Rock Band 3 drum kit looks pro-spec

How serious are you about make-believe? You don't have to make the distinction any more, thanks to this new controller, designed to work with Rock Band 3. The Drum Rocker Pro from ION will work with any previous Rock Band game) and has been specifically designed for the new game's Drum Pro mode. But there's more to it than that...

This isn't plasticky pretend nonsense any more. It's near pro-spec! Look at it:

About 18 months ago, I paid £450 for an electric kit to learn drums on. After buying stick and a drum stool it was more like £500. And, I've got to say, this ION controller seems to have everything that my Yamaha DTXplorer does. Two cymbals, a hi hat pad, snare, three toms and bass drum.

Also like my Yamaha, there are two pedals. While the likes of Guitar Hero: Metallica allowed double bass pedal shenanigans, I'm guessing the Pro mode in Rock Band 3 is going to include hi-hat control, at least as far as open/shut commands.

Then there's the build quality. That bass drum pedal, which will physically hit a rubber drum trigger with the adjustable beater, is dual-chained. Dual-chain kick drum pedals cost upwards of £30 alone, and that's without the sensor pad. Basically, you're not going to snapping the foot pedal in half like we did on the original Rock Band set. And look at the finish on this cymbal:

The price hasn't been announced yet, but seeing as the older model cost $300 a couple of years ago, you can expect the price of this premium model to be at least that much. Normally, we'd start to question whether it's worth spending so much on something that's almost real but not quite. After all, if you're this serious about the quality of your fake instrument, shouldn't you really be playing a real instrument?

Ah, but that's the thing. You are. The controller's 'brain' can be switched out for an Alesis drum module (at extra cost, naturally), turning the controller into a real electric drum kit.

So when you're ready to step up to the real thing, or fancy owning a pro-spec drum kit that will also work with Rock Band, you can. After all, playing along to an iPod won't punish you for improvisation.

02 Jul, 2010


  • richardjandres - October 6, 2010 6:15 a.m.

    omg i want this
  • Cris1r - September 26, 2010 5:58 p.m.

    @redrobot I'm not trying to say anything bad but all drum sets are completely customizable so i don't think the position of the parts are.
  • philipshaw - July 3, 2010 11:06 a.m.

    It is defo a waste of money, just buy a real drum kit if you are going to spend that money
  • redrobot - July 2, 2010 6:23 p.m.

    Why does it seem like everyone is ignoring the fact that these Rockband "sets" aren't laid out like a real drum set at all? Sure they are getting more and more sophisticated but that won't matter when a Rockband player sits down at a real set and is shocked to find that the snare isn't on his left hand side, but rather in between his legs. Granted it will be hilarious to watch him try and squeeze both of his legs between the snare and the floor tom but you could hardly say he has "learned" anything from Rockband.Now I know every drummer has their own way of laying out their kit, but Harmonix is just doing any potential real drummers a disservice by not simply moving the snare pad over six inches to the right like most standard sets. Either way this thing is certainly not a replacement for an actual electric kit, which can be bought for around $500 anyway.
  • Gritzor - July 2, 2010 5:47 p.m.

    I'm sticking with my original ION kit. Thanks
  • MyUsernameIsLongerThanChrisAntistasPenis - July 2, 2010 4:13 p.m.

    I bought ION's about a year ago as a replacement for my old drum set and because I have somewhat of an obsession with rockband. These look like the set I have except mine has 4 cymbals and a double bass. I absolutely love them. If your looking to learn how to play drums but don't wanna spend alot of money on a "real" set I highly reccomend these, even if you have no plans on playing rockband with them.
  • CurryIsGood - July 2, 2010 4:09 p.m.

    its all about pricing
  • alexhuzar - July 2, 2010 3:19 p.m.

    If this can support some form of double bass then I'm definately buying. I already have a small collection of guitars but still would be nice getting a new 'Fender' :P. This will probably cost like £500 when it comes out hahah.
  • vinicusg.t.guedes - July 2, 2010 12:21 p.m.

    Buying this and the MIDI keyboard. I allready play guitar and have a decent gibson already, so the guitar controller wasn't THAT impressive at least for me. I'm really looking foward learning the basics of drumming and keyboarding with RB3 and anything less than that will dissapoint me. recapcha: jerusalem abdomen O.o
  • ColonelKc - July 2, 2010 12:04 p.m.

    Oh wow. reCAPTCHA: opening inaction

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