Take a look on the Rock Band three keyboard & MIDI PRO-Adapter
Because the official peripheral producer for Rock Band three devices, Mad Catz was at E3 displaying off its new Rock Band merchandise (sans recreation). On the surface, the MIDI PRO-Adapter (pictured above in all three flavors) seems like a chunky, sixteen-bit period controller — the truth is, in can be utilized as a gamepad, confirms Mad Catz international PR supervisor Alex Verrey. Inside, the gadget accommodates the know-how to transform an actual MIDI instrument right into a Rock Band three controller. (The adapter shouldn’t be suitable with different music video games.)
The PRO-Adapter connects to an Xbox 360, PS3 or Wii by way of USB, and the MIDI instrument plugs into the port on the aspect of the gadget. A 3-means change within the middle (above the system button) toggles between drum, keyboard and guitar inputs. Simply above the change, is the speed adjustment wheel used to “tune” MIDI drums and scale back cross-speak throughout gameplay. The triangular wedge button on the underside proper of the PRO-Adapter prompts “Overdrive” mode in Rock Band three, and a belt clip on the again of the peripheral retains the adapter secured to your individual (simply thoughts the size of the USB cable as you leap about). There’s additionally a headset jack on the adapter.
“We will not probably assure compatibility with all MIDI devices,” warns Verrey, however the MIDI PRO-Adapter “ought to work with the huge, overwhelming majority.” Verrey ensures compatibility with the actual Fender Squier Stratocaster guitar that works with Rock Band three, and a full MIDI instrument compatibility listing will probably be revealed previous to the MIDI PRO-Adapter retail launch ($forty) this vacation.
Take a better take a look at Mad Catz’s Wi-fi Keyboard Controller within the gallery under and head previous the break for full particulars.
The Rock Band three keyboard is a “real digital musical instrument,” boasts Verrey. It may be related to MIDI software program sequencers and hardware units by means of its MIDI output (see element), working as an ordinary two-octave-ranged (C3 to C5) keyboard. The instrument is outfitted with velocity-delicate keys and is absolutely practical in Rock Band three Professional mode.
In fact, should you simply wanna “play” common Rock Band, solely 5 keys are used, subtly marked by small, colour-coded highlights (see element); the identical keys can be used to play guitar and bass elements within the recreation. (The bigger shade-coded sections of keys correspond to Professional mode.)
As for that two-piece doohickey (see picture) on the left finish of the keyboard? The smaller half is the Overdrive button, whereas the bigger slab is known as the “Expressions Bar” (see element). The bar is a contact-delicate panel, and gamers can rub their thumbs or fingers throughout it to supply totally different sound results. Consider the Expressions Bar because the the keyboard model of the guitar controller’s whammy bar.
The keyboard will run for about forty hours on batteries, based on Verrey, and options an auto-sleep mode. Will probably be bundled with Rock Band three for $one hundred thirty and bought individually for $eighty. Mad Catz may even launch an non-compulsory stand accent, do you have to want the Paul Shaffer look.
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