Published on December 15th, 2010 | by Kyle Spencer, Editor
Indie Review: Drum Studio: Platinum Edition
Drum Studio: Platinum Edition
Release Date: December 14, 2010
ESRB Rating: NR
Publisher: All Seeing Eye Games
Developer: All Seeing Eye Games
Platforms: Xbox 360 Arcade / Indie Game
You have been through Guitar Hero and Rock Band, having rocked different venues and played hit songs from your favorite bands, but what if an application came along that allowed you to create your own unique sound and share it with the community? Although you can only create drum patterns and work on your own unique solo’s, Drum Studio is here to get your creative juices flowing. This Indie game from All Seeing Eye Games comes to us at 80 Microsoft Points on the Xbox Live Marketplace only. The game has many unique features that will keep music enthusiast coming back time and time again. If you are a drummer, or a fan of drumming with songs in Guitar Hero or Rock band this game is for you. Get creative, get wild, and see what patterns you can come up with.
Drum Studio is just what the name implies. Think of an electric drum machine in the form of an Xbox Indie Game and without the huge expense, mind you. Drum Studio will bring out the musician in you. The game does support your Rock band or Guitar Hero drum kits, and also supports up to multiple kits if you feel like going crazy. What I mean by multiple kits is you can plug up two different drum kits from Rock Band or Guitar Hero and play on all the different pads to increase the sounds and notes hit. You can customize each pad to your liking and position the drums however you wish to make it easier for you to get the sound you want. You can also use the standard Xbox 360 controller, but the way to get the most out of this game is by using the Drum Kits.
The game does support up to 320 different drum sounds, so customizing your pad layouts is easy. The effects sound great and the hits are very realistic. I was sitting in front of my TV with a Turtle Beach headset on and the feeling of being a drummer was 100% there. This game has a lot of longevity to it and will keep you playing and creating. Drum Studio gives you the ability to create a song, listen to the playback, and edit what it was you have recorded with the simple click of a button. You can also add different percussion sounds while the song is being played back. So in musical terms, think of this as an overlay of different sounds. You can also share your recordings with others online. Others can download your tracks and even edit them with their own unique sounds. You can also play the songs that were just recorded together over Xbox Live. If you wish to start raw, both players can drum together and be recorded into one master recording. Think of it as a drum battle that is actually recorded and can be edited.
The Final Truth:
Drum Studio is just as it says. It is a percussion studio that gives the user creative freedom to play the drums in ways that other musical applications can’t these days. You can use drum kits from other games, or you can use the very limited XBox 360 controller. This game is more of an experience than it is a game. In fact, in the opening of the game it tells you that this is not your typical game, but more of a creative application to get you to create, create, and create. The game does just what it is intended to do. I love music games and this game gives me the freedom to drum away some of the beats I’ve been creating in my head for a long time. I wish that there was a way to add guitar overlays or piano overlays but with this kind of game already in existence, it’s only a matter of time.
+ Realistic Drum sounds
+ 320 Different Drum Sounds
+ Drum out with your avatar!
+ Online Support
– All percussion, no Strings or harmonies