Simmons SDXpress2 Compact 5-Piece Electronic Drum Kit 888365379050

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The SDXpress2 Electronic Drum Kit by Simmons is a super-compact electronic drum kit with a powerful module, pre-mounted, sensitive drum pads and an all-in-one configuration. The SDXpress2 module sets ... Read More

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The SDXpress2 Electronic Drum Kit by Simmons is a super-compact electronic drum kit with a powerful module, pre-mounted, sensitive drum pads and an all-in-one configuration. The SDXpress2 module sets a firm, digital foundation with 10 pre-programmed drum kits, 193 individual drum sounds, 10 song styles, and song recorder.

A trio of sensitive, pre-mounted pads fit seamlessly on an easy-to-assemble rack, which also features built-in kick and hi-hat foot pedals. With three velocity-sensitive pads (hi-hat, crash and ride) overhead, this electronic kit is an affordable starting point for drummers of all ages.

Features
  • SDXpress2 drum module
  • 3 tom pads pre-mounted to crossbar
  • Base with built-in hi-hat and kick pedals
  • Support bars
  • Owner's manual
Specifications
  • Drum module includes:
    193 drum sounds
    10 preprogrammed drum kits
    10 song styles
    Song recorder
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SimmonsSDXpress2 Compact 5-Piece Electronic Drum Kit
 
3.5

(based on 11 reviews)

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This is a Beginning Kids' Drum Set

Reading reviews here and elsewhere, it seems some people don't realize that this is a kids' beginner drum set. Although, an adult can use it, it's scaled for kid size. There are...Read complete review

Reading reviews here and elsewhere, it seems some people don't realize that this is a kids' beginner drum set. Although, an adult can use it, it's scaled for kid size. There are some limitations: The toms are fixed in a molded plastic casing, mounted on couple of aluminum tubings. The only adjustments you can do is to cut down the tubings, and/or bend them to your likings to get better angle/height. The toms sit quite flat even an adult will end up hitting the plastic rims of the toms because they're mounted so flat. The other thing is that the sensors seem to be two level sensors. You get two sounds, depending on how hard you hit them. They are not continuously variable sensors, where you have a range of sounds from light to heavy hits. Hi-hat does this: it gives you open or closed sounds, plus the close sound with just the pedal. Cymbals: you get a dedicated ride and crash. It seems they only give one sound regardless of how hard of a hit. Not sure for all of the 10 drum kits that it comes with. Those limitations are not a big problem since, after all, it is a kids' drum set, mainly to test to see if the kid likes to drum or not. Some says that the bass is "quieter" than the rest. Well, the sound you hear depends on the sound system you're using and their frequency responses. I have headphones with exceptional bass response. Some people complain about the excessive bass from these headphones. The bass actually sound great with these headphones, considering the drum set is basically a toy. The same thing applies going through and amp. I'm using a small guitar amp and the bass is very minimal. Again, pay attention to the frequency response of your system. Also, the manual talks about adjusting the volumes of each of the sensors. I haven't tried it yet--no need to, so far. If you need to, you may be able to adjust the bass to be louder. Since I only had this for only a week, I can't say much for it's durability. Someone said that the power supply is lacking power and the cheapest of quality. Did he really do a tear-down inspection of the unit to check the quality? He didn't say. Those power supplies are just a 9V, 600mA switching power supplies, like the ones that comes with your cellphones...only this one is 9v instead of 5v. The drum set does not drive any speakers, other than headphones. Speakers take lots of power, but headphone don't. The 600mA rating doesn't sound too small just to drive digital electronics. So, folks, if you get a defective unit, that's unfortunate and it does happen from time to time, but I only read one review with a bad unit. But the important thing to remember is that this is a KIDS' drum set and beginner at that. Don't expect to get a pro-gear at this price. Lastly, this drum kit is worth the money if you get it on sale. If not on sale, then spend a little more on a better unit. BTW, it doesn't come with the throne.

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Not worth it if you know what you're doing

This kit would probably be good for a beginner. Plenty of fun things like songs and grooves to play along to, and the MIDI setup is easy. But if you are a rock...Read complete review

This kit would probably be good for a beginner. Plenty of fun things like songs and grooves to play along to, and the MIDI setup is easy. But if you are a rock drummer, and are used to hitting them hard, this thing just won't stand up. I bought it to practice in the apartment, thinking I was getting a deal...but I should have saved for the V-drums. The transducers and foils that conduct the signal from the heads to the brain were destroyed in the first two hours of playing, just from the sticks hitting the heads. Mind you, I'm not a crazy metal drummer or anything...I just play normally for rock n roll. Once those things are disconnected you have to re-solder them, and the solder is the only thing that holds it together, so it falls right back apart. Which means unplayable. Not to mention all the missed hits, triggering the wrong drum with contact, canceling out high hat when hitting at the same time as the snare, and so on, that go along with a cheap electronic kit. And the MIDI is super slow, so you can't connect in real time to lay tracks in Pro Tools unless you want to spend an eternity editing. So again, if you are a beginner, this thing would be absolutely a steal for the price, because when it works it actually sounds pretty good. But if you are already a drummer, this is not the indoor practice kit you want. More frustrating than fun, and it eventually ended up in the trash because I didn't even feel it was worth saving the parts.

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1.0

Terrible Order

By Mark

from Indiana

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Comments about Simmons SDXpress2 Compact 5-Piece Electronic Drum Kit:

Heavily Used, Missing parts. Will not be using guitar center again.

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1.0

Not worth it if you know what you're doing

By starrking

from Grand Lake, CO

Comments about Simmons SDXpress2 Compact 5-Piece Electronic Drum Kit:

This kit would probably be good for a beginner. Plenty of fun things like songs and grooves to play along to, and the MIDI setup is easy. But if you are a rock drummer, and are used to hitting them hard, this thing just won't stand up. I bought it to practice in the apartment, thinking I was getting a deal...but I should have saved for the V-drums. The transducers and foils that conduct the signal from the heads to the brain were destroyed in the first two hours of playing, just from the sticks hitting the heads. Mind you, I'm not a crazy metal drummer or anything...I just play normally for rock n roll. Once those things are disconnected you have to re-solder them, and the solder is the only thing that holds it together, so it falls right back apart. Which means unplayable. Not to mention all the missed hits, triggering the wrong drum with contact, canceling out high hat when hitting at the same time as the snare, and so on, that go along with a cheap electronic kit. And the MIDI is super slow, so you can't connect in real time to lay tracks in Pro Tools unless you want to spend an eternity editing. So again, if you are a beginner, this thing would be absolutely a steal for the price, because when it works it actually sounds pretty good. But if you are already a drummer, this is not the indoor practice kit you want. More frustrating than fun, and it eventually ended up in the trash because I didn't even feel it was worth saving the parts.

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(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Decent for a beginner and for the price.

By MIKE

from Louisville, KY

Comments about Simmons SDXpress2 Compact 5-Piece Electronic Drum Kit:

Bought this for my son's 12th birthday. He loves it and has been banging on it for two weeks, so far so good. Obviously at this price range, some corners have to be cut. I think Simmons did a nice job at making a kit to get started on at a cheap enough price to where it isn't such a huge investment if the player doesn't "stick" with it. Sorry for the bad joke. Sounds are passable, rack is a bit flimsy feeling but hasn't shown any problems. The snare is a bit weird, need to hit the pad in the center for it to trigger properly, off center and it is far too quiet. Overall, I am pleased with my purchase but I got it on sale at like 1/2 price so this has a lot to do with my positive feelings of the value of the kit

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great entry, entry, entry level drum kit

By Cesar

from Dallas, TX

Comments about Simmons SDXpress2 Compact 5-Piece Electronic Drum Kit:

I am a amateur guitar player and wanted to get into drumming. I have a couple of kids so I wanted to get an electronic drum kit so I could play at nights with headphones. I bought this on sale for less than $200 USD. They are good for the price I payed. You can adjust the hi hat, crash, ride and the snare drum, but you cannot adjust the 3 toms. They are just 3 tiny little circles next to each other in a straight line, too small for my taste. The sensitivity is minimal, but it does have 3 or 4 sensitivity levels. In other words, I could play the crash very weak and get a weak sound, or strong and get a strong sound. The one think I hate is that I have to hit the snare drum right in the center and with medium to high strength to get a good snare drum sound, the radius of good snare sound seem pretty small. For me being a beginner drummer is a challenge, but I guess it makes a good practice at the end.

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(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

This is a Beginning Kids' Drum Set

By Satoshi

from Milpitas, CA

Comments about Simmons SDXpress2 Compact 5-Piece Electronic Drum Kit:

Reading reviews here and elsewhere, it seems some people don't realize that this is a kids' beginner drum set. Although, an adult can use it, it's scaled for kid size. There are some limitations: The toms are fixed in a molded plastic casing, mounted on couple of aluminum tubings. The only adjustments you can do is to cut down the tubings, and/or bend them to your likings to get better angle/height. The toms sit quite flat even an adult will end up hitting the plastic rims of the toms because they're mounted so flat. The other thing is that the sensors seem to be two level sensors. You get two sounds, depending on how hard you hit them. They are not continuously variable sensors, where you have a range of sounds from light to heavy hits. Hi-hat does this: it gives you open or closed sounds, plus the close sound with just the pedal. Cymbals: you get a dedicated ride and crash. It seems they only give one sound regardless of how hard of a hit. Not sure for all of the 10 drum kits that it comes with. Those limitations are not a big problem since, after all, it is a kids' drum set, mainly to test to see if the kid likes to drum or not. Some says that the bass is "quieter" than the rest. Well, the sound you hear depends on the sound system you're using and their frequency responses. I have headphones with exceptional bass response. Some people complain about the excessive bass from these headphones. The bass actually sound great with these headphones, considering the drum set is basically a toy. The same thing applies going through and amp. I'm using a small guitar amp and the bass is very minimal. Again, pay attention to the frequency response of your system. Also, the manual talks about adjusting the volumes of each of the sensors. I haven't tried it yet--no need to, so far. If you need to, you may be able to adjust the bass to be louder. Since I only had this for only a week, I can't say much for it's durability. Someone said that the power supply is lacking power and the cheapest of quality. Did he really do a tear-down inspection of the unit to check the quality? He didn't say. Those power supplies are just a 9V, 600mA switching power supplies, like the ones that comes with your cellphones...only this one is 9v instead of 5v. The drum set does not drive any speakers, other than headphones. Speakers take lots of power, but headphone don't. The 600mA rating doesn't sound too small just to drive digital electronics. So, folks, if you get a defective unit, that's unfortunate and it does happen from time to time, but I only read one review with a bad unit. But the important thing to remember is that this is a KIDS' drum set and beginner at that. Don't expect to get a pro-gear at this price. Lastly, this drum kit is worth the money if you get it on sale. If not on sale, then spend a little more on a better unit. BTW, it doesn't come with the throne.

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(1 of 27 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

What about southpaws?

By Patrick

from Ronkonkoma NY

Comments about Simmons SDXpress2 Compact 5-Piece Electronic Drum Kit:

I don't have any real interest in this product except in the sense that it looks to be molded so that left handed drummers are kept from playing this set! It's probably a blessing in disguise that southpaws will be the ones not to waste hard earned money on this junk. But, the idea that if this were an excellent piece of gear, we lefties would be left out. Like with pianos!

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(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Starter drumkit

By Joel

from Fulton, New York

Comments about Simmons SDXpress2 Compact 5-Piece Electronic Drum Kit:

I've been playing guitar for about 7-8 years now and decided it was time for a drum set. I seen this bad boy and thought for the price it was ideal to me. I knew I should get it and it has really been a great set for a n00bie to drums. Everything about it is a great idea and I recommend it to all looking for a start.

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4.0

Understand What It Is

By Wes Henson

from Texas

Comments about Simmons SDXpress2 Compact 5-Piece Electronic Drum Kit:

I bought this to be used at my church. I caught it on sale one day and snatched it up. Let me start by saying my understanding when I bought the set was it is designed for children to learn to play drums, but could also be used, although in a limited sense, in a performance setting. The setup is very compact. I like that. It doesn't take up a lot of room on a stage. The pads are pretty small, and while the cymbal locations can be adjusted, the possible range of adjustment is limited. I really have very little point of reference on how it should sound, so I'll just say it sounds good to me. The cymbals seem to get lost in the mix, and the snare seems to be unresponsive at times, probably due to a much smaller sweet spot than a typical snare. We bought it to be used about 2-3 times a month, and I think it will serve it's purpose in an excellent manner. All in all, I would recommend this product, but make sure you understand what you're buying.

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(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Fun, affordable, beginner set

By John Pittman

from AR

Comments about Simmons SDXpress2 Compact 5-Piece Electronic Drum Kit:

Fun, affordable beginner set. Great for kids just getting into drumming. Quality seems good. Toms could be a bit bigger and you can't stop crash cymbals.

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(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great drum set.

By Tom Miller

from Port St Lucie,FL

Comments about Simmons SDXpress2 Compact 5-Piece Electronic Drum Kit:

I purchased this drum set recently. I am not a drummer I'm a guitar owner who plays for fun and thought it would be cool to mess around with a electronic drum set. I had bought a cheap plastic set from Kohl's that broke twice. This is a really well built drum set. I've used it a couple times and it works well and seems to be able to hold up to some pounding. I like the fact that I can easily take it apart and store in a small box as apposed to how much room a regular drum set will take up.

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