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Support: Band Setup

You can play The Beatles: Rock Band by yourself, but the real magic happens when you play with friends singing glorious three-part harmonies in a full band setup. The game supports up to six players: two guitarists, a drummer, and three vocalists. We’ll help you set up your band in minutes.


Six Players Setting up a full six player band can seem daunting, but it’s actually pretty easy. How to set this up:

For the Xbox 360

The Xbox 360 has three USB ports. Two are in front, and a third is in back.

If you’re using the wireless instrument controllers made for The Beatles: Rock Band or Rock Band 2 for all of the instruments, you can use the three USB ports for the three microphones, assuming you have a wireless controller.

  • Wireless
  • Wireless
  • Wireless
  • Port 1
  • Port 2
  • Port 3

If you’re using any wired Rock Band 1 controllers or a wired controller, you’ll need a USB hub in order to add all of the peripherals.

  • Port 1
  • Port 2
  • Hub
  • Hub
  • Hub
  • Hub

NOTE: Only Xbox 360 wireless instruments can connect directly to the console – any other third party wireless instrument requires the use of one USB port.

For the PlayStation 3

If you bought your PlayStation 3 after August 2008, it has two USB ports in front. Earlier PS3s may have up to four ports in front.

If you’re using the guitar controllers made for The Beatles: Rock Band or Rock Band 2, each comes with a USB dongle that has two USB ports. Plug the two guitar dongles directly into the console, and plug the drums and three mics into the open guitar dongle ports. This setup works with drum kits made for Rock Band, Rock Band 2, and The Beatles: Rock Band.

  • Port 1
  • Port 2
  • Guitar 1
    Dongle
  • Guitar 1
    Dongle
  • Guitar 2
    Dongle
  • Guitar 2
    Dongle

If one of your guitar controllers is from Rock Band 1, you’ll need a USB hub to connect everything (Rock Band 1 guitar dongles do not have the additional ports). Plug the Rock Band 2 guitar dongle and the USB hub into the console, and then plug the drums and one microphone into the guitar dongle. The Rock Band 1 guitar and the other two mics can then be plugged into the hub.

  • Port 1
  • Hub
  • Guitar 1
    Dongle
  • Guitar 1
    Dongle
  • Hub
  • Hub

If all of your controllers were made for Rock Band 1, you will be one port short, even with the USB hub. You will not be able to connect the third microphone without an additional hub. Plug both hubs into the console ports, and plug all of the peripherals into the ports of the hubs.

  • Hub 1
  • Hub 1
  • Hub 1
  • Hub 1
  • Hub 2
  • Hub 2

NOTE: Do not plug one guitar dongle into another guitar dongle, as this will not work. If you’re using one or more guitars made for Rock Band 2 or The Beatles: Rock Band, plug the dongles directly into the console.

for the Wii

The Wii has two USB ports, both in the back of the console.

If you’re using the guitar controllers made for The Beatles: Rock Band or Rock Band 2, each comes with a USB dongle that has two USB ports. Plug the two guitar dongles directly into the console, and plug the drums and three mics into the open guitar dongle ports. This setup works with drum kits made for Rock Band, Rock Band 2, and The Beatles: Rock Band.

  • Port 1
  • Port 2
  • Guitar 1
    Dongle
  • Guitar 1
    Dongle
  • Guitar 2
    Dongle
  • Guitar 2
    Dongle

If one of your guitar controllers is from Rock Band 1, you’ll need a USB hub to connect everything (Rock Band 1 guitar dongles do not have the additional ports). Plug the Rock Band 2 guitar dongle and the USB hub into the console, and then plug the drums and one microphone into the guitar dongle. The Rock Band 1 guitar and the other two mics can then be plugged into the hub.

  • Port 1
  • Hub
  • Guitar 1
    Dongle
  • Guitar 1
    Dongle
  • Hub
  • Hub

If all of your controllers were made for Rock Band 1, you will be one port short, even with the USB hub. You will not be able to connect the third microphone without an additional hub. Plug both hubs into the console ports, and plug all of the peripherals into the ports of the hubs.

NOTE: Do not plug one guitar dongle into another guitar dongle, as this will not work. If you’re using one or more guitars made for Rock Band 2 or The Beatles: Rock Band, plug the dongles directly into the console.


Five Players You’ve just invited your four best friends over to play the game–now what do you do? How to set this up:

for the Xbox 360

The Xbox 360 has three USB ports. Two are in front, and a third is in back.

If you’re using the wireless instrument controllers made for The Beatles: Rock Band or Rock Band 2 for all of the instruments, you can use the three USB ports for two microphones, assuming you have a wireless controller.

  • Wireless
  • Wireless
  • Wireless
  • Port 1
  • Port 2
  • Wireless
  • Wireless
  • Port 1
  • Port 2
  • Port 3

If you’re using any wired Rock Band 1 controllers or a wired controller, you’ll need a USB hub in order to add all of the peripherals.

  • Port 1
  • Port 2
  • Hub
  • Hub
  • Hub

Note: Only Xbox 360 wireless instruments can connect directly to the console – any other third party wireless instrument requires the use of one USB port.

For the PlayStation 3

If you bought your PlayStation 3 after August 2008, it has two USB ports in front. Earlier PS3s may have up to four ports in front.

If you’re using the guitar controllers made for The Beatles: Rock Band or Rock Band 2, each comes with a USB dongle that has two USB ports. Plug the two guitar dongles directly into the console, and plug the drums and mics into the open guitar dongle ports. This setup works with drum kits made for Rock Band, Rock Band 2, and The Beatles: Rock Band.

  • Port 1
  • Port 2
  • Guitar 1
    Dongle
  • Guitar 1
    Dongle
  • Guitar 2
    Dongle

If you’re only using one guitar controller made for Rock Band 2 or The Beatles: Rock Band, you’ll need a USB hub in order to connect everything.

  • Port 1
  • Hub
  • Hub
  • Hub
  • Hub

If one of your guitar controllers is from Rock Band 1, you’ll need a USB hub to connect everything (Rock Band 1 guitar dongles do not have the additional ports). Plug the Rock Band 2 guitar controller and the USB hub into the console ports, and then plug the drums, the second guitar controller, and the mics into the hub.

  • Port 1
  • Hub
  • Hub
  • Hub
  • Hub

If you’re just using one Rock Band 1 guitar controller, you’ll need a USB hub to connect everything. Plug the guitar dongle and the hub into the console, and then plug the drums and the mics into the hub.

  • Port 1
  • Hub
  • Hub
  • Hub
  • Hub

NOTE: Do not plug one guitar dongle into another guitar dongle, as this will not work. If you’re using one or more guitars made for Rock Band 2 or The Beatles: Rock Band, plug the dongles directly into the console.

for the Wii

The Wii has two USB ports, both in the back of the console.

If you’re using the guitar controllers made for The Beatles: Rock Band or Rock Band 2, each comes with a USB dongle that has two USB ports. Plug the two guitar dongles directly into the console, and plug the drums and mics into the open guitar dongle ports. This setup works with drum kits made for Rock Band, Rock Band 2, and The Beatles: Rock Band.

  • Port 1
  • Port 2
  • Guitar 1
    Dongle
  • Guitar 1
    Dongle
  • Guitar 2
    Dongle

If you’re only using one guitar controller made for Rock Band 2 or The Beatles: Rock Band, you’ll need a USB hub in order to connect everything.

  • Port 1
  • Hub
  • Hub
  • Hub
  • Hub

If one of your guitar controllers is from Rock Band 1, you’ll need a USB hub to connect everything (Rock Band 1 guitar dongles do not have the additional ports). Plug the Rock Band 2 guitar controller and the USB hub into the console ports, and then plug the drums, the second guitar controller, and the mics into the hub.

  • Port 1
  • Hub
  • Hub
  • Hub
  • Hub

If you’re just using one Rock Band 1 guitar controller, you’ll need a USB hub to connect everything. Plug the guitar dongle and the hub into the console, and then plug the drums and the mics into the hub.

  • Port 1
  • Hub
  • Hub
  • Hub
  • Hub

NOTE: Do not plug one guitar dongle into another guitar dongle, as this will not work. If you’re using one or more guitars made for Rock Band 2 or The Beatles: Rock Band, plug the dongles directly into the console.


Four Players Players familiar with setting up a Rock Band session should be familiar with this. For those who need help, though… How to set this up:

for the Xbox 360

The Xbox 360 has three USB ports. Two are in front, and a third is in back.

If you’re using the wireless instrument controllers made for The Beatles: Rock Band or Rock Band 2 for all of the instruments, you can use the three USB ports for the microphone, assuming you have a wireless controller.

  • Wireless
  • Wireless
  • Wireless
  • Port 1
  • Wireless
  • Wireless
  • Port 2
  • Port 1

If you’re using any wired Rock Band 1 controllers or a wired controller, you’ll need a USB hub in order to add all of the peripherals.

  • Port 1
  • Port 2
  • Hub
  • Hub

Note: Only Xbox 360 wireless instruments can connect directly to the console – any other third party wireless instrument requires the use of one USB port.

For the PlayStation 3

If you bought your PlayStation 3 after August 2008, it has two USB ports in front. Earlier PS3s may have up to four ports in front.

If you’re using the guitar controllers made for The Beatles: Rock Band or Rock Band 2, each comes with a USB dongle that has two USB ports. Plug the two guitar dongles directly into the console, and plug the drums and mic into the open guitar dongle ports. This setup works with drum kits made for Rock Band, Rock Band 2, and The Beatles: Rock Band.

  • Port 1
  • Port 2
  • Guitar 1
    Dongle
  • Guitar 2
    Dongle

If you’re only using one guitar controller made for Rock Band 2 or The Beatles: Rock Band, you can plug the additional peripherals into the USB ports on the dongle.

  • Port 1
  • Port 2
  • Guitar 1
    Dongle
  • Guitar 1
    Dongle

If one of your guitar controllers is from Rock Band 1, plug both guitar dongles into the console, and then plug the drums and the mic into the additional two ports.

  • Port 1
  • Port 2
  • Guitar 1
    Dongle
  • Guitar 1
    Dongle

If you’re just using one Rock Band 1 guitar controller, you’ll need a USB hub to connect everything (Rock Band 1 guitar dongles do not have the additional ports). Plug the guitar dongle and the hub into the console, and then plug the drums and the mics into the hub.

  • Port 1
  • Hub
  • Hub
  • Hub

NOTE: Do not plug one guitar dongle into another guitar dongle, as this will not work. If you’re using one or more guitars made for Rock Band 2 or The Beatles: Rock Band, plug the dongles directly into the console.

for the Wii

The Wii has two USB ports, both in the back of the console.

If you’re using the guitar controllers made for The Beatles: Rock Band or Rock Band 2, each comes with a USB dongle that has two USB ports. Plug the two guitar dongles directly into the console, and plug the drums and mic into the open guitar dongle ports. This setup works with drum kits made for Rock Band, Rock Band 2, and The Beatles: Rock Band.

  • Port 1
  • Port 2
  • Guitar 1
    Dongle
  • Guitar 2
    Dongle

If you’re only using one guitar controller made for Rock Band 2 or The Beatles: Rock Band, you can plug the additional peripherals into the USB ports on the dongle.

  • Port 1
  • Port 2
  • Guitar 1
    Dongle
  • Guitar 1
    Dongle

If one of your guitar controllers is from Rock Band 1, plug both guitar dongles into the console, and then plug the drums and the mic into the additional two ports.

  • Port 1
  • Port 2
  • Guitar 1
    Dongle
  • Guitar 1
    Dongle

If you’re just using one Rock Band 1 guitar controller, you’ll need a USB hub to connect everything (Rock Band 1 guitar dongles do not have the additional ports). Plug the guitar dongle and the hub into the console, and then plug the drums and the mics into the hub.

  • Port 1
  • Hub
  • Hub
  • Hub

NOTE: Do not plug one guitar dongle into another guitar dongle, as this will not work. If you’re using one or more guitars made for Rock Band 2 or The Beatles: Rock Band, plug the dongles directly into the console.


Three Players You’ve got three players ready to go, but your console might only have two USB ports – What do you do? How to set this up:

for the Xbox 360

The Xbox 360 has three USB ports. Two are in front, and a third is in back.

If you’re using the wireless instrument controllers made for The Beatles: Rock Band or Rock Band 2 for all of the instruments, you can use the three USB ports for the microphones, assuming you have a wireless controller.

  • Wireless
  • Wireless
  • Wireless
  • Wireless
  • Wireless
  • Port 1
  • Port 1
  • Port 2
  • Port 3

Note: Only Xbox 360 wireless instruments can connect directly to the console – any other third party wireless instrument requires the use of one USB port.

For the PlayStation 3

If you bought your PlayStation 3 after August 2008, it has two USB ports in front. Earlier PS3s may have up to four ports in front.

If you’re using the guitar controllers made for The Beatles: Rock Band or Rock Band 2, each comes with a USB dongle that has two USB ports. Plug the guitar dongle(s) directly into the console, and plug the other peripherals into the open guitar dongle ports. This setup works with drum kits made for Rock Band, Rock Band 2, and The Beatles: Rock Band.

  • Port 1
  • Port 2
  • Guitar 1
    Dongle

If you’re just using one Rock Band 1 guitar controller, you’ll need a USB hub to connect everything Rock Band 1( guitar dongles do not have the additional ports). Plug the guitar dongle and the hub into the console, and then plug the additional peripherals into the hub.

  • Port 1
  • Hub
  • Hub

NOTE: Do not plug one guitar dongle into another guitar dongle, as this will not work. If you’re using one or more guitars made for Rock Band 2 or The Beatles: Rock Band, plug the dongles directly into the console.

for the Wii

The Wii has two USB ports, both in the back of the console.

If you’re using the guitar controllers made for The Beatles: Rock Band or Rock Band 2, each comes with a USB dongle that has two USB ports. Plug the guitar dongle(s) directly into the console, and plug the other peripherals into the open guitar dongle ports. This setup works with drum kits made for Rock Band, Rock Band 2, and The Beatles: Rock Band.

  • Port 1
  • Port 2
  • Guitar 1
    Dongle

If you’re just using one Rock Band 1 guitar controller, you’ll need a USB hub to connect everything (Rock Band 1 guitar dongles do not have the additional ports). Plug the guitar dongle and the hub into the console, and then plug the additional peripherals into the hub.

  • Port 1
  • Hub
  • Hub

NOTE: Do not plug one guitar dongle into another guitar dongle, as this will not work. If you’re using one or more guitars made for Rock Band 2 or The Beatles: Rock Band, plug the dongles directly into the console.


Two Players Setting up for two players is a snap on any console. How to set this up:

for the Xbox 360

The Xbox 360 has three USB ports. Two are in front, and a third is in back.

If you’re using the wireless instrument controllers made for The Beatles: Rock Band or Rock Band 2 for the instruments, you can use any of the USB ports for the microphones, assuming you have a wireless controller. Otherwise, just plug the peripherals into the ports on the console and you’re all set.

  • Wireless
  • Wireless
  • Wireless
  • Port 1
  • Port 1
  • Port 2

Note: Only Xbox 360 wireless instruments can connect directly to the console – any other third party wireless instrument requires the use of one USB port.

For the PlayStation 3

If you bought your PlayStation 3 after August 2008, it has two USB ports in front. Earlier PS3s may have up to four ports in front.

All you need to do is connect the peripherals to the USB ports on your console and you’re all set.

  • Port 1
  • Port 2

NOTE: Do not plug one guitar dongle into another guitar dongle, as this will not work. If you’re using one or more guitars made for Rock Band 2 or The Beatles: Rock Band, plug the dongles directly into the console.

for the Wii

The Wii has two USB ports, both in the back of the console.

All you need to do is connect the peripherals to the USB ports on your console and you’re all set.

  • Port 1
  • Port 2

NOTE: Do not plug one guitar dongle into another guitar dongle, as this will not work. If you’re using one or more guitars made for Rock Band 2 or The Beatles: Rock Band, plug the dongles directly into the console.


One Player Setting up a single player on any console is easy. But in case you need any help, How to set this up:

for the Xbox 360

The Xbox 360 has three USB ports. Two are in front, and a third is in back.

If you’re using the wireless instrument controllers made for The Beatles: Rock Band or Rock Band 2 for the instruments, you won’t need to connect anything to your console. Just turn them on and the console will automatically detect them. Otherwise, just plug the peripheral into either of the ports on the console and you’re all set.

  • Wireless
  • Port 1

Note: Only Xbox 360 wireless instruments can connect directly to the console – any other third party wireless instrument requires the use of one USB port.

For the PlayStation 3

If you bought your PlayStation 3 after August 2008, it has two USB ports in front. Earlier PS3s may have up to four ports in front.

All you need to do is connect the peripheral to the USB port on your console and you’re all set.

  • Port 1

NOTE: Do not plug one guitar dongle into another guitar dongle, as this will not work. If you’re using one or more guitars made for Rock Band 2 or The Beatles: Rock Band, plug the dongles directly into the console.

for the Wii

The Wii has two USB ports, both in the back of the console.

All you need to do is connect the peripheral to the USB port on your console and you’re all set.

  • Port 1

NOTE: Do not plug one guitar dongle into another guitar dongle, as this will not work. If you’re using one or more guitars made for Rock Band 2 or The Beatles: Rock Band, plug the dongles directly into the console.

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