How to Make Your Real Drum Kit Work with Rock Band on Playstation 3

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This is a step by step tutorial on how to set up Rock Band 1 and 2 on Playstation 3 to a real drum kit.

What you'll need:

  • 5 piece drum kit (we used a Dixon Demon)
  • Playstation 3 (or 2)
  • RockBand 2 (or original RB)
  • Rock Band Microphone and two guitar controllers
  • 5 acoustic drum triggers, appropriate cables (cable connector types depends on the triggers and interface, just make sure they are compatible with each other)
  • drum trigger interface
  • Midi to USB Rock Band Adaptor
  • RemO's Tone Control Rings
  • Hart Dynamics Magnum mesh heads (optional)
  • Blue, Red, Green, Yellow spray paint
  • polycrylic spray coating
  • 3M mounting tape
  • orange construction paper
  • Elmer's glue
  • Pintech cymbal triggers (optional)
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Step 1: Get the Gear and the Game

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Get the Playstation 3 or 2, and the Rock Band or Rock Band 2 pack that comes with the drums, guitar and microphone, and game disc. Even through you will not use the drums, this pack is less expensive than buying the game, two guitar controllers, and the microphone separately. And if you want to return you drum kit to a normal later, you can use the included Rock Band drum kit to play the game. We used the Guitar Hero World Tour controller for our second guitar.  You'll also need real drums.  We used a Dixon Demon in Urban Camo.

Step 2: Get the Special Adaptor

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Buy a USB Rock Band adaptor. We bought ours from Rock Band Forum user sethmeisterg. (This will not work with the XBox 360 because of Microsofts interface licensing restrictions, this is why it must be a Playstation 2 or 3).

Step 3: Take Measurements

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Measure and the diameter of your toms and snare (or you might already know). If you are going to use cymbal triggers also, measure them as well. We bought the Pintech TC Cymbal Package which includes a 14, 18, and 10 inch cymbal triggers. In this case, size doesn't matter.

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Step 4: Get the Rings

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Get the appropriate quantity and size of RemO's Tone Control Rings at a drum accessory store. They come in packs, but sometimes dealers will sell the rings individually.

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Umm, I'm lookin at your drum mics and was wondering what kind of mics they were. CAN SOMEONE PLEASE HELP ME OUT!
nsputnik (author)  BlackFriday2423 years ago
They are Roland acoustic drum triggers.
teslafan1005 years ago
I would rather buy the rock band kit.
freddd5 years ago
Could you get this, and run it along side a ps3 to xbox controller converter to allow this to work on a 360

here is a link to one
PSPerson5 years ago
funny.... because the PS3 Guitar Hero World Tour drumset has a MIDI in right on the back of the controller.... and the GHWT drumset works on both games
ege2075 years ago
can you use it without ps3
iSmack ege2075 years ago
Yea, it says on the intro you can also use a PS2 and regular Rockband. Hope I helped :]
MilotisX5 years ago
This is truly a great 'ible!! i wish i had room for this in my house, i own an Alesis D4, that woul work right?
Joe Martin5 years ago
That must sound truly awful, But a fantastic idea!
bumpus5 years ago
Cooooool! :D