Easy Guitar Hero Synth




some people mod the guitars to be able to play guitar synth notes. some people pay big bucks for a really good midi program. but i like many other cheap-o's out there dont like to pay for stuff and so i give you my instructable.

tools needed
-you (ha)
-pc (sorry mac owners. you can do it to but you will need to find another joy to key)

things needed
- xbox 360 guitar xplorer controller (sorry)
- or rock band strat

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Step 1: Get the Software

Google "Electronic Piano 2.5" and download it (mac users can use garage band)
next Google "Joy2key" and download the software ( web sight looks a little old but its good)

install Electronic Piano 2.5 and you now have the software

(i recommend making a folder on the desktop that is called joy to key or something an have the joy to key in there and a shortcut to Electronic Piano 2.5.)

Step 2: Joy2 Key Config

this is the hardest part

go to you control panel
got to game controllers
plug in your controller
click property's
push buttons and see

green-1 (good)
red-2 ( makes sense)
yellow-4 ( w t f )
blue-3 (why wouldn't they make yellow three)
orange- 5 ( now we are talking)

now go to joy to key (joystick to keystrokes)
hit create
input a name like QWERT or YUIOP
then go to the others tab along the side
set the # of joysticks to 1
check use pov switches
check use axes other than x and y if you want to use whammy or tilt
go to button 1
right click
configure this button
type q or what ever
proceed in this manner until you have configured all 5 buttons
(remember to reverse button 3 and 4 so instead of typing q w e r t type q w r e t)

Step 3: Have Fun

go to electronic piano
make it the active window by clicking on it
have fun

Things to try
-play a song using chords
-use the whammy to go to flats
- use start and select to change octaves
- use pov hat to go to major to other chords
-beat up a friend and steal his rockband drums (laggy and does not work great)
( for more info on beating people up look around instructables

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    55 Discussions


    10 years ago on Introduction

    ohh god do i hate these ppl who spend there time playing 5 notes on a plastic guitar! and tell othres to do it too!. get a real guitar. not saying GH isnt bad ( i play it a bit) but srsly get a real guitar.

    2 replies

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Let them eat cake, my friend. If they don't want to put in or don't have the time and effort to learn guitar, they shouldn't have to. It's a game, and something completely different. It's cool that you play guitar, but just cause you do others don't have to. and if that picture is of you, that's a pretty badass jackson you got there.


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    my comment was 2 years old..
    anyway. not me in the pic, thats alexi laiho of children of bodom, however i think in that pic he was playing for Klamydia, not sure tho.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    this is a nice instructable. one thing i'd like to point out though. joytokey was the most awesome program for keyboard binding to controls. i used it for years. however, xpadder is the way to go now. it had such a nice professional interface, no more needing to know what xaxis raxis etc etc, your control buttons are on. try it out. guarantee non of you will be disappointed.

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    9 years ago on Introduction

    Unless you're an experienced coder who can write driver software, there's nothing to do unless they decide to update the software. They may still do that, considering Windows 7 is still considerably new.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Unfortunately, Electronic Piano 2.5 is not compatible with the 64 bit version of Windows 7. Damn it.


    10 years ago on Step 1

    I have windows vista and When I try to download the "Electronic Piano" It installs no problem, but when I try to run it, I get an error message that says " Cannot find file C:\PROGRA~1\Electronic Piano 2.5\Pianoo25.exe (or one of it's componants.) Check to ensure the path and filename are corect and all that required libraries are available." anyone know what I am doing wrong????


    10 years ago on Introduction

    Which guitar controller would be better for windows XP xbox 360 guitar xplorer controller or rock band strat? are their any differences?

    2 replies

    Yeah, I went ahead and got the Xplorer. It is pretty cool. I used MIDItar hero to turn it into a MIDI controller then I used Fruity Loops for my MIDI output. It has a bunch of preset sounds and I made a Vocoder with Fruity Loops.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    I forget - does the PS2 wireless controller have a PS2 controller connector dongle or a USB dongle? If it uses a PS2 controller connector, you should be able to use most PS2-controller to USB connectors. I have a wired PS2 controller wired through a fairly cheap USB adapter - the whammy bar doesn't seem to work with it, but other than that, it works fine.


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    all les pauls that i know of are wireless the only one that i know will work with some tweaking is the wii les paul will work


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    To use a Wii GH controller with a PC, the PC will need to be bluetooth-capable. You can get a USB Bluetooth dongle for that, but make sure you get one that comes with a BlueSoleil driver (although I hear the built-in Vista Bluetooth driver works well if you're running Vista, but if you're running XP or 2k, you'll want BlueSoleil).

    Instructions for syncing a Wii remote to a PC are available at http://www.wiili.org

    You'll then need a program called GlovePIE (also available at Wiili).

    I'd assume there are also relevant articles here on that topic. It's not hard.

    After that, you probably wouldn't need Joy2Key, since GlovePIE would basically do that job.