How to Wiij

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While not exactly a new concept, DJing with a wireless Nintendo Wii controller (aka “Wiijing”) certainly fits into our theme this week. For those that missed Monday’s post, we decided on a whim that this week is National Nintendo Week. Dont ask me why, I really have no idea.

Back to the subject of Wiijing

First, let’s check out a little video clip of DJ Timski:

This slightly more interesting performance is more Guitar Hero than it is Wii, but still cool.

Interested?

Then you need to check out these website which has a tutorial on setting up a Wii controller:

Wii remote Tutorial for Djs at Wiij.com

Wii Remote Tutorial for windows users at VJkungfu

Dj Timski also has a good tutorial on YouTube on the subject where he walks through his more complicated manner of using Max MSP to do the mapping.

How does the Wii work with Dj Software?

There are many applications dedicated to converting Wii including: Wii to Midi, GlovePie and many others.

Binary ponderings from beyond the digital divide.

Even though its creative and looks like fun, “wijing” is not really blowing me away. There are significant limitations imposed by the wii-mote including the significant fact that Nintendo made it too well! A wii mote is an incredibly high resolution device that spits out an insane amount of data related to the internal gyroscopes. That makes it hard to use those controls in an effective way with the incredibly low resolution midi standard. There are also the obvious limitations of only a few controls and a very “non-dj” control surface. Then again, if you happen to have one around any way it might make a fun toy to pull out once or twice during a set for an extra dash of wow factor.

  • Is it also possible to sync the Wii Fit Board with a pc? And if so, could I use the board to send Aftertouch messages in order to use it as a foot controller like the SoftStep?

  • Is it also possible to sync the Wii Fit Board with a pc? And if so, could I use the board to send Aftertouch messages in order to use it as a foot controller like the SoftStep?

  • Is it also possible to sync the Wii Fit Board with a pc? And if so, could I use the board to send Aftertouch messages in order to use it as a foot controller like the SoftStep?

  • Is it also possible to sync the Wii Fit Board with a pc? And if so, could I use the board to send Aftertouch messages in order to use it as a foot controller like the SoftStep?

  • DJ HYPHYZ

    I’ve been DJ-ing with a Rock Band controller for awhile now, although I only took it to one gig: I use a PC and a program called “Xpadder” which takes my Xbox 360 Rock Band controller (USB) and converts the button presses into keyboard presses for Virtual DJ (and I’m working on a mapping for Traktor Pro)-
    I have the tilt to activate beatgrid effects, the fret buttons for cues 1-5, the up and down to X-fade left or right, and the select and start for echo and play respectively. Strum up sets a cue point, and strum down is cue.

  • Midian

    Awesome about the rock band guitar program. Will definately have to get me a copy of rock band sometime soon!

  • Wobzin

    I have been using the Wii guitar and a program called Darwiin Remote to control Traktor. Darwiin recognizes the guitar as the "Classic" controller and then you simply assign the buttons as hotkeys.

  • Its worth noting that we will be releasing a nifty little program (similar to mini.Translator) that will take all the rock band guitars and convert all signals into useful midi (on the mac platform) that includes the tilt sensors in the neck which are killer for effects.

  • Sorry I re-read my post and realized I didn't finish my point about the guitar being better.

    …so, what I meant is that the crowd can relate to a guitar better than to a little remote in your hand. With only the WII controller you look like you're a meth head shaking your fists at the crowd. You get my point.

    That being said, the WII remote in the WII guitar has real comedic effect. Especially because it clearly looks like a toy… I think this was one of Ean's original complaints about the PS2 Rock Band guitar. It looks too real.

  • mycole

    I like the guitar idea a bit better… I tried it out with the Rock Band PS3 guitar and it works great with any of the buttons in Traktor, but I had some trouble getting it to do anything really cool with effects because they use knobs.

    Randomly, I was looking for scripts earlier this week and ran across the WIIJ site as well. It looks more promising for use with knobs, so I’m going to make a trip to Wal-mart today and get myself set up.

  • "Then again, if you happen to have one around any way it might make a fun toy to pull out once or twice during a set for an extra dash of wow factor." Thats exactly how i would plan on using one, they are really nothing special by themselves for an entire set. However it would be nice to pick one up in a set to help break things up give the crowd something else to be entertained with 🙂 Ill have to pick myself a couple controllers so i can give it a go for myself.