Simmons From Mars

520 samples of cosmic toms, white noise snares & tuned sub kicks from the Simmons SDS-800, a 100% analog 80's drum synthesizer.

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Simmons From Mars

The Simmons SDS-800 is a 100% analog 80s drum synth, responsible for the cosmic syn-tom ('beeww beeww') sounds used on countless classic dance, disco & boogie tracks.

In the 90s, it became re-popularized in the techno world, with the 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 disco punk groups like LCD Soundsystem.

So, to capture this machine in the best way possible, I ran it through a warm selection of gear - mostly API preamp & EQ, SSL Compressor, an 1176, and the Otari MTR-12 tape machine. The results sound awesome - these samples are great on their own, but really shine when layered with other samples like the Drumtrax, 808, etc.

We also tuned a bunch of the sub kicks and toms (with a guitar tuner!) and they work beautifully for basslines and melodic stuff in general.


Download contains:

520 x Drum Samples

150 x Variations of analog syn-toms (dry, compressed, white noise, etc) 

125 x Resonant, punchy white noise snares & hi-hats

120 x Chromatically tuned kicks & toms labelled by note name 

195 x Subby & undoubtedly analog kick drums Variations include: pitch bend, decay length, white noise & more 

Well organized folders & file-naming compatible with hardware

24bit Tape WAVs Format

Royalty Free

Total Size: 100+ MB