I'm after some help please. I recently picked up a dirt cheap Alesis DM5 kit for practice at home. Whilst I know it's not the best electronic kit on the market, the price was too good to turn down and I really only need it for practice.
Hence my query. How can I connect my ipod so that I can play along to demo tunes but also hear the drum sound? I saw somewhere online that I can use a small 4 channel mixer to do this but I don't understand how it would work. Can anyone advise?
Plug the stereo L/R outs of the DM5 into two channels of the mixer, or use a single stereo channel if the mixer has these and use a mini jack to stereo pair cable (a mini jack to 1/4" 'Y' cable) from the iPod into another pair of channels or another stereo channel. You can then use the channel faders to mix the sounds and listen via headphone output. You can also use a mini jack to Phono cable (another 'Y' type cable) and plug the iPod into the 'tape return' inputs if the mixer has these. These are a pair of ouputs and inputs used to send the main mixer output to a recorder and then listen back. There are loads of small mixers around that will do this - try Tapco (Mackie's budget range) or Behringer. All mixer manuals will have a diagram showing how to plug in various sources etc.
Just bought one of these on the advice from Diamond Drums. It's great for the practice room. I don't have it cranked up but it's load enough to hear everything and being able to connect a CD/ipod or in my case taking a lead from the computer so I play along with it is great. I haven't tried it in a band situation an I think it may struggle volume wise there but for low volume practice and at that price it's well worth a punt.