Mad Catz Intros MIDI Controller for Rock Band 3

Posted by at 11:07 am on December 7, 2010

Mad Catz Interactive announced that it has begun shipping the Rock Band 3 MIDI PRO-Adapter, being released under the Company’s Mad Catz casual gaming brand.

The MIDI PRO-Adapter has been designed exclusively for use with Rock Band 3, and allows musicians to use most real MIDI keyboards and MIDI drum sets when playing the game.   In addition, the MIDI PRO-Adapter will work in conjunction with the forthcoming Rock Band 3 Squier by Fender Stratocaster Guitar and Controller, a fully functional, full-sized, electric guitar with strings that also functions as a game controller for Rock Band 3’s innovative Pro mode game play.

Real Instrument Play Via USB Connection

Plugging directly into the console via USB, the MIDI PRO-Adapter works as an interface between the console and MIDI instrument, converting the MIDI messages into console controller data which the game translates into on-screen action.   The MIDI PRO-Adapter features a velocity sensitive adjustment for MIDI drums designed to reduce cross-talk during play.   A full D-Pad and standard gaming controller buttons are located on the PRO-Adapter to deliver seamless console integration and navigation of the game menus.   The MIDI Pro-Adapter ships with a removable clip which allows gamers to attach to a belt or rest on a table top or similar flat surface.

Darren Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz commented, “The Rock Band 3 MIDI PRO-Adapter bridges the gap between music rhythm games and performing on real guitars, keyboards and drums.   Aspiring musicians can learn to play an instrument and veterans can enjoy Rock Band 3 with actual MIDI musical instruments.   When used with the Squier Guitar and Controller, MIDI keyboard or drum set, we are confident that the MIDI PRO-Adapter will prove a hit with Rock Band fans of all skill levels.”

Price and Availability

The MIDI PRO-Adapter is shipping now on PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii video game platforms, with the Xbox 360 version expected to ship imminently to Best Buy (limited quantities available) MSRP: $39.99

1 Comment for “Mad Catz Intros MIDI Controller for Rock Band 3”

  1. What Haveyou

    Too bad this thing is essentially vaporware. Try finding one for sale.

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