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A full-size, all-inclusive e-kit for early or casual percussionists.

The Simmons SD5Xpress is an amazingly affordable, full-sized electronic drum kit with five drum pads and three cymbal pads. Built around the SD5Xp Sound Module with 14 drum sets, 107 drum sounds and 40 drum patterns, the SD5Xpress is perfect for beginning or aspiring drummers who need a quiet kit for rehearsing. It' also great for practicing, performing or recording without breaking the bank.

Features include a sturdy aluminum rack, stable clamps and adjustable pads, so you can set up the kit just the way you want. A multi-pin cable harness ensures quick and easy set-up, as well as clean and efficient cable management. The SD5Xpress provides a complete drum kit experience for less than you would expect.

FEATURES
5-piece, full-sized kit configuration
  • Four 7.5 drum pads (3 toms + snare)
  • Three cymbal pads: hi-hat, ride and crash
  • Includes kick pedal and trigger
SD5Xp Sound Module
  • 10 preset drum kits
  • 107 drum sounds
  • 40 preset patterns
  • Easy-to-use controls
  • USB/MIDI out
  • Aux In for MP3 players
  • Stereo line level out
  • Headphone out
Rugged aluminum drum rack
  • Easy to use, ultra-stable clamps
  • Adjustable pads for personalized configuration
  • Multi-pin connector for easy set-up and clean cable management

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SimmonsSD5Xpress Full Size 5-Piece Electronic Drum Kit
 
4.1

(based on 28 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great sound (19)
  • Responsive (17)
  • Versatile (16)
  • Sensitive (12)
  • Huge tone (8)

Cons

  • Not sensitive (5)

Best Uses

  • Accompaniment (11)
  • Small venues (9)
  • Soundtracks (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Novice (11), Experienced (10), Professional musician (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good for practice, and some recording

Overall, a pretty good kit. However, it takes a little fine-tuning to get things working the way you want them to.

For example, you may encounter the annoying issue where...Read complete review

Overall, a pretty good kit. However, it takes a little fine-tuning to get things working the way you want them to.

For example, you may encounter the annoying issue where hitting the snare drum also activates the hi-hat (especially irritating when customizing different kits). All you need to do is adjust the proximity of the two drums, and loosen the wing nuts for each if they are too tight.

Also, make sure your kick drum pedal is PERFECTLY centered with the response pad, or you will think it is broken like I did.

Do these things, and you will like this kit just fine!

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Some problems

This set is a bargain on paper (when on sale), but in reality I found it almost unusable. It constantly misfired on the snare (missing snare hits) and the drum module is...Read complete review

This set is a bargain on paper (when on sale), but in reality I found it almost unusable. It constantly misfired on the snare (missing snare hits) and the drum module is practically useless. If you like the movie Groundhog Day, you'll love this module. It forgets most of the settings, such as volume levels, reverb off and so forth. So you get to set these every single time you turn it on (even if haven't unplugged the module's power). Also, there is a horrible lag problem both with USB and Midi port connections. I tried tweaking ASIO drivers in Windows, but that didn't help much, still a very noticeable lag in cue mix. I gave up and sent this back after a week of frustration. Thank you so much Musician's Friend for standing behind what you sell!

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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good for practice, and some recording

By Bolthouse

from East Lansing, MI

Pros

  • Great Sound
  • Responsive

Cons

  • Needs Fine Tuning

Best Uses

  • Accompaniment
  • Recording
  • Small Venues
  • Soundtracks

Comments about Simmons SD5Xpress Full Size 5-Piece Electronic Drum Kit:

Overall, a pretty good kit. However, it takes a little fine-tuning to get things working the way you want them to.

For example, you may encounter the annoying issue where hitting the snare drum also activates the hi-hat (especially irritating when customizing different kits). All you need to do is adjust the proximity of the two drums, and loosen the wing nuts for each if they are too tight.

Also, make sure your kick drum pedal is PERFECTLY centered with the response pad, or you will think it is broken like I did.

Do these things, and you will like this kit just fine!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Kit!!

By Tstix001

from Mayfield Ohio

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Pros

  • Great Sound
  • Huge Tone
  • Responsive
  • Sensitive

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Simmons SD5Xpress Full Size 5-Piece Electronic Drum Kit:

      I was a little hesitant to purchase this kit but at the sale price it was a steal. Upon receiving this kit, it was very easy to put together, very nice rack and instructions were easy to follow. I connected it to one of my powered speakers and I was very impressed with the quality of sound and responsiveness of each pad. Though these are not mesh heads, the pads created enough bounce to create that real feel. The variety of basic drum sounds were adequate for the drummer who wants to practice, use it for rehearsals, etc. Highly recommend for drummers on a budget of any skill level.

      (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Not A bad little kit.

      By Allen 65

      from Jeffersonville Indiana

      About Me Novice

      Pros

      • Great Sound
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Wish It Had Duel Triggers

      Best Uses

      • Accompaniment
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Simmons SD5Xpress Full Size 5-Piece Electronic Drum Kit:

      Some people are a little turned off, to theese Simmons Electronic Drum Kits, because the way the bass peddle is made. It seems like it can't be Upgraded, to a Double Bass, but, Yes, It Can...and I just figured out, how...All ya gotta do, is hook up a Delay Peddle, and set it on Slap Back, and There...ya go...hell, if ya want, you can even set it for a Triple Kick. Wow, is that cool, or what? Now, all I gotta do, is Learn, how to play, and Trust Me, I'm workin on that. LOL.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      SD5XPRESS 5 Piece drumset

      By Tom

      from Arizona

      About Me Experienced

      See all my reviews

      Pros

      • Responsive
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Accompaniment
        • Small Venues
        • Soundtracks

        Comments about Simmons SD5Xpress Full Size 5-Piece Electronic Drum Kit:

        It came well packed and easy to set up. The pads are a little small but the response is pretty good. The only complaint I have is with the snare as I can't get a reasonable amount of volume out of it. Great set for beginners!

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Very good for the cost!

        By Federico

        from Amos, Canada

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Great Value
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Not Sensitive

        Best Uses

        • Accompaniment
        • Practice
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Simmons SD5Xpress Full Size 5-Piece Electronic Drum Kit:

        Very good value considering you can purchase this drum for almost nothing. Sounds of the included module are not the best, but I used the MIDI to send it into my laptop, and with a good drum machine the sound is very good.

        Lacks a little sensitive precision, but that's to be expected from a cheap drum. Structure is partially made of plastic, but so far everything holds together without troubles.

        I highly recommend this for learning or just having a little fun!

        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Some problems

        By Tech-Musician

        from NC

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Inexpensive
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Module Lacking
        • Not Sensitive
        • Serious Lag
        • Too Much Reverb

        Best Uses

        • Flower Planter
        • Limited Midi Controller
        • Midi Controller
        • Midi Controller Limited

        Comments about Simmons SD5Xpress Full Size 5-Piece Electronic Drum Kit:

        This set is a bargain on paper (when on sale), but in reality I found it almost unusable. It constantly misfired on the snare (missing snare hits) and the drum module is practically useless. If you like the movie Groundhog Day, you'll love this module. It forgets most of the settings, such as volume levels, reverb off and so forth. So you get to set these every single time you turn it on (even if haven't unplugged the module's power). Also, there is a horrible lag problem both with USB and Midi port connections. I tried tweaking ASIO drivers in Windows, but that didn't help much, still a very noticeable lag in cue mix. I gave up and sent this back after a week of frustration. Thank you so much Musician's Friend for standing behind what you sell!

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Good for basic use

        By -jim

        from Nashville

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Comments about Simmons SD5Xpress Full Size 5-Piece Electronic Drum Kit:

        I bought this to use as a cheap set of midi pads to use with other sound modules and it's better than I thought it would be. If you played and want one of the high end kits you will be disappointed in this but for a basic electronic kit this is functional. Sounds are acceptable for practice and basic gigging. I will always prefer acoustic drums but you can use these in places that you can't even fit a regular kit and they have a volume control so those coffee house volumes are possible...

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Not bad for the price

        By kdhawk22

        from Chattanooga, TN

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        Pros

        • Compact
        • Light weight

        Cons

        • Not Sensitive

        Best Uses

        • Quiet Practice

        Comments about Simmons SD5Xpress Full Size 5-Piece Electronic Drum Kit:

        I bought this for quiet practice and it will work fine for that. I have owned Roland electronic kits before and there is no comparison, but that would not be comparing apples to apples. I would like for the pads to be more sensitive for my playing style, but if you are just getting started, this would be a great kit.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        "Need a small footprint?"

        By Johnny Baggz

        from Rochester, NY

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Responsive
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Small Venues

          Comments about Simmons SD5Xpress Full Size 5-Piece Electronic Drum Kit:

          Performed right out of the box!
          Needed a small set to perform smaller venues - perfect choice!
          Cant "beat" the price & service from Musician's Friend.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great for the beginning drummer!

          By cmartin

          from Bloomington, IN

          About Me Novice

          See all my reviews

          Pros

          • Responsive
          • Sensitive
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Accompaniment
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Simmons SD5Xpress Full Size 5-Piece Electronic Drum Kit:

            Bought this set for 199.99 on the black Friday special. Only had the set for a few days but pleased so far. It seems very well made, easily configurable, and sounds decent through an amp. Plus they can practice quietly with the headphones and run their mp3 players or phones through the aux input. They don't sound like an acoustic drumset but I never expected them to.

            (2 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            DO NOT BUY

            By Will

            from Richmond VA

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

              Cons

              • Not Sensitive
              • Poorly Made

              Best Uses

                Comments about Simmons SD5Xpress Full Size 5-Piece Electronic Drum Kit:

                Please do not spend your money on this set.
                The drum kick and hi-hat pedals are made of plastic and poorly designed. Head phones output from the module played as if this was a drum kit out of a cheap convinient store. I was expecting a whole lot more from a drum kit that retails over at a high value. I would not even buy this for my kid.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great buy for a practice kit.

                By RickB

                from Adrian Michigan

                About Me Novice

                See all my reviews

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Great Sound
                • Huge Tone
                • Responsive
                • Sensitive
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Beginners
                  • Practice

                  Comments about Simmons SD5Xpress Full Size 5-Piece Electronic Drum Kit:

                  This is a great buy for a beginner or a practice kit. Very compact, light weight and good sound. Keep in mind when selecting that it does not have any of the high end feature such as dual zone pads or chokable symbals like the more expensive kits have. For the price it is great kit.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great starter set

                  By Brad mac

                  from Colorado

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                  See all my reviews

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Great Sound

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Simmons SD5Xpress Full Size 5-Piece Electronic Drum Kit:

                      I usually play guitar, I got this set for recording with my drummer and have been playing in them a little myself, they've got real good sound to them the drum kits are great, the only thing I can say and I say the only thing keeping in mind this is a set for amature stuff, I wish they had a volume control for each piece in the set, and maybe a few more kits but for the money hey you really can't go wrong

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      good choice

                      By guytar

                      from west palm beach florida

                      About Me Novice

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                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Great Sound
                      • Huge Tone
                      • Responsive
                      • Sensitive
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Accompaniment
                        • Small Venues
                        • Soundtracks

                        Comments about Simmons SD5Xpress Full Size 5-Piece Electronic Drum Kit:

                        I'm just learning the drums although I am a professional guitarist. I always wanted to learn the drums and this is an excellent tool for just that.

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Good product. Great for beginners.

                        By Walt

                        from Lawton, OK

                        About Me Novice

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Great Sound
                        • Responsive
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Accompaniment

                          Comments about Simmons SD5Xpress Full Size 5-Piece Electronic Drum Kit:

                          This product is great for beginners, small bands. Easy to use and easy to carry.

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          USB mystery solved!

                          By DnG Studios

                          from Bentonville, AR

                          About Me Professional Musician

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Affordable
                          • Great Sound
                          • Responsive
                          • Sensitive

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Accompaniment
                            • Recording

                            Comments about Simmons SD5Xpress Full Size 5-Piece Electronic Drum Kit:

                            I bought this kit to replace my keyboard when it comes to recording midi drums. When I got it however, I found that when plugging it into my Macbook Pro via usb, it was not sending any midi data. I called Simmons and they were super helpful and actually sent me another module. After the problem repeated, I tried plugging it into a powered USB hub and it started working great. The only thing that I have found wrong with it at this point is that the pads are SO sensitive that hitting the hi-hats sometimes triggers the snare midi as well. I plan to mount the hi-hat pad on its own stand and I expect that that will correct the issue. All said and done, it's a very affordable kit and, after a little trouble shooting, it plays very well. My biggest surprise though was how friendly Simmons' customer support is. If you do have a problem with your kit, you can count on them to do their very best to make it right.

                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Very happy would buy again

                            By JOhn

                            from Cape cod massachusetts

                            About Me Novice

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Great Sound
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Simmons SD5Xpress Full Size 5-Piece Electronic Drum Kit:

                                Just for fun and learning more relaxed comfortable

                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Very Fun Kit!

                                By Alkie

                                from Northern Minnesota

                                About Me Professional Musician

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                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Great Sound
                                • Responsive

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Rehearsals

                                  Comments about Simmons SD5Xpress Full Size 5-Piece Electronic Drum Kit:

                                  This kit sounds great, it is well made, and is fun to play. Mostly, we have been plugging into a bass amp, but now started to use headphones. Perfect way to practice at low volume!

                                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  4.0

                                  Definitly worth it!

                                  By jim550

                                  from Evanston, Il

                                  About Me Professional Musician

                                  See all my reviews

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Great Sound
                                  • Huge Tone
                                  • Responsive
                                  • Sensitive
                                  • Versatile

                                  Cons

                                  • Only stereo analog outs

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Rehearsal
                                  • Soundtracks

                                  Comments about Simmons SD5Xpress Full Size 5-Piece Electronic Drum Kit:

                                  Always wanted a midi kit controller to replace using keyboards for drums when composing. This fits perfectly.

                                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Its great. Finally recording drums with no mics.

                                  By Coconut Man

                                  from Saint Augustine, FL

                                  About Me Professional Musician

                                  See all my reviews

                                  Pros

                                  • Great Sound
                                  • Huge Tone
                                  • Responsive
                                  • Sensitive
                                  • Versatile

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Accompaniment
                                    • Soundtracks

                                    Comments about Simmons SD5Xpress Full Size 5-Piece Electronic Drum Kit:

                                    Overall the product is great, both in the studio and live gigs. The module is really easy to work and the sounds are quite good. The hi hat is the one thing that is not exactly perfect. It feels a little unnatural. I did not experience problems with time lag that some of the other reviewers mentioned. I also did not experience problems, as mentioned by others, with double triggering except with the bass drum pedal. I had to adust my playing a bit to work around that. Overall, I love it.

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