Easiest Rock Band to MIDI setup yet

We have news for those of you dismissing the new Wii Version of Rock Band. Sure, the lack of DLC is a huge factor, but if you’re looking to use the instruments with MIDI software, [Jordan Balagot] has found what may be the easiest way. Since the Wii instruments are connected via USB, they are easy to connect to a computer. [Balagot] used a program called junXion that is a data routing app for OS X. JunXion can take any USB human interface device and remap the buttons, making it easy to set up the drums as a MIDI input device in an intuitive way. Install junXion, plug in the drums, map the pads, and rock out.

[via Create Digital Music]


  1. exp says:

    Not being rude but Jordan is a guy right? If so what on earth is he wearing?!

  2. Desterado says:

    Wow…..look at that guy.

  3. alex says:

    not to rain on anyone’s parade, but don’t all rockband drum kits use usb? at least the 360 and ps3 ones do, and neither this or the article make any claim as to why the wii has easier drums to convert.

  4. 36chambers says:

    Usb2Midi – i used to use it with the DM2 Mixman controller a very long time ago. Any USB device can be mapped to midi, I dont really consider this a hack or even news…..

  5. Eliot says:

    I think the Wii kit is essentially plug and play while the others require driver software.

  6. Steve says:

    To me, the news here is that the Wii controllers are going to be wired USB, not wireless bluetooth as I was told… Bummer..

  7. javier256 says:

    But USB is an industry standard, how could the wii essentially be plug and play when all 4 consoles(xbox 360, ps3, wii and the ps2) use USB for the game controllers, the drivers are loaded when you run the disc in the console. Same thing for the pc.

  8. special hardware.

    Its why you cant plug a usb 360 controller in and have it work as a generic pad. You have to have the drivers. With the Wii they are most likely using commercial / generic hardware that allows the system to recog the device. Hey why dont grab a kit from another console and try it out?

  9. AdamG says:

    my name is jordan and i am a little confused.

    Actually, this looks pretty good. once I get my copy of ableton live, i might try it.

  10. ryanc says:

    That’s a nice…. blouse… he’s wearing..

  11. Jordan says:

    For the record, I’m transgendered, not confused. But thanks for the comments

  12. Pro_Digity says:

    anyone happen to know any win compatible software which could substitute junXion?

  13. Jordan says:

    This guy’s using joytokey, but there is a noticeable delay. http://youtube.com/watch?v=vyNokIOiPgY&feature=related

  14. Snaptastic says:

    Can you point me to that usb2midi thing you’re talking about?

  15. Brian says:

    I did the same thing a few months back using a very simple Max/MSP patch… it was actually a dumbed-down version of a patch I wrote for the Rock Band/Guitar Hero guitars (http://www.scorehero.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=61085).
    I just used the Xbox 360 and PS3 drivers from Tattiebogle.net to read the HID input, which I then translated to MIDI output within the patch. It’s pretty fun to play with in GarageBand.

  16. craptackler says:

    I’m not a tranny, but some o’ my friends are…

    way to be the tranny with the answers!

  17. Brent says:

    I wrote a little program that maps the drums to MIDI. It’s not as full-featured (or as customizable) as junxion but it’s free and open source: https://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=259192

  18. crap box says:

    WTF is this shit. Disreguard whatever he/she is talking about. I mean, come on. I think “it” had 12 year old tits coming in. Thius crap should be kept to oneselve. Damn interwebs.

  19. David says:

    Do the drums sense how hard you hit them and turn it into MIDI velocity?

  20. Looks like I’m going to have to look up a couple more things, but this is a pretty good place to start.

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