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Yamaha DD65 Digital Drum Pad

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Product Description

The Yamaha DD65 Digital Drum Kit was created for drummers of all ages and levels!
This compact digital drum set features eight touch-sensitive pads, two drum pedals and AUX IN capability for playing along with an MP3 player. The DD65 also fits any snare stand and offers built-in ported speakers, Flash Memory for importing songs and USB connectivity.

The DD65 has been faithfully designed from a drummer's point of view, with pads placed where drummers expect them to be, making it easier for experienced drummers to play the product and for beginners to make the transition to an acoustic kit.

The DD65 is packed with over 200 General MIDI compatible sounds, 100 songs and riffs to play along with and 50 drum kits, along with three user-defined kits, a sequencer to record your own songs, digital effects like Reverb and Master EQ, hand percussion mode and built-in ported speakers — amazing features at an attractive price.

Yamaha DD65 Features

  • Replaces the super-popular DD55 bringing with it a new design that's even more drummer friendly!
  • AUX IN to play along with an MP3 player
  • Two foot switches are included - the kick drum foot switch is touch-ensitive!
  • Drum sticks are included
  • Hand Play Sensitivity: Play Latin kit with hands
  • Bass port
  • 4 large and 4 small touch-sensitive drum pads
  • 230 GM compatible voices plus 20 drum phrases
  • Stereo drum kit
  • 32-note polyphony
  • Reverb
  • Master EQ on/off
  • LED
  • 50 preset drum kits plus 3 custom kits
  • Recording capability up to 5 User songs in memory at one time
  • Intros/endings
  • Break fill
  • Stereo speakers
  • Tap start
  • Tempo control
  • 100 songs plus Flash ROM for downloading new songs from the Internet with A-B repeat and part mute
  • Metronome
  • Headphone jack
  • Powered Via: 6 C batteries or PA5D power adaptor  (optional)
Available as a package including a Yamaha Survival Kit (YAM DD65KIT).

Yamaha SKC2 Survival Kit Includes

  • Yamaha PA5D Power Adapter
  • Stereo Headphones
  • 2-Year Extended Warranty
  • Hundreds of dollars of Rebate Coupons
  • Survival Kit DVD
  • Playing with Styles DVD

Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  714-522-9000 Warranty:  7 Years: DSR, DXR, and DXS Speakers; 3 Years: Power Amps, Speakers; YDP, CP, N100, PF & P Series Digital Pianos
1 Year: Digital Mixers, Studio Monitors, Analog Consoles, Powered Mixers, Multi-Track Recorders, Digital Effect Processors, Signal Processors, Synthesizers, Drum Machines, Sequencers, Tone Modules, Portable Keyboards, Guitars, Drum Shells & Hardware, Drum Shell Finish.
1 Yr Parts, 90 Days Labor: Drum Pedals, Cymbal Stands, Rack Systems
Steve from Pennsylvania
Overall Rating
Great all-in-one solution for drummers.
Your general opinion of this product.
Overall, I think that this is a great piece of equipment for what it is at this price-point. I checked out most of the portable digital drum sets that were under $500.00, and found this one to be the best of the bunch.
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
It seems pretty well made. The pads are good quality rubber and relatively expressive (like a practice pad). The plastic shell seems strong -- I dropped it on a wood floor getting it out of the box and it has worked without any problems.
What do you consider to be the best features of this product? What features would you add to this product if you could?
The internal sounds are a huge plus. I used to have a drum pad set with an external a sound module, which required periodic programming, but the DD65 is easy to work with. One of the biggest reasons I liked this over its competitors, was the ability to make 3 custom kits. I also liked how natural the pad set up is -- it is just a mini kit -- and that I could use regular electronic pedals (which I already had) instead of switches. The biggest failing of the instrument is the pedals, which are really buttons, that come with it. A nice feature to add would be a USB port, so you don't have to buy a midi-USB adapter to hook it up to the computer.
How is the tone?
Surprisingly, considering the price, the internal sounds are quite good. I would advise against using the speakers that are built in as they are not loud enough to cover the "tapping" of the sticks on the pads. But I use studio speakers and headphones and the sound is very good -- clear and realistic. The beauty is that I can upgrade the sound just buy purchasing software or a sound module, but, like i said, the on-board sounds are quite good.
Was this item an overall good value?
For what I paid vs. what I get out of of it, I am quite happy. The sounds are very good, and it is perfect for someone like me who cannot have a full-sized or acoustic kit for space/noise-level reasons.
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