Twelve Pads, 1,249 Sounds: Yamaha Introduces The DTX-Multi 12 Electronic Percussion Pad

11/13/2009 [Marching Instruments]

Powerful Triggers; Compact Package; XPanded Rhythmic Inspiration

DTX-Multi 12
BUENA PARK, Calif.—The new Electronic Drum Department at Yamaha introduces the DTX-MULTI 12 Electronic Percussion Pad. A new split-level multi-pad that adapts sound technology from the flagship Motif XS synthesizer and the DTXTREME III drum trigger module and lets drummers and percussionists enjoy three modes of play: with sticks, hands or fingers.

Providing limitless possibilities for creative expression, the 12 touch sensitive pads and sound module are configured in a compact 13.5 X 12.5 inch unit that fits atop a stand. The DTX-MULTI 12 responds to the dynamics of a drummer's performance and the staggered layout makes it easy to hit the right pad. Users can load digital samples for endless sound possibilities and up to four sounds can be velocity switched or layered onto each pad.

"The DTX-MULTI 12 offers a wealth of applications," said Robert Terry, marketing manager of Yamaha's Electronic Drum Department. "It's perfect for acoustic drummers who want to add electronics to his or her kit, for producers who seek a percussion controller in a home or professional studio and for the hand percussionist who requires a full palette of percussion instruments in a versatile, self-contained unit."

Featuring 1,249 drum, percussion and effects sounds, including 100 MB of WAV ROM with drum sounds from Yamaha's flagship DTXTREME III, the DTX-MULTI 12 has 64 MB of Flash-ROM to store data and lets users add new sounds and samples whenever they want. Computer connectivity includes USB MIDI and USB memory device ports, so that MIDI and user data can be easily exchanged between a computer and the DTX-MULTI 12. In addition to providing 64-note polyphony (which allows 64 simultaneous sounds), the unit is also equipped with a built-in sequencer, preset loops, pro-quality effects and a five-band EQ.

The new multi-pad has 5 trigger inputs, plus hi-hat and foot pedal jacks for expanding the setup. It also comes bundled with Cubase AI 5, a special version of Steinberg's digital audio workstation, which turns any computer into a recording studio. A free download (extension) turns the DTX-MULTI 12 into a remote controller for Cubase.

For more information, write Yamaha Corporation of America, Pro Audio & Combo Division, Drum Products, P.O. Box 6600, Buena Park, CA 90622; telephone (714) 522-9011; e-mail; visit

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