Yamaha DTX Multi 12 Electronic Percussion Pad
The DTX Multi 12 pad from Yamaha is an advanced trigger pad that opens up all kinds of possibilities to percussionists and other musicians thanks to its flexibility and ingenuity. Whether you want to embellish your existing acoustic or electronic drum setup, have a separate pad-based instrument in its own right, or simply need a trigger for samples, the DTX accomplishes this in style. The pads are easily distinguishable and positioned to get maximum expression and technique out of different percussive strokes.
The DTX has it's own built in sounds and you can add your own WAVs and AIFFs with no difficulties. Play with sticks, your hands or your fingers, and get a realistic response every time! The DTX is also great for practicing thanks to built in grooves. You can even add to the tone of an acoustic drum by using the trigger input and layering up to four different voices which can be triggered every time you hit the acoustic drum.
"Yamaha's DTX Line has always been well put together and the M12 maintains that standards set by the company's full kits... The pads themselves are nicely tactile. A soft rubber surface yields for a nicely luxurious amount of 'give' making the M12 very forgiving on the wrists."
"There are those that might question the M12's lack of on-board sampling abilities, particularly when judged against the Roland SPD-S, its most obvious competitor. To my mind, however, this is simple a different, rather than better or worse, option."
"As far as an out-of-the-box, onto-the-stage solution, it presents a very convincing argument. And that alone makes it worth investigation, particularly if simplicity of use is high on your list of priorities. 4/5 Stars"
"The DTX is packed with a huge array of percussive choices. Its pad layout works equally well for hand or stick performance and the 64MB of non-volatile user memory is ready to be filled with any samples you care to import."
"Yamaha definitely went to town when it came to layering and triggering. I admit to being seduced by the pleasures of four-note chord layers... Multiply this fun by a factor of 12 and you appreciate how indulgent this can be."
Here's what Yamaha say about the DTXMulti 12
The most powerful, all-in-one percussion pad that suits anyone from a beginner to an expert, accommodating different levels of playing, a wide variety of playing styles and performance situations.
DTX-MULTI 12 equips the 12 pads which are easy to be distinguished even at the dark stage. You can use the DTX-MULTI 12 in a variety of 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 a kick pedal (sold separately) to create as a compact drum set.
In addition to a broad spectrum of voices taken from the world renowned, flagship 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.
- You can also import WAV and AIFF audio files from a USB memory device and use them as voices.
- The DTX-MULTI 12 functions as a sample playback device with 64MB of battery backed Flash ROM.
- Together with great-sounding reverb and chorus effects that can be applied to entire drum kits, the DTX-MULTI 12 also features a Variation effect unit that can be used to enhance individual voices in many exciting ways.
The DTX-MULTI 12 comes complete with 128 different MIDI playing patterns (including 3 demo patterns) from a world-wide 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.
The DTX-MULTI 12 provides a number of playing modes and features that enable performers to directly express their art and talent. They are: Stick mode, optimized for playing the instrument with drum sticks; Hand mode, for conveying subtle expressions through hand percussion; Finger mode, for extremely intricate finger drumming; Muting feature, which enables sounds to be muted or changed when a hand is pressed down on a pad as it is struck.
Up to four different voices can be assigned to each pad.
The DTX-MULTI 12 is packed with a multitude of features to stimulate creativity 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.
MULTI-Interface! -Music Production-
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 be save the user kit data on a USB memory.
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 DAW software, and others can play computer software synthesizer sounds by striking the DTX-MULTI 12.
"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 buy the DTX-MULTI 12.
By installing the DTX-MULTI 12 Extension (planned for future release on our Web site), 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.
- The DTX-MULTI 12 comes with trigger-input jacks that five external pads can be connected to as well as one foot switch jack and one hi-hat controller jack.
- You can customize the DTX-MULTI 12 to suit your needs. You can:
Connect a hi-hat controller (such as the HH65) and a kick pad (such as the KP65) to use the DTX-MULTI 12 as a compact drum kit.
- Use a foot switch (such as the FC4) to switch between different drum kits and phrase patterns.
- Use a foot controller (such as the FC7 and FC9) to control the volume and effect values in real time.
- Connect a drum trigger (such as the DT20) 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.