I spent a solid hour going through some favorite songs with the new Omega Pedal
.I'm in love
I'm not a shill for the company -- just an honest RockBand drumming enthusiast who can't stop playing the faux-drums and wants the best experience while doing it. The Omega Pedal adds a new dimension to the game... or at least the foot action.
I would best describe my initial impression as this: it does to the foot pedal in RockBand what a force-feedback wheel does to a racing game. It's probably not going to make me a better drummer, but it does improve the feel of the kicking. A lot.
I might not get higher scores or more stars initially, but it certainly feels
like what I imagine playing the kick drum on a real kit would feel like. My foot could feel the swing of the hammer, and right as it makes contact, the kick drum in the game registers.
Playing through some songs in expert mode, I noticed how double or syncopated kick rhythms felt very different from single or steady kicks because of the momentum of the arm/hammer. I also noticed much more finesse playing "heal down". I don't know if I'll switch to this style, but it makes more sense with a real pedal.
One thing to be aware of: this is not a silent replacement
. I play on a rug on top of hardwood floors -- the kick drum now sounds like a subwoofer thump!
This might be because I'm so used to the heavy spring in the pedal of the launch RockBand kit and I need to adjust to less "stomp".
But apartment dwellers or people in quiet households take notice... because there's impact, you will hear the kicks along with the tom pad hits. The wife commented "that sounds like a real drum set now".
With that said, I actually like it better with the kick making a sound now. The feedback of the sticks hitting the toms is crucial for connecting to the music in the game, but with a silent pedal there's no audio feedback to the kicks. With this pedal, the kicks are about as loud as the sticks hitting the industrial gum rubber pads. For me, the sound ("noise"?) the RockBand kit makes is filled out with impact of the pedal.
Obviously a $75 enhancement for one game isn't for everyone. But to the drumming obsessives, the Omega Pedal really adds to an already great rock experience. Highly recommended!