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Dave Simmons Interview with Digital Drummer

Simmons is back

The battle for the Simmons name is over and founder Dave Simmons has joined forces with Guitar Center to revive the brand.

First up is an SD2000 mesh-head kit, a far cry from the Medeli-made kits that formerly carried the Simmons name for the giant US retailer.

In an exclusive interview, Dave Simmons shares the new Simmons vision with digitalDrummer editor Allan Leibowitz.

Simmons Electronic Drums Introduces App to Extend your Electronic Kit Capabilities

Thousand Oaks, CA – July 2017… Simmons has introduced Simmons Drums Basic, their first iOS app. Simmons Drums Basic is a drum editor and teaching tool designed specifically to support and extend the capabilities of the SD100, SD300, SD500 electronic drum kits.

With the Simmons Drums Basic app and the Apple USB Camera Connector Kit, users can now remotely edit and save both drum kits and sounds with their iOS device, courtesy of a simple and intuitive user-friendly interface.

In addition to editing, the app offers a Teaching Tool to help users improve their playing. Drummers can play the sounds of their Simmons drum kit along with real audio tracks in a game-like environment that helps improve playing skills and meter.

Simmons Basic App
Simmons Basic App

The Simmons Drums Basic app also features a Play Along function that enables users to choose songs from their iOS music library and manipulate playback speed, allowing players to slow down a tune to learn a groove or perfect a lick, or even speed it up for an extra challenge.

The Simmons Drums Basic app is available for download at the App Store, and compatible with the most current Simmons Drums firmware. Users can download the latest firmware update for their Simmons kit from www.simmonsdrums.net.

More information and firmware updates can be found at www.simmonsdrums.net.

Simmons Unveils Breakthrough SD2000 Mesh Head Electronic Drum Kit

Thousand Oaks, CA – July 2017… Simmons has introduced its new flagship set, the SD2000 Mesh-Head Electronic Drum Kit. This expressive instrument delivers an impressive palette of unique signature sounds, while offering a wealth of sound design features, outstanding playability, and on-the-fly control. The SD2000 ($1,299.99 street) also marks the return of founder Dave Simmons to Simmons’ product development and sound design efforts.

The SD2000 is the first Simmons kit to feature advanced, tension-able SimHex mesh pads with variable attack response technology for expressive performance and nuanced playability. Each SimHex drum is fully adjustable to personal playing positions, thanks to Simmons’ new Spherical Isolation Mounting System (SIMS), which helps to eliminate crosstalk.

The SD2000’s triple-zone (center and two rim zones) SimHex mesh snare allows even more creative triggering options, while the low-profile rubber pad rims provide a superior, natural playing angle. The kit comes with Simmons’ HEXX Rack, one of the strongest and most durable anodized aluminum racks with diecast mounts on the market.

Simmons SD2000 Mesh Head Drum Kit

This advanced new kit goes beyond traditional acoustic and electronic kits when it comes to sound design, providing unprecedented creative control. The SD2000 sound module delivers the Simmons Signature Sound Library, an expansive sound collection that features a plethora of famous, recognizable vintage drum sets from decades past, as well as many contemporary kits. The library was captured with era-specific recording techniques for unsurpassed authenticity throughout.

Simmons SD2000 Mesh Head Drum Kit

In addition to acoustic kits, many classic sounds from famous Simmons vintage gear were painstakingly recaptured for this series. Dave Simmons himself was instrumental in curating and capturing the most sought after vintage Simmons sounds that drummers crave. The library also includes an extensive collection of world percussion, giving the SD2000 the largest selection of sounds in the electronic drum market. You can even add your own “real world” samples to your kits for a nearly limitless personal library of samples and soundscapes.

The sound module offers a large, full-color LCD screen that provides intuitive access to its sounds and settings. A built-in performance mixer allows players to control volume, EQ, and pitch, as well as to shape and apply filters on the fly. A USB port provides playback of WAV and MP3 files from a USB drive-great for performance and practice-and allows WAV file recording for personal performance evaluation.

The SD2000 kit includes the 11-inch, triple-zone, SimHex mesh snare; three 9-inch, dual-zone SimHex mesh toms; and a 9-inch mesh bass drum with nonslip stand. Cymbals include a 13-inch, dual-zone, choke-able crash; 15-inch, triple-zone ride; and 12-inch hi-hat.

Kit expansion is possible with the Simmons’ SD2000 Expansion Pack ($299.99 street), which provides another 13-inch, dual-zone crash cymbal; a 9-inch SimHex floor tom; and mounting hardware. The SD2000 Sound Module sports two extra trigger inputs designed to accommodate the SD2000 Expansion Pack components.

“I know the word ‘revolutionary’ is used a lot with respect to new products but it’s entirely appropriate for the SD2000,” observes Simmons Brand Director Jim Norman. “This is is the most advanced electronic drum kit we’ve ever made, and when you add the Expansion Pack, you can create more patterns, more sounds, and more playing options than with any previous Simmons electronic drum kit.

Added Dave Simmons, “we’re truly excited to offer unprecedented sound design opportunities to players who are looking to really push the envelope of what a drummer can be.”

Simmons SD2000 Mesh Head Drum Kit

Simmons Introduces New DA350 Electronic Drum Monitor System

Thousand Oaks, CA – November 2016… Simmons, the first name in electronic drums, is taking the Simmons sound to a whole new level. Introducing the Simmons DA350 – the first portable monitor system designed exclusively for electronic drummers.

The Simmons DA350 is a powerful, portable, fully contained system that delivers performance ready Simmons sound for your electronic drum kit. With a full 350 Watts of Class-D power (1100 Watts peak), the DA350’s 10″ subwoofer lays down a beefy bottom end, while the two 4.75″ satellite speakers are perfect for adding sonic imaging and detail to cymbals and snares.

The DA350’s integrated stereo mixer gives you three independent input channels, with two-band shelving EQ for total tone control and a subwoofer level control to dial in just the right amount of bottom end. Auxiliary inputs and built-in Bluetooth® connectivity give you multiple ways to bring in tracks from any mobile device for practice, performance, or accompaniment.

Simmons DA350 Electronic Drum Monitor System
Simmons DA350 Electronic Drum Monitor System

Weighing in at just 60 pounds, the DA350 is designed for easy transport, with speakers that cleverly tuck away into the subwoofer cabinet for effortless portability. The system comes complete with stands and transport bags. With quick setup, easy portability, and great sound, the Simmons DA350 Electronic Drum Monitor System is the monitor system your electronic drum kit deserves, from the first name in electronic drums.

The Simmons DA350 Electronic Drum Monitor System is available now at a street price of $499.99. Hear it for yourself at all Guitar Center stores, or check it out online at guitarcenter.com or Musician’s Friend.

 

 

 

Dave Simmons Interview with Digital Drummer

Simmons is back

The battle for the Simmons name is over and founder Dave Simmons has joined forces with Guitar Center to revive the brand.

First up is an SD2000 mesh-head kit, a far cry from the Medeli-made kits that formerly carried the Simmons name for the giant US retailer.

In an exclusive interview, Dave Simmons shares the new Simmons vision with digitalDrummer editor Allan Leibowitz.

Simmons Electronic Drums Introduces App to Extend your Electronic Kit Capabilities

Thousand Oaks, CA – July 2017… Simmons has introduced Simmons Drums Basic, their first iOS app. Simmons Drums Basic is a drum editor and teaching tool designed specifically to support and extend the capabilities of the SD100, SD300, SD500 electronic drum kits.

Simmons Basic App

With the Simmons Drums Basic app and the Apple USB Camera Connector Kit, users can now remotely edit and save both drum kits and sounds with their iOS device, courtesy of a simple and intuitive user-friendly interface.

In addition to editing, the app offers a Teaching Tool to help users improve their playing. Drummers can play the sounds of their Simmons drum kit along with real audio tracks in a game-like environment that helps improve playing skills and meter.

Simmons Basic App

The Simmons Drums Basic app also features a Play Along function that enables users to choose songs from their iOS music library and manipulate playback speed, allowing players to slow down a tune to learn a groove or perfect a lick, or even speed it up for an extra challenge.

The Simmons Drums Basic app is available for download at the App Store, and compatible with the most current Simmons Drums firmware. Users can download the latest firmware update for their Simmons kit from www.simmonsdrums.net.

More information and firmware updates can be found at www.simmonsdrums.net.

Simmons Unveils Breakthrough SD2000 Mesh Head Electronic Drum Kit

Thousand Oaks, CA – July 2017… Simmons has introduced its new flagship set, the SD2000 Mesh-Head Electronic Drum Kit. This expressive instrument delivers an impressive palette of unique signature sounds, while offering a wealth of sound design features, outstanding playability, and on-the-fly control. The SD2000 ($1,299.99 street) also marks the return of founder Dave Simmons to Simmons’ product development and sound design efforts.

The SD2000 is the first Simmons kit to feature advanced, tension-able SimHex mesh pads with variable attack response technology for expressive performance and nuanced playability. Each SimHex drum is fully adjustable to personal playing positions, thanks to Simmons’ new Spherical Isolation Mounting System (SIMS), which helps to eliminate crosstalk.

The SD2000’s triple-zone (center and two rim zones) SimHex mesh snare allows even more creative triggering options, while the low-profile rubber pad rims provide a superior, natural playing angle. The kit comes with Simmons’ HEXX Rack, one of the strongest and most durable anodized aluminum racks with diecast mounts on the market.

Simmons SD2000 Mesh Head Electronic Drum Kit

This advanced new kit goes beyond traditional acoustic and electronic kits when it comes to sound design, providing unprecedented creative control. The SD2000 sound module delivers the Simmons Signature Sound Library, an expansive sound collection that features a plethora of famous, recognizable vintage drum sets from decades past, as well as many contemporary kits. The library was captured with era-specific recording techniques for unsurpassed authenticity throughout.

In addition to acoustic kits, many classic sounds from famous Simmons vintage gear were painstakingly recaptured for this series. Dave Simmons himself was instrumental in curating and capturing the most sought after vintage Simmons sounds that drummers crave. The library also includes an extensive collection of world percussion, giving the SD2000 the largest selection of sounds in the electronic drum market. You can even add your own “real world” samples to your kits for a nearly limitless personal library of samples and soundscapes.

The sound module offers a large, full-color LCD screen that provides intuitive access to its sounds and settings. A built-in performance mixer allows players to control volume, EQ, and pitch, as well as to shape and apply filters on the fly. A USB port provides playback of WAV and MP3 files from a USB drive-great for performance and practice-and allows WAV file recording for personal performance evaluation.

The SD2000 kit includes the 11-inch, triple-zone, SimHex mesh snare; three 9-inch, dual-zone SimHex mesh toms; and a 9-inch mesh bass drum with nonslip stand. Cymbals include a 13-inch, dual-zone, choke-able crash; 15-inch, triple-zone ride; and 12-inch hi-hat.

Simmons SD2000 Mesh Head Electronic Drum Kit

Kit expansion is possible with the Simmons’ SD2000 Expansion Pack ($299.99 street), which provides another 13-inch, dual-zone crash cymbal; a 9-inch SimHex floor tom; and mounting hardware. The SD2000 Sound Module sports two extra trigger inputs designed to accommodate the SD2000 Expansion Pack components.

“I know the word ‘revolutionary’ is used a lot with respect to new products but it’s entirely appropriate for the SD2000,” observes Simmons Brand Director Jim Norman. “This is is the most advanced electronic drum kit we’ve ever made, and when you add the Expansion Pack, you can create more patterns, more sounds, and more playing options than with any previous Simmons electronic drum kit.

Added Dave Simmons, “we’re truly excited to offer unprecedented sound design opportunities to players who are looking to really push the envelope of what a drummer can be.”

Simmons Introduces New DA350 Electronic Drum Monitor System

Thousand Oaks, CA – November 2016… Simmons, the first name in electronic drums, is taking the Simmons sound to a whole new level. Introducing the Simmons DA350 – the first portable monitor system designed exclusively for electronic drummers.

The Simmons DA350 is a powerful, portable, fully contained system that delivers performance ready Simmons sound for your electronic drum kit. With a full 350 Watts of Class-D power (1100 Watts peak), the DA350’s 10″ subwoofer lays down a beefy bottom end, while the two 4.75″ satellite speakers are perfect for adding sonic imaging and detail to cymbals and snares.

The DA350’s integrated stereo mixer gives you three independent input channels, with two-band shelving EQ for total tone control and a subwoofer level control to dial in just the right amount of bottom end. Auxiliary inputs and built-in Bluetooth® connectivity give you multiple ways to bring in tracks from any mobile device for practice, performance, or accompaniment.

Simmons DA350 Electronic Drum Monitor System

Weighing in at just 60 pounds, the DA350 is designed for easy transport, with speakers that cleverly tuck away into the subwoofer cabinet for effortless portability. The system comes complete with stands and transport bags. With quick setup, easy portability, and great sound, the Simmons DA350 Electronic Drum Monitor System is the monitor system your electronic drum kit deserves, from the first name in electronic drums.

The Simmons DA350 Electronic Drum Monitor System is available now at a street price of $499.99. Hear it for yourself at all Guitar Center stores, or check it out online at guitarcenter.com or Musician’s Friend.

Simmons DA350 Electronic Drum Monitor System