ELECTRONIC DRUM KITS


ELECTRONIC DRUM KITS


SD1250

The Simmons SD1250 is a premium 6-piece electronic kit designed for drummers looking to master their craft with a custom sound library matched with state-of-the-art mesh pads and four cymbals for realistic feel and sound.

Housed in a distinctive drum shell design, the SD1250 12” snare with rimshot sensor is responsive to nuanced playing, and includes its own stand to get the angle just right.

Simmons SD1250 Electronic Drum Kit
SD1250
Simmons SD1250 Electronic Drum Kit

The Simmons SD1250 is a premium 6-piece electronic kit designed for drummers looking to master their craft with a custom sound library matched with state-of-the-art mesh pads and four cymbals for realistic feel and sound.

Simmons SD1250 Drum Shell

Housed in a distinctive drum shell design, the SD1250 12” snare with rimshot sensor is responsive to nuanced playing, and includes its own stand to get the angle just right.

Simmons SD1250 Module on Rack

The SD1250’s four toms are all dual-zone, enabling you to trigger alternate voices. Each drum pad includes dual-layer, tension-adjustable mesh for customizable, lifelike feel.

The SD1250 includes a mesh kick drum that’s designed to accept your favorite beater pedal, giving you a familiar feel right from the start. A variable pedal allows for complete control over the dual zone hi-hat to get smooth semi-open sounds, trashy edge accents, splash and more.

New SD1250 firmware update improves the response of the hi hat.
Download it from here.

The two Crash and single Ride cymbals are 2- and 3-zone (bell/bow/edge) with a choke function for dynamic effects. A new, solid hex rack prevents drums from slipping while playing, even throughout the most demanding beats, fills and solos.

Simmons SD1250 Clamp

The SD1250 sound module features a large, color LCD screen, providing a detailed view of kits and editing functions. 50 preset and 25 user drum kits cover a huge range of styles, including classic rock, modern pop, R&B, jazz, metal and a range of world music styles. Dedicated faders, knobs, and buttons simplify kit customization — from quick mix changes to wild, filtered sound designs.

Simmons SD1250 Module Back

Practice along with built-in songs, use the metronome, or plug in a USB thumb drive to play along with your favorite songs. A headphone out combined with the SD1250 mesh pads makes for ideal private practice sessions. MIDI and USB outputs connect to your computer, allowing for DAW recording, triggering a plug-in instrument, or importing your own WAV files. Bluetooth MIDI provides simple, wireless connection to your smartphone or tablet.

The Simmons Advanced App for iOS makes it even easier to customize your SD1250, recall and edit drum kits, or practice with recorded tracks. The app even includes a sampler to record new sounds, then import directly them into the module without having to use a computer.

Simmons SD1250 Module

The Simmons Signature Sound Library is an expansive collection of the world’s most coveted drum kits and snares, recorded with the same world-class audio equipment made famous on classic albums.

Simmons’ VAR technology offers many dynamic levels of drum recordings, resulting in true-to-life feel and sound. Samples are recorded multiple times to avoid the “machine gun” effect of simply repeating the same sample. Classic cymbals were recorded in stereo and have a long, natural decay for maximum realism.

The SD1250’s 814 sounds include a wide collection of world percussion and vintage electronic drums that rounds out the collection for creative inspiration.

Simmons SD1250 Clamp
Simmons SD1250 Module on Rack
Simmons SD1250 Drum Shell
Simmons SD1250 Module Back

The SD1250’s four toms are all dual-zone, enabling you to trigger alternate voices. Each drum pad includes dual-layer, tension-adjustable mesh for customizable, lifelike feel.

The SD1250 includes a mesh kick drum that’s designed to accept your favorite beater pedal, giving you a familiar feel right from the start. A variable pedal allows for complete control over the dual zone hi-hat to get smooth semi-open sounds, trashy edge accents, splash and more.

New SD1250 firmware update improves the response of the hi hat. Download it from here.

The two Crash and single Ride cymbals are 2- and 3-zone (bell/bow/edge) with a choke function for dynamic effects. A new, solid hex rack prevents drums from slipping while playing, even throughout the most demanding beats, fills and solos.

SD1250 Sound Module

The SD1250 sound module features a large, color LCD screen, providing a detailed view of kits and editing functions.

50 preset and 25 user drum kits cover a huge range of styles, including classic rock, modern pop, R&B, jazz, metal and a range of world music styles.

Dedicated faders, knobs, and buttons simplify kit customization — from quick mix changes to wild, filtered sound designs.

Simmons SD1250 Module

Practice along with built-in songs, use the metronome, or plug in a USB thumb drive to play along with your favorite songs. A headphone out combined with the SD1250 mesh pads makes for ideal private practice sessions. MIDI and USB outputs connect to your computer, allowing for DAW recording, triggering a plug-in instrument, or importing your own WAV files. Bluetooth MIDI provides simple, wireless connection to your smartphone or tablet.

The Simmons Advanced App for iOS makes it even easier to customize your SD1250, recall and edit drum kits, or practice with recorded tracks. The app even includes a sampler to record new sounds, then import directly them into the module without having to use a computer.

SIGNATURE SOUND LIBRARY

The Simmons Signature Sound Library is an expansive collection of the world’s most coveted drum kits and snares, recorded with the same world-class audio equipment made famous on classic albums.

Simmons’ VAR technology offers many dynamic levels of drum recordings, resulting in true-to-life feel and sound. Samples are recorded multiple times to avoid the “machine gun” effect of simply repeating the same sample. Classic cymbals were recorded in stereo and have a long, natural decay for maximum realism.

The SD1250’s 750 sounds include a wide collection of world percussion and vintage electronic drums rounds out the collection for creative inspiration.

THE SIMMONS ADVANCED APP

Get easy, advanced editing control of your SD1250 using your iOS device and the Simmons Advanced App.

Simmons Advanced App Kit Select Screenshot

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

Simmons Advanced App Kit Edit Screenshot

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 Drum Edit Screenshot

The Drum Edit function enables you to edit the drum sounds on each pad. Your edits are automatically saved to one of the user sound section.

Simmons Advanced App Sample Record Screenshot

The Sample Record function turns your iPhone or iPad into a mobile sampling device.

Download on the App Store

FEATURES

  Drum Kit

  • 12” mesh snare, two 8” and two 10” dual-zone mesh toms
  • 6″ mesh bass drum with non-slip stand
  • Two 12″ dual-zone crash pads
  • 14″ triple-zone ride cymbal
  • 12″ hi-hat with variable pedal
  • Real snare stand allows complete customization and solid playing surface
  • Hybrid hex rack with solid, adjustable mounts provides non-slip mounting surface

  Sound Module

  • Large bright full-color graphic LCD and intuitive, easy-to-program user interface
  • Simmons Signature Sound Library: 750 of the most sought-after acoustic drums, world percussion, and vintage Simmons sounds
  • Bluetooth® MIDI for wireless connectivity to smartphone, tablet or computer
  • Import samples to the sound module for expanded performance options
  • Record, create and edit your own samples and sets
  • Interactive Pattern Looping capabilities
  • Playback of .wav files or mp3 from USB drive for performance or practice
  • Record your own .wav files for evaluating your performance
  • Built-in performance mixer with on-the-fly mixing, pitch shift, shape parameters and more
  • Simmons Advanced app for iOS adds kit editing, sampling, and more

WHERE TO BUY

Shop now at the following retailers
Guitar Center
Musician's Friend
Music and Arts
Woodwind and Brasswind

SD1250 FAQs

My module is behaving strangely. What should I do?
The first thing to try is resetting the module to factory setup. Hold down the + and – buttons while you turn on the power. The display should say “RESET” as it starts up.
The drums suddenly sound weird, low pitch, no treble, etc.
You may have bumped one of the faders on the module. To reset the faders, press and hold the FADERS button for two seconds.
I am trying to pair my phone over Bluetooth but it does not see the SD1250
The SD1250 uses Bluetooth MIDI, not Bluetooth Audio. Bluetooth Audio devices are configured in the Settings app on your iOS device. To set up Bluetooth MIDI, launch the app you want to use the SD1250 with. For example, to use the SD1250 with Garage Band: press the “Gear” icon on the top right corner, select “Advanced,” then select “Bluetooth MIDI devices.” Press the Bluetooth button on the SD1250 so that it flashes, then select the SD1250 in Garage Band.
I am having problems getting my samples to load into the module
Make sure that it is a WAVE file, either 44.1kHz or 48kHz, 16- or 24-bits. If that still doesn’t work, try opening and re-exporting the sample from a WAVE editor. If you still have problems, try renaming the sample with a “DOS” filename like “SNARE114.WAV.”
I am having trouble using the app
Please make sure you are using the Simmons Advanced app downloadable here, not the “Simmons Drums” app. Please also check the app download page, or set up auto-update on your iOS device, to see if a new version is available, and make sure that you have updated to the latest version of the app.
There was no kick pedal included in the box
The SD1250 does not include a beater pedal. Use nearly any beater pedal with the SD1250. We recommend not using a felt beater as they can damage the mesh covering over time.
Can I expand my SD1250?
The previous model, the SD1200, could be expanded with an additional tom and crash cymbal. On the SD1250, we included those two extra pads. SO your SD1250 is “pre-expanded” and can’t be expanded any further.
I’m trying to use the kit to trigger software. Sometimes the hits work, but other times they don’t work.
Most of the pads on the SD1250 are dual-zone. On the cymbals, if you play the bow it triggers a different sound than the edge. This is also true over MIDI – the bow and edge trigger two different MIDI note numbers.

Press Utility, then F5 (MIDI Note), then play that pad. You can assign the bow and edge of a cymbal to the same note number, or you can assign them to different sounds in your software.

Just make sure that the MIDI note number lines up with something playing in your drum software, otherwise you won’t hear anything.

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