Search / Filter Interviews

Help Support The Things You Love

mu:zines is the result of thousands of hours of effort, and will require many thousands more going forward to reach our goals of getting all this content online.

If you value this resource, you can support this project - it really helps!

Donations for May 2021
Issues donated this month: 0

New issues that have been donated or scanned for us this month.

Funds donated this month: £12.00

All donations and support are gratefully appreciated - thank you.


Dave Simmons - Tech Talk

Interview | Topic: Design, Development & Manufacture | Electronics & Music Maker, Jun 1985

Dave Simmons, the man behind the name on the hexagonal pad, holds forth on the past, present and future of electronic percussion. Paul White listens.

This artist was mentioned in these other (non-interview) articles:-

Industry Profile - Simmons Electronics

Feature | Electronics & Music Maker, Jun 1983

Electronic Percussion - Part 1

Feature | One Two Testing, Jan 1984

Self confessed synth merchant Dave Stewart reveals how to do away with drummers.

Simmons SDS7

Review | One Two Testing, Apr 1984

Roll Reversal

Editorial | Music Technology, Apr 1992

We all like to daydream from time to time, so try this: envisage a world in which high technology had become the province of the drummer rather than the keyboard player. Tim Goodyer's imagination runs riot.

Simmons SDX

Review | Music Technology, Apr 1988
Electronic Percussion System

The company that pioneered the electronic drum kit bring us the next generation of electronic percussion. Nicholas Rowland investigates Zone Intelligence and tracker balls.

Tama Techstar Electronic Drums

Review | Electronics & Music Maker, Oct 1984

Tama are the first acoustic percussion manufacturer to enter the electronic arena: Paul White tested the first example in the country to see if the Japanese could make something more than a Simmons copy.

A Thousand Sounds

Review | Electronics & Music Maker, Jul 1986
Simmons SDS1000

Simmons successor to the SDS800 combines the best of analogue and sampling technology. Nigel Lord approves.

The Search For Expression

Feature | Topic: Design, Development & Manufacture | Sound On Sound, Sep 1987
A History of Wind Synthesizers

Could the wind of change be upon us? MIDI has already given guitarists and drummers the means to control electronic sounds, and the launch of the Akai and Yamaha wind controllers now allows woodwind and brass players to join in. John L. Walters takes a general look at the historical development of wind synthesizers, and the Akai and Yamaha products in particular.


Review | Electronic Soundmaker, May 1985
Pearl DRX-1 Electronic Drums

Pearl's late entry into the electronic drum kit stakes looks like a winner - eight kits can be programmed into its memory.

The Big Bang!

Review | Sound On Sound, Jun 1988
Simmons SDX Drum Sampler

Lurking inside this angular-looking monster is a versatile computer system that will turn what is ostensibly an electronic drum kit (albeit a state-of-the-art 16-bit sampling one) into a formidable MIDI workstation. Ed Jones test drives Simmons' powerful, new SDX system.

Business In Brum

Show Report | Music UK, Aug 1982

A Bacon's eye view of the AMI show


Show Report | Electronics & Music Maker, Mar 1983

A look at some of the new products revealed at the Musik Messe '83

Electronic Percussion - Part 2

Feature | One Two Testing, Feb 1984

"It's surprising how little you need to imply a great deal."

Cactus Drum Synth

Review | One Two Testing, Jun 1984

budget synth drums

Simmons MTM

Review | International Musician, Feb 1986

Future perfect and future possibilities. Bob Henrit on Simmons' new trigger unit

Questionnaire Results - Part 2

Feature | Topic: Computing | Electronics & Music Maker, May 1984

Readers' replies to the second half of our survey, analysed by David Ellis.


Editorial | Electronics & Music Maker, Nov 1984
The Best of British

Britain's booming hi-tech music industry.

Simmons Go MIDI & More

Feature | In Tune, Jun 1985
This artist was mentioned in these interviews:-

Tech Talk

Interview | Topic: Design, Development & Manufacture | Electronics & Music Maker, Jun 1985

Dave Simmons, the man behind the name on the hexagonal pad, holds forth on the past, present and future of electronic percussion. Paul White listens.

Landscape - Landscape Explored

Interview | Electronics & Music Maker, Nov 1981
With Richard Burgess And John Walters

Richard Burgess and John Walters talk about the make-up of Landscape.

Roland Kerridge - Pushing The Beat

Interview | Music Technology, Dec 1990

Once he prayed to the beat behind Re-flex, he's since become versed in high technology and worked with artists as diverse as Kate Bush and Mory Kante. Ollie Crooke talks to a rhythm programmer extraordinaire.

Spandau Ballet - Ballet Pumps

Interview | One Two Testing, Jan 1983

John Keeble is in two minds about drumming for Spandau - an acoustic one and an electric one. Read about his treatment.

Ultravox - Ultravox

Interview | Electronics & Music Maker, Apr 1981

MIDI by Numbers

Interview | Topic: MIDI | Electronics & Music Maker, May 1984
An interview with, the BPI's Producer of the Year.

Culture Club producer Steve Levine discusses his attitudes to modern music-making, and how the new interface makes his life easier.



Small Print

Terms of usePrivacy