING OVERVIEW External triggering has three main uses: • Driving DM5 sounds...
  • Page 41Chapter 6: External Triggering ABOUT TRIGGER PARAMETERS The DM5 now offers five user controllable trigger parameters. These are: • VCrv....
  • Page 42 External Triggering: Chapter 6 This chart represents three signals which are “seen” by the DM5. Signal 1 is a...
  • Page 43: Trigger SelectionChapter 6: External Triggering Example: This chart simulates the waveform of a snare drum hit. The first big point in...
  • Page 44: Velocity Curve External Triggering: Chapter 6 Higher settings are useful when trying to extract drum sounds from tape where other sounds...
  • Page 45Chapter 6: External Triggering TRIGGER NOTE ASSIGNMENT Each trigger can be assigned to any MIDI note number, which is associated...
  • Page 46: Crosstalk External Triggering: Chapter 6 interaction between the pads, and a high Noise floor setting would be selected to reject...
  • Page 47: Footswitch ModeChapter 6: External Triggering Note: Note Chase will not follow any trigger that has been set to Unassigned. To view...
  • Page 48: Understanding Hi Hat Pedal Mode External Triggering: Chapter 6 DECAY If a pad or drum “double triggers” when it is struck, it may be...
  • Page 49: Trigger PlacementChapter 6: External Triggering UNDERSTANDING HI HAT PEDAL MODE This is a feature for hardcore drummers. It’s a little complicated,...
  • Page 50 External Triggering: Chapter 6 TIPS ON TRIGGERING FROM ACOUSTIC DRUMS When triggering from an acoustic drum, that is using...
  • Page 51: Mounting Hardware and ConfigurationChapter 6: External Triggering BASS DRUM ➀ Mount the trigger directly on the impact head. ➁ Place the trigger approximately...
  • Page 52 External Triggering: Chapter 6 LARGE TOMS 14"-18" In most cases shell mounting will work the best. However, you might...
  • Page 53: CleaningChapter 6: External Triggering 52 DM5 Reference Manual
  • Page 54: Obtaining Repair Service Troubleshooting: Appendix A APPENDIX A TROUBLE-SHOOTING TROUBLE-SHOOTING INDEX If you are experience problems while operating the DM5, please use...
  • Page 55: MIDI HardwareAppendix A: Troubleshooting MAINTENANCE Here are some tips for preventive maintenance. • Periodically check the AC cord for signs of...