Simmons SD5K Electronic Drum Set 889406948877

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The Simmons SD5K Electronic drum kit has sensitive drum pads made of a durable, yet highly responsive material to accurately capture every hit. All pads have adjustable rack placement and angle adjust... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

The Simmons SD5K Electronic drum kit has sensitive drum pads made of a durable, yet highly responsive material to accurately capture every hit. All pads have adjustable rack placement and angle adjustments for unlimited customization to your playing style. This includes 2 cymbal pads and one hi-hat pad which have height and angle adjustments for a convenient, custom-tailored fit.

The included hi-hat control pedal gives you the feel of a real hi-hat pedal, providing instant hardware familiarity to your playing. Similar to an acoustic drum kit, the hi-hat functions as a closed hi-hat when pedal is stepped on, and open when the pedal is released.

Unlike acoustic drum sets, the kick pad can be placed independent of the toms for even greater customization to your body size and playing style.

Control the Simmons SD5K electronic drums through an easy-to-read bright multifunction LED display. All parameter settings on your kit are visible, so you'll always know where you are.

The sound module contains 237 voices and gives you plenty of sounds with which to customize your own drum kits. You can store up to 10 different custom kits, or use the 22 preset kits that come with the module for a head start. Also included are a reverb effect, a built-in metronome, and 48 preset songs to practice with.

Lightweight aluminum construction provides the strength of steel, but without the weight. This means easy transportation to and from the audition, rehearsal, and gig. An easy-to-put- together design make setups and breakdowns easier. Specially made locking hinges keep your setup from drifting, ensuring your kit stays exactly where and how you set it up.

This Simmons Electronic Drumset comes with an industry leading 2-year manufacturer's warranty.

Features
  • Ins/outs and pad connections
  • MIDI out
  • Hi-hat controller
  • Hi-hat pad
  • Crash cymbal pad
  • Ride cymbal pad
  • Snare drum pad
  • Tom 1 drum pad
  • Tom 2 drum pad
  • Tom 3 drum pad
  • Kick drum pad
  • Line output (R & L/mono)
  • Aux In (stereo TRS)
  • Stereo headphones output
  • Package includes
  • Drum key
  • Drum sticks (1 pair)
  • 9V DC adapter
  • User manual
  • Assembly instructions
  • All connection cables
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3.5

(based on 118 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (36)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (33)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (12)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great sound (10)
  • Versatile (9)
  • Responsive (7)
  • Sensitive (5)
  • Huge tone (4)

Cons

  • Not sensitive (3)

Best Uses

  • Small venues (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Novice (11), Professional musician (5), Experienced (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Not bad at all for the price

I guess I'm use to older electronic sets. The last one I bought was an SDS9, so this is like a new world to me. I wish the bass trigger could handle a...Read complete review

I guess I'm use to older electronic sets. The last one I bought was an SDS9, so this is like a new world to me. I wish the bass trigger could handle a double pedal, but there is just no way. The trigger is way too focused. The smooth mounts pose a problem with stability. Had to go aftermarket and get some with some burrs on them. Works much better. Not really impressed with the voices, but I'm going to try a different brain. Hm.........now I'm thinking I should have gotten something different. Reconfiguration is costing me a ton to get this to my standards.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

A so-so kit that's useful in context.

Overall, if you're looking at this, you should already know to lower your expectations. This is not a gigging kit, it isn't a stellar piece of equipment, it's an overglorified Rock Band...Read complete review

Overall, if you're looking at this, you should already know to lower your expectations. This is not a gigging kit, it isn't a stellar piece of equipment, it's an overglorified Rock Band controller. However, the pads feel decent, it's simple to set up, it's fairly quiet, and it doesn't take up a tremendous amount of space. I would recommend this to anyone who wants something to practice with in a space where a full blown drum kit won't work. Also, it makes for a good midi drum controller if you've got the patience to get the midi out talking to your software (or you've got a synth player who geeks out over setting things like this up, which is how I did it). Just don't expect it to compete with a more sophisticated electronic kit, or even a cheap acoustic kit, as far as sound quality or feel. Otherwise you're going to be let down.
To put it bluntly, the drum brain included with the SD5K is equivalent to the level of sophistication you'd find in a Toys-R-Us Casio keyboard. There are lots of kits to choose from, but many of them sound either extremely similar to each other, or really really out there and weird. Sample quality is pretty terrible if you're aiming for accurately sounding like a real kit, with no variations in the sound, just in the volume based on velocity of hit. Again, sound quality is similar to playing the drum samples on a Casio keyboard. If you're looking for something to play on stage, either you'd better be in an 80s New Wave revival band, or look at something a little higher-end.As for the drums themselves, they do a decent job of picking up your hits. However, I had a really phenomenal drummer friend of mine goofing off on it, and during a "just for kicks" recording session, I noticed that many of his hits were not caught by the pads. Bear in mind that he was doing a lot of very technical, fast, intricate beats which I never could, so I'm willing to be a little forgiving of that for the price. It also would be nice to be able to mute the cymbals, but again, you get what you pay for.
The construction is decent enough, not great. The frame design is a bit flimsy with only a single cross-bar. Everything will need to be tightened up on the kit pretty regularly, since as you play, things tend to loosen up and move/sag on you. Just carefully put a good amount of torque on the drum key as you set up, and you should be okay for a session or two. If you're really picky about your setup, this may drive you crazy, but I'm not, so I live with it.

In particular, the input jack on the bass drum pad has this nasty habit of coming loose, even to the point of the nut coming off and the whole jack falling back into the pad housing. I'd recommend tightening down the nut on that, and hitting it with some kind of bolt sealant to keep it tight.The cabling system is pretty good, everything's a good length, and it's easy enough to wrap the cables around the frame and still have them the perfect length to make all of the connections without any annoying slack, so kudos there.Lastly, the rug spikes on the bass pad and hi-hat pedal are sort of crap, and the velcro barely does anything to keep them from sliding around. It's worse on the bass pad for obvious reasons. I eventually put mine up against a wall to prevent this. Definitely put a rug under this thing that will give the spikes good traction, or your going to be re-adjusting constantly.
This is a pretty solid kit for the purpose I bought it, and cheap enough to justify that purpose. I don't use the drum brain for a damn thing other than as a midi-out into an audio interface, using it as a midi capture device to control drum kits on Reason 6. In this role, it works well, and sounds WAY better than the default samples in the drum brain. It also makes an awesome practice kit for coming up with beats, and not pissing off the neighbors in the process. So if you're looking for something inexpensive to practice on, the low cost is worth its shortcomings.

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3.0

READ IF YOU OWN A DOUBLE PEDAL!

By Forrest

from Waxahachie, Texas

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Responsive
  • Sensitive

Cons

    Best Uses

      Im sure like everyone else, the price is what made, or is making you want to buy this kit. First off let me say it is great for a single pedal, and regular beats. The biggest problem with the kit is not the pads themselves, but the actual module. I bought myself a new kick pad to fit a double pedal, and the pad works fine when you only hit that pad. when you actually play the kit with the pedal, the module will only allow so many pads to be played at once. i even tested this with a single pedal. when playing fast beats the module will shut a pad off when you clearly hit it. so even if you do buy a new kick pad you still cant play double bass because the module is a piece of poop. i would buy another module because the actual pad/triggers are great, but the modules are 1000$ and up. SO IF YOU PLAY METAL DO NOT BUY THIS KIT. if you play something along the lines of hip hop, jazz, or anything that doesnt use a double pedal or needs fast beats then you should be fine. i wish i would have known that before i bought it.

       
      4.0

      Good quality for price

      By Swagdrums

      from Ny

      About Me Novice

      Pros

      • Big
      • Design
      • Easy To Storeassemble
      • Good price

      Cons

      • Controls Dont Always Work
      • Doesnt Play Fast Hits
      • Floor Tom Sound Is Bad
      • Gets Loose Quick
      • Not Sensitive
      • Ride Sound Is Bad
      • Very Wobble-y

      Best Uses

      • Practice
      • School Bands

      Its very good for the price, but its not really good quality.

      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Good entry level kit no kick drum beater

      By dirk123

      from clemson, sc

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • No Kick Drum Beater

      Best Uses

      • Practice drum kit

      easy to assemble and get going but dont plan on using the kick drum since the kit does not include the beater. Its like buying a car with no engine!!

       
      4.0

      Awsome drum set

      By Eric Dahl

      from Pasadena Texas

      This is a great drum kit. Its been years since I played drums and discovered my left foot is now the domonant one, however I am right-handed. This is great for beginers or people picking it up again. The thing I disliked was that the kick-pad is meant for only 1 pedal, and it does not come with a pedal at all. I bought a double kick pedal, and the simmons SDPBD kick-pad and now Im jammin every day on it despite the fact that I play mostly guitar. But I recomend this to beginners or people re-teaching themselves to play. Just be aware you might want to customize it a little, but its still an awsome set. BUY IT!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A great beginning

      By #1 DJ

      from Bluegrass Area

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to use
      • Great Sound
      • Huge Tone
      • Responsive
      • Sensitive
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Nothing Comes To Mind

      Best Uses

      • For My Son The Beginner
      • Small Venues

      Well packed and easy to setup

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Good for price

      By Nickyboy65

      from Columbus. Ohio

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Great Drums For Price
      • Great Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Great drums for price. My son is a beginner and works great for him. I like the headphones so he can practice with less noise in the house. He LOVES them, adding different background music etc. only problem buying good enough headphone to fully appreciate sound.

           
          4.0

          Nice entry level set (no kick pedal!)

          By Dad_21032

          from Annapolis, MD

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Decent sound
          • Sturdy

          Cons

          • Flat Sound
          • No Kick Pedal

          Best Uses

          • Beginner

          This set was purchased for my young sons as a starter kit. The worst part was finding out that no kick pedal for the base drum pad, hard thing to find out on Christmas morning. Other kits include one so not sure why this one didn't. Overall, happy with the kit.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great starter set

          By SRM450

          from North East, MD

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to use
          • Great for beginners
          • Great price
          • Takes Up Little Space

          Cons

            Best Uses

              I bought this set for my 9 year old aspiring drummer. Easy setup, easy to learn module, and good training aids. Takes up very little space and is very quiet even when he plays hard. Would recommend to anyone just starting out.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              My 5 yr old loves it!

              By MikeDutton

              from San Marcos, CA

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • What A Great Starter Set

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Great For Volume Control

                Excellent for my 5 year old. He is learning control and respect. This system teaches growth with all the included recordings for him to listen & learn from.

                 
                5.0

                IT DOES WORK WITH DOUBLE KICK.

                By oldschool metal

                from Raleigh North Carolina

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Great Kit For A Starter
                • Great Sound
                • Responsive

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                • Its Great

                The kit does work with double bass. Even though the Brain (module) does not like to respond to the fast double kicks all you have to do is this!
                Take the Crash input and Kick input and swap them. Now program the CRASH INPUT on your module to your appropriate like of sound for a kick drum and then take the Kick INPUT and do the same to program the CRASH. so when your programing features light up the kick button, it will be your crash and when you press the crash button it will be your kick..Now the Module for the SD5K WILL ALLOW FAST DOUBLE KICKS...WA LA DONE DEAL. Get your self a SD9K kick pad and the sound precussion double kick pedal and HAVE fun !!! it works great....do not use the other method on you tube to program the hi hat pedal to sound like a kick drum. It will DEPROGRAM your foot MOVEMENTS. you will have to reprogram your brain on how to lift and push your foot..NOT GOOD. try it my way YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT.....
                its a great drum kit for starters. AWESOME.
                the downside to doing this is. You will have a very difficult time playing with the tons of pre loaded songs to play along with. Other than that if you are on a tight budget and the wife wont let you spend ALOT OF MONEY on a double kick kit,,then purchase this drum kit and add the two items i've talked about. SD9K KICK PAD AND SOUND PRECUSSION DOUBLE KIT....

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