ION Drum Rocker PlayStation 3
Very Awesome kit!
much larger than the original RB drum kits but its basically like an actual drum set, and they are pretty dang quiet from the get-go. Far better than the original set that came out at first and extremely sturdy; you can beat the heck out of them and they keep on going.... ever broke your bass pedal on your original sets? me too... 4-5 times, this bass pedal is SOLID METAL! you cant break the thing haha. The only CON i have about this set is well... 3 cons really... 1. its wired (but understandable, i mean this thing can become a real drum set if you wanted to), 2. nowhere to put your drum sticks (nothing serious but just annoying), 3. only two cymbals!?!!?! I really wish the 3rd one came with it so i could jump to pro drums instead of having to pay an extra $50+ dollars, i mean you pay $222.70 for this thing you should get a complete set of cymbals. BUT an all around awesome drum set, I feel this was a good investment on my part, maybe now i will learn how to play actual drums later on in life.
its great because its high end and awesome its also really hot
the cymbals noooooooo
so i bought this and with in 2 days it went back to the store the cymbals stopped working i called ion's tech support im sorry we dont sell the cymbals solo you will have to buy a new set at 500.00 from us i only spent 200.00 for them wow what a rip off
Love my Ion Kit
I am a bass player but always wanted to learn to play the drums. I also wanted to share my love of music with my kids. my daughter is 12 and my son is 9. When i use to set behind a real kit I was lost, there is so much to hit and I didnt have the coordination down but my friends made it look so easy. I bought the ion kit about 2 years ago. along the way we picked up about every rockband, G/H game there was ie acdc metallica van halen rb1 2 and after xmas 3 shhhh greenday along with some cool download material yeah lady gaga, headphones on, dio, vecuvius from the movie the rocker. I can now keep a solid drum beat as well as play some songs on expert with close to 100% accuracy. I also purchased a better kick pedal with a beater and pad, extra cymbal, and a processor so i can play on rockband and through my bass amp to see if its real. believe it or not its pretty close on most of what Ive played. Ive had a great time with my kids and learning some drum rythms myself. I have posted some tips on making the ion kit work with g/h on other comments here it takes a few extra parts but you can pick them up at radio shack for just a few bucks but from what ive noticed g/h wont recognize the difference in a cymbal and a tom so you must tie them together before your ion controller with a single male/double female connector. by the way i have a ps3 and it works great. Ive also had friends play on the kit and run it through my processor and into a PA with my actual band when the drummer was looking for a new kit and it kept up. for real drums though nothing beats real cymbals. you cant get the mutes, bell tones and sounds of a real hihat opening and closing through digital cymbals but like i said it still kept up and we were able to practice with this kit too for a while.
PS3 drum rocker static electricity problem
I've gone thru 2 of these. The 1st controller did not work right out of the box, but only discovered it after taking 2 hours assembling the kit. Unfortunately the only options were to return to the Manufacturer & wait for a refurbished replacement or return the whole set. I returned it & ordered a new kit- took 2 weeks to get the new set. The 2nd set worked intermittently. It seemed like every 10 seconds it would report that the controller was disconnected. I called the the manufacturer tech support, after waiting 30 min on the phone, & he said the issue was caused by static electricity. He suggested using it on a non carpeted floor & possibly putting it on a static mat. I moved it over to a wood floor & it reduced to happened about every 30 seconds. I put it on a staic mat & grounded the mat, but it reduced to a couple of times per song. When I talked to tech support, they could only offer to send it in for a refurbished replacement, so I returned it. I like everyting else about the drum kit & played several of the Xbox version owned by friends. They never had this issue. There must be design difference between the PS3 & xbox versions. I would buy it again only if they fix this issue & provided evidence that they acutally test these units before shipping them(since it takes so long to assemble, route wires- only to disassemble & rebox it). All the pieces will fit only 1 way back into the original box, it was like putting togeher a 3D puzzle.
Awessome I Can"t Wait
I am really excited that they are making drums like this. I have gone on youtube and I watched reviews on the old ones and they look really nice so these are going to be really good. When I first bought RB2 my drums came broken and I did not want to waist the time and return them to Rock Band. Infact the yellow pad on my drumset is broken but it still registers. I went out and bought silencers to make them quiter but they didn't get that quiet. So when I get my Ions I am going to love them I can already tell.
This is pretty sweet, though i prefer if Guitar Hero would have made it. Hope there are some Iron Maiden songs in there!!!!
Not worth it
After my RB1 set starting acting funny, i picked up the RB2 wireless drums. I disliked those, took them back and went back to the RB1 set. I then picked up these badboys, and let me say that I'm thoroughly unimpressed. While the foot pedal is made of solid metal, it just feels flimsy to me, and you have to stomp it hard and keep it pressed hard to keep it from reading another hit. My green pad doesn't want to register hits sometimes, it just takes a break every now and then, which when playing on expert doesn't work well. My red pad also reads too many hits on occaision. i can't get a long snare roll going because it randomly will read an extra hit and ruin it. overall they are nice. sturdy, and quieter than the rb1 set, but in my opinion not worth the money. maybe i just got a faulty set or something, but i'm not feeling them one bit
I became an instant hero when I purched this at my local gamestop. I am now known as the girl with the ion drumset. There was 1 in stock and it is mine. I enjoy the size of it and do not mind it taking up most of my living room. The size and adjustability are my favorite features. I do not feel like a little kid when I play my video games now. I made the experience extra comfortable by going to my local musician's shop and purchasing a premium drummer throne (TAMA), just like the brand Lars plays on in GH:Metallica! I like the fact that I can use actual musicians accesories with these instruments. My only displesaure was that I would need to purchase an adaptor to use the extra kick pedal I got with the Guitar Hero: Metallica preorder with this drumset.
So the rocker is awesome except the learning curve of hitting the cymbal and it does not work with guitar hero world tour or if it does i can't figure it out. I bought this for compatibility with rockband and guitar hero on ps3, but nope i still need 2 drum sets.