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Yamaha DD-65 Digital Drums   

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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 ins...Read More

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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 24 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great sound (5)
  • Responsive (3)
  • Sensitive (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

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

good for recording

By 

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

    By 

    from Detroit, mi

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

          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 Ore.

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Great Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Accompaniment

            Comments about Yamaha DD-65 Digital Drums:

            Great fun. Well worth the money.

            Comment on this review

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            DD65 is great for jam practice and gigs!

            By 

            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.

                Comment on this review

                (1 of 1 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

                    By 

                    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...

                      By 

                      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.

                      Comment on this review

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Biker Bob

                      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.

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