Ion Audio Makes Awesome Drum Set For Your Arcade Systems

January 19, 2009 by Mobile Beat

Djs – Remember the article last Summer in Mobile Beat Magazine about Using Video Games in your business to expand your opportunities.  Well here’s another company making instruments For Guitar Hero and RockBand that look and feel like the real thing!  Look for an update to that article this summer!

Cumberland, R.I. (Jan. 8, 2009) – ION (, a leader in consumer audio and entertainment technology, announces immediate availability of the PlayStation 2 and PLAYSTATION 3-compatible model of Drum Rocker, the Official Premium Drum Set for the Rock Band® 2 video game. The high-end drum set is also compatible with the original Rock Band video game. Drum Rocker for the Microsoft Xbox 360 gaming system is also available, and a third model for the Nintendo Wii system is forthcoming.

Drum Rocker delivers the most realistic drumming experience available to any gamer. It was built by the engineers at Alesis, one of the largest manufacturers of professional electronic drums in the world. As a result, the kit is designed to take a real-world beating and provides all the positioning flexibility that professional drummers demand. While other drum controllers lock the player down to a pre-molded plastic array of pads, Drum Rocker’s professional aluminum drum rack lets gamers position their snare, tom and cymbal pads wherever they want. When gamers are ready to move from playing Rock Band to playing in a rock band, they can swap the game controller module with one of the professional drum brains made by Alesis, and they are ready to hit the road for real.

Drum Rocker’s velocity-sensitive drum pads feature a playing surface that is much quieter than other drum controllers. They also feel great: drummers’ sticks rebound off the pads naturally and consistently. Drum Rocker’s pad housings are made of high-impact plastic, so drummers can play hard night after night. The pads are mounted to the drum rack with a metal L-arm and clamp system, which allows them to be tilted, swiveled, raised and lowered to whatever position is desired.

Drum Rocker features realistic, moving, expandable cymbal pads. Drummers can finish their fills by whacking a crash cymbal, perform ride patterns on a ride cymbal or cross over to play the hi-hat with their right hand while keeping the backbeat on the snare with their left. Drum Rocker enables drummers to place their cymbals anywhere around the kit, which comes with two cymbals and mounting hardware out of the box. A third cymbal is available as an optional accessory.

Drum Rocker features an all-metal bass drum pedal that is built to last. The pedal is designed with the right amount of tension to replicate the feeling of playing an acoustic drum pedal for even more realism. The pedal comes with VELCRO to ensure it will stay put. There is no limitation to where the pedal can be placed; drummers can put the kick pedal wherever it feels most comfortable.

Drum Rocker enables custom setups thanks to the Cymbal Expansion Pack. Gamers can sit comfortably on the ION Drum Throne, and when they’re ready to take their playing beyond the Rock Band game, the Alesis DM5 professional drum-sound module is a great choice for standalone drumming.

Drum Rocker is available now at and other retailers including, and Game Stop for $299.99.

DRUM ROCKER does not ship with the Rock Band 2 video game.
Rock Band® and Rock Band 2® are trademarks of Harmonix Music Systems, Inc.
PlayStation® is a trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
VELCRO® is a registered trademark of Velcro Industries B.V.
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About ION
ION manufactures a full line of consumer audio, video and musical-instrument products. By leveraging its strengths in digital, analog, semiconductor and transducer technologies, the premier brand provides music and video consumers with revolutionary product solutions. For more information, visit; images are available at

About Alesis
Alesis manufactures a full line of professional audio and musical instrument products capitalizing on its strengths in digital, analog, semiconductor, and transducer technologies. Alesis delivers revolutionary product solutions to the music and audio production industries. For more information, visit

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