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Rock Band: Can the drums be silenced?

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I think I can safely assume that we all enjoy a good Rock Band jam session from time to time. BUT- have you (or your neighbors) ever been troubled by the noise the drumstick makes when it hits the drum-pad? It's somewhat like listening to a radio station that's not exactly tuned in right- overlookable, but annoying at the same time. So, I set out to explore a few options that have been written up in various blogs and see which works best. Clearly, I am no scientist.

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  • Matthew MushallMatthew Mushall

    Brilliant, Laura!  Absolutely Brilliant!


    This is so appropriate for so many reasons. Tina's performance was spot on. Actually, I'm the leader and drummer in my Rock Band - the “Wyld Pwnyz”. I go by the stage name Arztek and I'm from London...so I'm always talking with the exaggerated accent when my friends and I play. Hearing Tina do the same was fantastic.  Arztek goes by the name of Matthew, my real name, in my other band - the "Wyld Lamaz". I've been playing with the idea of making another character...probably a singer. Maybe I'll make a girl and name her Tina or T-Dub. A friend of mine already made a Thug. She is definitely punk and has white spiky hair.  Sound familiar?


    I tackled the drum sound issue a few weeks ago.  You were right when you said they're tolerable, but annoying. The frequent "wack" was detracting from the overall experience, so I invested in some mouse pad foam.  Not the hard-topped stuff, but the the soft underside material. Actually, I double layered it with double sided tape. A solid color foam circle with a slightly smaller gray foam circle on top. It worked quite well, but I recently found a modification that improved it better still. Cut the gray pads on top into small pieces...and leave a very small gap between them when re-adhering them to the foam beneath! It makes a world of difference. The sound is heavily muffled. Try it if you have the chance.


    Again.  Great video, girls.  It's always a pleasure watching you collaborate.

  • Matthew MushallMatthew Mushall

    Brilliant, Laura!  Absolutely Brilliant!


    This is so appropriate for so many reasons. Tina's performance was spot on. Actually, I'm the leader and drummer in my Rock Band - the “Wyld Pwnyz”. I go by the stage name Arztek and I'm from London...so I'm always talking with the exaggerated accent when my friends and I play. Hearing Tina do the same was fantastic.  Arztek goes by the name of Matthew, my real name, in my other band - the "Wyld Lamaz". I've been playing with the idea of making another character...probably a singer. Maybe I'll make a girl and name her Tina or T-Dub. A friend of mine already made a Thug. She is definitely punk and has white spiky hair.  Sound familiar?


    I tackled the drum sound issue a few weeks ago.  You were right when you said they're tolerable, but annoying. The frequent "wack" was detracting from the overall experience, so I invested in some mouse pad foam.  Not the hard-topped stuff, but the the soft underside material. Actually, I double layered it with double sided tape. A solid color foam circle with a slightly smaller gray foam circle on top. It worked quite well, but I recently found a modification that improved it better still. Cut the gray pads on top into small pieces...and leave a very small gap between them when re-adhering them to the foam beneath! It makes a world of difference. The sound is heavily muffled. Try it if you have the chance.


    Again.  Great video, girls.  It's always a pleasure watching you collaborate.

  • MaxMax

    Bloody brilliant!

  • MaxMax

    Bloody brilliant!

  • byoung210byoung210

    here's what i did and a friend of mine. he got a round piece of rubber that slides over the tip of the drumstick. these dampen the sound dramatically. best of all, because it is on the stick and not the drum, there's no tape to deal with or any area on the drum that won't benefit.

  • byoung210byoung210

    here's what i did and a friend of mine. he got a round piece of rubber that slides over the tip of the drumstick. these dampen the sound dramatically. best of all, because it is on the stick and not the drum, there's no tape to deal with or any area on the drum that won't benefit.

  • Googleman81Googleman81

    lol i watched this 3 times today and i still think its funny.

  • Googleman81Googleman81

    lol i watched this 3 times today and i still think its funny.

  • scratchexscratchex

    Funny stuff!

    LOL "Change the damn song already!"

  • scratchexscratchex

    Funny stuff!

    LOL "Change the damn song already!"

  • LinkyshinksLinkyshinks

    Lol, for a one time Brit Tina that mock accent sucks, still it was funny to hear.  Great feature girls.

  • LinkyshinksLinkyshinks

    Lol, for a one time Brit Tina that mock accent sucks, still it was funny to hear.  Great feature girls.

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