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  • Yamaha DTX502 Series Electronic Drum Sets Sound and Play Better Thanks to Laser Technology

    By HC News |

    ANAHEIM (January 23, 2014)—Yamaha is featuring its revamped DTX502 electronic drums at the 2014 NAMM Show. Based on the award-winning DTX-PAD, the new kits feature numerous innovations, including redesigned tom pads, a lighter-weight steel rack, a laser-enhanced playing experience and a brand new drum trigger module that is more powerful than anything in its class.    

    The DTX502 drum trigger module includes 691 professional and expressive sounds featuring new drum and cymbal voices, along with upgraded versions of classic Yamaha acoustic drums. The system lets drummers easily customize their sound with editing and voice layering and offers the ability to import new drum samples into the module for virtually endless sonic capabilities.  A built-in sequencer provides a wide variety of songs to play along with and record performances. It also includes the ability to load new MIDI song files for further expandability.   

    During the development phase, Yamaha created proprietary laser technology to analyze drum strokes and precisely tune the trigger settings, so that the playing experience on each of these sets provides a more natural feel. The new series also includes advanced features from higher-end DTX models, such as cymbal muting, natural swells and smoother snare drum rolls.   

    “The DTX502 series kits need to be played and heard to be fully appreciated,” said Steven Fisher, marketing manager, Electronic Drums, Yamaha Corporation of America. “They also have unique features not found on any other electronic drum sets in their price range, such as sound layering, sample import and the Groove Tools interactive training exercises.”   

    The new DTX502 module has a streamlined front panel layout and features plug and play USB connectivity to a computer. The new design allows the DTX502 to be easily mounted to acoustic drum hardware using a standard multi-clamp (such as the Yamaha CSAT924A) for use in a hybrid acoustic-electronic drum set.   

    The DTX502 series includes new training and educational functions for drummers to improve their playing—at any skill level. With eight practice routines that help develop rhythmic timing, pad accuracy and drumming endurance, the system calculates a score after each session so that drummers can track their progress. The DTX502 is also compatible with many of Yamaha’s new apps for iOS, including Song Beats for visualizing the drum parts to your favorite MIDI songs and MusicSoft Manager to manage custom kit, song and sample data.

    The DTX522K, the most affordable model in the series, includes the three-zone XP80 8” DTX-PAD snare and three newly designed TP70 7.5” tom pads. The new TP70 pad is softer and quieter, yet more expressive than the previous model. This kit, which comes with three-zone, choke-able ride and crash cymbals, showcases another technological first in electronic drumming: a three-zone hi-hat pad. The new RS502 rack system uses steel pipes to offer solid performance and flexible setup options in a lightweight package.   

    The next kit in the lineup, the DTX532K, uses the same drum pads and rack system as the DTX522K but features an upgraded hi-hat and two large PCY135 13” three-zone choke-able cymbal pads. The RHH135 vertical motion hi-hat pad, which mounts to the included Yamaha HS650A hi-hat stand, provides a setup that more closely matches an acoustic kit.     

    The top model in this series is the new DTX562K, which includes 13” crash and ride cymbals and the RHH135 hi-hat pad, upgrades the toms to an all-DTX-PAD configuration with three XP70 7” pads so that playing the kit feels comfortable for even the most demanding acoustic drummer.

    Pricing and Availability

    The DTX562K (MSRP: $3,225), DTX532K (MSRP: $2,450) and DTX522K (MSRP: $2,200) are shipping.

    For more information, visit the Yamaha Booth at the 2014 NAMM Show in the Anaheim Marriott Hotel, Marquis Ballroom, running January 23-26, or visit http://4wrd.it/dtx502.


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