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A review of the Alesis DM Dock drum interface

It's Sittin' On the Dock While You Play Following in the footsteps of its I/O Dock, which provided iPad musicians with a fully featured audio and MIDI interface with a docking slot, Alesis has released the DM Dock. Aimed at iPad drummers and percussionists, it’s an iOS and Mac/PC MIDI interface featuring 13 1/4” trigger inputs. It allows electronic drummers to access drum and percussion sounds from iPad apps or Mac/PC apps. read more…

Review of Alesis iO Dock II

What's Up, Dock? The iO Dock II is the latest version of the Alesis all-in-one audio and MIDI interface for iPad, and includes mic preamps, monitoring facilities and more, making music production super easy. Let’s see what’s new in this version, and take it for a test drive. read more…

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This keyboard is OK, but how tedious it is to set it up! (VI49)

By Akmy, 20/08/2018
With what configuration, software and other gear do you use this MIDI controller? In what context and for what musical genre(s)? What are your thoughts on its stability and durability?

I bought this keyboard to include in a 50/50 Software/Hardware setup. Since then, I’ve gone 99% hardware. No problem as to its stability or that of the editing software (in spite of its horrible usability, but I’ll get back to it in a moment).

Are its controls and features ergonomically designed? Is MIDI mapping straightforward?

Controls are adequately placed on the keyboard and it also features many switches and encoders – a real asset in my opinion. HOWEVER, you’ll have to set everything up yourself, manually – there’s no factory button to change the MIDI channel or split the keyboard (all functions that are basic on most other keyboards). The problem is – the included software supposed to edit the keyboard is very badly done. The changeable parameters are quite complete (you can even edit a split on the keyboard). The keyboard features 24 "Presets/Layouts", each made up of a different MIDI setup. If you want one preset per MIDI channel, you’ll have to configure preset 1 to only affect MIDI channel 1, preset 2 for only MIDI channel 2 and so on. Considering that the default parameter sets every preset as identical and only sending to channel 1! (it’s a bit hard to explain thoroughly, but clearly whoever coded that made it quick-and-dirty )
So, you end up with a clear lack of ergonomy, and if you have a hardware setup forget it – you’d have to use a computer to change parameters through a dedicated software with a century-old ergonomy, it clearly wasn’t designed for your kind of setup.
This is a pity, really, as once it’s adequately set up the keyboard works wonder!

What do you think about the feel and function of its keys and pads? Do they permit you to play with precision?

The keyboard features semi-weighted keys, which I consider the best compromise between playing comfort and feeling. A keyboardist friend of mine has recorded using it, and he was happy with how the keyboard was feeling.
The pads also feature a nice feelinf. Their backlight is absolutely useless – except for going red when the pad is hard-pressed of green when it’s pressed slowly.

What are the pros and cons of this MIDI controller?

The keyboard and controls are well done. However, the way to set it up is clearly exhausting due to the useless included software. It also only features a single MIDI out, which by the way works perfectly once set up adequately, even when the keyboard is used in standalone mode.
I recommend programming presets 1 to 16 to send data to MIDI channels 1 to 16 respectively.

In the end, i’ll recommend this keyboard if you’s on a software-only setup and you’re a masochist in love with badly-designed software editing interfaces.

Alesis Data Disk - All your synths now belong to us (DataDisk SQ)

By gulgul2006, 01/10/2018
So basically if you want convenience, GIG travel usefulness and simplification of your MIDI libary, buy one of these. they average about $50 on ebay.

Someone said "you cannot use 1.44MB disks" That is NOT true. It supports both SD and HD 3.5" floppies. (only formats in 720k regardless however)

So you are technically "wasting" a 1.44MB floppy however it can be used. You're just going to be only utilizing 720KB of it's capacity. Also keep in mind you won't need to worry about it since MIDI information is plaintext and takes up very little space.

I'd say the only CON of this unit is that the powersupply is external. BOO.

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