Simmons Electronics

EPB

Sampler

Main Details
Maker Simmons Electronics Company
Function
  • Sampler (Device used to sample and burn (short) sounds on eproms. Similar in function as Oberheim's "Prommer".)
Form Factor Desktop
Made In England
Date Produced 1984
Notes The sound sources of the digital Simmons products like SDS 1, SDS 7 and later the SDS 9 where so called Eproms. Tiny chips containing digitally sampled drum sounds. Since these factory sound library were bread and butter sounds, not bad but also not spectacular, it was obvious to supply the customers with a unit which put drummers in the position to sample their own sounds.
The EPB was able to record 64K and 128K eproms, nice for percussive sounds but a little to less memory for e.g. cymbals, but, well, we're talking about 1984!
A pretty cool device at a time when Simmons ran the risk to miss the connection to the rest of digital drum vendors.

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