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  • TWIRB: RBN Is Open, Drum Pedal Warranty Extensions, More DLC

    Posted on October 8th, 2009 Simon No comments

    It’s the return of THIS WEEK IN ROCK BAND! Simon has been doing a great job with the rock Band happenings lately, and it’s much appreciated (by me at least). Though, I do miss the TWIRB pieces that I used to write, plus there is so much Rock Band news within the past week. So, here goes THIS WEEK IN ROCK BAND!

    Rock Band Network Tools & Documentation Available


    Just two days ago, we got word that the Rock Band Network (RBN) left its “closed” beta phase, which was invite only, and moved into the “open” beta.  The open beta is free for anyone interested.  Well, sort of free.  First of all, right now RBN is only for the following people:

    • Musicians
    • Music producers
    • Content charters/authors
    • Players willing to “play test” unreleased songs
    • and most importantly, those with money to spare.

    In order to use RBN, you must have a Windows PC, an Xbox 360 with Rock Band 2, and a Microsoft XNA Premium Membership (price $99 p/year).  Those items, plus Harmonix’ free Windows-based application MAGMA, will allow you to “play test” any available song in the RBN web site (

    If you are more of the musician, producer, or want to dabble in charting your (or other peoples) songs, you can take it a step further.  You’ll still need all the items required for play testing, plus you will need a digital audio workstation (or DAW as the cool kids call it).  The Harmonix recommended application is Reaper (price $60) which is what Harmonix’ authors use to chart Rock Band DLC.  Along with Reaper, Harmonix worked with Reaper to develop add-ons for Reaper, helping with color coding, and other RBN authoring optimizations.

    Finally, all the documentation you need, plus links to download MAGMA, Reaper, and the Reaper add-ons can be found at the RBN web site (

    You may know that MyRBN (the spin-off of MyGGGO) is already entrenched in RBN authoring and is looking for people to help do some guitar authoring. If interested in trying this out (even if it’s new to you, since it’s new to just about everyone), let us know.

    Link to the Harmonix Announcement.

    Drum Pedal Warranty Update

    broken_rockband_pedal_2[1]If you own the Rock Band 1 drum kit, then chances are you have broken 1 or more drum pedals.  For me, it was two before I gave up and built my own custom pedal. Harmonix (who was under a class action law suit about that very pedal), announced on October 1 “We are now honoring warranty requests for plastic Rock Band bass drum pedals past the official 60-day limit”. Basically, from now until March 30, 2010, EA will honor warranty replacements for the Rock Band 1 drum kit pedals without any proof of purchase.  Just contact at and a new pedal will be sent to you.  This does not include Rock Band 2 or Beatles Rock Band drum kits.  Nice job EA and Harmonix, and well done as it forced the end of the law suit.

    Link to the Harmonix Announcement.

    DLC of the Week

    Already released on Tuesday (today on PS3) is the weeks DLC (Raconteurs, Alanis, Electric Six, Flobots). See Simon’s earlier post for the details.  It’s another great mix this week.

    With that, what’s NWIRB?  NEXT WEEK IN ROCK BAND!

    • Two weeks until Beatles and Queen DLC. Huge, HUge, HUGE NEWS!
    • iPhone Rock Band. The details are floating around and we will bring you more details next week.

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