Synth Site: Simmons: SDS-800: User reviews Add review
Average rating: 4.0 out of 5
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justin a professional user writes:
use it with a oberheim dx and they both rock!

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Oct-01-2003 at 22:02
corey a hobbyist user from USA writes:
I just picked up one of these for $100 (including 4 pads and stands) and I have to say it was a great deal. The SDS-800 isn't a really useful synth, but it is interesting. I'll probably keep it around just for fun. It works great with a MachineDrum from Elektron trigger it.

Rating: 3 out of 5 posted Saturday-May-03-2003 at 00:56
gregory a hobbyist user from usa writes:
this machine doesn't seem very useful for "drum" sounds, but i still love it. the snare has a self-oscillating resonant filter! i don't think this is the same as the 400, correct me if i'm wrong. the other amazing feature is the run generator: the pitch of "tom" 1 is controlled by this feature, which lets you set little knob controlled melodies that go up, down, random, and any mix in between! you can also control how long the melody goes before it repeats. the rhythm of the melody is set with tom 1's trigger input. the second skin function on the toms is totally strange. it warps the sound to make it sound almost like a distorted bell. all in all this machine offers great techno experimentation, if you are sequencing patterns. i use a yamaha rx5 to trigger my modules because it has 12 outputs and the sound editing is so comprehensive you can create short clean trigger signals. anyone interested in analog drum modules should post on the simmons and tama forums at i'm trying to "drum" up interest in these so i can share my techniques and hopefully learn some more.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Friday-Sep-07-2001 at 14:19
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