Simmons Intros ‘Flagship’ Titan 70 Electronic Drum Kit

Simmons has announced the Titan 70, a new electronic drum kit that they call the flagship product of its Titan range.

The full-sized kit includes multi-zone pads for expressive and responsive performance (Variable Attack Response), “album-ready produced sounds”, and interactive features to customize the kit and improve timing accuracy for beginners to advanced players.


  • Drum Kit
    • Dual-zone, 10″ tension-able mesh snare pad with rimshot detection
    • Four 8″ mesh dual-zone toms
    • 10″ hi-hat cymbal with variable pedal
    • Two 10” crash cymbals with choke sensor
    • 12″ three-zone ride with bow, bell, and edge crash zones and choke sensor
    • Dual layer, durable mesh heads with natural playability and high sensitivity
    • Variable Hi-hat controller with sounds from closed to mid and open
    • Kick pedal with 7″ kick pad, optimized for single and double-kick pedals
    • Included adjustable kick drum pedal
  • Module
    • 75 Preset and User Drum Kits
    • 4 Preset and 6 User Songs
    • 314 Drum Sounds
    • Practice Mode measures timing accuracy with several songs, exercises, and scoring
    • Custom LED and Drum Kit LED indicators for simple editing and setup
    • Bluetooth Audio and MIDI
    • USB Audio and MIDI – Functions as a 2×2 audio interface with MIDI I/O
    • Detachable, padded Tablet shelf securely holds iPhone, iPad, and other devices during practice
    • Two dual-zone 1/4″ inputs for pad expansion
    • 1/8″ stereo aux input
    • Stereo 1/4″ line outputs
    • 1/8″ stereo headphone output

Here’s what they have to say about it:

“The kit is centered around a sensitive 10-inch dual-zone mesh snare pad with accurate rimshot detection. Four dual-zone mesh tom pads include rim sensors for assigning alternate sounds like percussion. Its three-zone 12-inch ride cymbal is another highlight, with sensors on the bow, bell and edge crash for a variety of sounds. The kick drum features an all-new pedal design – the most substantial and robust Simmons kick drum tower to date – that allows highly nuanced playing (a very light touch for jazz, all the way up to aggressive rock, with the option for an added double-kick). The hi-hat is controlled by a variable pedal for closed, open and every sound in between. For dramatic accents, the two crash cymbals include a choke sensor. All pads have been designed with sensitivity and feel in mind, from the low-profile rims to the dynamic curve. And the versatile square rack has rectangular steel supports to keep pads locked in place.

The Titan 70’s high-definition acoustic drum sound library was newly captured in a renowned professional recording studio, and the stereo big-room ambience can be heard on nearly all of the kits, snares and cymbals. Samples were taken at different dynamic levels, and sounds ring out at their natural decay time. The result is a produced yet realistic and responsive drum sound.

Other features of the Titan 70 module include Bluetooth Audio and MIDI for wireless connection to mobile devices. Pair your phone or tablet and play along with videos and music through the same headphones or speakers as the drums. Bluetooth MIDI attaches to apps, like Simmons Drums 2 for iOS which selects kits, edits sounds and mixes, and plays music at slow speed to help learn new songs. The built-in, play-along practice mode also works with the app to work on timing accuracy, and the module includes a detachable, padded shelf for a phone or tablet.”

Pricing and Availability:

The Simmons Titan 70 electronic drum kit is available now, with a street price of about $800.

24 thoughts on “Simmons Intros ‘Flagship’ Titan 70 Electronic Drum Kit

  1. I am struggling to understand what Simmons is, as a company, right now. Its only by a random piece of luck I have a SDS-V in my room that came to me from a bankrupt hotel auction. It had been stuck to a wall as part of a 1990’s display of knick knackery. Trombones, fish nets, Simmons SDS-V; that kind of thing. I don’t really see the same attention to design with this sort of product. Maybe I have that wrong.

    1. I am struggling to understand why kennyb has a SDS-V as part of a 1990’s display of knick knackery when it is very definitely a 1980’s thing.

      1. True. I honestly have no idea how long it was stuck to a wall but most of the knobs were gone. It was a shock when upon opening it up I saw that everything was present. It was maybe 4 hours of work to have it up and running. Everyone has a lucky story, this one is mine.

    2. It’s Simmons in name only. The Simon’s name is now owned by Guitar Center. They use it to badge budget electronic drum kits, treading on brand recognition.

  2. Salient point that drum manufactures like Simmons have gone vanilla when back in the day you could get kits in various colors and they had a modern design edge. This looks like a Christmas toy in a 1970s Sears catalogue.

      1. Ouch! I got a Silver sparkle, LOL But to keep abreast of tech, I like it better than Alesis kits now. Its inception was weak a few years ago, but now they’re just attempting to keep up or move ahead of the game…and keep it cost-worthy.

  3. Has good ol’ Dave Simmons ever made an effort to get his name or property back?
    Seems to me this could be a Tom Oberheim/Dave Smith/Roger Linn kind of deal. Personally I would love to see Mr. Simmons in the circles and company of the other three mentioned gentlemen. *Wishful thinking*

    1. I have no real knowledge but I imagine if they were white or yellow the material would rapidly suffer discolouration. Perhaps its just as simple as this?

  4. Dave Simmons is still in control of Simmons sets. They are only distributed through Guitar Center. This Titan 70 sounds better than their others but the pads are small and even though they have no plans they need a kit with a hi-hat on a stand. For the money I think there are better e-kits and brands.

  5. iI bought an SD600 Simmons kit. The thing I hated about it was the module. It sounded sub par and I was not able to overcome the severe latency problem when I tried to interface it to my computer setup. So I switched to a Roland TD17 module and use the kit in one of my bands I play in. everybody thinks it sounds awesome. As a result of the switch, I had to aquire a Roland hi hat cymbal and pedal, plus I bought a Lemon triple zone cymbal that works just fine with it. I like the general look of the Titan kit and my experience is that the Simmons racks are actually pretty sturdy and the drum pads seem descent. I’m not into nostalgia when it comes to music equipment unless it is truly the only way to get the sound I want. The down side of modern equipment is that today’s business model is to make things to breakdown so you will buy another one or pay big money to fix it if it’s out of warranty.

  6. can you imagine if the re released the 80s octagon electric midi drums however the drum brain has analog oscillators or one for every pad to create sounds like they use to plus an audio midi ini and out as well USB Bluetooth and a sample bank you import drum samples and kits into

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