Simmons Advanced App

THE SIMMONS ADVANCED APP

THE SIMMONS ADVANCED APP

The Simmons Advanced App makes customizing your SD2000 simple, with the ability to edit drum kits, select sounds, and sample your own instruments from your iPhone and iPad.

To start, you will need a standard USB cable and an Apple Camera connection adapter. (The USB3 Camera Connection Adapter is also compatible, and allows you to charge the unit while connected to the SD2000.) We also recommend a 1/8″ stereo TRS audio cable, so you can connect your iOS device to the aux input on the Simmons sound module.

Note: Simmons Advanced app requires an iPhone 5S, iPad 3, or iPad Mini 2 (or later). iOS version 10.0 or higher is required.

Features

Kit Selection and Editing
Select and edit Preset and User Kits and drum sounds in the module and save them remotely from the app. You can also edit parameters such as volume, pan, tuning, reverb, chorus, decay and sound assignments.

Sampling Tool
Record and edit your own samples with your iPhone or iPad, then upload and save them to the SD2000 module for performance.

Play Along
The “Play Along” function chooses songs from your iOS’s music library and manipulates the playback speed so you can learn a groove by slowing down the song.

Simmons Advanced App for iPad

The Simmons Advanced App makes customizing your SD2000 simple, with the ability to edit drum kits, select sounds, and sample your own instruments from your iPhone and iPad.

To start, you will need a standard USB cable and an Apple Camera connection adapter. (The USB3 Camera Connection Adapter is also compatible, and allows you to charge the unit while connected to the SD2000.) We also recommend a 1/8″ stereo TRS audio cable, so you can connect your iOS device to the aux input on the Simmons sound module.

Note: Simmons Advanced app requires an iPhone 5S, iPad 3, or iPad Mini 2 (or later). iOS version 10.0 or higher is required.

Simmons Advanced App

Features

Kit Selection and Editing
Select and edit Preset and User Kits and drum sounds in the module and save them remotely from the app. You can also edit parameters such as volume, pan, tuning, reverb, chorus, decay and sound assignments.

Sampling Tool
Record and edit your own samples with your iPhone or iPad, then upload and save them to the SD2000 module for performance.

Play Along
The “Play Along” function chooses songs from your iOS’s music library and manipulates the playback speed so you can learn a groove by slowing down the song.

Simmons Advanced App for iPad

SIMMONS ADVANCED APP GUIDE

SIMMONS ADVANCED APP GUIDE

Please note the Kit Edit, Kit Select and Sample Upload functions requires a physical connection to the drum module. This will require a standard USB cable and an Apple Camera connection adapter (not included, see right).

Lightning to USB Camera Adapter

Note: For the Simmons Advanced App to work with your SD2000, you will need to install a firmware update using a Windows or Mac based computer. The app requires firmware version SD2000-20171129 or later. Download the Firmware Updater for Mac or Windows, then download the firmware update file and follow the instructions.

Simmons Advanced App Splash Page

To start using the app:
1. After downloading the Simmons Advanced App from the Apple store, check to see that it is installed on your iOS device.
2. Connect the drum module to your iOS device. Use the Apple Camera Connection Adapter above, plug that into a standard USB cable, plug it into the unit, and turn on the SD2000.
3. Start the app on your iOS device. If the connection cable is not connected or working correctly, you will see a connection message when the app starts. Otherwise, you will see a message on the main screen showing “Currently Connected: SD2000.”
On the main screen you will see the functions available — Sample Record, Kit Select, Play Along, and Kit Edit.

Kit Select

Kit Select allows you to remotely access preset and user kits in the drum module for editing and saving.

To use it, do the following:
1. Press the Kit Select icon.
2. You will see the preset and user kits on a slide bar above the edit icons.
3. Select the kit you want.
4. You can change the main parameters (Kit Volume, Reverb amount, Chorus amount) in the in the Kit Edit screen (see next section.)
5. Once a kit has been edited, you will see a Save button on top of the currently selected kit, Press save to keep your changes and select another kit or power down the SD2000. If you forgot to save an edited kit, the app will ask you if you want to save before selecting another kit.

Simmons Advanced App Kit Select

Kit Edit

The Kit Edit function is for editing the specific sounds in the sound module. You can save the preset sounds as user sounds with your edits.

Simmons Advanced App Kit Edit

Note: Disable Memory Protect on the SD2000 and it will save all of your edits without prompting. Press the Utility button on the SD2000, cursor down to Preset Memory Protect, and turn the edit wheel to switch off that function.

1. Press the Kit Edit icon. You can globally edit the kit level, reverb level, and high/low EQ here.
2. At the bottom of the display is a mini mixing board showing each the instruments in the kit like Kick, Snare, and Ride. There are tiny indicators on each “channel strip” that are for reference only — these controls can’t be edited.
3. To focus on a certain drum, strike the drum you’d like to edit or press the channel strip for the drum kit part that you want to edit (Crash, Snare, etc.)
4. The mixing parameters for that selected sound are displayed in the bottom right corner of the app: Level, Pan, and FX send. For other sound parameters, press the hexagonal “Edit” button to enter Drum Edit (see next section.)
5. To save edited kits to user kit locations, exit the Kit Edit mode and go to select another kit. The screen will show “Changes to your kit can be saved on your module” and a scroll bar will indicate where your changes will be saved.

Please note the Kit Edit, Kit Select and Sample Upload functions requires a physical connection to the drum module. This will require a standard USB cable and an Apple Camera connection adapter (not included, see below).

Lightning to USB Camera Adapter

Note: For the Simmons Advanced App to work with your SD2000, you will need to install a firmware update using a Windows or Mac based computer. The app requires firmware version SD2000-20171129 or later. Download the Firmware Updater for Mac or Windows, then download the firmware update file and follow the instructions.

Simmons Advanced App Splash Page

To start using the app:
1. After downloading the Simmons Advanced App from the Apple store, check to see that it is installed on your iOS device.
2. Connect the drum module to your iOS device. Use the Apple Camera Connection Adapter above, plug that into a standard USB cable, plug it into the unit, and turn on the SD2000.
3. Start the app on your iOS device. If the connection cable is not connected or working correctly, you will see a connection message when the app starts. Otherwise, you will see a message on the main screen showing “Currently Connected: SD2000.”
On the main screen you will see the functions available — Sample Record, Kit Select, Play Along, and Kit Edit.

Kit Select

Simmons Advanced App Kit Select

Kit Select allows you to remotely access preset and user kits in the drum module for editing and saving.

To use it, do the following:
1. Press the Kit Select icon.
2. You will see the preset and user kits on a slide bar above the edit icons.
3. Select the kit you want.
4. You can change the main parameters (Kit Volume, Reverb amount, Chorus amount) in the in the Kit Edit screen (see next section.)
5. Once a kit has been edited, you will see a Save button on top of the currently selected kit, Press save to keep your changes and select another kit or power down the SD2000. If you forgot to save an edited kit, the app will ask you if you want to save before selecting another kit.

Kit Edit

Simmons Advanced App Kit Edit

The Kit Edit function is for editing the specific sounds in the sound module. You can save the preset sounds as user sounds with your edits.

1. Press the Kit Edit icon. You can globally edit the kit level, reverb level, and high/low EQ here.
2. At the bottom of the display is a mini mixing board showing each the instruments in the kit like Kick, Snare, and Ride. There are tiny indicators on each “channel strip” that are for reference only — these controls can’t be edited.
3. To focus on a certain drum, strike the drum you’d like to edit or press the channel strip for the drum kit part that you want to edit (Crash, Snare, etc.)
4. The mixing parameters for that selected sound are displayed in the bottom right corner of the app: Level, Pan, and FX send. For other sound parameters, press the hexagonal “Edit” button to enter Drum Edit (see next section.)
5. To save edited kits to user kit locations, exit the Kit Edit mode and go to select another kit. The screen will show “Changes to your kit can be saved on your module” and a scroll bar will indicate where your changes will be saved.

Note: Disable Memory Protect on the SD2000 and it will save all of your edits without prompting. Press the Utility button on the SD2000, cursor down to Preset Memory Protect, and turn the edit wheel to switch off that function.

Drum Edit

Simmons Advanced App Drum Edit

A subset of the Kit Edit screen is Drum Edit. You enter this screen by pressing Kit Edit, selecting a sound either with the mixing board list or hitting a pad, then pressing the edit button.

1. The Drum Edit window shows the mixing settings above on the top left side: Level, Pan, and FX Send. There are synthesis parameters next to that, and on the right side are the drum selection controls.
2. Use the scrolling list on the right to select a different drum sound for the last pad you hit. Note that you can often assign different samples to zones of the pad, like the ride cymbal bell, bow, and edge.
3. To the left of the drum list you can find the drum category list if you want to change it to a new type of percussion sound (Acoustic Snare, African, Electronic HiHat, User Sounds, User Wavs, etc.)
4. In the center section of the Drum Edit screen you can change the tuning of the sample. There is also a “Velocity to Pitch” knob that changes the pitch as you hit the pad harder.

On the very bottom right of the Drum Edit screen are three tabs: Filter, Envelope, and Voice.
1. Voice changes the sample as listed above.
2. Filter adds a resonant lowpass filter to the drum sound. Moving the crosshairs changes the frequency and resonance of the filter. Sliders in the bottom left corner assign velocity to change the filter or resonance.
3. Envelope adjusts the attack and decay time of the selected drum sound. A slider allows you to change the decay time with higher velocity.

When you edit a drum sound, your edits are automatically saved to one of the user sound section. If all of your user drum sounds are occupied, the app will ask you which one you want to overwrite. This process happens whether or not you save the kit edit.

For more on the synthesis parameters in the SD2000, check the SD2000 Owner’s Manual.

Play Along

Simmons Advanced App Play Along

Play along with music on your iOS device with the Play Along function. This player accesses the music in your iTunes library, and can slow down the song (without affecting pitch) to help you learn the drum parts in your favorite songs.

1. Select the Play Along icon.
2. Select a song from your music library.
3. Press the play icon. The song should start playing.
4. Use the tempo control icons to slow or speed up the song (from 50% to 200% speed.)
5. You can also loop the song to play repeatedly with the loop icon.

The Play Along function doesn’t require a lightning cable to the module, however it is recommended that you plug the audio out of your iOS device into the aux input of the drum module so you can hear the sounds of the module along with the music on your iOS device.

Sample Record

Simmons Advanced App Sample Record

The Sample Record function is the most fun part of the Simmons Advanced App and one of the two Feature-Tabs that works without an SD2000 connected. (Play Along is the other.) This page turns your iPhone or iPad into a mobile sampling device. The steps below will walk through the process of recording a sample and assigning it to a drum pad on your SD2000.

Simmons Advanced App Sample Record Trim Initiated

1. Press the Sample Record icon (top left corner of the app screen.) You should see an input meter display (in decibels), waveform display, and a red record button on the left. The bottom of the display shows the maximum recording time for the app. A clipping indicator appears if your input is too hot.
2. Walk over to something that you want to sample and press the record button. You’ll see a countdown and then the unit will begin recording. You don’t need to get the timing exact, it should be a bit late because we’ll trim that in the next step. When you’ve finished recording the sound, hit the record button again to stop it.
Note: The Simmons Advanced App is compatible with iPhone and iPad plug-in microphones if you want to take your sampling to the next level.
3. If you want to try recording again, press the “ReRecord” button on the top right corner. Otherwise, press the “Trim and Edit sample” button. (*It’s also possible to continue recording from the point where you paused.)
[screenshot of trim and edit sample screen]
4. There are green bars on the left and right side of your sampled waveform. These allow you to get rid of dead space before and after the sample so it plays as soon as you hit the pad.
5. Drag the left bar to where the sound begins and the right bar to where the sound ends. Press the Play button on the left side to test the sound. If you think the sound volume is too low, you can press the “Normalize” button to raise the volume.
Tip: Drag your finger up the green bar to the left and right of your sound to zoom into the waveform for tighter edits.
6. When you’re happy with the start and end points, hit the “Save Selection As” button. Give your sound a descriptive name and press Done.

Sample Upload Window

Simmons Advanced App Sample Upload Window

The Sample Upload window contains every sample that you have selected to upload. You have a few options here:
Option 1: Press “Rec Another Sample” and Repeat steps 2-6 if you want to record any more samples. For example, you can have up to four samples assigned to a pad that trigger at different velocities. This is so you can record your source being hit soft and loud, then get that playability on the pad. For this first sampling session, we’ll assume you only want one sample assigned to the pad.
Option 2: If you recorded multiple hits within one recording session, you can create a new version of the recording by pressing “New Version”, then trim to select another part of the sample, and save it as a completely different sample, with a different sample name.
Option 3: You can also edit an existing sample if you ever need to adjust the trim points, just press “Edit Sample”.
Option 4: Discard the current sample.
Option 5: You can press the Left/Right Arrows to select another sample to Edit, Discard, or Create a New Version.

Warning: The next action mentioned below will remove any user samples already on the SD2000 and replace them with all of the samples in the Simmons Advanced App. If you prefer to manage samples from your computer, use the “Send to Computer” button. This will send all your samples that are ready for upload to any nearby Airdrop device, or you may send the files another way by using the other iOS Share options provided.

Finally, you can connect the SD2000 using the USB Camera Connection Adapter if you haven’t already. To send your sample to the SD2000 module, press the green “Update SD2000” button.
Each time you record and add new samples to your SD2000 from this window, the previous samples will remain on your SD2000.

Assigning a sample to user drum sound needs to be done from the module itself. For instructions on doing this, play the video below called “Importing User Samples”. Or, refer to the “Sample Assignment” and “Saving your Wave Program” sections of the Owner’s Manual (page 24).

Sample Library

Simmons Advanced App Sample Library

The Sample Library screen manage your samples, including those already uploaded from the Simmons Advanced App to your SD2000. Press the Library “List with a Note” button in the top right corner of the Sample Record or Sample Upload page to the Sample Library screen shown above. (Press the button again to return to the previous Sampling page.) This page lists all of the samples that you have recorded into the SD2000. Samples can be selected, played, or edited. It’s also possible to create new versions or delete samples to make room.

Each sample has a status; Uploaded to SD2000 (Green Filled Checkmark), Ready for Upload (Green Hollow Checkmark), To Be Removed from SD2000 (Green Minus Hexagon), or Removed From SD2000 (Green Hollow Hexagon). For samples with the status “Ready for Upload” or “To Be Removed,” the next time you connect the SD2000 and press the “Update SD2000” button, the status will be finalized and the sample will be added or removed (respectively) from the SD2000 hardware memory.

If you select a sample from the list, the “Upload” button will be greyed out. Deselect your samples to use the Upload function.

If you prefer to upload a sample to your computer, please select any number of samples from the list, and press the “Send to Computer” button.

The maximum amount of samples allow to be uploaded to your SD2000 is 5m:24s. A “Time Remaining” warning will appear if you ever exceed this limit. In the case you ever exceed the maximum upload limit, you can remove any unwanted samples by changing the status of a sample to “To Be Removed” (Green Minus Hexagon), connecting your hardware, and then pressing “Update SD2000”.

Warning: If you ever need to remove samples from your hardware, there is a chance that you may lose any preset drum settings you have created with any of your samples. Please take caution when removing samples from your SD2000 memory.

Drum Edit

A subset of the Kit Edit screen is Drum Edit. You enter this screen by pressing Kit Edit, selecting a sound either with the mixing board list or hitting a pad, then pressing the edit button.

1. The Drum Edit window shows the mixing settings above on the top left side: Level, Pan, and FX Send. There are synthesis parameters next to that, and on the right side are the drum selection controls.
2. Use the scrolling list on the right to select a different drum sound for the last pad you hit. Note that you can often assign different samples to zones of the pad, like the ride cymbal bell, bow, and edge.
3. To the left of the drum list you can find the drum category list if you want to change it to a new type of percussion sound (Acoustic Snare, African, Electronic HiHat, User Sounds, User Wavs, etc.)
4. In the center section of the Drum Edit screen you can change the tuning of the sample. There is also a “Velocity to Pitch” knob that changes the pitch as you hit the pad harder.

Simmons Advanced App Drum Edit

On the very bottom right of the Drum Edit screen are three tabs: Filter, Envelope, and Voice.
1. Voice changes the sample as listed above.
2. Filter adds a resonant lowpass filter to the drum sound. Moving the crosshairs changes the frequency and resonance of the filter. Sliders in the bottom left corner assign velocity to change the filter or resonance.
3. Envelope adjusts the attack and decay time of the selected drum sound. A slider allows you to change the decay time with higher velocity.

When you edit a drum sound, your edits are automatically saved to one of the user sound section. If all of your user drum sounds are occupied, the app will ask you which one you want to overwrite. This process happens whether or not you save the kit edit.

For more on the synthesis parameters in the SD2000, check the SD2000 Owner’s Manual.

Play Along

Play along with music on your iOS device with the Play Along function. This player accesses the music in your iTunes library, and can slow down the song (without affecting pitch) to help you learn the drum parts in your favorite songs.

Simmons Advanced App Play Along

1. Select the Play Along icon.
2. Select a song from your music library.
3. Press the play icon. The song should start playing.
4. Use the tempo control icons to slow or speed up the song (from 50% to 200% speed.)
5. You can also loop the song to play repeatedly with the loop icon.

The Play Along function doesn’t require a lightning cable to the module, however it is recommended that you plug the audio out of your iOS device into the aux input of the drum module so you can hear the sounds of the module along with the music on your iOS device.

Sample Record

The Sample Record function is the most fun part of the Simmons Advanced App and one of the two Feature-Tabs that works without an SD2000 connected. (Play Along is the other.) This page turns your iPhone or iPad into a mobile sampling device. The steps below will walk through the process of recording a sample and assigning it to a drum pad on your SD2000.

1. Press the Sample Record icon (top left corner of the app screen.) You should see an input meter display (in decibels), waveform display, and a red record button on the left. The bottom of the display shows the maximum recording time for the app. A clipping indicator appears if your input is too hot.
2. Walk over to something that you want to sample and press the record button. You’ll see a countdown and then the unit will begin recording. You don’t need to get the timing exact, it should be a bit late because we’ll trim that in the next step. When you’ve finished recording the sound, hit the record button again to stop it.
Note: The Simmons Advanced App is compatible with iPhone and iPad plug-in microphones if you want to take your sampling to the next level.

Simmons Advanced App Sample Record Trim Initiated
Simmons Advanced App Sample Record

3. If you want to try recording again, press the “ReRecord” button on the top right corner. Otherwise, press the “Trim and Edit sample” button. (*It’s also possible to continue recording from the point where you paused.)
4. There are green bars on the left and right side of your sampled waveform. These allow you to get rid of dead space before and after the sample so it plays as soon as you hit the pad.
5. Drag the left bar to where the sound begins and the right bar to where the sound ends. Press the Play button on the left side to test the sound. If you think the sound volume is too low, you can press the “Normalize” button to raise the volume.
Tip: Drag your finger up the green bar to the left and right of your sound to zoom into the waveform for tighter edits.
6. When you’re happy with the start and end points, hit the “Save Selection As” button. Give your sound a descriptive name and press Done.

Sample Upload Window

The Sample Upload window contains every sample that you have selected to upload. You have a few options here:

Simmons Advanced App Sample Upload Window

Option 1: Press “Rec Another Sample” and Repeat steps 2-6 if you want to record any more samples. For example, you can have up to four samples assigned to a pad that trigger at different velocities. This is so you can record your source being hit soft and loud, then get that playability on the pad. For this first sampling session, we’ll assume you only want one sample assigned to the pad.
Option 2: If you recorded multiple hits within one recording session, you can create a new version of the recording by pressing “New Version”, then trim to select another part of the sample, and save it as a completely different sample, with a different sample name.
Option 3: You can also edit an existing sample if you ever need to adjust the trim points, just press “Edit Sample”.
Option 4: Discard the current sample.
Option 5: You can press the Left/Right Arrows to select another sample to Edit, Discard, or Create a New Version.

Warning: The next action mentioned below will remove any user samples already on the SD2000 and replace them with all of the samples in the Simmons Advanced App. If you prefer to manage samples from your computer, use the “Send to Computer” button. This will send all your samples that are ready for upload to any nearby Airdrop device, or you may send the files another way by using the other iOS Share options provided.

Finally, you can connect the SD2000 using the USB Camera Connection Adapter if you haven’t already. To send your sample to the SD2000 module, press the green “Update SD2000” button.

Each time you record and add new samples to your SD2000 from this window, the previous samples will remain on your SD2000.

Assigning a sample to user drum sound needs to be done from the module itself. For instructions on doing this, play the video to the right called “Importing User Samples”. Or, refer to the “Sample Assignment” and “Saving your Wave Program” sections of the Owner’s Manual (page 24).

Sample Library

The Sample Library screen manage your samples, including those already uploaded from the Simmons Advanced App to your SD2000. Press the Library “List with a Note” button in the top right corner of the Sample Record or Sample Upload page to the Sample Library screen shown above. (Press the button again to return to the previous Sampling page.) This page lists all of the samples that you have recorded into the SD2000. Samples can be selected, played, or edited. It’s also possible to create new versions or delete samples to make room.

Each sample has a status; Uploaded to SD2000 (Green Filled Checkmark), Ready for Upload (Green Hollow Checkmark), To Be Removed from SD2000 (Green Minus Hexagon), or Removed From SD2000 (Green Hollow Hexagon). For samples with the status “Ready for Upload” or “To Be Removed,” the next time you connect the SD2000 and press the “Update SD2000” button, the status will be finalized and the sample will be added or removed (respectively) from the SD2000 hardware memory.

If you select a sample from the list, the “Upload” button will be greyed out. Deselect your samples to use the Upload function.

Simmons Advanced App Sample Library

If you prefer to upload a sample to your computer, please select any number of samples from the list, and press the “Send to Computer” button.

The maximum amount of samples allow to be uploaded to your SD2000 is 5m:24s. A “Time Remaining” warning will appear if you ever exceed this limit. In the case you ever exceed the maximum upload limit, you can remove any unwanted samples by changing the status of a sample to “To Be Removed” (Green Minus Hexagon), connecting your hardware, and then pressing “Update SD2000”.

Warning: If you ever need to remove samples from your hardware, there is a chance that you may lose any preset drum settings you have created with any of your samples. Please take caution when removing samples from your SD2000 memory.