Mad Catz has announced that they have begun shipping of their next hot selling 3rd party device and that is the Rock Band 3 MIDI PRO-Adapter. The PlayStation 3 and the Nintendo Wii version are headed to retail right now and the Xbox 360 version is also heading to retail but it looks like they will only have limited stock available at Best Buy, and the 360 version will be available first. So if you want to get your hands on the Rock Band 3 MIDI PRO-Adapter for the 360 you might want to act quick. The adapter will allow you to use MIDI keyboards and drum sets and eventually the Fender Stratocaster Guitar the full sized, fully functional electric guitar with strings that is headed to retail right now.
Plugging directly into the console via USB, the MIDI PRO-Adapter works as an interface between the console and MIDI instrument, converting the MIDI messages into console controller data which the game translates into on-screen action. The MIDI PRO-Adapter features a velocity sensitive adjustment for MIDI drums designed to reduce cross-talk during play. A full D-Pad and standard gaming controller buttons are located on the PRO-Adapter to deliver seamless console integration and navigation of the game menus. The MIDI Pro-Adapter ships with a removable clip which allows gamers to attach to a belt or rest on a table top or similar flat surface.
The Rock Band 3 MIDI PRO-Adapter will retail for $39.99.