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DTXPRESS IV STANDARD Dual PCY-135 Setup Guide

Congratulations on your purchase of DTXPRESS IV STANDARD w/2 extra PCY135. This guide will help you setup the additional trigger pads for optimum performance.
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DTXPRESS IV QUICK START - Editing the DRUMKIT: BASIC SKILLS

Start by pressing the [DRUMKIT] mode button to see the [KIT1] page. Use the jog dial to select a drum kit that is similar to what you want to create (Kit #1 Oak Custom in this example).
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DTXPRESS IV QUICK START – Play/Rec with a SONG: BASIC SKILLS

The DTXPRESS IV has an internal collection of 63 preset songs for you to play along with. Songs 1-3 are DEMO songs – short musical compositions with a beginning, middle, and ending. Songs 4-44 are PRACTICE songs – Musical patterns in various styles that will LOOP. Songs 45-63 are PAD songs – song fragments that can be assigned to different pads.*
*Pad songs will be discussed in a future advanced guide.
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DTXPRESS IV QUICK START – TRIGGER SETTINGS & CROSS TALK

The ability to set the response of connected trigger pads for maximum performance is included in the DTXPRESS IV on the pages of TRIGGER setup mode. Let’s take a closer look…
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DTXPRESS IV QUICK START – GROOVE CHECK: BASIC SKILLS

Without a doubt one of the most important skills for a drummer is timekeeping. The feature we call Groove Check is designed to help tighten up your timekeeping skills - one beat at a time. It works like a scale that measures how far ahead or behind the beat your hits are. You can measure hits from all inputs or focus Groove Check to analyze a specific pad input.
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DTXPRESS IV QUICK START – RHYTHM GATE: BASIC SKILLS

Rhythm Gate is a variation of Groove Check1 in which sound is produced only if your hit is within the specified range, and sound is not produced if your hit is outside this range. This is cool because you don’t have to look at the display to know if you are on time. You will be able to hear (or not hear) if you hit the pad(s) within the range set by Rhythm Gate.
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Copying trigger settings to another location on DXTIIS

You can easily copy all of the settings for a pad or trigger from one trigger input to another in the same kit, or copy those settings to a different kit. For instance, if you are customizing the sensitivity and velocity curve settings for a user kit you can simply make the adjustments to one input and then copy those to all the other inputs in the same kit.
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Using Groove Check on DTXPRESS III

The Groove Check function is a valuable learning tool. This tutorial will show you how to use Groove Check and offer some tips on getting the most out of it.The purpose of Groove Check is to show you by using positive and negative number where your beat placement is in relationship to the accompanying tempo you are playing to. Groove Check can be used either with the click or the internal sequencer.
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Using the Sequencer in the DXPIII

The DXPIII module has an internal two-track sequencer with 95 pre-recorded (factory) songs that you can play along with, and 32 user songs where you can record your own performance. You can mute the drum tracks out of the factory songs and play along as a tool for learning to play different musical styles. This tutorial will teach you how to use the play-along and record features of the sequencer.
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DTX500 SERIES 4-STEP DEMO

DEMO 1 - “It’s easy to make your own custom kit”
Start by pressing the [DRUMKIT] mode button to see the [KIT1] page.
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DTX500 QUICK START – GROOVE CHECK: BASIC SKILLS

Without a doubt one of the most important skills for a drummer is timekeeping. The feature we call Groove Check is designed to help tighten up your timekeeping skills - one beat at a time. It works like a scale that measures how far ahead or behind the beat your hits are. You can measure hits from all inputs or focus Groove Check to analyze a specific pad input.
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DTX500 QUICK START - EDIT the DRUMKIT: BASIC SKILLS

Start by pressing the [DRUMKIT] mode button to see the KIT1 page. Use the jog dial to select a drum kit that is similar to what you want to create (Kit #1 Oak Custom in this example).
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DTX500 QUICK START – SONG Play/Rec: BASIC SKILLS

The DTX500 has an internal collection of 63 preset songs for you to play along with. Songs 1-3 are DEMO songs – short musical compositions with a beginning, middle, and ending. Songs 4-44 are PRACTICE songs – Musical patterns in various styles that will LOOP.
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Accessing General MIDI voices from the pads on DTXIIS

The DTXIIS module has 128 General MIDI Keyboard voices. Most of these are melodic instruments such as piano, guitar, bass, etc. and there are several sound effects and percussive sounds as well. One unique feature of the DTXIIS is that you can assign each pad to a different MIDI channel, allowing you to access these voices from the pads.
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Editing Kits on the DTXPRESS III Kit

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Once you have played the stock kits in the DTXPRESS III for a while you’ll hear certain snare drums, kick drums, toms, etc. that you would like to combine into a personal kit. This “jump start” will walk you through the process of programming a kit combining your favorite voices.
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Helpful Tips on the DTXIIS

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This Jump Start contains a few tips to help make navigating on the module a bit easier by giving you a few shortcuts and how to set some of the functions up for your particular needs. The knobs are numbered 1-5, left to right.
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Naming User kits on the DTXIIS

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Once you have programmed a User Kit in the DTXIIS you will want to give it a name. You can name it for the song it will be used on or you can use it to reference a particular gig you will use it on. This “Jump Start” will show you how to name your User Kits.
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Sampling on a DTXTreme IIS (DTXT2SU)

The DTXtreme IIS can load new samples into memory from a SmartMedia card. The samples can be created by sampling directly into the DTXtreme IIS via the ‘AUX IN’ connection, or the can be imported existing samples. The samples need to be in .aif format. If a desired sample is in .wav format, it can be converted from .wav to .aif using a sample conversion program such as the Yamaha Tiny Wave Editor (TWE).
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DTX Studio: Layering on the DTX500

Layering sounds is a way to fatten up your back beat, deepen the sound of your kick, or simply add spice to any of your kit pieces.  The ability to layer, or stack, any sound on any pad is available with the STACK function of the DTX700, DTX900 and DTX-MULTI 12.

To layer a voice in the DTX500, you don’t need a special mode, but you must first turn on the “B” layer on the KIT2 screen.  Do this by highlighting the letter “A” in the upper right corner and rotating the jog-dial.  Once you have selected the desired voice for layer B you can set the volume, pan position, tuning, etc to whatever value you like.  Try some of these suggestions when setting up layers on DTXdrums:

BIG BEAT - Layer 2 different snares; one for attack and one for extra “fatness”.

SUB-KICK - Layer a T8 kick under your favorite bass drum sound for extra low end.

JINGLE TOM - Layer a tamourine voice with your floor tom; great for beach music.

80’s HAIR BAND - Try layering a reverse snare under your kick, and a reverse kick under your snare.  Set each reverse voice to the same alternate group and increase the reverb on the “normal” voices.  Stroke!

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