ALESIS D4 Reference Manual CHAPTER 1 – INTRODUCTION 51 CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION Thank you for purchasing the Alesis D4 Drum Sound. At Alesis, while our products range from keyboards, synthesizers, hard disk recorders, iPod recording and playback devices, electronic drums, mixers, signal . Get free software by registering your Alesis products.

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To save an edited Drum Set: This is useful with cymbals, since early strikes continue to decay as you play later strikes. The cursor will jump to the first mmanual of the name.

Tap the Preview button to hear the sound shown on the LCD. Use the Program Change Table to compensate for these differences.

Striking the upper cymbal causes it to ring until it is struck again, or until the pedal begins closing. After the D4 starts making sounds, adjust the monitoring system levels for a comfortable listening level. Make sure the cursor is under the Program Change status. By assigning open, foot-closed and struck closed hi-hats to one of these Groups, each sound can be made to cut off any other, more closely approximating to the performance of the “real thing”.

Note manuzl the 25 is underlined. Suppose three drum pads are mounted on a single drum stand while set up on a noisy stage. Before electronics, music was expressed exclusively as written alesid. Plug the left Main output into the left channel of your amp or mixerand the right Main output into the right channel. It is the pad being triggered by stand vibrations from the first snare hit.

In the case of a brand new D4, this is the first of the unit’s alexis Drumsets – Drumset 00 “Standard Stuff”.

The idea is that if you know some particular signal source is going to be causing false triggering, you can optimise the suppression parameter to discriminate against it.

The sys ex receiving device should indicate that it is receiving data. It’s worth mentioning that this edit is not retained with a sound, but applies to the MIDI Note Number – so if you select ‘Dry Punch’ for your snare sound, drop it by a semitone and then substitute ‘Amb Punch’, the new snare will play back a semitone low.


One possible application is to use one allesis pair for a mix of drum sounds, and the other stereo pair as two individual outputs for specific drum sounds that may need separate processing. Your drum machine used to dictate the sound of your music – but the variety of sounds in Alesis’ drum expander gives you back your freedom. If your situation does not necessitate the need to make these type of adjustments, skip this section and go on to 5.

You cannot select a Drum Set number lower than 00 or higher than In the mids, microcomputers became inexpensive enough to be built into consumer-priced musical instruments. I did discover, however, that if you hold the Preview button dmm4 after hitting it, rotating the Data knob through any of dm44 functions caused the sound to both change and be retriggered at the same time. Sometimes hitting one pad will cause a nearby pad to false trigger or “crosstalk”.

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If the root note is changed from 36 to 35, then all notes will be triggered by a note one value lower than the existing assignment — e. With the gain set too low, soft hits may never be recognized. Aleais this doesn’t offer much of an improvement in the use of most synth or sample expanders, the D4’s operation is simple enough for the most part to be quite intuitive.

When triggering a note repeatedly, each trigger will cause the sound to go through its entire decay. Hi Hat Pedal must be selected for the footswitch mode. Pitch bend messages sent while a drum sound is playing have no effect on the sound.

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It can overwrite the original Drum Set data, or be written to a different Drum Set. If the disk is not formatted, insert it in the drive and press the DD Format switch.


Also, an alwsis high XTALK setting actually suppresses the sensitivity of the trigger input, resulting in the occasional loss of softer hits. You could happily make it your main drum machine – using the outputs to give you up to four concurrent, isolated outputs or by isolating, say, the kick and snare and using a stereo mix of the rest – or use it in addition to another machine.

Drum Sounds – 99 kicks, 99 snares, 55 cymbals, 92 toms, 75 percussion sounds, and 80 effects. The manual breaks these 25 trigger types into three sections – for use with bona fide triggers from drum pads or laesis machines, with signals from piezo transducers attached to acoustic drums, and with drum sounds recorded onto multitrack tape.

PB Pitch Bend Sending a pitch bend command prior to triggering a note or group of notes will change the pitch of the notes being triggered. Memory – 21 programmable drum kits. Repeat steps 1 -4 until manuxl table is edited as desired. If notes are constantly triggering, use a d4m gain.

And on the subject of audio outs, pressing the Output button puts you in control of the sound’s route to the outside world.

While you hit the snare pad triggering the tom pad gradually raise the crosstalk level of the tom 1 pad. The first page is the Drum Set Root Note screen, which says: Many devices subdivide this clock signal internally for higher resolution e.

This will only happen if the sending device is on the same MIDI channel as the D4 and if manuwl sending note is within the manjal range of the currently selected drum kit. That’s pre-empted one batch of problems. The D4 was an affordable and fully professional Drum and Percussion sound module.