Yamaha DTX-Multi 12-Trigger Multi-Percussion Electronic Drum Pad

With 6 responsive pads, hundreds of realistic sounds from all over the world, and MIDI and USB I/O, this sturdy Yamaha drum pad is ready to take a beating!

Ultra-portable and convenient for drummers on the go, the Yamaha DTX-Multi 12 electronic drum and percussion pad is a cinch to incorporate into an acoustic drum setup or to use alongside your laptop. No matter where you play the DTX-Multi 12, youll find it to be extremely accommodating when it comes to performing, practicing, and programming beats and rhythms. Over 1,000 sounds, effects, and voices, including top-notch derivatives from Yamaha's Motif soundset, are at your disposal -- as are 12 large pads for triggering them. So that you can play right out of the box, the multi-percussion pad even comes loaded with over 100 different MIDI playing patterns, as well as Steinberg's Cubase AI 5 software.

Fully Voiced: 1,277 Sounds on Board -- Plus Room for Your Samples

The DTX-Multi 12 is your compact arsenal of drum and percussion sounds. Take inventory and you'll find a total stock of 1,277 voices, which includes Motif synth sounds, percussion sounds created with Yamaha's advanced sampling techniques, professional reverb and chorus effects, DJ sounds, and other sounds voiced from percussion, chromatic percussion, folk, and acoustic drum instruments. If that's not enough for you, import your own WAV and AIFF audio files from a USB memory device and use them as voices, too.

Thanks to its 64 MB of battery-backed Flash ROM, the Yamaha DTX-Multi 12 can also serve as a sample playback device -- so load it up with samples in every genre, and play away.

Perform with Preset Patterns

read more Lay the foundation for a song with the drum pad's 128 MIDI playing patterns covering a wide range of musical genres, from folk to rock to house. Strike any of the 12 pads to start and stop the patterns or to record your own performances as patterns. If you prefer to work on your computer, it's easy to create your patterns there and then assign them to the pads on the DTX-Multi 12. Likewise, striking the pads also enables you to use Tap Tempo to set the swagger of your patterns or to create a click track. The pads are your key to controlling your beats.

Keep That Creative Mindset -- On Any Set

How you work with the DTX-Multi 12 is up to you. Striking the drum pad could mean hitting it with sticks, pummeling it with your hands, swiping with fingers, pressing down hard to enable the Mute feature, and more. Extremely versatile, this drum and percussion instrument accommodates a number of playing techniques. When you play in Stack mode, all the notes assigned to a pad are triggered simultaneously with a single strike, whereas in Alternate mode, all the notes assigned to the pad are played individually each time you strike the pad.

Multi-Functional Multi-Interface Design

Play the drum pad standalone, with your digital instruments, or with a computer. The DTX-Multi 12 boasts a MIDI In/Out port, a USB to Host port (USB cable not included) for direct connection to a PC, and a USB to Device port for saving user kit data. These connectivity options allow you to input MIDI data directly to your favorite DAW, perform with soft synths on the DTX-Multi 12, and more. Since it comes with Cubase AI 5 DAW software, you dont even have to own your own production software to get started.

If you want to bling out your drum pad with even more ways to play, Yamaha has plenty of optional add-ons to consider, like a hi-hat controller and kick pad for turning it into a bite-sized drum kit, a foot switch for switching between different drum kits and phrase patterns, a foot controller for real-time stepping of volume and FX parameters, and a drum trigger for turning acoustic drums into digital drums you can trigger and play back on the DTX-Multi 12.


- Electronic percussion/drum pad
- 12 responsive pads to hit, swipe, tap, roll on, and more
- 1,277 voices, including drums, percussion, keyboards, drum kits, and 200 user-defined voices
- 42 built-in effects, including chorus, reverb, and 5-band master equalizer
- Maximum of 64-note polyphony
- 5 trigger inputs (3-zone x 1; monaural x 4)
- Kick and hi-hat pedal inputs
- Onboard sequencer supports 152,000 notes and has 128 preset phrases for playing on the fly
- Click track with tap tempo for precise practicing
- USB connection for convenient MIDI recording
- Can play back WAV and AIFF files from a USB flash drive
- Bright backlit LCD for easy viewing in any playing environment
- Includes power adapter and Steinberg Cubase AI5 recording software
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- Width: 345mm
- Height: 96mm
- Depth: 319mm
- Weight: Weight: 3.3kg

Pad section
- Built-in pads: 12
- External inputs: 5 (three-zone x 1; monaural x 4)

Tone generator
- Maximum polyphony: 64 notes
- Wave memory: 100 MB (16-bit linear conversion)
- Voices: Drum and percussion: 1,061
- Keyboard: 216
- Drum kits: Preset: 50
- User-defined: 200
- Effects: Variation x 42 types; Chorus x 6 types; Reverb x 6 types: 5-band master equalizer

Trigger section
- Pad functions: Increment or decrement of drum kit, pattern, or tempo; tap tempo; switching on or off of click-track; transmission of control change messages

- Readable quantity: 500
- Bit depth: 16 bit
- Wave memory: 64 MB
- Maximum size: Mono sample: 2 MB
- Stereo sample: 4 MB
- Sample formats: Proprietary, WAV, and AIFF

- Sequence capacity: 152,000 notes
- Note resolution: Quarter note / 480
- Recording method: Real-time overdubbing
- Patterns: Preset patterns: 128 phrases (including 3 demo patterns)
- User-defined patterns: 50 phrases
- Sequence formats: Proprietary
- SMF Format 0 (for loading only)

- Tempo: 30 to 300 BPM. Tap tempo functionality
- Beats: 1/4 - 16/4, 1/8 - 16/8, 1/16 - 16/16
- Note timing: Accent notes, quarter notes, eight notes, sixteenth notes, triplets

- Display: Backlit LCD with 2 rows of 16 characters
- Connectors: PAD (13) jack (standard stereo-phone plug; left = trigger, right = rim switch)
PAD (14)/(15) and PAD (16)/(17) jacks (standard stereo-phone plug; left = trigger, right = trigger)
HI-HAT CONTROL jack (standard stereo-phone plug)
FOOT SW jack (standard stereo-phone plug)
OUTPUT L/MONO and R jacks (standard phone plugs)
PHONES jack (standard stereo-phone plug), AUX IN jack (standard stereo-phone plug),
MIDI IN and OUT connectors, USB TO HOST port, USB TO DEVICE port, and DC IN.

- Power Consumption: 9W (DTXM12 and PA-5D adaptor)

- Package Contents: Power adapter (PA-5D or an equivalent recommended by Yamaha), Owner's Manual , Data List booklet, DVD-ROM (Cubase AI5)
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 11 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 22 x 17 x 10 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): DTXM12
Blemished, Customer Return
Shipping Weight: 11 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 22 x 17 x 10 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): DTXM12
with Mount and Stand
Shipping Weight: 24.75 lbs

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 714-522-9011
Web: https://usa.yamaha.com/support

Yamaha DTX-M12 Electronic Drum Pad

The most powerful, all-in-one percussion pad that suits anyone from a beginner to an expert, accommodating different levels of playing, a wide variety of playing styles and performance situations. The Yamaha DTX-Multi 12 equips the 12 pads which are easy to be distinguished even at the dark stage. You can use the DTX-Multi 12 in a variety of ways, such as using the percussion pad in combination with acoustic drums and percussion to accent music with a rich variety of voices, transferring data to the connected computer where you can compose music with the included "Cubase AI 5" program, and connecting a kick pedal (sold separately) to create as a compact drum set.

Multi-Voice and Multi-Effect

In addition to a broad spectrum of voices taken from the world renowned, flagship Motif series synthesizers, the DTX-Multi 12 also features many percussion sounds that have been collected through Yamaha's advanced sampling techniques and ready-to-use effect sounds for a grand total of 1,277 voices.

The DTX-Multi 12 includes not only digital sounds but also DJ sounds and a rich variety of voices from percussion, chromatic percussion, folk, and acoustic drum instruments. You can also import WAV and AIFF audio files from a USB memory device and use them as voices. The DTX-Multi 12 functions as a sample playback device with 64MB of battery backed Flash ROM.

Together with great-sounding reverb and chorus effects that can be applied to entire drum kits, the DTX-Multi 12 also features a Variation effect unit that can be used to enhance individual voices in many exciting ways.


The DTX-Multi 12 comes complete with 128 different MIDI playing patterns (including 3 demo patterns) from a world-wide range of musical genres including folk music, rock, and house.

You can easily start and stop patterns by simply striking the pads. In addition, you can record your own performances as patterns or create patterns on a PC. These patterns can then be assigned to pads.

Using the Tap Tempo function, you can set the tempo for patterns and the click track by simply striking pads. In this way, you can conveniently and intuitively set the tempo that you need.


The DTX-Multi 12 provides a number of playing modes and features that enable performers to directly express their art and talent.

They are:
- Stick mode, optimized for playing the instrument with drum sticks
- Hand mode, for conveying subtle expressions through hand percussion.
- Finger mode, for extremely intricate finger drumming.
- Muting feature, which enables sounds to be muted or changed when a hand is pressed down on a pad as it is struck.
- MULTI-Assignment
- Up to four different voices can be assigned to each pad.

The DTX-Multi 12 is packed with a multitude of features to stimulate creativity such as Stack mode in which all the notes assigned to a pad are triggered simultaneously with a single strike and Alternate mode in which the notes assigned to the pad are played individually in turn each time it is struck.


In addition to the MIDI In/Out port, the DTX-Multi 12 is equipped with a USB to Host port that can be connected to a PC with a USB cable (sold separately) and a USB to Device port that can be save the user kit data on a USB memory.

This connection can be used in a variety of ways. For example, those who have difficulty playing a keyboard can input MIDI data directly to DAW software, and others can play computer software synthesizer sounds by striking the DTX-Multi 12.

"Cubase AI 5" by Steinberg, a DAW software application, is bundled with the DTX-Multi 12. You can begin modifying the pitch and rhythm of the MIDI data that you input using the DTX-Multi 12 and begin composing elaborate pieces of music on the same day you buy the DTX-Multi 12.

- By installing the DTX-Multi 12 Extension (planned for future release on the Web site), you will be able to control Cubase AI 5 directly from the DTX-Multi 12 front panel. This extension will dramatically improve your efficiency in music composition.


The DTX-Multi 12 comes with trigger-input jacks that five external pads can be connected to as well as one foot switch jack and one hi-hat controller jack.

You can customize the DTX-Multi 12 to suit your needs. You can:
- Connect a hi-hat controller (such as the HH65) and a kick pad (such as the KP65) to use the DTX-Multi 12 as a compact drum kit.
- Use a foot switch (such as the FC4) to switch between different drum kits and phrase patterns.
- Use a foot controller (such as the FC7 and FC9) to control the volume and effect values in real time.
- Connect a drum trigger (such as the DT20) to convert acoustic drum performances to trigger signals and input these signals for playback.

* Hi-hat controllers, foot switches, foot controllers, kick pads, and drum triggers are sold separately..

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 5 out of 5 stars. (14 ratings)
Submitted May 14, 2017 by Ed M in Austin, TX

"Best Drummer's Keyboard available"

Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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It does what you'd expect, hit the pads and it makes sounds that change depending on which program you have selected. Some of the programs have cool loops that you can start and stop by hittin a pad once to start and again to stop. It has trigger inputs so you can connect more pads or acoustic drum triggers to trigger more sounds. The sequencer is ok, but if you're just getting started with MIDI and synths this is an excellent instrument that will serve you for years and has the broadest capabilities of any drum multipad + sound generator available. Sure, the Roland stuff actually samples from the line in and has comparatively massive sample memory: that's all it has though, there is no internal sound engine and it's pads will only send MIDI Note #'s, not CC's or PC's. The KAT / Alternate Mode stuff are more sophisticated controllers, but cost much more and have no sound engine. With understanding of what MIDI is and what this device can help you control, support you on your gig, and even aid in the composition process, you'll understand why I say it's the best, broadest multipad controller on ththat market.

Sound Quality is excellent. The sounds respond dynamically to my playing wonderfully. It is compatible with many musical styles that I play; I would have no problem taking this out to some gigs as my only instrument. Sounds great in different settings. My tip to make this "sound better" is 60% HOW YOU PLAY THE APPROPRIATE PROGRAM read more and 40% MONITOR / SPEAKER SYSTEM

I would've appreciated a metal chassis, but I do enjoy the light weight. Other than that, the build quality is fine. Least useful feature is an audio input that changes the sound of the input signal through to the output signal

Ease of Use
The sounds out of the box are great. Super easy to setup and use with my trigger pads and pedals and other MIDI gear. The learning curve is proportional to what you want to do with it: if you're wanting to plug it into a monitor and add some other sounds to your drumset, pretty easy. I figure that use should take you about 30 minutes if you know how to use your monitor. If you're trying to control ableton live's tempo and have it step through lighting changes and tempo maps using m4l and USB midi AND you have no idea what any of those things are, expect a few months of study. That being said, I was able to get control of ableton and m4l under a drumstick in about 3hrs ( I obviously know how to use Ableton Live & M4L quite well )

Well made, I expect it to last for years. I plan on getting a case for it and gigging with it.

Yes. Buy it. Best multipad controller + sound engine on the market today

Manufacturer Support
I have purchased tons of Yamaha gear in the past, and will do so in the future. I have found the products to be reliable, do what is advertised, and sound good. I have never had to deal with the company for returns or service. I have owned / own: PM-3000 EX5 DX21 MG16XU AW4416 AW2816 Hihat stands, Kick pedals, snare stands, cymbal stands Pacifica electric guitar

The Wow Factor
I originally rejected the idea of this, preferring to use my KATs and SPDSX; when I found out that I could have the programmability of the KATs with an included tone generator, I bought it and have been pleased. Bottom line, could have more flexibility and power with separate components, but this gets it done. If you need more than this, just add the computer or outboard sampler for the additional voices / sample time you need. The pads feel great, and there are 12 + trigger inputs.

Musical Background:
Degreed musical professional of 30 yrs. I play percussion, drumset, piano, guitar, and bass.

Musical Style:
I play / perform / record most western styles of music and Afro Cuban and Afro Brazilian.
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