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Ion's King Of All Rock Band Drum Kits

If you were one of those people who complained about the steep price tag for Rock Band last year, than we suggest you avert your eyes now.

But if you're just a huge fan of the game and love everything about the music genre, you might be interested in this: it's Ion's professional Drum Rocker set for Rock Band. The nifty unit was already unveiled in Game Informer and Joystiq just noted that Ion's official site (linked above) now offers this amazing deluxe drum controller for pre-order. It's only available for the Xbox 360 version right now, but the Drum Rocker will be available for the PS3 and Wii versions of Rock Band "later in the year." The price: $299.99. The Rock Band package costs $180 in the first place, but hey, if you're a drumming fanatic, Ion really does have you covered.

As they say at the site, the Drum Rocker features "four high-durability, quiet velocity-sensitive pads" that can be "mounted and rearranged in any position." You'll also get a metal-reinforced kick pedal, two mounted cymbals (you can even add a third), and if you want to take the next step, you can equip the drums with "professional drum brains" from Alesis. Honestly, if you're looking to train in drum playing, perhaps this is the kit for you. Still, it's a little pricey for the average, casual gamer who just wants to beat on some plastic drums while playing a music game.

Related Game(s): Rock Band

7/12/2008 Ben Dutka

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ThePoetRazel
Saturday, July 12, 2008 @ 11:03:59 AM
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With the news that Konami's Rock Revolution's drums aren't very realist looking, will this set be usable with that too?

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MarvelZombies
Saturday, July 12, 2008 @ 12:25:56 PM
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I MUST HAVE...

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NoMoreWar
Saturday, July 12, 2008 @ 2:16:06 PM
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jesus. its like buying a console just for one game

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SHADOW [Moderator]
Saturday, July 12, 2008 @ 6:26:42 PM
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what you don't mention in the article is that this is an actual electronic dum kit that just doubles as a rockband controller.

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Jed
Saturday, July 12, 2008 @ 10:08:45 PM

Ya, I heard that you can hook it up to recording equipment and it is just as good as any digital drumset.

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Soundzilla
Sunday, July 13, 2008 @ 8:21:11 AM
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This is a lot cheaper than most pro kits but it's pro-grade. The fact that I can use a trigger box to connect it to both my computer and my PS3 is huge. I'm ordering soon as I know the date the PS3 version is coming.

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Loogs
Sunday, July 13, 2008 @ 9:04:25 AM
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They need to let me hook up my $8,000 DW hand-crafted kit. Actually, that is not a bad price for that size of an electric kit. Usually, they run from $800 to $2,000 for a standard 5 piece although we're talking V-Drum and/or Roland quality. I've never heard of Ion and I've been playing for 11 years. The quality of this kit appears mediocre/cheap. I would definitely pass this up as a drummer, but I should play on it first before I say that =P

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ArnoldK PSXE [Administrator]
Sunday, July 13, 2008 @ 10:46:38 PM
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I hope people realize how pointless this is for RockBand...the game doesn't have hats or cymbals, so you'd get no use out of them.

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Soundzilla
Sunday, July 13, 2008 @ 10:57:58 PM
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Are you saying cymbal parts aren't played in RockBand? Not true! Cymbal parts are in every song. With the original RockBand drum kit you have to play cymbal parts on one of the four toms - ie: lame. This thing lets you play a cymbal part on a cymbal, where it belongs. It might be different for RockBand 2 but with RockBand 1 the cymbals are the same controller as one of the four toms so you have your choice of what you want to hit for the cymbal part. I'd much rather hit a cymbal for a cymbal part than a tom.

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