Hellfiredrums.com give you an exclusive first look at the new Simmons SD1000 Electronic drum set. For those that don’t know, Simmons is owned by Guitar Center and it’s been a few years since Simmons updated their edrum offerings. Not much is really know about this new edrum kit at the moment, but as you can see from the picture this Simmons kit is sporting a new drum module. Not only does it have a new drum module but it also comes with a new blue slightly updated rack configuration, and a newly designed hi-hat control pedal. The drum/cymbal pads and rack look to be standard Medeli equipment. The blue accent on that rack really makes this kit stand out. I know what you’re saying, “what about the module”? Here’s the specs we know right now (according to Musician’s Friend catalog #1303D):
• 99 total drum kits (55 preset, 44 user)
• 516 voices
• Connectivity options (I’m guessing Midi “In”, “Out”, & USB midi?)
• V.A.R. technology (which is a name for Simmons realistic response triggering different samples for different velocities and rolls). Not quite sure yet what V.A.R. stands for. If I had to guess I would say
Variable Articulation & Rolls...(“Variable Attack Response“, see update below)
• And a Stick holder (seen in picture above).
The street price for the new Simmons SD1000 edrum kit is $699.99
After contacting Musician’s Friend for more information, they put up a product page (minus any pictures) of the new Simmons SD1000 drum kit. V.A.R. stands for “Variable Attack Response” and the module also includes the following features: (Simmons SD1000 5-Piece Electronic Drum Set)
• 10 trigger inputs (I’m assuming dual zone since the product page states compatible with single or multi-zone pads).
• Multi-position Hi-Hi foot controller that gives you open, half-open, closed. (not quite full variable, but not bad for the price range).
• 7-track programmable sequencer.
• 210 preset songs with 100 user songs
• 128 MB of memory (I assume this is the sound ROM, which puts it on par with the Alesis DM10 and Pearl REDbox)
• SD card for external storage. (I would guess this is just for saving configuration/midi files and not for putting new sound in the module which would be the same function as on the Simmons SD9K module).
info can be find here: Simmons SD1000 Additional Info!