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Instructions for Loading DM10 Soundset Data via USB

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Here's what I have.. I understand it's a bit confusing, but it should take you through the process.. (I hope)..

Basic process:

* Back up User kits
* Reset factory kit settings (Optional)
* Flash new sound set
(SYSEX INSTRUCTIONS FROM ALESIS for backing up and restoring user kit data)
These steps can be done over USB or regular MIDI Cables with the input and output both connected.
To Record All Memory
Using SysEx Librarian (Mac)
-It is necessary to press the “Record Many” button instead of “Record One”.
-Then under Utility select SYS (F4)
-Select “All Memory”
-Press SEND (F4)
Using MidiOx (Windows)
-Go to Options and select Midi Devices
-For MIDI Inputs and Outputs make sure USB Audio Device is selected
-Press Ok once these are highlighted
-Go to View and Select SysEx
-Go to Sysex at the top of the new window
-Select Receive manual dump…
-Create a file name and press Save
-Then under Utility select SYS (F4)
-Select “All Memory”
-Press SEND (F4)
-Once DM10 screen returns to Utility screen select Done in MidiOx

To Send (KIT) Memory Back to DM10 (NOT SOUND SET SYSEX DATA!!!)
In order to receive an ALL MEMORY transfer, the DM10 must be in MIDI RESTORE mode. To get into MIDI RESTORE turn on the DM10 holding the STORE button.
Using SysEx Librarian (Mac)
-Select USB DM10 MIDI Interface from the Destination menu bar
-Select SysEx file from the menu area. If there are no files (.syx) then go to the bottom of the window and select Add… to include the file you’d like to send to the menu.
-Highlight the file you’d like to send by clicking on it.
-Press the Play button
-There will be some activity on the DM10 screen, once the screen says MIDI RESTORE OK turn off unit and turn it back on.
Using MidiOx (Windows)
-Go to Options and select Midi Devices
-For MIDI Inputs and Outputs make sure USB Audio Device is selected
-Press Ok once these are highlighted
-Go to View and select Port Routings…
-If there is a line between USB Audio Device on the Input Ports and USB Audio Device on the Output Ports right click on the line and select Disconnect USB Audio Device
-Go to View and select SysEx
-Go to File and select Send SysEx File…
-Pick the .syx file you’d like to send
-There will be some activity on the DM10 screen, once the screen says MIDI RESTORE OK turn off unit and turn it back on.
Overall, MidiOx can be a little trickier to work with. The port routings business is only a problem with transferring memory back to the DM10 over USB. If for example you just use a MIDI cable on the MIDI In, then there is no problem. For some reason MidiOx automatically creates a midi feedback loop in this situation.

Restoring the Factory kits - Note, some people have had issues with strange kits showing up if they have modified kits 000-100. The BlueJay kits are from 000 thru 058, so if you have modified any settings in these kits, it might reflect strangely -YMMV. Just in case we will restore the factory kits (you can restore your user presets AS LONG AS YOU'VE BACKED THEM UP)..
If you ever need to return the module to its original default factory settings, press and hold the EXIT and
STORE buttons simultaneously while turning it on.

Alesis DM10 Updater Instructions: (FOR SOUND SET DATA)
The Alesis DM10 Updater application allows you to easily update the OS and Sounds in your DM10. This application is available for both Mac OSX and Windows computers. (Attached Below)

Prepare for the update:
1. Download the update files and the updater application from the DM10 page at This includes the boot, app, triggers and may include sounds.
2. Begin with the DM10 disconnected from your computer.
3. Disconnect any 5-Pin MIDI cables connected to the DM10’s inputs or outputs.
4. Disconnect any other USB MIDI, or USB Audio devices which are connected to your computer.
5. Exit any applications on your computer which might use
6. Now connect the DM10 to your computer using a USB cable.
The above procedures will ensure that the DM10 only receives data from the Updater application.
Perform the update:
7. Hold down the [REC] button while powering on the DM10.
Windows users may see a “Found New Hardware Wizard” at this point – hit cancel. It is OK to ignore any errors that you might encounter as they will not affect updating.
8. Open the DM10 Updater Application
9. (Windows only) Select the DM10 port from the “MIDI Interface menu”.
On XP this will be called “USB Audio Device".
10. Drag-and-drop the update files (one at a time) onto the DM10 Updater to install. (If only changing the soundset data, it's only the last file)
These files need to be installed in a particular order.
Vista/Windows 7 users may be unable to do drag-and-drop operations due to “security zone”
issues. You may alternately use File>Open to load the files.
If you are updating to Sound ROM 1.03 you must first install the OS updates and restart your
DM10. Please be aware that ROM 1.03 will not install until you have done this. (If you are up to date, you can skip to the last install file)
Install order:
1. DM10-boot-vx.xx.syx
2. DM10-app-vx.xx.syx
3. DM10-triggers-vx.xx.syx
Turn off DM10 and then follow steps 3 through 5 above, then proceed to the next step
4. DM10-sound_rom-vx.xx.syx (or ALESISBLUEJAYDRUMS_UNLOCK_XXXXX.syx)
11. The installation is complete once the DM10 screen tells you to restart.
If the update fails, DO NOT power down the DM10. Instead, repeat the procedure above from
step 8 onward.

Those that know, please peer review and make sure I'm on the right page..  :) Hopefully we can help make this as painless as possible..

Great Instructions!

Crap...   The installer isn't accepting my old syx file... or any file for that matter.  I drag and drop/file... open...  neither gets the installer to do anything.  Yes, the DM10 is ready to receive.  USB is selected.   I'm basically doing what I did just last night to install bluejay. 


I have reinstalled boot and app.  No change to sound file.  It's still bluejay.  Loader will not do anything with my syx file.

I then used MidiOx to install my syx file.  First time... "bad data".  Second time it didn't receive.  Both times MidiOx did send.  (Port settings wise (Win+USB)  You must disable DM10 Output.  Simply, don't select it.  Select the MidiOx instead.)

I'm stuck.  Any help would be appreciated.

found the Sound ROM on Alesis's website.  Installing now (for the 2nd time.  first didn't take??   (doh!  forgot to select USB)).   Concerned though, that i can't get my sys file back though.  I'll try that next.

Sound Rom back.  Now trying to get syx file over.  I keep getting Bad Data error on the Module, and error message (wait for other Midi devices to close) on MidiOx, then MidiOx crashes, much to my delight.   I'm hoping to make this work via usb.  I don't want to repurchase Midi>usb cables (had that with DM5, and had since returned).

Whew.  Finally got it!  See image below.  The trick is to NOT have "REC" highlighted blue.  That fixed everything as far as sending my syx file.  :)

If i understand it right (haven't tried it because I STILL HAVE NO BLUJAY!! >:( sorry for shouting) then the Updater/Installer app does what it's named for, but does no restore on the module.

To restore something on the module you have to press "STORE" when starting it up. But the Updater app wants the "PLAY" button pressed while powering on. It's a fairly different operation mode then. So using MidiOX instead seems the right way first.

One thing I can imagine is that several other USB/MIDI ports were in use on your PC during your attempt with MidiOX. Try to close/disconnect them first and reboot with only the DM10 connected.

Two programs are needed:

* Alesis' installer
* Midi-OXAlesis' installer handles the Sound files.
midi-ox handles the settings.
(both are syx files, which makes it a bit confusing.  However, the first is Pwr+Rec, and the second (midi) Pwr+Store)

Understanding that makes a world of difference.  It did for me, at least.  :)


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