The Simmons SDS 8 is an electronic drum machine that I believe was made and was popular in the 1980's. It's definitely a unique style of drum machine, especially when compared to something like an MPC. I haven't fully mastered using the SDS 8 at all, as every time I've used it I seem to pick up new things about it. I've really only had a few chances to play around with it, as we have one on hand at the studio that I currently work at. As far as it's make up goes, it's got five main channels for bass drum, snare drum, and three tom tom drums. Each of the five drum channels has a whole ton of parameters to work with, including those for volume, pan, click, balance, decay, bend, pitch, filter, and sensitivity. Each also has a button for triggering the sound. The master control section has parameters for left and right channel volume, and for overall mix level. It definitely makes a big difference how you set the parameters, as the channels are capable of sounding nothing like what they say they should be for sure. While by modern standards the Simmons SDS 8 might sound cheesy, it's definitely got it's own distinct sound and place and time. There's a lot more that you can do with this drum machine that I definitely haven't delved into yet, as I don't have too much time at the studio to play with this. If you're interested in drum machines in general, you should definitely know about the line of Simmons drums machines in general, as these things were definitely loved and revered in their own time. They're still really cool to play around with and can definitely bring a lot to the table if you know how to use it.
I have since 2011 and I certainly never divide them.
I bought a SDS100 SDS8 before, but this is just fabulous.
There are 5 "tracks": 1 kick, 1 snare, 3 toms.
Each pad to separate its output, or you can leave everything in stereo. Each pad has its own setting (factory or user). 3 knobs to adjust the stereo output (left, right, mix).
9 knobs for each pad: sensitivity, filter, pitch, bend, decay, noise-tone, click, pan, volume.
This drumkit is made for lovers of 80's and electro. Summarize the Piou Piou of SDS on the high tom is heresy. It has a grain and a sound palette outsized! Monstrususes of snares, toms and a staggering kick really well done.
I'm not a drummer, I driver with a BAR.
No MIDI sequencer but a first input (unfortunately, we must add a chip for DIYeurs or buy a hard to find SDS6). Personally, I extract the sound of my Yamaha RX5 5 instruments to put those of Simmons, and it works very well.
The knobs are solid, the metal shell as well. It's far from vintage soloper *'re plastic today.
I love its sound and its settings.
I do not like his lack of MIDI connectors.
If tomorrow was an opportunity like this, I would do the purchase without any hesitation.
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Polyconnect's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
- Output trigger inputs IN spares for each output mix and its stro
- 5 slices of analog synth (chip EMC) substantially the same (but in my unit 2 produces better than a kick) with a knob for a parameter.
It may be "trigger" with any signal (sound or logical) via the TRIG IN
(The base is to connect the famous octagonal pads myself but I have not.)
There's no easier, you understand, while 1.7 seconds
Note the preset button on / off: each slice can be either a preset Dfine by simmons (although kitsh) or manual (ie the position of the knobs)
Rhaaaaa .... who loves me I used electronic toms. His forcment typ 80's but a slap nondidja really well. (Color + dynamic)
résumé for a ring trs indochine, but once you remove the noise, we can produce rhythmic electro real enjoyment. The hats really great does not compare, for example, the Roland machines in the same era. But it is a matter of taste.
seems to be well built, there's no knob that cracks on mine. I'd say it's a really enjoyable machine to use when you live in what sequence. It is trs crative but we must recognize that still revolves around the same sounds. (Kick-toms)
This is the kind of machines that give you a very special and original. (Tired of hearing all of Roland), and let's face it, it looks absolutely terrible.
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Michael-David's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
I bought the module and SDS8 Simmons kit that comes with it for 150 Euros in excellent state (the machine was in 1984). Premire thing: the sound hardware, you can take his ease, and unlike what is said Simmons pads are not destructive wrist when you know take his sticks (enough to make fines, the recovery is better).
On the module, you can choose the sounds of his own factory or CRER of 5 tracks (Bass drum, snare drum, hi tom, mid tom, low tom). Program its sounds easy, it is tweaking knobs to get an ide live. The sounds are of course, typ 80, all I was looking for my 80s pop rock compositions. It possde 5 trigger jack inputs, 1 entresquenceur, 5 output jack spares, and an output jack Stereo. We can paramtrer the volume of each instrument and lepanoramique.
At the beginning of this module, Dave Simmons, crateur visionary, seeing that his kits onreux SDS-V and STS-7 (For those who do not know: SDS: Simmons Drum Synthesizer) put off some drummer limit the budget was released in 1984 his unit affordable SDS-8. Well, okay: the pads are quite rigid, but even APRS 25-year history, they will remain whole and functional. Try deretrouver aavec a Roland or Yamaha today!
The Jack Monoont taken the place of cables XLR for a reason to economy but they do not mean dbranchent, and there is the old analog sound! Mr Simmons did not laugh these customers with this module more portable than the rack of his older sisters, cettemachine you probe the drumkit out of the 80 breathless or cracking. With knobs, if you know the program and if you have something to plug it, the sonsseront the mmesque those of its big sister the SDS-V.
Imagine two modules Simmons SDS-8 in a cot on the other, a 9 padset Charley prleve pedals on a Roland TD-20. It has a mouth a point that today's batteries, which only serve to imiterles acoustic kits, toys seem to ct!
I would do without this choice hsiter. Plugs into a sound system, this machine will surprise you with its simplicity its ergonomics, intuitive programming, its power and quality sound. And finally the price will eventually convince you, especially when you see the prices of its big sisters! But what do you want, it's the law of supply and demand ...