Hands-On With Warriors of Rock Drums

Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock Drum BrainDan over at Activision’s One of Swords blog has posted a nicely detailed video showcasing the new drums that’ll be (finally!) packed in with Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock. This is the same kit that’s been available for Band Hero in the UK, or with Band Hero Wii in the U.S. But now it’s open to the masses, and it sounds like it’s got some very welcome improvements.

My favorite new feature has to do with the drum brain: It now detaches from the body of the kit so you can easily use it with MIDI drums (or MIDI-enabled systems like the Omega GM-1) without having to have the whole drum kit out and attached. Even better (for home recording enthusiasts like me), the brain now has a MIDI out instead of just the MIDI in. That should mean we’ll be able to hook the kit up to a PC or other MIDI device and play it on its own.

Check out the whole video below to see even more details.



  1. Theo says:

    I got some with band hero (don’t ask) in the uk and am afraid they couldn’t take a beating. Cymbals now attatched by tape and double hit.

  2. SpOiK says:

    Looks a lot like the RB 2 Drums with cymbals.
    By the way, Rock Band technally has the more advanced Drumkit with RB3. You can have up to 8 different imputs plus an additional kickpedal now.

  3. Dorkmaster Flek says:

    I like the detachable brain; it basically turns into the GH equivalent of the MIDI Pro adaptor for RB3. MIDI out seems to be the new thing on pretty much all the instruments in this round, and that’s only a good thing.

    I have to admit, I never liked the GH drum setup though. The fixed tom/cymbal lanes just seemed too limiting to me. The RB set up makes perfect sense, even though they were doubling up on the lanes. With the addition of pro mode where the cymbals have different icons, it’s clear Harmonix had thought about this for a long time.

  4. Gregg says:

    I succesfully hooked up a Roland TD4kx (yes!) to the old GH drumbrain but…then rockband 3 came out and it doesn’t “recognize” my set because all I get to play is normal drums instead of pro drums.

    Now I can get my hands on the newest drumkit that you show in the video, but will this new drumbrain allow me to play RB3 Pro Drums?

    I really hope you know the answer, I think there’s going to many people having trouble with setting up for RB3

  5. Joe Rybicki says:

    Gregg, I don’t think you can play RB Pro drums with any GH kit. However, all is not lost: You can get the MIDI-PRO adapter when it comes out, and it should allow you to hook your Rolands straight up to RB3.

    Depending on your system, you can either pre-order on Amazon (http://amzn.to/eSyJCw ) or, if you have a Wii, it looks like Mad Catz has them in stock: http://store.gameshark.com/listCategoriesAndProducts.asp?idCategory=323&curPage=5

  6. Gregg says:

    Thanks a bunch Joe,

    I see I have to be patient till the end of december since I’m an xbox360 player, but at least there is a solution.