Jim picks (and then plays) the Yamaha DTX400 Electronic Drumset
This week Jim was excited to talk about electronic drums. Almost as excited as he was to play the electronic drums, as you can see. :)
The Yamaha DTX400 is a 5-piece Electronic Drum Set with 10 Onboard Drum Kits plus some fun training functions. DTX400K boasts natural-feeling 7.5″ drum pads, generous 10″ cymbals, and a ultra-quiet Silent Kick unit.
What’s your favorite thing about this drumkit?
Jim: It’s hard to pick only one but if I had to pick only one it would be the sound! The sound of the kits in the brain are very realistic, you forget that its even an electronic set and you feel very at home with it. Especially when you put this kit through a real p.a. system. You would almost swear you were playing a real kit all mic’d up.
Would you rather play on an acoustic set or electronic kit?
Jim: First of all, you will have people that either like electronic drums or just like acoustic drums. There are very good purposes for both or to even have them both mix together for an hybrid kit (a mix of acoustic drums and electric drums in one kit). With saying that, my pick would be (drum roll insert here hahaha) electronic drums. You get a ton more sounds, there very easy to use and the biggest part to me is you get control of the overall the volume of the kit. Which the parents will love (so now like joey can stay up and play his drums at any time). Also if you do play out with the set, guitar players don’t have to worry about turning there amps up to match the drum volume of a acoustic set (that’s now a thing of the past). One little press of the button on the brain and you can control the volume so easy.
Other than controlling volume, what are the other advantages to having a electronic kit?
Jim: Another cool thing you can do with this set is if you have an Apple ipod, ipad or iphone (with the help of a Yamaha cord) there’s cool apps you can download to make this kit even more fun. One of the apps lets you take control over the whole kit by either tuning, changing the size of the drum or even the whole kit (just too cool). There’s also an app to help you practice and telling you when to practice. Now let’s see an acoustic drum set do that (hahaha). So overall, electronic drums are awesome. Don’t get me wrong, having a real acoustic set and throwing down some cool blast beats is always fun and you’ll never beat the real sound of acoustic drums, but Ill tell you one thing, the sounds that are coming out of theses electronic set are getting better and better.
Who would you recommend this set to?
Ben: The answer to this question would be anyone. I say that because I think at some point anyone could take advantage of all the features of these kits. Whether it may be using it for practice or using it to record with or even for playing out live. Anyone could benefit using a kit like this and being under 600 dollars makes it more worth the while. So come down and try if for yourself!
The Yamaha DTX400 drumset is an great place to start on an electronic kit. It is reasonably priced but loaded with features. If you want more information, you can check out the description on our website, give us a call at 585-343-7222 or come on in and give it a try.Roxy’s Music Store 228 W. Main St Batavia, NY 14020 585-343-7222 www.roxys.com