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DM LITE Snare volume way too low

DM lite snare volume is very very low compared to all other pads.
Tried another pad on the snare cable same issue.
Volume is all the way up.

I'm in Australia can anyone help?
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  • Hello martin,

    Thanks for the post. I'd like to help! Lets just make sure you're adjusting the volume properly on your module. To adjust the volume of the Pattern and/or the sounds from the Kit that you are playing, follow the steps suggested below:

    Adjusting Pattern Volume

    * Double-press the PATTERN button.
    * Use the +/- buttons to adjust the pattern level.
    * Adjusting the Kit Volume

    Adjusting the Kit Volume

    * Double-press the chosen Kit button.
    * Adjust the level with the +/- buttons
    * The setting will save automatically after 4 seconds.
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  • Can you adjust the specific PAD's sound ?

    If not, is there any workaround ? Maybe by importing a new set, with the snare drum sounding a bit more ? I'm having the exact same problem. I just can't hear it compared to the others. I would also like to be able to lower the kick's sound
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  • Hello,

    You can select up to 30 preset patterns. Follow these instructions below to do this:

    1. Press the Pattern Button to enter Pattern Mode. The button's LED will light up, and the display will show the current Pattern's number.
    2. Use the – or + buttons to select a Pattern. (You can hold down the – or + buttons to scan quickly through the list.)
    3. Press the Start/Stop Button to start the Pattern's playback.
    4. Play along to the Pattern!
    5. Press the Start/Stop Button to stop the Pattern's playback. Adjusting the Pattern Volume.

    To adjust the volume of each separate Pattern:

    1. Double-press the Pattern Button.
    2. The display will show the volume level (00 – 32). Use the – or + Buttons to set the Pattern's volume level. (The default volume level is 25.)
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  • I'm reffering to drum pads and your answer is about patterns.
    Is there any solution to the snare's sound beeing too low and to the kick's sound being too loud, or not ??

    i'm not interested in changing the whole kit's volume. Just the specific drum pad's (as in snare OR kick) sound. Is there any workaround if not by a direct method ?

    thank you
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  • Has anyone tried to import a custom sounds set, in which the snare would be louder ? Could that work ?
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  • I’m frustrated
    I have the same problem with the snare pedal in that it is unresponsive in relation to the rest of the contact points on the kit. Is there an aftermarket volume amplifier that I can add between the snare pedal cable and the head unit? Or is there a firmware fix for this obvious bug?
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  • Just received my set today and same issue with the snare volume being far lower than the other drums.
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  • This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled DM lite low snare volume.

    DM lite kit arrived today, but snare drum volume is a lot lower than the other drums. I've increased the volume to L32 and it's made no real difference. Is there anything else I can try?
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    I suddenly realized that the pads are sensitive to how hard you hit them so now the sound is perfect.
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  • playing at max volume (both of the specific drum variation and the overall kit) helps too, but it still is annoying, as one mostly plays at intermediate sound levels if living in an apartment.

    Also, the hi hat kick sound, is at a disproportionaly low level, compared to the other hi hat sounds (and all the other drum sounds)
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    just noticed, that it also depends on technique. The hi hat kick sound , is louder when your foot is pushing on the whole moving part of the pedal, rather than just resting on its heel and pushing with just the tip.

    Snare drum also sounds a bit better when your strokes are accurate on its center and by holding more loosely the sticks so that there's just a slight bouncing feel when you hit the surface

    I readjusted the heights and positions of the pads, in order to make the kit's structure more like a real drum kit (snare between my knees and relatevily low, so that my hands are just a bit higher when i play. This way it's easier to hit the center of the pad with the tip of the drumstick. Maybe previously it was more like trying a rimshot )
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    None of these replies adequately addresses the inherent problem of the snare and tom 2 volume. It must be a hardware problem as so many people are having it. Copy and pasting pre-written unrelated software solutions isn't very helpful.
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  • Hi, just wanted to add my 2 cents. I just bought a DM Lite for my daughters Christmas and immediately noticed the snare was too quiet and the kick is very loud. I'll contact Alesis support today but wanted to ask if anyone has managed to find a work around?

    thanks
    Ally
    • Hi Ally,

      Please see my general comment below and hope that it fits your scenario.

      Cheers,

      Brian
    • Hi,
      I just bought the Alesis DM LIte this week and I'm dealing with some probems with the snare. The sound volume is too low and is almost inaudible on programs 4, 5 and 6.With the other pad it's OK. I read that there are a lot of users that have the same problem, so it must be some kind of hardware or software issue. Does anybody knows how to solve this. I'm starting to become tired with this drum kit. Big disapointment.
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  • To me it sounds like there's just a defective batch out there. Alesis is a solid company and this is a solid kit. I've been destroying this thing since day one and even had real drummers record midi on it in my studio to the point that both pedals are held together with duct tape and I'm still not having any issues with anything technical. I say call Alesis and exchange it for another DM lite, or go back to the store and switch it out for another DM lite... Because it seems that there's a line in the sand... People who are having volume issues and people who never have.
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  • Hi,

    Just being the devils advocate here because I raised this issue in January 2016, but due to my limited knowledge of drum set terminology and being a complete drumming novice at the time, I had to own up that I was at fault and not the DM Lite.

    My mistake was that I thought that the snare was the top left upper cymbal and that if I tapped the left foot pedal I would get a loud rhythmic cymbal crashing sound without hitting the cymbal with a drum stick!

    It is really called the hi-hat and the pedal controls the resonance of the strike of the drumstick from 'dead' to a loud crash depending on how hard you strike the pad and whether or not you use the pedal.

    When the left pedal is pressed, the resonance is significantly reduced and when untouched you get the crash.

    So for example, if you hit the hi-hat with no pedal pressure and then press the pedal (without hitting the cymbal again), you get the 'choosh' sound. It takes a little practice but quickly achievable and very satisfying.

    The snare is the left most lower drum pad and the volume is controlled according to how hard you strike it with the stick.

    Although, in general, I still think that the kick drum (the right pedal) does have slightly higher volume characteristics if judged against the other pads.

    Now, after a year of bashing seven bells out of my DM Lite, I must say I have enjoyed every second of it. The pedals still look and work perfectly, although my pads are showing some signs of wear and my drum sticks are starting to splinter a bit.

    Sticks I would say are consumables, although the wear on the pads (in particular the hi-hat!) is crumbling a little.

    I tend to always stick on a few of my favourite tracks on CD and drum along to them. I'm not sure that I could set the beat for a band just yet, but I'm sure it would be achievable with the DM Lite.

    I hope that this helps.
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  • Hi Brian and Dustin, thanks for taking the time to reply, thats brilliant of you. So I wasn't happy with the way the snare was sitting and so had a look and it seems to be back to front so I adjusted it and now, whether related or not, it seems to be better, who knows, maybe a gremlin.

    Also, regarding the loud kick drum, I saw this advice on an Amazon review and am going to try it out.

    "Great kit once I made a couple enhancements. First...the bass pedal is likely designed to have a soft mallet inside, but the manufacturers found it cheaper to put a plastic one with a thin foam pad. This means when you step on the pedal lightly it's just as loud as when you step firmly, which makes the bass pedal way to loud and distorted for regular playing. I opened up the pedal and put some soft foam rubber wrapped in tape over the foam pad. It took a few tries to find the correct amount, but now it both sounds AND feels better..MUCH more realistic, which makes me think this was closer to the original design. The other is the fact that the snare is off to the side. I got some 1/2" iron pipe with a 90 degree fitting. The snare screws right into the fitting, and the pipe fits in the clamp on the rack. Now the snare sits further out in a MUCH more comfortable position. The one thing I LOVE about this set is how small it folds up, so with the tweaks there isn't another drumset out there like it!"

    This may help others out there.

    Many thanks
    Ally
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  • Hi

    I got a used DM Lite from a friend that probably had faced some of the above issues. He said that there was no sound coming from the snare and the toms . So, I tried it at home and experienced the same thing. My instant reaction was that I had to change the cable snake but that didn ́t help, So, what do I do?

    Thanks in advance if anyone likes to help me out,

    Christian
    • Please refer to the posts above to help you out. If your symptoms continue then contact Alesis technical support by logging onto www.alesis.com/support.
    • Hi,

      Are you saying that you did actually change the complete wiring loom with a different one?

      To diagnose if the pads themselves are at fault, locate a pad that is working and connect it to the cables of the ones that are not working. If you get a sound using a good pad, then you know that the pad is faulty. It seems strange that you have multiple pads not working though.

      If you have tried a different wiring loom and you cannot identify if the pads are at fault (ie - non of your pads are working) then it could be the control unit.

      You could try a system reset, which will ensure that all pad volumes are set at the default level. It just may be that the pads have been muted by accident, which is possible to do through the control unit.

      A system reset is achieved by this procedure:

      Hold down cursor left and cursor right buttons whilst powering on and after 5 or so seconds it will reset to factory settings.

      Keep us posted on any developments.

      Regards,

      Brian
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  • Hi!

    I think I had a similar issue, and it turned out that the problem was in the headphone jack. I have used earphones with volume control etc., where the jack seems to be more complex, and there was simply a bad contact somewhere. Pulling the jack out a little bit resolved the issue, as well as simply using a different headphones.

    Hope this helps.

    Libor
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  • This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Alesis DM Lite Kit - Snare volume.

    Hey there! Just bought an Alesis DM Lite Kit few days ago, and even if I read that was a recurrent problem, the sound of the snare is really really low... I precise that of course I put the volume at max (Kit and pattern) and it's still really low...
    Is there any solution to improve the sound?
    Thx!
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  • I just got a DM7X the other day. First things I noticed was the reverb edits don't seem to have any effect. No real big deal there - but this is --- after doing some edits to other areas (like a symbol of such), the snare volume goes almost to zero. The pad select button for the snare works fine. This only seems to affect the snare.
    If I cycle power (no CANCEL changes facility???) then the snare recovers. Is there any known firmware issue that can be addressed regarding this?
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