July 17, 2008

Rock Band 2 Drum Add-On Cymbals

Via Engadget, a shot of the official Rock Band 2 cymbal add ons. These Cymbals plug into those mysterious red, blue, and green plugs on the back of the new Rock Band 2 drumset.


Pricing is supposedly $30 for a pack of 3 cymbals, or $15 each. They are from Mad Catz, technically, but they will be licensed as official first-party add-ons. As mentioned earlier, the cymbals can be played interchangably with the same colored pad, but they do appear to be independent inputs. Rock Band can distinguish which one you’re hitting during fills — hit a tom and you hear a drum, hit a cymbal and you hear a cymbal.

It disturbs me a little that the cymbals are add-ons — so learning to rely on the physical motion of hitting a cymbal will be unnatural on a “stock” Rock Band drumset.

My current strategy is to try out the Guitar Hero World Tour drums, which include cymbals, to see if I enjoy playing that way or not. I have to buy the full GHWT kit because I definitely want the new guitar, and at that point it’s almost as cost effective to buy the full Guitar Hero World Tour band kit for $190.

Similarly, the new Rock Band 2 Drums are available as a standalone kit for $90, but by the time you factor in the $60 price of the game, you’re already at $150 — and fairly close to the price of the Rock Band 2 Special Edition which includes game, new drums, new guitar, and microphone for $190.

umm will these work with the original drumset?could you like get a usb port for them or something?

July 22, 2008 at 7:45 am

could you use a splitter to plug them in to the bass pedal port and just use a extra plug for the bass?but if you had to hit them both at the same time in a song it wouldnt work would it?im confused.

July 22, 2008 at 4:42 pm

where can i pre order these?

July 22, 2008 at 7:28 pm

I have a question. is the green cymbal optional, or do you need all three for it to work?

Kintaro Kamishiro
August 10, 2009 at 3:01 am

These will only work on the Rock Band 2 Drum Set (not the original) as the RB2 Set has expansion ports for the cymbals that the original does not.

August 17, 2009 at 2:41 pm

i bot(spelled wrong)the cymbals. the kept sliding down and away soooo they are just a little anouing but still sooooo worth my 20 bucks.

January 1, 2011 at 10:05 pm

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