How to Get a Microphone Working on the PS3 Rock Band

By Andrew Smith ; Updated September 15, 2017

Rock Band is a video game for the PS3 and other video game consoles that allows players to use a specialized microphone and sing along to the songs found on the game. If you are playing Rock Band for the first time, however, you may find that your Rock Band microphone isn't working when you start the game. The most common reason for this is that people are not aware that you cannot play Rock Band with the microphone alone. Here is how to get a microphone working on the PS3 Rock Band.

Begin by determining how many people will be playing Rock band. Depending on which PS3 you own and how many players there are, you may need to have a USB hub (see Resources below).

Plug a standard PS3 controller into the Player 1 port found on the front of the PS3. Then, plug the Rock Band microphone into the Player 2 port. If you are using the USB hub, plug the standard PS3 controller into the Player 1 port on the PS3. Then, plug the Rock Band microphone, guitar and drums into the USB Hub. The Hub can then be plugged into the Player 2 port on the PS3.

Put Rock Band into the PS3 and turn the console on. Pick up the PS3 controller, as you will need this controller to set up your Rock Band game and use the microphone.

Choose the Rock Band game mode once the game loads. You can choose a single player or multi-player tutorial or “Tour.” Selecting the game mode with the PS3 controller will activate the Rock Band microphone. When you are ready, select “Start” to begin the song. Then, pick up your Rock Band microphone and begin singing when instructed by the game.

Tip

Look at the USB Hub once Rock Band turns on. The green light on the front of the hub should light up once the game loads. If it doesn't, turn Rock Band off and disconnect the hub. Make sure all of the instruments are properly plugged into the hub. Then, plug the hub back into the Player 2 port on the PS3. Turn Rock Band back on and make sure the green light turns on. If it doesn't, your hub may be defective.

Remember to plug the PS3 controller in before you plug the microphone in. Otherwise, you may have to restart your PS3 in order to get Rock Band microphone to work.

Warning

If the Rock Band microphone doesn't work after following the steps above and the instruments do work, you probably have a defective microphone.

About the Author

Andrew Smith has been a freelance writer since 2006, specializing in sports and technology. His work has appeared on various online sites. Smith has a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Pennsylvania State University.