How to Use "Guitar Hero" as a MIDI Controller

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Although a guitar controller lets you play musical games like "Guitar Hero" and "Rockband," some gamers may want to make more use of the controller's capabilities. Fortunately, freeware options exist that allow you to use a guitar controller to make music on your own. You can use your guitar controller to freely design your own MIDI music by downloading the right programs and installing the right drivers.

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Things you need

  • "Guitar Hero" "X-Plorer" controller for Xbox 360
  • Microsoft Windows or Mac OS X with USB support
  • "AXIS" application
  • "LoopBe1" application (for Windows users)
  • "Tattieboggle" Xbox drivers (for Mac OS X users)

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  1. 1

    Plug the USB extension of the "X-Plorer" controller into the USB port of your computer.

  2. 2

    Install the drivers for the X-Plorer controller. On a PC, the computer will automatically detect the controller without user instruction and will install the drivers on its own. Mac users must manually download and install the "Tattieboggle" drivers. See the reference section for the location of a free download.

  3. 3

    If you are a PC user, download the "LoopBe1" MIDI driver (See References).

  4. 4

    Download and install the "AXIS" application, which is available for both Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows. (See References)

  5. 5

    Open "AXIS" and you can use your controller to create MIDI music.

Tips and warnings

  • "AXIS" offers many options to assign sounds to the buttons of the guitar controller, so experiment to find the sound interface you want.
  • You must purchase a copy of the "LoopBe1" MIDI driver if you intend to use it for commercial purposes. Obey all laws pertaining to your use of software.
  • This program is only designed to work with the "X-Plorer" guitar controller for X-Box 360. Other guitar controllers may not work.
  • Always exercise caution when downloading or installing unfamiliar programs. Keep backups of important files and run updated virus scans regularly.

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