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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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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

No 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.

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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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(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Decent little set for the price

By Little Phineas

from Scranton PA

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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.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

GREAT BUY

By Mike the Player

from Philadelphia, PA

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Pros

  • Compact
  • Economical
  • Great Sound

Cons

  • Not Sensitive
  • Too Much Reverb

Best Uses

  • Practice
  • Small Venues

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

GREAT SOLUTION FOR DRUMMERS WITH LIMITED PRACTICE SPACE. PLAY ANYTIME DAY OR NIGHT WITH HEADPHONES. ECONOMICAL AND WITH MUSICIAN'S FRIEND SALE DISCOUNT...PRICE WAS TOTALLY REASONABLE. CRASH CYMBAL IS VERY GOOD BUT RIDE CYMBAL COULD BE MORE RESPONSIVE

(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

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    I would buy again

    By Mack

    from Dallas tx

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fits in small space

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

        Great for the price. Toms could be a little larger as they are hard to hit if you are playing fast. May be easier for a real drummer.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Cheap Is Cheap

        By Ed-8.eO4

        from Undisclosed

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

        • Small Size

        Cons

        • Kick Pedal To Loud
        • Poorly Made
        • Poor Responce On Toms
        • Sensor Pads Are Unequal

        Best Uses

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

          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.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          best there is for the price

          By pioneerofdisaster

          from planet earth

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          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

              (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.

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Good starter drumkit

                  By Ber

                  from Colombia, South America

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Good Sounds
                  • Low Price
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Midi Trigger
                    • Practice drum kit
                    • Small Venues

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

                    Good sound for a low price electronic kit.
                    You can use it as a midi trigger for other virtual drums (like ez drummer).
                    The velocity response is ok.
                    Easy setup, versatile, rugged construction.
                    You can use it with an external amp.

                    I bought it for my son as his first drumkit. No regrets.

                    I will record the audio, so you can judge.

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    2.0

                    i guess for the price it cant be beat

                    By webejammin

                    from atlanta, ga

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

                    • Great Sound
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                    • Not Sensitive
                    • Too Much Reverb

                    Best Uses

                    • Accompaniment

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

                    this unit is tiny and not very steady but it would be great for preteens or anyone who has nearly no amount of room for a kit. it actually has some really good sampled sounds, for the money very very good sounds but the pads arent very sensitive and the sensitivity adjustments do nothing at all. be prepared to beat the daylights out of this to make all your notes trigger a sound. the ride cymbal on mine needs to be hit with a hammer to make a sound.

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    So far we like it alot

                    By rockinhannah

                    from vicksburg, ms

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                    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.

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Not a bad kit

                        By Stormtrooper53

                        from Baton Rouge

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                        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.

                          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          2.0

                          Broke a month after purchase

                          By tsolive

                          from Florence, AL

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                          Pros

                          • Functional
                          • Good sound

                          Cons

                          • Not Sensitive
                          • Poorly Made

                          Best Uses

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

                            Purchased November as a birthday present for myself. I am mainly a guitar player, but wanted something for when others came over to jam.

                            Setup was pretty easy. Hooked it up to my PA and was pretty impressed with what I heard although some of the presets are not very usable.

                            I pretty much agree with what others have said about sensitivity. The ride is to soft, the crash can either be too loud or non-existent, the snare seems to be geared towards the center.

                            A month later I finally had a change to try them out with other musicians. After an hour of play, the kick pedal broke. The mechanism consists only of a fabric strap screwed into the plastic pedal on one end and a plastic hinge on the other that supported the beater. The screw literally ripped the plastic it was attached to on the bottom of the pedal.

                            Was fun while it lasted.

                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            1.0

                            Research before you buy this kit......

                            By MJ27

                            from Ventura, CA

                            About Me Novice

                            Pros

                            • Affordable
                            • Small

                            Cons

                            • Not Sensitive
                            • Super Poor Response

                            Best Uses

                            • Dust Collector

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

                            Bought this for my son for Christmas. He wanted a drum set so bad.... For the price point, I thought it would be decent. I was wrong. After constructing the unit (fairly easy, but not much in the way of instructions), It was lacking badly. The foot pedals only work about every third of fourth kick. The pad response is the same. More than half the time I hit a pad, no sound comes out. Even at full volume. The cymbils respond slightly better, but the volume is so low that you can barely hear them. I understand that there are some volume adjustments that can be made, so that might help. Overall, I think I will return this kit and spend twice the money on 20 times the unit..... I was surprised a bit, as some of the other Simmons products I have purchased in the past have been pretty solid items. Oh well, live and learn.....

                            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Love it!

                            By MI6 Band

                            from Fallon, NV

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                            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.

                             
                            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.

                            (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.

                             
                            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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