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Guitar Hero Drums Acting Up? Tune 'em!

Set your sensitivity with Neversoft's new drum tuning tool.

It's starting to sound like the reports of broken Guitar Hero World Tour drums and guitars are starting to calm down a bit. I'm convinced that my hardware is fine. Ryan ended up with a cymbal with a dead spot on it and a guitar that makes a ridiculous squeaking noise that makes it the most annoying thing ever products by anything, ever.

How about you? If you answered "well, my drums seem weird," then Neversoft might have just the thing. The company has released a software-based tuning kit for the PC that will let you set the sensitivity on each of the drum pads, as well as the kick pedal.

Drum tuners!
The catch is that these drums are wireless, so you won't be able to just slap the USB cable into your PC to tune them. Instead, you'll need to use the MIDI port on the drums, hook that up to a USB-based MIDI interface, and then use all of that to set and save your settings. That sounds like a bunch of super-specific steps that most users won't be able to do on their own. As for me, my drums work fine, but I think I might hook them up to my old Tascam US-122 just to see the sensitivity software in action.

Knowing my luck, I'll break something in the process. Find out more on the official Guitar Hero news page.
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Posted by Jeff
It's starting to sound like the reports of broken Guitar Hero World Tour drums and guitars are starting to calm down a bit. I'm convinced that my hardware is fine. Ryan ended up with a cymbal with a dead spot on it and a guitar that makes a ridiculous squeaking noise that makes it the most annoying thing ever products by anything, ever.

How about you? If you answered "well, my drums seem weird," then Neversoft might have just the thing. The company has released a software-based tuning kit for the PC that will let you set the sensitivity on each of the drum pads, as well as the kick pedal.

Drum tuners!
The catch is that these drums are wireless, so you won't be able to just slap the USB cable into your PC to tune them. Instead, you'll need to use the MIDI port on the drums, hook that up to a USB-based MIDI interface, and then use all of that to set and save your settings. That sounds like a bunch of super-specific steps that most users won't be able to do on their own. As for me, my drums work fine, but I think I might hook them up to my old Tascam US-122 just to see the sensitivity software in action.

Knowing my luck, I'll break something in the process. Find out more on the official Guitar Hero news page.
Posted by OmegaPirate

That seems like alot of effort xD as long as the rb2 kit is ok i may just wait for thats release

Posted by grainger

whats wrong with all these games?!?!? when rockband was first released 2/5 were returned to my shop the same day because they werent working properly... now i can expect the same with world tour when its released in the uk?

Posted by Coltonio7

That seems way too complicated for the average Guitar Hero player.

Posted by TheHBK

Why the hell dont they release this as a patch to use in the game?  Assholes.

Edited by REMOVE_NOZZLE

Or they should just work out of the box without dead spots and shoddy sensitivity. This is a sad joke.

I've given up on plastic drum instruments. At least the guitars are excellent.

Posted by DarkPants

word, i still need to pick it up

Posted by TooWalrus

Horrible squeaking builds character.

Posted by hopjef

my guitar also makes little mouse peeps when i strum :(

Posted by Media_Master

This is why you don't  by music games

Posted by LDub

Why can't Neversoft just release this as an in game patch for consoles?

Posted by Rasta_Zergling

i've had so many problems with my world tour peripherals
guitar makes the annoying squeaking sound
fret buttons stop functioning after 15min of use
right drum pad is waaaaaaaaaaaay not sensitive enough

basically all i can do for the next few weeks while i wait for my midi interface and guitar RMA to show up is sing

Posted by Milkman

That would be a pretty useful program if setting it up wasn't so ridiculous.

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Posted by zoozilla

That is not what I call a simple solution.

"Don't worry, kids - all you have to do is download this free application, and change the sensitivity to your liking!

Oh, and one more thing - you'll need a Linksys modem (only Linksys, sorry), a dual-core processor (made by  Intel), a 512 MB video card, 4 free USB ports, a 20-ft extension cord, a pair of Grado SR-60 headphones, a Toshiba Blu-Ray drive, a..."

Posted by fancifulunicorn

Plastic instrument music games are the new Tony Hawk.

Edited by Farley_Lives

I fixed my problem when i went to return it and got my money back. I'm done with guitar hero.

Posted by m1k3

My drums worked fine out of the box, there was sensitivity issues with it, but i just did the trick using masking tape, but i think i made the red pad a little too sensitive... im just to lazy to fix it right now.

Posted by CoursinLarry

What are Mac users to do!?  And there had BETTER be something in the pipeline to remedy this strum bar thing.  It's absurd.  I can't even use that guitar. 

Posted by Dante_the_Jedi

God it funny, if they just made the work before shipping them. I really think that is the end of the guitar games, by this point people have far to many plastic instruments in their home and will not take it any more.

Posted by Spankmealotus

Well that doesn't fix my guitar. Strum bar doesnt always register when i strum down.

Posted by TheHBK

Mac users don't count.  Anyway, my drums would bang away on their own, sending a signal out when no one was hitting the drums.  And it might stop if someone moved to a different part of the room.  But just a little movement would start it again.  It was so annoying.  This didn't happen when i used them at my friends house.  I think the drums might be sensitive to other wireless signals.  Maybe that cell phone tower that I live next to?

Posted by JJpenguin

Jesus, what about console users. I'm sticking with the World tour drums as they are way better (IMO) than rock band drums. I think i'll open the drums up and have a peek inside

Posted by PlatypusPlatoon

I think I'm gonna wait a bit to get Guitar Hero: World Tour now.  Least, till I hear that a second, more reliable revision of the hardware has been released.

Posted by Afroman269

I solved the problem by sticking with RB

Posted by obienate

If you don't think it is worth running the tuning program, think again.  I had problems with my orange cymbal not working some, and other drums being too sensitive, so I would lose my note streaks.  Red Octane sent me the required cable free, and very quickly.  The program is easy and quick to run.  Here are the settings I changed to with a ton of success.  Red: 4, Yellow: 8, Blue: 11, Orange: 17, Green: 6, Pedal: 13.

My Drum Settings
   I can see how the sensitivity can get out of whack during shipping and everything.  I imagine that future drum packages will be shipped with the cable needed to tune the drums.  I for one bought Guitar Hero rather than Rock band because of its superior instruments, and I don't regret it.  The one hard part is that you need to have a computer next to your Xbox and drums to run the tuning.  This is easy if you have a laptop, but I had to move my Xbox and drums to my computer room.  Well worth it.