As I’ve mentioned in an earlier post, I’ve become a huge fan of fake plastic cymbals. I don’t mean to get all melodramatic on you guys, but they have completely transformed my fake plastic drumming experience. Seriously.
If you enjoy drumming even a little in Rock Band, I highly recommend the official Rock Band 2 Triple Cymbal Expansion Kit from Mad Catz. Note that you must have a Rock Band 2 wireless drumset for this to work. The older Rock Band 1 kit will not work.
I’ve scanned in the setup manual for the cymbals so you can see how the triple kit installs.
Unfortunately, the triple cymbal kit is really hard to find right now. I do recommend it over the Rock Band 2 Double Cymbal Expansion Kit (yellow + green), because once you have two cymbals, you realize just how much that third blue cymbal is used in conjunction with the green.
A good, easy example of this is Alice in Chains’ Man In The Box on Expert drums. It’s not very difficult, and it illustrates some of the commonest cymbal patterns.
While watching this, remember (and hear!):
- Yellow = hi-hat cymbal
- Blue = splash cymbal
- Green = crash cymbal
(also note there are little breakdown parts in the song, like at 1:18, 1:50, 2:46, and 3:55, where the same colors are toms; this is where it’d be nice to have some kind of visual distinction between the tom notes and cymbal notes of the same color)
I can’t say enough great things about the Rock Band 2 Triple Cymbal Expansion Kit. It’s a far more immersive and realistic drumming experience with them.
Here’s hoping fake plastic cymbals are standard equipment on the Rock Band 3 drumset!