- Bang for buck10
- Sound quality10
Summary : Hands down the best electronic drum pad out there. We used to think that Spectrum dominated the market and it kind of did, years ago. Now the Yamaha DD65 has taken over. It has a better price, more features, better sound quality and feels more natural. Any drummers dream pad.
Yamaha DD65 PAK Electronic Drum Pad
Drum pads are becoming a standard part of every electronic and modern music’s home instrumental repertoire. This is because they’re all at once versatile and portable, enabling the user to experiment, record, send, and refine in a single unit. Drum pads are a wonderful piece of experimental technology that allow people to produce on the fly and refine on the go. Of course, whenever a technology like this becomes internationally relevant, a flood of them hit the market, and the game becomes not one of getting the latest and greatest technology, but one of finding the best of the latest and greatest. The Yamaha DD65 Electronic Drum Pad is definitely a contender for the position of “best”. Let’s take a look at its features and build here so you can better see if it’s a match for your needs and wants.
Before anything else, all drum pads and electronic drum kits must be durable. You are hitting them repeatedly, after all, so it’s important to see how well the device takes to that. In order to figure out just how well the pad responds to force and the like, we put it to a stringent test where we had it tested by a handful of drummers at varying degrees of rhythmic vigour. The drum pad takes even vigorous drumming from a veritable heavy-hand, which is not something that can be universally boasted by drum pads and drum kits. The Yamaha DD65 really does a good job in this respect, earning it a 10/10 for durability.
One of the biggest advantages to drum pads is the fact that they provide users with a wide variety of sounds, drum kit presets, and the like, allowing users to develop their artistic capacity while exploring various mechanical options that the kit and pad afford. The DD65 offers a sufficiently wide variety of presets for thorough experimentation, and even offers a hand-percussion mode that allows it to be used as a Latin-style drum set that users can employ in the production of exotic beats or “genre music”, kind of like electric bongos I guess.. All in all, the Yamaha DD65 Electronic Drum Pad does well in the category of versatility, earning it 10/10 in features as well.
The Yamaha DD65 Electronic Drum Pad does everything a drum set would do, which is quite a feat for a drum pad. It obviously isn’t the same artistic or compositional experience, but it’s a close approximation for a pad. It offers the user the capacity to be programmed to produce a wide variety of drum sounds in arbitrary combinations (you can set each pad to produce sounds according to either toms, snares, or cymbals, for instance), which is a plus. As mentioned above, it doesn’t offer a whole lot in the way of variable percussive voices, but it still has more than enough to be the most versatile piece of electronic equipment in the house. 10/10 – the best electronic drum pad out there!