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Simmons SD5X Electronic Drum Set  

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  • Drum kit includes:
  • 4 Drum pads
  • 3 Cymbal pads
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    $999.99
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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 48 preset songs, 22 preset kits, 10 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:
      • 237 acoustic and electronic drum voices
      • 22 factory preset drum kits
      • 10 user programmable kits
      • 48 preset songs (to learn with)
      • Metronome
      • Reverb Effect Stereo Line Outputs
      • Headphone Output
      • Stereo Aux Input
      • Full LED Display
      • MIDI Output

      End your digital holdout. Pack it up today!

       
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      SimmonsSD5X Electronic Drum Set
       
      4.2

      (based on 21 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

      • 5 Stars

         

        (8)

      • 4 Stars

         

        (11)

      • 3 Stars

         

        (1)

      • 2 Stars

         

        (0)

      • 1 Stars

         

        (1)

      89%

      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Responsive (11)
      • Great sound (9)
      • Versatile (4)
      • Sensitive (3)

      Cons

      • Not sensitive (5)

      Best Uses

      • Small venues (8)
      • Soundtracks (6)
      • Accompaniment (4)
      • Practice (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (14), Novice (4), 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.

      VS

      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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      (1 of 1 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!

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      (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.

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      (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.

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      (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!

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Decent practice kit

        By Walter

        from Chilliwack, BC

        About Me Experienced

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        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.

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              (5 of 8 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.

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              3.0

              SD5X Electronic Drums for the Money

              By Bassman456

              from Fayetteville, NC

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Price

              Cons

              • Cannot Modify Sounds
              • Cymbals Lack Volume
              • Flat Sound
              • Not Sensitive

              Best Uses

              • Good starter set

              Comments about Simmons SD5X Electronic Drum Set:

              I purchased this set for Christmas. Also purchased a separate drummer's throne and 4 pack of sticks. January catalog offers the same drum set with "free" drummer's throne and a kick pedal. Did not know that I needed a kick pedal when I purchased the drum set... advertising was not clear on that point. I notified the vendor and they shipped me the free kit of drummer's throne and the kick pedal. That was very nice of them! I also kept the other throne that I had purchased. However I am not impressed that much with the flat sounds and low volume especially on the cymbals. The controller does not offer a means to modify the volume, tone or effects of each individual piece... that's a big bummer! But for the price which was great and the free-bees, they do perform well enough as a starter set for young folks.

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              5.0

              Pretty versatile for in-home use

              By Santanafan

              from Louisiana

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                • Flat Sound

                Best Uses

                • Practice

                Comments about Simmons SD5X Electronic Drum Set:

                Got this for my 7-year old daughter. With a little creativeness I was able to adjust everything so she could reach it comfortably.
                As has been my experience in the past, the product page says it ships with a free gift (which is the NECESSARY kick pedal and throne) but I was never notified that those would be on back order for more than a month...I had to call to request substitute pedal and throne, which arrived in flimsy boxes that were so poorly packed that the contents were visible when they got here. No reflection on the drum set- just on MUSICIAN's FRIEND (perhaps that's a misnomer in this case).

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                4.0

                Apt Life is Good Again!

                By Hoppergrass

                from Tuscumbia, AL

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Great Sound
                • Responsive
                • Versatile

                Cons

                • Not Sensitive

                Best Uses

                • Accompaniment
                • Small Venues
                • Soundtracks

                Comments about Simmons SD5X Electronic Drum Set:

                I got these for Christmas. Now that Im in an Apt, the Yamaha's was collecting dust, and hand drumming wasnt cutting it. It has sensitivity, but not a lot. Im impressed with the fact it can keep up with my quick kick patterns. Hooking an iPod up to the module is great fun. Sounds like Im in the song. Not a high end set, but for the money, its awesome. Love the 14 Different kits, and you can change each sound in any pad.

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                5.0

                Very affordable yet surprisingly nice

                By Bigtallluke

                from Destin, FL

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Simmons SD5X Electronic Drum Set:

                      Great kit! For the price range, I rated this kit 5 stars. It is more responsive than I expected. The cymbals could be a bit more responsive and they could offer a few more sound options for them, but overall I'm extremely happy with purchase. I set the 2nd Tom up to be my ride cymbal in order to have two crash cymbals and a ride cymbal. Being able to choose what sound you want to come from each drum head or cymbal is a huge plus! For new drummers or very experienced drummers... This kit is great considering the very affordable price. Get the warranty and you have nothing to worry about.

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