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VSDSX SDSV DRUMS (Virtual Simmons Drum System Extended) is an authentic Simmons SDS-V drum synth recreated in plugin which emulates all the character and internal circuitry of the legendary 80s Analog Drum brain synthesizer with those famous hexagonal shaped pads. The Simmons SDS-V Drum Brain, invented by Dave Simmons in the early 80s, it also adds features from SDS7 and SDS1 and since version 2.0 an emulated Claptrap voice based on the Simmons Digital Claptrap. Highly velocity sensitive this is a drum synth, real-time sound generation and not sample based.
The Simmons drums were all over the place, on countless records and live shows during the 80s, used by artists and bands like Genesis, King Crimson, Jean Michel Jarre, Prince, Herbie Hancock, Pink Floyd, etc. The sound was not especially realistic but it was not the goal... the goal was to be huge and versatile. The most famous drum brain called the SDS-V or SDS5 was a drum synthesizer, bringing synthesis into the drummer hands. To this day the unique sound of that machine is highly regarded and only using samples of Simmons Drums cannot reproduce the wide range of sounds this machine can produce and especially the warm and punchy analog character. The whole circuitry stands next to the unique sample based characters of the hihat & cymbal in that unique sounding team.
The VSDSX, which stands for Virtual Simmons Drum System Extended, provides the closest experience to the real thing, for each voice or as it was called (module) it models accurately the analog character of the sound generation, internal circuitry tuning, trigger sensitivity and all the details you might expect. For its hybrid voices (HIHAT, CYMBAL, PROM and CLAP are analog but also EPROM based) clocks and counters reading EPROM memory inside a variable sample rate system are perfectly emulated. DAC decodes and output EPROMS data in real-time. It models the SSM2044 filters with fine tuning control over internal circuitry resistors. CV, trigger shapes, and VCA response can also be tuned to produce a wide range of sounds and punch/response, this also emulates how the module will react if triggered with pads or sequencer...
Separate outputs for your DAW, velocity handling etc...You will obtain that legendary powerful analog punch.
One voice can load your own external EPROM image data like on a real SDS1 pad(EPROM based). This opens up onto a whole new range of sound, still being processed by the circuitry.
VSDSX is now in version 2 and features among other cool things a perfectly emulated Simmons Digital ClapTrap module, a secret weapon which combines a variable sample rate digital source combined with a pitched analog noise, an original feature of the unit was to never produce the same sound twice. Although it is integrated inside VSDSX a dedicated plugin with stereo widening capability is provided as a bonus.
VSDSX provides a huge synthetic drum sound by itself and can also be used with great efficiency in drum layering. Parameters automation and modulation can turn this thing into a creative sound source
Runs on Windows/Mac 64-bit Systems and is compatible with 64-bit DAW/Host (VST2 and VST3 for Windows and AU(AudioUnits) for Mac).
Owners of VSDSX version 1.0 (windows only version) got an upgrade path from the VSDSX webpage.