What is MIDItar Hero?
MIDItar Hero is a program designed to let you use a Guitar Hero or Rock Band instrument as a MIDI controller. You can use MIDItar Hero to control synthesized sounds within an application that uses MIDI, such as GarageBand, Reason, or Live, or through an external device (synthesizer, keyboard, drum machine, etc.) if you have a MIDI interface hooked up to your computer. MIDItar Hero was created using Max/MSP.
What can MIDItar Hero do?
- Runs under Windows XP/Vista, Mac OS X
- Supports nearly all Rock Band and Guitar Hero controllers (Guitar or Drums) for every gaming system (Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PS2)
- Can be used with any application that supports software instrument playback through MIDI input (Reason, Live, GarageBand, Mixcraft, FL Studio, Pro Tools, Audition, Sonar, many more)
- Can be used with external MIDI devices (keyboards, drum machines, synthesizers)
- Use the default two-and-a-half octave scale or a custom scale pattern in Normal Mode
- Select a key and scale to play power, major, minor, diminished, and 7th chords in Easy Mode
- Use the Rock Band or Guitar Hero: World Tour Drum Set in Drum Mode
- Play and manipulate .wav or .aiff audio samples in Sample Mode
How do I use MIDItar Hero?
If you’re new to MIDItar Hero, the best place to start is to download and read the Documentation:
MIDItar Hero Documentation
What do I need to run MIDItar Hero?
A list of the required programs and drivers can be found on the Download page. You will need the Max/MSP Runtime, the proper drivers for your controller, and the MIDItar Hero software. Of course, you’ll need a Guitar Hero or Rock Band instrument to properly use MIDItar Hero, but technically any USB device can be used with the program.
How much does MIDItar Hero cost?
MIDItar Hero is free to use.
Really? Awesome! But how can I help support MIDItar Hero?
If you enjoy using MIDItar Hero and want to help support the program:
- Make a small donation – even if it’s just a dollar, that’s awesome.
- Write about MIDItar Hero on your blog, website, MySpace, or Facebook.
- Post videos on YouTube of you using MIDItar Hero.
- Review MIDItar Hero on Digg or StumbleUpon.
- Tell your friends about MIDItar Hero!
How do I make guitar or drum sounds?
MIDItar Hero does not create sounds – all it does is produce MIDI information that can be sent outside of the program to control sounds elsewhere. The default setting when you open MIDItar Hero is to send MIDI output to your computer’s built-in synthesizer, which is that piano sound you’re probably sick of by now. If you want to make anything other than that sound, you need a program or external MIDI device capable of playing software instruments through MIDI input.
If you’re running Windows and you want to use a software synthesizer from a digital audio workstation such as Mixcraft or FL Studio, you will need to download a virtual MIDI driver to send MIDI information from MIDItar Hero to your chosen program. I recommend using Maple Virtual MIDI Cable or LoopBe1 as your virtual MIDI driver.
Once the virtual MIDI driver is installed and set up, you can link MIDItar Hero and your chosen program by setting the MIDI output within MIDItar Hero and the MIDI input within your chosen program to the same virtual MIDI port created by the virtual MIDI driver.
If you’re using Mac OS X, you do not need a virtual MIDI driver, as CoreAudio already supports virtual MIDI. Select “From Max/MSP” as your MIDI Output and Input to link MIDItar Hero with the other program.
How was MIDItar Hero created?
MIDItar Hero was created using Max/MSP, a graphical development environment created by Cycling ’74.