3 x Exploration of the Simmons SDSV

October 1, 2012 · Posted in Uncategorized 

After months of repair SynthMania are ready to explore the capabilities of the Simmons SDSV. The SDS-5 (or SDS-V) was a really popular system, used by many of the big names in the 80’s. It was ‘module’ based so you could start with 5 modules and expand it to 6 or 7 in total.There was also different types of modules, toms, bass drum, snare and hi hat. Also it had ‘patch memories’, of sorts anyway. These were basically trimmers that were recessed below the panel. You could also use it in a ‘free’ mode where the sound you had was the sound set on the knobs.

After 11 months in the repair shop the Simmons SDSV is fixed. To celebrate the event, I’m testing the SDSV to explore some of the typical Italo sounds of the early / mid ’80s. The SSL Alpha-Link audio interface’s MADI port is also broken at the moment so I’m recording this audio through the computer’s internal sound card… I’ll create a better Simmons demo once I fix the audio interface. This is not a full song, just some noodling on the Simmons and JP-8 to test the SDSV sounds (which are great!)

A moody, slower demo of the Simmons SDSV, the Roland TR-808, and Roland Jupiter-8 using some classic-sounding sounds. The TR-808 drives the Simmons and the JP-8’s arpeggiator, the rest is improvised in real time. The filter of the JP-8 is set at -24dB and tweaked in real time. Again, due to my main audio interface being broken, I’m using the computer’s internal audio card, sorry for the floor noise.

Simmons SDSV, TR-808, Jupiter-8, Minimoog

 

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