Alesis DM Dock iPad Drum Module

iPad-based Drum Module with 13 Trigger Inputs, Dedicated App, and Lightning Connector Dock
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Alesis DM Dock iPad Drum Module image 1
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Infinitely Expandable Percussion Module!

Hook your electronic drums up to your iPad with the Alesis DM Dock! This infinitely expandable drum module uses trigger sounds from your iPad via a full complement of 13 individual 1/4" TRS trigger inputs. The DM Dock even supports multi-zone pads. You can easily see and control functions with the large and easy-to-use display of your iPad 4 or later. With the wireless connectivity of the iPad you can easily download new sounds at your gig or on the road. The DM Dock also features MIDI I/O and USB MIDI for connecting to external hardware and computers. The Alesis DM Dock marries the convenience, power, and flexibility of the iPad and electronic drum kits together in one stage-ready unit.

Alesis DM Dock at a Glance:
  • Hook DM Dock up to your electronic drum kit
  • Download new sounds on the go
  • Pro connections for your gear
Hook DM Dock up to your electronic drum kit

Alesis' innovative iO Dock technology has been ported into the all-new Alesis DM Dock interface for electronic drums. The DM Dock features 13 individual 1/4" TRS drum trigger inserts so you can hook up your entire kit. All of your pads are supported including dual-zone pads, 3-zone cymbals, continuous controller hats, and multiple chokes. The DM Dock lets you take your drum sounds on the road to use with electronic kits at any studio or gig.

Download new sounds on the go

Thanks to the iPad's wireless connectivity the DM Dock lets you tweak settings on the go. If you go to a new venue and your current snare sound doesn't quite cut it, then you can download a new one and have it ready to go in minutes. You can download a cymbal that cuts through the mix better if you need it. With the power of the DM Dock and the iPad you don't have to worry about these things days before because you can find an instantaneous solution.

Pro connections for your gear

Music production apps like Garageband truly come alive with the Alesis DM Dock. Besides the trigger inputs you also get a 1/4" headphone jack and balanced 1/4-inch stereo outputs for going to stereo monitors, the PA, or direct to your recorder. Connect the DM Dock to external MIDI devices or your computer with 5-pin and USB MIDI I/O. There is also an assignable footswitch input that can be used to switch between kits, tap in a click, or start and stop sequences.

Alesis DM Dock Features:
  • Infinitely expandable iPad electronic drum/percussion module
  • 13 individual 1/4" TRS trigger inputs that support dual-zone pads, 3-zone rides, continuous hats, multiple chokes
  • Wireless access to new sounds via the dedicated iOS DM Dock app
  • Hinged door enclosure securely locks your iPad in place
  • Includes professional audio and MIDI I/O
  • Confirmed compatibility with iPad 4 and later (requires Lightning connection)
Transform your Apple iPad into a full-blown electronic drum kit with the Alesis DM Dock!

Tech Specs

Sounds 145
Inputs 12 x 1/4" TRS, 1 x 1/4" (HH control)
Outputs 2 x 1/4" (main out), 1 x 1/4" (headphones)
MIDI I/O In/Out
Other I/O 1 x 1/4" (footswitch)
Height 2.9"
Depth 9.7"
Width 12.6"
Weight 3 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number DM Dock

Customer Reviews

3/5
Based on 5 reviews
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4/5

I love the Hardware, Needs an App Update as soon as possible.

5 stars for the DM dock it self, but I am very disappointed with the app, I really hope Alesis make a update to the app as soon as possible.
Music background: Hobbyst
3.5/5

JUST MY FIRST IMPRESSION- DRUM SOUNDS AMAZING!

OKAY WELL SO FAR, I CANNOT MATCH MY HARDWARE TRIGGERS TO THE SOFTWARE APP. IN SHORT, THIS IS A MAJOR HEADACHE. NOW LIKE MOST MEN, I BEING ONE OF THEM, SIMPLY HATE I READING MANUALS. HOWEVER, I BELIEVE I AM GOING TO BE FORCED TO READ A STUPID MANUAL EVEN THOUGH HALF THE TIME THEY DON'T TELL YOU SQUAT. THAT BEING SAID, I ALWAYS HAVE TECH SUPPORT WITH SWEETWATER. IF I CAN FIGURE THIS SUCKER OUT THAN IT WOULD MAKE MY OLD ALESIS TRIGGER I/O LOOK LIKE SOMETHING FROM THE STONE AGE. FURTHERMORE, THE CYMBALS, AND DRUMS WHETHER THEY BE KICKS, SNARES, RIDES, CRASHES, ETC., ARE FAR FAR FAR SUPERIOR THAN WELL SUPERIOR DRUMMER AND I HAVE ABOUT 4 EXPANSION KITS. I MEAN THE SOUND OF THESE DM 10 DOCK DRUMS ARE AMAZING I JUST CAN'T FIGURE OUT HOW TO HECK TO GET IT INTO MY ALESIS/ROLAND PADS AND CYMBALS VIA THE TRS CABLE INTO THE TRIGGER I/O. SO PERHAPS THIS IS A PREMATURE REVIEW, AND THAT BEING SAID I BELIEVE THIS MAY TURN OUT TO BE ONE OF THOSE GAME CHANGERS AS IT WERE, BUT UNTIL I GET SOME DIRECTION AND NO NONSENSE, THEN THIS WILL BE A PIPEDREAM. BUT KEEP ON DREAMIN! AND YES YOU DO NOT EVER NEED TO BUY BFD2, SD, AD, ANY OF THAT SOFTWARE WITH THIS MODULE. YOU JUST DON'T YOU GET SUCH A HUGE SELECTION OF LIKE SNARES ALONE IT WOULD TAKE YOU HOURS JUST TO TEST THEM ALL OUT AND SUCH. THEREFORE I'D SAY THIS IS THE ANSWER TO THE DRUM SOFTWARE. IT VOIDS ALL DRUM SOFTWARE AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED. ANYWAY LETS GET BACK TO GETTING THIS WORKING AND I BETTER GET THAT MANUAL OUT. TILL THEN ROCK ON AND HAVE FUN!
Music background: who cares
3.5/5

Hardware Works Great, Needs an App Update

This is an interesting product. Its like combining the old Alesis I/O (trigger to MIDI unit) hardware with an Alesis iPad Dock. Its great to have the ability to set your thresholds and velocity curves for each trigger input, and easy to do using the iPad as a visual input device. The latency is a little bothersome, but not too much once you get used to it. But its certainly not as fast in response as a dedicated analog drum box. The companion free app, DM Touch, is where this product needs some work. I tested using version 1.01 so its still early I realize. Still, they could use more snare sounds. For example, there are no brushes, only sticks. The metronome needs to send MIDI clock out so you can sync with other apps such as bass synths. Last, the app needs to be able to keep sending audio using "background audio" so that it provides audio output even if another app needs to be brought to the foreground. On the plus side for the app, the trigger editing is easy and effective, and the ability to drag and drop different kit pieces onto the drumkit is quick and easy. So, 5 stars for the hardware dock itself, but only 2 for the iPad app that you need to make the whole system work. But, Alesis could fix any shortcomings with updates on the app store as needed, so hopefully that will be the case!
Music background: Performing and Recording Singer/Songwriter
3/5

Alesis DM TOUCH turned into the Best software 5 Stars

CONGRATULATIONS ...i LOVE your DM APP and Akesis Dock .....BUT trigger settings need changes following OUR many years expertise : that's how WE changed Alesis D4 eprom into best Drum machine ever !1) Use double notes "head/rim" sounds from stereo (no matters : a single trigger to rim/head NEEDS 2 Different "velocity sensitivity" settings to..2) Get THE Natural sound and SMOOTH expressivity by ....setting new samples adress made a little late: its attack point go back from velocity3) more non linear velocity curves :1/2 and 4/2 for "head and rim"sound natural from "treshold":made even layers BOTH.Made odd switches head to rim midi note:playing 2 samples(some already tune-velocity switched!)4) A curve "Choke" MUST play the sound velocity 0 until ....about 5(?) of its real played velocity...NO need anymore of hand trigger for choke...just press the pad and use same exclusive number ( set at DM "crosstalk sent" turned USEFULL)5) hihat pedal settings the usual way: while pressed (add polarity choice!)6) yes...use "background app" but alread plays nice inserted IAA in Auria7) already some sounds have velocity switch tuning (as needed !)BUT "send crosstalk" MUST be turned into an exclusive numbers choice "receive crosstalk is useless: should LOG 3 curve does Not play until 5 of real velocity: DM already VERY adjustable at Velocity sensitivity" while some Toms crosstalk (rim velocity curved) helps to sound NATURAL...!8)having 10 triggers : 4 percussion images slots got more usefull than DM so many cymbals images !
Music background: Pro inventor
1/5

Very little bang for 200 Bucks

I’ve been digital drumming using just about every known trigger device, pedal and drum module for over twenty years. I'm a little disappointed with the Alesis DM Dock not being capable of easily interfacing with some popular brands of Hi-Hats and Hi-Hat Control input. I also found the DMDock and DMTouch software to be lacking a visual metronome a feature found on most entry level drum modules. Already having a spare iPad made the DMDock intriguing and the multi-layered sound seemed to be okay. I might have been willing to find another Hi-Hat pedal, but the lack of features and non-compatibility were the deal breaker.
Music background: pro-engineer, hobbyist musician with a project studio
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