DTX Artist Profile / Live
Growing up in Rochester New York, Chaun Horton's first introduction to music and drums was under the strict tutelage of his father, who conveniently happened to be a church organist. With his father's guidance and teaching, Chaun received the opportunity to play not only for his church, but other state choirs and events as well. This valuable experience allowed Chaun to become a drummer for the Monroe Community College Big Band in upstate New York, where he began performing at community events and studio recordings. After attending a camp held by the LA Music Academy, Chaun found himself enrolling the following month on a full scholarship, where he has since graduated. The LA Music Academy is an intensive contemporary music education program founded in 1996 by a number of prominent LA-based players, who also have significant music education experience. Chaun has toured with GRAMMY® award-winning neo soul/R&B singer, songwriter, record producer and actress Macy Gray and has also been touring with the beautiful and talented Natasha Bedingfield. He has appeared on countless television shows lately performing with Natasha. This summer Chaun will be touring with Colbie Caillat.
We recently put together a massive DTX rig around his Yamaha Custom Birch acoustic kit for the tour. Chaun needed it to be a flexible setup. He said that sometimes when he performs with Nastasha and Colbie they are on a big stage where he can use the whole setup, but sometimes he has to modify it and trim it down for smaller stages. He uses several DTX pads, which include 10” pads and 12" snare pads through the back of his DTX Multi-12 along with triggers from his acoustic snare and kick drum.
DTX / Tips & Tricks
500 Series Preset Drum Kits Introduction Video
The DTX500 series electronic drum sets feature the updated DTX500 module with improved kits and voices, and compatibility with the XP series DTX-PADs.
The module features a high-quality tone generator packed with 427 sounds. There is a variety of practice songs that allows you to mute the drums to play along or record, and the built-in training functions will help improve your drumming. An AUX IN jack lets you connect a music player to practice with your favorite tunes. The DTX500 Series brings Yamaha’s renown electronic drum technology within reach of the beginner, the hobbyist, and educator.
700 Series Preset Song Introduction Video
The DTX700 series kits feature DTX-PADs and the DTX700 trigger module, with over twelve hundred outstanding drum and percussion voices.
In addition to the 1,268 drum and percussion sounds and 128 instrument voices, you can add new sounds to the DTX700 by simply loading them into the included 64MB Flash-ROM. By incorporating the DTX-PADs (the most advanced drum pads ever made) for the snare and toms you develop real drum playing technique the more you play the drums. And you’ll be playing day and night with the on-board practice songs that let you mute the drums and play along; you can even record yourself for further study.