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Ambient Microphones And Tea Towels: Sound Library Secrets

by Phil Hood

Two things caught my eye when I first read about the new Simmons SD2000 mesh head kit earlier this year. First was the news the company was working again with Dave Simmons, the legendary and builder whose eponymous drums defined electronic percussion in the ’80s. And the second thing was that they had a new sound library with vintage kits recorded using period gear. Both were connected, it turns out.

Jim Norman, who directed product development says that working with Dave was crucial. “It gave us a chance to go beyond being a replicant,” he says. Replicant? What he means is that that some sound libraries do a great job of re-creating acoustic drum kits, but that he wanted to go well beyond that. He cites the example of synthesizers. “With synths the first patch is always a piano. But as you scroll through the different banks of sounds you have a larger palette, with more timbres and sounds.” Dave pushed the team to include electronic sound capabilities that an acoustic kit could never create, and other sounds, too. The result is a sound library that includes acoustic drums, electronics, world percussion, and also samples of some off-the wall never-heard-before sounds using found objects.

Still the heart of a decent drum brain is classic kits. Among the people they called upon to help create those sounds was engineer and drummer Matthew Baker at Moment Music. His job was to engineer the sounds of classic drummers such as Bonham and Grohl.

To that end Matt spent more than two weeks just recording drums at a studio in Salt Lake City, then another week and half to record cymbals. “It’s not just the drum that creates the sound,” he says. “It’s the hardware, the room, the mikes, the sticks, and the context in which they originally were recorded together.”

Simmons Sound Library

What are his secrets for capturing classic sounds? First is ambient mikes. “Every single sound we recorded was with ambient microphones running as well different patterns miking the kits. We would take a Ludwig 4-piece oyster shell kit and record it clean and transparent for simple country or Sixties music. Then we’d use tea towels to tune it out in several different ways. We also used gels on the head when needed, like when we tweaked a DW five-piece configuration to be urban sounding.”

Simmons Sound Library

Capturing Dave Grohl’s classic Nirvana sounds was another challenge. It required going back to how it was done with producer Butch Vig. “We re-created the kick tunnel they used on the sessions for Nirvana’s In Utero,” Matt says.

“We extended Grohl’s 24″ kick with two more 22″ shells in front and put a packing blanket in there. Then we miked it normally and added a pair of mics at the end of the tunnel.”

For Led Zep’s later sound the team employed an acrylic kit (natch) with a 26″ x 16″ bass and big toms, of 13″, 14″, 16″, and 18″ diameters. “We used the [legendary producer] Glyn Johns mike technique with one over the right shoulder from the drummer’s perspective and another on the left side down for a mid-side pickup,” Matt explains.

Then to get a later 1970s studio sound the team put together a Yamaha Recording Custom (birch shells) with Remo Pinstripe heads on it and muted the snare to keep to deaden the sound. Steely Dan would be proud.

And what about classic jazz? Matt says they didn’t have the right kit when they started but they found one from a local collector. It was a ’53 Gretsch roundback. He says when he first saw it, the kit was a mess, covered in dust, skin particles, and what looked like blood. “But when I started tapping on it sounded correct. Of all of those we recorded that is my favorite. We used old ribbon mikes and vintage condensers to get the sound — two overheads and one mike for the kick.”

What’s Matt’s biggest revelation from the experience? That’s easy: it’s the tea towels. “There was so much muting going on those recordings,” he says, “we used them on everything. You can have the same gear but if everything is not just right the sound won’t be the same. We had to try lots of wacky experiments but I’m happy how it all worked out.”

Simmons Delivers Premium Value SD550 Mesh-Head Electronic Drum Kit

Thousand Oaks, CA – September 2017… Following up on the success of its breakthrough SD2000 mesh-head electronic drum kit, Simmons has introduced the SD550 full-sized, five-piece, mesh-head electronic drum kit. Advanced, tension-able mesh pads with variable attack response technology enable expressive performance and nuanced playability.

The SD550 offers an extremely realistic drum configuration, including a 10-inch, dual-zone, dual-ply snare; three 8-inch, dual-ply mesh tom pads; a 10-inch crash cymbal with choke; a 12-inch ride cymbal; and a 10-inch hi-hat pad with pedal. The kick pad module includes a built-in pedal with a no-slip grip. It all mounts on a rugged steel rack with robust, custom T-fitting and extra-stable rubber feet.

Simmons’ Variable Attack Response (V.A.R.) technology enables better playability and performance. With V.A.R., you get intelligent sample playback, and pads respond differently based on dynamics. In addition, it offers round-robin alternating samples on snare and ride cymbal.

Simmons SD550
Simmons SD550 Brain

With 64 MB of sample ROM, totaling 352 superb drum sounds in 50 kits, the SD550’s sound module delivers the drum sounds you need for virtually any musical genre. Jazz, pop, blues, rock-this 64-voice polyphonic module can do it all. You get 60 songs with 60 customized drum patterns to help you practice, plus two demo songs. The SD550 sound module looks great, too, with a sleek new design, easy navigation, and a 16-character, backlit, blue LCD screen. It even offers a detachable stick rest.

The sound module sports eight trigger inputs on a multi-pin connector for clean cable management and connects to a computer via a USB/MIDI connection. A stereo, 1/8-inch TRS input connects audio from an MP3 player or other media player.

“The SD550 is an outstanding instrument that also is an amazing value,” observes Simmons Product Manager Jim Norman. “You normally don’t find features like this except in far more expensive kits. Whether you’re rehearsing, practicing, gigging, or recording, you’ll love the SD550.”

The Simmons SD550 Mesh-Head Electronic Drum Kit is available now at a street price of $549.99. For more information visit www.simmonsdrums.net or your favorite music retailer.

Simmons SD350 Mesh-Head Electronic Drum Kit Delivers Great Sounds and Nuanced Performance

Thousand Oaks, CA – August 2017… With the release of its SD350 5-Piece Mesh-Head Electronic Drum Kit, Simmons delivers big drum sounds and a realistic feel without putting a big dent in your budget.

A great choice for rehearsals, practice, and recording, this full-size electronic kit includes a snare and three toms, plus durable 10-inch hi-hat, crash, and ride cymbals. You also get a hi-hat controller pedal and a kick pedal with integrated kick trigger.

Eight-inch, tension-able mesh heads for the snare and toms offer real drum feel and capture more nuanced playing than any kit in its class. Simmons’ quick-assembly design enables fast and easy setup and teardown.

The SD350 sound module produces bigger-than-expected drum sounds and includes 170 custom sounds,10 preset drum kits, a user preset, 10 songs, and a user song. The module sports stereo line-level outputs and a headphone output. Its class-compliant USB port provides a MIDI connection to a Mac or Windows PC.

Simmons SD350
Simmons SD350 Brain

With simple navigation and a rear-panel, preset multi-pin connector for the pads and pedals, Simmons’ SD350 is perfect for first-time drummers, or anyone needing a full-size drumming experience on a limited budget. And you can download the Simmons Drums Basic app (at the Apple app store) for access to custom sound editing and teaching tools via your iOS device.

The Simmons SD350 5-Piece Mesh-Head Electronic Drum Kit is available now at a street price of $399.99. For more information visit www.simmonsdrums.net or your favorite music retailer.

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, SD350 and 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 Has Introduced the 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 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.

Simmons SD2000 Module

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.

 

 

 

Ambient Microphones And Tea Towels: Sound Library Secrets

by Phil Hood

Two things caught my eye when I first read about the new Simmons SD2000 mesh head kit earlier this year. First was the news the company was working again with Dave Simmons, the legendary and builder whose eponymous drums defined electronic percussion in the ’80s. And the second thing was that they had a new sound library with vintage kits recorded using period gear. Both were connected, it turns out.

Jim Norman, who directed product development says that working with Dave was crucial. “It gave us a chance to go beyond being a replicant,” he says. Replicant? What he means is that that some sound libraries do a great job of re-creating acoustic drum kits, but that he wanted to go well beyond that. He cites the example of synthesizers. “With synths the first patch is always a piano. But as you scroll through the different banks of sounds you have a larger palette, with more timbres and sounds.” Dave pushed the team to include electronic sound capabilities that an acoustic kit could never create, and other sounds, too. The result is a sound library that includes acoustic drums, electronics, world percussion, and also samples of some off-the wall never-heard-before sounds using found objects.

Still the heart of a decent drum brain is classic kits. Among the people they called upon to help create those sounds was engineer and drummer Matthew Baker at Moment Music. His job was to engineer the sounds of classic drummers such as Bonham and Grohl.

To that end Matt spent more than two weeks just recording drums at a studio in Salt Lake City, then another week and half to record cymbals. “It’s not just the drum that creates the sound,” he says. “It’s the hardware, the room, the mikes, the sticks, and the context in which they originally were recorded together.”

Simmons Sound Library

What are his secrets for capturing classic sounds? First is ambient mikes. “Every single sound we recorded was with ambient microphones running as well different patterns miking the kits. We would take a Ludwig 4-piece oyster shell kit and record it clean and transparent for simple country or Sixties music. Then we’d use tea towels to tune it out in several different ways. We also used gels on the head when needed, like when we tweaked a DW five-piece configuration to be urban sounding.”

Capturing Dave Grohl’s classic Nirvana sounds was another challenge. It required going back to how it was done with producer Butch Vig. “We re-created the kick tunnel they used on the sessions for Nirvana’s In Utero,” Matt says.

“We extended Grohl’s 24″ kick with two more 22″ shells in front and put a packing blanket in there. Then we miked it normally and added a pair of mics at the end of the tunnel.”

Simmons Sound Library

For Led Zep’s later sound the team employed an acrylic kit (natch) with a 26″ x 16″ bass and big toms, of 13″, 14″, 16″, and 18″ diameters. “We used the [legendary producer] Glyn Johns mike technique with one over the right shoulder from the drummer’s perspective and another on the left side down for a mid-side pickup,” Matt explains.

Then to get a later 1970s studio sound the team put together a Yamaha Recording Custom (birch shells) with Remo Pinstripe heads on it and muted the snare to keep to deaden the sound. Steely Dan would be proud.

And what about classic jazz? Matt says they didn’t have the right kit when they started but they found one from a local collector. It was a ’53 Gretsch roundback. He says when he first saw it, the kit was a mess, covered in dust, skin particles, and what looked like blood. “But when I started tapping on it sounded correct. Of all of those we recorded that is my favorite. We used old ribbon mikes and vintage condensers to get the sound — two overheads and one mike for the kick.”

What’s Matt’s biggest revelation from the experience? That’s easy: it’s the tea towels. “There was so much muting going on those recordings,” he says, “we used them on everything. You can have the same gear but if everything is not just right the sound won’t be the same. We had to try lots of wacky experiments but I’m happy how it all worked out.”

Simmons Delivers Premium Value SD550 Mesh-Head Electronic Drum Kit

Thousand Oaks, CA – September 2017… Following up on the success of its breakthrough SD2000 mesh-head electronic drum kit, Simmons has introduced the SD550 full-sized, five-piece, mesh-head electronic drum kit. Advanced, tension-able mesh pads with variable attack response technology enable expressive performance and nuanced playability.

The SD550 offers an extremely realistic drum configuration, including a 10-inch, dual-zone, dual-ply snare; three 8-inch, dual-ply mesh tom pads; a 10-inch crash cymbal with choke; a 12-inch ride cymbal; and a 10-inch hi-hat pad with pedal. The kick pad module includes a built-in pedal with a no-slip grip. It all mounts on a rugged steel rack with robust, custom T-fitting and extra-stable rubber feet.

Simmons’ Variable Attack Response (V.A.R.) technology enables better playability and performance. With V.A.R., you get intelligent sample playback, and pads respond differently based on dynamics. In addition, it offers round-robin alternating samples on snare and ride cymbal.

Simmons SD550

With 64 MB of sample ROM, totaling 352 superb drum sounds in 50 kits, the SD550’s sound module delivers the drum sounds you need for virtually any musical genre. Jazz, pop, blues, rock-this 64-voice polyphonic module can do it all. You get 60 songs with 60 customized drum patterns to help you practice, plus two demo songs. The SD550 sound module looks great, too, with a sleek new design, easy navigation, and a 16-character, backlit, blue LCD screen. It even offers a detachable stick rest.

The sound module sports eight trigger inputs on a multi-pin connector for clean cable management and connects to a computer via a USB/MIDI connection. A stereo, 1/8-inch TRS input connects audio from an MP3 player or other media player.

“The SD550 is an outstanding instrument that also is an amazing value,” observes Simmons Product Manager Jim Norman. “You normally don’t find features like this except in far more expensive kits. Whether you’re rehearsing, practicing, gigging, or recording, you’ll love the SD550.”

The Simmons SD550 Mesh-Head Electronic Drum Kit is available now at a street price of $549.99. For more information visit www.simmonsdrums.net or your favorite music retailer.

Simmons SD550 Brain

Simmons SD350 Mesh-Head Electronic Drum Kit Delivers Great Sounds and Nuanced Performance

Thousand Oaks, CA – August 2017… With the release of its SD350 5-Piece Mesh-Head Electronic Drum Kit, Simmons delivers big drum sounds and a realistic feel without putting a big dent in your budget.

A great choice for rehearsals, practice, and recording, this full-size electronic kit includes a snare and three toms, plus durable 10-inch hi-hat, crash, and ride cymbals. You also get a hi-hat controller pedal and a kick pedal with integrated kick trigger.

Eight-inch, tension-able mesh heads for the snare and toms offer real drum feel and capture more nuanced playing than any kit in its class. Simmons’ quick-assembly design enables fast and easy setup and teardown.

The SD350 sound module produces bigger-than-expected drum sounds and includes 170 custom sounds,10 preset drum kits, a user preset, 10 songs, and a user song. The module sports stereo line-level outputs and a headphone output. Its class-compliant USB port provides a MIDI connection to a Mac or Windows PC.

Simmons SD350

With simple navigation and a rear-panel, preset multi-pin connector for the pads and pedals, Simmons’ SD350 is perfect for first-time drummers, or anyone needing a full-size drumming experience on a limited budget. And you can download the Simmons Drums Basic app (at the Apple app store) for access to custom sound editing and teaching tools via your iOS device.

The Simmons SD350 5-Piece Mesh-Head Electronic Drum Kit is available now at a street price of $399.99. For more information visit www.simmonsdrums.net or your favorite music retailer.

Simmons SD350 Brain

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, SD350 and 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

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 Basic App

Simmons Has Introduced the 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.

Simmons SD2000 Electronic Drum Kit

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.

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 Module

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 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