The Simmons SDS 8 Drum Synthesizer

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Remember those classic electronic drum sounds of the 80s?

There’s a good chance that what you remember is the sound of the the Simmons drum synthesizer.

The video above captures some manual tweaking of a Simmons SDS 8 Drum Synthesizer.

If you’ve used the Simmons drum synthesizer, leave a comment with your thoughts!

via DX5:

Just showing what does it can do.

All the channels have the same VCO, so they are basically the same. In preset mode, each channel have different settings for each drum sound. You can put it in manual mode, then you can edit all the parameters. It is what I did.


5 thoughts on “The Simmons SDS 8 Drum Synthesizer

  1. lol. This brings back memories, I actually bout a Simmons SDS 8 when I was 12 from a neighbor for about $50. The board started to fail and after taking it to be repaired a few times, the guys at the local electronic repair joint said it was a lost cause and I ended up getting rid of it. I wish I still had it lol.

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  2. The drumkit performs o.k. but – Horrible company service. I purchased the Simmons drumkit on Dec 23 2009 and the kick drum stopped working on Dec 24 2009. Simmons acknowledged a defect in their drum pads on their website. I called and spoke to Gary at Simmons customer service and have not received any service or further communication. I have since called and emailed Simmons numerous times and cannot get ANY service from Simmons what so ever. I am writing this review on Aug 20th 2010 and still nothing from Simmons. Simmons has yet to provide any warranty service, if you're looking for a new drum kit look into another company with a better track record other than Simmons.

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  3. Have you been playing drum sets long? I tried to study acoustic electric guitar but wasn’t all that good, afterward I made an effort to learn keybord too although didn’t like it. That is when I found the drums, definately the better choice for me. Loving your website, thanks.

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  4. i just found a simmons sds8 in a resail shop and after a lil sweet talkin my wife to be gave me the go ahead so i brought it home havent played it yet but i plan on incorperating it in my pearl forum kit so exsited

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  5. I still have mine, I remember learning to play the drums on an sds8. I had red stop sign shaped drums.

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