Gadget Friday: Guitar Hero Gets Real

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Scott McGrew:
Scott McGrewPlay actual music on your Guitar Hero guitar – Free!!

This is so much fun – a total hit among the neighborhood kids – that we take a departure from our “gadget” in Gadget Friday to take a look at free software that will turn your Guitar Hero or Rockband plastic guitar into a real musical instrument.

If you’re experienced with computers, and you’re good at following instructions, you can have this up and running in under 15 minutes. If installing software or dealing with your computer’s file folders is beyond you, you may need a teenager’s help.

You need a couple things

1. A guitar from the game Guitar Hero or Rockband. Ideally, it should be from the Xbox360 version, because they have the easy to use USB connectors. If you’re trying to use one from a Playstation game, you will need an Playstation-to-USB adapter. There’s more information about adapters here.

2. A computer. PC, Mac, doesn’t matter.

Go to The Guitar Zeros website. Here you will find an actual band that plays Guitar Hero guitars live on stage!

Check out their videos, then scroll down to the bottom of the home page on further instructions on how to set up your guitar.

I *promise* if you follow the exact instructions, you’ll be rocking in no time.

For a great article about the band “Guitar Zeros” and instructions on how to make other weird instruments, check out the latest issue of Make Magazine.

Scott McGrew
NBC Bay Area Business & Tech Reporter

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