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Yamaha DD-65 Digital Drums 

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Total portability and great drum sounds.

The drummer-friendly and stylish design of the Yamaha DD-65 drum machine marks a transition to a more professional and versatile digital-drumming instrument.

It features an aux in jack that lets you connect an MP3 player and play along with your favorite music, or load MIDI songs from the internet into the internal Flash ROM memory and play along. Stereo-sampled voices, a wide variety of percussion sounds from all over the world, a bass boost speaker system, and digital stereo processing give the Yamaha DD-65 an irresistible, thundering beat.

The drum machine's control panel includes intuitive features that are easy to operate. For example, select the Hand Percussion mode and the digital drum kit automatically switches to percussion voices like congas and bongos. With its powerful features, this drum machine is no toy.

Operates on six "C"-size batteries or Yamaha PA150 or PA5D power adapter. See survival kit C (#701588)

FEATURES
  • 8 touch-sensitive drum pads
  • Aux in jack
  • Tempo control using Tap Start
  • Hand percussion mode with Latin drums
  • 254 GM compatible Voices assignable to any pad
  • Two assignable footpedals included
  • 100 built-in songs
  • 50 programmed drum kits + custom kits
  • 32-note polyphony
  • Reverb and Master EQ
  • Large 3-digit LED
  • Record your own songs (up to 5 in memory at one time)
  • MIDI In/Out
  • Headphone jack
  • Stereo speakers with bass port

Quit lugging your drums to here and there. Order this kit today!

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YamahaDD-65 Digital Drums
 
4.0

(based on 27 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great sound (7)
  • Responsive (4)
  • Sensitive (4)
  • Versatile (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Accompaniment (6)
  • Small venues (5)
  • Soundtracks (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Not bad for a very portable unit...

This is an ok unit to add basic drums to a small gig without the hassle of hauling a full kit out. The Yamaha KP65 kick is an absolute necessary addition if you want...Read complete review

This is an ok unit to add basic drums to a small gig without the hassle of hauling a full kit out. The Yamaha KP65 kick is an absolute necessary addition if you want to enjoy playing it at all, since the included pedals are simply small buttons you stomp on. A hi Hat pedal would also be smart, but I have gotten away with using a basic keyboard sustain pedal, since the Hi Hat input is not touch sensitive anyway & only requires a momentary on/off. The drum sounds are ok when amplified through a PA system, but are nothing special. All & all, once you add a snare stand to mount it on, a throne to sit on, a kick pedal using the KP65 trigger, and a better Hi Hat pedal, this is not a bad unit for under $500. For small informal gigs where it's not worth the effort of hauling a full kit back & forth, it's a no brainer. Two easy trips back & forth to your car, and about 10 minutes to set it up... not too bad.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

The bass drum pedal ruined it for me...

What is advertised as "touch sensitive" would be better described as defective. I know it says in the manual that if you hit the bass drum pedal too softly then it...Read complete review

What is advertised as "touch sensitive" would be better described as defective. I know it says in the manual that if you hit the bass drum pedal too softly then it might not make any sound, but this was just ridiculous. I really don't see the point in having such a feature if it requires you to hit the pedal hard and precise each and every time. The hi-hat pedal isn't like that at all. In fact, I assigned a bass drum voice to it and it felt just fine because it doesn't have the "touch sensitive" feature. So I figured maybe I'd just switch the inputs to control the bass drum with the hi-hat pedal and control the hi-hat with the bass pedal. Guess what, you can't. When you try that, they just don't work at all. You also can't turn off this "touch sensitive" feature, it is what it is. What kills me is that if not for this serious design flaw I would have absolutely kept it. There is an alternative, you can buy a regular kick tower like what you would have on a normal sized electronic drum set, but with the money you'd be spending all together, you might as well get a low-end full size set. It's a shame because this is an overall good product with one devastating flaw. Bottom line: I would only recommend this product if you intend to invest in a real kick tower to use with it instead of the bass pedal that comes with it.

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4.0

Great product for the price.

By Nick

from Oregon

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Great Sound
  • Responsive
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Accompaniment
    • Soundtracks

    Comments about Yamaha DD-65 Digital Drums:

    For the price the dd-65 is not a bad purchase. The biggest Pro for me is that you can pack it up and use it anywhere you have access to a 12V plug, which is great if you happen to blow a head before a show or anything like that. On the other hand the troubles i have found with it is that the bass stomp pedal isn't sensitive enough, and the Hi Hat pedal is too sensitive. Overall a great product to pick up if you don't have a lot of space, need to move around a lot, or even if you're a beginner who doesn't want to bother the neighbors with practice.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    This product so far appears satisfactory

    By Matt

    from Barnstable, MA

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

      • Kick pad is not very good, hi hat pad OK

      Best Uses

      • Accompaniment
      • Small Venues
      • Soundtracks

      Comments about Yamaha DD-65 Digital Drums:

      This product is good for beginners, practice, small venues, and digital additions for an acoustic kit. It does work well once you get accustom to a constraint feeling compared to a real kit. It actually works quite well. The only real draw back is the kick pedal. You'll most likely need to get a real pedal and a kick tower for best results. I think Yamaha should address this ASAP and supply us something that actually works.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      This is my second unit. I used to own a DD50

      By Greg

      from Surprise, AZ

      About Me Experienced

      See all my reviews

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Great Sound
      • Sensitive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Small Venues

        Comments about Yamaha DD-65 Digital Drums:

        Great for rehearsals. Compact and easy to set up.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        good for recording

        By drummerfor 50 years

        from ind

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • good for recording
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Accompaniment

          Comments about Yamaha DD-65 Digital Drums:

          I like the DD-65 for recording. Very adaptable and easy to use. Just have fellow musicians send you and mp3 and you can mix in the drums. The kit also sounds great through headphones, but the overall sound of the built in amp isn't too good, which is why I gave it 4 stars. I did try to use these through a 50 w bass amp at a small gig, and wasn't impressed. I've yet to try these through a PA, which comparing with the headphone sound should sound great.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          nice, but not for serious drummers

          By glass tiger

          from Detroit, mi

          About Me Novice

          See all my reviews

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Yamaha DD-65 Digital Drums:

          great kit range, love customizable kits, works best with external speakers due to poor quality internal sound.

           
          5.0

          Great set.

          By Ron

          from Coos Bay Oregon

          About Me Experienced

          See all my reviews

          Pros

          • Great Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Accompaniment

            Comments about Yamaha DD-65 Digital Drums:

            Great fun. Well worth the money.

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            DD65 is great for jam practice and gigs!

            By Seattle metal head

            from Seatac , wa

            About Me Experienced

            See all my reviews

            Pros

            • Great Sound
            • Sensitive

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Yamaha DD-65 Digital Drums:

                The best thing about it is its fun to play and has good sounds. You can choose a set and adjust how sensitive you want each drum to be. I didn't like the drum button pedal. I bought a Yamaha electric drum tower and use a double kick pedal . It makes a huge difference if you play metal or punk. My band jams in my apartment at lower levels so this drumset does the trick if you cant find a practice space. You can play it just about anywhere.

                (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Good for the price

                By Peartfan

                from Ventura, CA

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Company's Very Supportive
                • Pads Are Easy To Hit
                • Price Is Good
                • Responsive
                • Sounds Ok

                Cons

                • Bass Pedal Way Too Small
                • Not Enough Pedal Volume

                Best Uses

                • Accompaniment
                • Great 4 Beginner
                • Jazz Clubs
                • Small Venues
                • Soundtracks

                Comments about Yamaha DD-65 Digital Drums:

                I originally purchased a different brand from Musicians and had issues with it--the company was very helpful in resolving it for me--so a BIG shout out to the staff! I actually like the Yamaha better although the pedals still are cumbersome-nothing more than small round knobs- you have to be able to hit it spot on..for me I hit it better by using the heel of my foot which isn't good. I may see if I can get a foot trigger to add to it if it's possible. Neither pedal puts out much volume but I'm just learning so can't complain too much.

                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Good purchase

                By Ranil

                from Bahrain

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Great Sound

                Cons

                • Foot Padel Not Working

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Yamaha DD-65 Digital Drums:

                  Item received in good shape. Unfortunately one foot padel #2 not working properl.

                  (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great for School

                  By Ann

                  from Creston, WV

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  See all my reviews

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Great Sound
                  • Responsive
                  • Sensitive
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • School Bands
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Yamaha DD-65 Digital Drums:

                    I purchased this to replace the same set. (It had about 210 hours on it in a high school setting. Lasted a long time!)

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