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Rock Band 3 PRO-Cymbals Expansion Kit

by Mad Catz See the Amazon Page for this brand
Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (185 customer reviews) 5 answered questions

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  • Color-coded for Crash, Ride, or Hi-Hat configurations / Velocity-sensitive for precise drumming
  • Height adjustable / Easy-to-install clamp for quick setup / New 10-degree strike angle
  • Improved Crash, Ride, & Hi-Hat cymbals
  • Cymbals required for Rock Band Pro Mode
  • Compatible with Rock Band 2 Drum Kits for Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii
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  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B003RS1AIS
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 10.5 x 3.5 inches ; 4.8 pounds
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: October 31, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (185 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,631 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

Product Description

Rock Band 3 PRO-Cymbals Expansion Kit provides the means for you to drum like the pros with velocity-sensitive Crash, Ride, and Hi-Hat cymbals. With the easy-to-install mounting brackets, you have total control and can set up your drum kit in any configuration you see fit. Boasting several improvements over the Rock Band 2 version, notable upgrades include a 10-degree strike angle, full rubber construction for quieter drumming, superior response and performance, and Pro Mode a remarkably authentic interpretation of playing real instruments in Rock Band 3 compatibility. Once your drum kit has been customized to your standards, you’ll be all set to attack your song library with new vigor and achieve the next step in drumming perfection.

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97 of 99 people found the following review helpful
By AWG
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
For everyone on here who can't figure out how to assemble these (which is understandable, because the directions are terrible):

Each clamp comes in two pieces, with a slight space between them. Take them and SQUEEZE THEM TOGETHER as hard as you can until you hear two loud pops, one on each end. Don't worry, you didn't break it. You're just putting it together. If you don't do this, the tightening nuts won't work, no matter how much you try to turn them. Now they don't slide down when you hit them! No tape necessary!

Now. Speaking as an actual drummer, these are the best accessory for Rock Band ever. Quieter and more responsive than the RB2 cymbals. As for the hi-hat clamp length issue, here's what I do. To set up like an actual drummer, you need to connect your crash and your hat on the LEFT side of the kit. Put the green crash on the tall tube. Connect it to the set with a short clamp. Now connect the hat to that tube with the long clamp, putting the hi hat on a short tube to the left of your snare. Now put your ride on the right side. There. May take some adjustment, but you're playing like an actual drummer. HAVE FUN!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great addition to RB3 (with a little help) November 1, 2010
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I purchased this RB3 Cymbal kit to go along with my RB2 drum kit to use in Pro Mode in Rock Band 3. Out of the box these cymbals are WAY too sensitive to be even remotely fun to play. I was extremely frustrated at double-hit notes coming through constantly. I searched around online for an answer and found a partial solution. If you look for the "Penny" mod it will clear up a lot, but not all of the issues (although it will void your factory warranty). I added some extra foam padding above the actual sensor and now the cymbals work perfectly. So, as an out-of-the-box item these cymbals are pretty much useless for the precision needed for RB3. With a couple of simple mods, though, these puppies work great. Granted they should have worked great straight from the factory but they are so much fun now I'm willing to overlook the simple mods I had to do to make them work properly. A worthwhile investment if you don't mind doing a little work to get them to function properly. Hopefully Madcatz will clear this issue up with future releases of the cymbals.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Truly awesome...but... November 6, 2010
By Ndolger
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
First off, I'm not a real drummer, I just play one at home. When I heard there was going to be an actual "Pro" mode in Rock Band 3, I bought this in a heartbeat. First the good news. These are awesome. Just awesome. If you play drums on Expert, you need these. It's like playing a whole new game. It's just that...

They didn't work out of the box. They are *very*, *very* sensitive for me. Unfortunately, this makes it unusable (I guess it's hit or miss with people; mine was terrible). That said...I found a workaround online which involves unscrewing the ten screws that hold the sensor together on each pad (doing this voids your warranty though), and placing a penny / dime in between the spring and the screw door. Voila. I can play now....EXCEPT the green cymbal just *does not work*. It ALWAYS registers double hits no matter what I do. I have to try to fix this, I don't know what's wrong with it. My setup is using a dual kick pedal with a switch. I've read this may be causing the problem, I don't know...

Finally, the instructions...holy crap. Absolutely terrible. No "instructions", just a giant picture showing you random stuff. Not to mention I wasn't really clear on "which" pad to place where. The front of the box shows the wrong config. Whatever...it's "yellow, blue, green" from the left.

I will say, for me, this was an absolute nightmare to setup. It took me probably two hours just to get this to work...at 66%. I'm hoping I can find a solution for my green cymbal problem, but it's not *that* big of a deal since the crash isn't unique (or doesn't appear to be).

Final word...awesome. Just a nightmare to setup. Your mileage may vary.

Edit: Oh one last thing. The actual setup itself either...yeah, not very fun.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, if you don't get a double hitter January 1, 2011
I also have the cymbals they made for RB2 drums (Rock Band 2 Double Cymbal Expansion Kit), but I only got the two pack. Once I got RB3 and they introduced PRO drums I wanted to get the third cymbal. I remember when I got my RB2 cymbals, there were some people who got some with a very sensitive trigger that would end up registering double hits. Mine were not of that ilk and worked perfectly. Unfortunately, with my RB3 PRO Cymbals, I do have one that seems to double trigger. Looking online for solutions, it appears this is a problem for many. However, I see some 5 star reviews here that don't mention those problems. My yellow one seems to have issues also when doing sixteenth notes (quickly alternating hands). One other thing I don't like is the suggested setup. I like my ride right in the center between the yellow and green (since I do use that for open hi-hat). The brackets and instructions end up putting the blue more above the green. Still in the center, but too far right and too high for my liking. I was able to use the brackets and get the blue roughly where I want it.

One advantage this has over the RB2 cymbals is that they do seem quieter than the RB2 cymbals.

Overall, I would give this higher marks if I didn't get one that had such a sensitive trigger. I'm currently trying to figure out if I can resolve the issue or go through the warranty for a replacement. I may end up switching two of them back to the RB2 cymbals, but wish I didn't have to because I do like how quiet these are. Wish me luck. Feel free to comment if you have the same issues - I'm curious as to how you resolved it.
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