The SD500 marks new territory as a full-featured 5-piece electronic drum kit that is available for under $500. Loaded with a host of professional features, this rugged, full-size, go-anywhere kit is ideal for rehearsals, recording, schools, houses of worship, and small to mid-sized club gigs.
The SD500 kit features a 9-inch dual-zone snare pad, three 8-inch tom pads, and kick drum with integrated pedal. Cymbal pads include a 10-inch hi-hat with pedal, a 12-inch ride, and a 10-inch crash with an ultra-real choke function. The kit is housed on a rugged, steel rack, with robust custom T-fittings, detachable stick rest, and skid-resistant rubber feet.
At the heart of the SD500 kit is the SD500 drum module, which features a sleek new look with a 16-character backlit LCD screen and 64 voice polyphony. The SD500 comes loaded with 64MB of custom Simmons sounds, including more than 350 different sounds across 50 drum kits, and a 60-song internal memory.
The SD500 module also offers USB MIDI connectivity for easy tracking to DAW or sequencer software. An integrated 1/8-inch TRS input makes it easy to connect an MP3 player or other audio source for practising to recorded tracks.
The SD500 kit features Simmons' exclusive V.A.R. Variable Attack Response technology, delivering playability and performance, with intelligent sample playback and responsiveness to dynamics.
For acoustic drummers and drum students who need a low-volume kit for practice or rehearsal, the SD500 provides the sound and feel of a real playing experience, at an affordable price point. It's an ideal kit for schools or churches needing a full size, low-impact stage setup, or for small or mid-sized project studios where recording acoustic drums might not be an option.
Price: $699.99 ($499.99 street).