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Yamaha DTX8K-M Electronic Drum kit - Black Forest
£1999.00 RRP £2686.80
On order with Yamaha due 2021-11-14
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Yamaha DTX8K-M Electronic Drum Kit - Black ForestThis product does not come with a Bass drum Pedal or Drum Stool
The New Yamaha E-Drums Series
Introducing the brand new Yamaha DTX8K-M Electronic Drum Kit. This electronic drumkit comes with real wooden shells for a stunning aesthetic in two distinct finishes, this particular model is in the stunning Black Forest finish. The DTX8 Electronic Drumkit comes with the highly acclaimed DTX-PRO Module which is already known for being a part of the DTX6 Electronic Drum Kits. These New DTX offerings come with something that Yamaha Have never offered before until now, Mesh Heads! up until now you could only go for Yamaha's acclaimed TCS (Textured Cellular Silicone) Drum Pads this has now all changed with the new DTX8 Drum kits with customers now being able to choose which Drums pads they want, either the TCS pads or the Remo Mesh heads.
Yamaha DTX-PRO Module
At the Heart of the Brand New DTX8 Electronic Drumkit is the Critically acclaimed DTX-PRO Drum Module. The DTX-PRO Drum Module offers totally new audio quality with samples recorded in some of the finest studios in the world Using some of the best drumkits that Yamaha has to offer. The sounds can be treated with a whole host of effects, so drummers can tailor the sound they want to hear for whatever situation they are put in musically. Users can also load up to 1000 of their own samples in addition to the 400+ internal sounds
Unique to the DTX-PRO modules are the Kit Modifier knobs which allow the user to instantly change the sound of the kit by adjusting the real sampled room ambiance (not just reverb), Kit compression, and other effects in real time. Every channel also has built in EQ and transient control which usually only found in studio software, this allows you to change the attack and decay of the sounds to suit your needs.
Brand New DTX Sounds
The sounds for the DTX-PRO Module have been recorded in some of the best studios in Europe. Great care has been taken to record each sound from the initial stick impact to the last usable vibration. As well as the direct microphone sounds from the drums and cymbals themselves, the sounds of the instruments in the studios themselves were also captured.
Triggering and FX
The DTX8 is much faster to trigger than previous DTX models this makes them feel much more natural to play. The DTX-PRO Module also has 256 polyphony, meaning they can play more notes at the same time.
The transient adjustment adjusts the attack and release of the sound, effectively making the instrument sound closer or farther away depending on the settings. Each channel has compression in addition to the compressor modifier. 31 effects can be assigned to each individual channel making each channel abit different.
The Kit modifier knobs are unique to Yamaha. They allows the user to instantly change the sound by affecting the ambience, compression and effects. You can also see how much each modifiers being used and adjust it in real time.
The ambience Modifier works by adding real room ambience onto the kit sound. When the drumkits were recorded they also took the time to record and sample the actual room sound. You can add this natural ambience onto the drum kit by turning the ambience modifier.
the compression modifier works by adding compression onto the whole kit, a small amount of compression can help to bring the whole kit sound together. More compression adds attack and smack to the sound to give it a more aggressive sound.
The effects modifier works by controlling how much you hear the 2 effects processors as well as the master FX. Each pad can send different amounts of signal to either processor meaning each pad can have different effects on it if required.
Ride Hit Point detection
The Ride Cymbal On the DTX8 have hit point detection or positional sensing, this means it can sense where on the bow it is being played and adjusts the sound being played accordingly, allowing for a more natural playing experience. this is in addition to the 3 zone sensing - Bell, bow, Edge.
- XP125SD-M 12" Mesh Head 2-Zone Snare Pad
- PCY155 3-Zone Cymbal Pad 15" for ride cymbal with positional sensing
- 3x Kit Modifier Knobs to instantly add real sampled room ambience, compression and other effects
- Independent compression for every channel
- 3 Sweepable Band EQ for every channel
- Transient adjustment for every channel
- Trainings Functions
- 256-note Polyphony
- Links to Rec'n'share App for Android and iOS for recording, practising and filming
- DTX-PRO Drum Trigger Module (x1)
- XP125SD-M Snare Pad (x1)
- XP105-M Tom Pad (x3)
- PCY135 13" Pad (x2)
- PCY155 15" Pad
- RHH135 Hi Hat pad on Yamaha Hi Hat stand
- KP90 Kick Pad (x1)
- RS8 Rack System
- Power adapter, Module holder, manual
You can load up to 1000 of your own samples into the DTX-PRO and PROX Modules. Each sample can be 16 bit or 24 bit, stereo or mono, and is loaded in from a USB drive DTX-PRO = 32Mb (6min 20secs stereo) DTX-PROX= 256Mb (25min 22secs stereo) But this can all be used for drum and percussion sounds as there are other ways to play/ trigger tracks.
Every zone of every pad of the DTX 8 and 10 kits can have 4 layers. Each layer can be an internal sound or a user sample. These sounds can be stacked together or alternated - each time the zone is hit, the next sound in the list is heard. This is a function called Stack/Alt
The DTX-PRO and PROX Modules have a feature called User Voice which works in parallel with Stack/Alt. This means that up to 40 samples can be loaded onto any zone of any pad. These samples can then be set to play at different dynamics. You could load up to 120 samples per pad - 10 layers and 4 repeating samples on each zone.
record Via USB
You can also use the DTX-PRO and PROX to record yourself playing. You simply select the Recorder function, press Record, and start playing. You can use the module alone as an audio notepad and record for 90 seconds, or you can plug in a USB drive and record for 90 minutes. This means by attaching a microphone to the Aux In, rehearsals and lesson can be easily recorded.
If you want to record yourself playing along to a track and you do not have a computer to hand, you can simply use the DTX-PRO or PROX.
If you put the track onto a USB drive and insert it in the module, select the Recorder, find the track, press Play and then immediately Record as well, the module will record your drums over the audio track*. It is a perfect way to record demos.
The DTX-PRO and PROX have borrowed the best practice functions from previous DTX models. There are 10 training functions that are ideal for players of all standards, as well as 37 training songs that allow you to learn various genres. Drummers of all levels should find the training functions a useful aid for daily practice.
It is incredibly important that drummers can hear themselves clearly, so the new DTX modules comes equipped with a high precision, low distortion, low noise, and high- power headphone amplifier. This circuitry delivers high-fidelity sound directly to the player, and has been developed exclusively for electronic drums. The DTX-PROX has both 6.35mm and 3.5mm headphone outputs for ease of use, whether it is headphones or in ear monitors. The DTXPRO has 6.35mm.
Rec'n'Share first became known with the EAD10. Now Rec'n'Share works with the DTX8+10 range, meaning it can be used for practice or video making. Rec'n'Share is iOS and Android compatible. The device connects with a USB cable and an adaptor (depending on the device).
PLAY, CHANGE TEMPO, ADD CLICK
Any track which you have on your device, and which you own a copy of, can be used with Rec'n'Share. Streaming sites such as Spotify and Apple Music cannot be used because of Digital Rights Management (DRM). Rec'n'Share can link to Dropbox for easy access of all your music tracks. Any track in Rec'n'Share can have its tempo changed and have a click added to it. You can also loop sections of the track for better practice sessions.
FILM, EDIT, MIX, UPLOAD
As well as recording your playing, the Rec'n'Share App can also be used to record drum videos, by using the audio from the DTX-PRO or PROX, and the video capture of the attached device. Videos can be trimmed and edited, mixes changed, and the final result can be easily shared directly from the app.
Every DTX8 and 10 kit comes with a download code to get a copy of Cubase AI, the powerful music production software from Steinberg.
By connecting the DTX-PRO or PROX to your computer with a USB cable, all recording, editing, and mixing tasks that are found in modern music production, can be handled by Cubase
Yamaha DTX8K-M Electronic drumkit specifications
- DTX-PRO Drum Trigger Module (x1)
- XP125SD-X Snare Pad (x1)
- XP105-X Tom Pad (x3)
- PCY155 Pad (x1)
- PCY135 Pad (x2)
- KP90 Kick Pad (x1)
- RHH135 Hi Hat controller (x1)
- RS8 Rack System
- Power adapter, Module holder, manual
- MIDI Interface: Both USB and 5 - pin MIDI Out
- USB: Both for computer/tablet/phone linking and also sample loading
- Internal Effects: Yes - Compression, Transient Control and EQ on every channel, plus 2x Send Effects, plus Master Effects.
- Master Out: L+R
- Headphone Connection: 6.3mm
- Auxiliary Input: 3.5mm
- Integrated Metronome: Yes
- Recording Function: USB (90 seconds internally or 90 minutes to USB)
- Display: Yes
- Digital Output: Yes, USB Audio to device, or record direct to USB drive.
- Bass Drum Pedal Included?: No
Yamaha DTX8K-M Electronic Drumkit Overview
Yamaha DTX8K-M - Cherrisse Osei Artist Performance
Review Written By AC Hamilton Drum Specialist Matthew Longshaw
So, Big release from Yamaha, the Brand new DTX8 series of drum kits, My first honest thought was going to be, "i know they are going to be cool but will the silicone pads turn people away" because as well all know Yamaha have been known to use their TCS (Textured Cellular Silicone) Pads on all their higher end drum kits. Which is great but not everyone gets along with them so this reduces sales numbers.
As you can imagine i was very shocked when the first image i saw of these was a real wooden drum shell, with a MESH HEAD on it! that's right you read that correctly Yamaha are now offering mesh heads on their high end drums, oh but it gets better, you actually have a choice of which pads you want so all those people who like the TCS pads you can also have these new Yamaha Electronic drums. which to me is absolutely brilliant because they are essentially doubling the amount of interest these drums will generate just by offering a new head choice which from what i can gather will generate a lot of interest.
The Look of The DTX8
In short, i think the DTX8 looks pretty sweet in all fairness, the real wooden shells add a proper sense of class to the whole setup. The Shells are also made of the same birch that Yamaha use to make their stage custom drum kits so already you can tell it's not cheap nasty wood it's real quality stuff. One thing i will say is a slight let down in the looks department for the DTX8 is the bass drum but this is how they have managed to keep the price quite reasonable, for this i can forgive them because honestly i think its still gonna feel great to play and it's still going to be able to accommodate a double pedal which is really all you can ask for.
Overall i think the DTX8 Looks fantastic, you get the choice of two finishes being Real wood and Black Forest, i personally lean towards the real wood finish a little more but the black finish still looks great and they all come with these really nice Yamaha DTX Badges which look really cool as well. A nice little touch as well in my opinion is that the drum Module is actually on the right side instead of the left, i feel they made this choice to because they didn't want any extra clutter on the hi hat side which i can appreciate and to be honest there is loads of space on the right side of the kit which just isn't being used.
Yamaha DTX-PRO Module
Honestly i havent had any hands on experience with the DTX-PRO module so i cant comment to much on it but from what i have seen through various videos and other online reviews, the general view on the DTX-PRO is overall very positive with most people commenting saying how easy the module is to operate and how much they enjoy the kit modifier knobs on the front of the Module. Most people have very good thigs to say about the sounds inside the module as well being that Yamaha make some of the best drum kits in the world. The preset Kits that you get in the DTX-PRO module do sound extremely good. im excited to get my hands on one dive straight in.
What do you Get
i was pleasantly surprised at the sheer amount of stuff you get with the DTX8 drum kit, so of course you get the actual drums themselves with the cymbals and the rack. what i wasent expecting was the fact that you also get a Yamaha Snare Stand and a Yamaha Hi-Hat stand as part of the package which is great value for money as most other brands dont come with those kind of extras and would force you to buy them separately if you didn't already own the hardware so that in itself is great.
So who is the DTX8 going to be going up against? The main and biggest competition right now in the electronic drum world is Roland so Yamaha have a massive undertaking in front of them because Roland are the most popular E-Drum company on the market right now. Specifically, i think the DTX8 will be going head to head with the VAD306, now on the face of it both kits appear quite similar, both are 9 piece electronic drum kits, both have wooden shells, both are within the £2000 price point.
However when you look at them both you do see some key differences, chief of which being the VAD306 uses stands to mount the toms and cymbals onto while the DTX8 uses a rack system, now this is just personal preference but i love a good rack system, its solid as anything, it's versatile so you can place things exactly where you want them and they take up less room than individual cymbal stands. the second big difference is the bass drum pad, i will say that the VAD306 bass drum pad is much better in terms of looks because it does look like a proper bass drum. the other big difference that i can see so far is the fact that you get the snare stand and hi hat stand with the DTX8 but you do not get either of those things with the VAD306 which i consider a massive win for the DTX8
Some other comparisons we can make against the Yamaha DTX8 are with products such as the Roland TD-17KVX. Now i know on the face of it the TD-17KVX is a cheaper product on the lower range of Roland's product range but when you factor in the extras you need on top of the initial purchase of the kit then realistically the difference isn't that great. Of course the Quality of hardware you do get makes an impact, price wise but when spending this kind of money surely you want to get something that will last. So for that little bit extra you could Have something that looks more acoustic, has a better module arguably and also has all round bigger pad sizes, to me its abit of a no brainer
Another comparison we can make is against the Roland VAD503, Now this one is slightly more evenly matched across the board with both kits demonstrating clear pros and cons. For example, the Roland VAD503 undoubtedly looks better than the DTX8, with the full size toms and bass drum you could play the VAD503 on stage and the audience would never know that its electronic, Another big bonus is the digital snare and ride that the VAD503 has thanks to the Roland TD-27 Module, this is arguably the biggest difference between the two and fair play to Roland for this awesome bit of technology, it is a Great drum kit. Some points in favour of the Yamaha include, the fact that you get more drums for your money, with the VAD503 unlike it's VAD506 counterpart you only get one rack tom and you only get the one crash and while some people don't mind this you have to admit, more drums is always more fun. Another Great advantage of the Yamaha DTX8 is the fact that is does come with a rack system while all the VAD series comes with Stand mounted toms, this is all down to personal taste but i do prefer a rack system to all stands as i find it to be sturdier, more versatile and it doesn't take up quite as much room as a bunch of stands with the legs sticking out. And again, ill say it again the Fact that you get the Snare Stand and Hi-hat stand as standard with the DTX8 is a massive massive bonus.
Overall i think that the addition of the DTX8 with Mesh Heads is a welcome change to Yamaha's dynamic when it comes to electronic drums. there are many things that set this kit apart from the crowd and i really believe that this new range is going to turn a lot of people over to Yamaha electronic drums. From everything I've seen so far on them i cant wait to finally get hands on with it and see what its really like