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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)

Total portability and great drum sounds.

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 25 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great sound (6)
  • Sensitive (4)
  • Responsive (3)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Accompaniment (4)
  • Small venues (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5), Professional musician (3)

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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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

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

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from Surprise, AZ

About Me Experienced

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.

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    4.0

    good for recording

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    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.

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      4.0

      nice, but not for serious drummers

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      from Detroit, mi

      About Me Novice

      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.

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      5.0

      Great set.

      By 

      from Coos Bay Oregon

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Great Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Accompaniment

        Comments about Yamaha DD-65 Digital Drums:

        Great fun. Well worth the money.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        DD65 is great for jam practice and gigs!

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        from Seatac , wa

        About Me Experienced

        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.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Good for the price

            By 

            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.

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            5.0

            Good purchase

            By 

            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.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great for School

              By 

              from Creston, WV

              About Me Professional Musician

              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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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Great Sounding Machine

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                from Northeast North Carolina

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                Pros

                • Great Sound
                • Responsive
                • Sensitive

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Accompaniment
                  • Church Bands
                  • Small Venues
                  • Soundtracks

                  Comments about Yamaha DD-65 Digital Drums:

                  When I close my eyes, it is hard to believe that this is not a real set of drums. Improvements made from the DD-55 make this more user friendly and give it better sound. Works better with hand playing, as well. I give this thing four stars because Yamaha does not include the power cord? What's up with that? Who is going to seriously use this thing with 6 "C" batteries? So, make sure to add the cost of the adapter (thirty greenbacks) to your price and get the PA-150 power adapter.

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                  (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Not bad for a very portable unit...

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                  from Detroit, MI

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Kick And Hi Hat Input
                  • Sounds Are Ok
                  • Touch Sensitive Pads
                  • Very Portable

                  Cons

                  • Not Perfect
                  • Slow Response

                  Best Uses

                  • Informal Gigs

                  Comments about Yamaha DD-65 Digital Drums:

                  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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