Yamaha DD-65 Portable Digital Drums

8-pad Digital Drum Module with Two Foot Pedal Inputs, Ported Speakers, and MIDI Connectivity
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Portable, Digital Drum Module that's MIDI Capable!

The Yamaha DD-65 digital drum has been designed from a drummer's point of view, making it easier for acoustic drummers to play. This self-contained unit features eight touch-sensitive pads, two foot pedal inputs, ported speakers, and an auxiliary audio input for playing along with MP3 players or other audio devices - a ton of great features for this price! The DD-65 is also General MIDI-compatible. Plus, featuring Flash ROM, you can download songs from the internet for lessons, making the Yamaha DD-65 an excellent learning tool, too! Note: Power supply not included.

Yamaha DD-65 at a Glance:
  • Acoustic drum-like design
  • Multiple connection options
Acoustic drum-like design

The Yamaha DD-65 was built with an acoustic drummer in mind - its intuitive layout makes it easy for acoustic drummers to get playing like pros in no time. Yet, this layout makes it great for new drummers as well by easing the transition into a full-blown electronic or acoustic kit!

Multiple connection options

Yamaha packed a ton of excellent features into this portable device! Plug in your iPod or any MP3 player and play along with your favorite band's tracks, or improvise your own drum patterns over a friend's recording. And if you have a USB-MIDi interface (sold separately), you can easily send sounds directly to your computer for recording and editing!

Yamaha DD-65 Digital Drum Features at a Glance:
  • Stereo drum samples
  • 254 GM compatible voices assignable to any pad
  • Aux input jack
  • 50 programmed kits, 3 custom kits
  • 32-note polyphony
  • Reverb and master EQ
  • Holds up to 5 of your own songs
  • Headphone jack
  • 100 built-in songs for learning and playing along with
  • 8 touch-sensitive pads
  • 2 foot switches (kick is touch-sensitive)
  • MIDI connectivity
  • Built-in stereo speakers
  • Power supply not included
The Yamaha DD-65 offers an array of possibilities in a portable kit!

Tech Specs

Included Snare/Tom Pads 4 x 5" pads, 4 x 3.5" pads
Number of Drum Kits 50 programmed kits, 100 built-in songs
Number of Instruments 254 drum voices
Effects Reverb, Master EQ
Module Trigger Inputs 2 x 1/4" (pedal in)
Module Analog Inputs 1 x 1/8" (aux in)
Module Analog Outputs 1 x 1/4" (headphones)
Module MIDI I/O In/Out
Power Source 12V DC power supply (sold separately)
Manufacturer Part Number DD65

Customer Reviews

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I am always thourouly satisfied with Sweetwater.

If you are a professional drummer or you just like to have fun this is definitely for you. I am a serious musician and basically play everything. I was first trumpet in the New York Orchestra. I played trumpet for Disneyland and the time I played drums for a band that was recording for K- ROC. Enough about me. When I received the DD-65 I was incredibly surprised. This definitely exceeded my trivial expectations. All my musician friend come over to have fun this Module. It is not a toy and performs many valuable functions for recording, actually playing with a band, or just playing the drums in your apartment at two in the morning without disturbing a soul. You can record music from anywhere. I wouldn't recommend this to my musician brothers and sisters who live music like me. This was a valuable investment. I will always do business with Sweetwater. As a musician I have become a perfectionist as many of you know. Sweetwater has become part of my musical family. Lets face it fellow advocates, who else always gives free shipping and of course not to mention the candy. Good job Sweetwater, you sure know how to hang on to your customers and that is great business. I have been doing business with them for over fifteen years. I am a thrifty consumer and of I go with the best prices. I need to mention I have yet to have a problem with an order and so far I am more then pleased. If you buy this item I personally guarantee you will love it and so will everyone else that visits your place.
Music background: Private lessons since I was five years old

Good value

I bought Superior drummer 2.0 and tried playing it with a keyboard. It was hard. it was a lot easier with DD65. It only took reading the manual about 1 minute and had all the pads set the way I wanted. I dont play drums so I dont have a drummer opinion. I will agree with the reviews about the foot pedals. It is very hard to keep them in place and a little hard getting a steady beat. I have had it only Today. But it is a dream come true for my home studio.
Music background: Guitar Player over 30 yrs

Can’t Program a Drum Machine?

Love this. I was able to manually drum an entire 4 min song and save it in 5 minutes! Some things you need to know: it comes with wooden sticks and two pedals. It needs its own special pwr supply – order that here. You will need a snare stand – 3 hols in the bottom are recessed for that. But that here too (40 – 70 bucks on up). It has amazing songs with musical backing tracks. Play them, get in the groove, then turn off the drums and play along yourself. Select a piece of a song and loop that. The two pedals are assignable to any sound. There are LOTS of sounds and features. I went through 3 drum machines searching for a way to play a pattern, save it, and use it to practice with. This is the one! LOVE it. It’s a best kept secret in the drum machine world. I’ve started relying on Sweetwater – better salesmen (that care); excellent stock; excellent packaging of materials so everything always arrives without damage. This is now my “go to” music supply house.
Music background: Pro/Hobbyist

Bang for your buck

Yamaha DD-65 Just connect to a power sound system it's great sound.easy to hook up .has real time feel.you can play at small gigs or a big gig.Every Drummers dream.
Music background: Pro Drummer 40 years played on all stages

Mini Digital Drums -- Fantastic

The Yamaha DD65 is perfect for what I use it for. As a hobby, I use looping software to create songs that I drum to and record for my own amusement. I have a small house and had been using similar - sized digital drum sets for a long time for space/volume reasons. The ones I had for the past fifteen years finally died (it was a pad-set that needed an external sound module) and I wanted something that had sounds in it. This way, I could minimize the amount of programming I had to do. I tried several models similar to this that were under $500.00, but the DD65 matched up the best in terms of features and price. It was the closest to a traditional set, but still had lots of "digital only" features as well. It is intuitively easy to work with -- as soon as I plugged this in, I was off and running. I was able to create three of my own custom kits and record into my computer. The pad set up is pretty natural for a drummer and the pads themselves have a bounce similar to a practice pad. The biggest issue is the pedals that come with it are really buttons and difficult to use, but i am sure I could have adjusted to them if I needed to. Luckily, I had traditional electronic pedals from my old digital drum set that I used instead. If I hadn't, I would have upgraded at some point. The built in speakers are useless as they are not loud enough to cover the "tapping" of the sticks on the pads, so I don't use them. I have a small pair of powered studio speakers and headphones, both of which provide plenty of volume to show off the surprisingly good sound quality found inside the unit. I highly recommend it.
Music background: Hobbyist

Sweetwater Advice

Kayte Revitte

Since I'm not a drummer, I was a bit apprehensive about using the DD-65. But I got it out of the box, set it on my desk, hooked in the hi-hat and kick pedals, and was able to get started right away. Whether hitting the large round pads with my hands or using the included sticks, the very natural response made me want to keep playing. The DD-65 provides a great way to learn or practice drums at a low volume (with headphones or the built-in speakers) in a compact space - perfect for apartment dwellers like me. What I'm really excited about is using the DD-65 as a MIDI controller for my software drums. I can't wait to actually play my sampled drums rather than just programming them or tapping them out on a keyboard or trigger pads. The DD-65 is a great value!
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See also: Electronic Percussion, Yamaha, Yamaha Electronic Drum Controllers & Multipads