Use Rock Band 3 Controller to Record in GarageBand
If youíre a fan of Rock Band 3
, you can now use their latest guitar controller to record MIDI into GarageBand. Rock Band 3 recently came out with a more advanced guitar game controller designed to help you make the transition to playing an actual guitar. Using the Mad Catz Fender Mustang PRO-Guitar Controller
as a MIDI device, you can configure it to work nicely with GarageBand.
The Fender guitar controller has six strings for strumming, and has 17 frets along a button-based neck. The strumming area allows for discrete picking of each individual string and has a touch-sensitive string box to capture mutes or cut-off notes. Fender
is also coming out with an actual guitar model that is compatible with Rock Band 3 in the near future.
Because the Fender Mustang controller has MIDI output, you can use it to play music that GarageBand can record as MIDI. Once the MIDI data is recorded, you can tweak the sounds to your heartís content. The setup is actually pretty easy: you only need three items to get this up and running. Youíll need a copy of GarageBand, the Rock Band 3 Mad Catz Fender Mustang PRO-Guitar Controller ($149.99), and a MIDI-to-USB adapter. Plug the MIDI-to-USB into your Mac and controller and youíre good to go. MacLife has posted detailed instructions
on how to configure GarageBand, but it shouldnít take you too long before youíre up and running.
Keyboards have been the dominant way to record MIDI data for so long now that itís nice to finally have an alternative. Iíve resisted the whole Rock Band thing for some time now, but I may have to give it a second look now that I can use a guitar controller instead.