Simmons SD600 Drum Kit Review With Sound Demos Of All 35 Drum Kits

Simmons SD600 Electronic Drum Kit with Mesh Heads Review

This is a really cool kit and I’ve spent hours playing, recording and making cool sounds with it.

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My review of The Simmons SD600 will be detailed out in the following sections:

  • What Is The Simmons SD600 Electronic Drum Kit?/ Who is the Simmons SD600 For?
  • Full In-depth Video Review With Sound Demos – All 35 Drum Kits.
  • More details on the kit and sounds
  • The Simmons SD600 as a MIDI Controller with EZDrummer (Video)
  • The Simmons iOS App
  • Features and Specs
  • Where to Buy

What Is The Simmons SD600 Electronic Drum Kit & Who Is It For?

The Simmons SD600 is a nice upgrade to The SD550, designed for the drummer who wants a rock-solid electronic drum kit for practice, rehearsal and recording, the Simmons SD600 mesh head kit is ideal for players who crave an acoustic sound/feel and best-in-class features with simple, wireless connection to apps and computers.

An electronic drum kit at this price point is typically geared towards beginners, but I got to say this is definitely a bang for the buck and I think even seasoned pros will enjoy playing this kit for practicing, rehearsing and even in a live situation.

In addition, if you’re looking to expand your current edrum set up, the pads play nice with other companies products as well. I tested them with Roland and Alesis drum modules.

Full In-depth Video Review With Sound Demos – All 35 Drum Kits.

In this video I go over the features and play demos of all the 35 preset drum kits of the SD600. I’ve include a time line under the video if you would like to skip ahead.

Video Timeline

  • :50 Brief Drum Jam 
  • 1:08 Overview of drum pads, kick and hi-hat pedals, cymbals, the drum module and the drum rack. 
  • 4:23 A Closer look at the Simmons SD600 Drum Module.

Are the Simmons pads and drum module compatible with other drum manufacturers pads and drum modules like Roland and Alesis? 

  • 6:18 Demo of All 35 Drum Kits in the Simmons SD600 Starting with the Maple Kit
  • 6:39  – Acrylic Kit 
  • 7:02  – Fusion Kit
  • 7:27 – Classic Rock
  • 7:51 – Funk Rock
  • 8:13  – 70’s Rock
  • 8:35 – Gated Dreams 
  • 8:57 – Jazz 
  • 9:32 – Garage Kit 
  • 9:45 – Bubinga
  • 10:05 – SDSV
  • 10:21 – Bubriga Africa
  • 10:44 – Nashville
  • 11:04 – West Africa
  • 11:31 – Nails
  • 11:56  – India
  • 12:15 – Blues
  • 12:29 – Techno
  • 12:50  – Junkyard
  • 13:09 – Modern Pop
  • 13:25 – SD 57
  • 13:43 – Salsa
  • 14:04 – Heavy Rock
  • 14:27  – Rock Fusion
  • 14:36 – Hip Hop
  • 14:56 – Street Beat
  • 15:15 – 80s Rocker
  • 15:26 – Funk City
  • 15:18 – Tribal
  • 16:07 – Punk Kit
  • 16:27 – Dance Kit
  • 16:44 – Chinese Dawn
  • 17:01 – Alternative rock
  • 17:20 – Hearts of China
  • 17:41 – Pop Life  


The kit itself includes all mesh heads including the kick drum pad.

AThe SD600 comes complete with double-layer, tension-able, dual-zone mesh heads, including all toms and snare for the ultimate in acoustic feel and playing response.

A mesh head kick drum provides a solid, outstanding responsive feel and includes a kick pedal — or you can use your own, making the SD600 even more customizable.

All playing surfaces are adjustable to your playing style. The robust design and solid construction of the SD600 steel rack minimizes movement for more accurate playing and, over time, increases the longevity of your kit.

The SD600 module includes extra inputs when you’re ready to expand your sound and playing palette with two additional pads or triggers.

The Sounds

The SD600 sound module features the Simmons Signature Sound Library for a wide variety of drum voices — as well as percussion and electronic sounds — across 35 drum kits, making it ideal for rock, pop, and beyond.

V.A.R. (Variable Attack Response)

With Simmons advanced V.A.R. technology, multi-dynamic samples are used to prevent the monotonous “machine gunning” effect that is prevalent in most electronic drum kits in this class.

Your Cymbals in Stereo

Much like acoustic drum kits, the SD600 provides multi-velocity, stereo cymbal sounds for a lifelike sonic acoustic experience.

Better Quality Sounds with Increased Playability

The SD600 includes a wide collection of great-feeling drum and percussion multi-layered sounds rather than lifeless, single shot drum samples.


Its built-in Bluetooth MIDI allows the SD600 sound module to connect to computers, smartphones and tablets.

The Simmons SD600 as a MIDI Controller with EZDrummer

The Simmons iOS App

Using the FREE Simmons iOS app, you can wirelessly connect the SD600 sound module to your iOS device for easy and completely control of various menu functions. This includes sound and performance editing, as well as kit customization. You also gain access to exceptional learning tools to elevate your skills to the next level.

The little plastic stand that attaches to the sound module is very solid and durable. It can hold your iPhone or your iPad for convenience.

Changing sounds and editing them is very easy with the iOS app.

Trigger, Track and Record

Using Bluetooth or USB you can tap into a universe of iOS DAW and computer apps like GarageBand® and so much more. Enjoy song recording, soft-synth and sample triggering, plus an unlimited collection of teaching apps, all right under your fingertips.


• Full-sized electronic drum kit Mesh Head Pads

– Sleek look, realistic feel, stay in place design

  • – 10” tension-able dual-zone, dual-ply snare drum
  • – 8” tension-able dual-zone, dual-ply tom pads (3)
  • 10” crash cymbal with choke function
  • 12” ride cymbal
  • 10” hi-hat pad
  • Hi-hat pedal
  • Kick pad tower with mesh pad
  • Included beater pedal, swappable with your own pedal

Simmons SD600 Sound Module

  • Sleek new look with easy navigation
  • Easy-to-read, backlit LCD screen
  • Detachable stick/headphone/iPad/iPhone rest
  • Simmons Signature Sound Library
  • 35 Preset Drum Kits, plus 10 User Kits
  • 336 High-quality drum sounds
  • 3 Demo songs
  • Variable Attack Response (V.A.R.) technology
  • ntelligent sample playback
  • Pads respond differently base on dynamics
  • Randomized samples on snare and ride cymbal
  • Better playability and performance
  • Wireless Bluetooth MIDI connectivity to computer and iOS devices
  • Expanded, easy editing and menu navigation on your iOS device
  • Simple connectivity to GarageBand® and other apps
  • Stereo 1/8” TRS input for audio from MP3 player
  • 8 trigger inputs on single multi-pin connector for clean cable management
  • 2 trigger inputs on ¼” inputs for pad or trigger expansion

Rugged steel rack with robust custom T-fittings and extra-stable rubber feet

Moukey Cajon Review (kid size also available)

Moukey Cajon Review. Today we take a look at the Moukey Full Size Cajon Drum DCD-1 Wooden Drum Box Birchwood Percussion Internal Metal Strings with Bag. 

Moukey is a newer sub-brand of Donner. I own and reviewed lots of products from both companies in the last few years. See the list here: Over 56 Donner and Moukey Reviews YouTube Playlist.

Donner is known for its high-quality products at inexpensive prices and it’s sub-brand Moukey holds the same values. 

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What I Like About The Moukey Cajon

I like the ease of use, light weight construction and the wide range of sound you can get from this box. 

Check out some backing tracks I made with the Moukey Cajon.

About The Moukey Cajon

Moukey’s Stringed Jam Cajon DCD-1K is made in the classic and traditional instrumental style. Measuring 12.2″ wide x 18.9″ tall x 12.2″ deep, the Jam Cajon is more compact for easier transport and straightforward use. Its wooden panel box frame is constructed out of birch wood material and is hand-crafted and strongly-built to give you that great and acoustical percussion sound. Great sound is easy to achieve from this cajon for anyone interested in rhythm, regardless of skill level. Just sit down and play!

High Quality / Unique Design

  1. Craftsmanship: Moukey always keeps high requirement in making musical instruments. A high-end cajon must reach the standard of precise and perfect craftsmanship, sweet sound and lasting stability.
  2. Material Selection: Careful screening of birchwood, and then let them expose to air and dry naturally for three years. This will keep the product lasting stability.
  3. Good Feeling: This cajon performs great behind a band in large or small worship settings and can be used to provide rhythm for choral groups as well. Constructed and engineered with great care to enhance response and playability.

The top frontplate corners on the playing surface may be adjusted with a quick turn of a screwdriver to alter the distance between the frontplate and the resonating body. This results in a varied amount of “slap” sound that drummers can use to provide a deeper backbeat.

The DCD-1K features an efficient guitar string system inside that produces flawless acoustical ‘hand percussion’ tone and rhythmic sound production. With four strings that are placed at two points and can be tuned to give classic sizzle when the front plate is beaten.

Gig Bag

Come with high qualitycajon gig bag that is made with heavy duty nylon to ensure safe transportation and storage of your cajon. Equipped with a strong carrying grip, this bag makes the Cajon the perfect grab-and-go percussion bundle.

Where To Buy

Get More Info and the current price of the  Moukey Cajon Here! A smaller kid size is also available.

Asmuse Kalimba Thumb Piano Review (17 Keys) in C Major

Asmuse Kalimba Thumb Piano Review. Kalimba is also known as Mbria and thumb piano. It is a folk African folk musical instrument thumb piano.

17 Keys Kalimba Acacia KOA Body Finger Piano Mbira Sanza Thumb Instrument with Kalimba Songbook 15 Songs Study Guide, Tuning Hammer and 4 Pcs Finger Thumb Picks(Solid KOA Wood)

What I Like: 

  • Sounds Good
  • Easy to Tune
  • Well Built
  • Easily change from key of C to G and back


  • Asmuse Kalimba is made of African original KOA Body(sound clearer than Mahogany Wood one) with 17 keys carbon Metal steel tunes bring you an exquisite voical experience
  • Easy to Play and Portable to go Just hold Kalimba in your hand and slide tunes by thumb.Also convenience when go outdoor with a portable bag to carry on.To gain your joys whenever and wherever
  • Quick to Learn with a guidance:An instructions is prepared for beginners to learn how to use and tune Kalimba as well as learn some practical songsThat also works for basic learner.
  • Different Style:Our Kalimba is internetional standard C tune,also be able to turn tune into G tune by Tune Hammer to try more style.To get a tremolo sound when set a removable chain will be still funny
  • Package includes 12 kinds of accessories:kalimba+Instructions(music book included)+clothbag+Tune Hammer + color and melody notation+4 Pcs Finger Thumb Picks +A removable chain

Where To Buy

Check current price and get more info here: Asmuse Thumb Piano 17 Keys Kalimba

Moukey Mini Steel Tongue Drum Review

Moukey is a sub-brand of Donner, and is of the same quality. The Moukey has a D Major Scale Steel Tongue Drum pack includes 2 Stick/mallats, tone stickers, music score set, a dedicated carrying bag and strap. In the video below, I just do an improve jam over a backing track in D Major.

Improve Jam Video

Fun For Everyone

The Moukey Mini Tongue Drum Steel Percussion Hang Drum is a simple handmade and well constructed built to last musical instrument. This Mini Tongue Drum is in the key of D major so you can’t play any wrong notes and perform good sounding music even without any former training.

Indeed, fun for everyone to play. Kids and adults alike.

Great fun for kids as well as adults to play and learn music. The very relaxing sound character can provide hours of fun when jamming with backing tracks or as a solo instrument. Also adds a cool decor to any living environment.

Where To Buy

More info and the current price: Moukey Mini Tongue Drum Steel Percussion Hang Drum 11 Notes 10 Inches with Padded Travel Bag

EZDrummer Free Alternative – MT Power Drumkit 2 Audio Units – VST Plugin

If your looking for a free EZ drummer alternative then check out the MTPowerDrumkit2. This free drum kit plugin is available for Mac and PC as an Audio Unit or VST. In my review video I test it out with my Roland / Quietest Electronic Drums – Home Made Low Volume E Drum Pads and show off some of the thousands of include grooves.

The MTPowerDrumkit2 has one multi layer drum sampler rock drum kit with a simple mixer and groove library.
The mixer section comes with multi out vol, pan, and compersion for each individual outputs, kick, snare and so on.

“The MT Power Drum Kit is a free drum sampler offering the powerful, high-quality sounds of an acoustic, realistic drum kit. Samples have been specially recorded and processed to make them ideally suited for use in pop, rock and metal productions.”

The MT Power Drum Kit Sampler claims that the drum samplers are pre-processed with compressors and EQs to make them a perfect fit for any mix.

The compressors built into the channels give you even more control over the level of compression.

You can choose from thousands of assorted rhythms in the comprehensive Groove Library and compose your own drum accompaniment. In particular, the innovative functions for creating fills generate very smooth and realistic drum tracks.

More Info & Download Here

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