Yamaha DTXTREME III Special Set

For many years, Yamaha drums have been the first choice of the World’s most respected drummers. Now, Yamaha have combined the legendary sound of acoustic drums with our innovative technology to create the most powerful electronic percussion system ever. Ever nuance of your playing comes across, allowing you to express your creativity as never before.


Yamaha enlisted the help of several of our drum artists, and looked at the requests from consumers to make sure that new module meets the needs of e-drummers at all levels. The most important feature in an electronic drum set is the sound. Yamaha began by sampling our most popular acoustic drums, the legendary Recording Custom and Maple Custom. Then Yamaha added the groundbreaking Oak Custom and industry standard Maple, Birch, and Beech Absolute. Then sampled many of their most popular artist snare drums and cymbals from all the major manufacturers. Yamaha combined these, along with samples of percussion instruments from around the world and dozens of special effects to create 50 pre-programmed kits.

When you want to customize your sound, you can take any of over 1,000 internal drum, percussion, special effects voices and loops to create up to fifty user kits. Insert a USB stick and you can save another 1,584 kits. Taking it even further, you can assign any MIDI channel to each pad, giving you access to over 200 melodic GM voices that you can trigger from any pad. With the optional DIMM, you have 512mb of sampling memory allowing an additional 1,016 user voices.

There are 15 trigger inputs, 14 of which will accept three-zone pads. Input 10/11 is able to accept two mono pads by using a stereo splitter. For live performance or recording, there is a stereo pair of outputs, or six individual outputs that also function as three stereo pair, and an S/P DIF digital output. The Aux in allows you to plug an external music source in so that you can play along, or lets you sample directly into the module. There is a full-function sample editor so that you can tweak your samples once recorded. The MIDI in/out allow connection to other devices, and the USB and TO Host terminals allow easy connection to a computer. The USB also allows use of a flash drive to store and load user created data such as kits, samples, songs, and click settings.

The DXTIII has a fully programmable metronome on board, and to take your practice to the next level our Groove Check feature shows you if you are playing ahead of, on, or behind the click. An additional feature of the click, the Rhythm Gate, mutes any hit that is not in time. The width of this gate is adjustable and can track all triggers, or your choice of up to five triggers. The Groove Check and Rhythm Gate function with either the click or the internal sequencer.

The onboard two-track sequencer is loaded with great preset songs in many styles from rock, pop, blues, funk, Latin, and jazz. The sounds are from our famous MOTIF synthesizer so they sound amazing. You can mute the drums, bass, or rhythm/melody instruments to play along, and even record your own drum track to any preset song, and you can speed up or slow the tempo without changing the pitch. There are 50 user songs that you can record your own compositions, either from the pads or with an external MIDI device. There are also 40 pad songs that you can start and stop from any pad, up to four per kit.


The DXTIIISP includes revolutionary Hexrack featuring hexagonal tubing and tom clamps that rotate on a synthetic ball. Originally developed this rack system for use with Yamaha acoustic drums, so it is more than sturdy enough to handle duty with an electronic drum set. The clamps allow minute angle adjustments so the pad placement wherever you choose is easy. The kit also includes updated 700 series SS-740A snare stand, HS-740A hi hat stand, (1) CH-750 and (2) CH755 cymbal booms. There are five different accessory clamps and three curved rack tubes available to allow you to customize your kit.


The DTXTREMEIII Special kit includes the TP120SD three-zone snare pad, (4) TP100 three-zone tom pads, (2) PCY135 three-zone cymbal pads, (1) PCY155 three-zone ride cymbal pad, the RHH135 hi hat, and the new KP125 kick drum trigger. The snare and tom pads have the onboard controller knob that allows trigger adjustment on the fly. You can adjust snare tension, or the pitch, voice assignment, song/click tempo, filter on the snare or toms. The new cymbal pads choke when you grab the edge, respond to the lightest touch, and feel great. The RHH135 attaches to the included hi hat stand using a modified clutch. The cymbal goes up and down like an acoustic hi hat cymbal, and is pressure sensitive so the pitch changes when the pedal is pushed. The KP125 has a large playing surface that feels like an acoustic drum, and easily accommodates a double pedal. The spurs on the new kick trigger hold the pad securely in place, even under the hardest playing.

Yamaha DTXtreme III Special Electronic Drum Kit Demo'd At Winter NAMM 2009

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Trigger ModuleDTXT3
Rack SystemHXR4LD
Pad SetDTT3KSP1 (Pad Set) includes:- PCY135 (3 Zone Cymbal Pad) x 2- PCY155 (3 Zone Cymbal Pad) x 1- RHH135 (2 Zone Hi-Hat Pad) x 1- KP125 (Kick Pad) x 1- CH750 x 2- SS662DTT3KSP2 (Pad Set) includes:- TP120SD (3 Zone Pad) x 1- TP100 (3 Zone Pad) x 4- CHH755- HS740A




Samples1,016 (for the User Voices)
Sampling SourceAudio input signals via AUX IN/SAMPLING IN,Audio output signals via OUTPUT (Resample)
Sample Data Bits16bit
Sampling MemoryOptionally installed, expandable to 512 MB (256 MB DIMM x 2 slots)*DIMMs are not installed to the instrument when shipped from the factory.
Sample LengthMono: 32MBStereo: 64MB
Sampling Time44.1kHz: 6 min. 20 sec.22.05kHz: 12 min. 40 sec.11.025kHz: 25 min. 20 sec.5.5125kHz: 55 min. 40 sec.*Mono/Stereo
Digital Sampling Frequency44.1kHz, 22.05 kHz, 11.025 kHz, 5.5125 kHz (stereo/mono)
Sampling FormatDTXTREME III Original format, WAV, AIFF

Power Supply

Power Consumption18W

Tone generator

Tone GeneratorAWM2
Maximum Polyphony64 notes
Wave205MB (when converted to 16-bit linear format)
VoicesPreset: 1,115 drum voices, 211 melody voices (GM)
EffectsReverb 9 typesChorus 19 typesVariation 51 types (Drum Kit)Insertion 51 types(AUX IN/SAMPLING IN)Master Effect 9 typesMaster EQ 5 bands
Drum kitsPreset: 50 kitsUser: 50 kits (in the Flash ROM)External: 1584 kits(or 99 x 16, in the external USB storage device)


Trigger SetupPreset: 7User: 5
Pad songsplay, chase, cutoff4 songs (max.) can be played simultaneously.


Note CapacityApprox. 152,000 notes
Note Resolution480 ppq (parts per quarter note)
Song recording typeReal time
Song tracks2 tracks
SongsDemo: 3 songsPractice: 44 songsPad song: 40 songsUser: 50 songs
Sequence formatsDTXTREME III Original Format,SMF format 0


Tempo30-300 , Tap tempo
Beat1/4-16/4, 1/8-16/8, 1/16-16/16
TimingAccent, Quarter note, Eighth note, Sixteenth note, Triplet
Click VoicesPreset: 8User: 1
Training FunctionsMeasure break, Groove check, Rhythm gate


Display240 x 64 dot graphic backlit LCD, 7-segment LED (3-digit)
Connectors– MIDI IN/OUT- USB TO DEVICE/TO HOST- OUTPUT L/MONO, R (standard phone jack)- DIGITAL OUT (EIAJ CP1201, IEC60958, S/P DIF)- INDIVIDUAL OUTPUT 1-6 (standard phone jack)- Trigger Input jacks 1-9, 12-15 (Standard stereo phone jack, L: Trigger Signal, R: Rim Switch)- Trigger Input jacks 10 and 11 (Standard stereo phone jack, L: Trigger Signal, R: Trigger Signal)- AUX IN/SAMPLING IN (Standard stereo phone jack)- PHONES (Standard stereo phone jack)- HI-HAT CONTROL (Standard stereo phone jack)- DC IN 16V
Power Consumption18W

Source: http://usa.yamaha.com


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