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  • Rock Band 3 Midi PRO-Adapter for just $25

    Posted on August 1st, 2011 Shawn No comments

    It’s on NOW! Amazon just started a Lightning Deal of the Rock Band 3 MIDI PRO Adapter for only $25. These are the adaptors which allow real electronic drum kits, real keyboards, and the Fender Squier (designed for Rock Band 3) to be connected to your console for your rocking pleasure.
    Here’s the link. Go now, get yourself some PRO adapters and rock out.

    Rock Band 3 MIDI PRO Adapter

    Original Tweet from Amazon: “Morning all…at 10am PST, get the Rock Band 3 Midi PRO-Adapter (all platforms) for just $25.”

  • Rock Band Slacker Radio: January DLC

    Posted on April 8th, 2011 Shawn No comments

    Rock Band Slacker RadioThis is the second update this week. This time 17 more Rock Band 3 DLC songs are added.

    Get ready for some Johnny Cash, Linkin Park, and Stone Sour added to the Rock Band station. With this update, all available (Rock Band proper) DLC through January 25, 2011 is on the station.  Enjoy!

    INCLUDES ALL SONGS THRU 1/25/2011.

    NEW:

    Johnny Cash – Johnny Cash 01 pack

    Linkin Park – Linkin Park 01 pack

    Stone Sour – Stone Sour 01 pack

    Direct link to Rock Band Station on Slacker.com

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  • Xbox Indie Shmup Controlled with Microphone

    Posted on April 4th, 2011 Shawn No comments

    Check this out. Use Rock Band mics to player a shoot-em-up Xbox Indie game. YouTube link below says it all.


    Original article here:
    http://www.siliconera.com/2011/04/04/this-xbox-live-shoot-em-up-is-controlled-using-a-microphone/

  • Rock Band Slacker Radio: All DLC through 2010

    Posted on April 4th, 2011 Shawn No comments

    Rock Band Slacker RadioI will keep this simple. After four months, I got off my butt and added a bunch of Rock Band 3 DLC songs to the Slacker Radio Rock Band station.  More than 40 songs were added in this update. With this update, all available (Rock Band proper) DLC through January 1, 2011 is on the station.  Enjoy!

    INCLUDES ALL SONGS THRU 12/28/2010.

    NEW:

    John Lennon – Imagine album
    38 SpecialHold On Loosely
    Bad CompanyCan’t Get Enough
    Lynyrd Skynyrd – Lynyrd Skynyrd 01 pack
    Queen – Queen Extravaganza Pack 01
    Billy Joel – Billy Joel: The Hits: Rock Band Edition pack
    John & Yoko, The Plastic Ono BandHappy Xmas (War Is Over)
    Anaïs Croze“Peut-Être une Angine”
    BB Brunes“Dis-Moi”
    BAP“Verdamp Lang Her”
    Wir sind Helden“Nur ein Wort”
    Linea 77“Fantasma”
    Litfiba“Proibito”
    Skizoo“Dame Aire”
    CaesarsJerk It Out
    Paul McCartney – Celebrating Band on the Run pack
    Inhabited“Open My Eyes”
    Siouxsie and The BansheesCities in Dust

    Direct link to Rock Band Station on Slacker.com
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  • RUMOR: Harmonix to Outsource some Future Rock Band DLC?

    Posted on March 15th, 2011 Shawn 1 comment

    This past weekend at PAX East in Boston, MA, we had the opportunity to connect with several of our industry friends from Harmonix, independent Rock Band Network (RBN) authors, popular blogs authors, and the likes.  From discussions we had over the weekend, we pieced together an interesting picture of the future of the Rock Band DLC franchise.  In the wake of recent layoffs at Harmonix and the Activision announcement to shelve Guitar Hero, our source tells us, “The times, they are a changing.”

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  • Pearl Jam: Rock Band Canceled? Vocal Harmonies Tell Tale

    Posted on January 21st, 2011 Shawn 2 comments

    While doing a regular search of the Rock Band downloadable content page on Wikipedia, I noticed a new column titled “Add’l Rock Band 3 Features”. Upon sorting, I stumbled on a shocking bit of news. Most of the Pearl Jam DLC released between March and September 2009 has “Backing vocals”.

    As a test, I fired up Rock Band 3 on Xbox 360 and confirmed, most Pearl Jam songs have 2-part harmonies. This is interesting news. Long before the release of Rock Band 3, Green Day: Rock Band, and The Beatles: Rock Band; the content authors at Harmonix were charting vocal harmonies for Pearl Jam’s Ten album (followed up by Backspacer).

    This is a nice surprise for Rock Band vocalists, but what does it mean for conspiracy theorists? Since the charting was done relatively early in the Rock Band 2 life-cycle, which never had vocal harmony capabilities, there had to be a purpose for these harmonies.

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  • Xbox 360 Rock Band 3 MIDI Adapters Shipping January 20

    Posted on January 17th, 2011 Shawn 3 comments

    The latest news in the saga of Rock Band 3 hardware availability is now here.

    Mad Catz, the company producing the official peripherals, has announced GameShark is now accepting pre-orders for the XBOX 360 MIDI PRO adapter, which is scheduled to ship January 20.

    Xbox 360 MIDI PRO-Adapter Pre-Orders now OPEN – GameShark Store US

    Exciting news! The US GameShark Store is now taking pre-orders on the Rock Band 3 MIDI Adapter for the Xbox 360:

    http://store.gameshark.com/viewItem.asp?idProduct=4832&idCategory=323
    Adapter orders will begin shipping out next Thursday, 1/20 from the US GameShark Store. Demand is expected to be high, so don’t miss out on your chance to order the MIDI Pro-Adapter.

    For those who pre-ordered from other retail outlets, those locations are also expected to receive limited supply and hopefully begin shipments simultaneously. Needless to say, there still looks to be higher demand than availability. The eBay pricing of $100 for these $30-$40 adapters is a tell tale sign. Do not expect the supply to be available on store shelves for several more weeks, or longer.

    UPDATE 1/24/2011: Mad Catz has updated their Rock Band forum post, stating all Amazon pre-orders will be filled this week.

  • Xbox 360 Rock Band 3 MIDI PRO Adapters in January

    Posted on January 11th, 2011 Shawn 1 comment

    Rock Band 3 players expecting to use their non-Rock Band keyboards and electronic drums in the game, are currently steaming at the fact the game has been out for more than two and a half months, and the adapter to allow this functionality still is not available. Fortunately, PlayStation 3 and Wii players were able to get their hands on them earlier this week at Best Buy and a couple online/brick-n-mortar retailers. Though, Xbox 360 players are still without (except for a handful of fortunate souls).

    Mad Catz, the company producing the official peripherals has made a press announcement regarding the Xbox 360 version of this adapter, and it looks like positive news. I hope what they state is accurate, since Mad Catz had a very difficult time “under promising and over delivering” the hardware for Rock Band 3’s launch.

    If what Mad Catz is now stating is accurate, Xbox 360 players should start seeing retail availability by the end of January. I sure hope 4,000 adapters is enough to meet immediate demand. I plan on getting two myself.

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  • Linkin Park 6-pack, Next Week on Rock Band 3

    Posted on January 5th, 2011 Shawn No comments

    Thanks to a failed test from our friends at Harmonix, we get early news of next weeks DLC. This is great news, in my opinion.  In fact, to me, this is the best music news from Rock Band I have heard since the announcement of Green Day Rock Band.
    SIX PACK OF FAN FAVORITES FROM LINKIN PARK HEAD TOROCK BAND NEXT WEEK!

    Cambridge, Mass. – Jan. 7, 2011– Harmonix today announced that Linkin Park will bring a six pack of songs to Rock Band, available beginning Jan. 11 in the Rock Band 3Music Store of downloadable content for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Wii.

    Rock Band DLC Additions for Xbox 360, PlayStation®3 system and Wii
    American rockers Linkin Park will drop some much-anticipated songs in the Rock Band 3Music Store next week. The band, formed in 1996 in California, has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide and holds two Grammy® Awards.  Linkin Park is touring the United States beginning Jan. 20. For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.linkinpark.com.

    Linkin Park Pack 01 features “Crawling” and “In the End” from their 2000 debut album,Hybrid Theory, which was certified Diamond in 2005. From the band’s second album,Meteora, the pack features “Somewhere I Belong” and “Numb,” the biggest song of the year in 2003 on the Modern Rock charts. The pack also features “What I’ve Done,” from their third album, Minutes to Midnight, which topped the Billboard charts when it was released in 2007. And from their latest album, A Thousand Suns, which was released in September 2010, the pack features “Waiting for the End.”

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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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