Matt Hackmann

Xbox 360 Rock Band drums on Windows

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Everything I had posted here before is now outdated (and more than likely was when I came up with this). The latest Xinput driver from Microsoft supports the Harmonix controllers out of the box (people who think I'm fake probably already had this). You can get the 32-bit version here and the 64-bit version here.

Be sure to check out Andrew Rudson's Drum Machine

Answers to common questions:

Does this work for PS2 or PS3 controllers?

No. This driver is for Xbox 360 compliant controllers. Seeing as I don't have either of those, I don't know their level of support.

Do the Xbox 360 work on the PS3/PS2 version (or vica versa)

More than likely not, but once again I don't have anything to test it out with.

You're not a hacker. I plugged mine in and it just worked.

Not really a question, but:

A) I had old drivers when I did this (Nov '07). The old drivers didn't support anything outside of Microsoft Xbox 360 controllers. The newer drivers have been rewritten to support third party contrllers.

B) Hacker is (or was) a synonym for programmer, so once again, you're wrong.

I have a problem with my computer. Can you fix it?

Being a full-time college student I don't have time to attend to every little problem. There's an internet full of willing people who are much smarter than I and have far more time.

No time? But you made this! You obviously have no life!

I made this in half an hour (video included). And it was over Thanksgiving break at that. You, my fine sir, troll the internet telling people they have no life when it is in fact you that have no life. Seriously, go and get yourself a girlfriend. Once again, you lose.

Okay, enough poking fun at people. I hope this brings all the confusion and chaos to a close.

Comments

Bob99
Bob99

omg sweet

robotfire
robotfire

Is this for the PS3 controller or the XBox360?

measley
measley

it automatically recognizes PS3 version.

can you make a GlovePie script for using this as a midi controller?

balmyjoey
balmyjoey

I couldn't get the other options mentioned above to work, but I could use some other apps, including xpadder, to route the game controller messages into keyboard messages for use with FL Studio and a drumkit VST or soundfont. I used the ps3 version of the drums also. Check the vid:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdYXjLd-9Xk

minuense
minuense

it recognized my drum kit as an xbox controller but i cant do anything else

i used the installer and still

also the MIDI program crashes before opening

no clue what went wrong

David
David

On second thought, would you be interested (or know a good place for me to start) figuring out how to simulate the signals sent from the rb drums - with actual electric drums (roland v-drums, td-20)? I have a midi to usb adapter, so I can get the midi signals to my pc. It's then just tricking the xbox into thinking my pc is a controller.

Anyway, thanks for your time.

David

Jim
Jim

xusb21.sys and WdfCoInstall01005.dll don't exist on my computer for some reason. Are they drivers for another controller?

Jim
Jim

Nevermind they're drivers for the 360 controller.

BlueThunder
BlueThunder

Does the Guitar work in similar manner and do you know if its possible to have both drums and guitar connected at the same time?

Ruffy
Ruffy

The PS3 guitar works right off the bat on the computer. It installs itself as the Harmonix Guitar for PS3 without any drivers. Shows up in gamepads and works with no problems. Just map your buttons to frets on fire or whatever game and you're good to go, Wireless guitar on PC.

No one seems to mentian this since everyone hates the ps3 so much.

elmersglue
elmersglue

I'm getting a Files Needed message saying "The file 'xusb21.sys' on Xbox 360 Wireless Receiver for Windows Install Disk needed." and I don't know where it's located. What do I do?

TopaZ
TopaZ

Got it working! (In a really weird way):

1. DxProg's USB Driver for 360 Drum Kit

2. JoyToKey (Turns Game Controller presses into QWERTY keystrokes)

3. Bome's Mouse Keyboard (Turns QWERTY presses to MIDI Signal)

4. Propellerhead Reason 4.0 (For software Drum Machine)

5. Midi Yoke (Virtual MIDI Cable): Out from Mouse Keyboard --> In to Reason

Works a charm, but total lag is about 70ms. Great for playing around but too distracting to play with a drum backing track.

What about trying to get a real drum kit like a Roland to work with Rock band?

mark
mark

Pretty good hack

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free-iphone-apple.blogspot.com

magickewlade
magickewlade

automatically recognizes random 360 drum kits that ive found

mel
mel

why cant i find xusb21 and that other wdf file??

Joe
Joe

I can't find xusb21 or the other wdf file either...

no really
no really

this program you wrote dosnt do shit

you suck

michael
michael

how do I get my x360 rock bad guitar controller to work on my pc for frets on fire?

Ptrevor
Ptrevor

can you do that with an xbox360 guitar?

email me back.

please.

r3z
r3z

Is the PS2 and PS3 hardware identical? I have a PS2 and will be getting rockband soon and wanted to know if the PS2 version connects right to the pc?

Thanks

r3z

Joey
Joey

hey if u use the downloaded file, where do u direct windows to?

where does it copy the files to?

andrew bravo
andrew bravo

im a little confused. i think my drums are recognized, and when i extracted the and double clicked install a black page came up for like a millisecond and disapeard. so what do i do?

Joey
Joey

Yeah I had that same problem... i was wondering what that was...

help?

Ethrock
Ethrock

I'm having the same problem as above, plus the window asking me to find the xusb21.sys file ...

Joey
Joey

Hey what do u know!

i plugged in my controller and it worked!! amazing!

Alfredo
Alfredo

this my sound stupit, but does the game actually work on the computer?

I want to get the game but im not sure if you guys are talking about the game working for your PC or just the drums.

what Im trying to say is, will I beable to play the game jus like on a ps3 OR xBOX?

Joey
Joey

No the acuall rock band game does not work on the computer... that i know of.

MJ
MJ

hey i plugged my drumkit into my pc and it recognized it once it asked if i needed it installed and i said no and it rejected it. i plugged it out and i pluegged back in but all i heard was 3 tones and it doesnt recognize it anymore i tried ur file and it opened up for a spit second and disappeared i dunno if its supposed to be like that but it hasnt helped me at all if u could could u sent me an e-mail step by step on doing this cus im a total noob with all this computer stuff

thanks my email adress is nyazn93@hotmail.com

warplayer
warplayer

I am having trouble getting the Drum Set recognized in Windows Vista. I couldn't find oem35.inf in my windows/inf folder, so I had no clue what to do. I then saw the zip download at the bottom, so I ran the install.bat from that, plugged in the kit, and it's not working. My computer recognizes it as a Logitech USB Microphone.

Can someone please help?

Shadow
Shadow

ok so i tried to look for the lines you said to look for but the lines wernt in the doc. =[

Thatairsoftkid
Thatairsoftkid

I still cant get the drums working. You are kind of vague on steps 8-10.

Sean13
Sean13

I dont get it, i have the ps3 version and I cant get my kit to make sounds

Alex
Alex

what file do I copy in step 8?

Dave Man
Dave Man

On step 8 it says type the file above. WHAT IS THE FILE ABOVE? please be more sepcific.

^

^

Your awsome and all for posting this but I still dont get step eight.

iamdaxton
iamdaxton

this is awesome! i couldnt get it to work with Sony Acid or Reason Propllerhead, but i got it to work with Drumsite, which you can use for free. But you need to map it out in Joytokey first

-thx a lot!

confused
confused

whenever i click on drum machine it says drums not found but they are connected and i did the same thing as you in yur video above and they are still not working. (they are ps3 versionn rock band drums)

Jordan
Jordan

i have the ps2/ps3 drums (theyre the same) nd it downloaded but it wont use my drums, like in stepmania it wont register them

Jordan
Jordan

i have the ps2/ps3 drums (theyre the same) nd it downloaded but it wont use my drums, like in stepmania it wont register them

riky bobby
riky bobby

Will xbox360 drums work on ps2?

DJ J+POSITIVE
DJ J+POSITIVE

It took a while but i got it to work. And I'm playing FL Slayer with my xbox guitar! THANKS BRO! Now i can be a REAL wannabe rocker lol...

Matt
Matt

I love these sel-proclaimed "hackers"

Taking credit for plug and play devices.

Plugged mine in, works.

Done.

Jesus
Jesus

THANKS!! Now that I got this hooked up, I'm writing a game that simulates Rock Band (for drums only) version. Eventually, if Harmonix and Microsoft don't beat me to it, I will hopefully have a working Rock Band for the computer (including vocals, guitar, bass, and drums).

April Windsor
April Windsor

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Challenge Psycho Mike for your chance to win prizes.

In addition, everyone who stops by the Virgin Megastore event by 7:30 PM will be entered to win an XBOX 360 and a JUMPER prize pack.

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not a fag
not a fag

wow you're a faggot.

Need help
Need help

Ok, i tried downloading the 64bit but this message came up,

"updateupdate.exe is not a valid Win32 application" What should i do if that comes up?

Same thing
Same thing

Yeah, I have the same problem each time I try to run the program I get the error update/update,exe is not a valie win32 application.

hmm.......
hmm.......

when i try to install the 32 bit driver it says "installation did not complete" O.O

what the hell am i doing wrong?

cheddarband
cheddarband

my drums are pooched now

Kierana
Kierana

you still didnt answer my question, WHERE DO YOU PLUG IN THE DRUMS ON THE PS3???????!!!!!!!!!!

@Kierana: Umm... a USB port?

hazaaa
hazaaa

So, after reading all this, I still don't really see much on software to actually use with this? I don't want to record mine own sounds, since I have no clue. Is there anything out similar to the game for pc yet? Similar to Frets on Fire vs Guitar Hero?

Eric
Eric

i downloaded the software but i dont know how to hack the drums so that windows will reconize the rock band drum set? please help

(by the way it is x-box 360)

evan
evan

ok, i've been looking all week, so i am really tired cause i've been reading the same things that didnt work for me, so i didnt read but maybe 20 suggestions on this page, so if my ? is answered, please e-mail the answer me. anyway, i have the whole package for RB on ps2. its the special edition for ps2, which has all 3 usb periphs.(drums, mic, and wireless guitar) only the game is for ps2, the periphs. are all for the ps3, but work with the ps2. anyway, i have the drum machine emulator for the drums and it works fine, but when it comes to the guitar(which i want to use for "frets on fire"), it cant find drivers, and/so it wont install. also, even tho i understand lots of tech stuff, im not that good at using or working with midi scrips or any of that stuff, so if thats part of how to get it to work/use it on FOF, then i

d need a script pre-made(if thats even possible) or instructions on how to make 1 that works. thanks, and even if u dont kno how to use it for FOF, i at least would like to get it to work on my comp. btw i have a HP-Compaq Presario V6500 Notebook that is running Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit OS with a AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core TK-55 1.80 GHz with 959 MB of RAM, if any of that matters in this case, cause i see that people on other sites for this problem say that they need that info

maxin013
maxin013

i dl'ed andrews drum machine and it works when u get that file from the error message (dx3 something) but what i want to know is , how do i use the drums on frets on fire? i don't want to dl a 100mb mod and just want to play using a small mod the way it looks on rb, 4 pads and an orange line for bass. plz tell me where i can get a mod like that (if u say fof forums include a link). not a background change, just a neck change for the notes.

John
John

when i try to install the 32 bit driver it says "installation did not complete"

Pleas help

Rene Caldeira
Rene Caldeira

don't worry about if your too busy... but, i'm tyring to make this work with the rock band's drum set and guitar on PC, but not the XBOX360 version, the Wii version... which is pretty much the same process, any hint you could give me?

Rene Caldeira
Rene Caldeira

a little mistake about my comment... i was able to get the drum set from WII version to PC... my question is the same, but about the guitar set...

Phillip M
Phillip M

"Hacker" is not and never way synonomous with programmer. A hacker usually has programming skills, but that does not mean that any programmer is a hacker. Hackers are usually people who can use the Win32 or other Kernel to modify values within the memory, or change the path of a program altogether. You most assuredly can not be a hacker unless you have your masters in programming and understand how the Win32 kernel works.

Aray
Aray

wahhhh wahhhhh all I hear everywhere is rock band rock band drums and i have a world tour drum set seems the same to me but wat do i know is there a drum machine for it somewhere my drum set is also cordless any ideas guys?

pls wahhhhh

DAN
DAN

hi just wanted to say this works with the ps3 kit fine all i did was plug it in, also is there any fix for the slight delay? thanks

Yamilskate
Yamilskate

Yheea, this DON'T WORK... =/

Im too getting installation did not complete!!!

That's sucks... T_T

Ryan
Ryan

On the controller driver (either bits) it says that it's not a valid Win32 application. help!

Elliott
Elliott

How do you connect the wireless drum pads to the PC?

Maria
Maria

Actually, I have a question about the Rock Band Harmonix

I seem to be missing some cables and don't know what they are, can somebody please help and tell me what do I need to connect it to my xbox 360?

@David iwant to conected mysirelessdrumcontrollerxbox to my pc how pleace help thanks

@robotfire xbox 360

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