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Yamaha YDD-60 Digital Drums  

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    Yamaha

    Pro high-quality sounds in a compact pad set.

    The Yamaha YDD-60 Digital Drums offer pro level features at a fraction of the typical price. It has 8 touch sensitive drum pads, hand percussion mode, 230 stereo sampled voices, 50 preset drum kits, 100 built in songs, and much more. The Auxiliary In jack allows you to attach the Yamaha YDD-60 to your favorite MP3 or portable CD player and play with prerecorded music. This is a great way for learning how to play your favorite songs quickly.

    With its many features, YDD-60 Digital Drums is great for the beginning drummer looking to refine their chops on the drums, or the professional looking for a quiet practice solution.

    Power supply (sku # 330238) and USB connector (sku # 332007) not included.

    Features

    • 8 Touch Sensitive Drum Pads
    • 230 Assignable Ultra-Realistic Stereo Sampled Drum Voices
    • Hand Percussion Mode
    • Stereo Speakers with a Bass Port for Deep, Rich Sound
    • Auxiliary In Jack for Connecting to Your Favorite MP3 or CD Player
    • MIDI I/O
    • 50 Preset Drum Kits and 100 Built-In Songs
    • DSP Effects: Reverb and Master EQ
    • 2 Foot Pedals Included
    • Headphone Jack for Private Practice (Headphones Optional)

    Whether you're looking to start playing, or just need a quiet practice solution, the YDD-60 will achieve your needs. Order today.

     
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    4.6

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    5.0

    Awesome Deal!

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Bought this as a cheap kit to play with to see if I would like drumming. I knew going into it that I would get something better if I took a real liking to drumming. Pleasantly surprised by this. Although it looks a bit like a toy, the pad feel and sound quality through headphones is quite good. The built-in speakers/amp are a plus but lacks volume and bass, so I don't use them much. The drum samples are quite realistic. There are different samples that play depending on velocity. For example, if you hit the snare pad hard, it has a snap that isn't heard when you hit the pad normally. The Hihat pedal not only serves as open/close but also sounds on the close as a real hihat. Not too crazy about the hihat/drum pedals, but it does the job. You can get an upgrade to these pedals.As a midi controller, this is simply a steal. I plug the midi port into my computer and play VST kits such as EZdrummer and it is awesome. One word of caution, the midi note remapper on the kit is horrible, so use a software remapper on your computer instead. I wouldn't use it on a hardware drum module because the built in remapper can't map the hihat properly.

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    4.0

    Great Practice Set

    Not a pro e-drum set, for sure, but the quality of the sounds is outstanding at this price point -- especially when pumped through a bass or keyboard amp via the headphone jack. Pedals are unusual, but workable once you get used to them. Regarding the MIDI hi-hat problem, it is worth noting that Yamaha now has a "technical service bulletin" regarding the problem and will fix it in warranty. I just sent mine in for this and I imagine it will be a replacement rather than a fix. Anyway, if it comes back with the hi-hat generating the proper MIDI notes, I'd raise my rating -- where else can you get a decent practice set and MIDI drum controller for this price?Truly, many of the sounds put my DM5 to shame, though they aren't on a par with the high-end Yamaha or Roland drum brains.

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    5.0

    Take your trap set with you!

    By Flashular

    from Santa Fe, NM

    I bought this kit on the last stupid deal, and man was I pleased. The samples selection and quality are great, and the portability makes it a no brainer. The pads and layout work quite well. The only thing I'd recommend is to to look into better footswitches.

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    5.0

    wow. drums plus

    I am quite impressed with this unit. In addition to all kinds of sampled percussion sounds, flexible kits and even built in amp... it has General MIDI + Yamaha's XG synth sounds as well. The feel of the pads is nice and works for hand percussion quite well. Even includes drum sticks. Better in my book then a plain drum machine for providing backing tracks for gigging. I didn't give it all 5 stars because the foot pedals are not realistic if you've ever played real pedals... though it is nice to be able to trigger the kick and HiHat with your feet while playing. Don't forget to order the power supply which is "optional" though it DOES include a pair of sticks to get you started. All told, it's a great deal and will be part of the arsenal I schlepp to gigs.

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    4.0

    Better than I expected

    I've been wanting a set of Roland V drums for my project studio because I wanted something quieter than an acoustic set and it just makes recording easier. I saw this item in the "Stupid Deal of the Day" and decided to buy it since the price was too good to pass up. ($99)First impression out of the box was it had some OK drum sounds when playing through the onboard speakers but the kick drum left a lot to be desired. I couldn't seem to find a decent sounding kick anywhere. I then ran a line from the unit to my mixer and played it through my studio monitors. Wow, what a difference that made! No problem with the kick drum anymore since I was getting plenty of pop through the monitors. My only complaint is with the cymbals that you have to choose from and the pedals that come with it. It's hard to get a good open/closed hi-hat sound with this pedal set up. For some reason it doesn't seem to trigger the open hi-hat fast enough or it doesn't open at all when you lift your foot off the pedal. It seems like you have to either play a open hi-hat or a closed hi-hat. The ride and crash cymbals are good, I just wish you could put a little more gain on them as they sound a little thin as compared to the drums.Programming the pads to a custom kit was simple enough and you can get a good bounce off the pads. Don't expect it to be like a real drum head though as it's hard to get a good tight roll sound off these pads.Overall, I like it and it sounds pretty good through some decent speakers. For the price you can't (pardon the pun) beat it. If you're like me and don't like playing drums on a keyboard this may be just the ticket you're looking for. Especially if you're on a tight budget.

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