New Logitech Wireless Drum Controller for PS3

Today we introduced the Logitech® Wireless Drum Controller for the PLAYSTATION 3 system. Licensed by Activision Publishing, Inc. for the award-winning Guitar Hero franchise, the Wireless Drum Controller features premium drum heads with recessed rims. The product is expected to be available in the U.S. beginning in July and in Europe beginning in August for a suggested retail price of $229.99 (U.S.).

Wireless Drum Controller for PS3

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  • I was wondering will best buy or any other retailers be carrying the drums? I live in CA and the best buy i called didn’t know, any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

  • Hello~!. Is it possible to buy extra pad and change the position of YELLOW from cymble to pad between RED and BLUE…………….?

    …………yes… i mean modify it look like for Rock Band……. thank you~!.

    • Hi Sky,

      I\’m afraid we don\’t have plans to sell the drum heads or cymbals as individual items, however, the pads and cymbals all plug into colour-coded sockets at the rear of a \”brain\” unit. So for playing Rock Band you can swap the signal inputs (and reposition them) in any combination you prefer.

      Cheers, Ruben

  • OH MY GOD~~~~~~~~~~~.
    I connect Logitech drum with PS2 … the ROCK BAND 2 cannot use the drum at all.
    The receiver cannot connect with the drum and keep flashing.
    While PS2 Guitar Hero WT have no problem… @@………..
    Any solution ???? Really need this drum to work with BOTH PS2 and PS3.

    ps… The box shown support Playstation 2 and PLaystation 3.~!!!!!

    • Hi Sky,

      I’m afraid that our drum set (like the Activision Guitar Hero drum set) does not work with Rock Band 2 on the PS2 (although it will work with the PS3 version of that game). I’m sorry, but the PS2 compatibility we specify is only with Guitar Hero games. Rock Band game compatibility (for all platforms) is an area of confusion for all users, and is unfortunately outside our direct influence.

      Cheers, Ruben

  • Hi
    Will it work with Guitar Hero World tour and with Guitar Hero Metallica. Also will you be adding in a second bass pedal for expert plus.
    Thanks

    • Hi Josh,

      Yes, it does work with both GH WT and Metallica on both PS2 and PS3. Although we do not supply the second pedal, you can use a splitter to add one.

      Cheers, Ruben

  • Continue my question about this drum, thats a midi port at the back of transmit box, what is that for..? Can it add extra midi box to play as real drum.?? Thx.

    • Hi again Sky,

      The midi port is for possibly future expansion to the game. No, we do not plan to make them usable with a PC (see my reply to Mimiju on 8/11 about PC drum sets).

      Cheers, Ruben

  • Hi Ruben !

    I’m from Germany and I think I’m one of the 1st here in Europe 2 purchase 1 of ure exellent product, but… Im I having a problem with the cymbals !
    They are 2 less sensitiv. Compared 2 the other drums (red, blue, green) I had 2 hit them very hard 2 recognize all of my strokes. And even that doesn’t always work, if I don’t hit the cymbals right in the middle.

    I phoned the Logitech-Customer-Support here in Germany yesterday (Ref-NR: 090917-003198) but unfortunally they could not help because the product is also really new 2 them.
    So…. Im here right now 2 ask for help…

    Regards
    Rudi

    • Hi Rudi,

      I’ve confirmed with customer support that they’ve been in contact with you, so hopefully you’re all set.

      Cheers, Ruben

  • In general it would be nice 2 have a tool 2 adjust senitivity, so everyone can setup drums as they like.
    I’ve used the PC-Tool Activision released with the original drum-set and i was very pleased 2 find me own settings.

    Regrads
    Rudi

  • Hi Rudi
    Could you please update us about your case with Logitech Support? I also plan to buy the drum but for the Xbox360 System. Is there a way to adjust the less sensitive cymbals? Or advised Logitech you to replace the complete drum? I had the same problem with the Activision Drum and don’t want the same story again. Kind Regards Daniel

  • If I want to use this kit on PC which is better to buy for compatibilty the xbox 360 version or the PS3 version?

    Surely if the Kit is recognised by the PC then there must be a program to emulate it as a real e-drum kit or is this completely impossible? I know that people have done this with the rock band drum kit.

  • Can you use something such as Alesis DM5 Drum Module to turn this into an electronic drum kit ? If so what would you recommend ? And are there any necessary accessories I would need ?

    • Hi Dan and Martin,

      I’m sorry but the Logitech drum kit is only designed for use with console music games, and not as a musical drum set. PC-based electronic drums have too much lag in our opinion, and we have not designed our drum set to trigger hardware drum processors.

      Cheers,
      Ruben

  • I’m having trouble with my drums. Their inaccurately recording hits, but I’m unable to determine which drum if in fact, it is just one. All I can see is that the hit count scoring goes back to zero as if a drum had been hit.

    I’ve called your helpline twice, and sat on hold for upwards of 40 minutes without so much as a notification of how much longer it would be or how many people were ahead of me in the cue.

    I’d love to keep the drums if I could get them to work, but at $300 (including shipping), I’m actually considering returning them and getting the lame Activision ones that I;ve already gone through 2 of… at that price, I can have 3 of them one after another, and at least I’d be able to play for a little while before they break.

    Can SOMEONE please help me or I’m going to return these.

    A

  • I just received mine and im having problems with the cymbals/green pad registering hits. Hitting them is really unreliable and i guess i have to return the kit and get a basic GH 5 one. Shame i was waiting really long for these and then they fail..

    • Hi Adam and Tonkeli,

      Sorry to hear you are having issues – a support representative with follow up with you by email.

      Cheers,
      Ruben

  • Hi Ruben!

    I am interested in purchasing this drum … my experience with the drums, Activision is not very good, and in Spain the parts and the attention of the technical service / customer service are harmful.

    I wonder if the drum loguitech will be much more reliable than Orijinal Activision.

    That guarantee gives Loguitech?

    Personally would be very interesting and would welcome him to see the videos go up operation of the drum in his maxim splendor!

    When goes on sale in Spain? That price in € will be the recommended?

    Thank you very much Ruben!

    PS: Sorry about my English .. google translator .. : P

    • Hi Paulinyus,

      The drum set has a recommended retail price of €199.99 in Europe, and the PS3 version should be available already (with Xbox and Wii versions within the next few weeks). I’ll see if we can put together an “unpacking” video for you soon (… if someone out there doesn’t beat me to it).

      Cheers,
      Ruben

  • On what date and at what retail stores will the drums (PS3 version) be available in CANADA ??? Thank you for your help and keep up the gr8 work on the forum !!!

  • Hi Ruben

    I received my logitech drum kit for PS3.
    The pads have a really great quality and are much better than the original GHWT drum kit.
    But i have a question/problem with my kick pedal:
    Every time when kick, the pedal make a loud annoying clacking noise. This noise causes from one of the two round bumper on the downside of the foot pedal part. One of them is rubber, the other is plastic. And the plastic one makes the noise -> simple, plastic hit plastic = noise.

    Now my question: Should both bumper to be rubber? Has my foot pedal a manufacturing error?
    It seems that other user have the same problem: http://forums.logitech.com/t5/PLAYSTATION-3/Question-Problem-with-my-Drum-Kit-Pedal/td-p/388908

    To reduce the noise, i put a felt between -> noise is now much better, but then the pedal has problem to recognize the kick hit. Half time i miss the kick note and must kick really hard that it work.

    Thanks for Help.

    regards
    Matthias

    • Hi Sonix,

      No – I’m afraid it is not a manufacturing error – the bottom “bumper” on the side that has the sensor is a harder material than the other side. After much testing, we had to use the harder material to get consistent and accurate “hit” registration, and consequently it ended up no quieter than the Guitar Hero or Rock Band original drum pedals. Dampening the noise using padding (as you have found) results in reduced sensitivity, and if we turned up the piezo sensor signal in our firmware, it would cause too many false hits to register.

      Cheers,
      Ruben

  • Still no contact from anyone at logitech support and ive tried to contact you myself as well..
    Sending the kit back to the store i bought it from and hope they replace it with a working one.

  • My new Logitech Wireless Drum not work with PS3. I make a following steps:

    - Connect the wireless receiver dongle to USB port 1 on the front of the Playstation 3.
    - Turn on the controller by pressing the PS button on the front panel of the drum set.
    - Press and hold the connect button on the top of the wireless receiver dongle.
    - Press the PS button one more time to complete the syncing process.
    I try this on the Guitar Hero World Tour, Metallica and GH5. Inside the drum there are a new batteries.

    Please help.
    Bart from Poland

    PS. Sorry for my English

    • Hi fred,

      Please contact customer support so they can troubleshoot with you (www.logitech.com/support).

      Cheers, Ruben

  • Hi again Ruben. So a store near me confirmed to me that they could get the drums for me so I could buy it from them. But I need you to tell me one thing. If the modell works as it’s supposed to, will it register my hit’s flawlessly? this is really important for me cause of the fact that I’m going for FC’s and have already gone through 7 GH:WT stock kits. Hope for fast response.

    • Hi Jacop,
      We have done extensive testing during development, and I am confident that if you use our drums and are still not getting the scores you want – it’s not the equipment. :-) Seriously though, we developed an adaptive noise-reduction algorithm in the drum’s firmware that means it has a high sensitivity with light strokes, but eliminates ghost notes and double-hits with hard strokes. I don’t think you will be disappointed.

      Cheers,
      Ruben

  • Is it possible to hook the PS3-Version of this up on a PC like the GH:WT-Drums?
    I will probably get a PS3+GH5 around february, but I’d like those drums for christmas to play Frets on Fire until I can afford the ps3.

    (if dbl post sry for that – it would’nt show the 1st try to post)

    • Hi Marc,

      The Logitech Wireless Drum Controller for PS3 functions identically to the Guitar Hero drum controller, so it should work in the same way if connected to a PC.

      Cheers,
      Ruben

  • Hello,
    When I use it in rock band 2 (ps3) it reconized it as a microphone, this is the only device connect to the ps3. Is there any Solution?
    It works perfectly on GH World Tour

    • Hi Aimji,

      Although the Wireless Drum Controller is designed for use with Guitar Hero: World Tour and later games, it should be detected by and work with Rock Band 2. Check to see what controller number the PS3 has assigned it. You may need to change it to controller 1, 2, 3, or 4.

      Cheers,
      Ruben

  • I have posted an extensive review of these drums on Amazon. I would recommend using a Rockband pedal with the GH drumset and purchasing an Omega Twin Rocker adapter. I use the Rockpedal from rockpedaldotcom. The difference between the GH pedal and this one is night and day. Because they dont use a piezo sensor and you dont have to slam the pedal to the floor to register a hit.

  • I’ve tried to change the number that the PS3 has assigne it but it steel reconize it as a microphone. Other solutions ?

    • Hi Aimji,

      I recommend that you contact Logitech support (www.logitech.com/support) if you’re still having problems with this.

      Cheers,
      Ruben

  • I’m having problems with double hits and a little bit of cross talk with my cymbals. I’ve verified this using the Guitar Hero Music Studio to show the hits being registered. It’s mostly a problem during fast rhythms, but might just show up more because there are more hits. The Music Studio clearly shows an evenly spaces set of notes, bet every once in a while a double set of notes is registered, plus the occasional orange note while only hitting the yellow cymbal or vice versa. Hitting closer to the edges of the cymbals greatly increase the number of double hits. The drum pads seem fine, but I did once see a green hit also register while playing only the orange cymbal. I’m not hitting excessively hard either. In fact I’ve tired single harder than normal hits and they usually register fine.

    I’m posting here because email support submissions appear to be out and this blog seems to be well maintained.

    • Hi Scott,

      Thanks for the detailed diagnosis. The cross talk you are experiencing is caused by either a faulty cymbal or a faulty brain unit. A support representative will be in touch to help you.

      Cheers,
      Ruben

  • Hi Amji. Are you sure you have you’r ps3 connected to the internett so you have downloaded the patch/update that is required. The GH drums didn’t get compatible with rock band until they released a patch for it.

  • Hi,

    I received these drums yesterday (I am in the UK) and also found that the cymbals are not regitering hits and I have to hit them quite hard in order to do so. I tried to use the midi cable and calibration program that Activision supplied for the original World Tour drums but it doesnt’ seem to have any effect on the Logitech ones.

    Is there anything I can do other than send them back? Is there a calibration program available for these drums? I would also love to use them with my Roland KD-8 and Pearl kick pedal but again, there seems to be sensitivity issues and it only registers if I kick really hard.

    Thanks in advance.

    Paul

    • Hi Paul,

      The firmware and sensors are designed so that they do not need calibration, so it sounds like you have either a faulty cymbal or “brain” unit. I will pass on your details to a support representative and have them contact you directly.

      We did not design our drum set to work with any other brand of heads/pedals, and the Roland KD-8 is tuned to trigger Roland’s own sound modules. I have not personally tried it with our drum set, but I believe that the KD-8 has a logarithmic output curve (to mimic a real kick pedal response) and from your description, it does not cleanly match the trigger threshold we preset in our control unit. I am afraid I don’t have any good suggestions for a fix – except to try with a harder beater head on your Pearl pedal?

      Cheers,
      Ruben

  • Hi Ruben,

    I have been waiting, and waiting for the drums to become available at Futureshop but to no avail. I signed up on the Logitech website to be contacted when they become available. Do you have a date when they will be available?

    Shawn.

  • Hi!

    I was just wondering if I could use my old kick pedals (for the Standard World Tour Kit) for this drum set? And the splitter that came along with the secondary pedal…

    • Hi Antonio,

      The GH World Tour pedal should work fine, along with the splitter for two pedal use.

      Cheers,
      Ruben

  • Hi,

    I’m writing in because i think one of my cymbals if faulty. The yellow one. When i hit it, it constantly kills the hit count, as if it is registering two hits. Like a false positive.
    I wish i could describe more. Any help would be appreciated

    Tim

    • Hi Tim,

      That shouldn’t happen – you may want to contact support (www.logitech.com/support) with this issue.

      Cheers,
      Ruben

  • I forgot to mention that I am interested in the xbox version of the drum controller.

    Thanks.

  • Can we purchase just a drum brain for a console. I have the PS3 version of this and want to know if I could get just the brain for the Xbox. If not, will a GH drum brain work with this set ?

    • Hi Bervick,

      We are looking into making the three wireless brain units (PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii) available as stand alone items. I am afraid I do not have more information to share at this point. Also, the Activision GH drum brain is not compatible with our drum set (physically nor electrically).

      BTW, thanks for your thorough and constructive feedback on the drums (on this blog and other forums). It really is valuable to us, and even if we can’t act on all your points immediately (noise etc..) we are incorporating your inputs in future designs.

      Cheers,
      Ruben

  • I would just like some clarification on the drums…

    It’s not a good idea to use them as e-drums, but I would be able to use the drums on PC via the USB interface if playing the PC version of Guitar Hero World Tour.

    Is that correct?

    • Hi Joahn,

      The Logitech Wireless Drum controller for PS3 should be compatible with the PC version of Guitar Hero World Tour and other Guitar Hero games with drum controller support.

      Cheers,
      Ruben

  • Hi,

    I am experiencing similar problems like Scott (October 12th, 2009 at 9:45 am) with PS3 drum kit. I had problems with double hits on cymbals with my GHWT drum kit, so I bought this one and there are problems too :( It registers a lot of double hits on cymbals (when in straight position, which allows you to play accents). When I set up cymbal position like WT drum kit, it is a lot better, but not so comfortable to play. And also double hits occurs mostly when playing fast rhythms (medium or hard difficulty) and hitting other drum pads too. So I have to focus on how not to making double hits instead of just how to play. There is very little crosstalk sometimes too (red drum when playing yellow, or sudden star power activation without hitting orange during the game), but that is probably minor problem. Anyway it is very difficult to recognize, what was the problem during play. But I can confirm double hits in Music Studio.

    In conclusion this drum kit is a lot better than WT (construction is perfect), but it still producing double hits and there is no way how to set sensitivity.

    Martin

  • Hi again Ruben. I have just recieved your drum controller today and I have to tell you that for me it has worked almost flawlessly. Now it’s that little flaw I have to ask about. I have a hard time hitting accent notes. You know those notes who you get more points if you hit the drum head harder. At times they register as accent but far from always.
    Another thing, my yellow cymbal have been dropping a handfull og notes. Not many but one every once and a while, enough to fuck up and FC. If it get’s too bad. Is it possible to have only the part you need sent in the mail? I really don’t want to return the kit. I ordered it over the web and it’s alot of work to return it. but My question is simple, Can I fix the accents? and is there a way to have only a new yellow cymbal sent to me in the mail? Plzz help me with this.

    • Hi Shawn,

      I’ve been checking on availability in Canada, and the latest information is that Best Buy and Futureshop should have it the week of November 16th – at least in their online stores.

      Cheers,
      Ruben

  • Just bought a set today to replace the crappy GHWT ones with two busted symbals. Was working perfectly for about 3 hours. Love it.

    All of a sudden the yellow cymbal starts putting out double hits and going off randomly sometimes (as proven by star power being activated when I’m just hitting an orange). It’s lessens a little if I loosen the screw a little at the top. This is a weird, flimsy design for the top of the cymbals.

    How do I fix this problem? It just cost me $399 Australian and I’m REALLY not keen on shipping it off and having no drum kit for God knows how long. It really needs a new yello cymbal I guess. Lucky it’s got a long warranty because it didn’t make it past 3 hours.

    • Hi ferzal,

      It sounds like you might have a faulty cymbal on your hands. Assuming that you are in Australia, you can contact Logitech Australia support at http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/support_downloads/&cl=au,en. Or, if you’re still under warranty, you can follow the warranty path in your country for a replacement — and as I understand for Australia, you can do that through your point of purchase.

      Cheers,
      Ruben

  • Hi !

    Is it possible to buy an additional Logitech drum pedal to add to my set in order to play to GH Metallica ?

    Thanks!

  • Dude those cymbals don’t look nice at all! they look like crap if you ask me. but the pads are really great I think

  • Hi Ruben!

    Do you know if this drum kit will be available in Portugal?

    If not and buy it online, do I still have the support and warranty from Logitech?

    Thanks!

    Regards

  • Hi Jeremy, Jacop, Jeff and Anton,

    We are not currently able to sell a second pedal as a standalone product, but we hope to solve that soon. In the meantime, you can use the standard GHWT or RB drum kick pedal as a second pedal, using a 3.5mm headphone Y-adapter (splitter).

    Cheers,
    Ruben

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