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Simmons SD1000 5-Piece Electronic Drum Set  

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An top-end 5-piece e-kit with an assortment of sounds, pro features and connectivity options.

The Simmons SD1000 is a 5-piece electronic drum kit that appeals to the senses of the seasoned drummer, while appealing to the budget of the working or hobbyist musician. The setup is powered by the SD1000 Sound Module, which features 99 drum kits (55 preset, 44 user), 516 voices, 210 songs and a large collection of classic sounds. The module is also loaded with rehearsal tools like a programmable metronome, an auxiliary input (for MP3 or otherwise), 10 trigger inputs and a headphone output for quiet rehearsal.

The pads offer a sensitive and authentic feel while V.A.R. (Variable Attack Response) provides realistic response by triggering different samples for different velocities and drum rolls. Variable Attack Response combines more internal memory and intelligent sample triggering across 4 different velocity zones for each trigger input. The result is natural dynamics, smooth decay times which eliminates artificial-sounding “machine gun” playback or ghost notes when playing rolls. Additionally, the multi-position hi-hat foot controller produces different responses for open, closed or half-open positions.

The Simmons SD1000KIT features all-new Simmons components: SD1000 sound module, eight S1000 Series pads, new multi-position hi-hat controller, and a sharp looking, anodized-blue aluminum rack. If a big kit is your style, this e-kit is compatible with all S1000 single or multi-zone pads.

FEATURES
  • SD1000 Sound Module with 99 drum kits, 516 voices, 210 presets and 100 user songs
  • Advanced V.A.R. technology for authentic response
  • Expanded sample ROM
  • S1000 series pads
  • Multi-position hi-hat foot controller
  • Programmable sequencer with a 7-track capacity
  • MP3, USB and MIDI connectivity
  • 128MB of memory
  • SD Card for external storage

The first name in electronic drums. Pack it up today!

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SimmonsSD1000 5-Piece Electronic Drum Set
 
2.9

(based on 10 reviews)

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44%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Responsive (5)
  • Great sound (4)

Cons

  • Poorly made (5)

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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great kit for the price

    I was a little hesitant buying one of these new Simmons kits because of some issues they've had in the past with build quality, but I was quite surprised by this little kit. Read complete review

    I was a little hesitant buying one of these new Simmons kits because of some issues they've had in the past with build quality, but I was quite surprised by this little kit.

    The rubber pads have a really good feel. I would even say they feel better than my Roland PD-9's (my old stand by's). The rack is solid and you got to love the blue color of it. The kick trigger has a really nice feel. If you are the type that likes to bury the beater, then you will like this kick trigger. The hi-hat control pedal has a nice large foot board as well (another plus for the kit).

    The module sounds are very good as well. Most of the 50 plus kits are acoustic sounding kits. Which is a plus. It seems that allot of the kits in this price range tend to be loaded up with tons of electro type kits and only a few acoustic sounding kits. If you like the electro type sound, no need to worry. Those sounds are in there as well. You will need to program them however.

    The cons with this kit are really because of the price point. I personally would've like to see dual zone tom pads, a larger snare, and a three zone ride as standard equipment. I've been told you can add a three zone ride if you wish. I really think a larger snare option would be nice.

    Over all it's a great little kit for the price.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Simmons is the worst name in e-drums

    I got this set used after going through two Simmons SD5X kits. The SD5Xs were appalling, due to their faulty triggers. They both had the same problems out of the box, with both...Read complete review

    I got this set used after going through two Simmons SD5X kits. The SD5Xs were appalling, due to their faulty triggers. They both had the same problems out of the box, with both the hi-hat and ride being canceled out when played simultaneously with certain other pads. I'm not sure if the problem was the module or the pads, but it was likely the module. The SD5X is obviously a defective line.

    When I received and set up this used SD1000 kit, the hi-hat pad was not functioning at all, unless I hit it extremely hard. Crash number one was very spotty. The choke function on crash one did not choke the cymbal, but rather triggered the crash a delayed second time. The ride would often not be able to differentiate between a ride bow and a ride crash. The hi-hat pedal was also very silent and sometimes did not work. After switching around some of the cables, I determined that it was the cymbal pads that were faulty. Looking over past Musician's Friend reviews of this product, I can only conclude that this used set had been sent back because of the pads failing, but it was not inspected before being put back in stock.

    Musician's Friend sent me a new SD1000 kit. With this one, all the pads were working. However, the hi-hat pedal missed quite a lot, to the point of the hi-hat being unusable in regards to foot chick and heel splash. Though open and close for the pad were working most of the time, stomping on the pedal would often not produce sound. The pedal itself is not adjustable in tension, and it does not feel like a standard hi-hat stand. It has much more tension than there should be. The hi-hat pedal is the primary reason I'm returning this kit. Luckily for me, I won't be finding out when the pads would have started failing on me.

    The module looks quite nice at first glance. And it is pretty nice in most regards. But after some fidgeting, I came to the conclusion that the module lives up to my previous experiences with Simmons. When creating a custom user kit, sometimes the module will randomly scroll through the sounds without me touching it. The SD1000 manual advertises a blank ASCII character for naming songs, though there is no such character in the character list in the module. A space character would have offered a cleaner naming system.

    I am not very impressed by the rack system. It is rather limited in customization in regards to tom placement, and I don't really care for the color of it. The plastic wing nuts break off easily. When I received the used SD1000, several of them were previously broken off. On the new set, I broke one off myself. Fortunately, once a wing nut is broken off, a tension rod-style bolt is revealed underneath. Unfortunately, however, the square tension rod head is slightly smaller than what is standard, so you need a key that does not have a lot of play in it, which is, fortunately, included in the accessories. As a minor detail, the kick pad does not have spurs in the base.

    There is a lot of crosstalk in the SD1000. There is a utility setting called X-Talk in which you can adjust the crosstalk prevention feature for each individual pad. After messing around with it, I concluded that it's basically a choice between crosstalk and sensitivity.

    The customer service of Simmons is disappointing. Their website is nonfunctional. There is no way to get in contact with them, except by snail mail. I went through some loopholes and eventually got two email responses from them back when I was dealing with the SD5Xs. But there is no longer any way to contact them by phone, email, or through their website.

    Simmons, in my experience, is the worst name in electronic drums.

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    1.0

    Don't waste your money

    By Disappointed321

    from El Paso, Texas

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

      Cons

      • Poorly Made
      • Poor quality

      Best Uses

        Comments about Simmons SD1000 5-Piece Electronic Drum Set:

        The quality of the SD-1000 module is terrible. They really lowered their standards from the SD9K

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        3.0

        Expected better than this.

        By Holt1017

        from Mankato, Minnesota

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Responsive
        • Sensitive
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Cymbals Hardly Work
        • Poorly Made
        • Poor Module

        Best Uses

        • Practice Only

        Comments about Simmons SD1000 5-Piece Electronic Drum Set:

        My module backlit screen broke after about a month, it does the purpose of being a electronic drum set but for the money, the cymbals hardly register only if you hit it hard or at a certain angle, the drum triggers are nice though

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        5.0

        used mostly for good quality recording

        By brucep

        from jacksonville florida

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Great Sound
        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Too Much Reverb

        Best Uses

        • Accompaniment

        Comments about Simmons SD1000 5-Piece Electronic Drum Set:

        I purchased the set for recording mostly but will probably use them to gig too. I like the versatility and the different kits.

        Comment on this review

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Simmons is the worst name in e-drums

        By Lise

        from Virginia

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

          Cons

          • Breakable Plastic Pieces
          • Crosstalk
          • Defective Hi-hat Pedal
          • Defective Module
          • Poorly Made
          • Simmons Customer Service
          • Undependable Pads

          Best Uses

          • None

          Comments about Simmons SD1000 5-Piece Electronic Drum Set:

          I got this set used after going through two Simmons SD5X kits. The SD5Xs were appalling, due to their faulty triggers. They both had the same problems out of the box, with both the hi-hat and ride being canceled out when played simultaneously with certain other pads. I'm not sure if the problem was the module or the pads, but it was likely the module. The SD5X is obviously a defective line.

          When I received and set up this used SD1000 kit, the hi-hat pad was not functioning at all, unless I hit it extremely hard. Crash number one was very spotty. The choke function on crash one did not choke the cymbal, but rather triggered the crash a delayed second time. The ride would often not be able to differentiate between a ride bow and a ride crash. The hi-hat pedal was also very silent and sometimes did not work. After switching around some of the cables, I determined that it was the cymbal pads that were faulty. Looking over past Musician's Friend reviews of this product, I can only conclude that this used set had been sent back because of the pads failing, but it was not inspected before being put back in stock.

          Musician's Friend sent me a new SD1000 kit. With this one, all the pads were working. However, the hi-hat pedal missed quite a lot, to the point of the hi-hat being unusable in regards to foot chick and heel splash. Though open and close for the pad were working most of the time, stomping on the pedal would often not produce sound. The pedal itself is not adjustable in tension, and it does not feel like a standard hi-hat stand. It has much more tension than there should be. The hi-hat pedal is the primary reason I'm returning this kit. Luckily for me, I won't be finding out when the pads would have started failing on me.

          The module looks quite nice at first glance. And it is pretty nice in most regards. But after some fidgeting, I came to the conclusion that the module lives up to my previous experiences with Simmons. When creating a custom user kit, sometimes the module will randomly scroll through the sounds without me touching it. The SD1000 manual advertises a blank ASCII character for naming songs, though there is no such character in the character list in the module. A space character would have offered a cleaner naming system.

          I am not very impressed by the rack system. It is rather limited in customization in regards to tom placement, and I don't really care for the color of it. The plastic wing nuts break off easily. When I received the used SD1000, several of them were previously broken off. On the new set, I broke one off myself. Fortunately, once a wing nut is broken off, a tension rod-style bolt is revealed underneath. Unfortunately, however, the square tension rod head is slightly smaller than what is standard, so you need a key that does not have a lot of play in it, which is, fortunately, included in the accessories. As a minor detail, the kick pad does not have spurs in the base.

          There is a lot of crosstalk in the SD1000. There is a utility setting called X-Talk in which you can adjust the crosstalk prevention feature for each individual pad. After messing around with it, I concluded that it's basically a choice between crosstalk and sensitivity.

          The customer service of Simmons is disappointing. Their website is nonfunctional. There is no way to get in contact with them, except by snail mail. I went through some loopholes and eventually got two email responses from them back when I was dealing with the SD5Xs. But there is no longer any way to contact them by phone, email, or through their website.

          Simmons, in my experience, is the worst name in electronic drums.

          Comment on this review

          (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Great set... for 2 weeks...

          By BruiserCruiser

          from Atlanta, GA

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Great Interface
          • Responsive

          Cons

          • Cymbols Break After 2 Wks
          • Poorly Made

          Best Uses

            Comments about Simmons SD1000 5-Piece Electronic Drum Set:

            I set my sd1000 kit up and loved it for about 2 weeks. I ran my tablet into the audio in jack and jammed out with some of my music.
            However around the 2 week mark i noticed one of my cymbols was registering 2 hits when i was only hitting it once. I played with multiple settings and eventually even reset the audio interface back to factory and still had the same problem. I then contacted Simmons via email only for them to enform me that they did not have replacement pads for the sd1000 kit yet. Now they may have some by now but the only way i could get my cymbol replaced was my sending the WHOLE KIT back to muscians friend and getting a whole kit replacement. That was a bit rediculus to i just sent the kit back and got my money back.

            Comment on this review

            (6 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            DONT BUY THIS DRUM SET-DONT BUY SIMMONS

            By MikeMyson

            from Rochester NY

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

              Cons

              • Not Sensitive
              • Poorly Made

              Best Uses

                Comments about Simmons SD1000 5-Piece Electronic Drum Set:

                This is the biggest joke of all Simmons Models yet. I've only had this for about a month and have only played four or five times and it's already broke down on me!

                As much as I would like to say good things because of some of the Customer Care Agents I spoken to are helpful-the set is just not worth the money in fact, it isn't worth a penny because what good is it to buy something only for it to break down soon after?

                Much more, I hate the sound. The pads are small toy looking things and the set sits lower then the others. Was this made for children??? And of course the malfunctions of the pads and cymbals... Just terrible. And any 'people' giving this a good review are full of it, COME ON! Take it from me, after owning 3, that's right, THREE sets (all of which were upgraded from Simmons-which is why I like C.C. but again, what good is that if the drums fail???) SO after THREE sets, they've all failed and now they tell me I need a receipt? Why? I'm not asking for my money back? I spent over a 1000 the day I walked out of Guitar Center, The drums, amps, pedals, thrown, sticks.. I just want a set that I can use-if it stinks for recording-okay, I can accept that but I record a lot of 'raw' music and don't need it to sound good but man-I need it to work at least! I use this for my office but it's just sitting there. I get a lot of compliments but I tell these people not to be impressed, it's actually just for looks because it can't be used. It's just bad man, bad business to sell something that people time and time again have complained about..make it right then sell it!

                So do yourself a huge favor and save yourself the stress, don't buy Simmons! I just got done playing them and it drives me nuts at what a piece of garbage this is! Yea, I'm stressed and so very upset!!!

                Comment on this review

                (7 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                Don't Buy if you play often.

                By Smitty

                from Pittsburgh

                Comments about Simmons SD1000 5-Piece Electronic Drum Set:

                I bought this set a little more than a month ago from Guitar Center. It plays good for about a month and then it starts to break down. I do not suggest this set to anyone who plays often. My kick drum pad only works 70% of the time now and misses a lot of kicks. Also, the drums set off other drums. I have adjusted the sensitivity and threshold numerous times and this is still occurring. I called Guitar Center and they said because it has been more than 30 days and I did not get pro coverage that there is nothing they can do for me. This set would only be good for a beginner or learning drummers.

                Comment on this review

                (4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                first time experience with electronic

                By Jfisch

                from Sheboygan WI

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Great Sound

                Cons

                • Not Sensitive

                Best Uses

                • Accompaniment
                • Jazz Clubs
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Simmons SD1000 5-Piece Electronic Drum Set:

                The hi hat seems to need better sensitivity to catch every beat.

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                (6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Highly recommended

                By Maxwell

                from ohio

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Great Sound
                • Huge Tone
                • Responsive
                • Var Is Amazing

                Cons

                • Too Much Reverb

                Best Uses

                • School Bands

                Comments about Simmons SD1000 5-Piece Electronic Drum Set:

                only playing on one electric drum kit, I was a little worried about buying the kit. I have owned and played on several different acoustic kits in the past. However, I was pleasantly surprised when I received this kit. This is the perfect product for customers that don't have a lot of room for an acoustic set, live an apartment, don't want to bother your family, and likes to play with music. I had a little trouble with MF when I ordered the drums. However, they made everything correct and I am an even bigger fan of this company.

                Comment on this review

                (7 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great kit for the price

                By HF

                from Ohio

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Great Sound
                • Just Works Out Of The Box
                • Responsive
                • Sensitive

                Cons

                • Too Much Reverb On Some

                Best Uses

                • Great Practice Tool

                Comments about Simmons SD1000 5-Piece Electronic Drum Set:

                I was a little hesitant buying one of these new Simmons kits because of some issues they've had in the past with build quality, but I was quite surprised by this little kit.

                The rubber pads have a really good feel. I would even say they feel better than my Roland PD-9's (my old stand by's). The rack is solid and you got to love the blue color of it. The kick trigger has a really nice feel. If you are the type that likes to bury the beater, then you will like this kick trigger. The hi-hat control pedal has a nice large foot board as well (another plus for the kit).

                The module sounds are very good as well. Most of the 50 plus kits are acoustic sounding kits. Which is a plus. It seems that allot of the kits in this price range tend to be loaded up with tons of electro type kits and only a few acoustic sounding kits. If you like the electro type sound, no need to worry. Those sounds are in there as well. You will need to program them however.

                The cons with this kit are really because of the price point. I personally would've like to see dual zone tom pads, a larger snare, and a three zone ride as standard equipment. I've been told you can add a three zone ride if you wish. I really think a larger snare option would be nice.

                Over all it's a great little kit for the price.

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