The Destroyer Rock Band Pedal Review
- Posted April 14th, 2008 at 12:12 EDT by Eric Blattberg
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The Destroyer is a high-quality product at a fairly hefty price point. Quality or cash -- which one matters more is up to you.
- Improved rebound over the original pedal
- Ability to be customized to fulfill any personal preferences
- Strong metal build
- High price point
- Lack of attachment to drum base
Here's the situation: You're in a groove, about to pass Iron Maiden's infamously-difficult 'Run to the Hills' on Expert Drums for the first time. Suddenly you hear a loud crack, and to your dismay, you view a broken bass pedal beneath your feet. If you haven't figured it out yet, this was the case for this unfortunate PSU journalist.
Although Electronic Arts' customer service is fairly snappy, we weren't searching for a quick fix that would create issues again a few months down the road; we wanted something durable, effective and just plain rockin'. Behold -- The Destroyer.
The folks over at RockBandPedal.net were kind enough to send us a pedal to review. First off, know that this pedal can take a beating. It's metal obviously, so that fixes our primary concern about the standard Rock Band pedal. Made from actual bass pedal parts, this beast won't snap under any circumstances. Ever.
It's relatively simple to set up. Plug it in and it should work from the get go, but what we love about The Destroyer is its ability to be customized to fulfill any specific personal preferences. The pedal works when the magnet on its right-hand side passes by the sensor. As a result, you're able to loosen the screw above the pedal and slide it left or right to adjust the distance between the magnet and sensor, thus changing its sensitivity.
After finding our own personal sweet spot, we started playing and immediately noticed several serious differences between the default Rock Band pedal and The Destroyer. The Destroyer is approximately a half-inch thinner than the standard pedal. This isn't necessarily a positive or a negative as it simply comes down to preference. Initially, the rebound on The Destroyer felt awful, but it proved to be only a learning curve. Mastery of the lighter rebound equates to easier double hits -- Tom Sawyer on Expert is a prime example of the benefits of the lighter pedal resistance.
All isn't perfect however, as The Destroyer, being hand-crafted from real pedal pieces, can't connect to the base of the drums like the standard pedal. Instead, it must be placed directly in front of the two bars at the base of the drums. This didn't cause any distance concern for us, but another huge factor immediately came into play. Depending on the surface it's used on, the pedal may slide around during usage, which in turn, ruins the entire intent of the pedal to improve the Rock Band experience. This issue is actually easily remedied with the purchase of some sort of mat to keep the pedal in place. We snagged a $15 rubber "outdoor mat" which ended up keeping the pedal in place quite nicely.
This brings us directly to our second concern. At the initial price point of $64.99 USD, do you really want to be spending more money to get The Destroyer to stay in place? Even if you're already playing on an appropriate surface area, the price is nothing to scoff at.
In the end, it comes down to how much you want to improve your Rock Band experience. With The Destroyer, we definitely noticed a discernible difference in our skills, getting consistently higher scores and passing harder songs than when playing with the original pedal. With a price point rivaling that of a full retail game, the decision does get a bit tricky though. If money is no object however, we recommend that you give The Destroyer a shot.
- 7:29am EDT - April 14th, 2008
Goddamit! $65 is too rich for my blood. That and the fact it can't snap onto the bars. No thanks, but nice try. I'm sure it's a conspiracy by EA to make crappy peripherals so that 3rd parties can step in and 'profit'
- 9:03am EDT - April 14th, 2008
This isnt necessary unless you've broken your second pedal, too expensive but im sure some other company will come along with a cheaper one.
The question I am waiting to be answered is that when we will see the double bass peripheral? Not only to help the drummers out with certain songs but also so RB can expand the metal on the set list
- 9:35am EDT - April 14th, 2008
Interesting... To bad EA or Harmonix didn't come up with this in the begining.
- 10:18am EDT - April 14th, 2008
The original Rock Band pedal feels too thick to me. I can't rest my foot on the ground and push it down; I have to hold my foot up the whole time and that's tiring.
- 10:36am EDT - April 14th, 2008
wow I was thinking thinking but no thank you to much for a pedal
- 12:34pm EDT - April 14th, 2008
I'd like to see someone mod a DW 9000 or similar pedal. $$$
- 2:28pm EDT - April 14th, 2008
They should have reviewed the Omega pedal. It looks solid. www.omegapedal.com
- 2:50pm EDT - April 14th, 2008
go buy real instruments
- 2:58pm EDT - April 14th, 2008
Hehe @ efortless.
- 9:39pm EDT - April 14th, 2008
effortless7: haha word
- 11:19am EDT - April 17th, 2008
lol eric Im just kidding. My friends tell me that there is a fogmachine and stage lights available for this game...now THAT is taking it too far......
- 5:59pm EDT - October 10th, 2008
I went looking for a pedal too and found a site called www.pedalmasters.com that created a mod kit for DW pedals to work with Rock Band. Actually, I think it was a mod kit for any professional "real" pedal and they used a DW as an example. I dont remember their price but it was less than $20 bucks.
I just checked their site and didnt see it listed. I think you might have to call them or send them an email. Looks like they've changed their site around quite a bit.
- 9:07am EDT - October 27th, 2008
I just did the pedalmasters.com thing and it worked out well, it came in about a week for $30. The guy on the website is cool, somebody put a lot of thought into that logo.
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