Today’s drummers are faced with many challenges. Not only are they expected to be masters of a plethora of musical stylings and genres (funk, rock, bebop, swing, latin, etc…) and rock-solid anchors of their band in terms of tempo, volume and mood, they’re expected to do so despite the limited opportunities for practice the loudness and size of their instrument affords. In other words, drummers can’t stay up all night perfecting licks in time for band practice because spouses, roommates and neighbors just don’t appreciate 4am drum solos.
So what can drummers do? They can continue to take their percussive aggression out on couch cushions (expensive to replace), buy a practice pad (useful but by no means a replacement for a drum set) or they can do themselves a favor and invest in the Yamaha DTXplorer electronic drum kit.
Trust The Yamaha Legacy
Yamaha has been crafting the most requested drums for worldwide for touring, festivals and recording for over 20 years. This same celebrated craftsmanship and attention to detail stands behind the Yamaha electronic drum line as they release drums that sound good, feel good and stand up to the test of time.
The Voices: Better (and More Versatile) Than The Ones In Your Head
The Yamaha DTXplorer features 32 factory kits, 10 user kits and over 200 drum, percussion and effects voices. The individual voices can be used to build custom kits that can be employed at a moments notice. Say, for example, your cover band’s vocalist decides he wants Oye Como Va to follow Crazy Train in your set but forgets to tell you until halfway through the solo break on the iconic Osbourne tune. No problem, right? You’ve programed one of the DTXplorer’s user kits with latin percussion sounds suitable for any Santana jam and can switch kits with the press of a button. In this example (and, given the time, we could offer a dozen more) the DTXplorer is both a fine instrument and a problem-solving machine.
The Feel: Natural and Quiet
The DTXplorer’s high-impact rubber pads are designed to maintain the natural feel and rebound that drummers are used to getting from their acoustic drums with the added benefit of near-silent attack. This way, you can avoid “stick sound” bleeding into the tones of the drum voices AND play your kit anywhere at anytime without fear of retaliation from sleep-starved neighbors. And, with a sturdy folding ribbed rack to mount them on, you can be confident that your drum and cymbal pads will stay where you set them.
The Extras: Because The Learning Never Stops
Because good drummers never stop learning, the DTXplorer has features like Groove Check and Rhythm Gate built in to help any drummer stretch and strengthen their abilities. For example, to tighten up your groove, engage the Rhythm Gate mode which automatically mutes the drums if your playing slips out of time with the click. The Groove Check function tracks a players accuracy by checking the dynamic consistency of their strokes to help increase playing precession and control.