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  • TWIRB: Pro MIDI Update, HMX Sold, 2010 Ends with Beatles

    Posted on December 28th, 2010 Shawn No comments

    In this episode of THIS WEEK IN ROCK BAND we talk about what’s going on with the Rock Band 3 Pro accessories, Harmonix sold from Viacom, and the end of year DLC. So, here goes THIS WEEK IN ROCK BAND!

    MadCatz Addresses Lack of Pro MIDI Adapter

    John Drake reposted a message from MadCatz on the RockBand.com forums Christmas Eve addressing the availability of hardware for Rock Band 3. Keys, drums, mics, and guitars were all mentioned. What was left out of the announcement was anything regarding the Pro MIDI Adapter which was initially slated for an October 26 release and still is MIA. Community backlash ensued online, of course.

    Fortunately, within hours, MadCatz Global PR Manager (Alex) got on the forums and addressed the missing adapter. The important piece of Alex’s message is here:

    It’s probably the number one question I get asked at the moment. The Adapter IS now hitting stores on PS3 and Wii across every major territory. It’s proven a real technical challenge to get 100% right and we wanted to take our time with this and make sure we got it right. We believe we have and I personally believe this is one awesome product. More stock is arriving continually both in stores and online. Keep checking your retailer of choice (They will have more up to date info than I). Also keep checking the gamesharkstore for more stock. Again, we ARE trying to make sure we get as much stock out as quickly as possible and I am so sorry to any of you who didn’t manage to get one in time for Christmas. A very small amount of 360 stock has shipped to Best Buy. The 360 stock will be ramping up soon and should be freely available within the next couple of weeks, plenty of time for the Fender Stat. For various reasons, large amounts of the 360 stock is running a little behind the Wii and PS3 versions but rest assured, they ARE coming.

    The community is now split (more backlash for late communication / appreciation for any communication), but at least there is something regarding its availability.  I can say, that I have made several specific stops at local GameStop, Best Buy, Sears, and K-Mart stores since October 26, hoping to find the Pro MIDI Adapter randomly in store.  My reason for this, is all of those retailers stated that it initially would be available October 26, and each has changed (or removed) their release dates.  None are consistent.

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  • TWIRB: Mad Catz Deals, Fender Squier Exclusive, The Piano Man, & a Patch

    Posted on December 15th, 2010 Shawn No comments
    Well, once again the 9-to-5 has kept me away from my regular news updates on the Rock Band front. So, how about I revive (once again) THIS WEEK IN ROCK BAND!

    Mad Catz Holiday Deal

    Are you looking to pick up some new Rock Band 3 gear? (MIDI adapter excluded, of course) Take a look these Mad Catz deals running at GameShark.com.

    Rock Band 3 Pro GuitarBuy a Rock Band 3 Fender Mustang PRO-Guitar, get a FREE Precision Bass!
    Buy a Rock Band 3 Fender Wooden Stratocaster, get a FREE Precision Bass!
    Buy a Rock Band 3 Keyboard, get a FREE keyboard stand!


    http://store.gameshark.com/listCateg…idCategory=246

    Link to the Harmonix Announcement.

    Fender Squier Exclusive to Best Buy

    Our friends at Joystiq announced that the upcoming Fender Squier (real 6-string) guitar for Rock Band 3 will be a Best Buy exclusive….can’t get it anywhere else. So, kids, now you know what to ask Santa for Christmas….Best Buy gift cards please!

    Link to the Joystiq Announcement.

    Billy Joel is the DLC of the Week

    Already released on Tuesday is the weeks DLC. For the first time in rhythm game history (I’m sure someone will tell me I made a mistake) Billy Joel makes an appearance…and in a big way.  12 (count ’em), 12 songs make their way to the Rock Band 3 library this week all with pro keys of course. Yes, you get pro drums and vocal harmonies too (plus pro guitar/bass for an extra buck a song).  Now’s the time for you fledgling pianists to show off your skills.  Pony up that $20+ and pick up this pack now.

    Available on Xbox 360, Wii and PlayStation 3 system (Dec. 14):
    · “Big Shot” *
    · “Captain Jack”
    · “It’s Still Rock and Roll To Me”
    · “Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song)” *
    · “Only the Good Die Young” *
    · “Piano Man”
    · “Pressure”
    · “Say Goodbye to Hollywood”
    · “The Entertainer”
    · “The Stranger”
    · “We Didn’t Start the Fire”
    · “You May Be Right” 

    (All tracks are original master recordings)
    (These tracks will be available in Europe on PlayStation 3 system Dec. 15)

    These tracks will be available for purchase as individual tracks, as well as “Billy Joel The Hits: Rock Band Edition” on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 system and Wii. Tracks marked with “*” will include Pro Guitar and Pro Bass expansions for $0.99 per song.

    Price: 
    $1.99 USD, £.99 UK, €1.49 EU (160 Microsoft Points) per song
    $2.00 USD (200 Wii Points™) per song
    $0.99 USD (100 Wii Points/80 Microsoft Points), £0.59 UK, €0.79 EU per song for eligible Pro Guitar/Pro Bass upgrade
    $19.99, £9.99 UK, €14.99 EU (1,600 Microsoft Points, 2,000 Wii Points) for Billy Joel The Hits: Rock Band Edition

    Link to the Harmonix Announcement.

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  • 12 Different Guitar/Bass Charts in Rock Band 3 Songs

    Posted on December 7th, 2010 Shawn No comments

    Rock Band 3 Pro GuitarHaving just listened to the bi-weekly Official Rock Band Podcast, I learned that for every song in Rock Band 3 with Pro Guitar/Bass parts, there are 12 different charts. This is different from previous Rock Band (and other rhythm games) which typically have only 4 charts (Easy, Medium, Hard, and Expert).

    With Rock Band 3, you get the traditional 5-button charts for Easy, Medium, Hard, and Expert. These are these four charts we’ve grown to love over the years. As we learned with Rock Band 3, the new Pro mode brings in a new set of charts for real (stringed and/or midi guitars). What we didn’t know until today’s podcast is laid out below…

    The Fender Mustang controller, is a button-based MIDI controller, which is made up of 17 frets and 102 buttons. The upcoming Fender Squier Stratocaster stringed controller, is made up of 22 frets and 6-strings.

    The difference comes in the additional 5 frets found on the Squier. Songs that are played in the higher fret space will take advantage of the additional 5 frets on the Squier, whereas those same songs played on the Mustang will be modified for a 17 fret version.

    In essence, there are two entirely different Pro modes for Rock Band 3. One for 17 fret guitars and another for 22 fret guitars. With four difficulty modes across each, there actually are eight sets of Pro mode charts for guitar (and another eight for bass).

    This may not be the case for every song, as some songs don’t utilize the frets above #17. In that case, the two Pro modes will be identical.

    To tally it up, Rock Band 3 has 12 charts for every song on guitar and 12 charts for every song on bass. That is an insane amount of work by Harmonix (and soon Rock Band Network creators) to deliver a single Pro song, and well worth the 99 cents for the upgrade.

    To hear the podcast, go to: http://rockband.com/content-assets/2010/12/sousaphone.mp3

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