Yamaha YDD40 Review


Yamaha YDD40 ReviewThe Yamaha YDD40 Portable Digital Electronic Drums Premium Pack with Headphones and Power Supply is a great drum machine package for beginners and enthusiasts alike. At a very affordable price, you get a machine that’s attractive, compact, portable, and best of all—terrific sounding.

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For a fairly sophisticated machine, the Yamaha YDD40 is easy to use right out of the box. It includes 50 realistic sounding drum kits and 99 built-in voices. There’s also the option to create customized kits using any of the voices and assigning them to any of the 4 pads.

The pads are small which actually works in your favor by forcing you to become more precise in your playing. Doubly so when you factor in the unresponsive pad edges, leaving only the center as the prime target area (a common trait among most drum machines).

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Great realistic sounds; Customized drum kits

Touch sensitivity not very “sensitive”; No stand or foot pedal included

The pads are intended to be touch sensitive but any change in dynamics is best heard when the machine is really cranked up. And the YDD40 can actually get pretty loud considering it only has one 5 watt speaker. There’s also a special sensitivity setting for hand drums like bongos which are particularly fun.

There are many ways to play the YDD40: performing without musical accompaniment, playing along with the 3 included song demos, or jamming along to your favorite tunes by plugging in a Smart Phone/MP3 player into the AUX input.

The machine includes a metronome that’s limited to a few time signatures which are more than enough for a beginner.

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The YDD40 includes an input for an optional foot pedal like a kick drum, something which pricier models like the recently reviewed Pyle-Pro PTED01 offers.

An easy way to gauge the professionalism of an electronic device is whether it’s MIDI-friendly. In this respect alone, the Yamaha YDD40 is closer to a toy than something more serious. Having said that, MIDI isn’t something beginners would likely be using anyway. If, however, you’re still interested in MIDI-enabled drum machines, read the recent reviews on the Spectrum AIL 602 and Pyle-Pro PTED01.

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Aside from the drum machine, the Yamaha YDD40 premium package includes the following items: 12V power supply, headphones, and a pair of drumsticks. They’re a few points to make about these items:Yamaha YDD40 Review

  • Besides the power supply, the YDD40 can run a long time on 6 AA batteries.
  • The included headphones don’t fit into the 1/4″ jack on the machine so make sure to also buy a 3.5 to 1/4″ converter.
  • The included drumsticks should be replaced with thinner and lighter ones like Regal Tips, allowing for greater expression when hitting the pads.
  • The premium package doesn’t include a stand but you can always prop it up on a tall snare drum stand like the Gibraltor Extended Height Snare Stand.

While the Yamaha YDD40 isn’t a professional instrument, it’s certainly a step above a toy which makes it a great choice for drummers just starting out. We at soundroundup.com wholeheartedly recommend it.

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