As many of you probably already know, I’m more of a guitar/bass guy in Rock Band. On songs that I know the lyrics to and are in my VERY limited vocal range, I’ll belt out a tune every once in a while. But my usual last choice instrument is drums. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying I dislike drums, I’m just saying it’s my least favorite. It’s like saying Michelangelo was my least favorite Ninja Turtle, because they clearly all ruled.
Anyway, I’ve been trying to get my Rock Band drumming acumen up lately, and I feel like I’m just now getting around to finally understanding the issue around “double bass” in Rock Band. To those that still may not understand it, and as a roundabout way for the community to confirm my understanding, when DLC is released, in complex songs where the drummer uses two bass pedals, Harmonix will typically author the drum charts only to include a single bass pedal. For the die-hards out there, they see this as undercharting of the song… and I definitely see their point of view.
First, the good news. Thanks to some good questions and solid understanding by @toymachinesh and @cena5401, we can now report some clarity on this issue. Cena has a very good explanation video below that talks about much of the issue. He explains that the “mystery port” on the Rock Band 2 drumset will be enabled in Rock Band 3 so you can connect a second pedal. He also explains that via the overshell options menu for drummers in Rock Band 3, you’ll also be able to assign whether the second pedal acts as a second bass pedal or a hi-hat pedal. Cena also mentions that the functionality exists in Rock Band 3 so you can tell the game if, for example, you only have two cymbals attached and need to remove the third cymbal from the Pro Drums lane.
And then there’s the bad news. Toymachine is able to get info out of Dan Teasdale at E3 that the current authoring methodology of only charting single bass pedal will remain for the foreseeable future (see below… about 3:20 in). Here’s where I try and spin it in saying that since Dan left Harmonix last week, the foreseeable future may have only been a few weeks out from E3. I know, I’m reaching on that, but a boy can dream, right?
UPDATE: Toymachine also pointed me “Laid to Rest” by Lamb of God, which shows up as Expert+ in Guitar Hero (with double bass), and Expert in Rock Band (without double bass). Here’s an image of an example of the charting between the two. I’ve also included links to the videos for you to compare the two for yourself.
OK, all you expert drummers, let me know your thoughts on this below in the comments!