MIDItar Hero requires several additional downloads and installations to function correctly. If you do not read these instructions carefully, MIDItar Hero will not work correctly or even run at all.
To use MIDItar Hero correctly, you will need the Max/MSP Runtime, the proper controller drivers, 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.
1. Download the Max/MSP Runtime
Max/MSP Runtime is FREE and can be downloaded from the Cycling ’74 website.
2. Download the necessary controller drivers
The required drivers depend on what console your instrument controller is meant for and what operating system your computer is running.
Xbox 360 Controller
You will be prompted to download and install the Xbox 360 Controller for Windows driver when you plug the controller into the computer’s USB port.
Mac OS X:
You will need the Tattiebogle Xbox 360 Driver.
If you want to use a wireless Xbox 360 Controller, you will need to purchase the Xbox 360 Wireless Gaming Receiver for Windows. It should work on Mac OS X as well.
Only Wii controllers that are connected through USB work with MIDItar Hero. This includes the Rock Band Strat and the Rock Band Drum Set. They either require no additional drivers, or Windows will install the required drivers upon plugging in the controller.
PS2 Controller with a PS2 to USB adapter:
You will need to use the Custom Controller option in the OS/Platform Menu to configure your controller.
3. Download the MIDItar Hero software
After you have Max/MSP Runtime and the controller drivers installed, you can download MIDItar Hero.
Current version download links:
MIDItar Hero v1.06.mxf
MIDItar Hero v1.0 README
4. If you want 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 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.