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Alesis introduces DM8 USB Kit and DM8 Pro Kit electronic drumsets

Alesis has introduced the DM8 USB Kit and DM8 Pro Kit, two new electronic drumsets.

Alesis’ latest drum module in a line now spanning 20 years, the DM8 builds on the success of the top-of-the-line DM10. The DM8 shares the DM10’s essential architecture, including playback of genuine recordings of real drums and cymbals and advanced Dynamic Articulation™ multi-samples.

Drummers will find the DM8 to be packed with over 750 first-call studio and live drums and cymbals, dozens of play-along tracks and an advanced metronome for practice and performance. The DM8 features professional audio and trigger inputs and outputs and MIDI and USB MIDI for expansive flexibility and connection to a wide range of devices.

Alesis DM8 USB Kit

DM8 USB Kit features

  • DM8 high-definition drum module with over 750 Dynamic Articulation™ sounds.
  • Low-noise, natural-feeling rubber pads: dual-zone Snare with rimshot and three Toms with natural feel.
  • Large Kick works with single and double pedals (sold separately).
  • Large dual-zone Ride with bell, bow, and choke, Crash with choke, and Hi-Hat with continuous-control pedal.
  • DMRack with four-post design, wingbolt-adjustable clamps, and mini-boom cymbal arms.
  • DMRack comes preassembled for quick setup.
  • Premium instrument library multi-sampled from real drums and cymbals.
  • Play along with tracks and record yourself with the three-part sequencer.
  • Mix input for practicing with external music players.
  • USB-enabled for tracking and programming with virtually all music software.
Alesis DM8 Pro Kit

DM8 Pro Kit features

    DM8 high-definition drum module with over 750 Dynamic Articulation™ sounds.

  • RealHead 8″, 10″, and 12″ drum pads with tension-adjustable drumheads.
  • 12″ dual-zone Snare, 8″, 10″, and 12″ Toms, and 8″ Kick, which works with single and double pedals (sold separately).
  • DMPad 12″, 14″, and 16″ multi-zone cymbal pads with natural motion.
  • 16″ 3-zone Ride with choke, 14″ Crash with choke, 12″ Hi-Hat with RealHat continuous pedal.
  • StageRack with four-post design, integrated cymbal booms, and wingbolt-adjustable clamps.
  • StageRack comes with convertible boom/straight cymbal arms, mounted in the downtubes.
  • Premium instrument library multi-sampled from real drums and cymbals.
  • Play along with tracks and record yourself with the three-part sequencer.
  • Mix input for practicing with external music players.
  • USB-enabled for tracking and programming with virtually all music software.

Alesis will display both kits at booth #6400 of the 2011 NAMM Show from January 13-16, Anaheim, CA.

More information: Alesis / DM8 USB Kit / DM8 Pro Kit

Alesis introduces iO4, 24-bit USB audio interface

Alesis iO4

Alesis has announced the iO4, a new USB audio interface.

The iO4 is a compact audio-recording interface for home, project and portable studio recording setups.

This four-channel USB device for Mac and PC-based systems enables users to record and monitor up to eight channels of audio (4 in, 4 out) at 16-bit recording, or four channels (2 in, 2 out) at 24-bit. The iO4 is compact enough to comfortably fit into a mobile recording rig, laptop bag or backpack, yet contains high-quality components and circuitry suitable for the studio.

iO4 features

  • Four-channel computer audio-recording interface.
  • Record up to 24-bit, 48 kHz audio into virtually any software.
  • Monitor sessions with balanced studio monitor and headphone outputs.
  • High-quality A/D and D/A converters, discrete-design preamps, 48V phantom power.
  • Inputs for microphones, line-level sources, and instruments including guitars.
  • Tricolor stereo level meter and lighted status indicators for visual monitoring.
  • MIDI Input and Output jacks for playing and controlling software with instruments.

Alesis will unveil the new iO4 at booth #6400 of the 2011 NAMM Show from January 13-16, Anaheim, CA.

More information: Alesis / iO4

Alesis announces DMPhones isolating headphones

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Alesis DMPhones

Alesis has announced the DMPhones sound isolating headphones.

One of the benefits of electronic drumsets is the ability to practice quietly by using headphones. Having headphones that can accurately reproduce the high frequencies of cymbals, the deep thud of a kick drum sound and everything in between is essential.

The DMPhones are great sounding headphones designed for studio and electronic drummers. They employ a comfortable, closed–cup design for great isolation from outside noise so drummers won’t have to crank the volume up to 11. Drummers can pound away at their pads and still keep the volume at a healthy level.

DMPhones features

  • Great-sounding headphones ideal for studio and electronic drummers.
  • Comfortable, closed–cup, dual-ear design for great isolation from outside noise.
  • Isolation enables performance and practice at lower sound levels for hearing safety.
  • Adjustable headband fits virtually all head sizes.
  • Sleek piano black finish and minimized size for visually unobtrusive appearance onstage.
  • 1/8″ mini-plug with 1/4″ adapter for universal connectivity.

Alesis will unveil the new DMPhones at booth #6400 of the 2011 NAMM Show from January 13-16, Anaheim, CA.

More information: Alesis / DMPhones

Alesis introduces MultiMix 16 USD FX, audio mixer & recording interface

Alesis MultiMix 16 USB FX

Alesis has announced the MultiMix 16 USB FX, an 16-channel audio mixer with digital effects and USB recording interface.

The MultiMix 16 USB FX is a 16-channel desktop mixer designed for easy integration into musicians’

computer-based recording environments. Whether they are mixing a band or sub-mixing a group of inputs, such as a drumset, musicians will find the MultiMix 16 USB FX to be easy to use, rugged and feature-packed.

The MultiMix 16 USB FX gives users a selection of eight XLR inputs with switchable phantom power supply for condenser microphones. MultiMix 16 USB FX also provides 1/4-inch and RCA connectors for working with instruments and line-level audio sources, and guitarists will enjoy a guitar input, enabling them to plug their instruments directly into the mixer for amp-free recording.

MultiMix 16 USB FX features

  • 16-channel mixer with mic, line, and guitar-level inputs.
  • 16-bit, 44.1/48 kHz stereo in, stereo out via USB for easy recording and playback from your computer.
  • XLR inputs with gain trim, switchable high-pass filters, and 48V phantom power.
  • 1/4-inch line-level inputs for instruments and high-impedance guitar input for direct-connecting guitars.
  • Powerful EQ: three-band with sweepable parametric mids on channels 1 – 4, three-band on 5 – 8, two-band on 8 – 16.
  • Built-in DSP effects with footswitch bypass control and Aux buss for external processing.
  • Multicolor LED metering for visual level feedback.
  • Main and headphone outputs with independent level controls.
  • Class compliant, plug-and-play USB for Mac and PC interface without installing drivers.
  • Includes Cubase LE software for tracking and editing on your Mac or PC.

Alesis will unveil the new MultiMix 16 USB FX at booth #6400 of the 2011 NAMM Show from January 13-16, Anaheim, CA.

More information: Alesis / MultiMix 16 USB FX

Alesis introduces PerformancePad Pro, electronic percussion pad

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Alesis has introduced the PerformancePad Pro, an eight-pad electronic percussion pad that contains over 500 sounds and sequences.

Alesis PerformancePad Pro

Drummers and percussionists can expand their setups or play standalone with the PerformancePad Pro. With eight velocity-sensitive drum pads, kick and hi-hat inputs and over 500 multi-sampled sounds with Dynamic Articulation™, the PerformancePad Pro is an all-in-one drum station. Drummers can mount the PerformancePad Pro on stands and racks using the Module Mount, sold separately, or they can play it tabletop.

The PerformancePad Pro contains the sequencing engine from Alesis’ best-selling drum machines. This three-part sequencer enables drummers and instrumentalists to program drum, percussion and accompaniment parts for creating complete tracks or playing along with loops.

The PerformancePad Pro features a modern, high-definition sound set with acoustic and electronic drums, percussion, sound effects, bass and more. The PerformancePad Pro also contains powerful Alesis studio effects including Reverb, EQ and Compression for customizing sounds to perfection.

Drummers can also use the PerformancePad Pro as a MIDI controller for playing virtually any sound module, synth or software. Practicing and performance musicians can connect and mix in a music source via the PerformancePad Pro’s input.

PerformancePad Pro features

  • 8 natural feeling, velocity-sensitive drum pads with Dynamic Articulation™.
  • Built-in professional drum machine so you can record and play back your own beats.
  • Over 500 sounds ranging from all styles and instruments assignable to any pad.
  • Large LCD display with easy-to-navigate interface with a lightweight, durable enclosure.
  • High-quality, 24-bit audio outputs and traditional 5-pin MIDI output jack.
  • Mix input for external tracks, loops, and instruments.

Alesis will unveil the PerformancePad Pro at the 2011 NAMM Show, booth #6400, from January 13-16, Anaheim, CA.

More information: Alesis / PerformancePad Pro

Alesis announces QX49, USB/MIDI keyboard controller

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Alesis has announced the QX49, a USB/MIDI keyboard controller.

The QX49 is the perfect choice to take commanding, tactile control over any music production software. Through a standard USB connection, the QX49 receives power while also transmitting MIDI data to Mac or PC software. With its drum pads, rotary knobs, long-throw faders, snappy buttons and velocity-sensitive keyboard, QX49 provides the user with a thoroughly satisfying music-making experience. 



Alesis QX49

QX49 features

  • 49-key keyboard controller for use with virtually all Mac and PC music software and MIDI devices.
  • Velocity-sensitive keys with modulation and pitch-bend wheels.
  • Eight faders perfect for adjusting volume or synth parameters.
  • Four drum pads for triggering samples, loops and sequencing drums.
  • Eight knobs ideal for adjusting pan position or any other parameter.
  • Six assignable buttons for triggering software controls.
  • USB-MIDI and traditional MIDI for use with Mac and PC, as well as MIDI hardware.
  • Includes Ableton Live Lite Alesis Edition software included for instant recording, sequencing, and performing.
  • Bus-powered via USB, so you won’t need a power cable.

Alesis will unveil the new QX49 keyboard controller at booth #6400 of the 2011 NAMM Show from January 13-16, Anaheim, CA.

More information: Alesis / QX49

Diginoiz releases Synth Style Sounds, synthesizer loops sample pack

Diginoiz Synth Style Sounds

Diginoiz has announced the release of Synth Style Sounds, a new loops sample pack.

When You are thinking about “$ynth $tyle $ounds” You think – high quality, melodic, rich and fly synthesizer loops that come from Diginoiz !! We give it for the demanding, best musicians that are in love with the most expensive diamond sounds. In the package You will find 50 synthesizer loops, originally made on high quality hardware tools like Acces Virus Ti, Alesis Ion and Roland V-Synth.

Synth Style Sounds features

  • 50 perfectly sounding loops (90-110 BPM) in Hip Hop, R&B, South Style and Modern Pop genre.
  • Over 500 MB multi-format material (24 bit WAV, REX, 24 bit Acid, 24 bit AIFF, 24 bit Apple Loops, 24 bit Reason 4.0 ReFill and 16 bit WAV) ready to use in your favorite sampler or sequencer, both hardware and software.
  • All loops & samples in this library are licensed to you ‘Royalty-Free’ so you can use them in your commercial compositions with no extra costs.

Synth Style Sounds is available to purchase as a download for 15 EUR.

More information: Diginoiz

Alesis DM7 USB Kit, electronic drumset now shipping

Alesis DM7 USB Kit

Alesis has announced it is now shipping the DM7 USB Kit, a five-piece electronic drumset.

Crushing bass drums, cracking snares, melodic toms and shimmering cymbals are all at your fingertips when you sit behind the DM7 USB Kit. Experience the thrill of busting out beats on eight total drum and cymbal pads powered by a sound module with over 400 sounds. Between the stable rack, triple-zone snare pad, choke-able crash and USB connectivity, the DM7 USB Kit gives you flagship electronic drumset features at an ultra-affordable price.

With a built-in metronome, lessons and a performance record feature, the DM7 USB Kit not only accommodates your development but also contributes to it. If you’re looking for a kit to get you drumming fast with advanced features hard to outgrow, look no further than the DM7 USB Kit.

DM7 USB Kit features

  • Five-drum, three-cymbal drum kit with USB-enabled drum module.
  • More than 400 stereo sounds in 80 kits.
  • Large, triple-zone snare pad for triggering head, rimshot and cross-stick sounds.
  • Crash with choke feature to immediately stop the sound.
  • Flexible metronome and learning exercises to help you become a better drummer.
  • Record your performance, listen back, and share with friends.
  • 30 custom drum kits let you mix and match your favorite sounds together.
  • Customize individual drum and cymbal sounds’ volume, pan, tuning, and reverb settings.
  • Eight studio EQ settings create the perfect room, club, or stadium sound.
  • 1/4″ line in mixes your iPod or other music player to play along to.
  • Pre-assembled, four-post rack for quick setup and stable support.
  • Rack clamps feature large wing-bolts allowing fast, secure adjustment.
  • Mini-boom cymbal tilters position your cymbals exactly where you like them.
  • Retractable spurs hold the large kick pad in place when being played .
  • Headphone output to play all night long without disturbing the peace.
  • Line out to connect to an amplifier, PA or recording system .
  • USB connection to play and record to your favorite computer music software.
  • Includes ToonTrack EZ Drummer Lite software.

The DM7 USB Kit is now available to purchase for a U.S. Retail Price of $799 USD and an estimated street price of $599 USD.

More information: Alesis / DM7 USB Kit