The Yamaha DS10 MIDI Drum Kit is similar to the Roland electronic percussion system. The DS10 comes with 10 triggers. Two wedge-shaped pads are used for the cymbals. Six round pads are used for the hi-hat, the snare and four toms. A variable foot controller is used to control the position of the virtual hi-hats. A bass drum trigger rounds out the input devices. All of the pads are stereo triggerable (one sound attached to the face, one to the edge).

The DS10 brain has MIDI controllers, trigger inputs, inputs for auxillary devices (like a minidisc player), and is completely user configurable. There is a built-in teaching system for unexperienced players. You can choose between 64 sets with a selection wheel. You can customize and save drumsets.

Yamaha also uses a tubular rack system to mount the pads. It is sturdy, and has extra space for more triggers if you want to add more. Hardware by Gibralter works well with the rack system, and it can save you a few bucks.

The Roland kit is more popular (it came out first). I went to the drum store to buy a Roland, but the kit they had set up was broken. The Yamaha set was even more thrashed, but it still worked. I went to two more stores, and they also had problems with the Roland kits (while the Yamahas still worked great). I figured if the Yamaha can last so long after so much abuse, it must be the better set. I personally thought the sound was better, and I cut a great deal on the price. If you're on the market for a MIDI drum kit, consider the Yamaha line.

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