Yamaha DTX522K Electronic Drum Set


Best Electronic Drum Set Under $1000This set shows why Yamaha is considered next to Roland at the top of the e-kit world. This magnificent set comes equipped with all the latest programmes and technology and its response is remarkable. With a wonderfully versatile module, this kit represents incredible value being packed with Yamaha’s ingenuity and high-end hardware, at an extremely reasonable price coming in at well under $1000. With identical functions and features to the DTX562K, you get the same tech for a lot less money. This kit is perfect to practice on and learn your trade as well as traveling around and using it for gigs, studios and recording with friends. All in all this intelligent, compact kit can easily carry you through the start of your drumming journey and much farther.

Spec and features:

  • DTX502 module with 691 high-quality drums and percussion sample sound
  • XP80 3-zone snare pad for head, rim-shot, side-stick
  • Real hi-hat system for authentic, nuanced feel
  • Includes KP65 Kick Pad
  • Large 13″ Ride and 10” Crash cymbal and 10″ Hi-Hat cymbal (all 3-zone)
  • Cymbals have exclusive 360-degree “choke” function
  • HH65 remote hi-hat foot controller allows half-open, pedal and splash hi-hat sounds
  • 7″ Drum Pads newly designed for greater playability and durability
  • Training Functions with Voice Guidance
  • Module: DTX502
  • Does not include kick pedal
Pads and Stands   


Module and Features   


Where this kit differs to the 562K is in the actual heads and cymbals. Firstly the 562K’s cymbals are all 13 inch whereas this kit has a 10-inch crash and hi-hat. Being a little smaller they take a bit of adjusting to, but despite their slightly shrunken size, due to their tri-zone triggering they are sensitive and receptive and pick up on your strokes. The hi-hat, which often with these e-kits can won’t have a good response, feels natural and producing all the chops, mutes and chokes. They are simple and accurate without you having to mess around with the controls and balance.

The snare is the same as the 562K. This pad is a sophisticated feat of engineering which makes playing this kit a joy. Marvelously playable with fantastic dynamics and responsiveness. The kick remains the same as the 562k and along with the cymbals they are equally superb. There is no crosstalk either which is a reflection on Yamaha’s hardware quality. The main difference and in fact biggest let down of this kit are the toms. Whereas the 562 used Yamaha’s Monaural DTX-PAD for the toms, the 522 just use Monaural pads. As a result, the rubber toms have the feel and response of a budget kit whereas the rest of this set up feels high end. Other than that it is a fantastic kit.

The kit will take a couple of hours to set up but that it just because of all the parts. Otherwise, it is very easy to assemble. The pads are solid as well as the mounts, you can tell that this is a high-quality kit that they have not skimped on – inside or out. Overall, toms aside, this feels and plays like a real drum set and is an outstanding kit at a budget price.


Onboard features:

The controls for the module is easy to use and a good bit of high-tech gadgetry. Yamaha’s slick module is located within easy reach and is extremely intuitive, well-labeled and has the familiar access wheel (which you will recognize if you have played an e-kit before). Scrolling through the menu and screen is a doddle with great usability and interface.

This kit has a huge memory with 691 preloaded percussion and drum sounds as well as over a 100 keyboard voices. The pre-loaded sounds are not cheap cheesy and synthetic sounds, they are real authentic drums and give you remarkable versatility. The module interprets each hit swiftly and with impeccable accuracy and the sound is striking (excuse the pun). The samples are crisp, clean and they ring out perfectly with the right amount of reverb. Once you have played around with this kit you will realize how incredibly they have done to mirror hitting the drum, whether the head or rim shot.  The cymbals have features like muting, choking, swells which all add to the realism and authenticity of playing this kit. It has great onboard practice functions and training programmes that can continue to challenge you no matter what skill level you are. As well as this there are the usual USB slots that let you upload your own files.


Our Opinion

This kit was so close to being perfect. With the mouth-watering DTX502 module and the superlative snare and cymbals, there was not much to say against it. It really was high-end kit at a lower end price. Unfortunately the toms prevent a perfect score but that doesn’t take away from the sheer value of a set like this. As a beginner, this is more than enough kit for your and the toms are good enough that you shouldn’t pick up bad techniques. If you can save up a bit more and get the 562K we would recommend it, but as a first-time player, it is a little indulgent and not necessary!