How to Connect a Roland TD-4 Drum Set to "Rock Band 2"

Written by cecelia owens
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Knowing how to connect the Roland TD-4 to the "Rock Band 2" video game can make the difference between using an authentic drum kit that can actually help you learn the drums and using a kit that can break easily if you really get into the song. With the Roland TD-4 drum kit, you will need extra accessories in order to plug in your new drum kit to your gaming console.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • MIDI adaptor
  • MIDI adaptor cable

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  1. 1

    Connect the MIDI adaptor to the RD-4 Roland drum kit via the MIDI adaptor cable. The Roland drum kit will have an attached auxiliary cord, because the drums are electronic. Plug the end of the auxiliary cord into the MIDI adaptor cable.

  2. 2

    Connect the cord coming out of the MIDI adaptor into the controller port of the PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360. Make sure that you have the correct MIDI adaptor, because a PlayStation 3 MIDI adaptor will not work on an Xbox 360 and vice versa. The MIDI adaptor will feature the PlayStation 3 or Xbox logo to help signify the correct adaptor.

  3. 3

    Load the "Rock Band 2" video game, and use the MIDI adaptor to navigate through the "Rock Band 2" menu.

  4. 4

    Highlight the mode that you want to play (Tour, Practice, Solo), and press the "X" button on the MIDI adaptor.

  5. 5

    Navigate and select the desired song.

  6. 6

    Adjust the velocity sensitivity on the MIDI adaptor, if the bars on the screen appear to fast or slow. Turn the middle knob up to speed up the appearance bars. Turn the knob down to speed down the appearance bars. Play through a few songs to see which speed suits you best.

  7. 7

    Learn the controls of the Roland drum kit. With "Rock Band 2," you cannot adjust the drum controls, but the drum controls aren't that different from the controls on the "Rock Band" drums. The only major difference is that hitting the blue note on your drums will be read as hitting the red note and vice versa.

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