Alesis DM10 - Setup With Addictive Drums

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alesis dm10 module main5One of the great features on the Alesis DM10 drum module is the convenient USB connection, allowing the ability to trigger your favorite DAW or virtual instrument. This tutorial walks through setting up a DM10 drum module to work as a MIDI controller in XLN's Addictive Drums.



  1. Setup
  2. Basic Drum Kit Customization 
  3. Technical Support & Warranty Service



  1. Connect the DM10 module to your computer using a USB Cable and turn it on.

  2. Open up the DAW of your choice. For this tutorial Ableton Live Lite 8 will be used. (Note: For the DAW that is being used there may be slight differences in how to setup a MIDI/Instrument track and loading a Plug-In. Please refer to instructions provided with your DAW on how to load a Plug In.)

  3. For Ableton, hold down on the left click on your mouse and then drag the Addictive Drums Plug-In into the Mixer Window to the right. This will create a MIDI/Instrument track and open up the Addictive Drums interface.

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  4. Once the Addictive Drum interface is open, click on BEATS in the top right corner.

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  5. Next, within the Map Preset section, click on the drop-down menu titled Startup and select Alesis DM10.

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Basic Drum Kit Customization

  1. Left click on Map Window.

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  2. The Map Window will open.  This is where the DM10 Map Preset can be customized. 

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  3. Toward the bottom of the window there is a MIDI Monitor that will display what each trigger in the DM10 kit is sending for a MIDI Note (IN) and what instrument the trigger is assigned to (OUT). The image below displays an example of what the MIDI Monitor will display when one of the DM10 pads are triggered.
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  4. To the right there is a Keyboard View which also displays how the DM10 kit is mapped out.

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  5. If you would like to adjust what a certain pad triggers, this can be done using the MIDI Learn function within the Plug-in. Select a StrokeType (this list can be seen in the image below) by pressing the Learn From MIDI Button dm 10 addictive 14. The button will then change to orange dm 10 addictive 13. Once this button is highlighted in orange, strike a pad on the drum kit. This will successfully map the StrokeType selected to the drum pad that was triggered.

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  6. Once a different pad is triggered, the Addictive Drum interface will change and display the instrument that is mapped to that particular pad. You can also use the Map Preset buttons in the top left to toggle between the different drums.

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  7. Towards the top of the interface, the drum type, size, and manufacturer will be listed and pictured. As you can see from the image below, by clicking just below the drum image where the size and manufacturer is listed, you can toggle between different Snare types. This can be done for every drum in the kit.

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  8. The DM10 module allows for Hi Hat customization that will fit the needs of all different playing styles which is important. Addictive Drums will allow for you to customize the Hi Hat as well by clicking on CC HiHat.  There are adjustments for the Foot Close and Foot Open Sensitivity and HiHat StrokeType.

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Not only does Addictive Drums have a Preset for the DM10 drum set which allows for easy setup, but it also allows for full customization of the kit. For more information regarding Addictive Drums please go HERE.

Technical Support and Warranty Service

Whether you are a customer or dealer, if you already own a Alesis product, or if you just have pre-sales questions, the Alesis technical support team is available to help!

Each product has a dedicated support page on the website where you can find manuals, specifications, software updates, drivers and troubleshooting guides:

Visit the link below to connect with any of the following support options: online community support, phone support, email support.



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