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Simmons Introduces Stryke6 iPad Drum Controller

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Simmons has announced the release of the new Stryke6 drum controller.

Simmons Stryke6

The new Stryke6 is the first ever iPad® controller that delivers a full drum kit playing experience without the kit. Combining Simmons’ expertise in electronic drum kits with their unrivaled ergonomic design, the Stryke6 is the only product of its kind that works in concert with your iPad to deliver a real tactile playing experience in a compact, tabletop design.

Equipped with six velocity-sensitive pads plus two foot pedals for kick and hi-hat control, the laptop-sized Stryke6 is perfect for on-the-go playing, portable practice, and other times when a full kit is not a viable option.

Using the free Simmons Stryke Drums app, the Stryke6 easily connects to an iPad for an immediate, out of the box playing experience, including a wide range of sounds. Or connect via USB to any computer to trigger a variety of DAW applications and sample programs, including Garage Band, EZ Drummer, Logic, Ableton Live, and more.

For drummers and percussionists, Stryke6 is an ideal portable setup for small acoustic gigs, or as a compact practice kit for small spaces or mobile music making. For small project studios and songwriting setups, it makes a great tactile instrument for tracking drums into a DAW or sequencing program.

Stryke6 features

  • Versatile, first-ever iPad-based drum controller.
  • Can also be used with any USB/MIDI computer.
  • Ultra-small footprint with 6 velocity-sensitive drum pads.
  • Access to a wide range of sounds.
  • Kick and hi-hat pedals provide a real drum playing experience.
  • Works with most MIDI applications.
  • Free and fun, downloadable Stryke Drums iPad app (from the Apple App Store).
  • Learn to play drums in an engaging, interactive environment using app-based tutorials and the color-coded pads.
  • Includes drum sticks and connections for Lighting and 30pin iPads and USB.

Stryke6 is available for purchase for $129.99 USD.

More information: Simmons / Stryke6

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Aly James Lab releases VSDS-X drum synth plugin

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Aly James Lab VSDS-X

Aly James Lab has released VSDS-X (Virtual Simmons Drum System eXtended), a Simmons SDSV drum synthesizer emulation for Windows.

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 deliver 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. It can also be used for non-standard 80s drums.

VSDSX provides the closest experience to the real thing, it models accurately the analog character of the sound generation, internal circuitry, clocks and counters that read EPROM memory, feed the 8bit DAC which decodes the hihat and cymbal EPROMs data in real-time. It models the SSM2044 filters with fine tuning control over a lots of 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, Simmons pads or sequencer… Separate outputs for your DAW, velocity handling, etc. One voice can load your own external EPROM data like on a real SDS1 (EPROM based) pad… This opens up onto a whole new range of sound, still being processed by the circuitry.

The plugin is available for Windows (VST) as donationware, with a minimum donation of $15 USD.

More information: Aly James Lab / VSDS-X

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Samples From Mars releases free Drum Machines Samples

Samples From Mars has announced Drum Machine Samples, a free sample pack featuring 16 sounds from the Linndrum, TR-808, TR-909, Simmons & CR-78.

Samples From Mars Drum Machines Samples

This is a free sampler of our more extensive libraries. Each vintage drum machine has been sampled through a nice selection of professional outboard gear, including API Preamp, SSL 4000 Console, Emu SP-1200 sampler, Otari MTR-12 Mastering reel to reel, and Apogee Conversion.

The punch of the drums is achieved through varying amounts of tape saturation (always on fresh tape), compression, gate, EQ, and filters.

Drum Machines Samples features

  • 16 24 bit Wav Drum Samples.
  • Sounds from: Linndrum, TR-808, TR-909, Simmons & CR-78.
  • No need for additional mixing.
  • Ample headroom if mixing is required.

The pack is a free download at Samples From Mars. The full Tape Drum Machine Samples pack is currently on sale for $48 USD.

More information: Samples From Mars / Drum Machine Samples

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Samples From Mars releases Simmons SDS-800 Samples

Samples From Mars has announced Simmons SDS-800 Samples, a sample pack featuring the sounds of the Simmons SDS-800 analog drum synthesizer.

Samples From Mars Simmons SDS-800

The Simmons SDS-800 is an 100% analog drum synthesizer produced in the 80s, responsible for the classic, cosmic syn-tom (beeww beeww) sounds used on countless disco, boogie and reggae recordings. In the 90s, the Simmons became re-popularized in the techno world, this time with its raw resonant white noise oscillator being used for jarring hi hat and snare programming. And most recently, the Simmons drum sounds have become a signature for groups like LCD Soundsystem, featured on tracks such as Losing my Edge and Get Innocuous.

Simmons SDS-800 Samples features

  • 520 24 bit 44.1 kHz Simmons wav files recorded through a tasteful analog signal chain.
  • 150+ variations of analog syn-toms (compressed, uncompressed, white noise, decay length, filter).
  • 120+ chromatically tuned kicks and toms, labeled by note name. Perfect for melody and basslines.
  • Over 125 resonant, punchy white noise snares and hi-hats.
  • 195+ subby, soft and undoubtedly analog kick drums (variations include: pitch bend, white noise, decay length, filter amount.

The sample pack is available for purchase for $24 USD.

More information: Samples From Mars / Simmons SDS-800 Samples

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Simmons intros SD1500KIT electronic drums

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Simmons has announced the SD1500KIT, its new flagship electronic drums model.

Simmons SD1500KIT

With a host of features at a surprisingly affordable price, the new Simmons SD1500KIT breaks new ground as the most realistic and full featured electronic drum kit in its class. While most of today’s affordable electronic drum sets compromise on sound or ergonomics, the Simmons SD1500KIT is the first electronic kit of its kind to deliver a wide-ranging palette of ultra-realistic sounds in a full-sized, full featured, professional quality drum set that focuses on both sound and feel.

The SD1500KIT starts with a full sized, ergonomically designed 6-piece drum kit plus hi-hat, three multi-zone cymbals, and a host of features typically reserved for only the highest priced electronic kits. With a total of 22 specific trigger points, the SD1500KIT is designed to deliver the most responsive, realistic drum performance possible. Its hex-shaped blue anodized frame and die-cast aluminum hardware feature memory lock mounts for speedy setup and maximum stability. Simmons’ exclusive multi-position hi-hat pedal and triple-zone snare pad deliver unprecedented responsiveness, and its crash cymbals offer dual zone and choke capability.

The SD1500KIT electronic drum kit doesn’t scrimp on sound, either. Simmons’ flagship SD1000 Digital Sound Module has been upgraded and enhanced with a completely new custom sound library featuring more than 500 ultra-realistic samples of the most popular classic and modern drum kits. With full 64 voice polyphony, full programmability, and powerful on-board processing, Simmons’ exclusive Variable Attack Response programming delivers some of the most responsive dynamic velocity sensitivity available, with alternating sample playback for even more realistic, expressive sound.

“This exciting new kit truly outshines and outplays anything else in its class,” remarkedJim Norman, Simmons Product Manager.”The new SD1500KIT is ideal for drummers looking for a low-volume rehearsal kit, for schools or churches needing a full size, low-impact stage setup, or for small and mid-sized project studios where recording acoustic drums might not be an option. Whether you’re practicing, recording, or performing, the SD1500KIT is designed to deliver the goods.”

The Simmons SD1500KIT electronic drum is available for purchase $999.99 USD.

More information: Simmons / SD1500KIT

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Subaqueous releases Retro Drums – Free Vintage Drum Racks

Subaqueous Retro Drums

Subaqueous has rekeased Retro Drums, a free vintage drum racks pack for Ableton Live.

Of late I’ve been really inspired by the sounds of the 80′s. I even watched the movie Xanadu last night for inspiration. What a terribly awesome movie by the way. Iv’e been loving the vintage tape sounds,lush synth pads,and striking percussion. I’ve had a chance to work with some analog drum machines to make Live Drum Racks for my production. The drum machines were the Alesis HR16, LinnDrum, and Simmons Crash Trap.

I’ve spent time processing the one shots, 76 in total, and putting them in drum racks with Macro controls for Ableton Live 9. I’m really proud of how these racks turned out and wanted to share them with you all. Hope to inspire some rad chillwave and glo-fil, been really digging that genre of late.

The drum racks pack is a free download. A pack of one shot samples for use in any DAW is also available.

More information: Subaqueous / Retro Drums

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Rhythmic Robot releases Trixer sound library for Kontakt

Rhythmic Robot Trixer

Rhythmic Robot has announced the release of Trixer, a Kontakt emulation of the Simmons Trixer, a drum-triggering module from the 80s (and early 90s) packed with authentic Simmons SDS sounds.

Drawing on the library of classic drum tones which had powered the hexagonal Simmons pads and “brains” from the preceding decade, the Trixer repackaged these into an audio-triggered mixer (hence “Trixer”…) In practical terms, it was an excellent way of getting THE Simmons Sound at a budget price.

Our recreation samples the original Trixer at 24-bit, with multiple round-robin samples to preserve its natural variation in sound. There are four kits to choose from: Rock1, Rock2, Jazz, and the mighty Electronic kit – instantly recalling 80s-era chart toppers from Phil Collins, Ultravox, Pink Floyd, Culture Club, Prince, Sigue Sigue Sputnik, Talk Talk, Van Halen and more… basically, at some point everyone had some fun with a Simmons kit! Full control over kit-piece tuning, level and pan is presented nice and simply on the front panel, while a compliment of basic effects (saturation, distortion, bitcrushing and compression) allow you to sculpt the sound – a bit of compression gives you that instant “big 80s rock” sound. To round things off, we discovered a glitch in the hardware that allows a “rolled snare” sound to be triggered accidentally; of course, we sampled it and it’s now fully user-controllable.

Trixer is an ideal way to add the much-loved (?!) sound of the 80s to your tracks.

Trixer features

  • All four kits of the Simmons Trixer.
  • Simmons SDS sounds.
  • Rock1, Rock2, Jazz and Electronic kits.
  • Multiple round-robins capture all the nuance of the original.
  • Additional “rolled snare” sound.

Trixer is availableto purchase for £5.95 GBP. It requires Kontakt to run, and is compatible with Kontakt 4.2.3 and later (including all versions of Kontakt 5). It’s not compatible with Kontakt Player.

More information: Rhythmic Robot / Trixer

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