Product Type: Yamaha in Drums / Percussion
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Yamaha's space saving drum kit
Member Name: Darren_M
Advantages: Customisable pads. Doesn't take up much space
Disadvantages: Could freeze and switch off for no reason
Want an electronic drum kit but dont have the space for a full size kit? The Yamaha DD-55 does the job. If your looking to touch up on your drumming skills, or simply a beginner looking to learn, this piece of kit makes sure your not left out.
With it's 7 customisable touch sensitive pads, each one reacting to how hard you hit them, and 2 foot pedals which can be customised from being the standard Bass and Hi-Hat pedals to the Heavy Metal person looking for a Double Bass pedal. You don't have to stick to just a Drum Kit, with the options to add African Drum sounds, or looking to do your own Techno beat, the choices go on.
The kit is quite large and can be used on a desktop, table or you can fork out a few quid to get the official stand made by Yamaha. You have the option to record and play back your own custom beat, adjust the volume, switch between pre-set kits or select your own custom kit to suit your needs. You also have a MIDI output connection for those who use MIDI programming software like Reason. And your large headphone jack to keep the neighbours happy.
Having said all that I personally feel this kit should not be used for gigging, be it at a the local pub or on stage, only home use. But that's just my opinion and I'm not saying you have to agree with me. If you get a decent enough Amplifier and adjust the volume on the pads and Amp I'm sure you could get a good use out of it.
The kit also has it downfalls. After a few months of playing it I noticed it would freeze, or just switch off and back on again and delete my custom kit and recording. Sometimes the pedals would only work when I take me foot OFF the pedal, not as soon as I touch it like it's meant to, rather annoying when trying to get your bass drum part in time. A solution to that is to disconnect the pedal and pop it in again, but still a bit annoying.
Overall I would recommend this product to beginners or people looking to touch up their drumming skills at home that done have a lot of space for a full kit. Shame about the glitch of it restarting or freezing but maybe I got a faulty kit.
Hope this review was helpful.
Summary: Good piece of kit for home use. Great for beginners, not as good for your more than average drummer