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The $299 Rock Band dream drums

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on 12 July 2008

If you love Rock Band, you're in for possibly the most exciting announcement in a long while (with some added sticker shock on the side). Introducing the Ion Drum Rocker, the most advanced drum controller ever conceived.

This premium Rock Band 2 controller comes in at a whopping $299, but if you love the drums, it appears you have no choice but to sucker up and buy a set. Developed by engineers at Alesis, one of the largest manufacturers of professional electronic drums in the world, the Drum Rocker offers a professional aluminum drum rack that is unrivaled in all aspects.


First off, the pads are super high-quality. Sporting velocity-sensing tech and more realistic rebound, you can whack these things into oblivion and come out fine. As for the the snare, tom and cymbal pads, you're able to position them wherever you please (Note: two cymbals included, one is an extra accessory). Finally, put the pedal to the metal with, well, a metal pedal. No more broken plastic here, just a beautiful looking kick drum with a proper amount of tension that won't slide around.

As the icing on the proverbial cake of awesomeness, whenever you get tired of Rock Band, you can use these bad boys with one of the professional drum brains made by Alesis and play them as a real electronic drum kit. That further proves their versatile and realistic design.

So, a $299 drum controller? Yes, yes it is. A brilliant and price-justified $299 drum controller? Yep.