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Mad Catz Rock Band 3 MIDI PRO-ADAPTER for Wii and Wii U

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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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Platform: Nintendo Wii
  • Easily connects MIDI-compatible Drums, Keyboards and the Squier by Fender Stratocaster Guitar to console
  • Versatile clip for attaching to an instrument, waistband or use on tabletop
  • Velocity sensitivity adjustment for Drums
  • Full-featured action buttons and D-Pad for in-game navigation with Fixed 9.8ft (3m) USB cable
  • Overdrive activation button and MIDI indicator LED

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Mad Catz Rock Band 3 MIDI PRO-ADAPTER for Wii and Wii U + Rock Band 3
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Product Details

Platform: Nintendo Wii
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00409SOEG
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 5.8 x 2 inches ; 2 pounds
  • Media: Accessory
  • Release Date: December 26, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,991 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

Product Description

Platform: Nintendo Wii

From the Manufacturer

 

Rock Band 3 MIDI PRO-Adapter for Wii

Rock Band 3 is the next generation of the ultimate social and interactive music gaming platform developed by the category's leading pioneers, Harmonix Music Systems. Featuring innovative game modes and instruments, Rock Band 3 will change the way fans think about and play music games.

Midi Connection

Play Rock Band 3 Pro mode using most MIDI-compatible Keyboard and Drums and the Squier by Fender Stratocaster Guitar and Controller

The Rock Band 3 MIDI PRO-Adapter provides a link between traditional MIDI instruments and videogame consoles. Seamless connectivity with MIDI-compatible Drums, Guitars and Keyboards is now possible. With a versatile clip for use on a tabletop, or attaching to an instrument or waistband, the place-anywhere design promotes total freedom of movement. An Overdrive activation button coupled with full-featured action buttons and D-Pad for in-game navigation all deliver the perfect blend of videogame and real-world rocking.

The MIDI PRO-Adapater enables the use of real MIDI instuments for traditional Rock Band representational mode or pitch-accurate Rock Band Pro mode, which lets players experience the challenge and reward of playing along with real notes until they've mastered them on expert!

 

Midi Connection

Easily connects MIDI Drums and Keyboards that follow the general MIDI spec, allowing you to play them with Rock Band 3 on the Xbox 360 console. (MIDI Cable sold separately.)

Velocity Adjustment Wheel

Velocity adjustment wheel for fine-tuning sensitivity helps to eliminate crosstalk by adjusting the translation of hit detection on drum pads.

3-Way switch enables the MIDI PRO-Adapter to identify drum, keyboard and guitar modes (D K G).

 

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The MIDI PRO-Adapter features action buttons and a D-Pad for in-game and console navigation functions. The addition of a large Overdrive button makes initiating the Overdrive feature quick and easy.

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MIDI signals are shown via the MIDI indicator LED. The MIDI PRO-Adapter will read all general MIDI 1.0-compliant signals for channel 1 and channel 10 as default keys and drums. The MIDI PRO-Adapter will read channels 1-6 for MIDI guitars.

The MIDI PRO-Adapter features a versatile, removable clip to be used for the following play styles:

1. Attached to an instrument 2. Clipped to a belt or waistband 3. Laid flat on the Adapter's soft, non-abrasive rubber feet for use on a tabletop
Clip on Instrument Clip on Belt Use on Tabletop
Additional Features:
  • Fixed 9.8ft (3m) USB cable
  • Supports Overdrive Stomp Box (Sold Separately)
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    Rock Band Overdrive Pedal
    The MIDI PRO-Adapter is required for the Squier by Fender Stratocaster Guitar and Controller. Designed exclusively for Rock Band 3 Pro mode, the Squier by Fender Stratocaster Guitar and Controller allows players to play the actual notes and chords of their favorite songs while racking up high gameplay scores.

    MIDI device compatibility list

    KEYBOARDS ELECTRONIC DRUM KITS GUITARS
    M-Audio Axiom 25 Roland HD-1 Squier by Fender Stratocaster Guitar and Controller
    CME Key 49 Yamaha DT Explorer
    Behringer UMX-25 Yamaha DD 65
    Behringer UMA-25s Alesis DM5
    Akai MPK-25
    The Rock Band 3 MIDI PRO-Adapter functions with the Squier by Fender Stratocaster Guitar and Controller, and is also designed to function with most MIDI-compatible drums and keyboards. References to the above third-party MIDI controllers are for compatibility purposes only and are not endorsed by Mad Catz, MTV Networks, or Harmonix Music Systems; continued compatibility is not guaranteed with any non-Rock Band controller. See www.madcatz.com/FAQ/rockband for more information on compatibility.
Package Includes:
  • MIDI PRO-Adapter*
  • USB breakaway cable
  • Clip attachment
*Only compatible with Rock Band 3 and NOT previously released versions of Rock Band software.

MIDI Cable sold separately

 

Product Description

The Rock Band 3 MIDI PRO-Adapter provides a link between traditional MIDI instruments and the gaming consoles. Seamless connectivity with MIDI-compatible Drums and Keyboards is now possible. With a versatile clip for use on a tabletop, or attaching to an instrument or waistband, the place-anywhere design promotes total freedom of movement. An Overdrive activation button coupled with full-featured action buttons and D-Pad for in-game navigation all deliver the perfect blend of video game and real-world rocking. Extra midi cable sold separately. The Rock Band 3 MIDI PRO-Adapter is Required for use of the the Squier by Fender Stratocaster guitar which is designed exclusively for the Rock Band 3 Pro mode, the Squier by Fender Stratocaster guitar and controller allows players to play the actual notes and chords of their favorite songs while racking up high gameplay scores.


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Customer Reviews

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works great January 2, 2011
Platform for Display:Nintendo Wii|Verified Purchase
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I pre-ordered this adapter with the assumption it will support any MIDI keyboard (or drums or guitar) and was a little shocked when I read in the manual it was only tested and guaranteed to work with 5 keyboard and 4 drum sets. That was not mentioned in the product description, and my keyboard is not even a synth like you see in electronics stores, it is a silent MIDI controller I bought in the late 1990s with which to write music on my computer. I began to worry.

I really started to worry when I first hooked it up and nothing happened. Had I been paying more attention I would have noticed the adapter's MIDI activity light was blinking "SOS" in Morse code (cute!), and had I read the manual I would have known that meant it wasn't getting an Active Sense signal from my keyboard. Once I changed a setting on my keyboard to look for an external MIDI device it worked perfectly. After that the activity light blinked for every key down, key up, and pitch change.

In Pro Keyboard mode the keys map from C3 to C5 which is the top half of my keyboard, but even my ancient keyboard lets me move up and down octaves so you can probably locate the notes further down if you prefer. The manual says that in Keyboard mode the 5 keys map to C4 to G4, but in my experience they also map to C3 to G3 with one extra green note at C5 (which is where my keyboard ends, perhaps there are more notes if I shift octaves?). The pitch shift wheel lets me gain more power for overdrive, much like the whammy bar in guitar.

RB3 includes lessons on how to play the keyboard and I've gone through a few of them. They teach you the basics and don't get impatient with you. Between that and the guitar lessons I may be a real musician soon!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Few clarifications January 2, 2011
By rj
Platform for Display:Nintendo Wii|Verified Purchase
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
For starters, this product works very well with keyboard and I'm sure it will be fine with drums. If I have one criticism, it is the necessity of the game forcing you, at times, to press the overdrive button on the controller, which is rather inconvenient. Darting for overdrive, whilst trying to play with the other hand is difficult - some times the game will want overdrive, then pitch bend. Another headache. I have not yet tested my drums with it but if I have to hit the overdrive whilst drumming, I'm going to be a little disappointed. The lead that it comes with is long enough that you can have the controller sat next to you, but it's still a difficult prospect.

To clarify to the previous reviewer, this unit will not work with guitar midi systems such as the Roland / Yamaha systems and so forth. The rock band guitar controllers use SYSEX messages to refer "note pressed" commands (ie, where on the fretboard you are) and not just general "note pressed" vanilla midi commands. As a result, you cannot, for instance, transcribe parts and play them on different places on your fretboard, as the game knows exactly where you are - it also means that you cannot use your keyboard to play the guitar parts. Whilst this was clearly stated on the Rockband forums, to have to dig for information to that degree betrays a failure on the part of the manufacturer to provide adequate information.

Conceivably, you might be able to use your guitar->midi system for playing the keyboard parts, but you cannot use the guitar side.

Despite all this, the product is excellent. It does exactly what it is billed to do.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Midi Adapter shows the way ahead May 9, 2011
By rinku
Platform for Display:Nintendo Wii|Verified Purchase
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Wanting to add keyboards to Rock Band 3, you have a choice between the keytar and this unit. Since we already had a MIDI capable keyboard, and the adapter was the cheaper option, this was the one we chose. This is for the Wii version, by the way.

The unit is a little lightweight (but since I'm in Australia that helped with shipping costs, I guess...) but then it isn't going to get pounded like a guitar controller or drums. It connects to the console using a long USB cable (about 3m) and to the MIDI instrument using a standard MIDI cable. One is NOT supplied with the unit, but these are quite cheap to buy if your MIDI instrument did not come with one. From a Wii perspective, it's nice that the unit doesn't use up a wiimote.

On the back is a bi-directional clip that can be set to either clip on a belt (for guitar use) or to make a right angle with the case (for placing it on a ledge, such as with a keyboard). This seems reasonably sturdy.

Buttons mimic the standard wiimote ones: A, B, 1, 2, +, -. As well there is a power button (labelled with the Rock Band "RB"), a direction pad, a volume wheel and an overdrive button on the lower right corner. This latter may be a questionable design choice, since it is quite easy to knock the unit off the keyboard in the heat of the moment. A possible solution is to look at attaching your adapter more firmly, perhaps with velcro dots? There is also a switch to set the unit to Keyboard, Guitar or Drums.

Had no problems with the unit connecting and using it, but did discover a limit on Rock Band 3 itself which was NOT documented in either the game or the adapter. In normal play mode you are limited to any two of guitar, bass and keyboard.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wish I had bought this a few years ago.
So far I've only used this with the Casio LK-100 and Rock Band 3 in Pro Mode on a Nintendo Wii (2006 model). Read more
Published 3 months ago by John Mullen
5.0 out of 5 stars great product
the product came with a wet pack, but was not defective, I use a Roland TD9 battery and works perfectly, very good, can buy!!
Published 5 months ago by Davi
5.0 out of 5 stars Works great connected to my electronic drum
This works great connected to my electronic drum brain. There is a slight lag but it works well. Build quality is great.
Published 6 months ago by jmsnine
1.0 out of 5 stars The adapter is functional, but unusable because of a STRONG chemical...
Actually the adapter is functional, but has very strong chemical smell which cause a headache and qualmishness to my children. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Volodymyr V. Viunyk
5.0 out of 5 stars A worthy replacement for that dispicable dongle
A week before my purchase, the Rock Band keyboard dongle, which is required to use the accessory on the Wii(U), failed to work anymore, rendering my official Rock Band MadCatz... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Damian Suarez
5.0 out of 5 stars Works!
Works
Now I can use my midi keyboard. It's so much fun. Don't forget to buy some beers, because rockband is easier that way.
Published 7 months ago by tim
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best things I've bought all year!
What a great product!

Having the ability to plug any MIDI instrument into my Wii and use it to play Rock Band is one of the few times where technology has actually... Read more
Published 7 months ago by R. Hunt
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
This lets me play electronic drums with my Wii, which is really cool. No configuration needed -- worked with my Roland drums right out of the box. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Eric in TX
5.0 out of 5 stars Mad Cats Midi Pro for WII
Bought two of these. One for my Yamaha Keyboard, and one for my Yamaha DTExpress Special drum set.
Works very good for both, but I did have to calibrate them in the WII... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Brendan
2.0 out of 5 stars Burnt out quickly
The unit I bought worked for a bit, then stopped working.

Technology is a bit weak, thought if you really need Midi for your Rockband setup, you don't have much of a... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Plasmarobo
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