Rock Band Drums go Mod

By Shaun Hatton - March 5th, 2008

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If your neighbours are complaining about the sheer force of your household’s output of rock with Rock Band, you may want to consider muffling the drum kit’s pads with real drum pad silencers.

In the photo above, I’ve cut smaller circles out of larger drum pad silencers (from when I had a Ludwig jazz kit of my own) and affixed them to the Rock Band drum pads with one of rock’s most important pieces of equipment: Duct tape.

While this totally destroys the otherwise somewhat sleek look of the drum kit, it does make it look a lot more rock ‘n’ roll. In addition, the added bounce that this easy mod gives the drum pads makes them feel a little more like a real drum kit. The only downside to doing this in terms of gameplay is that you’ll probably have to hit the skins a little harder to register all notes. Another alternative would be to use cheap mousepads to do the trick. They’re thinner, so you won’t have to hit as hard.

So why bother with this mod? Apart from cutting down on the noise, this will definitely prolong the life of the drum pads. It’s a whole lot cheaper to change out these silencers than it is to buy a new drum kit.

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  2. By Reay
    Posted on Mar 6, 2008

    Dude, this rules.
    No sweat hitting the heads harder – the one time we rocked out at your place, I was having to hold way the hell back (used as I am, albeit from years back, to playing the real thing). Looking forward to playing again!

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