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Coming from a long and illustrious line of Yamaha e-drum sets, the Yamaha DTXTREME III XL electronic drum kit features an upgraded brain that's based upon 'Motif' AWM2 sounds. The DTXTREME III XL is c... Click To Read More About This Product

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Coming from a long and illustrious line of Yamaha e-drum sets, the Yamaha DTXTREME III XL electronic drum kit features an upgraded brain that's based upon 'Motif' AWM2 sounds. The DTXTREME III XL is configured with 5 drum pads, 3 cymbal pads, and the DTXTREME III module, mounted on the RS130 drum rack.

Live performance
Using sound technology from the highly acclaimed Motif XS and DSP effects from Yamaha's high-end digital mixers, the DTXIII drum module has professional sounds that bring your drumming to life. With a realistic hi-hat that responds naturally to hands and feet, 3 - 3-zone chokeable cymbals, one 3-zone snare, and 4 - 3-zone toms, DTXIII XL is a complete electronic drum set for the most demanding live applications.

Yamaha combined superior sounds, sampling capability, and flexible connectivity into an easy-to-navigate interface to give you the ultimate tool for creating music in the studio. It's also perfect for controlling VST software like BFD and Sonic Reality's Drum Masters. The Yamaha DTXtreme III electronic drum set's sampling capabilities set it apart from the competition and let you get any drum sound, and Yamaha has free samples available for download.

The Yamaha DTXtreme e-drum set makes practice fun and productive by giving you features that help you learn any style and allow you to track the accuracy of your playing. The Groove Check and advanced Metronome functions help you develop solid timing. The DTXIII also includes a sequencer, so you can record your own grooves any time you want or create complete backing tracks to jam along with.

Yamaha DTXtreme III Module
A shining example of technology powered by a drum company, the Yamaha DTXtreme III module uses the same technology that powers the supercharged Yamaha MOTIF XS synthesizer. With the optional memory installed, 512MB of sampling allows players to trigger a large library of custom sounds. The DTXtreme III also features USB connectivity and an advanced internal sequencer.

When you want to customize your sound, you can take any of the over 1,000 internal drum, percussion, special effects voices, and loops to create up to 50 user kits. Insert a USB stick and you can save another 1,584 kits. Taking it even further, you can assign any MIDI channel to each pad, giving you access to over 200 melodic GM voices that you can trigger from any pad. With the optional DIMM (sold separately), you have 512MB of sampling memory allowing an additional 1,016 user voices.

The Yamaha electronic drum module has 15 trigger inputs, of which 14 accept 3-zone pads. Input 10/11 is able to accept 2 mono pads by using a stereo splitter. For live performance or recording, there is a stereo pair of outputs, or 6 individual outputs that also function as 3 stereo pairs, and a S/PDIF digital output. The Aux in allows you to plug in an external music source so that you can play along or lets you sample directly into the module. There is a full-function sample editor so that you can tweak your samples once recorded. The MIDI in/out allows connection to other devices, and the USB and TO Host terminals allow easy connection to a computer. The USB also allows use of a flash drive to store and load user created data such as kits, samples, songs, and click settings.

Yamaha combined its electronic drum and digital music design teams to share technology and create this powerful electronic drum module. The user-friendly features of this drum module are exceptional and the sounds will blow you away. Several Yamaha drum artists, including Tommy Aldridge, Akira Jimbo, Russ Miller, John "JR" Robinson, and Tony Verderosa, among others, had a hand in designing the Yamaha DTXtreme III electronic drum set.

  • 1 hi-hat cymbal pad
  • 3 - 3-zone chokeable cymbals
  • 1 - 3-zone snare
  • 4 - 3-zone toms
  • Hi-hat controller with real hi-hat stand
  • Extra tom mount and ball joint for extra tom
  • 7/8" clamp for extra cymbal
  • RS130 rack
  • Kick pedal sold separately
  • Yamaha DTXTREME III Sound Module:
  • 1,115 drum and percussion voices, 211 GM melodic voices
  • 50 preset and 50 user kits
  • 15 trigger inputs (14 - 3-zone, one can be split for 2 mono pads)
  • 512MB of sampling with optional DIMM installed (sold separately)
  • Full-function sample editor
  • Effects processor with 9 reverb, 19 chorus, and 51 insertion effects
  • 100 steps of stack/alternate mode using any MIDI channel
  • Kits, songs, SMF, click presets, and samples may be stored on, and loaded from external USB device
  • 2-track sequencer with 50 preset, 50 user songs
  • 64 note polyphony
  • Programmable click with Groove Check and Rhythm Gate
    • Tone Generator: AWM2
    • Polyphony: 64 notes
    • Wave: 205MB (when converted to 16-bit linear format)
    • Voice Preset: 1,115 drum voices, 211 melody voices (GM)
    • Drum Kit Presets: 50 kits, User 50 kits (in the Flash ROM), External 1584 kits (or 99 x 16, in the external USB storage device (sold separately))
    • Effects: Reverb 9 types, Chorus 19 types, Variation 51 types, Insertion 51 types, Master Effect: 9 types, Master EQ 5 bands
    • Trigger Setup Preset: 7, User: 5, Pad songs play, chase, cutoff.
    • 4 songs (max.) can be played simultaneously.
    • Note capacity: Approx. 152,000 notes
    • Note resolution: 480 ppq (parts per quarter note)
    • Song recording type: Real time
    • Song tracks: 2 tracks
    • Songs: Demo 3 songs
    • Practice songs: 44 songs
    • Pad song: 40 songs
    • User: 50 songs
    • Sequence Format: DTXTREME III Original Format, SMF format 0
    • Click Tempo: 30-300 , Tap tempo
    • Beat: 1/4-16/4, 1/8-16/8, 1/16-16/16
    • Timing Accent: Quarter note, Eighth note, Sixteenth note, Triplet
    • Click Voices: Preset 8
    • Training Functions: Measure break, Groove check, Rhythm gate
    • Sampling Samples: 1,016 (for the User Voices)
    • Sampling Sources: Audio input signals via AUX IN/SAMPLING IN, Audio output signals via OUTPUT (Resample)
    • Sample Data Bits: 16-bit
    • Sampling Frequency: 44.1kHz, 22.05kHz, 11.025kHz, 5.5125kHz (stereo/mono)
    • Sampling Memory: Optionally installed, expandable to 512MB (256MB DIMM x 2 slots). DIMMs are not installed to the instrument when shipped from the factory
    • Sample Length: Mono 32MB, Stereo 64MB
    • Sampling Time: 44.1kHz: 6 min. 20 sec., 22.05kHz: 12 min. 40 sec., 11.025kHz: 25 min. 20 sec., 5.5125kHz: 55 min. 40 sec. - Mono/Stereo
    • Sample Format: DTXTREME III Original format, WAV, AIFF
    • Controllers & Sliders: Master, Phones, Click, Accomp., Kick, Snare, Tom, Cymbal, Hi-Hat, Misc.
    • Displays: 240 x 64 dot graphic backlit LCD, 7-segment LED (3-digit)
    • Connectors: MIDI In/Out
    • USB To Device/To Host
    • Output: L/Mono, R (standard phone jack)
    • Digital out: EIAJ CP1201, IEC60958, S/PDIF
    • Individual output: 1-6 (standard phone jack)
    • Trigger Input jacks 1-9, 12-15 (Standard stereo phone jack, L: Trigger Signal, R: Rim Switch)
    • Trigger Input jacks 10 and 11 (Standard stereo phone jack, L: Trigger Signal, R: Trigger Signal)
    • AUX IN/SAMPLING IN: (Standard stereo phone jack)
    • Phones: Standard stereo phone jack
    • Hi-hat control: Standard stereo phone jack
    • DC IN 16V
    • Power Consumption: 18W
    • Dimensions: 13.15"W x 3.78"H x 11.22"D
    • 334mm (W) x 96mm (H) x 285mm (D)
    • Weight: 3.6kg
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(27 of 32 customers found this review helpful)


Not as good as it ought to be

By TobyJim

from Austin, TX

Comments about Yamaha DTXtreme III XL:

Let's start with the rack. The pipe is OK but the connecting clamps are absurdly cheap plastic. I didn't break any during set-up, but as eggshell thin-walled as this cheap plastic is, breakage is inevitable, especially if I end up disassembling and reassembling this kit for shows, rather than just keeping it at home. That said, now that the rack is set up, I'm able to put the drums and cymbals where I want them, as long as I'm very gentle when making any adjustment. The drum pads are more springy than real drum heads which is not necessarily a good or a bad thing. Just different. The cymbals are less responsive. Not every hit translates into a triggered sound, but the vast majority of them do. I'm neither an extremely hard of soft hitter, but it seems if I want to hear every hit on the cymbals, I'll have to hit harder, unlike the drums which are very responsive to even the lightest taps. It could be as I learn more about the control options in the brain, I'll find solutions for my concerns about the cymbals, but that may take a while. I haven't finished reading and testing all the options available, but that could take weeks, maybe months. Still, I enjoy playing the kit. While some of the preprogrammed kit sounds are jokey, there's a lot of good kits. I wouldn't say I'm unhappy with my purchase, but it dramatically lowered my opinion of Yamaha as a manufacturer. I bought this kit sight unseen, something I hate doing. I would've paid several hundred dollars more for decent clamps. For nearly $3,000 of my money, I expected better. Same with the Guitar Center salesperson who sold it to me. He let me think the kit didn't come with a snare or hi-hat stand, so I bought one of each while I was there.

(21 of 24 customers found this review helpful)


Betten than expected and disapointed at the same time

By Wayne

from Oakley, CA

Comments about Yamaha DTXtreme III XL:

I bought this set without being about to test it out since it's an online order item. Once I got it, I was actually surprised by the sound quality, sounds great to me. I coupled it with the Roland PM-30 Amp. With all the 3 zoned pads you really get a lot for your money. Rubber pads don't feel that bad once you get use to them. Here is why I gave it 4 stars out of 5. The set came with a defective kick pad. I could not get it replaced by GC unless I repacked the whole kit... Note to self: test each pad out before un-boxing everything. GC sent it back to Yamaha for me and I figure this can happen but it's been almost a month now and still no kick drum. The second reason is the cymbal pads are not that sensitive out of the box...I was able to readjust the sensitivity so it's a lot better now but I think it could still be a little more sensitive out of the box. Not much wiggle room now that I have it turned up so much. I play them every day and like what I�ۡ���m hearing but will have to review again when I get my kick drum back.

(13 of 20 customers found this review helpful)




from Albuquerque, NM

Comments about Yamaha DTXtreme III XL:

This kit sets-up well, feels good, and sounds great (conditionally) through a good PA or headphones. Just after a month from the purchase, the module was sent in for warranty repair - still there. The internal practice songs are very fun, and I find the overal quality for the price to be very good. My one concern is questionable reliability. Perhaps Yamaha and Toyota have a partnership!

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)



By Gitch

from Charlotte,NC

Comments about Yamaha DTXtreme III XL:

Well I would have to say I'am extremely happy with the kit more then the other person.. The kit has some great sounds right out of the box but if you want more out of it, which has tons of features, you have to go in and tweak rather then go by factory settings and I found out with the Hi Hats that is what you have to do. This thing will even find out how accurate you are with your timing. With USB you can add even more kits. This just beats the other brand I'am not mentioning it hands down when it comes to price and features that is one reason I bought it. The heads are much larger then the other as well. I got the the DTX that came with the hex rack which is built like a tank so I cannot compare to the other rack but anything Yamaha does is going to last. It will rock your world!!

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


Yamaha DTX ExtremeIII XL

By James Weber

from Fremont, IN

Comments about Yamaha DTXtreme III XL:

I have been playing drums for about 43 years and have always played an acoustic kit. I have ownes this kit for about 3 weeks. I have always been curious about the feel, sensitivity, and sound of electronic drums. I have compared (hands on) Alesis, Roland, Simmons, Yamaha electronic kits and though they all have some great qualities, certain features stand out among the Roland and Yamaha. Number one is the sound quality. The Yamaha and Roland are about equal. Yamaha has more stored music choices and a wider variety of styles. The biggest issue for me is playability and senitivity. Although the Yamahas' triggers are not as sensitive as the Rolands they still perform great. For me the Yamahas have a more natural feel and are less spongie than the Rolands. The 3 zone pads and 360 degree chokable cymbals really help the natural feel and playabiltiy. I am very impressed with my Yamaha DTX EXtreme III kit. Yamaha quality, i believe, is the best in the business and you can tell it from the moment you sit down behind the kit. The price comparison point was $2500.00. At that price the Rolands could not compete. Roland's kit that compares to the DTX ExtremeIII is $3999.00. So if you want a great electronic kit that simulates a real kit. The Yamaha DTX ExtremeIII is by far the best for the money.

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