The new Rock Band 3 game released this week is the best Rock Band game ever made, and the addition of pro-mode instruments is awesome. After spending a few days with the Rock Band 3 Wireless Keyboard I’m still not sure if I rather play with this instrument or just purchase the MIDI adapter to use my real keyboard with the game.
Considering the price of $79.99 for the keyboard, I was a bit surprised to see how much like a real keyboard this is. The feel of this keyboard is nice, keys have a nice push back for a video game controller, the key sensitivity is there if not a bit overstated, I found the keys to really only register 2-3 levels of sensitivity.
The ruggedness of the keyboard is nice, I feel like this won’t break into a million different pieces if accidentally dropped on the floor. One cool feature is that you can use this keyboard as a midi device on your PC enabling you record real music, which when considering the price is another added bonus.
This is scaled back keyboard, not a full sized board so when you’re play the game you will constantly be shifted up or down the keyboard scale on the screen which takes a bit of getting use too, but not throwing a new keyboard players on a full 108 key keyboard is probably a wise decision. The keyboard can also be worn like a keytar making it a pretty versatile instrument and allows the gamer to switch from playing keyboards to playing the game as a guitarist or bass player in the regular mode.
The game comes with a trainer which is highly recommended for anyone using the Rock Band 3 Wireless Keyboard, even if you have previous piano or keyboard experience, the trainer will help you readjust to the new way you are playing keys on the video game. If you are complete newbie to the keyboard, the trainer inside the Rock Band 3 game can teach you the basics within a couple hours, which is a really cool new way to learn an instrument.
Overall, if you played piano or keyboards you’ll probably want to use the MIDI adapter, because playing the game on this scaled down version is like learning how to play all over again. But if you are looking to for an entry level keyboard learning device or want a new challenge in the Rock Band 3 game go ahead and purchase the Rock Band 3 Wireless Keyboard.