Can you add more pads/cymbals to the DM10 MKII Pro?

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I'm an experienced acoustic drummer, but I've never considered an electronic kit...until now. One thing I've noticed is the largest kits available - regardless of price - are all six piece kits with three cymbals and a hi-hat. Knowing how I like to play, unfortunately that's not sufficient. I'd like to add one more tom pad and at least two more cymbal pads. Sooo...

1) Does the DM10 MKII Pro module have the ability to add additional pads?

Failing that...

2) Could I add more pads/cymbals and trigger them with Superior Drummer 2.0 using only the existing module?

Sorry if I sound like a noob. I am. Thank you in advance for educating me.
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Hi Brian,

Thanks for posting. 

Yes, the DM10 MKII module gives you the ability to connect an additional tom and crash pad. However, these sounds can be reassigned. Follow these steps below:

1. Enter the Kit Edit menu if you aren't already viewing it. 
2. Press the F1-Voice button to enter the Voice Edit menu. 
3. Hit the pad whose voice you want to edit. The pad's name will appear at the top of the display. 
4. The display will show the pad's current voice and its parameters. Use the Down and Up buttons to select Voice Number. Change this to the desired voice.

After changing your desired voice(s), follow these steps to save your settings:

1. Press Kit to enter the Kit Interface page if you aren't already viewing it. 
2. Press F2-Edit to enter the Kit Edit page. 
3. When you have finished editing your parameters, press F3-Save to enter the Kit Save menu. 
4. Use the dial or Up or Down buttons to select the kit you want to save. 
5. Press F3-Enter to continue, or press F2-Exit to return to the previous menu. RRename will appear at the top of the display. 
6. On this page, you can use the dial to change the currently selected character, the Up or Down buttons to move to the next or previous character, F1-Insert to insert a character, or F2-Delete to delete a character. 
7. After entering the name of the new kit, press F3-Enter to continue saving the kit, or F2-Exit to cancel and return to the Kit Selection page. 
8. If the save operation is successful, Save OK! will appear briefly in the display. To cancel the operation at any point, press Exit. 


The DM10 kit can be used in virtually any DAW or drum-triggering software.

I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any additional questions. 
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Mark Van Petten

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I want to add more than one tom and cymbal. How do I do that and what equipment would I need. I seen video of the dm10x with the alesis iO having more . So will this work also with the mk ii as well.
Why don't they make it more expandable from the factory some like a big set or offer an different module that would accommodate the expansion. Confused

Mark
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You can connect additional triggers to the Crash 2 and Tom 4 ports on the rear of the module. Please also use my response above for assistance. 
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Had the same question...seems the answer is no. Tried playing with the ride inputs and can't seem to separate the bell or edge from the main ride to connect that to a spare hi-hat pad I have after the pro-x upgrade - maybe someone knows a hack as I'm sure I saw this done on one of the videos from Kraft music
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I am thinking about purchasing the DM10 MKII Pro and I understand that the Pro X Hi-Hat won't work with the MKII Pro module. My work around is to purchase a used DM10 module, slave that to the MKII Pro module via Midi, and use the DM10 module to control the Pro X Hi-Hat and give me a bunch of extra inputs as well.

Maybe someone from Alesis will confirm that this will work.
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You should be able to use the Pro X hi hat in this manner, but this is not officially supported.
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You should no use the Pro X... I did allready... It ́s worse. If you would use a VH-11 Controller you ́ll get better effect. I use the ProX Controller but changed the PAd to a 10" stereo chrash cymbal and changed the spring to a softer ones to get mor feeling. I also ge rid of the bottom, because this Trigger is effectless to the MKII.
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You should no use the Pro X... I did allready... It ́s worse. If you would use a VH-11 Controller you ́ll get better effect. I use the ProX Controller but changed the PAd to a 10" stereo chrash cymbal and changed the spring to a softer ones to get mor feeling. I also ge rid of the bottom, because this Trigger is effectless to the MKII. The ProX has only a Mono top cymbal, but the MKII can handle edge and bow. By now you get a stereo cymbal with the Pro Kit. When I bought it 26.02.2018 there was only a mono cymbal for the Hi-Hat included. Two weeks later every supplier has only the stereo ones in the content...Thanks ALESIS... For using more Cymbals and Toms there is a simple solution. What I did... I got rid of the rims of Tom 3 and 4 and connected them with an Y Kabel 6.3 stereo female/2 x 6,3 mono male to one trigger input and configured the rim with a head sound. Than I used the free Tom 3 cable with a split as well for the mono hi Hat cymbal to make a crash and to use the ProX mono cymbal for a spalsh. So I got 4 chrashes now 2 stereo 2 mono, 3 zone ride and 4 toms.... If your not using the rim of the toms you can handle that easy like me. For the Hi Hat Controller you could use the one from Geodrum as well.. Works like VH-11 technics but it ́s not that high quality, but costs 50 € only. This combination with 12" stereo cymbal Alesis (50€) and the geodrum controller 50€ is much better than the ProX. Also avoid using the Strike Hihat for 139€. It ́s the same controller but the pad, especially the edge is from a bad response.
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How did you pull this of Thomas? I have the DM 10 MKII Pro Kit, and to begin with, my trigger output is for Crash 2 and Tom 4. Not Tom 3 & 4 as I understand you have?

Anyway, I have conneted a Y-cable to my Tom 4 output, and connected Tom 4 and my new 1-zone Alesis Crash cymbal.

The thing is, I'm not able to get the rim sound of Tom 4 to the new cymbal. The only thing that happens is that the head sound of Tom 4 is mirrored to the new cymbal... So, if I hit the cymbal and configure that trigger with another voice/sound, that same sound/voice will appear when I hit Tom 4 :(

If I hit the rim of Tom 4 I get no sound at all, so SOMETHING is happeing, but I can't figure out how to proceed...

See pictures below.

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Peter Josefsson did you use a stereo-to-mono splitter cable? If you use a regular stereo-to-stereo Y cable it won't work.
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Yeah Leonardo, turned out that I had the wrong cable (Stereo-to-stereo)...
As soon as I got a Stereo-to-mono cable it worked :D
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Glad to hear it worked! :)

It's unfortunate that the DM10 mkii pro kit already uses up the 2 "expansion" slots straight out of the box. I was hoping to get a couple of extra cymbals without needing another module, but for now this workaround works just fine for me.
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That's what I was trying to get to....I haven't bought the kit yet but wanted an extra small crash for splash duties. Images of the back of the module suggest easy expansion but no...those ports are needed straight off with the standard kit configuration. A tad misleading before you buy!...
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Lee

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...not the same experience in the slightest but I guess you can at least assign a different voice to one of the Tom zones as well?
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Yes you can. I have Tom 4 and a small cymbal for splash connected to the same port (Tom 4) using a Y-cable as shown in my picture above. Splash sound is assigned to the rim sound of Tom 4.
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