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This revolutionary flagship model is fully equipped with DTX-PAD drum pads.
By combining expertise in acoustic drums with the latest digital sound technology, Yamaha created the new DTX900 Series Electronic Drum System. To ensure an authentic experience, Yamaha designed its innovative new DTX-PAD featuring a Textured Cellular Silicone (TCS) head with input from the company's legendary stable of drum artists.
To develop these next-generation drum pads, Yamaha used its many years of experience designing acoustic drums to produce drum pads that feel good when you play them, that work well in performances, and that are fantastically quiet. They will change the conventional view of electronic drums.
In addition, with the DTX900, a high quality tone generator descended directly from the world-renowned MOTIF series synthesizers. A versatile yet compact kit that contains the RS130, an electronic drum rack born from Yamaha's extensive drum manufacturing experience. Utilizing sound technology from the highly acclaimed Motif XS and DSP effects from our high-end digital mixers, the DTX950K Drum Trigger Module has professional sounds that bring your drumming to life. The DTX900 Series lets you express yourself without thinking about the fact you are playing electronic drums, but it has all the advantages of a completely digital system. Also includes 512MB of memory for sampling and loading new sounds.
For quiet practice, playing live or as a controller for VST instruments, the revolutionary new T.C.S. head's playability and feel combined with Yamaha's acclaimed digital sound technology, make the Yamaha DXT900 Series Electronic Drums the one to beat.
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Comments about Yamaha DTX950K Electronic Drumset:
Since, I could not find a decent in-depth non-biased review out on the web, I thought I'd try and write something from the average joe standpoint.
This is not my first electronic drum set. I started out with a Roland TD-9K with mesh pads. However, I got tired with the horrible kick pedal and the overly compact size on it. That being said, I wanted something more so I went to Yamaha, emptied my wallet and secret mattress money stash and bought it.
Initial thoughts on DTX 950K: Setting up was actually relatively easy. It makes it much easier if you have another person to hold the items. It includes a nice level gauge on the mid section so you can make sure it is straight. Once set up, the wires were labeled and made installation easy. They look messy since they give you a lot of slack on each wire, but that is nothing some twisty ties can't fix. Took me about an hour to set up for the first time, and each subsequent time, it has taken around 20-30 minutes. And that was alone by the way.
The Sound: Straight up, the sounds are fantastic. With headphones on, I can be fooled into thinking it is a real drum set. The worst part is the snare, since it can give that classic machine gun sound of electronic drums. It isn't horribly apparent, but it is something to take note of.
The Brain: The brain is probably the strongest and weakest part of the set in my opinion. To all those people who go like, "Pssh I don't need a manual to set up stuff," I would reconsider. You will only scratch the surface of what it can do... and after much experimentation. Trust me. I'm one of those guys, and eventually I just had to read the manual. I mentioned that this was the strongest part earlier also for the reason being that this thing is a beast! It can do so much more than the roland TD-9K could. While not the most user-friendly, if you put in the time it is worth it.
Comparing to a real drum set: Look. This is not going to be the perfect representation of a real drum set. But I can say it is pretty friggin close. The pads are great, with the bounce being roughly about the same as a real set. My TD-9 had Roland mesh, and I also have played on TD-30s. I can say that they both feel great, but Yamaha wins here. Mesh is too bouncy. Does the yamaha snare feel like a real snare? Ehh, it is kind of different. The snare rolls aren't the same on the 950k vs in real life. Like said earlier though, it is pretty friggin close. You won't be disappointed with it.
The Kick: My TD-9 had the most disappointing rubber kick ever, with it's horrible rubber feel. This yamaha is great though. The bounce feels about right (if maybe a little more bounce than a normal set). It is also pretty good about not getting double triggered. And... here's the kicker (I'm sorry. I had too)... it is definitely ready for double bass. Compared to roland TD-30's, it's about equal in feel since they are both great. You won't be disappointed with the kick. It slides if you don't bolt it down, but it has a area to clamp your pedal down and it has screws with the kick to attach it to the ground. I've gotten to pretty fast speeds with an iron cobra double bass and the sound comes out clear without double triggers.
The cymbals: The cymbals feel great. No complaints on the ride, crash, or uhh crash 2 cymbal. The hi-hat feels pretty good with doing open/closed. My main complaint with it is that it can be hard to do semi-open/closed sounds where you want some sizzle but not too much. It can do it, but it is difficult to do it without getting either a fully closed or a fully open.
The hardware itself: Hardware takes up a lot of room, but is incredibly solid. The set, unlike some cheaper e-sets, does not shake at all when you play. It won't be easily pushed down. It does take down some points for portability however.
Portability: The portability really depends on how much space and effort later you feel. Breaking each part down to where it is just the metal rods from the rack and the toms/cymbals separate (almost as broken down as possible), I was able to fit it into the back of a honda civic with like one or two pieces in the back seat.
Recording: I won't claim to be a professional when it comes to recording, but even I could get a good sound of this. If you are lazy like me, you can do it the incorrect way and plug from headphone jack into computer. Sounds great. Note that headphone jack is 1/4" size, so have an adapter ready if you want headphones.
My take a few years later: I still love my set with its versatility and such. I was tied between this and a roland TD-30 at first, but I'm glad I chose this. While I usually don't store it in bad conditions like humidity and heat, I did once for about a week. And I saw no problems in the Texas weather except "dat drum throne butt sweat," but that's another story. Overall so much fun to play. If you can get over the price, I recommend it. I pretty much mentioned everything in this review that I could find wrong with it, but I could not nearly list everything that I found right so far. Hope this helped.
TL;DR; Much worth. Some minor flaws. Do buy.