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Average rating: 4.3 out of 5
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bruce mason a professional user from England UK writes:
I still own 3 SDX consoles.The idea of life without an SDX saying hello to me when I switch on and of being without the wonderful flexibility & control of sounds fills me with dread.I own Roland ,ddrum and Dynacord gear too but the SDX is still my favourite machine.It is quirky, a little tempermental at times but when she's flying the sound is superb and unique.It's 2009 and all 3 still work fine.Sadly the fact that SDX's software was never really finalised and the units were prone to computer style lock ups/crashes the few people who could afford one often didn't buy.. because if your drums disappear mid gig you are in deep poo !!.I would recommend using as an add on in a live situation...this way you have the stability of a main kit and the extra colour SDX offers.Roland don't come close in terms of 'user created' sounds because the SDX is open ended.The TD-20 is fine but it sounds very similar to the TD-10 which sounds like the TD-7 etc's a good sound but it's their sound not your sound.Bill Bruford and Danny Carey were the main visible users of SDX.I did some less visible work on Channel 4 TV's '5k Pursuit Opera' and other 'art's projects' with composer Pip Greasley.If you get a chance to try an SDX and you have some time to invest in it,don't hesitate.It's a beast of a machine.Dave Simmons deserves a lot more recognition for this creation.

Rating: 5 out of 5 posted Friday-Sep-25-2009 at 06:02
vixapphire a part-time user from USA writes:
I used to own one of these bad boys - 11 pieces plus the brain (and an Oberheim Xk to play the pianos, etc. with) and it was (and remains) top dog for electronic drums. The positional sensing is great, and the ability to use the software to create pitch bend, filter, etc. curves according to position, in addition to the extensive multisampling capabilities, is without peer. Too bad that Roland, et al. are not motivated to implement similar features in their high-end COSM products.

Having opened mine up once or twice, i'd imagine owners of SDX's must be having a hell of a time keeping them running nowadays. Even back in '91/92, I was already beginning to encounter problems with "dead spots" on some of the pads, and the inside of the brain was a total rat's nest of wires. They sure don't build 'em like they used to!!!

posted Friday-Jan-17-2003 at 03:00
Kenneth Abildgaard a professional user from Denmark writes:
We at :zibling productionz: ( use the SDX kit extensively. Many of our drummers have kissed this kid, literally !!! In my opinion this kid is it !! This kid has what any drummer (or fool like me) wants .. Great sounds (it is a sampler) and great surface. No one of the producers of modern electronic drumkits can come close to the feel on this kit. I am so sorry Simmons is no longer in existanceæ. Even though I know it's because of this kit !!

Kenneth Abildgaard

posted Friday-May-25-2001 at 15:53
danny carey a professional user from america writes:
This creators of this machine deserve more recognition. I dont know what the hell i would dont without it, until this day it is still one of the best samplers out there, so i think its time for simmons to take it further.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Saturday-May-12-2001 at 09:04
JB a professional user from UK writes:
No drum sampler comes anywhere near to the SDX when talking about features/functionality, but then the SDX was twice the amount of money than the next most expensive unit back then (probably the Sequential Studio 440). The trouble with the SDX is that the sequencer never really got off the ground - that, and it's lack of portability make the MPCs, SPs, 440s and Linn 9000s far more useable if rather limited in features in comparison.

Rating: 4 out of 5 posted Wednesday-Jul-26-2000 at 03:13
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