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  • REFERENCEMANUAL

  • Alesis DM ProTM Reference Manualby Erik Norlander

    Additional documentation by Randy Lee

    Copyright 1998, Alesis Studio Electronics, Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction inwhole or in part is prohibited. DM Pro, DM5, QS8 and QS6.1 are trademarksof Alesis Studio Electronics, Inc.

    Selected material for this manual was imported from the Alesis DM5TM and QS8TM

    Reference Manuals by Geoff Ryle.

    Additional material imported from the QS6.1TM Reference Manualby Connor Freff Cochran and Randy Lee.

    The illustration on page 50 is from Emagic Sound Diver, Michael Haydn.

    ACKNOWLEDGEMENTSThanks to Robert Rampley, David Bryce, Connor Freff Cochran, Taiho Yamada, MikePeake, Mark McCrite, Ed Burzycki, Chris Asmus, David Cadmus, Julie Yarbrough,David Seaton, Jim Mack, Danna Teal, David Bertovic, Geoff Ryle, Grant Kraus,Marcus Ryle and Michel Doidic for invaluable information, support and guidance.

    ALESIS CONTACT INFORMATIONAlesis Studio Electronics, Inc.1633 26th StreetSanta Monica, CA 90404USA

    Telephone: 800-5-ALESIS (800-525-3747)E-Mail: alecorp@alesis1.usa.comWebsite: http://www.alesis.com

  • ContentsImportant Safety Instructions................................................................................ 7

    Safety symbols used in this product............................................................................................7Please follow these precautions when using this product: ..................................................... 7Instructions de Scurit Importantes (French) .......................................................................... 9Symboles utiliss dans ce produit................................................................................................ 9Veuillez suivre ces prcautions lors de lutilisation de lappareil:......................................... 9Beim Benutzen dieses Produktes beachten Sie bitte die folgendenSicherheitshinweise: (German) ..................................................................................................... 11CE Declaration of Conformity ...................................................................................................... 12

    Chapter 1: Welcome to the DM Pro....................................................................... 13Packing List ...................................................................................................................................... 13DM Pro Front Panel ........................................................................................................................ 14DM Pro Display ............................................................................................................................... 16AC Power Hookup.......................................................................................................................... 17

    Line Conditioners and Protectors ................................................................................. 17About Audio Cables ....................................................................................................................... 17

    Audio Connections .......................................................................................................... 18Connections Chart........................................................................................................................... 20

    MIDI Connections ............................................................................................................ 20External Trigger Connections ........................................................................................ 21

    Chapter 2: A Brief Hands-On Tutorial ................................................................... 23Playing The Demos ......................................................................................................................... 23Basic MIDI Setup............................................................................................................................. 24Selecting and Auditioning Drumkits .......................................................................................... 25

    Selecting Individual Drums Within a Drumkit .......................................................... 25Saving Changes to a Drumkit ........................................................................................ 29

    Programming Effects ...................................................................................................................... 30Setting the Effects Buss Assignments and Send Levels ............................................ 30Editing the Effects Themselves...................................................................................... 31

    Chapter 3: System Architecture ............................................................................. 35Organizational Hierarchy.............................................................................................................. 35Programming Hierarchy................................................................................................................ 36

    Other Programming Terms You Should Know.......................................................... 37The Three Modes of the DM Pro ..................................................................................................38The DM Pro Signal Path................................................................................................................. 38

    Chapter 4: Programming Drumkits....................................................................... 41The DRUM ASSIGN Function ...................................................................................................... 41

    A Note About Using the PREVIEW Button ................................................................ 42The TUNE Function........................................................................................................................ 43The MIX Function............................................................................................................................ 43The NOTE CHASE Function......................................................................................................... 48The TRIGGER NOTE ASSIGN Function .................................................................................... 50The TRIGGER SEQUENCE Function.......................................................................................... 52The MIDI Function.......................................................................................................................... 55The DRUMKIT NAME Function.................................................................................................. 57The EFFECTS Function .................................................................................................................. 57

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    4 DM PRO REFERENCE MANUAL

    Chapter 5: Programming Effects ........................................................................... 59The REVERB EFFECTS Function ................................................................................................. 61The OVERDRIVE EFFECTS Function ......................................................................................... 66The DELAY EFFECTS Function ................................................................................................... 67The PITCH EFFECTS Function.....................................................................................................71

    Pitch Type: CHORUS or FLANGER............................................................................. 72Pitch Type: RESONATOR .............................................................................................. 74

    The EQUALIZER EFFECTS Function ......................................................................................... 75

    Chapter 6: Programming Drums............................................................................ 79The SOUND SELECT Function .................................................................................................... 79The VOICE SELECT Function ......................................................................................................80The LEVEL Function....................................................................................................................... 81The PITCH Function....................................................................................................................... 82The FILTER Function...................................................................................................................... 84The AMPLITUDE Function........................................................................................................... 87

    A Note About the PREVIEW Button and VELOCITY CURVES............................. 89The Three ENVELOPE GENERATOR Functions ..................................................................... 90

    About the Individual Envelopes ................................................................................... 95The PITCH ENVELOPE Function................................................................................................ 95The FILTER ENVELOPE Function .............................................................................................. 95The AMPLITUDE ENVELOPE Function.................................................................................... 96The MODULATION MATRIX Function .................................................................................... 97The DRUM NAME Function.........................................................................................................100

    Chapter 7: Triggers......