Since hellfiredrums.com first reported on the new Simmons SD1000 digital drum set, more information has been released. Namely simmonsdrums.net now has a web page up for the new SD1000. You can also download the manual for the new edrum kit as well.
Hellfiredrums.com has gone over of the manual to get an idea of what this electronic drum set is truly capable of. Though the new Simmons SD1000 drum module is truly a Simmons exclusive, the module itself looks to be based on the Medeli DD508 module architecture. But, what really makes this new Simmons module different from the Medeli DD508? V.A.R. technology.
Quite possibly the coolest new feature to this new Simmons drum module is the inclusion of V.A.R. technology. Simmons describes it this way:
“V.A.R. technology combines more internal memory and intelligent sample triggering across 4 different velocity zones for each trigger input. The Simmons SD1000 itself uses 8 samples per trigger zone: 4 velocity zones, plus 2 alternating samples per velocity zone.
The result is natural dynamics, smooth decay times which eliminates artificial-sounding “machine gun” playback or ghost notes when playing rolls — true response between hard and soft strikes. It’s the most realistic sound and natural response ever from a Simmons electronic drum kit.”
It is this one feature that I believe will set this module apart from all the other DD508 varients on the market. The only thing that we could find that the dd508 had that the new Simmmons SD1000 didn’t have (other than having more sounds I assume do to no V.A.R.) was two specific trigger setting functions. That is “Scan Time” and “Mask Time”. I’m not quite sure why Simmons would have eliminated those two functions unless maybe they felt the functions were redundant?
I did notice also and interesting note in the manual:
“NOTE: S1000 series pads are not compatible with older Simmons sound modules – SD5K, SD5X, SD7K, SD7PK, and SD9K.”
I guess my question is what makes the S1000 series pads different from the older SD series pads? I will look in to this and a couple more questions for a later update.
At $699.00 price point, it seems to offer a decent bang for the buck. It would be interesting to see how it compares to the KAT KT2 electronic drum kit (which I assume is its main competitor).
One thing is for sure, I’m definitely looking forward to trying out this new Simmmons SD1000 electronic drum kit. More to come….