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Rock Band 3 Wireless Keyboard for Xbox 360

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Platform: Xbox 360
  • All-new Keyboard instrument for Rock Band 3
  • Plays Rock Band 3 Keyboard, Guitar* and Bass* parts / Two-octave design with 25 velocity-sensitive keys (*Does not support Guitar/Bass Pro Mode)
  • Play real Keyboard parts in the new Rock Band Pro Mode / Versatile layout: Play like a Guitar or on a tabletop
  • Use as MIDI Keyboard Controller when not playing Rock Band (compatible with most MIDI sequencers)
  • 3 AA Batteries and Keyboard Strap included / Use as MIDI Keyboard Controller when not playing Rock Band (compatible with most MIDI sequencers)

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Product Details

Platform: Xbox 360
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B003RS19N4
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 8.1 x 3.4 inches ; 4.4 pounds
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: October 26, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,803 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

Product Description

Platform: Xbox 360

Product Description

As a new innovation to rhythm gaming, the Rock Band 3 Wireless Keyboard ups the realism of the Rock Band franchise. Crafted after classic professional Keyboard designs, its versatile layout capable of use on a tabletop or strapped over the shoulder like an electric guitar incorporates an ergonomic sensibility that provides comfort to the casual gamer or seasoned musician. The Rock Band 3 Wireless Keyboard Is fully compatible with both standard and Rock Band Pro modes.Empowering you to rock outside the realm of videogames, the Wireless Keyboard also functions as a MIDI controller and boasts a two-octave, non-weighted, velocity-sensitive keybed ranging from C3 to C5. The MIDI output connector provides compatibility with MIDI software sequencers and hardware devices, while standard console-specific gaming controller buttons deliver seamless console integration.

From the Manufacturer

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 new innovative game modes and new instruments, Rock Band 3 will change the way fans think about and play music games.

Rock Band 3 game logo

As a new innovation to rhythm gaming, the Rock Band 3 Wireless Keyboard ups the realism of the Rock Band franchise. Crafted after classic professional keyboard designs, its versatile layout—capable of use on a tabletop or strapped over the shoulder like an electric guitar — incorporates an ergonomic sensibility that provides comfort to the casual gamer or seasoned musician. The Rock Band 3 Wireless Keyboard is fully compatible with both standard and Rock Band Pro modes.

Empowering you to rock outside the realm of videogames, the Wireless Keyboard also functions as a MIDI controller and boasts a two-octave, non-weighted, velocity-sensitive keybed ranging from C3 to C5. The MIDI output connector provides compatibility with MIDI software sequencers and hardware devices, while standard console-specific gaming controller buttons deliver seamless console integration.

The all-new Wirless Keyboard Controller for Rock Band 3
Wireless Keyboard Controller
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Rock Band 3's all-new Pro mode allows you to develop your musical skills.
Rock Band 3's challenging
all-new Pro mode.
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Rock Band 3 takes advantage of the Wireless Keyboard Controller
Rock Band 3 takes advantage of the Wireless Keyboard Controller.
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Product Features:

Two-octave, non-weighted, velocity-sensitive keybed ranging from C3 to C5 – 25 keys total allow players to add keys to the mix in either solo mode or with a full band. Keyboard grip is contoured and incorporates an ergonomic sensibility that Provides comfort to the casual gamer or seasoned musician. Grip includes touch-sensitive strip and overdrive button.
Rock Band 3 Wireless Keyboard Controller color detail Gameplay is available for the traditional Rock Band five-key representational mode ("keys") or pitch-accurate Rock Band Pro mode ("Pro keys"), which lets players experience the challenge and reward of playing along with real keyboard parts until they've mastered them on expert! Rock Band 3 Wireless Keyboard Controller strap Versatile layout—capable of use on a tabletop or strapped over the shoulder like an electric guitar.
Features 4 action buttons: D-pad, back, start and Xbox Guide Button. Features 4 action buttons: D-pad, back, start and Xbox Guide Button. Keyboard Stand for the Rock Band 3 Wireless Keyboard Controller The officially licensed Rock Band 3 Keyboard Stand (sold separately) was custom crafted to accommodate the official Rock Band 3 Wireless Keyboard controller. Durable, lightweight, and height adjustable to help gamers of all ages get full enjoyment from their all-new instrument.

*Only compatible with Rock Band 3 and NOT previously released versions of Rock Band software.


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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not just another plastic controller. November 12, 2010
By Aku
Platform for Display:Xbox 360
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I will kinda cut the actual Rock Band 3 part of this thing out, because the focus here is on the instrument, the 360 version specifically. I'll just say that it does its job perfectly fine with the game and move along.

So, on to the actual keyboard. Anyone who's ever spent ten seconds messing around with one will either know or secretly understand there are usually two things about keyboards when it comes to their construction: the keys have a certain weight to them, and the instrument is usually solidly built (not plastic-y). The MadCatz keyboard fits both of those roles perfectly. It does NOT feel like the vast majority of the other Rock Band 3 instruments, namely the guitar: thin, hollow plastic things which feel like you could snap them over your knee. No, this cat is pretty solid and feels like it could take a battering if need be. The keys have a natural weighted feel and respond just as they should, but with a single addition of ridges over the left ends of some, likely to help newbies with the game align their fingers with the colored sections without having to look down...as much.

If I've given the impression that this thing has a built-in speaker, think otherwise. And Rock Band 3 doesn't, as far as I can remember, have a freestyle mode to let you play whatever on the keys. But, this does come with a 5-pin MIDI outlet, and all of its buttons and keys - and I'm pretty sure literally ALL of them, even the touch strip - are programmed for use with MIDI software. This puts it further into something more of an actual instrument than just a game controller.

It makes for a compact, fairly versatile item, albeit for the niche market of music gamers and creative keyboardists. As for its interplay with Rock Band 3, there's no real need to mention it here other than it works, because anything deeper is on the game side, which I'll save for a review of it rather than this peripheral.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
By MarcP
Platform for Display:Xbox 360
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
There is little to say about the keyboard... it's two octaves, the keys feel pretty nice, and it responds quite well. Overall it's well built and functions nicely with Rock Band 3.

The real problem with it is not in the hardware, but in the game itself. You'll find that the disc only has 63 songs with keys out of the 83, and at least 6 of those 63 tracks aren't really worth playing, unless you enjoy hitting 5 notes and then playing nothing for half the song. The songs that do have a reasonable amount of keys, however, are incredibly fun on both standard and pro, and certainly makes the purchase worthwhile. Additionally, downloadable songs will come with keyboard parts when there is one in the song, so you'll quickly be able to add to the small library of key songs.

The pro keyboard mode works very nicely, offering a nice extra challenge on top of the standard instruments for those who want it, and you may even learn a few things from doing it. My only complaint here being that, in practice mode, you can only slow down to 60%, which is still to fast to properly learn some of the more complex songs like Roundabout.

Overall, the keyboard is a really nice instrument and a nice addition to Rock Band.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beware the Pro Keyboard setting! January 13, 2011
Platform for Display:Xbox 360|Verified Purchase
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Being a piano player for the last 30 years and finding that most rock bands don't have a place for piano players, I was really excited for Rock Band 3 to come out! But then my excitement turned to frustration when I tried to play the pro keyboard setting, and here's why. You have to learn how to read music all over again using Rock Band 3's vertical scrolling-style, and the lines and spaces are so close together that even though the notes are color-coded white and black it's still hard to read on a regular TV screen. Plus the game puts symbols over the special bonus-point notes, and then it's impossible to tell if they're white or black. If they had just put the keyboard part scrolling horizontally across the top of the screen as they do for vocals, and using real ledger lines and notes, this would have been a pianist's dream! As it is, you feel like a 5-year old learning piano for the first time with music as a foreign language. I switched over to the regular keyboard setting within 48 hours and haven't looked back.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great peripheral November 29, 2010
Platform for Display:Xbox 360
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
The keyboard was pretty exciting to play with and get the hang of. Having had some piano experience in the past, it wasn't too difficult to pick up on but there are some pro's and cons to be aware of.

Pros:
1) The keys are spaced out pretty much like a regular keyboard, and there's a strap if you want to use it as a keytar.
2) Its pretty easy on battery life and there are normal AXYB buttons on the pad, unlike the old RB guitars, to allow easier navigation.
3) Sits pretty comfortable in the lap on a couch too if you prefer not to use the strap, or if you have a stand.

Cons:
1) The keys are REALLY sensitive. You've got to get in the habit of not resting any weight on the keys because it'll set off a press which can screw up a combo sometimes.
2) You only play with 1 hand. 2 hand play can be done but because of the size of the piano, its kinda awkward, and when the key segments shift in game, it takes some practice to learn where to replace the hands.
3) For non pro-mode keyboarding, the 5 keys to play are hard to find at first because there are 2 sets of color coordination on the board itself. Smaller color codes are right above the keys, under the large color boards, showing where to play.

All in all, its fun to play, as Rock Band has been since it came out and the keyboard adds a little more flavor to a pretty immersive game already.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
sold it!
Published 15 days ago by Marjorie G. Mount
5.0 out of 5 stars but good god is it fun to play
Keys are a little weird and hard to get used to, but good god is it fun to play. They say you can use it to play guitar and bass parts for songs with the 5 keys, but it is really... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rachel Locke
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This was a fun addition to our rock band games.
Published 1 month ago by TAP
5.0 out of 5 stars KooL KeyboarD
This instrument rounds out the rest of our Rockband gear and boy is it fun!
Sturdy, solid construction and has color coded two octave scale keyboard that can be used for... Read more
Published 2 months ago by kristinakay
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
big learning curve, but it works as its supposed to. no issues at all.
Published 2 months ago by Matt Paino
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fun to play, from beginner to expert
Published 2 months ago by Justin M. Zagaruyka
5.0 out of 5 stars Good device, difficult to learn if your playing pro ...
Good device, difficult to learn if your playing pro keys but you get there eventually. Recommend buying this, only cost me 50$ total to ship to New Zealand because the only other... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Hugo Fanning
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
So good! These guys must do Rock Band 4!
Published 3 months ago by Matheus Tayt-Sohn
5.0 out of 5 stars It was for someone else...
...but what I know is, it was cheaper than anywhere else, and they haven't had any complaints, so I'm guessing that makes it a success!
Published 3 months ago by SpookyHelder
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fast delivery! The product is exactly as described.
Published 4 months ago by A. Atkins
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