Instructables post

April 13, 2009

Someone was nice enough to write up a post on Instructables on how to get MIDItar Hero working with a VST plug-in on Windows.

Check it out here:

MIDItar Hero v1.0 now available

April 7, 2009

MIDItar Hero v1.0 is now up for download on the Downloads page.
Please be sure to download the README file as well, because it’s the only form of documentation with the program now.
The README explains all of the new features and controls in the new version.

Just as a reminder – if you like 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!

Test version for MH 1.0 now available

March 31, 2009

The test version of MIDItar Hero 1.0 is now available on the Download page.
If you want to volunteer to test the new version of MH, please leave a comment on this post or send an email to with the subject “MIDItar Hero testing” and include your name and email.
I’ll email you back with the password to download both the MIDItar Hero v1.0b.mxf file and the MIDItar Hero Help.pdf file. Make sure you read the Help file first – it’s very detailed and has full instructions on new options and controls.
By volunteering to test MH, you also agree to fill out the brief survey included in the email. It’ll help me to improve MH in the future.
– Brian

Way too many controllers.

March 27, 2009

Thanks to DJJ3ph, I now have the values for the Xbox 360 GHWT Drums and Guitar on Windows. Velocity sensitivity testing for that is happening soon.

However, there are still a number of controllers that MH doesn’t automatically support. You can use ANY controller you want using the Custom Controller configuration, but I’d like to add pre-configured support for every guitar and drum controller out there.

Here’s a list of all of the different controller possibilites, and whether MH has presets for them yet or not.
√ means fully support, — means partial support, X means no support

360 GH Guitar √
360 RB Guitar √
360 GH Drums √
360 RB Drums — (need velocity)
PS3 GH Guitar √
PS3 RB Guitar √
PS3 GH Drums X
PS3 RB Drums — (need velocity)
Wii GH Guitar X
Wii RB Guitar √
Wii GH Drums X
Wii RB Drums — (need velocity)

360 GH Guitar √
360 RB Guitar √
360 GH Drums — (need velocity)
360 RB Drums — (need velocity)
PS3 GH Guitar X
PS3 RB Guitar √
PS3 GH Drums X
PS3 RB Drums — (need velocity)
Wii GH Guitar X
Wii RB Guitar √
Wii GH Drums X
Wii RB Drums — (need velocity)

If you have a controller that isn’t supported yet, please email me or IM me and I’ll let you know how you can help me add support for your controller.

Things left to do for MIDItar Hero 1.0:

March 10, 2009

– Rewrite the documentation to be included as a .PDF (<– 1/2 done)
– New logo!
– Test out Sample Mode (playback of audio samples, applying effects to samples) (<– working!)
– Small cleanup of user interface (<– almost there)
– Velocity sensitivity on RB + GH:WT drums
– Add GH:WT drums as controller

Would anybody be interested in testing the new version of MH before I release it? I’m looking for people who are somewhat familiar with MH and are willing to provide feedback as to what works well and what doesn’t, as well as offer suggestions about features or options they would like to see added in the future.
Send me a message on AIM (bwestplaysdrums) or email me ( if you would like to test the new version. Also include your name or your regular internet handle that you would like to be credited as.

Attention: Anyone with a RB2/GH:WT kit

March 7, 2009

I’ve had a number of requests to add velocity support for both of these drum kits. Unfortunately, I don’t own either of them. Also, I know people have got the GH:WT kit working with MH with the Custom Controller option, but I’d like to add it as one of the preset options. Would anybody with either of these kits and the means to connect them to their computer be willing to help me out with finding the values? Contact me through my AIM or email. Thank you.

New videos!

February 14, 2009

I’m uploading a couple of new MIDItar Hero vids for your viewing pleasure. The first video is a demonstration of how to get MH connected to a digital audio workstation – the video uses Reason as an example, but in general the same instructions should apply for Ableton Live, GarageBand, FL Studio, Mixcraft, etc. The second video… is pretty much the most epic thing you will ever see on the internet. Well, not really, but it’s still pretty entertaining.

Using MIDItar Hero with a Digital Audio Workstation

TTFAF on MIDItar Hero

February 8, 2009

I’m currently working on a new version of MIDItar Hero, mostly just going through and rearranging and improving the interface. I realized there’s no reason for 8 billion separate windows, so I’ve pretty much gone through and condensed everything in a manner that’s actually easier to use. I also added a few new options for both of the guitar modes that deal with the second set of frets on the RB Strat, but haven’t got around to testing them yet.

Before I actually release this version, though, I’d like to know how people use MIDItar Hero… does anybody actually use Easy Mode? How many people use it for the guitar modes, the drum mode, or both? What options would you like to see in MIDItar Hero that would make it more versatile, easier to use, or fun to play? Comment here, or email me or IM me with your suggestions.

January 1, 2009


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 or FL Studio, 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.


  • 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

For more information, please read the About page.

Current version download links:
MIDItar Hero v1.0.mxf
MIDItar Hero v1.0 README