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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
Powered by six C batteries (not included) or optional adapter Yamaha PA150 Portable Keyboard Power Adapter (product #330238)

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

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YamahaDD-65 Digital Drums
 
3.8

(based on 36 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great sound (12)
  • Versatile (8)
  • Responsive (7)
  • Sensitive (4)

Cons

  • Not sensitive (3)

Best Uses

  • Accompaniment (9)
  • Small venues (8)
  • Soundtracks (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (11), Professional musician (5), Novice (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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(13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

The bass drum pedal ruined it for me...

By The Unseen

from Boston, MA

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Comments about Yamaha DD-65 Digital Drums:

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.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Not bad for a very portable unit...

By Open Mike

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.

(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Actually, it is a toy

By Substance P

from Midwest

Comments about Yamaha DD-65 Digital Drums:

Despite Yamaha's claim that this apparatus is not a toy, it actually is. The built-in sounds are not very realistic at all. There is no ability to adjust the tuning of the drums or volume of the individual pads. The standards pedals are unpredictably responsive and have a tendency to occasionally double-trigger and then not trigger at all.I bought this item as an alternative to programming phony-sounding drum patterns on my computer. However, the time it takes to program a drum loop is much shorter than attempting to get a good take with this drum set. I simply cannot get the set and the pedals to produce reliable timing and sounds. I literally have spent the last two hours trying to complete a 3-minute drum track because of how spotty the triggering is.I also briefly tried out the Alesis Performance Pad and would strongly recommend it over the Yamaha DD65. I'm thinking about reselling this item or giving it away to charity and investing the extra couple hundred dollars for an electronic drum setup that plays more like the real thing.

(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Mediocre, but will work in a limited setting

By Tyler Masters

from Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan

Comments about Yamaha DD-65 Digital Drums:

It's definitely not the best portable electronic kit on the market, but being a Marine in Afghanistan who needs to practice his newly-aquired drum skills to keep from losing them, it serves my purposes.
Probably this kit's only redeeming quality. It comes with many sounds of varying styles. Could have replaced many of the world percussion sounds with standard acoustic kit sounds IMO. My favorite feature is the ablility to listen to yourself play. It allows you to critique your own style and discover mistakes and bad habits you didn't even know you were doing.
The pads and triggers are the two worst features of this device. The pads are small and have very little rebound. They are very loud when struck, so much so that even the external speakers have trouble drowning the pad noise out on full volume. The sensitivity has three settings (0-2). The highest makes pad cross-talk incredibly prominent, the lowest produces missed hits like it was going out of style, and somehow the middle manages to combine the two to make it practically unplayable. I end up just turning it to 0 and hitting hard, although this makes the already loud pad noise unbearable for any bystanders.

The pedals come in a close third for worst feature. They are simply buttons that you place on the ground and stomp on. They are too light, making them slide around with every hit, and too sensitive, producing a hit even when simply changing the pressure your foot puts on them.

Footnote: the hi-hat sound is very quiet, even when open, and cannot be adjusted seperately from the rest of the kit. You will not be able to hear it over the rest of the kit and the pad noise.
Not worth the money you'll be paying for it. Plain and simple.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I love my DD-65

By DJ Mickey

from Cabot Arkansas

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Comments about Yamaha DD-65 Digital Drums:

I love my DD-65! I got my DD-65 as a "Stupid Deal of the Day" for a real stupid price about two years ago. My kid and I use it to mess around when ever we have our guitars out and want to add something to our jam sessions. The DD-65 isn't a full up set of drums, but it isn't a toy either. All of the pads are assignable and the pad rebound is good. We usually just use the preassigned kits preinstalled in the software, but every once in a while we "create our own kit" to mix things up. It is simple to use and works very well. Is it perfect...well no. I am not a drummer so my aim with a drum stick isn't that great. The upper/outter pads are a little small, but how big can they be when the whole rig is 30 X 20 inches (just a guess). But the good news is I got used to them and when I miss, the body seems pretty tough and hasn't cracked or chipped yet. The pedals seem pretty good to me...the high hat seems to work better than the bass, but my pedals have always been on carpet (a hard surface might work better). NOTE: it does not come with an A/C adapter so if you do not want to mess with batteries, you will need to find one. BOTTOM LINE...the DD-65 is a cool little electronic drum set and it sounds good. You can play along with an MP3 player with head phones or hook it into a PA system and get as loud as you want. Like I said, I love it!!
The DD-65 isn't a full up set of electronic drums, but it isn't a toy either. All of the pads are assignable and the pad rebound is good. You can hook up to an MP3 player and use head phones or a full PA system. NOTE: it does not come with an A/C adapter so if you do not want to mess with batteries, you will need to find one.
The DD-65 is portable and durable. I have owned mine for two years and everything still works just fine!
I got mine as a Stupid Deal of the Day for a real stupid price. I do not know of any other options for size, durability and features. For around $200 you can't go wrong.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Buy a DK-65 for your DD-65

Comments about Yamaha DD-65 Digital Drums:

A Yamaha DK-65 is a kit that comes with a Bass drum tower real bass pedal Hi-hat pedal snare stand & drum seat. I played drums for 40+ years and love the portability & versatility of this set. Plug in to the PA no problems with being to loud or not loud enough . Great for small stages and club gigs. I also run direct into my computer for recording. Two improvement I would like is more user presets there?s only 3 and 1 or 2 more pads.

(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.

    (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

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    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.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great Sounding Machine

        By Gemsroadwarrior

        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.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Biker Bob

          By Biker Bob

          from Arkansas

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          Comments about Yamaha DD-65 Digital Drums:

          Overall, I would recommend this set to the beginner to intermediate performer. If you are like me and are a loop performer, guitarist, keyboard player or just interested in adding some percussion to your bad of tricks this is a good value for a starter kit. With a set of good foot controls, this would be an awesome first kit.
          This set has good features for a begining to intermediate player. Love the built in songs with the ability to turn off the various drums and background. I gave the unit an 8 for a couple of reasons. The kick pad and high hat control are almost useless, I wish Yamaha had an inexpensive set of real foot controls in this set. The sounds are rich and full and there is a lot of them. The pads have a rather narrow strike zone, but are reasonably usable and responsive. The foot buttons need some reengineering though.
          Overall this unit is well constructed. I've owned it about a month now and have beat the snot out of the pads without any visible wear or deterioration of playablility. I've also whacked the plastic a few times without any apparent damage.
          For the bucks, this is a great starter set. I use it to add my own beat tracks to loops. I was using a cajone, but wanted more flavor in the beat track. The only real cheap feature is the foot buttons. With the addition of good foot triggers, this would be playable for live applications with a little practice on it. I'm not a percussionist, but this set makes me sound like I semi know what I'm doing.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Nice!

          By autofn308

          from Denver Co

          Comments about Yamaha DD-65 Digital Drums:

          I like these Drums because they are very user friendly as an experienced drummer (15yrs) they feel like a regular set . everything"s where it's supposed to be. they are more sensitive which leads to more control less fatigue. My only gripe is that midi won't read the hi-hat pedal in logic. I've seen some threads about this , some think it's devastating , I on the other hand will use a workaround, run the yamaha drums in an AUDIO TRACK with logic's own effects. otherwise these would get 5 stars.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Usefull product

          By Fat Daddy

          from Nashville

          Comments about Yamaha DD-65 Digital Drums:

          This is a great product for practicing independence and timing. It is not so great for practicing technique (rudiments, rebound, rolls, etc.) The pads have very little rebound. The sticks that come with it are very small and light (I think they are pine). I assume they want you to use super light sticks to save wear on the pads. This limits the rebound as well.Sensitivity is poor especially for snare sounds. Subtle ghost notes or closed rolls will not be picked up. You have to strike the pad very close to the center or it will not be picked up. For some reason the toms do not have this problem, only the snare.It is laid out like a real drum kit but it is pretty cramped and inflexible. It's not too useful for practicing around-the-kit technique, even for jazz. The most useful part for me is being able to record myself playing with one of the canned 'songs". I learn a lot listening to my playing.It does have a decent array of percussion voices, though I have not found a snare sound I am crazy about and the hi-hat is almost inaudible. You will definitely want to pick up the KP65 kick pad for this. The little ball switch does not cut it for practicing bass drum technique.All in all it is a fun toy, is very quiet and takes up very little space.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          This product so far appears satisfactory

          By Dunc

          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.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            nice, but not for serious drummers

            By glass tiger

            from Detroit, mi

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            Comments about Yamaha DD-65 Digital Drums:

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

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Good Little Unit

            By DrummerMan-.xn32

            from Orlando, FL

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            Comments about Yamaha DD-65 Digital Drums:

            I bought this unit about a month ago, and I use it daily. I bought it as an alternative to a drum machine for recording drum patterns on my recording unit. My drum machine is awkward to program, so I thought this unit would provide an easy way to lay down a drum track with little hassle.I actually found this to not only be useful for recording, it's a great unit for teaching you how to play. It has scores of songs with drum patterns, with removeable high-hat, snare and bass pedal tracks. It also has a built-in metronome that flags beat one with a ding.The sound is decent -- sounds a bit light compared to my accoustic drum set, but still a decent sound.I knocked this down to a four on features for a few reasons. One, you can't adjust the individual volume of the drum pads, and the bass pedal and high hat pedal. At times I found I couldn't hear the bass pedal enough, depending on the song. There is a setting for overall pad sensitivity, but it's global, so there's no abiilty to target a pad for its relative sound within the kit you're using.I also found the bass and high-hat pedals to be a bit hard to use at times. I get the best results by putting my heel on them, rather than the ball of my foot. Using the ball of my foot, if I lift my foot and press it down on the pedal again, I get no sound. The manual is VERY well written, and easy to understand -- more so than any other manual I've ever owned. However, I'm still OK with this unit; it doesn't take up a lot of space, sounds OK, works decent, daughter and I play piano/drums together. I still haven't recorded with it though -- I will have to run a cord from the 1/4" headphone jack to my recording unit. Overall, I'm pretty happy with this unit.

            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Review

            By australia

            from Undisclosed

            Comments about Yamaha DD-65 Digital Drums:

            I bought these as an upgrade from the dd55 set. The dd55's have the ability to adjust individual pad volumes, which is critical to balancing the sound of a kit from place to place. For some insane reason they've dropped this from the dd65, rendering it very unattractive for performance and a huge backward step from the previous model. There are improvements but none that would compensate for this bit of lunacy.

            (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

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            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.

              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great for School

              By Ann

              from Creston, WV

              About Me Professional Musician

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              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!)

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Gigging Drummer

                By Anonymous

                from Undisclosed

                Comments about Yamaha DD-65 Digital Drums:

                Plug this into the PA & you can't beat it. I gig with this unit every week, I have 2 just in case. You cannot beat the sound of this through a PA system, large or small.

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