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SDSV From Mars
SDSV From Mars by Samples From Mars is Soundware (samples or presets that load into other products).
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The SDSV From Mars samples the Simmons SDSV (1981), the world's first electronic analog drum kit that allowed the user to modify the pitched tone and un-pitched noise of its drum sounds. The SDSV can be filled with 8 different drum modules, and shipped with kick, snare, and tom modules. Each module uses fully discrete analog circuits and contains a variable triangle wave oscillator (with controls for pitch, pitch bend, and more), a noise generator, and a SSM2044 4-pole VCF Curtis filter.

The particular unit Samples From Mars sampled was well-maintained and owned by a former Simmons engineer.

For most of the sounds in this drum kit, Samples From Mars applied no processing. The samples were simply recorded through an API or Neve preamp to tape, through Apogee conversion.

The kit includes many variations of each drum voice, adjusting the tone, noise amount, filter, decay, and pitch bend. The samples were additionally re-played back on tape at half and double speed, capturing even more tuning variations. This kit also includes hi-hat, cymbal, and FX samples generated from the white noise oscillator, in some cases generated by playing the tape-recorded samples back at half-speed.


  • 1050 24-bit Royalty Free WAV Samples, organized into subfolders for individual hit navigation. (For convenience, Kits folders give you four 16-hit drum kits.).

  • Sounds include: Kicks, Toms, Snares, Hi Hats, Percussion and Noise samples.

  • Tuned Kicks & Toms, labeled by root name.

  • 1 Fully mapped Ableton Live drum rack containing all drum hits. Includes extensive FX routings including filters, delays, reverb and more.

  • 3 multi-sampled chromatic Tom & Kick Ableton Live instruments so you can play the Simmons as a multi-sampled synth.

  • Simpler and Sampler options within Ableton Live.

  • 15 fully mapped .NKI instruments for Kontakt.

  • 15 fully-maped .EXS instruments for Logic Pro.

  • Assorted Kits instrument in Kontakt and/or Logic Pro contains 3 pre-mapped 16-hit kits.

  • Individual drums instruments in Kontakt and/or Logic Pro have all drum hits laid out chromatically.


  • If using Ableton: Ableton Live 9.5 (Not Intro).
  • If using Kontakt: Kontakt 5.5 (Not Kontakt Player).
  • If using Logic: Logic 9+.
  • 160 MB Free Space Per Format.


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