About the Product
- Captures the raw power, physicality, and sheer enjoyment of real drumming.. Game sold separately.
- Big circular pads that can take a bashing!
- An awesome foot pedal that emulates the resistance and speed of a real kick drum pedal
- Real drum sticks
- Built in joypad with buttons and direction pad for easy control of menus and other UI
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Top Customer Reviews
So in order to get the most out of the game, you need additional instrument controllers including these drums. At this time, there are no third-party drum kits on the market, so these are your only option. And while these do the trick nicely, there is room for improvement.
The kit includes four drum pads, a kick drum pedal, an adjustable stand, headset plug-in and a pair of (actual-size, wood) drumsticks. Setup is very easy, taking only a few minutes despite the Lego-esque, pictures-only instructions. The height of the kit is adjustable to fit anyone's height from kids to tall adults. However, the pads themselves are unfortunately fixed in position relative to each other, so you can't adjust their angle or move them around individually. Personally, I'd like to be able to set the cymbal pad higher than the rest or swap the hi-hat and snare to play cross-armed, but there's no ability to do this.
There are two main gripes about how the drum kit performs during gameplay: they're too loud and (at least some models) aren't sensitive enough. Lots of after-market mods are becoming available to dampen the harsh clacking sound that the pads make when you play - gum rubber or neoprene inserts, padding for the drumsticks, I've even seen people tie socks to the pads (check it out on Youtube). Expecting the worst, I was pleasantly surprised at the sound that it makes - it's not that bad assuming that you've got your TV at a decent level to begin with.Read more ›
First I feel compelled to comment that this game is amazing. It is very fun and challenging yet playable for people of all skill levels. My friends and I have a blast with this game and can play literally for HOURS at a time. It's also a GREAT party game as you can switch people out in the band and the music is GREAT - in my opinion the songs on rockband are far better than the ones included in guitar hero. So I'd give the game a 10/10 hands down.
That said - I'd give the drumset's design a 3/10. The first few weeks I had it the bass drum kicker pedal broke. This is a VERY common issue. I thought to myself "No big deal, I'll just buy a third party metal replacement." While that cost me an extra $40 - it has last far past what the original one did (and under much more stress as I'm playing harder modes now).
Now I'm also experiencing my drum pads giving out. Their sensitivity is going WAY down and although I'm playing the songs better and better with practice, I'm getting lower and lower scores becuase my drumset pads are dying on me. I have taken VERY VERY VERY good care and have not beat on them very hard at all. And they're breaking after a little over 2 months. So if you plan on buying a new set for $40-$80 every 2-3 months and you're fine with that, then this set is perfect. If not...then you'll be highly disappointed. Especially seeing how their replacement plan only covers up to 60 days.
So in short - game -- 10/10 - AMAZING!!Read more ›
Harmonix has a generous return policy. If you're EL drums are being finicky about registering notes, you can return them for a new set:
A lot of people are modding the drum heads with mute pads, everything from using Staples round mouse pads glued to the rock band pads with rubber cement to towels to socks to companies like rockbandrumsoft.com that sell peel and stick gum rubber (what professionals use) to neoprene and urethane. I am going to try the gum rubber and see how they work on the EL drums. Since I would actually prefer to hit a little harder (I didn't know if the Rock Band drums were designed to hold up to real pounding) the pads should be a great dampening tool.
There is indeed a clackety-clackety sound to the set instead of the thump-thump most of us would prefer to hear, so muting the heads should help. Also depends on how loud you play the songs from your TV. I play the guitar but honestly, the drums are a lot more fun for me. For a "toy".Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I like the drumset but didn't realize till i arrived at my house that it was RB1 I can play rockband which makes me happy but the lack of cymbals and double bass still leaves me... Read morePublished 1 month ago by ThisPhoenixfire
Everything looked in okay condition, but there were not any drum sticks with the set and I had to go buy my own.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Juat came today, no drum pedal. I cant do anything with this.Published 6 months ago by Matthew K Ogletree
Good drum set but unfortunately is not compatible with the cymbal expansion kit I already have.Published 6 months ago by AK Cozy