Wow this song was tough. The "Mosh 1" section is my enemy, also just trying to play accurately through the other parts. Very tough. I knew it'd be hard to 5-star so I made sure to get my first (and possibly last) success on film.
So many times I got 226k which is a 2.79x average multiplier! I got over 3.0x this time so it was a good run. The one thing that got me over the hump was turning down the band in sound options. During the mosh I could never grok that fast off-beat mosh snare drum and it sounded like a down beat to me and I'd always screw up Mosh 1 and Verse 1.
Even as it is you can see I struggle through Mosh 1. My *attempted* stick pattern for that is RRLLRLRL and it's tricky because each R in RR is hitting a different pad. Same for each L in LL. So RRLL is 4 different pads, so it's really hard to pull off on drums (no pun intended. I wish I could use the "pull off" feature of GH3 like you can with the guitar controller!)
Q: How does it work?
A: Everything is explained in detail here: ro
Q: How do you do 3-note chords?
A: All "two adjacent note" power chords are mapped to the top 4 pads, so with two hands I can play any 3-note chord except GYO.
Q: How do you do whammy and star power?
A: I use a bass drum pedal on my right foot to activate star power, and a hi-hat pedal on my left foot to control whammy depth.
Q: Why do the notes "hit" so late?
A: I use a 145ms setting for the in-game HTDV Lag Calibration feature to counter the "controller lag" I have with my setup. I use it to make the sweet spot of the notes match the sound of the music, not when the notes cross the row of circles. That way, I play what I hear, but I have to read ahead for the notes to play.
Q: Are you using the "easy expert" cheat?
A: Nope. Listen to the "tap" sounds the drums make. They match in-time to the music and the visible rhythm of the notes on-screen. There's no need for a bigger "window" around each note in order to hit them. The lag setting is what makes it look like I'm hitting things late.
Q: How much does this cost?
A: The drumKat is a pro-quality MIDI drum pad set. These days, they run about $1k. I also use a PC to run my custom home-brew MIDI Hero software to interpret the drum events. Then the "XIM" and "XFPS" add another $100+. This is not made for the masses. This is a one-of-a-kind setup.
Q: Do you play real drums? Are you in a band?
A: Yes, I've been playing drums since 1986. I have been in various bands from Jazz to Ska over the years. I'm not so interested in it anymore. Guitar Hero uses just the right brain cells that make playing an instrument fun. Schlepping equipment from smokey bar to smokey bar isn't all it's cracked up to be.
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