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Average rating: 4.4 out of 5
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birdbrain a hobbyist user writes:
its allright. get it cheap

posted Monday-Feb-24-2003 at 21:26
L.B. Noire a hobbyist user from Texas writes:
I bought my Yamaha DD-5 new back in '88 or '89 for around $100. It was one of the best equipment purchases I've made. It is built like a tank and hasn't given me problems in the nearly 15 years I've had it.

I originally bought it to use as a trigger for my then-new Alesis HR-16. Although the pads are velocity-sensitive they don't repond to very light tapping. It doesn't matter because I usually bang the crap out of it. Lately I've been playing directly into Waldorf Attack for some wonderful CR-78 sounds.

The built-in sounds are almost useless unless you want to go for a cheesy lo-fi retro sound (although I am fond of the snare sound). It's main strength is as a low-cost drum trigger. For under $50 you can't go wrong.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Thursday-Jan-23-2003 at 16:11
Yeah whatever a hobbyist user from south england writes:
I got the DD-5 from some el cheapo 2nd hand music shop in a ghetto. As you may expect, the sounds included are indeed quite pants :)

However, put that biotch through a multi-effects peddle and amplifier and it becomes an evolved beast. It's bloody easy to use and is good for just drumming along to a few songs.

I've gotta use the MIDI thing and see if I can figure out how to get the sounds out the computer, but as I'm hopeless with computer music, I canneh be assed at the moment.

I recommend this to all beginners.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Dec-04-2002 at 06:14
UralTEK a hobbyist user from Finland writes:
I agree with other users: good budget MIDI drum trigger, anemic sounds. I've been dreaming of a midi drum pads for a while, but found them too expensive (and hard to find too). Then I found this relatively cheap from a second hand shop. Forget its own sounds (well, atleast if not heavily processed) and use it just as a midi trigger. It has never been so much fun playing hardcore techno drums live, like "real" drums. Booomm kssh booomm kssh... =) Build quality seems to bee good: the front panel - although plastic - is thick, so it won't break if you hit it instead of a pad. It can be used with batteries instead of PSU. And there's even a place in the bottom for the drumsticks, good for portability! I only wish it had eight drum pads instead of just four...

I won't give it better marks than three just because there are much better drum trigs available. But if you consider the price, I would give it four.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Oct-16-2002 at 09:24
november (a.k.a. nuckles) a professional user from bakersfield ca writes:
I got turned on to dd (digital drums) by my good friend and drummer for Adema Chris Koles. I figured out some wicked uses for my (I actualy modified the DD-5 unit And mounted the pads seperate!) Y DD-5... First I like to run it thru a bass synth, I am using a Ibanez SB7. That alone is not good enough,,, you need a pitch/delay like the Boss digital pitch shifter/delay I am also using. Just running the drum machine alone using the BS and PS/D gives you a wicked Duran Duran (sometimes skinney puppy or better!) sounding sequencer. Now on top of that you can pull some even better syn sounds out of the pads, use a radio shack mini mixxer w/ the midi and you have four of the coolest sum bee-otches on this planet you can't live w/out!

Hey and you can lose the hum by takiging it to a "electronics" guy like a T.V. VCR guy and asking for a 1/4 inch pre-amp plug in. If it still hums the jerk just wired it to the headphone jack, it has to be wired PRE-AMP... Im tellin' you no hum. It's one of the best PRO cheapo finds on this great planet earth! :)

posted Thursday-Aug-29-2002 at 00:14
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