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The Simmons SD500KIT full-sized 5-piece electronic drum kit includes four drum pads, three cymbal pads, hi-hat controller and an integrated kick pad/pedal, creating an ultra-realistic drum configurati... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Simmons SD500KIT full-sized 5-piece electronic drum kit includes four drum pads, three cymbal pads, hi-hat controller and an integrated kick pad/pedal, creating an ultra-realistic drum configuration. With features normally reserved for much more expensive kits, the SD500KIT is outstanding for gigging, practicing, recording and learning.

Updated 500 Series pads provide advanced functionality: dual-zone snare pad, crash cymbal pad with choke, plus a no-slip grip on the kick pedal and hi-hat controller. The SD500 Module offers 352 awesome drum sounds across 35 drum kits making this kit ideal for virtually any musical genre from jazz to pop; from blues to rock and beyond. If you're looking for power, versatility and value ¦ the Simmons SD500KIT is your electronic drum set.

Features
  • Configuration
  • Tom pad(s): 3
  • Cymbal pad(s): 3
  • Snare pad: 1
  • Kickpad: Yes
  • Total drum pads: 5
  • Country of origin: China
  • Module
  • Display type: LCD
  • Drum kits: 35
  • Sounds: 352
  • Songs: 60
  • Trigger inputs: 12
  • Line input: Yes
  • Headphone jack: Yes
  • USB: Yes
  • MP3: Yes
  • MIDI: Yes
  • Training functions: Yes
  • Click: No
  • Memory: 64MB
  • Pads
  • Pad material: Rubber
  • Hoop material: Plastic
  • Zones: Multiple
  • Tom pad size: 8"
  • Snare pad size: 9"
  • Hardware
  • Rack material: Steel
  • Hardware pieces: 3
  • Kick pedal: Yes
  • Throne: No
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SimmonsSD500 5-Piece Electronic Drum Set
 
3.7

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (5)

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67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great sound (6)
  • Responsive (5)
  • Versatile (5)
  • Sensitive (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Perfect for home studios

I purchased this kit for use in a home studio and use it along with virtual drum software. The drums are responsive and produce a great variety of voices, although I recommend upgrading the...Read complete review

I purchased this kit for use in a home studio and use it along with virtual drum software. The drums are responsive and produce a great variety of voices, although I recommend upgrading the bass drum pedal to an actual pad and pedal system (the bass drum pedal is not very responsive for quick hits). This kit is almost perfect for a professional studio setting, but certainly meets all of my needs in the Home studio setting.

The Rack is a bit cheap, specifically the joints. I've already stripped two of the plastic keys while tightening them. They are tight, but I'll have to loosen those joints with pliers if I every want to transport it. Having said that, NOT recommended for touring or constant tear down and set up.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Purchased, then immediately returned.

Background: Vocals: 20 years. Guitar 18 years. Bass Guitar: 16 years. Piano: Off and on 10 years. Drums: Intermediate at best off and on for the past 10 years....Read complete review

Background: Vocals: 20 years. Guitar 18 years. Bass Guitar: 16 years. Piano: Off and on 10 years. Drums: Intermediate at best off and on for the past 10 years. Violin: 3 years.

Most certainly not a professional drummer but if there's two things I'm acquainted with, it's sound, and responsiveness.

The preset sounds were garbage for my ears. Ability to tweak sounds and create own settings aside, the preset sounds really missed the mark for me. Even the only slightly better Yamaha DTX400 that one of my private music students has, has at least 1 good preset that sounds akin to an actual acoustic set, whilst the Simmons 500 hasn't even one preset that sounds anything like a practical acoustic set.

The biggest reason for the return. The hi-hat controller functionality was abysmal. I'm not even 25% the drummer from the Mars Volta is, but my closed to open hi-hat notes weren't even registering at 16th note rates. To have that no where near satisfactory left an instant sour taste in mouth and was the main factor in deciding to return. In compare the Yamaha DTX400 wins leaps and bounds over the Simmons 500 hi-hat functionality. Not to say the Yamaha DTX400 is worth buying either but it's at least 3 to 4 points better than than the Simmons 500.

*Good Points* (they do exist in this model)
- Sturdy pedal and drum frame construction.
- Didn't even need the manual to set it up, just used the picture on the box.
- Snare and tom pads had great bounce to them.
- Kick worked great.
- 1 solid drum kit of a space/alien effect. Just 1.
- rim shot

If there was improvements to the hi-hat controller and preset sounds, it'd make a decent and affordable set. However, with electronic kits, after reading many different reviews and functions of various models like Alesis, Yamaha, Roland, Simmons, Pintech, and ddrums....

Long story short, save up the extra 200 to 300 dollars, and get either a new or used Roland, that's what I'm doing.

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2.0

They suck!

By KEVIN

from Thousand Oaks

Pros

    Cons

    • Not Sensitive

    Best Uses

      Comments about Simmons SD500 5-Piece Electronic Drum Set:

      Just try to play Back in Black on one! Very first fill every time Bass and HH together and the Bass cancles out. If you cant at least play the most basic of rock music their usless unless you want to sound like a novice!

       
      2.0

      Purchased, then immediately returned.

      By Maximus

      from West Palm Beach, FL

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Responsive
      • Solid Pedals
      • Sturdy
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Flat Sound
      • Not responsive enough hi-hat controller

      Best Uses

      • Returning

      Comments about Simmons SD500 5-Piece Electronic Drum Set:

      Background: Vocals: 20 years. Guitar 18 years. Bass Guitar: 16 years. Piano: Off and on 10 years. Drums: Intermediate at best off and on for the past 10 years. Violin: 3 years.

      Most certainly not a professional drummer but if there's two things I'm acquainted with, it's sound, and responsiveness.

      The preset sounds were garbage for my ears. Ability to tweak sounds and create own settings aside, the preset sounds really missed the mark for me. Even the only slightly better Yamaha DTX400 that one of my private music students has, has at least 1 good preset that sounds akin to an actual acoustic set, whilst the Simmons 500 hasn't even one preset that sounds anything like a practical acoustic set.

      The biggest reason for the return. The hi-hat controller functionality was abysmal. I'm not even 25% the drummer from the Mars Volta is, but my closed to open hi-hat notes weren't even registering at 16th note rates. To have that no where near satisfactory left an instant sour taste in mouth and was the main factor in deciding to return. In compare the Yamaha DTX400 wins leaps and bounds over the Simmons 500 hi-hat functionality. Not to say the Yamaha DTX400 is worth buying either but it's at least 3 to 4 points better than than the Simmons 500.

      *Good Points* (they do exist in this model)
      - Sturdy pedal and drum frame construction.
      - Didn't even need the manual to set it up, just used the picture on the box.
      - Snare and tom pads had great bounce to them.
      - Kick worked great.
      - 1 solid drum kit of a space/alien effect. Just 1.
      - rim shot

      If there was improvements to the hi-hat controller and preset sounds, it'd make a decent and affordable set. However, with electronic kits, after reading many different reviews and functions of various models like Alesis, Yamaha, Roland, Simmons, Pintech, and ddrums....

      Long story short, save up the extra 200 to 300 dollars, and get either a new or used Roland, that's what I'm doing.

       
      4.0

      Nice kit!

      By Bruce

      from St Louis

      About Me Novice

      Pros

      • Great Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Learning

        Comments about Simmons SD500 5-Piece Electronic Drum Set:

        I am tremendously enjoying this product. I am very much a novice, still learning the PAS40 in fact. But it is being great for learning basic beats and fill. And I dont bother the folks in the apartment above mine. The one issue i am having is the kick and high hat cross talk occasionally. Meaning that sometimes a simultaneous hit on hat and kick muffles the kick somewhat.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Satisfied

        By KU

        from Fairfax VA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Great Sound
        • Responsive
        • Sensitive
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Accompaniment
          • Small Venues
          • Soundtracks

          Comments about Simmons SD500 5-Piece Electronic Drum Set:

          Disclaimer: I am not an experienced drummer.

          I saw this product at a local guitarcenter store the day after thanks giving day and bought it with $100 discount. The only regret is that if this sounds this great at this price level what if I had bought the one from Simmons with more functionalities (would it have been more fun?)?

          It seems that the only thing that I notice is missing is that the right cymbal (the one on the right side) produces only one type of sound, while it could potentially have two, a clash sound that you would get by hitting the side of the symbol and a crisp/choppy sound that would come from the center of the cymbal of the sound (Again I am not an experienced drummer). Other than that, this drumset has the following rich sound options per each drum:

          a) The snare drum: the regular snare sound and the rim shot
          b) The hi-hat: open and closed (as expected)
          c) The crash cymbal: the regular sound and the mute (by touching the rim of the cymbal, you can shorten the sound duration).
          As noted other reviewers, this drumset is very sensitive to the strength of strokes, which makes the drum sound very real and authentic.

          (5 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          disappointment

          By Jean

          from Milwaukee, WI

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Great Sound
          • Responsive
          • Sensitive

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Accompaniment

            Comments about Simmons SD500 5-Piece Electronic Drum Set:

            The product is good and i like how it's sensitive towards how hard/soft you hit.
            I was a little disappointed though that i got what looks to be a return. Not sure if that was why it was $200 off from the original price but when i opened it, all the items were already out of their boxes and plastic bags. Seems like someone already used it. There weren't instructions to put it together, so i went off of looking at the box, but i figured it out. Product still works fine, but again, i'm just disappointed in the service.

            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Guitar Center was awesome. Amazing customer service.

            By Bro Tim

            from Western Kentucky

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Great Sound
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Simmons SD500 5-Piece Electronic Drum Set:

                Easy set up. Simple.

                (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Good product

                By Mike b

                from Temecula ca

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Great Sound

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Simmons SD500 5-Piece Electronic Drum Set:

                    I bought this set for my granddaughter - a set she can learn on without the noise so her mom won't kill me-it's well made and easy to set up- should last her awhile

                    (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Perfect for home studios

                    By Tim

                    from York, PA

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Pros

                    • Great Sound
                    • Huge Tone
                    • Responsive
                    • Sensitive
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                    • Only ideal for setup in a permanent location
                    • Poorly Made Rack System

                    Best Uses

                    • Studio

                    Comments about Simmons SD500 5-Piece Electronic Drum Set:

                    I purchased this kit for use in a home studio and use it along with virtual drum software. The drums are responsive and produce a great variety of voices, although I recommend upgrading the bass drum pedal to an actual pad and pedal system (the bass drum pedal is not very responsive for quick hits). This kit is almost perfect for a professional studio setting, but certainly meets all of my needs in the Home studio setting.

                    The Rack is a bit cheap, specifically the joints. I've already stripped two of the plastic keys while tightening them. They are tight, but I'll have to loosen those joints with pliers if I every want to transport it. Having said that, NOT recommended for touring or constant tear down and set up.

                    (19 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Can't beat the value.

                    By Franky four fingers

                    from Cass County, MO

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Responsive
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Any
                      • Practice
                      • Soundtracks

                      Comments about Simmons SD500 5-Piece Electronic Drum Set:

                      Spectacular kit for the money. Lots of value. The fit finish is perfectly fine for anything outside of strictly professional use and abuse. It's sturdy, I have younger kids that have beat on it, the module works well with plenty of tweaking ability. Love this set over traditional acoustic set for practicing as well....late night, kids nap/bedtime, no worries hook up headphones and go to town. Also great to learn on. Again, hook up a laptop, tab, whatever and do some online lessons and practice without disturbing everyone else in the house. I have no complaints about this set given its price point and market. Would recommend to others with similar use case. Including cable management, Velcro etc is also a nice touch to keep things clean and in place.

                      (21 of 37 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      AWESOME KIT!

                      By Amber

                      from Rock Hill, SC

                      Site Member

                      Comments about Simmons SD500 5-Piece Electronic Drum Set:

                      This is a great kit and very durable.

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