The Alesis DM8 Pro Kit Professional Five-Piece Electronic Drum Set offers quite a lot especially considering its sub-$1000 price tag. It’s an intermediate level kit and its many features offer drummers an acoustic-like playing experience with its size and sound. Included in this kit is a module, snare, 3 toms, crash, ride and hi-hat cymbals, hi-hat controller and kick pad. The kick pedal is sold separately.
This module comes with 750 studio and live drum, cymbal and percussion sounds. On top of that you get 100 programmable drum sets and dozens of play-along tracks. It also has an aux input so you can practice along with an external audio source (such as an iPod) and has a headphone jack. It also can be used with an iPad. The DM8 comes with a metronome as well to help you in your practice or live sessions.
This kit has a dual zone 12” snare good for rim shots and cross-stick hits.
The DM8 Pro comes with 8”, 10” and 12” toms. It brings in more realistic drum head sizes by having the drums get bigger as you move down the toms just like an acoustic drum set. All heads are fully adjustable and have rubber rims. The DM8 Pro comes with a drum key and has tension-adjustable drumheads and real triple-flanged counterhoops. Included with this kit are rubber rim mutes in case you want to quiet the rim sounds. Some have noted that this kit is loud so luckily you are be able to replace the drum heads with mesh heads if you would like to.
The DM8 Pro comes with a 12” hi-hat, 14” crash, 16” ride with a rubberized playing surface. The ride has 3 zones for playing; surface, bell and bow. Both crash and ride cymbals can be choked. The hi-hat pad comes with a hi-hat controller and offers variable control from wide open to tightly closed, plus chick and heel splash. The hi-hat pedal has a spring so it adds some resistance giving it a realistic feel. You are also able to adjust the level of resistance to what you would like. It conveniently comes with boom stands for cymbals so you can angle them how you like as well.
Yes! The kick bad is fairly large so it can fit a double kick pedal. Note that this kit does not come with its own kick pedal.
Can you add more pads?
The DM8 Pro has room for one extra trigger.
Can it be used as a MIDI trigger?
Yes! It has a USB-MIDI output to use along with virtual instruments and software like Addictive Drums and EZDrummer.
How’s the hardware?
The DM8 Pro has a four-post rack featuring 1½-inch metal tubes. You don’t need any tools or drum keys to make adjustments since the clamps adjust with large wingscrews. A nice feature of this kit is that it comes with boom cymbal arms which allow nice adjustability. The snare and tom pads mount on standard 10.5mm L-rods with low-slip, knurled mounting surfaces.
I think this kit has a lot to offer and for a decent price. It a worth-while purchase as an intermediate level kit. It offers a lot more than the DM6 such as chokable cymbals, changeable heads, boom stands and the ability to add an extra trigger. It looks great too. I’d recommend going to Amazon and checking out some of the reviews to see what people are saying about it.