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Using PS2 Drum Controller as MIDI input for GarageBand
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Using PS2 Drum Controller as MIDI input for GarageBand Tue Oct 16, 2007 3:32 am  •   #2130
Milamber_Cubed



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Hi All,

I am currently trying out CM to see if it would let me do the above - and it does! I thought I'd post my results on here since there doesn't seem to be a similar use case that I could find on here.

I have a PS2 game called Drummania which is a Japanese drum game similar to the drumming aspect in the upcoming Rock Band, only with awesome/crazy/weird Japanese music and video.

It comes with a controller that looks something like this:

http://www.toysnjoys.com/psx2/drummania_set.jpg

5 pads and a bass "pedal" and some ruberised drum sticks thrown in - mine came without the stand, sadly.

Anyway, I got this working with GarageBand as a MIDI input mapped to a drum kit and it works great.

I originally tried this:

Drum Controller --> PS2 USB Adaptor --> CM --> GarageBand (musical typing).

Turns out that musical typing has horrible lag. I eventually found a program called Midi Keys that forms a virtual MIDI input that GarageBand picks up without any problems.

Drum Controller --> PS2 USB Adaptor --> CM --> Midi Keys -- > GarageBand (MIDI input.

A quick remapping of which buttons map to what keyboard presses and I was away without any lag whatsoever.

At first I had the key strokes set to "one shot" and this had the effect of not being able to have simultaneous keyboard presses. A switch back to "press and hold" fixed everything up nicely.

At the moment I have each pad mapped as they would be in the game - hi-hat, snare, tom, tom, cymbal (from left to right) and the bass pedal and it works really quite well. I am going to mess around making each pad more than one keypress to see if I can "cheat" my way to sounding better.... I am not really a drummer but wanted to see if I could lay down something as backing for my guitar playing.

Just thought I would share in case any ideas etc are useful for anyone else - there didn't seem to be anything similar when I searched for info.

Milamber
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Tue Oct 16, 2007 10:12 pm  •   #2131
Ken
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Thanks for sharing Smile
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