|MIDI Rocker - Application Note #1|
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By connecting the external outputs of the MIDI Rocker to the drum input pins on an Xbox 360 Rock Band drum controller, it is possible to use the MIDI Rocker to activate the drum signals on the Xbox. No modifications of the MIDI Rocker are required, but you do have to open up the Rock Band drum controller and solder 6 wires to some pins inside the controller. You will need the optional Xbox 360 interface cable for the MIDI Rocker. This configuration is shown below:
One end of the Xbox Interface Cable has to be soldered to pads on the Rock Band drum controller board. The other end of the cable is plugged into the External Output port on the back of the MIDI Rocker. You can leave the original drums intact and just plug the interface cable into the MIDI Rocker when you want to use the the MIDI Rocker (see below, right), or you can cut the drum controller module from the rest of the drums (see below, left).
|Option A: Rock Band Drums with MIDI Rocker Interface Cable||Option B: Rock Band Drum controller after "surgery" to remove it from the rest of the drum set, with MIDI Rocker interface cable added.|
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The MIDI Rocker/Xbox inteface cable consists of two
pieces: 1) a 9-pin extension cable and 2) a short cable with a 9-pin connector
on one end, and "flying leads" (loose wires) on the other. The ends
of the flying leads need to be soldered to connection points on the Xbox drum
You first need to remove the back off the drum
controller. To do this, flip the drums over and remove the three cover screws
as shown in here:
After removing the screws you can lift the back cover off, exposing the circuit board underneath. There are two types of drum controller circuit boards: 1) a blue board and 2) a green board.
Blue Board - if you have the blue controller board, then you will need to connect the wires are shown below. There is a black cable (this is the USB cable) which plugs into a white connector on the board, you may need to unplug this cable to move it out of the way while soldering:
Connect the wires as shown in the diagram and photo below:
|The black wire needs to be connected to a GROUND point. There are several places you can connect it. There are some pads labeled "L4" near the USB connector (the black wire in the photo is connected there), or there are some exposed metal areas near the edge of the board (labeled in the photo) which can be used.|
You can now re-attach the USB cable, and reassemble the drum controller.
You are now ready to connect everything up and start using the MIDI Rocker with Rock Band on the 360. Refer to the diagram at the top of the page to see how everything should be connected.
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