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Simmons SD5X Electronic Drum Set  
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Simmons

A tidy, electronic drum kit delivering an authentic experience.

If you're a drummer who's just coming to grips with the digital era, the Simmons SD5X Electronic Drum Set is a great entry point in the world of electronic percussion.

Starting with a feature-rich sound module, the SD5X has all the tools to help a drummer progress or learn a groove in a new genre. With 40 preset songs, 30 acoustic, electronic, and percussion voices, 14 programmable kits, I/O accessibility and a vast quantity of drum voices, this module is equipped for sonic exploration.

The configuration features a durable and responsive set of four drum pads, two cymbal pads, hi-hat pedal, kick tower and a lightweight, one-piece aluminum frame.

With a cost-effective price point to wrap everything up, the Simmons SD5X will help ensure your digital percussion entry is with your best foot. Kick pedal not included.

Features Drum kit includes:
  • 4 Drum pads
  • 3 Cymbal pads
  • 1 Hi-hat control pedal
  • 1 Kick pad
  • Lightweight aluminum frame with cymbal holders
Drum module includes:
  • 30 acoustic and electronic drum and percussion voices
  • 14 drum kits with pad voice assignment, reverb, and volume
  • 40 song style patterns for accompaniment
  • Adjustable tempo from 30 to 280 BPM
  • Easy-to-read, multi-function display shows all parameter settings
  • Input/output connections: USB, MIDI out, stereo line outs, MP3 inputs, headphone out
  • Rugged lightweight aluminum frame/stand for easy transportation

End your digital holdout. Pack it up today!

 
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SimmonsSD5X Electronic Drum Set
 
4.2

(based on 25 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (1)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Responsive (13)
  • Great sound (11)
  • Versatile (6)
  • Sensitive (4)

Cons

  • Not sensitive (5)

Best Uses

  • Small venues (9)
  • Soundtracks (6)
  • Accompaniment (5)
  • Practice (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (16), Novice (6), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great For a Biginner

Was looking at these for a basic apartment kit to play on at home. Soundwise, it's acceptable, nothing I'd record with. I mainly use one of the banks. Most kits just get...Read complete review

Was looking at these for a basic apartment kit to play on at home. Soundwise, it's acceptable, nothing I'd record with. I mainly use one of the banks. Most kits just get weird with extra sound banks, so this doesn't bother me. There aren't a ton of sounds which can be expected in this price range. The pads have a better feel than I thought they would, way better than those old Roland pads, I'd say about 85% as good as the newer pads out there by Roland and Yamaha. The rack is quite sturdy as well.

The only real complaint I have is the placement of the ride cymbal, but this is common on most electric kits. It's like playing a crash-ride in the position of your darker crash. It is possible to get another clamp to alleviate this problem. Much tougher of a kit than I was expecting, and I play fairly hard. Wouldn't record or tour with it, but it's great for playing at home and excellent to learn on.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Obviously A Defective Line

First off, I would like to comment on the Simmons website. Their website is not fully functional, and I'll tell you why. The first time I visited their website, I went to...Read complete review

First off, I would like to comment on the Simmons website. Their website is not fully functional, and I'll tell you why. The first time I visited their website, I went to Create an Account, filled in the appropriate information, clicked Create Account, and the website redirected me to the login page. Note that there were no password fields for me to fill in in Create an Account. So, I tried logging in only with my email address, and it told me that "The username you entered is incorrect or your account has been disabled." Then I went back to Create an Account, but after I filled in my email address, it said, "An existing account already uses this email address. If this is your email address. Log in here." I used my academic email address. I then tried to "Request a part or submit a question to our support team" with my academic email address, and it gave me the same error after I filled in the email field. Finally, I submitted a question with an alternate email address, but when I tried to log in, sign up, or submit a question again, it gave me an error. I eventually got in contact with them, but only after going through loopholes. However, I am no longer able to contact them because any email sent to support@simmonsdrums.net now gets only a stereotypical autoreply.

Now for the set itself. There are quite a few problems with it. The first set I received, when I hit the hi-hat cymbal pad along with either the snare, tom 1, or tom 2, the hi-hat is canceled out. When I hit either the crash or ride cymbal pad along with either tom 1, tom 2, or tom 3, they were canceled out. The chokeable cymbal pad sometimes did not sound off, or it seemed as if it has been choked, though I did not trigger the choke function. On their website, they advertise four PDS-5 pads with dual-zones that come with the SD5X. The pads I received were not dual-zone, and it says nothing of this feature in the user manual. Standard Kick 1, Standard Kick 2, Room Kick, Acoustic Kick, Funk Kick, Jazz Kick 1, Jazz Kick 2, and Electronic Kick all seem to be bad sound samples. This is especially apparent when the reverb is off. Some of them have a sizzle at the end of the sample, and others just don't sound right. Also, I got feedback when the module volume was turned up high. This happened with my amp, headphones, and earbuds. When the module volume was high, I got distortion from really low sound samples. They distorted the sound of the high-pitched samples and crackle them up.

The second SD5X set I received has the exact problems the previous set had, except the chokeable cymbal pad seems to be working fine. Also, some of the crash sound samples seem to be corrupt on the new set.

I'm keeping this review at one star until either Simmons or Musician's Friend can resolve these issues. I know I'm not going to get much from a cheap kit, but do I expect it to not have major defects. As an experienced musician, defects like these take away from the entire feel of an instrument.

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5.0

I would buy this product again and again

By Facility Band

from La Palma Corretional Center

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Great Sound
  • Responsive

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Simmons SD5X Electronic Drum Set:

      Great product

      Comment on this review

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best Beginner Set Ever

      By Jeff

      from Springfield, Mo.

      About Me Novice

      Pros

      • Great Sound
      • Huge Tone
      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Snare Sensitivity

      Best Uses

      • Accompaniment
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Simmons SD5X Electronic Drum Set:

      I bought this set in June of 2013. I'm 45 and wanted to learn how to play drums all my life and I figured a cheap set was the way to go. I took the plunge.
      I have practiced on this kit almost every night since November of last year (almost 1 full year). I have it plugged in to my PA system and it sounds absolutely great.
      The only con is the sensitivity of the snare. I didn't realize this (since I'm new to the drums) until playing on a friend's set of Roland V Drums.. but hey, those cost a couple grand, so you got to expect some differences. For whatever reason, the snare and bass drum aren't nearly as sensitive as the toms, but it's not bad.. and it's probably better than any other set in this price range.

      I decided to write a review today because after all this playing, the snare went out this week. I hit it and it only sounds for 1 out of every 3 or 4 hits. I was bummed and hoping Simmons would sell the replacement snare and that it would be affordable. I called just a few minutes ago and I was 30 seconds into explaining the problem and he wants to know my address? I told him and he said, "I just shipped you a free replacement. It should be there tomorrow." That caught me completely off-guard. Talk about customer service! We also use this set as the kit for my band (I'm a guitarist) and my drummer beats it up quite a bit along with me. It's been used for a lot of hours! But without asking for purchase date (I merely mentioned I purchased it last year), the rep immediately sent me the snare. I had purchased no extended warranty or anything. He said "we always take care of our customers". You can believe it!

      So.. if you're looking for a good startup set, you really can't find a better kit than this for sound and customer service. I've gotten quite good at drums in the last year and no doubt I'll be upgrading to a more expensive kit in another year or so but for learning and even for rocking out in your garage, this is ideal. Go for it!

      Comment on this review

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great value...perfect for video games!

      By bg17

      from North Texas, USA

      About Me Novice

      Pros

      • Sensitive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Simmons SD5X Electronic Drum Set:

          I bought this set mostly because of its flexible MIDI output. The brain is somewhat limited, but still has plenty of voices and flexbility for each pad. Not too advanced, like adjustable velocity in my older Simmons set, but still great for a beginner. The crash with choke has worked well for me...the hi-hat pedal is either open or closed as mentioned in other reviews. Still, very satisfied with the set, espcially for the price paid thanks for MF's great Labor Day sale. The rack itself is nice too...enough adjustability and holds position well.

          For anyone out there still enjoying Rockband or Guitar Hero video games...the MIDI output is completely assignable. That feature lets you match the MIDI notes as needed to suit the game. Makes it great for a lefty like me, so I can "reverse" my set easily to work with the video games. And you can finally have the open hi-hat sound mapped to the hi-hat instead of (actually, in addition to) the ride cymbal (I'm looking at you, Rockband :)).

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          4.0

          Good for beginners

          By Delco

          from Houston

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Soundssamples Are Prett

          Cons

          • Limited Cymbal Sounds

          Best Uses

          • Beginner Set

          Comments about Simmons SD5X Electronic Drum Set:

          Great set for a beginning drummer. I was a gigging bass player and always wanted to play around on the drums and this set was good for just that. Playing around on the drums. You certainly couldn't gig with this set. The price was right as it was on sale so I didn't drop a ton of money, as I will probably beat on these things for a while and get frustrated and stick em in a closet. A much better set would be the newer SD1000 which is the next generation drum brain and comes with a lot more stuff. And nothing on this set is compatible with the new gen brain, so don't get this thinking you can upgrade later cause you can't.

          Comment on this review

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          A very good starter set!!!

          By Brandon

          from New iberia, Louisiana

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • 14 Kits To Choose From
          • Built Very Solid
          • Good Quality Rack
          • Great Sound
          • Price Is A Great Value
          • Responsive

          Cons

          • Cymbal Volume

          Best Uses

          • Accompaniment
          • Jazz Clubs
          • School Bands
          • Small Venues
          • Soundtracks
          • Symphonies

          Comments about Simmons SD5X Electronic Drum Set:

          A great starter kit. Very responsive and built solid. My only problem with this kit is the cymbal volumes!!! Especially the ride cymbal! It is tolerable, but would be hard to hear good in a live full band setting, but if you just want this as a practice kit, this is the way to go! Pound for pound you cannot beat the value!

          Comment on this review

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great First Electronic Kit

          By Zachanna

          from Blythewood, SC

          About Me Experienced

          Ask me a question

          Pros

          • Custom Options
          • Good price
          • Great Sound
          • Responsive
          • Sturdy

          Cons

          • Not Sensitive
          • Pads Are Loud

          Best Uses

          • Accompaniment
          • Practice
          • Small Venues
          • Soundtracks

          Comments about Simmons SD5X Electronic Drum Set:

          Got this kit, and loved it. Spent a straight 12 hours playing along with drum-less tracks. The kits are amazing and the custom kits and sounds are too. Although it doesn't compare to Roland or any type of acoustic, it is a good kit for the silent player.

          Comment on this review

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Good Kit

          By LeeRoy

          from Tennessee

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Responsive
          • Very Solid

          Cons

          • Limited Sounds

          Best Uses

          • Beginners

          Comments about Simmons SD5X Electronic Drum Set:

          MF Had a great deal on it and needed for my church. Disappointed in the sounds but for the money.... It is however a very solid, well made set up that doesn't shake and drift out of position. Pads could use a better rebound. For a beginner or a limited budget it's great.

          Comment on this review

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Loving it!

          By Bill

          from Minot ND

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Responsive

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Church band

            Comments about Simmons SD5X Electronic Drum Set:

            I bought the SD5X as an entry level kit for my 14 year old son. It was great quality, easy to assemble, and fun to play. It's been almost a month and he hasn't lost interest yet!

            Comment on this review

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Decent practice kit

            By Walter

            from Chilliwack, BC

            About Me Experienced

            Ask me a question

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Simmons SD5X Electronic Drum Set:

                  I bought this kit for personal practice to keep harmony to home!
                  The pads have a good feel and are quiet. The kit is easy to set up and stays in place once it is. I do find the sounds are limited, especially for traditional drum sounds. The cymbals are on the quiet side in comparison to the drum pads.
                  When I ordered this kit it was supposed to come with a free kick pedal and throne. This was missing with the shipment but the folks at Musicians Friend were easy to deal with to rectify this issue, although they are now on back order.
                  I would not use this setup to in place of my Tamas to do live shows with. (except maybe for quiet coffee house type jobs) For the intended purpose of practicing they represent good value.

                  Comment on this review

                  (6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  Obviously A Defective Line

                  By Lise

                  from Virginia

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Cheap

                  Cons

                  • Defective
                  • Module Is Defective
                  • Poor Sound Samples

                  Best Uses

                  • None
                  • Practice

                  Comments about Simmons SD5X Electronic Drum Set:

                  First off, I would like to comment on the Simmons website. Their website is not fully functional, and I'll tell you why. The first time I visited their website, I went to Create an Account, filled in the appropriate information, clicked Create Account, and the website redirected me to the login page. Note that there were no password fields for me to fill in in Create an Account. So, I tried logging in only with my email address, and it told me that "The username you entered is incorrect or your account has been disabled." Then I went back to Create an Account, but after I filled in my email address, it said, "An existing account already uses this email address. If this is your email address. Log in here." I used my academic email address. I then tried to "Request a part or submit a question to our support team" with my academic email address, and it gave me the same error after I filled in the email field. Finally, I submitted a question with an alternate email address, but when I tried to log in, sign up, or submit a question again, it gave me an error. I eventually got in contact with them, but only after going through loopholes. However, I am no longer able to contact them because any email sent to support@simmonsdrums.net now gets only a stereotypical autoreply.

                  Now for the set itself. There are quite a few problems with it. The first set I received, when I hit the hi-hat cymbal pad along with either the snare, tom 1, or tom 2, the hi-hat is canceled out. When I hit either the crash or ride cymbal pad along with either tom 1, tom 2, or tom 3, they were canceled out. The chokeable cymbal pad sometimes did not sound off, or it seemed as if it has been choked, though I did not trigger the choke function. On their website, they advertise four PDS-5 pads with dual-zones that come with the SD5X. The pads I received were not dual-zone, and it says nothing of this feature in the user manual. Standard Kick 1, Standard Kick 2, Room Kick, Acoustic Kick, Funk Kick, Jazz Kick 1, Jazz Kick 2, and Electronic Kick all seem to be bad sound samples. This is especially apparent when the reverb is off. Some of them have a sizzle at the end of the sample, and others just don't sound right. Also, I got feedback when the module volume was turned up high. This happened with my amp, headphones, and earbuds. When the module volume was high, I got distortion from really low sound samples. They distorted the sound of the high-pitched samples and crackle them up.

                  The second SD5X set I received has the exact problems the previous set had, except the chokeable cymbal pad seems to be working fine. Also, some of the crash sound samples seem to be corrupt on the new set.

                  I'm keeping this review at one star until either Simmons or Musician's Friend can resolve these issues. I know I'm not going to get much from a cheap kit, but do I expect it to not have major defects. As an experienced musician, defects like these take away from the entire feel of an instrument.

                  Comment on this review

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