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With truly limitless possibilities, this pad is sure to inspire.

This powerful, all-in-one percussion pad suits beginners and experts alike, accommodating different levels of playing, as well as a wide variety of playing styles and performance situations. The 12 stepped pads make this unit as compact as it is limitless.

Infinite usability
You can use the DTX-MULTI 12 in many ways, such as using the percussion pad in combination with acoustic drums and percussion to accent music with a rich variety of voices, transferring data to the connected computer where you can compose music with the included Cubase AI-5 program, and connecting kick and hi-hat pedals (sold separately) to create a compact drum set.

Unlimited sonic possibilities
In addition to a broad spectrum of voices taken from the MOTIF-series synthesizers, the DTX-MULTI 12 also features many new percussion sounds that have been collected through Yamaha's advanced sampling techniques and ready-to-use effect sounds for a grand total of 1,277 voices. The DTX-MULTI 12 includes not only digital sounds but also DJ sounds and a rich variety of voices from percussion, chromatic percussion, folk, and acoustic drum instruments. If you'd like to mix in some sounds from your own sample collection, you can also import WAV and AIFF audio files via USB and use them as voices. The DTX-MULTI 12 functions as a sample playback device with 64MB of battery-backed Flash ROM.

Effects
The DTX-MULTI 12 is loaded with sweet effects including delays, flangers, phasers, pitch shifters, and more. Great-sounding reverb and chorus effects can be applied to entire drum kits, but there is also a Variation effect unit that can be used to enhance individual voices in many exciting ways through compression and EQ. A five-band master EQ adds yet another level of sound sculpting possibilities.

Patterns
The DTX-MULTI 12 comes complete with 128 different MIDI playing patterns (including 3 demo patterns) from a worldwide range of musical genres including folk music, rock, and house. You can easily start and stop patterns by simply striking the pads. In addition, you can record your own performances as patterns or create patterns on a PC. These patterns can then be assigned to pads. Using the Tap Tempo function, you can set the tempo for patterns and the click track by simply striking pads. In this way, you can conveniently and intuitively set the tempo that you need.

Play modes
The DTX-MULTI 12 provides a number of playing modes and features that enable performers to directly express their art and talent by making the pads more or less sensitive. In Stick Mode the pads have low velocity sensitivity and are optimized for playing the instrument with drumsticks. Conveying subtle expressions through hand percussion is easy in Hand Mode, but if your style involves extremely intricate finger drumming, Finger Mode is ultra sensitive. A Muting Feature enables sounds to be muted or changed when a hand is pressed down on a pad as it is struck. This allows for skin bends, drum mutes, and other feel-based modulations.

Assignable pads
Up to four different voices can be assigned to each pad. You can then creatively trigger those voices through several functions such as Stack mode in which all the notes assigned to a pad are triggered simultaneously with a single strike and Alternate mode in which the notes assigned to the pad are played individually in turn each time it is struck. You can also set the pads to trigger each of the four samples based on the velocity with which you strike the pad.

Music production interface
In addition to the MIDI In/Out port, the DTX-MULTI 12 is equipped with a USB-to-host port that can be connected to a PC with a USB cable (sold separately) and a USB-to-device port that can save the user kit data on a USB memory device. This connection can be used in a variety of ways. For example, those who have difficulty playing a keyboard can input MIDI data directly to Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) software, and others can play computer software synthesizer sounds by striking the DTX-MULTI 12. Essentially, this allows the unit to be used as a MIDI controller using USB instead of MIDI.

Start your recording career today.
Cubase AI 5 by Steinberg, a DAW software application, is bundled with the DTX-MULTI 12. You can begin modifying the pitch and rhythm of the MIDI data that you input using the DTX-MULTI 12 and begin composing elaborate pieces of music on the same day you receive it. Additionally, by installing the DTX-MULTI 12 Extension from Yamaha's website, you will be able to control Cubase AI 5 directly from the DTX-MULTI 12 front panel. This extension will dramatically improve your efficiency in music composition.

Trigger Expandability
The DTX-MULTI 12 comes with trigger-input jacks that five external pads can be connected to as well as a foot switch jack and a hi-hat controller jack. This allows for a wide variety of set-ups including connecting a hi-hat controller and a kick pad to use the DTX-MULTI 12 as a compact drum kit; using a foot switch to switch between different drum kits and phrase patterns; using a foot controller to control the volume and effect values in real time; or connecting a drum trigger to convert acoustic drum performances to trigger signals and input these signals for playback.

* Hi-hat controllers, foot switches, foot controllers, kick pads, and drum triggers are sold separately.

FEATURES The DTX-Multi 12 features make it flexible enough for multiple applications:
  • Create a compact electronic drum kit for portable playability with the addition of a kick drum pad and hi-hat pedal (sold separately)
  • Easily add electronics to an acoustic drum set
  • Complement hand drums with a full palette of percussion sounds
  • Use as a MIDI controller for any MIDI enabled device such as a hardware sampler or a synthesizer
  • Integrate electronic drums and percussion into a digital audio workstation such as the included Cubase AI5
  • USB in/out for transferring both MIDI and WAV data to and from a computer or digital memory source
  • 1,277 individual voices, many from Yamaha's MOTIF-series synthesizers but also a rich variety of other sounds and instruments such as timpani, marimba, vibraphone, and other chromatic percussion instruments
  • Flash ROM supports WAV and AIFF files imported via USB
  • A wide variety of classic effects including delay, flanger, tremolo, phaser, reverb, chorus, EQ, and more
Variable pad sensitivity is defined in three modes:
  • Stick Mode: This mode works best when playing with drumsticks and has the least sensitivity
  • Hand Mode: This further articulates the nuances of playing a hand drum
  • Finger Mode: This mode gives the pads the highest sensitivity and allows for extremely subtle technique
  • Muting Feature enables sounds to be muted or changed when a hand is pressed down on a pad as it is struck, allowing for skin bends, mutes and other feel-based modulations
  • Each pad can have up to four voices assigned to it and then triggered all at once in Stack Mode, triggered one-after-another each time the pad is struck in Alternate Mode, held until the pad is hit again in Hold Mode, or you can set the pads to trigger different assigned voices based on how hard the pad is struck
  • 128 preset patterns in a wide variety of musical styles
  • 50 user-defined patterns that can be created by performing on the device or by composing on a computer
  • Innovative Tap Tempo sets tempo for patterns or Click Track by simply striking the pads
  • Jacks for five external pads in addition to an input for a hi-hat controller and a footswitch
  • Bundled with Cubase AI5
  • Includes power adapter, owner's manual, data list booklet, and DVD-ROM for Cubase AI5

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SPECIFICATIONS

DTX-MULTI 12 Digital Percussion Pad

  • Dimensions: 3.8" x 13.6" x 12.6"
  • Weight: 7.27 lb. " 3.3kg
  • Built-in pads: 12
  • External inputs: 5 (One 3-zone input, 4 monaural inputs)™
  • Maximum polyphony: 64 notes
  • Wave memory: 100 MB (16-bit linear conversion)
  • Drum and percussion voices: 1,061
  • Keyboard voices: 216
  • Preset drum kits: 50
  • User-defined kits: 200
  • Effects: 42 types of Variation; 6 types of Chorus; 6 types of Reverb; 5-band master equalizer
  • Pad functions: Increment or decrement of drum kit, pattern, or tempo; tap tempo; switching on or off of click-track; transmission of control change messages
  • Waves:
  • Readable quantity: 500
  • Bit depth: 16 bit
  • Wave memory: 64 MB
  • Maximum size: Mono sample: 2 MB
  • Stereo sample: 4 MB
  • Sample formats: Proprietary, WAV, and AIFF
  • Sequence capacity: 152,000 notes
  • Note resolution: Quarter note / 480
  • Recording method: Realtime overdubbing
  • Preset patterns: 128 phrases (including 3 demo patterns)
  • User-defined patterns: 50 phrases
  • Sequence formats: Proprietary
  • SMF Format 0 (for loading only)
  • Click-track features:
  • Tempo: 30 to 300 BPM. Tap tempo functionality
  • Beats: 1/4 - 16/4, 1/8 - 16/8, 1/16 - 16/16
  • Note timing: Accent notes, quarter notes, eight notes, sixteenth notes, triplets
  • Connectors: Pad 13 jack (standard stereo-phone plug; left = trigger, right = rim switch);
  • Pad 14/15 and Pad 16/17 jacks (standard stereo-phone plug; left = trigger, right = trigger)
  • Hi-hat control jack (standard stereo-phone plug)
  • Foot switch jack (standard stereo-phone plug)
  • Output L/Mono and R jacks (standard phone plugs)
  • Phones jack (standard stereo-phone plug)
  • Aux-in jack (standard stereo-phone plug)
  • MIDI IN and OUT connectors
  • USB to host port
  • USB to device port and DC in.
  • Display: Backlit LCD with 2 rows of 16 characters
  • Power Consumption: 9W (DTXM12 and PA-5D adaptor)
  • Minimum system requirements for Cubase AI5:
  • Macintosh:
  • Mac OS X 10.5.5
  • PowerPC G5 (Intel Core Duo CPU recommended)
  • 1024 MB RAM
  • Display resolution of 1280 x 800 recommended
  • DVD-ROM drive
  • 1 GB of free HD space
  • Internet access required for license activation
  • PC:
  • Windows XP Home Edition (SP3) and XP Professional (SP3), Windows Vista (32-bit)
  • 2 GHz CPU (dual core CPU recommended)
  • 1024 MB RAM
  • Display resolution of 1280 x 800 recommended
  • DVD-ROM drive
  • 1 GB of free HD space
  • Internet access required for license activation
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  • Versatile (3)

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    • Accompaniment (4)
    • Soundtracks (4)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Simply the best!

    As a drummer, I have always shied away from electronic percussion. I've played v-drums on a number of occasions and have always found them to be just, "bleh". A few...Read complete review

    As a drummer, I have always shied away from electronic percussion. I've played v-drums on a number of occasions and have always found them to be just, "bleh". A few years ago, I started playing percussion (congas, bongos, djembe and other noise makers). I realized that my rig was getting bigger and the loading/unloading was becoming more of a chore than it should. So, I started looking for some sort of drum pad to keep from having to keep buying intruments that I will only use once or twice which are crazy expensive and to keep my percussion rig from getting too big. So, I ended up narrowing it down between the Roland SPD-30 and the Yamaha DTX M12. I finally went with the DTX because it has such a variety of world percussion sounds and because it is designed to play by hand if required. I am SO glad I went with the DTX...this thing is incredible! Yes, there is a learning curve to really manipulate the sounds but once you get past some preliminary learning curve, this thing becomes your best friend. It's versatility, functionality and practicality are unmatched! And the samples are excellent. I am a conga player, so I know the difference between bad conga sounds and good ones. The DTX sounds amazing! I love the layer feature which allows you to have up to 4 samples per pad. Yes, the manual reads like a college programming class but I have found YouTube to be a great resource. I have had it for about two weeks now and I am totally in love with it. In fact, I am using the DTXM12 with a Roland KD7 kick trigger, a yamaha FC5 pedal along with a ride cymbal and tambourine as a full kit this weekend. I CAN'T wait to hear this thing with a full band! Buy it now, thank me later!

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    DTX-Multi 12 Digital Percussion Pad

    The value is just not there at full price. I was looking for an all in one simple pad I could take to church rehearsals or small percussion gigs and cover drum kits and...Read complete review

    The value is just not there at full price. I was looking for an all in one simple pad I could take to church rehearsals or small percussion gigs and cover drum kits and percussion. Something I could play with my hands or sticks.

    While this is possible, the sensitivity just isnt good enough. I wanted to load my own sounds, but again I am disappointed in the load times, I have an old Mirage Sampler that loads faster from disks. I wanted to fill up the user kits but not enough sample space. by the way it uses 16bit wav samples.
    in prinicple the features sound great, adjustable pads, sensitivity etc, however in reality the pads are only adjustable in groups, top, middle and bottom. Not a very good idea, cross talk is a problem and sensitivity is set in global these groups, the default setting for sticks is unplayable. Dont even think about trying a press roll. I have had to set the sensitivty up to finger mode to barely get it playable. It has been a very disappointing experience.

    as for the sounds, they are pretty good, I was tired of the stock Roland offerings and thought I might like something different, the percussion sounds are excellent, but the stock drum kits are severely lacking, Yamaha does offer three free downloads, Asian set, acoustic set and electronic set. the asian set is spectacular for percussion, its very good. the Acoustic set is usable and the electronic set is a complete waste of time.

    the reason I bought this was the ability to add my own samples, which works great except for the time it takes to load any sample set and the extremely limited storage. There is no way you can load samples during a live gig.

    finally you must use the yamaha hihat pedal hh-65 I think, none of the others work with it. I was able to use Roland drum pads and bass drum pads with it. Programming the Hihat pad is a bit of a challenge and they even dedicate several manual pages to it.

    the pads themselves are a thick sponge rubber and are almost sticky, it takes getting used to if you've never played on them.

    the top 3 and bottom 3 pads have a lot of crosstalk problems, you have to hit them just right or you will trigger the large pads. Even programming the pads you must take care to make sure you are editing the pad you want, cause its very easy to hit one and get a completely different pad.

    it doesnt come with a mounting plate, but I was able to use a Roland and an older one I had used for my DrumKat and they both line up, however you have to buy your own screws.
    I'll give it a 5 on quality, its well built, looks nice and works well considering the technology seems old. You can plug in a USB drive and load your samples but it is slow, the potential is there to have a really good piece of equipment but it really seems like they gave up half way thru development and just said its good enough lets sell em now. It is really a shame.
    at the list price it is way too much for what the un it actually delivers, if the features it lists actually worked well it would be a great value, but unfortunately they do not. Plus you must plan on spending more money to get the hihat pedal, which by the way is very difficult to find. Musicians friend did not carry them, nor did several other online retailers.

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    (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great percussion pad!

    By snakeisjake

    from Texas

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Great quality
    • Great Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Accompaniment
      • Small Venues
      • Soundtracks

      Comments about Yamaha DTX-MULTI 12 Digital Percussion Pad:

      This is a great purchase for any drummer who wants to add something special to an album or a live concert.

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      (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      difficult in setting delay

      By Gudde

      from Bangalore,INDIA

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Difficult In Setting Dlay
      • Great Sound
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Flat Sound

      Best Uses

      • Accompaniment
      • Jazz Clubs
      • Soundtracks

      Comments about Yamaha DTX-MULTI 12 Digital Percussion Pad:

      the instrument is very good and useful to any percussionist

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Simply the best!

      By Viewofachampion

      from Atlanta, GA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Great Sound
      • Huge Tone
      • Responsive
      • Sensitive
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Expensive But Worth It

      Best Uses

      • Accompaniment
      • Drummers
      • Jazz Clubs
      • Percussionists
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues
      • Soundtracks
      • Symphonies

      Comments about Yamaha DTX-MULTI 12 Digital Percussion Pad:

      As a drummer, I have always shied away from electronic percussion. I've played v-drums on a number of occasions and have always found them to be just, "bleh". A few years ago, I started playing percussion (congas, bongos, djembe and other noise makers). I realized that my rig was getting bigger and the loading/unloading was becoming more of a chore than it should. So, I started looking for some sort of drum pad to keep from having to keep buying intruments that I will only use once or twice which are crazy expensive and to keep my percussion rig from getting too big. So, I ended up narrowing it down between the Roland SPD-30 and the Yamaha DTX M12. I finally went with the DTX because it has such a variety of world percussion sounds and because it is designed to play by hand if required. I am SO glad I went with the DTX...this thing is incredible! Yes, there is a learning curve to really manipulate the sounds but once you get past some preliminary learning curve, this thing becomes your best friend. It's versatility, functionality and practicality are unmatched! And the samples are excellent. I am a conga player, so I know the difference between bad conga sounds and good ones. The DTX sounds amazing! I love the layer feature which allows you to have up to 4 samples per pad. Yes, the manual reads like a college programming class but I have found YouTube to be a great resource. I have had it for about two weeks now and I am totally in love with it. In fact, I am using the DTXM12 with a Roland KD7 kick trigger, a yamaha FC5 pedal along with a ride cymbal and tambourine as a full kit this weekend. I CAN'T wait to hear this thing with a full band! Buy it now, thank me later!

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Very Nice.

      By Sputnik7

      from USA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Great Sound
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Accompaniment
        • Soundtracks

        Comments about Yamaha DTX-MULTI 12 Digital Percussion Pad:

        Highly under-rated unit. I own the Roland SPD-S, Roland SPD-SX and have owned various versions of the Octapads. Some of the reviews I've read regarding the Yamaha DTX Multi-12 complain of the sampling capabilities as compared to the SPD-SX. For me, the sampling capabilities are on par with the older SPD-S, but one needs to keep in mind that the Yamaha DTX Multi 12 is really more of a "rompler" in the style of the Octapad series. Simply put, it has "built-in" sounds/voices that in my opinion are much more useful than the standard Roland offerings. So with that in mind, understand that the sampling capabilities of the DTX Multi 12 are an added feature (a pretty decent one as well).
        I've also read of complaints about the feel of the pads. One reviewer in this forum complained about the inability to do a "press roll" on the unit. Really? They're rubber pads. They're not a substitute for actual real drums so certain techniques unique to real drums won't apply to rubber pads regardless of the manufacturer or whatever the hype says about "real feel".
        The pads do have some characteristics that one has to adjust to, but consider the fact that some patches/kits are designed to be played with hands and as such, those patches have dynamics that are controlled by techniques appropriate to hand drums.
        Lastly, as a midi controller, this unit blows the pants of off anything that Roland offers hands down. The Stack feature (multiple voices and/or midi notes can be assigned to a single pad) is awesome.
        Great unit. Very solid build quality. 12 pads in a small footprint. Expressive. Highly recommended.

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        (12 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        DTX-Multi 12 Digital Percussion Pad

        By westtex

        from Texas

        Comments about Yamaha DTX-MULTI 12 Digital Percussion Pad:

        The value is just not there at full price. I was looking for an all in one simple pad I could take to church rehearsals or small percussion gigs and cover drum kits and percussion. Something I could play with my hands or sticks.

        While this is possible, the sensitivity just isnt good enough. I wanted to load my own sounds, but again I am disappointed in the load times, I have an old Mirage Sampler that loads faster from disks. I wanted to fill up the user kits but not enough sample space. by the way it uses 16bit wav samples.
        in prinicple the features sound great, adjustable pads, sensitivity etc, however in reality the pads are only adjustable in groups, top, middle and bottom. Not a very good idea, cross talk is a problem and sensitivity is set in global these groups, the default setting for sticks is unplayable. Dont even think about trying a press roll. I have had to set the sensitivty up to finger mode to barely get it playable. It has been a very disappointing experience.

        as for the sounds, they are pretty good, I was tired of the stock Roland offerings and thought I might like something different, the percussion sounds are excellent, but the stock drum kits are severely lacking, Yamaha does offer three free downloads, Asian set, acoustic set and electronic set. the asian set is spectacular for percussion, its very good. the Acoustic set is usable and the electronic set is a complete waste of time.

        the reason I bought this was the ability to add my own samples, which works great except for the time it takes to load any sample set and the extremely limited storage. There is no way you can load samples during a live gig.

        finally you must use the yamaha hihat pedal hh-65 I think, none of the others work with it. I was able to use Roland drum pads and bass drum pads with it. Programming the Hihat pad is a bit of a challenge and they even dedicate several manual pages to it.

        the pads themselves are a thick sponge rubber and are almost sticky, it takes getting used to if you've never played on them.

        the top 3 and bottom 3 pads have a lot of crosstalk problems, you have to hit them just right or you will trigger the large pads. Even programming the pads you must take care to make sure you are editing the pad you want, cause its very easy to hit one and get a completely different pad.

        it doesnt come with a mounting plate, but I was able to use a Roland and an older one I had used for my DrumKat and they both line up, however you have to buy your own screws.
        I'll give it a 5 on quality, its well built, looks nice and works well considering the technology seems old. You can plug in a USB drive and load your samples but it is slow, the potential is there to have a really good piece of equipment but it really seems like they gave up half way thru development and just said its good enough lets sell em now. It is really a shame.
        at the list price it is way too much for what the un it actually delivers, if the features it lists actually worked well it would be a great value, but unfortunately they do not. Plus you must plan on spending more money to get the hihat pedal, which by the way is very difficult to find. Musicians friend did not carry them, nor did several other online retailers.

        Comment on this review

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Very Sturdy, hard working, compact unit.

        Comments about Yamaha DTX-MULTI 12 Digital Percussion Pad:

        The 12 pads are very responsive, very durable, compact design. I am a hard hitting drummer and it is very durable to wacking it. The controls are fairly easy and understandable. I like the recording abilities, and has tons of effects and sounds to make any genre of music lovers happy. Its rather pricey but I believe you get what you pay for. I am a loyal Yamaha user and was very pleased with this product

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        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Yamaha DTX-Multi 12, ok but...

        By JE

        from Las Vegas, NV

        Comments about Yamaha DTX-MULTI 12 Digital Percussion Pad:

        Nice to have 12 triggers plus several places to plug in midi, USB and USB host, although I think that the MIDI 1.0 standard is dated and limiting. The + and - buttons are nice and textured so you can feel them in the dark, but don't light up for some reason and I would rather tap with a stick. Tap tempo is useless, simply didn't work and kept turning on the metronome. Worst edge triggers ever. Although they are several inches wide, you only have an inch in the center that actually triggers. Even in hand mode, it is next to impossible to use the edge triggers. Plenty of sounds, but marching percussion doesn't include modern pitched basses or tenors. And the marching snare sensitivity is set so high, you need marching sticks to make it work. It is next to impossible to roll on the pads. The headphone jack and volume control for it is on the back, but a bit hard to get to quickly. Soft pads are great but hard to roll. Angled design is nice, but seems like they are trying to catch up with Roland. Get rid of the "YAMAHA" sample please.

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        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great sounds and alot of FUN

        By Drummer4hire-ezDai

        from Boulder, CO

        Comments about Yamaha DTX-MULTI 12 Digital Percussion Pad:

        This was a great addition to my acoustic and electronic set ups. Sounds are great, easy to use, layering is even better. Love it. I have used Yamaha edrums for years so and the controls on the DTX-Multi 12 are familiar to me so no worries there. Get it, you will love it.

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        (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Not worth the price..

        By Snareheadkiller

        from Bellefonte

        Comments about Yamaha DTX-MULTI 12 Digital Percussion Pad:

        I bought the Multi-12 thinking it's new and has to be better than the Roland SPD-S right?. WRONG! I was lucky enough to compare the two side by side. Even though the Yamaha has more pads and inputs, that's where it ends for me. The Roland is soooo much better and easier to use. In my opinion, save some money, buy the Roland SPD-S and have alot more fun. Hell, buy two for the price of the Yamaha!

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        (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        SAMPLING USB POWERHOUSE

        Comments about Yamaha DTX-MULTI 12 Digital Percussion Pad:

        I am using the unit to play my own sick percussion samples at live shows. Also as a midi pad-controller in the studio.PROS: Awesome unit in all respects. Spectacular sound, high quality D/A converters. I loaded in my own kick and a cymbal samples with a USB memory stick (very easy), and studio-tested them head to head against the same samples played directly through my computer/RMEsoundcard, ...EXACTLY the same!!!No perceived Latency (audio triggers on the mark!). Sweet for high speed drum rolls. Drum pads have excellent response to sticks and hands.CONS: The default sample library that comes with this unit is nothing special, and has slow attacks. At first I thought the unit sounded muddy and had horrible latency...But then I loaded in batches of my own DeadMau drum samples via computer to a USB stick, and wholly molley, this beast came ALIVE. It was the factory samples, NOT the machine! Now I have a deep sense of respect for this unit!!Gripe #2-You can ONLY load in 16bit/44.1kHz sample files(.WAV/.AIFF)up to 9sec long, so you must convert all your 24-bit or .mp3 files to this resolution on your computer with a sample rate converter.Also on the thin rim pads(1-3,10-12)you have to whack a bit harder, and drum-rolls don't quite come through...Fine for stick hits, cowbells...things at 1/2 beat resolution.Navigation through the menu is easy, a little slow with just + or - keys, a spinning dial would have been faster, but hey, less stuff to bash!!

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