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Simmons SDXpress Compact 5-Piece Electronic Drum Kit  

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A compact, self-contained e-kit that's perfect for the beginner.

If you're an early drummer, or parent of, looking to explore percussion without exploding your budget, the Simmons SDXpress Electronic Drum Set is a great entry point.

A robust sound module fits a spectrum of styles with 10 preprogrammed kits, 10 song styles and 193 drum sounds. The module also includes a built-in metronome with various time signatures to ensure continued progression.

With a velocity-sensitive set of four drum pads, three cymbal pads, built-in hi-hat and kick pedals and a lightweight, portable one-piece aluminum frame, this set has most of the comforts of the acoustic environment in a tidy setup. Also includes one pair of sticks.

FEATURES
  • Drum kit includes:
  • SD Xpress drum module and 3 pre-mounted tom pads
  • Snare pad and 3 cymbal pads with mounting arms and cables
  • Base with built-in pedals
  • Support bars
  • Owner's manual
  • One pair of drum sticks
  • Drum module includes:
  • 193 drum sounds
  • 10 preprogrammed drum kits
  • 10 song styles
  • Built-in metronome with multiple time signatures
  • Reverb Effect Stereo Line Outputs
  • Headphone Output
  • Stereo input
  • Full LED Display
  • USB MIDI connection

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SPECIFICATIONS

SDXpress Compact 5-Piece Electronic Drum Kit

  • Drum kit includes:
  • SD Xpress drum module and 3 pre-mounted tom pads
  • Snare pad and 3 cymbal pads with mounting arms and cables
  • Base with built-in pedals
  • Support bars
  • Owner's manual
  • One pair of drum sticks
  • Drum module includes:
  • 193 drum sounds
  • 10 preprogrammed drum kits
  • 10 song styles
  • Built-in metronome with multiple time signatures
  • Reverb Effect Stereo Line Outputs
  • Headphone Output
  • Stereo input
  • Full LED Display
  • USB MIDI connection
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SimmonsSDXpress Compact 5-Piece Electronic Drum Kit
 
3.2

(based on 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

65%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great sound (9)
  • Versatile (4)
  • Compact (3)

Cons

  • Not sensitive (8)
  • Poorly made (4)

Best Uses

      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (11), Novice (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Decent little set for the price

    Is this the best electronic drum set out there ? Of course not ! But if you evaluate it on what you get for the price, it's a decent little 5 piece drum set...Read complete review

    Is this the best electronic drum set out there ? Of course not ! But if you evaluate it on what you get for the price, it's a decent little 5 piece drum set + 3 cymbals. The quality of the drum sounds through a decent amp is fine, and you have 10 different diverse drum sets + a user defined set to choose from.
    I'm a professional musician, but not a drummer. I mainly got this as a MIDI drum trigger for drum samplers in my DAW. It works quite well for that, and I prefer it over trying to play a drum part on my Akai Pad controller.
    As an entry level set, you shouldn't expect it to match up feature wise with sets costing twice as much or more.
    The main shortcoming for me is the single zone snare, verus a 2 zone snare which could offer a rim shot in addition to the main snare hit sound.
    The super compact design has pros and cons. On the plus side, it has an exteremely small footprint. The 3 tom drums are all attached to a single piece including the "brain". The pads are on the small side and non-adjustable. The bass drum and hi-hat pedals are also attached to a single base section, which means their placement is also non adjustable.
    On my 1st unit the hi-hat pedal dveloped a short. This meant having to return the whole set. MF, as expected, handled this sprofessionaly. As I felt the unit could do enough of what I need to do, I chose to exchange it for the same model rather than to upgrade to a pricier set.
    For a rank beginner, or someone like myself who wants to use it primarily as a MIDI trigger unit, I'd recommend it. There's really nothing else similar at this price point.
    If you understand the limitations before you buy and have and have the right applicatio for it, you probably won't be dissapointed.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Cheap Is Cheap

    I was disappointed with the set. Although for the price I didn't have much hopes.. The pads sensors are not very responsive.. the Kick pedal is hard to control as the slightest...Read complete review

    I was disappointed with the set. Although for the price I didn't have much hopes.. The pads sensors are not very responsive.. the Kick pedal is hard to control as the slightest kick will yield the loudest response. hard to limit or softly use the kick pedal. Toms are poorly made and dont respond like you would with a drum kit..
    This drum Kit plays more like a toy rather than a useable kit for home studio work.
    The Snare and the Cymbals are quite good and responsive though... but this creates an imbalance with the rest of the kit.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    best there is for the price

    By pioneersofdisaster

    from planet earth

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Great Sound
    • Sensitive

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Simmons SDXpress Compact 5-Piece Electronic Drum Kit:

        o.k many people have written it cheap, its a toy blah blah blah. what do you want, a drum set ? buy a real one or an expensive one fool. I am not a drummer, not even good BUT.... I wanted something that can mimic a set. it can. can you get it to sound good.? you can. Does it have usb to computer so you can trigger stuff on your dAW .yes. Will it break? only time will tell. GET the gold plan from MF then. I think its dynamic and responsive enough considering its price. I think for the price you cant beat it. Is it perfect?no depending on your needs it will suffice. if your mr pro or pro wannabee you might be disappointed IM NOT. thanks Simmons and MF

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        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Love it!

        By MI6 Band

        from Fallon, NV

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Does What I Want
        • Great Sound
        • Responsive
        • Small footprint
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • None Too Sturdy

        Best Uses

        • Beginner
        • Home Studio
        • Soundtracks

        Comments about Simmons SDXpress Compact 5-Piece Electronic Drum Kit:

        I got a condition 2 used kit, for my home studio, so I could lay down drum tracks. It's everything I need. Condition is excellent. Only small comment on the negative side is that it's pretty light weight; an adult can get the whole kit rocking seriously if you're not careful. But overall I'm very pleased.

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Don't bother

        By mfield preecha

        from MO

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        Pros

          Cons

          • Not Sensitive
          • Poorly Made

          Best Uses

          • Expensive Toy Drum

          Comments about Simmons SDXpress Compact 5-Piece Electronic Drum Kit:

          If you don't want to spend much money, use the compact drums set. I played these and they felt like they would break in half. They wobbled all over. They have the exact feel of a "rock band" video game set of drums... Maybe not that good. JUNK

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          (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Decent little set for the price

          By Little_Phineas

          from PA

          About Me Professional Musician

          Ask me a question

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Great Sound
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Durability

          Best Uses

          • Beginning Drummer
          • Midi Tigger For Software

          Comments about Simmons SDXpress Compact 5-Piece Electronic Drum Kit:

          Is this the best electronic drum set out there ? Of course not ! But if you evaluate it on what you get for the price, it's a decent little 5 piece drum set + 3 cymbals. The quality of the drum sounds through a decent amp is fine, and you have 10 different diverse drum sets + a user defined set to choose from.
          I'm a professional musician, but not a drummer. I mainly got this as a MIDI drum trigger for drum samplers in my DAW. It works quite well for that, and I prefer it over trying to play a drum part on my Akai Pad controller.
          As an entry level set, you shouldn't expect it to match up feature wise with sets costing twice as much or more.
          The main shortcoming for me is the single zone snare, verus a 2 zone snare which could offer a rim shot in addition to the main snare hit sound.
          The super compact design has pros and cons. On the plus side, it has an exteremely small footprint. The 3 tom drums are all attached to a single piece including the "brain". The pads are on the small side and non-adjustable. The bass drum and hi-hat pedals are also attached to a single base section, which means their placement is also non adjustable.
          On my 1st unit the hi-hat pedal dveloped a short. This meant having to return the whole set. MF, as expected, handled this sprofessionaly. As I felt the unit could do enough of what I need to do, I chose to exchange it for the same model rather than to upgrade to a pricier set.
          For a rank beginner, or someone like myself who wants to use it primarily as a MIDI trigger unit, I'd recommend it. There's really nothing else similar at this price point.
          If you understand the limitations before you buy and have and have the right applicatio for it, you probably won't be dissapointed.

          Comment on this review

           
          4.0

          Great starter kit

          By Mephistopheles

          from Huntsville, AL

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Great Sound

          Cons

          • Not Sensitive

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about Simmons SDXpress Compact 5-Piece Electronic Drum Kit:

          Great starter kit, especially for kids due to its compact size. I got mine hooked up to a small cheap amp and get good sound out of it with volume maxed on the amp and the kit. My favorite use of it is to have my iphone playing music through headphones while I play along on the kit.

          The use of the console buttons could be easier. You have to press and hold multiple buttons to make certain things happen.

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          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great Introductory Electronic Drums

          By bx2bkjohn

          from Brooklyn, NY

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Functional
          • Starter

          Cons

          • Non-responsive
          • Not Sensitive

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about Simmons SDXpress Compact 5-Piece Electronic Drum Kit:

          While not the best out there this kit for the money is great for beginning and for practice.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          So far we like it alot

          By rockinhannah

          from vicksburg, ms

          About Me Novice

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Great Sound
          • Responsive
          • Sensitive

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Simmons SDXpress Compact 5-Piece Electronic Drum Kit:

              Just got these for christmas. So far:
              It sounds like real drums using headphones but on an amp it has an electronic sound. If you are getting these to learn to play drums, I would very much recommend it. We have a very inexpensive amp for sound. It might sound better if it were hooked to a better amp. I couldn't say. Hope this helps.

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              5.0

              Big bang for a lil buck

              By legend_25159

              from Winfield, Wv

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Great Sound

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Soundtracks

                Comments about Simmons SDXpress Compact 5-Piece Electronic Drum Kit:

                You cannot beat this product for the price !!!!!!!

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Not worth it.

                By tsolive

                from Florence, AL

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                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Not Sensitive
                  • Poorly Made

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Simmons SDXpress Compact 5-Piece Electronic Drum Kit:

                    My first review didn't see the light of day...Let's see about this one.

                    It sounded good enough for a small room jam. What people have said about sensitivity is pretty much spot on.

                    My complaint is that the kicker no longer works because the screw attaching the strap to the beater came out when the area in the molded plastic pedal it was screwed into broke.

                    Contacted the Simmons and was basically told it was between me and the merchant. So now I'll contact MF and see how it goes.

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Not a bad kit

                    By Stormtrooper53

                    from Baton Rouge, LA

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Great Sound

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Practice drum kit
                      • Small Studio

                      Comments about Simmons SDXpress Compact 5-Piece Electronic Drum Kit:

                      I bought this drum kit to lay down some basic drum tracks to record guitar and bass in my studio. I wasn't expecting much considering the price, but this kit actually has some great sampled sounds. It is not as responsive as I would like, it will not register some hits if I'm playing fast, but I don't have any problems with anything mid- or slow tempo. It's not quite as sturdy as I would like, either. It will rock back and forth if I'm playing aggresively. My only REAL complaint about the kit, though, is the toms. The snare and cymbal pads are all about eight inches in diameter, and they are designed so that you can adjust their height and position to suit your playing style. The toms, however are only about 4 or 5 inches in diameter, and you cannot adjust their position and they are placed pretty close together. When I first started playing on this kit I was hitting the plastic shell of the kit as much as I was hitting the pads. That's not a HUGE deal, but it is something to get used to. Overall, though, this is a great little kit and you really can't do better for this price.

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