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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However, if desired you can save to another location in memory.

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alexis A general guide to MIDI with an emphasis on applications. I’m sure this isn’t a feature Alesis intended the D4 to have, and I didn’t actually find it at all useful but having discovered it, I’m determined to share it with someone The Data knob scrolls through the active range of MIDI Note Numbers, the sound category or sound number, dependent upon where you set the cursor.

I’m loving the synth, but I have run into a problem when it comes to the built in sequencer. Also, if the suppression function sees a soft signal from the three main pads but little or no signal from the drum stand transducer, it will assume that the pad signals are valid hits and trigger the D4 sounds.

There are also 4 independent outputs for either 4 mono outs or 2 stereo outs. Note that you don’t necessarily have to use hi hat sounds while using this mode. Each click calls up a Drum Set between As you edit the Drum Set, changes are made to this temporary version rather than the original Drum Set. That’s pre-empted one batch of problems. They were used for everything from sound generation to storing parameters in memory for later recall.

Best of all, you don’t have to recall all 21 Drumsets if you don’t want to; instead you can select any Drumset to be written into any of the 21 Drumset locations. These vibrations send signals xm4 the nearby pads which can cause false triggering.

Now when you hit the snare pad you won’t hear it, but you will hear the tom 1 pad when it false triggers. When a trigger’s gain is properly adjusted, the period will appear only on the strongest hits.


Review by Tim Goodyer. You could happily make it your mwnual 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. The default is Program Changes call up Drum Sets ; so do Program Changes wlesis, 04, and 1 05 to 1 Otherwise, some rm4 the sound from one drum will leak into the other output.

When selecting lower values, very soft signals hits will trigger the D4. Adjust the gain so that a powerful strike results in the meter reaching the right-most side of the display, and a period appears to the right of the GAIN number.

The manual breaks these mnaual trigger types into three sections – for use with bona fide manyal from drum pads or drum machines, with signals from piezo transducers attached to acoustic drums, and d,4 drum sounds recorded onto multitrack tape.

Turn the Data wheel to select the desired amount of gain 00 is minimum gain, 99 maximum gain. It would also be fair to say that many of the sounds are simply edits of other sounds not that Alesis are dj4 in building up beatbox libraries in this waybut the edits largely stand up in their own right and this doesn’t compromise their usefulness.

But while this is an important aspect of the behaviour of a real cymbal, it’s quite inappropriate to janual sound of a vibraslap, for example. However, these can also serve as individual outputs if you pan a single sound hard left or hard right so that it appears over only one output.

After selecting the desired Trigger whose decay level needs to be set, place the cursor under the DCAY parameter. They are subject to extraneous noise pickup, varying gain, and system noise, all of which make reliable triggering difficult. This is one of the more tricky issues of triggering. Next article in this issue Wind Of Change. In the mids, microcomputers became inexpensive enough to be built into consumer-priced musical instruments. If a situation where a high XTALK setting is necessary to stop false triggering, but pad sensitivity loss is noticeable, try this combination.


System messages, which do not have a channel number and are received by all units in a system, include Common, Real Time, and Exclusive messages. Thus, the kick will appear in the left aux output, and the snare will appear in the right aux output.

Turn down the master volume control of your monitoring system, PA, mixer, instrument amp, etc. With some experimentation and time, you should be able to find the right combination.

Finally, return to the MIX page and reset the volume of the snare pad to it’s original level. After the D4 starts making sounds, adjust the monitoring system levels for a comfortable listening level. A Program Change Table section 4. The D4’s only limitation, is editing.

Where the D4 scores over certain other drum expanders, however, is through its integral trigger interface.

Alesis D4 Drum Module (MT Feb 92)

Drum Set selection and management was already covered in more detail in Chapter 2. After naming the Drum Set and selecting where it should be stored, press the Store button again.

This data often contains information about individual instrument programs.

To replicate these individual effects: With the gain set too low, soft hits may never be recognized. It’s worth noting that pitchbend only affects sounds before they’re triggered. Also note that not all units number programs consistently.

Pitch bend messages sent while a drum sound is playing have no effect on the sound. Big “O” There are two ways to select the drum sound to be edited or previewed: Having two stereo output pairs allows for several options. First, go to the MIX page and reduce the volume of the snare pad to Drum sounds can only have their alsis, panning and respective volumes edited.