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The unmatched feel, sound, and response of DTX pads and Zildjian Gen 16 cymbals .
The Yamaha DTX700SP Electronic Drum Shell Pack features TCS (Textured Cellular Silicon) pad surfaces that respond naturally to every nuance of your drumming techniques to integrate seamlessly into hybrid acoustic-electronic setups. The DTX700 module’s enormous library of 1,396 percussion and instrument sounds prepare you for any musical situation. Comprehensive training functions include Groove Check, practice songs, and MIDI recording. MIDI out makes it an ideal controller for virtual drum instruments.
Also includes a pack of revolutionary Zildjian Gen-16 Acoustic/Electric Cymbals, with 14” hi-hats, 18” crash, and a 20” ride. These genuine cymbals use a unique dual microphone to amplify and model the output for both classic Zildjian cymbal sounds and very non-traditional voices. Includes rack. Kick pedal sold separately.
Sublime feel, a superb sound library, and Zildjian's innovative Gen-16 cymbals. What are you waiting for?
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Comments about Yamaha DTX700SP Electronic Drum Shell Pack with Zildjian Gen 16 Cymbals:
My church recently acquired this kit (Yamaha DTX700SP), since we have a small building and my acoustic kit was a tad too loud. The "SP" ending designates that the standard "rubber" cymbals in the kit are replaced with Zildjan Gen16's.
The good: The Gen16's are AWESOME!! They look, feel, and sound like real cymbals, because well, THEY ARE real cymbals. But like the description says, they are A LOT quieter. Up to 80% quieter according to the descriptions on-line. They are not silent, for sure, and they are not "triggers". They use mic's up under the bells that do an excellent job of picking up the subtleties of an acoustic cymbal. The hi-hats are the best, but with a little tweaking with the various pads and dampeners, the crash and ride can sound great too. The drum pads had a decent feel and are pretty easy to play. There is a lot of adjustability to get it situated comfortably. I still prefer acoustic drums, but these are decent and they won't throw off an acoustic player. There are a ton of different kits/voices to choose from, but the standard DTX700 voice is actually pretty decent. The rack feels pretty sturdy and is adjustable for a variety of positions.
The bad: The standard DTX700K comes with a box called DTP700C, which contains the rubber cymbals. Th DTX700SP changes out that box for a box of Zildjan Gen16's. Replacing that box with the Zildjan Gen16's is great! Omitting the rest of the "goodies" in that DTP700C box is bad. The kit was missing the hi-hat stand, the cable snake (for the drums and cymbals), the cymbal controller mount, and some other small things like a drum key, cable ties, and the assembly manual - all of which are usually contained in that DTP700C box they omitted. We were on a time crunch, so I soldered up my own set of custom length cables (1/4" TRS to TRS cables worked fine), and used my old acoustic hi-hat stand. We had to do a last minute run to a local music store to get a mount for the cymbal module. It's a decent kit, but for the money it should not be missing that many pieces. I still wouldn't pass-up the Zildjans. Just give me ALL of the parts to make it work. The sensor for the kick drum also didn't seem as sensitive as I had hoped, and the kick pad's rebound is nothing like a real kick drum. It feels more like a practice pad - hardly any natural rebound. Lastly, since we're running this through the sound system at our church, it seems to put more emphasis on the less-than-stellar speakers we're using. If you're going to connect it to a sound system, make sure it's up to par, since you won't have any acoustic sound from the kit. And unless MF fixes the kit, plan on buying or making cables, buying a mount for the cymbal controller, buying a hi-hat stand, and a kick pedal.
Conclusion: It's a really good e-kit, but the integration of the AWESOME Zildjan Gen16's was not well thought-out and requires more work than you'd expect. Excellent for practice and recording, but for live performance (church, etc.), make sure you have a really good sound system and speakers (especially the subwoofer). Hopefully MF will re-work the packaging and get the missing parts issue resolved.