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Yamaha DTXpress IV Special  

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        The ultimate expression of DTXpress drums!

        The DTXpress IV Special is the most powerful DTXpress kit yet, with improved sounds, sophisticated groove-teaching tools, and the most advanced snare and hi-hat pads Yamaha has ever developed.

        The redesigned DTXpress IV module features 427 high-quality drum/percussion voices with 22 keyboard/effect voices. An advanced programmable metronome with Groove Check feature lets you work on your drumming accuracy and sticking precision. The module lets you record your own single-track songs and trigger them from the pads or play along with the preset styles.

        Plug into the sound system of your choice or use the headphone jack and aux input to practice in privacy and play along with prerecorded tracks anytime. The DTXpress IV Special electronic drum set makes it all possible, with better sounds and features than ever before!

        Features

        • DTXpress IV module
        • 3 TP65 single-zone pads
        • TP100 3-zone snare pad w/controller knob
        • PCY150S 3-zone ride
        • cymbal pad
        • 130SC 3-zone cymbal pad
        • PCY130 single-zone Cymbal pad
        • RHH130 stereo hi-hat
        • Controller
        • HH650 hi-hat stand
        • Rack
        • Polyphony: 32-note
        • Voices: 427 drum & percussion, 22 keyboard/effects
        • Drum kits: 50 preset, 20 user
        • Songs: 63 pre-recorded, 20 user
        • Dual voice capability
        • Effects: Reverb x 16 types, master EQ
        • Trigger
        • Trigger setups: 7 preset, 4 user
        • Pad controller: snare adjust, tuning, tempo
        • Pad functions: drum kit INC/DEC, Click set INC/DEC, Tempo INC/DEC, Click ON/OFF
        • Pad songs: Start/Stop, Chase, Cut Off, 3 simultaneous songs
        • Sequencer
        • Note capacity: 16,000
        • Note resolution: 96 PPQ
        • Track: 1
        • Songs: 3 demo, 41 practice songs, 19 pad songs, 20 user
        • Metronome
        • Tempo: 30-300BPM, tap tempo
        • Beat 1-9
        • Timing: Accent, quarter note, eighth note, sixteenth note, triplet
        • Click sound sets: 6 preset, 1 user
        • Click presets: 30
        • Click timer: 0-600 seconds
        • Connectors:
        • Trigger inputs: 8
        • Outputs: L/Mono, Right
        • Headphone jack, Aux in
        • MIDI out

        The best DTXpress kit yet! Order today!

         
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        4.8

        (based on 16 reviews)

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        Great Kit for An Even Greater Price!

        The Yamaha DTXpress IV special ekit is one of the most powerful drum tools I have ever used. It is in a nutshell a pro-level electric drum set for half the price of its...Read complete review

        The Yamaha DTXpress IV special ekit is one of the most powerful drum tools I have ever used. It is in a nutshell a pro-level electric drum set for half the price of its big name counterparts.(Roland) Pads: The set comes with rubber pads for cymbals, toms, etc. While they are not quite as good as mesh heads which provide more quietness and extra stick rebound the yamaha pads are very realistic feeling and are almost slilent when headphones are used. Also you get a three zone snare which vastly expands your sound capability and a three zone ride with does that as well. The pads trigger very nicely with no delays or double triggering. No complaints with the pads whatsoever.Module: The module that comes with the kit is likely the only one you will ever need on it. With 40 preset kits, built in metronome, groove check feature, recording capability, and more the module is perhaps the best part of the kit. The sounds are amazing in realism with even the hihat voices sounding like that of an acoustic set. The quality of the sounds is comparable to the roland td kits. It is very easyto use and after only a few hours you will be able to navigate it perfectly. It's a great brain for the DTXpress.Hardware: The rack that comes with the set is very sturdy and surprisingly light weight and compact. You can disassemble the entire kit within about ten minutes and your good to go. The only complaint I have about the hardware of the kit is that the clamps that secure the kit's components to the rack are plastic. They haven't had problems with me yet but metal clamps would be much better and sturdier. Overall the Yahmaha DTXpress IV special is a great kit for intermediate to pro drummers that are looking for great quality for a fraction of the price of a roland kit. Yoyu will not find a better kit for anywhere near this price and even if you did have the bucks to spend I would still go with this kit because really your getting just about the same thing. Great kit.

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        The dtxpress kit does have some nice sounds but when I recorded with them there seemed to be a digital trail off after each sound. (that's the best way I can describe it)....Read complete review

        The dtxpress kit does have some nice sounds but when I recorded with them there seemed to be a digital trail off after each sound. (that's the best way I can describe it). Also has limited triggering adjustments especially noticable on the high hat. I would say this kit is more of a glorified practice set. Which it functions well as.

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        5.0

        Best you can get for the price

        By WuhanForTheWin

        from Newfoundland, Canada

        I've owned this kit for just over a year now, and am still extremely satisfied with my purchase. pros: lots of customization. there are like, 50-odd pre-set kits, and lots of room for kits you customized yourself. there are hundreds of sounds available, and you can change any one basically however you'd like. the bass drum pad is big enough to support a double pedal, just make sure both beaters are hitting as close to the middle as possible so they sound even. the 3-zone snare pad is nice, and the 3-zone cymbals are nice. the cymbals are even chokeable, which is really great. while there are some silly, weird sounds you'd never use, there are a lot of nice sounds, including some real high-end Yamaha drums. there is a built-in metronome and lots of play-along songs, and you can record yourself doing anything. the kit is durable enough to be treated like an acoustic kit, just don't light it on fire, attack it with a chainsaw, or run it over with heavy equipment and you should be fine.cons: the hi-hat isn't as sensitive as i'd like. fast 16th notes that are close together sometimes aren't all picked up. but if you're not playing really fast patterns it's good enough. also, the bell of the cymbals aren't really as easy to play as i'd like them to be, so if you're say, alternating between the bow and bell of the ride, you might have difficulties.overall, i love this kit. obviously nothing can replace an acoustic kit, but for home practice/jamming, recording, or even playing small gigs, this thing is great.

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        5.0

        Great for my first electronic kit

        By tjodalv44

        from Texas

        I got this kit because I moved into an apartment complex where I could no longer use my acoustic set. For the money you pay its the best deal out there. Having 3 cymbal pads was a pre-req for me, and the special setup has them. I looked into others but the Simmons pads did not feel sturdy and a similar Roland set was out of my price range.Strengths:I have been extremely pleased with this kit! Its well made and the 3 zone cymbals and snare pad are a big plus! The pads are more expressive than I thought an electronic kit would be. The different preset kits cover just about anything I could ever want to play with. Weaknesses: The directions for setting it up were terrible, I basically used the pictures. I'm having some trouble setting my user-kits the way I want as well. I put my Axis double pedal on it and the bass pad did not pick up all the beats I played. I changed the trigger setting to SP Dyna and have had better luck with that setting.Overall:Very much worth spending the extra money to get this instead of a Simmons. Great electronic kit that will work for anyone from a starter to advanced players!

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        4.0

        Not Bad

        By Lots o' Reviews

        from lots of places

        After owning this kit for a while, a couple of things cause me grief. The first is the snare, it doesn't capture dynamics all that well.. in fact, I find the tom pads actually do a better job! The snare basically registers a max strength hit when you're hitting the pad only with moderate, average force. This can certainly make things tougher than you're used to with an acoustic kit. I find when doing rolls that build in volume, I have to make a conscious effort to make it possible, instead of the pure ease with a real snare drum.The second thing that bothers me is the hihat. It also doesn't capture dynamic playing all that well. Each hit comes off sounding the same. I find cheaper Roland kits have better hihat response than these. So you can forget about accent notes and ghost notes, they pretty much show up as having the same force regardless of how you play them.Also, a more minor problem is that it's sometimes hard to play the bells of the cymbals because it sometimes picks up as you hitting either the bow, or hitting the bell very quietly. This can make playing certain patterns frustrating.I wouldn't use the built in sounds on this. Get a midi cable and connect it to your computer, and play with some sampling software instead. Overall, I think this is a fairly good kit, but if you REALLY want a truly satisfying ekit experience, go for at least a Roland TD-12. It's what I'm getting next.

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        5.0

        great set!

        By lildude52

        from portland, OR

        the set is held at a great price!!! thr triger is sensative to it picks up everything!! the only thing that would be a little better it the high hat ... it dosent pick up the sounds when you hit it while opening and closing ... kinda confuzzzling to tell it. but all around great set that is way worth the money ... surprised its not more!

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        5.0

        Better Than Christmas

        By Coreyserious

        from Ferron, Utah

        I waited and watched the shipping details as my DTXPress IV special made it's way to my state. I was already excited, but when the product got here I was actually ill prepared for how good it was. I'm a careful buyer, so I read every review I could find, watched youtube demos of the kit and I still didn't really get a sense of what exactly I was getting. You hear a lot of criticism about the cymbal sounds, but I think they are very realistic. Some of the sounds don't match the kit they are coupled with when using factory sounds, but EVERYTHING is tweakable. I can't say that they are better than the Roland TD kits, but I can say that I like them enough that I don't care. My friend Benji has an older set of V-drums and the sounds on my DTX stomp his Roland into the mud. If you are on a budget and debating spending the extra $500 to get this kit instead of the Simmons SD9K, think no more. I tried both kits and you won't miss the extra salad that you spend to get this kit. Also, you can add toms onto the kit if the # of toms is a turn off to you like it was me. I got and extra pad and just used a channel insert cable and there it was. If you're on a budget buy this kit, all I have are exceeded expectations and a great e-kit.

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        5.0

        Amazing!

        By CoreyW

        from Grand Ledge, MI

        This is the first electric drum set I have ever owned. I am impressed at the responsiveness of the pads and how many different settings and tweaks I can preform. The only thing that really bothered me about this kit was the setup time. It took me about 2.5 hours from start to finish to get everything unpacked and set up. I knew it was going to take a while, and I was just really excited to jump into it. It's not a gripe really, just the only negative thing I can come up with.Preset kits can all be tweaked and mix-n-matched so you can customize everything.

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        5.0

        Great Kit for An Even Greater Price!

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        The Yamaha DTXpress IV special ekit is one of the most powerful drum tools I have ever used. It is in a nutshell a pro-level electric drum set for half the price of its big name counterparts.(Roland) Pads: The set comes with rubber pads for cymbals, toms, etc. While they are not quite as good as mesh heads which provide more quietness and extra stick rebound the yamaha pads are very realistic feeling and are almost slilent when headphones are used. Also you get a three zone snare which vastly expands your sound capability and a three zone ride with does that as well. The pads trigger very nicely with no delays or double triggering. No complaints with the pads whatsoever.Module: The module that comes with the kit is likely the only one you will ever need on it. With 40 preset kits, built in metronome, groove check feature, recording capability, and more the module is perhaps the best part of the kit. The sounds are amazing in realism with even the hihat voices sounding like that of an acoustic set. The quality of the sounds is comparable to the roland td kits. It is very easyto use and after only a few hours you will be able to navigate it perfectly. It's a great brain for the DTXpress.Hardware: The rack that comes with the set is very sturdy and surprisingly light weight and compact. You can disassemble the entire kit within about ten minutes and your good to go. The only complaint I have about the hardware of the kit is that the clamps that secure the kit's components to the rack are plastic. They haven't had problems with me yet but metal clamps would be much better and sturdier. Overall the Yahmaha DTXpress IV special is a great kit for intermediate to pro drummers that are looking for great quality for a fraction of the price of a roland kit. Yoyu will not find a better kit for anywhere near this price and even if you did have the bucks to spend I would still go with this kit because really your getting just about the same thing. Great kit.

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        5.0

        Hollow stands?!?!?!!?!?!?!?!?!?

        By dRuMmEr4JeSuS-y9AL0

        from Memphis TN

        Yamaha dtxpress IV special electronic drum set,The hollow stand is a good thing because, it makes it easy to cary around, but be careful mine broke within a week or two.It was because i can't hld on to the sticks that exellently so i hit the stand(not hard at all) and it broke. I am still using the same stand but don't hit anything but the tom !!!!!

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        5.0

        I can play in my apt. again!

        By The Happy Drummer

        from New Hampshire

        This is a great kit. Some of the preset songs are a bit cheesey, but it's still fun to play. I've recorded a few tunes with this, and people are shocked when I tell them about the drum kit used! The only issue I have is that you can't hit the bell on the ride, but it's no real problem. The Maple Custom is a great preset, as is the Rock kit. But There are so many cool things about this, that I would bore you with my love for it! This kit is great for apt. use, since it has a headphone jack, and I've been able to record with very little trouble at all (none due to the DTXpress). If you're thinking about this kit, I doubt you'd be disappointed.

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        4.0

        Excellent Value

        By BigBill

        from Connecticut

        I played this kit in the largest casino in the US for 2 years without any problems whatsoever. It was run through the house PA and subs and sounded GREAT. The only limitation I found was the lack of individual outputs for each pad. Mixing was sometimes not as flexible as I would have liked, but it performed well!

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