Aug 20

Here is something I would like to see and hear – the new Simmons Digital Multi Pad Electronic Drum Set (The SDMP1). It is an entire Simmons kit and drum machine in one package. Simmons state that this is the perfect addition for practice, performance or recording beats and is able to be integrated with any drum or percussion set up, and can be mounted to a stand or an accessory clamp. It will connect to a PC with a USB port, while the included auxiliary input allows you to play along with a CD or MP3 player. The price seems very reasonable and I wonder how this compares on quality, sound and feel  with Roland’s SPD-20 and SPD-S or Yamaha’s new DTX-MULTI 12 Electronic Percussion Pad? The features and specifications look very good:-

* 10 natural feeling velocity sensitive pads for realistic performance
* 2 auxiliary inputs and 2 velocity-sensitive pedal inputs (1 hi-hat and 1 general) for added performance options
* Voices can be assigned to any pad
* Large Backlit LCD display for easy viewing and editing
* 100 drum kits (41 preset + 59 user)
* 100 patterns sets (50 preset + 50 user)
* 100 user songs
* Built in Metronome for
* DC 9V
* USB connectivity
* MIDI input and output
* Headphone jack for quiet practicing
* AC adapter and easy to read manual
* Audio outputs: master (left/mono and right) and phones output (stereo)
* Aux input: TRS 1/4″
* USB port: USB2.0 full speed
* MIDI port: MIDI input and output (soft thru supported)
* Drum/percussion voices: 731
* Polyphony: 64
* Timing resolution: 192ppqn
* Tempo range: 20~255bpm
* Sample/DAC: 16/24 bit
* Power: DC 9V
* Display: Backlit LCD and LED indicators
* PC connection: Data download from and upload to PC software via USB

I’ll reserve judgement until I have played one. If anyone has any experience of one of these, please let me know!

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