Courtesy of streetsintherain on YouTube
“Here is a rare Simmons SDX Sampler and Drum Module. This piece of electronic history is built like a tank, it even has roll bars. It had a list price of $12,000 when new, and drummers the world over still crave the sounds and abilities of this unique module. It still works and loads software. The problem is the library disks are getting old and some of them don’t load anymore. I do have one operating system disk that still loads. Includes power cable, box of floppy sounds and sheets with list of the library sounds.
With full SDX kits selling for $15K, and controllers selling for $5K, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to own this rare instrument at a wholesale price.
I don’t have the manual, but there is information on the internet. My research tells me that there were only 250 made.
This module has been used be legendary drummers such as Danny Carey From Tool and Neil Peart from Rush. I actually saw Danny use this on stage on the Lateralus tour, you can’t miss it.
Independent computer with monochrome display
Trackball with floppy
16 inputs for zone intelligent pads
The chassis consists of a a heavy steel frame with a welded on grip and a sheet metal tub that holds the electronic boards The upper covering is made of coated plywood.
Only 250 units built
In 1987, after the SDS-9, Simmons had to decide which direction to take. They were wondering whether to go with low-priced beginner products, or the professional high-class drums. They took the high-class route and came out with the Simmons SDX. It had features unheard of in other electronic drums. Its big feature was zone intelligence. It was the first drumset to ever have it, even though most credit the Roland TD-20 with being the first with it. It also had pad layering, making it possible to have even cymbal swells and buzz rolls. It also had a built-in sampler, floppy disk drive, and a 9″ monochrome green computer screen. It also had new cymbal pads, called the “Symbal”. It had a rod that allowed it to sway like a real cymbal.
A final kit was released, called the SDS-2000, featuring sounds from the SDX library, digital effects, further refined pads, and a new last-ditch company logo.
The music scene of the early 90’s was very different to the late 80’s, and the Simmons’ sounds, often associated with pop, synth-driven tunes, couldn’t find a serious market response in the simplified, more acoustic drumming trends of the grunge and rock styles of the time.” Auction ended. Click here to browse on eBay.