November 11, 2008

Custom Kick Drumheads

I noticed that Mad Catz is selling some officially licensed custom kick drumheads for Rock Band. They’re not much more than fabric circles with two clips, but still, the effect is kinda neat, and they’re only 10 bucks. So far they come in three designs.

Rock Band Custom Kick Drumhead – Elephant

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Rock Band Custom Kick Drumhead – Tattoo

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Rock Band Custom Kick Drumhead – Skull (Best Buy Exclusive design)

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I bought one (the basic Tattoo design — I like the color in the Elephant, but it kinda freaks me out a little) and scanned in the instruction sheet so you can see how simple it really is:

rock-band-custom-kick-drumhead-instructions

(The sparkle effects on the last frame of the documentation made me laugh. Ting!)

The circle is tensioned thin fabric, sort of like those auto-pop up tents, so it is durable and easy to collapse for storage. The clips are of the spring expanding type and flexible, so I’m pretty sure this would also work for the Guitar Hero World Tour drumset.. though using a Rock Band drumhead for a Guitar Hero kit would be kind of .. gauche, I guess. :)

These things are so simple you could probably make one yourself with a neat custom design, if you’re crafty enough. Sure, it’s a cosmetic frill, and it’s only ten bucks. It’s neat to have a faux (but cool lookin) kick drum front and center to hide your hard working legs from the audience!

There are way better ones at digitalcamoskins.com where I got mine from. They have cool rockband and guitarhero products for your plastic rock instruments.

ralph
November 12, 2008 at 11:27 am

That’s pretty cool, but if you ever figure out a good way to make custom ones, please post it here. That would be awesome!

Also, I want some of those mock drum shells that they sell at digitalcamoskins.com, those look cool.

Brandon
November 12, 2008 at 4:24 pm

cool! Thanks for the links!

Here are the Rock Band drum kickheads at digitalcamoskins:

http://www.digitalcamoskins.net/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=DC&Category_Code=subRBMockBass

I couldn’t find a product link for the mock drum shells on their site; I only see the picture on the front page.

Jeff Atwood
November 12, 2008 at 5:06 pm

ah, here’s the official faux kickhead for the GH:WT drum kit.

http://www.redoctane.com/Browse-by-Title/BBT-Guitar-Hero-World-Tour/Guitar-Hero-World-Tour-Faux-Drum-Cover

Jeff Atwood
November 18, 2008 at 7:34 pm

Hi,

Where can i find Rock Band Custom Kick Drumhead – Tattoo please?

SKINT
December 27, 2010 at 3:57 am

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