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Old 11-21-2012, 06:24 PM
antony rinaldo antony rinaldo is offline
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Default Review Yamaha DD65?

i m gonna buy YAMAHA DD65...any review on it friends??
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Old 11-22-2012, 01:37 PM
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Default Re: REVIEW

I own one and I like it for the reasons I bought it for, which is to practice on in a space too small for a full acoustic or electronic kit and because it cost $300 less than an entry level full electronic kit.

The pads for the cymbals are raised higher than those for the snare and toms, which makes it easier to play patterns on, and all the pads are laid out in the same positions as the most common setup used for a 5pc kit with hats, ride and 2 crashes. It also has a lot of samples of different drums, including hand percussion (djembe, conga, etc).

The cons are that the sounds aren't bad, but they aren't great either. Compare the DD65 to a Roland SPD-30 Octapad on youtube and you'll see what I mean. Of course, the Octapad costs more than twice what a DD65 does, so that's to be expected.

The other con is that the pad noise is loud. When I play it listening to the internal speakers, I can hear the sound of the sticks hitting the pads over the sound of the sampled drums. Same thing in the hand percussion mode, you really have to hit some of the pads hard to even get the samples to trigger at all. So I suggest listening through headpones.

I haven't tried it yet, but I plan on using it as a controller for Garage Band on my iPad, and I've read that it works well in that capacity.

Hope that helps,
Kevin
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