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So ever thought, man I want to be like these guys. I want to play my Rock Band drums like real drums. I want to sing to more of my favourite songs! Well, now you can. Today, you will find out about some freeware programs that you may not have known about. Just configure your Rock Band instruments for your PC and you're set.

*Please comment if you know of any programs that I may have missed.
 
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Step 1: Microphone

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UltraStar is a clone of SingStar, a music video game. Ultrastar lets one or several players score points by singing along to a song or music video and match the pitch of the original song well. Ultrastar displays lyrics as well as the correct notes similar to a piano roll. On top of the correct notes Ultrastar displays the pitch recorded from the players. Ultrastar allows several people to play simultaneously by connecting several microphones possibly to several sound cards. To add a song to Ultrastar, a file with notes and lyrics is required, together with an audio file. Optionally a cover image, a backdrop image and a video may be added to each song. - Wikipedia

Download here.

Step 2: Guitar

Guitar synthesizer!

Download [http://dodownload.filefront.com/12087935//55f559c3584a5236428fd640ba9a8394194766fd4a2c83da3704f751b1f04324d1f63691e94690fc here].

In this package, you get JoyToKey and Electronic Piano. Electronic Piano is just a keyboard sound maker. Instruments on your keyboard (like GarageBand's Keyboard synth). Now, what JoyToKey does is it takes joystick buttons (Rock Band guitar fret buttons) and turns them into keyboard shortcuts. For example, the green fret becomes the letter Q. When you go to Wordpad and hold the green fret, you see Qs. So open up Electronic Piano and JoyToKey simultaneously and you'll get a Rock Band guitar synth. I've included a file that's already configured the Rock Band guitar for JoyToKey, but if it doesn't work, you'll have to configure the buttons yourselves.
Awesome!!! I'm trying to build an electronic drum kit and this is exactly what I need for sounds!!!
Kindhamster4 years ago
does anyone know if this works with the cymbal kit for RB 2?
just134 years ago
i'd like to try it but the link doesn't work
tubajoey14 years ago
I got this program about a week before seeing this, and it works fairly ok. 
My only complaint is that the time between hitting a head and hearing the sound is too large. Its just not instant. It makes playing along with a song, or even recording, entirely too difficult. 

daniel054 years ago
awsome

can u put ur own music on it
bounty10125 years ago
Joy2key doesnt work for me.
Are you using Linux?
No, but I recently got my guitar to work with my computer so I dont need this anymore...
2cool4u_05 years ago
dose it work wit ps2 drums & how do you connect your ps2 drums to the computer plz answers
SanjayMaru1994 (author)  2cool4u_05 years ago
Umm....you plug it in via USB. And then.....you're......done.
cacktuss6 years ago
i downloaded it and it doesn't work
Worked great for me too!! This is awesome. I love that you can change the .wav sound for each drum pad. Thanx for the link.
worked for me?!?!?!?
chek ur direct x
Good tips. I just bought some Rock Band drums last night and got them running through Hydrogen in Linux using Joy2Key. Super easy and tons of fun. I would like to be able to use the D-pad on the drums to change samples, but that may take a bit of programming. Anyone know of an 'ible or script where such a thing has already been done? Thanks
frannyloo5 years ago
so i copy/pasted to website you had but it brought me to the search.filefront.com website and from there i only found the JoyToKey and i downloaded that but i didn't find any electronic piano. am i s'pose to get this from another place? also i got frets on fire and that wouldn't work. Do these work on a Mac?
Fenwick5 years ago
Are there any programs similar to Drum Machine that won't produce a delay when I use my drum controller? I tried Drum Machine, but found the delay to be too much to be able to keep a rhythm going, unless I turned off the volume. I'm using Vista with a PS3 Rock Band 1 drums.
lokisox Fenwick5 years ago
its a chance but try DRUM X USA distributer was Guidecraft U.S.A telephone toll free 1-887-443-7869 igot the number off the side of the box its an old thing but still works and iff you get realy board then you can use the softwere with out the drums just use your mouse over the screen hope this helps
TMSheik5 years ago
yeah i have frets on fire but i wanted a guitar synthetizer, not a game =)
REA TMSheik5 years ago
what version of FoF do you have? most people dont know that theres a 3.1 that can look exactly like GH or RB.
John Smith5 years ago
after i installed the directx thing for the drums, i was able to use them with my computer(the PS3 rockband drums). There is a slight delay which makes it hard to use but its just milliseconds on my computer...very very slight. cool
lolcat3605 years ago
Can you use the instruments in FL Studio?
TMSheik5 years ago
I really want to use it, i could never download something from the link you posted :( maybe you can post a new one?
jaycraw6 years ago
i got frets on fire instead
jaycraw6 years ago
i just downloaded frets on fire and figured out the gh xplorer works but the rock band 1 stratocaster does aswell
I just got Drum Machine...and Rock Band 2 along with the drum set...The drum set is wireless...Could you help me with connecting it to my PC? Thanks
Oh I figured out what happened. I just need to get the wireless gaming receiver made for xbox 360 controllers (wireless) thanks for the help though!
SanjayMaru1994 (author)  stoopynoonoo6 years ago
Once the wireless adapter is plugged into your PC via USB, go to Control Panel > Game Controllers. Then hit Properties. Configure the drum set. Then open up Drum Machine. Try this and reply back.
Brother_D6 years ago
Cool! I've been looking for a program like Drum Machine!