With prior Rock Band titles, distribution had been a bit… dodgy. Some people in different parts of the world have never seen local retailers stock previous titles. Many of the biggest fans in Australia resorted to importing overseas copies just so they could get their Rock Band fix.
One of the potential solutions with Rock Band 3′s distribution was to partner with an established hardware peripheral maker, MadCatz, to produce and distribute the plethora of new products that came along with Rock Band 3′s Pro mode. While this strategy solved some of the distribution problems of the game in certain areas around the globe, getting your hands on a keyboard, Pro Guitar, or MIDI Pro-Adapter has been a much different case. Unless you pre-ordered these perihperals when Rock Band 3 was initially announced, chances are good you still may not have the device you wanted to use.
It looks like MadCatz hears you, and yesterday afternoon posted a comment over at the RockBand.com forums addressing the issue. And by “issue,” I mean the lack of just the Xbox 360 MIDI Pro-Adapter availability.
This is Jeff, Community and Marketing Manager here at Mad Catz. I’ll be here posting news and updates on Alex Verrey’s behalf concerning Mad Catz hardware and peripherals, and I hope to help address any concerns or questions the Rock Band Community has on our Mad Catz accessories.
I have good news concerning the availability on the Xbox 360 MIDI PRO-Adapters that many of you have been waiting for. We expect 1,000 units to arrive to our US distribution center mid-next week, with another 3,000 to follow the next week to distribute and sell. Regular shipments of the Xbox 360 MIDI PRO-Adapters will also follow in the subsequent weeks, so Mad Catz is on schedule to release the Adaptor to our US customers by the month’s end.
Details on the initial store allocations are still pending, but I will update this post when this has been finalized.
I hope this will help alleviate some of the concerns and frustrations over when this accessory is finally becoming available. If you have any questions or comments, please reply or feel free to send me a private message through the forums messenger.
He continued on that the exact allocations to vendors has not been finalized, so estimated ship dates on places like Amazon (February 28) have not yet been revised.
Jeff also briefly addressed the European availability, as well.
To address your question, I currently have no visibility into stock allocations for the European territorities, but I can investigate this with our counterparts across the pond and try to obtain better dates as to when the adaptor will become available there. I’ll post an update when I can get this information. My apologies on the lack of information in the meantime…
There has been a groundswell of frustration among the community since launch regarding the availability of peripherals, and considering I still haven’t been able to get my hands on a MIDI Pro-Adapter yet, I think it would be fool-hardy on my part to ignore the lack of supply this late into the product’s launch. I get contacted quite frequently by people asking for help in finding a specific device, and I have the same tools at my disposal to find the product we’re all searching for. Not sure if the lack of supply is related to underestimated/overwhelming demand or a significant production issue. It’s good to see MadCatz addressing the issue, however this is one of the first communications I have seen even mentioning any sort of shortfall. Hopefully this is a sign of future openness with the community and continues.
UPDATE: Jeff from Madcatz left a comment below letting people know that there are MIDI Pro-Adapters available on MadCatz’s website right now, and that the next shipping date for the current batch of Xbox 360 MIDI Pro-Adapters is January 20th, which includes to retailers like Best Buy and Amazon.