I began my addiction to faux drumming on guitar hero world tour. Having recently tried the drum controller on rock band 2 I was less than impressed. I did not like having to use the green drum for the crash cymbal in rock band 2 when there is a perfectly good cymbal pad on the guitar hero drums. To remedy this I have installed a switch to allow the right cymbal on the guitar hero drum controller to control the green drum pad and allow you to use it as the crash cymbal in rock band 2. Confused yet? It is a very simple mod and allows a more natural integration of the guitar hero drum controller into rock band 2.
You will need the following:
-wire (a relatively small gauge)
- 1 DPDT switchDPDT switch (radioshack part # 275-407)
-dremel rotary tool for cutting hole
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Step 1: Disassemble the Drums
here is a view from the bottom of the controller after you have removed all of the screws (switch is installed here..will get to that shortly).
Step 2: Unplug the Board and Remove
Next you need to remove the 2 screws securing the small circuit board where all of the drum pads and cymbals plug in.
Step 3: Prepare/Strip the Wires and Tin
-Locate the wire from the right cymbal, unplug it, and cut it in half.
>You must then carefully strip the wire to reveal the white coated "cymbal +" wire and the bare
copper "cymbal -" wire. Tin the bare wire and the stripped white wire on both both sides of the cut.
-Filp the board over and identify the solder points for the plug that the green drum plugs into. Solder a wire onto the "green drum +" (green colored wire) and the "green drum -" (black colored wire). strip and tin the other end of both of these wires in preparation for the DPDT switch.
Step 4: Cut and Drill Holes for the Switch
-Identify where you would like to place the switch and dremel out a hole and drill holes for the mounting screws
Step 5: Solder the Wires to the Switch
Solder the wires onto switch as label in the picture below and the schematic. Be careful to maintain proper orientation of the + and - wires.
Step 6: Mount the Switch and Assemble Controller
-Mount the DPDT switch using the supplied screws and assemble the controller. You can choose to place the switch where ever you like but I was too lazy to lengthen the cymbal wires.
Step 7: Enjoy!
-Sliding the switch to the right position now allows the orange cymbal to control the green drum. You may also hit the green drum as normal if you so desire.
This video demonstrates the switch in the freestyle mode of Rock Band 2: