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Simmons SDS-2000

Digital Drums  (1989)

drum brain from Simmons

"It's a digital module triggered by external drum pads. Mainly based on samples derived from the big SDS X sampler. The SDS-2000 is the last drum brain from the company before the closure.


 Main Data 

drum brain pad



Company: Simmons
Model: SDS-2000
Class:  drum module 
Rackmount: 2 units
Keyboard:  none
Display: none just a VU meter 
Dates: 1989
Country: UK
Weight: 
Dimensions: 430 x 250 x 88
PSU: internal with switch 110/220V (check it!)
Price: 300€


Synthesis:  PCM
Polyphony: 5 voices 
Multimbric: 5 part
Oscillator: 1 sample per voice
Noise generator: no
Memory: 8 rom kits+ 10 users
Scales: none
Sequencer: none
Arpeggiator: none
FX:  optional reverb card 16 bits DSP

A 2 units rackmount, originally bundled with 5 pads (bass, snare and 3 toms).

Back panel terminal connectors:
- Midi interface
- 5 trigger inputs
- 5 individual outs
- main stereo out
- footswitch input

Front:
- headphones with own volume
- card slot for extra sounds (RAM and some ROM card e.g street, practise volume, studio)

none

- No official VST plugin
- no known samples library

Have some SDS2000  sample set you want to share? CONTRIBUTE :) 

 - owner's manual download


- NO SERVICE MANUAL (for now)

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 In details 

Drum channels

VOICE the unit manages up to 5 PCM channels at the same time, each have an individual volume knob for mixing.
 
The sounds can be triggered by either Analog triggers input (e.g pads, sequencer pulse at +5V) or by Midi devices like drum machines or sequencers.

5 PCM channels

Each channel have own volume and a label:
-channel 1 bass
-channel 2 snare
-channel 3 hi tom
-channel 4 low tom
-channel 5 mid Tom

Each channel can be tuned to +/- 7 semitones (some sounds limited to 5)

5 analog Trigger Inputs

The brain manages up to 5 analog inputs to trigger the internal sounds. The relative pad sensivity can be set using the "SENS" button.

TIP: you can trigger sounds using these combo: "VU METER" + "UP" + "DOWN" at the same time.

Midi

Sounds can be triggered by Midi input.
Midi can also act as a trigger to midi converter.
Also a Midi THRU port.

Data flow
EFFECT  An optional board was available with a 16 bit DSP. There are mainly 30 presets in 7 main families: small room, medium room, large room, live room, large hall, reverse and gated. Depth decay can be set for each family (gated has gate time of course).

Digital drums

SDS-2000 memory

ROM KITS


There are  8 ROM KITS in memory:

1- Rock1
2- Rock2
3- Jazz
4- Elect
5- Ambient
6- Studio
7- Live
8- HIP HOP

RAM KITS

 9 slots for user kits (position: 11-20)  doubled if memory card insered (slots: 9-10). Note that SDS2000 cards are also compatible with the Simmons Trixer.

Our Verdict 

"Very digital oschool sounds. Far from incredible SDSV or advanced SDSX. However, it has its retro charm and trigger stuff are always fun to play" 

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Overall

CONS

- old digital rompler
-  limited midi

PROS

- still cheap 
- simmons stuff
- trigger and midi option

Are you a SDS2000  user? do you like it? You do not agree with our review?  Let us know in the comment field just below 

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