The new DTXTREME kit releases tension in the boardroom 04/06/01
Overworked? Stressed out? Feel like belting the boss? S Take a drum break
with the latest remedy for stressed out city types in the unlikely form of
Yamaha¹s new DTXTREME silent drum kit, newly available in the UK. The kits
have already become a regular feature in boardrooms, staff rooms and
corporate gyms stateside where they have proven a popular accessory with
US executives and workers wishing to let off steam and exercise in their
Drumming offers a fun workout that improves all round fitness and
coordination combined with the therapeutic qualities of music making.
Using headphones, the kit is completely silenced and whatever style of music
you¹re into, the DTXTREME brain hold hundreds of grooves and tracks to
play along with.
Silent technology to assist practice has been pioneered by Yamaha across
pianos, brass and strings and although electronic drum kits are not new,
until now they have not felt, neither looked nor even sounded like their
acoustic counterparts. Yamaha, a market leader in both acoustic drum
manufacture and digital music technology have designed a kit for the
professional drummer who requires cutting-edge electronics and
versatility,using an uncompromising blend of absolute state of the art music sampling
technology and a OReal¹ drum kit.
The unique point and secret of the DTXTREME lies in the construction, It
features real drum heads and wooden shells (as opposed to rubber heads on
previous offerings), these pads, constructed of durable 7-ply birch and
mahogany provide a natural "acoustic" feel and equally important in this
image conscious market, an authentic look.
The pads respond to all the nuances to any individual drummer¹s playing
style, in fact when Yamaha introduced it earlier this month it was
demonstrated by drummers across a diverse range of styles, so no matter
what your style of music the DTXTREME will deliver the goods.
The DTXTREME does not have to sound like a standard acoustic kit, so you
can play jazz, heavy metal, hip-hop, garage, blues, and dance . This is achieved
by the unprecedented electronics inside the brain of the DTXTREME that
offer a choice of over 1750 drum sounds that can be assigned to any of the
DTXTREMES 8 pads.
Straight out of the box you have over 90 preset kits of the most popular
type and in addition, the user can access over 120 general
MIDI voices including acoustic instruments sounds, vocal samples and
synthesiser samples and any of these sounds can be used to customise the
For drummers or even executives needing more than something to hit, the
DTXTREME contains 164 preset songs, patterns and grooves utilising the
latest Yamaha sampling technology and programmed by some of the worlds
best musicians, so the user can select a style, press go and you get a band
without the drummer, to play along to.
And because the pads can reproduce pitched as well as percussion sounds
the player can use the onboard digital recorder to create unique compositions,
theoretically, each pad could be programmed with different piano notes and
the user could then create a piano concerto using drum sticks. According
toYamaha, the DTXTREME may well go down as one of the turning points in
allowing drummers unprecedented access to song-writing options without
sacrificing their sticks for the piano keyboard.
Prices for the DTXTREME start from £ 2999.00 , and whilst not cheap the
kit has already attracted record orders from Yamaha¹s 100 strong specialist
drum dealer network, professional users of Yamaha electronic drums include:
Shutty ( Terrorvision), Nick Banks ( Pulp), Larry Mullen (U2), Mark
Richardson ( Skunk Anansise), Aled Richards ( Catatonia) and Phil Selway