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MULTI-Level, MULTI-Play, and MULTI-Purpose!

MULTI-Level, MULTI-Play, and MULTI-Purpose!

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MULTI-Level, MULTI-Play, and MULTI-Purpose! - 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. - 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! -Preset Kit-

In addition to a broad spectrum of voices taken from the world renowned, flagship MOTIF series synthesizers, the DTX-MULTI 12 also features many new 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.

MULTI-Pattern! -Preset Pattern-

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.

MULTI-Mode! -Play Modes-

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! -Trigger Function-

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.

MULTI-Interface! -Music Production-

# 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 our 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.

MULTI-Triggering! -Expandability-

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.


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


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


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


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 adaptor (PA-5D or an equivalent recommended by Yamaha), Owner's Manual , Data List booklet, DVD-ROM (Cubase AI5)

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


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

Q1: What kind of USB devices can be used or are compatible with the Yamaha DTXM-12?

A1: Check the list below for USB devices that have been tested for proper operation with the DTX-MULTI 12.

Flash Memory ATP AF8GUFT3BK
ByteStor 16GB Maxi USB Flash Drive
16GB Dataferry USB Flash Drive
32GB Dataferry USB Flash Drive
disgo disgo lite 4GB
HP v125w 8GB USB Flash Drive
Integral AG47 with READYBOOST
Splash Drive16G
EnvoyPlus Flash Drive 8GB
Integral USB 2.0 SPLASH DRIVE 32GB
Kingston DTC10/4GB
LEXAR JDFF4GB-431 (Discontinued)
SanDisk SDCZ4-4096-A11
Verbatim Verbatim Store 'n' Go USB Flash Drive - 4GB (#95236)


-The USB devices listed above have been tested for compatibility with DTX-MULTI 12, however Yamaha does not guarantee proper operation of such devices with DTX-MULTI 12. Yamaha also takes no responsibility for any damage or inconvenience caused by the use of them.

-The specification of the USB devices listed above is subject to change for certain reasons of manufacturers. Please note that they may not operate properly with DTX-MULTI 12 depending on the changes.

-For detailed specification and information on the USB devices listed above, please contact the manufacturers of them.

DTXM12 Audio File Format

The DTXM12 uses the following audio file format:

Bit Depth: 16 bit

Wave Memory: 64 MB

Maximum Size: Mono sample: 2 MB

Stereo sample: 4 MB

Sample Formats: Proprietary, WAV, and AIFF

Readable Quantity: 500 files

NOTE: The DTXM12 does not import MP3, WMV, and other audio file formats.

DTXM12 SMF Format

It should be noted that the DTXMULTI 12 supports Format 0 SMFs only

Q2: DTXM12 Pad 7 and 14 triggers the same sound, why?

A2: The DTXM12's pad 7 and pad 14 share the same MIDI note number on certain preset kits. To change pad 7 or pad 14 to independently difference voices, first the assigned MIDI must be changed. Here is how:

  1. First select a kit with the duplicate MIDI note numbers, ex. 09 Oak Custom kit
  2. Press the [MIDI] button.
  3. Make sure the 'MIDI1' screen is displayed if not use the [LEFT or RIGHT ARROW] buttons to locate the screen.
  4. Press [ENTER] button. This will display the 'Mode=Stack' function.
  5. Press the [RIGHT ARROW] button. This will display the 'MIDI Note' screen.
  6. Strike the desired pad.
  7. Press the [MIDI] button.
  8. Make sure the 'MIDI1' screen is displayed if not use the [LEFT or RIGHT ARROW] buttons to locate the screen.
  9. Press [ENTER] button. This will display the 'Mode=Stack' function.
  10. Press the [RIGHT ARROW] button. This will display the 'MIDI Note' screen.
  11. Strike the desired pad.
  12. Using the [LEFT, RIGHT.UP/DOWN ARROW] buttons highlight the MIDI note.
  13. Use the [DEC/- or INC/+] buttons to change the note value.
  14. Now changing the voice on the desired pad is independent of the other pad. NOTE: Remember to store any changes to a user kit.

DTXM12 Remote Control Activation

NOTE: Make sure the DTXM12 is connected to the computer via USB.

  1. Within the UTILITY setting area, navigate to the MIDI In/Out page (UTIL6-9) and set MIDI IN/OUT to “USB”.
  2. Ensure that the DTX-MULTI 12 is connected to the computer in the correct manner, and then launch Cubase.
  3. Hold down the [SHIFT] button and press the [MIDI] button. The message “Cubase Remote” will be displayed to confirm that the function has been activated.
  4. To deactivate Cubase Remote mode, again hold down the [SHIFT] button and press the [MIDI] button.

Where to place the downloadable kit files on the DTXM12?

  1. Go to the flash drive and open the Yamaha folder
  2. Go the DTXM12 folder, open it
  3. Continue to the “All” folder
  4. Place the T3A content files in this folder

Nippon Enterprises South
‘Sterling Silver’ No. 24 & 25, Siva Ganga Road, 
Off Sterling Road, Nungambakkam, Chennai - 600 034.
Tel: +91-44 4290 9800
E-mail: [email protected]

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