Rock Band 3’s release is just around the corner and the new peripherals released by Mad Catz including the wireless drum set, mustang guitar and the new microphone have a lot to live up to, as would-be musicians from all around the world get ready to rock out online.
I had the opportunity to spend a week with the new Rockband 3 Microphone for the Xbox 360. If you played any previous Rock Band games or any music games and took the role as lead singer, your efforts could sometimes be thwarted by a dysfunctional microphone.
Our household has gone through four or five microphones since the original Rock Band came out in 2007, and all but one of those microphones stunk. The original microphone that came with Rock Band was easily the best microphone made for the game series, but once our microphone broke down from extended use, our efforts to find a decent microphone took us in many directions, from a wireless option to a deluxe microphone with all the buttons on the handle of the microphone, but usually we ended up fighting with the loose cords or unscrewing the top of the microphone so the actually microphone would pick up our voice.
I was a bit resistant to buy another Rock Band microphone and was very tempted into just purchasing a higher quality USB microphone that would be compatible with the game. But, with a price tag of only $28.99, the new Rock Band 3 Microphone tempted me into yet another purchase.
First and foremost the microphone works, it sounds clear but more importantly it registers the vocals properly on the video game, even with the music turned up loud and the beating of a plastic drum set very near by.
Unfortunately there are a few flaws with the microphone design, for one the 9.8′ cord comes up short in most living rooms where the TV and Xbox are 10-12 feet from the couch if not further. While this may not seem like a big problem at first, any situation that causes a taunt cord eventually leads to a loose cord and a dysfunctional microphone. The weight of the microphone is also feather light, which has a nice hand feel, but I’m sure wouldn’t hold up so well if dropped on the floor a few times, which is bound to happen especially after our video game band throws back a couple adult beverages during extended sets.
Outside of those minor quibbles, I am pleased thus far with the performance of the microphone, and I would recommend buying this Rock Band 3 Microphone. I just hope its durability and functionality will hold up for some soon-to-be epic concerts going down on my Xbox 360 once Rock Band 3 is released next week.