The Drummer's Gotta-have Practice GadgetWhat's the number one drummer frustration? Not being able to play whenever, because of the sheer noise of rocking out. With this little gadget from Yamaha, though, you can knock that problem to the curb for good. Here's the story. Yamaha's DD-65 is your new best friend. It's got eight pads arranged like the drums/cymbals on your kit, so you can just pick up your sticks and play. It even comes with two foot pedals, so you can work the kick and hi-hat. The story gets sweeter, though. When's the last time you could plug your iPod into your acoustic kit and play along?? That's right. You — and your neighbors — are going to love the DD-65.
Anyhow...practice pads, practice schmads — who really wants to "practice" on something that sounds crappy? Not you. While the DD-65 is definitely that same quiet practice solution, it gives you 50 kits to jam on... all very stellar. You can go at it with that big-arena drum sound one minute, then shift gears to a smooth jazz vibe — whatever the moment calls for. Yamaha even laid out the pads to mimic the way you've got your kit setup, so you don't have to change the way you play. And while we would've dug the DD-65 as just a pad controller, Yamaha hit it out of the ballpark by including two foot pedals, for real-deal kick and hi-hat action.
You may just love this next feature most. Plug your iPod right into the DD-65 and become a member of your favorite band. It's by far the best way to learn new tunes and tighten up your chops. Of course, if you're new to drums — or just in the mood for a drum workout you can tap into the 100 songs built into the DD-65. They span a bunch of styles, so you can definitely pick up a few tips, tricks, and fills. And if a moment of drumming brilliance strikes you, which it will, you can record up to five of your own songs to capture the ideas for later.
If you need to keep the peace and practice on the mum, just plug your headphones into the DD-65 and play away. Also cool, the DD-65 has built-in stereo speakers so you can always just sit down and play. The speaker thing is sweet for collaboration too. Next time your jamming crew needs to take it "acoustic" in the later hours, you can pull the DD-65 out of your backpack and hold down the groove, just like you always do.
Yamaha DD-65 Digital Drum Features at a Glance:
- Stereo drum samples
- 254 GM compatible voices assignable to any pad
- Aux input jack
- 50 programmed kits, 3 custom kits
- 32-note polyphony
- Reverb and master EQ
- Holds up to five of your own songs
- Headphone jack
- 100 built-in songs for learning and playing along with
- Eight touch-sensitive pads
- Two foot switches (kick is touch-sensitive)
- MIDI connectivity
- Built-in stereo speakers