Introduction: Turn Wii Rock Band Instruments Into Real Instruments With OS X and Junxion

This is a demonstration of an easy way to hook up the Rock Band Drums for Wii to trigger MIDI drums via USB and Junxion. Junxion is an OS X program which is not free but has a demo available here:
http://www.steim.org/steim/junxion_v3.html

I have more info here:
http://jordanbalagot.com/blog/2008/06/29/turn-wii-rock-band-instruments-into-real-instruments-with-junxion/

The rock band guitar works this way too.

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ElvenChild (author)2010-10-24

Actually there are free ways to do this such as for the gh3 guitar can be connected to a Mac via Bluetooth with darwiin remote then set it to classic controller and use it as a keyboard in garageband

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laurawatanabe (author)2010-05-25

I've searched all over trying to find a way to use my Wii Rockband drum set as a midi controller, has anyone found a good program for PC? The ones I've found haven't worked or they had viruses. Boo!

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mentalstrike (author)2010-01-09

1) The headphone splitter can still receive mono input, it's the same signal, just less information.
2) Nope, they're the same size. Like I said, I've tried it and it works with the game. It's a little finicky because if you have both the pedals connecting at the same time, they seem to cancel each other out.

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iamtoats (author)2009-09-22

If anybody has tried it, is it possible to hook two drum sets up to the computer so you have twice as many assignable pads, and a double bass? That would be awesome, but I don't have two......

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iamtoats (author)iamtoats2009-09-22

the answer is yes. Junxion has things for multiple controllers.
It may also be because i'm running the free 360 controller plugin from tattiebogle.net, which gives the 360 controllers their own slots (player 1, 2, 3, 4)

Try that plugin in if its not working out for you.... I haven't tried it without the plug-in so (Its awesome for n64 emulators!)

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mentalstrike (author)iamtoats2009-11-17

For Ddouble bass, it's also easy to just grab a headphone splitter, and plug two kick pedals into it, then plug it into the drum. Tried and tested with the game, so it should probably work with this,

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jordan314 (author)2009-07-10

Just an update, I got the velocity-sensitive guitar hero world tour drums for wii to work with OS X and MIDI using OSCulator, but they stop working any time you play something fast, so they're not really practical:<br/>h<a rel="nofollow" href="http://jordanbalagot.com/blog/2009/07/09/video-blog-using-guitar-hero-world-tour-wii-drums-as-midi-controllers-on-os-x-with-osculator/">http://jordanbalagot.com/blog/2009/07/09/video-blog-using-guitar-hero-world-tour-wii-drums-as-midi-controllers-on-os-x-with-osculator/</a><br/>]The USB rockband drums are more practical (albeit not velocity sensitive).<br/>

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charliewoodmoor (author)2009-06-18

Yeah this should work with garageband if it's just a MIDI signal...

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juntius (author)2008-12-12

hey would this work with Garageband?

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mspark400 (author)2008-07-17

great idea and definitely cheaper than an electronic drum set, Is there any way to make this work for pc? cheers, mspark400

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Axlzero451 (author)mspark4002008-09-07

I don't know how to do it with PC, but I do know that wii controllers are bluetooth compatible.

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dr.tran (author)2008-09-01

the drum sets that come with the ps3 or 360 versions work on PC's. I have my ps3 set hooked up to my computer and it's using a Java app to make the sounds. search google for it the program. I found it on a forum call slashdot i think. though I didn't know the Wii works with macs. cool find