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Yamaha DTX-MULTI 12 Digital Percussion Pad  

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This powerful, all-in-one percussion pad suits beginners and experts alike, accommodating different levels of playing, as well as a wide variety of playing styles and performance situations. The 12 st... Click To Read More About This Product


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This powerful, all-in-one percussion pad suits beginners and experts alike, accommodating different levels of playing, as well as a wide variety of playing styles and performance situations. The 12 stepped pads make this unit as compact as it is limitless.

Infinite usability
You can use the DTX-MULTI 12 in many ways, such as using the percussion pad in combination with acoustic drums and percussion to accent music with a rich variety of voices, transferring data to the connected computer where you can compose music with the included Cubase AI-5 program, and connecting kick and hi-hat pedals (sold separately) to create a compact drum set.

Unlimited sonic possibilities
In addition to a broad spectrum of voices taken from the MOTIF-series synthesizers, the DTX-MULTI 12 also features many new percussion sounds that have been collected through Yamaha's advanced sampling techniques and ready-to-use effect sounds for a grand total of 1,277 voices. The DTX-MULTI 12 includes not only digital sounds but also DJ sounds and a rich variety of voices from percussion, chromatic percussion, folk, and acoustic drum instruments. If you'd like to mix in some sounds from your own sample collection, you can also import WAV and AIFF audio files via USB and use them as voices. The DTX-MULTI 12 functions as a sample playback device with 64MB of battery-backed Flash ROM.

The DTX-MULTI 12 is loaded with sweet effects including delays, flangers, phasers, pitch shifters, and more. Great-sounding reverb and chorus effects can be applied to entire drum kits, but there is also a Variation effect unit that can be used to enhance individual voices in many exciting ways through compression and EQ. A five-band master EQ adds yet another level of sound sculpting possibilities.

The DTX-MULTI 12 comes complete with 128 different MIDI playing patterns (including 3 demo patterns) from a worldwide range of musical genres including folk music, rock, and house. You can easily start and stop patterns by simply striking the pads. In addition, you can record your own performances as patterns or create patterns on a PC. These patterns can then be assigned to pads. Using the Tap Tempo function, you can set the tempo for patterns and the click track by simply striking pads. In this way, you can conveniently and intuitively set the tempo that you need.

Play modes
The DTX-MULTI 12 provides a number of playing modes and features that enable performers to directly express their art and talent by making the pads more or less sensitive. In Stick Mode the pads have low velocity sensitivity and are optimized for playing the instrument with drumsticks. Conveying subtle expressions through hand percussion is easy in Hand Mode, but if your style involves extremely intricate finger drumming, Finger Mode is ultra sensitive. A Muting Feature enables sounds to be muted or changed when a hand is pressed down on a pad as it is struck. This allows for skin bends, drum mutes, and other feel-based modulations.

Assignable pads
Up to four different voices can be assigned to each pad. You can then creatively trigger those voices through several functions such as Stack mode in which all the notes assigned to a pad are triggered simultaneously with a single strike and Alternate mode in which the notes assigned to the pad are played individually in turn each time it is struck. You can also set the pads to trigger each of the four samples based on the velocity with which you strike the pad.

Music production interface
In addition to the MIDI In/Out port, the DTX-MULTI 12 is equipped with a USB-to-host port that can be connected to a PC with a USB cable (sold separately) and a USB-to-device port that can save the user kit data on a USB memory device. This connection can be used in a variety of ways. For example, those who have difficulty playing a keyboard can input MIDI data directly to Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) software, and others can play computer software synthesizer sounds by striking the DTX-MULTI 12. Essentially, this allows the unit to be used as a MIDI controller using USB instead of MIDI.

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Cubase AI 5 by Steinberg, a DAW software application, is bundled with the DTX-MULTI 12. You can begin modifying the pitch and rhythm of the MIDI data that you input using the DTX-MULTI 12 and begin composing elaborate pieces of music on the same day you receive it. Additionally, by installing the DTX-MULTI 12 Extension from Yamaha's website, you will be able to control Cubase AI 5 directly from the DTX-MULTI 12 front panel. This extension will dramatically improve your efficiency in music composition.

Trigger Expandability
The DTX-MULTI 12 comes with trigger-input jacks that five external pads can be connected to as well as a foot switch jack and a hi-hat controller jack. This allows for a wide variety of set-ups including connecting a hi-hat controller and a kick pad to use the DTX-MULTI 12 as a compact drum kit; using a foot switch to switch between different drum kits and phrase patterns; using a foot controller to control the volume and effect values in real time; or connecting a drum trigger to convert acoustic drum performances to trigger signals and input these signals for playback.

* Hi-hat controllers, foot switches, foot controllers, kick pads, and drum triggers are sold separately.

  • The DTX-Multi 12 features make it flexible enough for multiple applications:
  • Create a compact electronic drum kit for portable playability with the addition of a kick drum pad and hi-hat pedal (sold separately)
  • Easily add electronics to an acoustic drum set
  • Complement hand drums with a full palette of percussion sounds
  • Use as a MIDI controller for any MIDI enabled device such as a hardware sampler or a synthesizer
  • Integrate electronic drums and percussion into a digital audio workstation such as the included Cubase AI5
  • USB in/out for transferring both MIDI and WAV data to and from a computer or digital memory source
  • 1,277 individual voices, many from Yamaha's MOTIF-series synthesizers but also a rich variety of other sounds and instruments such as timpani, marimba, vibraphone, and other chromatic percussion instruments
  • Flash ROM supports WAV and AIFF files imported via USB
  • A wide variety of classic effects including delay, flanger, tremolo, phaser, reverb, chorus, EQ, and more
  • Variable pad sensitivity is defined in three modes:
  • Stick Mode: This mode works best when playing with drumsticks and has the least sensitivity
  • Hand Mode: This further articulates the nuances of playing a hand drum
  • Finger Mode: This mode gives the pads the highest sensitivity and allows for extremely subtle technique
  • Muting Feature enables sounds to be muted or changed when a hand is pressed down on a pad as it is struck, allowing for skin bends, mutes and other feel-based modulations
  • Each pad can have up to four voices assigned to it and then triggered all at once in Stack Mode, triggered one-after-another each time the pad is struck in Alternate Mode, held until the pad is hit again in Hold Mode, or you can set the pads to trigger different assigned voices based on how hard the pad is struck
  • 128 preset patterns in a wide variety of musical styles
  • 50 user-defined patterns that can be created by performing on the device or by composing on a computer
  • Innovative Tap Tempo sets tempo for patterns or Click Track by simply striking the pads
  • Jacks for five external pads in addition to an input for a hi-hat controller and a footswitch
  • Bundled with Cubase AI5
  • Includes power adapter, owner's manual, data list booklet, and DVD-ROM for Cubase AI5
  • Dimensions: 3.8" x 13.6" x 12.6"
    Weight: 7.27 lb. | 3.3kg
    Built-in pads: 12
    External inputs: 5 (One 3-zone input, 4 monaural inputs)
    Maximum polyphony: 64 notes
    Wave memory: 100 MB (16-bit linear conversion)
    Drum and percussion voices: 1,061
    Keyboard voices: 216
    Preset drum kits: 50
    User-defined kits: 200
    Effects: 42 types of Variation; 6 types of Chorus; 6 types of Reverb; 5-band master equalizer
    Pad functions: Increment or decrement of drum kit, pattern, or tempo; tap tempo; switching on or off of click-track; transmission of control change messages

    Readable quantity: 500
    Bit depth: 16 bit
    Wave memory: 64 MB
    Maximum size: Mono sample: 2 MB
    Stereo sample: 4 MB
    Sample formats: Proprietary, WAV, and AIFF
    Sequence capacity: 152,000 notes
    Note resolution: Quarter note / 480
    Recording method: Realtime overdubbing
    Preset patterns: 128 phrases (including 3 demo patterns)
    User-defined patterns: 50 phrases
    Sequence formats: Proprietary
    SMF Format 0 (for loading only)

    Click-track features:
    Tempo: 30 to 300 BPM. Tap tempo functionality
    Beats: 1/4 - 16/4, 1/8 - 16/8, 1/16 - 16/16
    Note timing: Accent notes, quarter notes, eight notes, sixteenth notes, triplets
    Connectors: Pad 13 jack (standard stereo-phone plug; left = trigger, right = rim switch);
    Pad 14/15 and Pad 16/17 jacks (standard stereo-phone plug; left = trigger, right = trigger)
    Hi-hat control jack (standard stereo-phone plug)
    Foot switch jack (standard stereo-phone plug)
    Output L/Mono and R jacks (standard phone plugs)
    Phones jack (standard stereo-phone plug)
    Aux-in jack (standard stereo-phone plug)
    MIDI IN and OUT connectors
    USB to host port
    USB to device port and DC in.

    Display: Backlit LCD with 2 rows of 16 characters
    Power Consumption: 9W (DTXM12 and PA-5D adaptor)

    Minimum system requirements for Cubase AI5:
    Mac OS X 10.5.5
    PowerPC G5 (Intel Core Duo CPU recommended)
    1024 MB RAM
    Display resolution of 1280 x 800 recommended
    DVD-ROM drive
    1 GB of free HD space
    Internet access required for license activation

    Windows XP Home Edition (SP3) and XP Professional (SP3), Windows Vista (32-bit)
    2 GHz CPU (dual core CPU recommended)
    1024 MB RAM
    Display resolution of 1280 x 800 recommended
    DVD-ROM drive
    1 GB of free HD space
    Internet access required for license activation

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DTXM12 Review

By Double D

from Syracuse, NY

Comments about Yamaha DTX-MULTI 12 Digital Percussion Pad:

This module is fantastic!!! Really versatile, expandable and a great addition to any acoustic drum configuration. Pads have soft feel, not hard rubber like some other modules. Sensitive to stick hits. Programming multiple sounds to one pad is a little tedious. I was playing on a Roland SPD-20 and loved that as well, but Yamaha's DTXM12 has just a little more bang for the buck. Unfortunately a little pricey right now because it's new. Well worth the investment. Highly recommended.

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Good enough for what I wanted, interface could use some work

By Nate

from Melbourne, FL

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  • Functional
  • Good Quality


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      Comments about Yamaha DTX-MULTI 12 Digital Percussion Pad:

      It came down to this or the more expensive Roland pad. I tried the Roland one out and it was a tough decision. I thought this one's alignment of pads made more sense and I liked that it was relatively more compact.
      I was looking for something to play around with in my small home studio. I have guitars and a bass and was looking for some percussion. Previously I had the DR-880 but the drum triggers are small on that.
      Its expandable as well which appealed to me.
      Only negative: making your own kits is time consuming. It desperately needs a software program that when you hook it up to your computer, it could be simplified. They are pushing their own software - Cubase - which I tried and ignored. Mac users pretty much all use Garageband/Logic Pro.


      Fun and productive

      By Buzz

      from Nashville Tennessee

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      • Easy To Use


        Best Uses

        • Backup

        Comments about Yamaha DTX-MULTI 12 Digital Percussion Pad:

        I use it for cowbell sounds chimes wood blocks and other sounds actually cheaper than investing into all of the above and didn't take up as much room


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        By Skweeky

        from Spokane WA.

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        • Functional
        • Good Quality
        • Great Sound with fx 16bit 44.1


        • The interface is quite laborious.

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        • Practicing

        Comments about Yamaha DTX-MULTI 12 Digital Percussion Pad:

        Yamaha has a app for ipad that makes programing easy.However no app for pc or apparently mac...

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