Universal Rock Band 3 Triple Cymbal Kit
Being a dedicated Rock Band drums player, I was very curious to see how the new cymbal attachments would work. When first opening the box, I found out how the cymbals are more superior compared to the previous build. I like how very delicate they are in both noise and playability, though one of the cymbals were a little too sensitive, a normal shot registered multiple hits. I worked around this, though. I wanted to test out how fast it can react to rolls and swells in some songs. Because of the way the sensors are built into the cymbals, these fills can be run through flawlessly. If you've used the previous build before, it may take time to get used to these ones because of their 30° downward angle. With these cymbals, not only will you be one step closer to playing real/pro drums, but you can finally maintain/improve your note streak and score in-game, and, at the same time, maybe even develop a new sticking style to ease your performance. You may want to get a second pedal for Pro Drums if you're devoted to playing a real drum kit eventually.
Much for fun with cymbals
I read the review before buying this, so i thank everyone who wrote one to help me in my decision. The 3 cymbals edition is a great add-on to the drums. Installation is a bit confusing due to small pictures, though another review was right. Not only do you use the screw to hold them on, but if you clamp them together as well, they won't move. Trying to clamp it together is only going to get you mad and sore, so your best off using pliers. 3 cords inserted into the back portion of your drum set.. When trying to play Pro Drums, settings in your options will ask you which cymbals you wish to activate, so make sure you check them all if u plan on using them.
As for quality, its made of the same material as the drum set, pretty sturdy once set correctly. I would recommend this to anyone who wants some more fun in their Rock band experience.
Pro mode, anyone?
Rock Band is the funnest music game series to ever be created. Rock Band 2, has to be the best music game ever created. When Rock Band 3 came out, I had it pre-ordered months before it was released. At the launch, I also bought these cymbals, but was very skeptical about them until I tried them out. After I did, I'm sold. These cymbals enhance the experience of Rock band drumming like no other. They're quiet, very responsive, and fun! The only problem is.. if you don't tighten them after every other song, they'll fall! So half way into a song, they'll just drop, and you'll make a monster amount of mistakes. If you want that extra oomph for Rock Band 3, pick these up!
This just isn't a good product. The cymbals are too heavy for the clamps that are used so they don't even stay up. The angle is horrible and it doesn't register a hit most of the time. They're loud and they're not as adjustable as they say they are. Nice concept, but horrible application. I've had mine less than a day and I'm already taking it back.
Better, But Still Flawed
When I first heard about Pro Mode for Rock Band 3 and that Mad Cats was doing the cymbal attachments again, I was very wary. Due to manufacturing flaws, the old cymbal attachments were prone to double-hits and basically unplayable in game. They were only really usable during fills. Well, the next generation is out, and they are at least playable in game to a decent level of accuracy. The big caveat is that it took me several days of play sessions to get to that point.
The new cymbals will double-hit if they aren't positioned just right. If you strike too wide out to the left or right of center, that will also trigger one. With some experimentation, I can now get through songs on Rock Band 2 (as I write this, RB3 is a week out) with reasonable degree of accuracy. As long as I don't get too carried away, they work pretty well.
The other catch is that I ironically find them louder than their predecessors. Because of the angled cymbals, my drumstick strikes at a flatter angle, which in turn causes a louder bang. The new rubberized construction does dim this to some extent, but not all the way. While this is not a huge deal for me, my wife begs to differ.
All told, I am happy they work as advertised if only just. They are an improvement on the older model, but they still aren't where I know they can be. That's why I feel the $40 price point isn't altogether justified. Still, nothing's going to stop me from diving into Rock Band 3 and all it's Pro-Mode glory!
Terrible, not worth it!
Although the sensitivity may be fixed (some claim this, never actually got around to trying), the design and engineering of this product is still terrible. MadCatz is still using the "clamps" that attach to the drum legs, and never seem to hold the cymbals in place right. They wobble all over the place, and they were a headache to set up. It's sad to see that they had all this time to improve the old set, and just flat out used the same, improper design. These won't hold the cymbals up if you're hitting them at all (unless maybe you're slightly tapping them). I returned mine. Save your money, and if you really want a good set buy the Ion kit.