The Simmons SD1200 Expanded Kit is a premium electronic kit designed for drummers looking to master their craft with a custom sound library matched with state-of-the-art mesh pads and cymbals for realistic feel and sound—plus, an additional 10” tom and 12” crash cymbal for more sound and playing options. 

Housed in a distinctive drum shell design, the SD1200 12” dual-zone snare is responsive to nuanced playing, and includes its own stand to get the angle just right. The snare and four toms are all dual-zone, enabling you to trigger alternate voices. Each drum pad includes dual-layer, tension-adjustable mesh for customizable, lifelike feel. The SD1200 includes a mesh kick drum that’s designed to accept your favorite beater pedal, giving you a familiar feel right from the start. The two crash and single ride cymbals are 2- and 3-zone (bell/bow/edge) with a choke function for dynamic effects. A variable pedal allows for complete control over the dual zone hi-hat to get smooth semi-open sounds, trashy edge accents, splash and more. A solid hex rack prevents drums from slipping while playing, even throughout the most demanding beats, fills and solos.

The SD1200 sound module features a large, color LCD screen, providing a detailed view of kits and editing functions. 50 preset and 25 user drum kits cover a huge range of styles, including classic rock, modern pop, R&B, jazz, metal and a range of world music styles. Dedicated faders, knobs, and buttons simplify kit customization—from quick mix changes to wild, filtered sound designs. 

Practice along with built-in songs, use the metronome, or plug in a USB to play along with your favorite songs. A headphone out combined with the SD1200 Expanded Kit’s mesh pads makes for ideal private practice sessions. MIDI and USB outputs connect to your computer allows for DAW recording, triggering a plug-in instrument, or importing your own WAV files. Bluetooth MIDI provides simple, wireless connection to your smartphone or tablet. 

The Simmons Advanced App for iOS makes it even easier to customize your SD1200 Expanded Kit, recall and edit drum kits, or practice with recorded tracks. The app even includes a sampler to record new sounds, then import directly them into the module without having to use a computer. 

The Simmons Signature Sound Library is an expansive collection of the world’s most coveted drum kits and snares, recorded with the same world-class audio equipment made famous on classic albums. Simmons’ VAR technology offers many dynamic levels of drum recordings, resulting in true-to-life feel and sound. Samples are recorded multiple times to avoid the “machine gun” effect of simply repeating the same sample. Classic cymbals were recorded in stereo and have a long, natural decay for maximum realism. The SD1200’s 764 sounds include a wide collection of world percussion and vintage electronic drums rounds out the collection for creative inspiration.
Drum Kit
  • 12” dual-zone mesh snare and stand
  • Two 8” and two 10” dual-zone mesh toms
  • 6” mesh bass drum with non-slip stand
  • Two 12” dual-zone crash pads
  • 14” triple-zone ride cymbal
  • 12” hi-hat with variable pedal
  • Real snare stand allows complete customization and solid playing surface
  • Hybrid hex rack with solid, adjustable mounts provide non-slip mounting surface
  • Optional SD1200 Expansion Kit adds another dual-zone crash cymbal and floor tom
Sound Module
  • Large and bright full-color graphic LCD and intuitive, easy-to-program user interface
  • Simmons Signature Sound Library: 764 of the most sought-after acoustic drums, world percussion, and vintage Simmons sounds
  • Bluetooth® MIDI for wireless connectivity to smartphone, tablet or computer
  • Import samples to the sound module for expanded performance options
  • Record, create and edit your own samples and sets
  • Interactive Pattern Looping capabilities
  • Playback of .WAV files or MP3 from USB drive for performance or practice
  • Record your own .WAV files for evaluating your performance
  • Built-in performance mixer with on-the-fly mixing, pitch shift, shape parameters and more
  • Simmons Advanced app for iOS adds kit editing, sampling and more

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