New Gear Review: Yamaha DTX502 Hybrid Packs

yamaha DTX502The DTX502 Hybrid Packs are for drummers who are looking to combine acoustic and electronic elements into one kit that plays well, programs sounds fast and sets up easily. These Hybrid Packs simplify the process and include all necessary cables and hardware to start sounding great—for live situations just add your own amplification.

To start from scratch, you could get the DTX502, a five-piece Stage Custom Birch acoustic drum set with Yamaha 700 Series hardware, a DTX502 sound module, two acoustic drum triggers and two electronic drum pads: the TP70 (7-inch single-zone) and the XP80 (8-inch 3-zone). It also includes trigger cables and all mounting clamps ready to attach to the kit.

If you already own a kit, there are three other DTX electronic systems packs that are expandable to add up to 12 pads. All of the packs include a DTX502 module, two acoustic drum triggers and all the cables and mounting hardware.

The DTX502 Hybrid Pack with acoustic drum set is $2,600; DTXHP570 $660; DTXHP580 $990; and the DTXHP587 is $1,150. (All MSRP prices).

Barry Rudolph is a recording engineer/mixer who has worked on over 30 gold and platinum records. He has recorded and/or mixed Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hall & Oates, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, the Corrs, and more. Barry has his own futuristic music mixing facility and loves teaching audio engineering at Musician’s Institute, Hollywood, CA. He is a lifetime Grammy-voting member of NARAS and a contributing editor for Mix