Before Yamaha’s flagship DTX900 series, was the DTX700 series. It appears in the upper mid-range electronic drum set series. It has so many cool features.
This series carries, two drum sets, the Yamaha DTX720K and the DTX760K. As you have already guessed, the Yamaha DTX760K is an upgrade from the DTX720.
Such as the Yamaha DTX920k, the DTX760K comes with better features and other improvements. It is bigger too, with more cymbals, a more sturdy rack, and improved drum pads quality.
In terms of price, the Yamaha DTX760K is 75% more costly, which a huge difference. And there is a reason behind this price surge.
For instance, the DTX720Ks comes with XP80 snare and three tom pads. These pads are smaller in diameter. The DTX760K, on the other hand, features an XP120X textured silicone snare drum, which bigger by more than 4 inches.
Also, the drum comes with a control knob, which is not on its little brother. One can tweak the volume and FX, or change the pitch.
And again, the toms are bigger. Now the DTX760K features 10-inch front tom and 12-inch floor tom. Each tom is made with a silicone head, also with a control knob.
In short, it is a better drum. And in the guide, I will discuss all the features likable and dislikable about it.
Who is the Yamaha DTX760K for?
With more prominent drums and better technology, the DTX760K looks and sounds more like an acoustic drum kit. It is one of the high-end drum sets on the market. It appears in the same price range as the flagship models from many other brands.
This means it is way above an average beginner and mid-range set.
The kit offers all the features that do appear in the DTX720K. For instance, if you are looking for a real-feeling drum pad and bigger size, then this is the drum for you.
It is a five-piece with four cymbals, one more than what you get with the DTX720K. Also, two 13-inch crash cymbals can go to any sound in the DTX700 module.
Besides the large pads, the DTX760K comes with a drum module ideal for professional drumming. It can work in any function, even as part of a live band setup.
One can assign customer samples on the selected pads to bring out the triggering samples. Also, the feature can trigger song-backing tracks that will loop throughout the playing.
The drums appeal to any player looking to work with modern sample-heavy tracks.
And my favorite feature is that the kit is designed to help you with an easy transition to acoustic sets. The snare mimics a real drum component, and the hi-hat is stand-mountable. Hence, the hi-hat works just like a typical hi-hat giving the player a more realistic feeling.
As if that not enough, the hi-hat comes with a sensor that can tell how to position and make proper adjustments.
Not many electronic drums sets come with mountable hi-hats. But these items can make a big difference in your performance.
This kit is, therefore, great for professional and expert drummers seeking to offer the best performance. It comes with home recording features so that they can make music right from their homes.
The module is more advanced and complicated, not suitable for beginner and mid-range drummers. Even so, it has wonderful play-along songs for practicing.
About the Yamaha DTX760K
The Yamaha DTX760K is a drum kit that comes with the benefits of a high-end all 3-zone DTX-pads. It is more affordable than may with these features.
It features a real hi-hat controller, a large 3-zone choke-able cymbals, like the ones in the 900 series. With this configuration, you get a realistic and comfortable feel with the whole kit.
Summary of the features;
- Three tom pads
- Four cymbal pads
- One snare pad
- One kick pad
The module features:
- 60 drum kits
- 1,396 sounds
- 57 effects
- 12 trigger inputs
- Line input, headphone jack, USB, MIDI, MP3
- Training functions
- 64MB memory
The pads are
- Mesh material on the pads
- Rubber hoop
- Triple zone
- Multiple tom pad
- 10 in snare
Drums and Pads
The snare pad on the DTX760K is larger and heavier. It measures 12 inches in diameter, more than the 8-inch pad in the DTX720K. This is why Yamaha had decided not to mount it on a rack. Instead, it comes with a separate snare.
The stand is sturdier, offering better support and reducing movement. You can reposition the snare as you wish. Also, this means you can swat this drum in the setup when performing live.
Each pad feels better than what you get in the DTX720K. The brand seems to have consulted famous drummers during the creation of this kit.
Electronic drum sets don’t always feel real. But this snare pad makes things easier, resulting in an ultra-realistic feel.
One downside, however, is the silicone heads. They are not as tensionable as the mesh ones. Mesh’s heads allow for tension adjustment through drum lugs, just like real drums. With the Yamaha DTX760K, each pad has a preset head tension; hence, you cannot customize them.
The control knob presets and great additional features on this device. A player can assign it to do multiple functions, including as a volume control.
The bass KP100 bass drum pad comes as a solid upright kick tower. It can support both single and double pads. The mesh head is quiet and can take in the pedal beater better.
There are four cymbals with Yamaha DTX760K, as opposed to the three in the DTX720K. These include a 13-inch hi-hat, two 13-inch crash pads, and a 15-inch ride cymbal.
The ride and the crash have three-zone triggering. Hit the bell, the bow, or the edge, and each creates a unique sound. They come with choking capability that allows the player to mute the sound by gripping the cymbal.
The hi-hat is a two-zone pad that lets you plat on the bow and the edge for different expressions. It works with a separate pad sensor at the base.
The sensor can measure the distance between the hi-hat and will change the module to meet your needs. Yamaha includes an HS740A hi-hat stand.
The hi-hat sensitivity is very impressive. You can play in different positions, from open to closed. It can respond to pedal pressure to alter the tone. Pressure increases when you step down on the pedal and raises the pitch.
This drum kit features an upgraded RS700 rack. It is bigger, sturdier, and can handle more components. There are cymbal arms to hold in place each cymbal, creating a boom design. It is quite easy to position using these stands.
The earlier version has straight arms that are not very flexible. And since you need more control over your cymbals position, the positioning is quite amazing.
It comes with five hardware pieces, including kick pedal. Unfortunately, you don’t get a throne.
The DTX700 module comes with 1396 individual voices. They have acoustic kits, electronic kits, percussion and SFX. This feature allows you to import your sounds to the drum module through USB. You can then edit and save the sounds as new custom kit presets.
With the digital FX section, you can add more atmosphere to the sounds. And for those who like tweaking, use the kit EQ and overall master EQ. The volume fader on the module gives you more control over the pad levels.
Other notable features
The DTX700 is compatible with Yamaha’s own iOS apps. It comes with free downloadable apps, usable with any Apple devices.
Editing the drum sounds is easy and straight forward. It allows you to add EQ and effects, create drum kits with the App, and more. This allows the drummer to make sounds adjustments suitable for their devices.
I love the fact that the DTX760k comes with a real stand-mountable hi-hat. Make competitors in the market do not recognize the importance of this feature.
Also, it comes with a snare stand for holding the snare in place, making a more comfortable and realistic experience.
The accompanying app is very useful as it allows you to control the features of the sound module. You can also download content like Yamaha kit collections and tutorial videos.
Silicone heads are not suitable for every player. They don’t allow for customization of individual l head tension. This means you are stuck with the same response forever.
It does not come with an Android App. This means it is only compatible with iOS, and Android users will not be happy.
Roland and Alesis are the biggest competitors. And they are cheaper.
The Alesis Strike Pro is an excellent e-drum kit as an alternative. It comes with six drums and five cymbals. Also, it has bigger drums, with many similar features. Its hi-hat and snare are stand-mounted.
Another excellent option is the Roland TD-25KV. It is an all-mesh kit, just like the Strike Pro above. It comes with the same number of drums as the DTX760K. Besides, the toms and the snare are three-zone, while the module carries high-quality Roland drum samples.
The Yamaha DTX760K carries everything a drummer could need in an e-drum kit. It is strong, reliable, and comes with pretty impressive features. I can highly recommend it for professional performance, except for the restricting price.