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Alesis DM6 USB Kit Five-Piece Electronic Drum Set by Review Summary ,  Sep 12, 2015

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Alesis DM6 USB Kit Five-Piece Electronic Drum Set
Report Date: 01/03/2016
Based on 374 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.9
Returned or considering to return: 5.1%

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Individual Feature Rating
Quality4.8   above average
Setup4.7   average
Price4.5   average
Size4.3   above average
Sound4.0   average
Headphone3.9   average
Drum3.8   below average
Response3.8   below average
Cable3.5   average
Pedal3.5   below average
Amazon3.3   below average
Loud3.1   below average
Instruction2.7   below average


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Amazon

Amazon:
"The worst packing that we have received in the many years on Amazon."
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"I don't recommend it, and I considering the possibility of returning this product to amazon."
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"Amazon posted this item at the wrong price and would not honor it."
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"I contacted the seller and they said Amazon made the mistake of posting pics from another kit, so I filed a claim."
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"And the headphones that was ordered as recommended with amazon order didn't even have a 1 8 plug in adapter so that was useless."
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"But after the bass foot pedal stopped working and I sent Amazon my issue with no resolution of my problem I wouldn't recommend this item to no one unless you have $$$ to waste!"
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"The drum set it's perfect for practicing very easy to assemble Amazon did a great job."
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"GREAT EXPERIENCE buying this set from AMAZON."
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"Very happy with this purchase, the customer service of Amazon and their representatives and of course, Alesis for their quality product."
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Cable

Cable:
"the module was faulty as the kick drum cable did not work (right out of the box)."
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"Also they sent me the wrong cable so I contacted them and they sent me the wrong cable again."
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"awesome for what i paid for them i can make all kinds of noise be sure you put the pins in your connector that goes in the drum module unlike me who tripped over it and it snatched out the back of module and damaged the pins but i ordered another snake cable the next day and i've been rocking out ever since."
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"Some parts are more sensitive than other as well as the cables, that sometimes makes the sound go off or be delayed."
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"CONS:Need to have a good head set with a long cord or wireless to play well, or an amp specifically for this."
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"Sounds great but had to order new cables"
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"Only complaint is that the cable that runs to the ride cymbal does not work, and unfortunately since the cable is connected centrally and not individually the whole cable snake will have to be replaced."
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"They work great for RB3, but will require a couple of cheap cables and a laptop (or other computer) in your set up as well as the Mad Catz midi-pro adapter."
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Drum

Drum:
"Very disappointed in this drum set."
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"Overall, this is not a very good drum kit."
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"The sounds of the actual drums are not accurate to real drums at all."
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"This is a terrible drum set and you should NOT waste your money purchasing this product."
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"The only confusion came when dealing with the kick drum."
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"Lots of fun and a good practice alternative to a real drum set."
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"Drums were great, though... Also poor instruction manual."
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"But overall great drum set."
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"I'm not a professional, but I'm learning the drums and this set is working out perfectly."
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"He is intermediate with drums and he is happy with them."
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Headphone

Headphone:
"The volume output is not great, unless you use headphones."
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"The reflective bounce back noise from the symbols is very loud, and even with headphones on it's hard to hear the actual sound over the out side sound."
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"Artist often find themselves unable to sleep with ideas, but with this programmable, electronic, headphone capable drum-set, the future drum master can practice at any time!"
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"The biggest complaint I have is that it only has 1 8 stereo out and 1 8 headphones out."
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"Just using headphones for now and am having a blast rediscovering how frustrating it is to keep the tempo and what foot or pad to manipulate next."
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"My only criticism is that I wish I could turn it up a bit more...I use headphones with it, not a speaker and the volume doesn't crank very high."
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"And the headphones that was ordered as recommended with amazon order didn't even have a 1 8 plug in adapter so that was useless."
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"Still not explored with everything but has very good output in headphones as well as external source."
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"Sounds great in my headphones."
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"Best feature, headphones! "
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"A bit noisy seems through headphones but when I line out to a good di box and connect to mixer, there is no noise."
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Instruction

Instruction:
"The assembly instructions probably were not as good as they should be for a novice, but for someone that has owned several sets of digital drums it wasn't an issue."
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"The only drawback was that it was not as easy to out together as the 10 steps of instructions gave you."
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"Long story short this kit was a complete waste of money, the sensetivity is always off (constantly adjusting it), either double reading notes or not reading them at all, everytime you roll on the high hat it activates the snare drum, the feet that hold this kit upright are garbage, not to mention the instructions they give you to assemble it are terrible, the foot pedal stopped working after 10 hours of playing, the drum brain is a joke, even the sticks they give you suck, not a good thing to say about my experience with it, save your money."
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"It was kind of a pain to set up, because I don't know anything about drums and the instructions were not clear."
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"It took about 45 minutes to unpack and set everything up, the instructions were OK, but not wonderful."
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"Although that went well, the instructions had a few omissions and a couple of errors that I reported to Alesis."
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"Drums were great, though... Also poor instruction manual."
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"Looks good once its together; but the instructions were lacking."
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"This kit is easy to assemble, doesn't come with a lot of instructions but you don't really need much."
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"For basic things the brain is easy to use without having to get into the instructions and you can get started right after setup."
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"Well laid out instructions and we had it up for some christmas carol jams."
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Loud

Loud:
"One problem I have with this kit is that cymbals are bad and loud, it sounds like beating Tupperware with a wooden spoon."
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"The reflective bounce back noise from the symbols is very loud, and even with headphones on it's hard to hear the actual sound over the out side sound."
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"not very loud nice and quiet, good ability to adjust to what configuration you want."
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"Tried updating the software and the horrible sound its still there, but its no so loud, I plugged the output to an amplifier and cant barely hear anything, try on my mac and garageband and the same thing."
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"Also, this kit is annoying loud from hitting the hard rubber."
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"I can play all day, but the minus is that its pretty loud."
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"If I had to say bad things about it which I really don't want to, the only thing I could say is that when using the hi-hat pedal as a second bass pedal that it is not as loud as the primary bass pedal -but the feel is great."
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"It's not like a real drum set, but the sound is good when you connect it to a speaker and I don't have to hear the loud noise all the time."
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"It plays so loud and clear, and really thumps."
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"I'M LEARNING TO PLAY DRUMS FOR A MONTH NOW AND I DECIDED TO BOUY SOMETHING THAT WASN'T SO LOUD IN ORDER TO BEEN ABLE TO PRACTICE AT HOME AND THE ALESIS WAS THE BEST MONEY BENEFIT PRODUCT I COULD FIND OUT THERE."
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Pedal

Pedal:
"The hi-hat works well for open and closed but sometimes misses on the pedal hi-hat."
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"The kick pedal is alright, but feels flimsy."
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"If you have big feet however, and you play heel down, you may run into issues, as there is a little annoying notch near the top of the pedal, where your toes would rest."
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"The high hat pedal feels crappy."
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"I found that over time it began to have problem, first with the bass pedals not registering and then with the cymbals which which not register well."
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"You can put your own double pedal on this set also, and don't worry if it will be able to keep up because it can even if your using axis, demon drive, speed cobra, or the elliminator."
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"The hi-hat works well for open and closed but sometimes misses on the pedal hi-hat."
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"It comes with all of the parts for a basic drum set, including the kick pedal, and that was a nice addition."
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"The bass pedal is pretty great."
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"The kick pedal needs to be adjusted just right to work well otherwise you tend to get a double tap without even trying."
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"Both pedals that come with this are actually nice to play on and the hi-hat pedal also feels exactly like the bass pedal so it works good for double bass."
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Price

Price:
"This is a terrible drum set and you should NOT waste your money purchasing this product."
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"Sound is not the best but good enough for the price."
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"Long story short this kit was a complete waste of money, the sensetivity is always off (constantly adjusting it), either double reading notes or not reading them at all, everytime you roll on the high hat it activates the snare drum, the feet that hold this kit upright are garbage, not to mention the instructions they give you to assemble it are terrible, the foot pedal stopped working after 10 hours of playing, the drum brain is a joke, even the sticks they give you suck, not a good thing to say about my experience with it, save your money."
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"A few things not so good with kit is that it did not come with throne, drum sticks were rather cheap and bass pedal was not the greatest."
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"I am really dissapointed about alesis, the drum module look so cheap and everytime i plugged my ipod a distortion sound its heard in the headphones."
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"Probably not the best you can get but for the price, a good entry level kit and you can get some good use from it before you move to a more expansive kit."
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"Great Black Friday Price too."
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"Drumset sounds great, especially for the price."
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"For the price, it's a decent little drumset."
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"Good set for the price."
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"The drum set comes with a pair of drumsticks, although they feel like very cheap 2A's, and I would recommend getting a pair from your local Guitar Center."
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Quality

Quality:
"Seems strong and good quality, HOWEVER was disappointed by highhat and cymbals."
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"After unpacking and assembling the kit I started tapping around on it and was a little irked about the broken quality; missing hits being the chief problem."
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"Seems strong and good quality, HOWEVER was disappointed by highhat and cymbals."
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"The sound quality is great."
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"It's cheap, durable and provides all the qualities that one could hope for it an electronic set."
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"The sound quality was terrific."
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"This kit doesn't take up much space, and certainly can handle a beating, the overall quality is great."
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Response

Response:
"Cymbal response is a bit weak in my opinion, but if you play even moderately hard, you will cut through."
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"Oh, and their Surge Cymbals - loud in the room, virtually silent and uncontrollable with their DM10 (which is MUCH BETTER but also has a whole host of issues that I'm happy to address in a separate review rant).-Hihat controller has extremely terrible response and virtually zero outbound signal."
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"Of course, if you're perfecting your double kick, then put it dead center for the best response.4)The rimshot feature is worthless, since the stick angle required to hit it would mean that you lack a real bone structure in your forearm, or you are standing on your head."
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"Several programmed kits, good response in pads, and good feel."
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"I love all the features, the sound is amazing and the response is on cue."
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"easy set-up and quick response."
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"When playing them they have a nice response and I also like that I can plug in headphones to play late at night and not disturb anyone in the house while sleeping."
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"Email is the best way, but even then I only got a response about 80% of the time."
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Setup

Setup:
"Setup was difficult as the directions are terrible."
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"Has USB output that does work with software, although seems to be only easy to use setup software is costly."
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"(Although you can run through an amp if you so choose)-Module is easy to use and understand-Pretty solid set-up."
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"Easy to set-up and get to playing, and everything seemed intuitive and user-friendly."
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"Setup took about 20-30 minutes and was easy to follow."
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"To start, this kit was very easy to setup."
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Size

Size:
"Both Alesis and The Factory Depot were helpful when I was under the impression that a part was missing (turned out to be hiding in a very small box, so my bad)."
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"i live in an apartment and was receiving complaints with my small traveler set by pearl even muffled with brushes."
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"Its compact size, lightweight and ease of setting up are great."
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"The hi-hat pedal takes a small bit of getting used to, but it functions very well."
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"It looks great, sounds great and plays well for a child (size, sensitivity)."
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"But for the price and size, this is a great set for a beginning drummer that doesn't have the forgiveness of their own practice space."
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"It has a small enough foot print that I was able to easily incorporate it into my existing Acoustic kit, allowing me to expand my sonic possibilities."
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Sound

Sound:
"The sound isn't great out of the box, but I hear it can be made more realistic with some softwares."
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"One problem I have with this kit is that cymbals are bad and loud, it sounds like beating Tupperware with a wooden spoon."
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"The sounds were good and there were minimal problems."
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"The sound coming from the output is terrible and there is no midi signal coming from the usb connection."
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"The sounds of the actual drums are not accurate to real drums at all."
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"every time I see some instruments that are being replicated by electronic devices, I feel disappointed because nothing beats the raw sound of music."
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"The sounds were good and there were minimal problems."
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"The sound quality is great."
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"The sound is cool and it's good to have one."
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"Drumset sounds great, especially for the price."
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"I don't personally use them as I ordered then for my brother, but from listening to him play them they sound very nice."
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Value

Value:
"Good value for the price."
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"This drum set is the best value out there in my opinion."
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"Great value for the price."
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"The crash and ride cymbals could stand a little more stable, but all-in-all, it is great value for the price."
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"It's a shame, with the right electronics this would be the best value kit on the market."
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