Ion IED07 Premium Rock Band Drum Kit for Xbox 360
- Compatible with ROCKBAND, ROCKBAND 2, and Guitar Hero for the XBOX360.
- Two Color Assignable 12" Cymbals
- Ultra-Quiet Velocity Sensitive Pads
- All-Metal Kick Pedal
- Sturdy, Fully Adjustable Aluminum Rack
- Compatible with ROCKBAND, ROCKBAND 2, and Guitar Hero for the XBOX360.
- Two Color Assignable 12" Cymbals
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Drum Rocker delivers the most realistic drumming experience available to any gamer, regardless of platform. That's because it was built by the engineers at Alesis, one of the largest manufacturers of professional electronic drums in the world. As a result, you get a kit that's designed to take a real beating, with all the positioning flexibility that professional drummers demand. While other drum controllers lock you down to a pre-molded plastic array of pads, Drum Rocker's professional aluminum drum rack lets you position your snare, tom and cymbal pads wherever you want. When you're ready to move from playing Rock Band to playing in a rock band, you can swap the game controller module with one of the professional drum brains made by Alesis, and you're ready to hit the road for real! Drum Rocker's velocity-sensitive drum pads feature a playing surface that is much quieter than other drum controllers. They also feel great – the stick rebound off of the pad is much more natural and consistent than anything else available. The pad housing is made of high-impact plastic, designed to be whacked on stage night after night. No matter how much you punish them, the Drum Rocker drum pads can take it. Complete the experience with up to three cymbals. There's nothing like finishing a monster fill by whacking a crash cymbal. Or crossing over to play your hi-hat with your right hand while you keep the backbeat on the snare with your left. Or keeping time on a ride cymbal during the chorus. Drum Rocker lets you do all that and more, with cymbals that can be placed anywhere around the kit. Drum Rocker comes with two cymbals and mounting hardware out of the box, and a third cymbal is available as an optional accessory. You get to decide how you want to use the two cymbals that come with the kit – set them up as a hi-hat/crash, crash/ride or hi-hat/ride combination, then add the third cymbal to round out the kit.
The wait is over for the next generation of musical gaming equipment. Whether you are an aspiring amateur, or a practicing professional, Ion's award-winning Drum Rocker Premium Drum Set for Xbox 360 lets Rockband players finally jam out with ease, letting your inner rockstar come out screaming.
Rockband, which took the gaming world by storm in late 2007, was followed by the highly-anticipated sequel, Rockband 2 that was released in September of 2008. With Rockband 2 came Ion's Drum Rocker Set, which quickly took the Game Critics Awards top spot in 2008's Best Peripheral/Hardware category.
Professional-Grade Aluminum Rack and Pads
While other drum controllers force you to use their configuration with a pre-molded, plastic array, the Drum Rocker's professional-grade aluminum rack lets you position your snare, tom and cymbal pads the way you want. Not only can you play your hi-hat with a right-hand crossover by placing your cymbals anywhere around your kit, but by mounting your pads to the drum rack with the included metal L-arm and clamp system, you can tilt, swivel, raise and lower the cymbals to whatever position you want.
Drum Rocker's velocity-sensitive drum pads feature an ultra-quiet playing surface and a more natural and consistent stick rebound than your average pad. The pad housing is made of a hi-impact plastic, which means that no matter how much you punish them night after night, they will always be ready for more.
The Drum Rocker's all-metal kick drum pedal is also designed to take abuse. It offers the perfect amount of tension to replicate the feeling of a real drum pedal. And keeping in line with its set-up flexibility, the kick drum pedal comes with Velcro and retractable spikes, allowing you to place it in the most comfortable position.
Go Beyond Gaming into Real Music
Built by the engineers at Alesis, one of the largest manufacturers of professional electronic drums in the world, the Drum Rocker Premium Drum Set delivers the most realistic drumming experience available to a gamer.
But when you're ready to move from playing the game to playing in a real life, you can swap the game controller module with one of the professional drum brains made by Alesis, such as their DM5 drum module, or any other drum brain that accepts a quarter-inch output. (Drum modules are sold separately.) And with the option of purchasing a third cymbal, you can round out your kit and move beyond gaming and onto the stage.
The Drum Rocker Premium Drum Set is compatible with both Rockband and Rockband 2 for the Xbox 360.
What's in the Box:
Aluminum drum rack, 4 drum pads, 2 cymbals, drum pedal, all mounting hardware and connecting cords, and 2 drumsticks.
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Using the provided drum trigger and pedal....The cymbals require a very hard hit. The drum heads had a "sweet spot" and if you hit them wrong you got a flubbed response on the game. The game response slowed when more than one drum was hit at the same time. In the "freeplay" section of the game I found that rapid hits didn't register in real time. I assume this is the games limited "drum sound patch library" . There is no sound to associate with an interrupted hit and the sound has to fully complete before it will play again. When playing real drums the sound of one hit is interrupted by a second on the same drum. Again this choppy sound is related to the game. I hope someone will hook these to a real drum controller and let us know what they can actually do....I JUST DID....
When I bought these most drum triggers were way cheaper if bought with a set. I recently found the Yamaha DTX 502 and decided to give it a try. BIG DIFFERENCE! Forget striking the pads right. I can now play drums with my hands!! Response is great as well. The pedal only works as a cymbal, but
Yamaha makes a reasonably priced kick pedal that works with the 502. Lots of extras on the DTX such as play along with your own music. Check it out for details.
I started playing Rockband about 6 months ago and I started out with the RB1 drum set. I then upgraded to the RB2 drum set and I recently purchased the Drum Rocker set.
Pros: Build Quality
Drum Accuracy (No missed hits)
Feel (These drums feel great to play)
Rebound (You get a lot of rebound off of the drum head)
Sensitivity (Even very light hits register)
Easy Setup (about 45min but that's because there is so much customization possible)
Compact (they actually fold up to about the same size as the RB2 drums)
Metal Drum Pedal (It's not going to break like my RB2 pedal did)
Cons: I really only have one con and its very small and trivial. I would like to see a bottom brace on the bottom of the rack that you could hook the drum pedal to so it wouldn't slide around as much and so it would brace the drums better. It's not a big deal at all, but it would make the setup a little better if you ask me.
If you are a longtime drummer or a beginner like myself, you will LOVE these drums. They are a little pricey compared to the RB1 and RB2 drums but you absolutely get you moneys worth. I would recommend these drums to anyone. I am a hardcore fan already and I have only had them a few days!
I hope this helps!
Setup took maybe 45 minutes and they supplied a tool to tighten all the bolts on the stand. One thing to note: There is an adjustment at the top of the cymbal stand to keep them from rotating. This adjustment is an allan wrench which they did not provide for me. Luckily I have my own set.
Another thing to watch for... the cymbal holders are held in place with a metal loop with threads on the end. The wingnuts they supply are very large and the threads are not that long so I found myself stripping the very end of the threads trying to get the wingnut on. A trip to the local hardware store fixed this where I bought replacement nylon wingnuts. They are a lot more shallow and tighten down much further on the threads.
After putting it together and getting everything plugged in I noticed right away that the pads were amazing. Great rebound and very quiet. Single and double stroke rolls are a breeze. The cymbals felt pretty good but didn't quite have the same rebound. The kick pedal is really made to simulate a hi hat pedal so I was a little off-put at first but it still works quite well and is lightyears beyond the original stock RB1 pedal. I'm thinking about upgrading to either a Rock Pedal or an Omega Pedal soon. I've read that these will work just fine with the ION.
My first impressions of the kit with the Rock Band 2 game were very good. The pads never miss hits but unfortunately the cymbals still drop notes quite frequently. I have read others are having the same problem and I haven't quite figured out yet how to correctly position and hit them to make them more reliable. Some people suggest hitting the edges of them with the stick, some say tighten them down very tight and some say remove the felt padding beneath them. None of these have worked for me yet. It's for this reason that I'm considering removing the yellow hi-hat completely, unfortunately. It's not fun playing it when it consistently drops hits. I'm considering changing it to a blue ride.
I'm an expert RB drummer and usually score around 95-99% on most songs and after a few runs over songs that I'm quite familiar with I find myself having less trouble with those passages I couldn't quite get right because of controller conditions. My first try at Tom Sawyer on my new kit yielded gold stars and put me in the 16th spot on the leaderboard. I was nicely surprised with this seeing how I'd never been in the top 500 before.
This is an excellent buy if you have the money and want to take your Rock Band drumming to the next level and possibly move on to a real kit.
Edit: 9/23/08 - Well the Nylon wingnuts held for one or two moves but I ended up replacing the nut within the plastic wingnut. A simple 6mm 1.00 hex nut fixed the problem. I will probably replace all the stock nuts just to be safe. Still LOVE this kit! I've tweaked the setup a few times but I think I finally have one that I like.