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#21 zepmauricio

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Posted July 17, 2015 - 07:20 PM

It would be awesome if you add from GHAerosmith - Beyond Beautiful that songs will be perfect for RB3 is from the album Just Push Play, Keep Rockin! :c00l:

#22 FujiSkunk

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Posted October 28, 2015 - 09:00 PM

At long last another another custom is complete, and just in time for Halloween.  Here is "Witchy Woman" by the Eagles, with all instruments except keys, three vocal parts and full reductions!  Click the image below to download the XBox 360 track.

 

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To those who were keeping track of this one over in my WIP thread, I just realized I did not give this a new ID after changing the band name from "Eagles" to "The Eagles".  If that gives anyone grief, let me know and I'll re-upload with a new ID.

 

And speaking of "The" Eagles, I've assigned that as the band name so that it will sort correctly with the other Eagles tunes.  The album name is still Eagles, but I don't think any other tunes from that album have been submitted yet.  I encourage anyone who does to use the proper album name, without the "The". ;)

 

My original notes from the WIP thread:

 

Working on this song in particular made me realize how you have to find a balance between realism and "fun" when creating a video game. I'm pretty certain the toms are not consistently colored across the whole song. I was doing what Harmonix recommends, generally making sure to change colors when going between cymbals and toms, so that even non-pro drummers can tell when something different is played. As a result, I think I created what is my favorite drum track so far. Consistent or not, this thing is a blast to play! Hopefully the other instruments will be just as fun when I finish them. I know the vocals certainly will be.

 

I must also give props to oscarj08 for helping me make the drums even better before calling it "done".

 

Please enjoy!



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Posted October 28, 2015 - 10:00 PM

Please make sure your song is in the Customs database, and link to the database page instead of a direct download link.

#24 FujiSkunk

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Posted October 29, 2015 - 12:15 AM

I added it to the database before I posted here.  If I may ask, why do I need a DB link?



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Posted October 29, 2015 - 12:29 AM

http://pksage.com/cc...se-the-database

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Posted October 29, 2015 - 12:41 AM

Respectfully, I feel like my question just got answered with, "Because I said so!"

 

I get all the advantages the DB offers, and I'm all for it.  That's why I added the song, and all my other completed customs as well, before I announced here.  But for someone who just wants to hurry up and play the tune, I don't see the harm in offering a direct link as well.  Fewer clicks that way.

 

Is that wrong to think?



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Posted October 29, 2015 - 12:43 AM

Respectfully, I feel like my question just got answered with, "Because I said so!"

 

I get all the advantages the DB offers, and I'm all for it.  That's why I added the song, and all my other completed customs as well, before I announced here.  But for someone who just wants to hurry up and play the tune, I don't see the harm in offering a direct link as well.  Fewer clicks that way.

 

Is that wrong to think?

 

We as your gracious hosts are asking nicely.



#28 FujiSkunk

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Posted October 29, 2015 - 04:22 PM

I will change my download links.  Thank you for asking nicely.



#29 Hetz

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Posted October 29, 2015 - 06:49 PM

....and THANK YOU for the awesome Eagles custom! :)



#30 FujiSkunk

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Posted October 31, 2015 - 06:22 AM

With 40 minutes to spare!  If you're on the American west coast, at least... which I'm not...

 

Anyway, here's my second Halloween track, "Spooky" by the Atlanta Rhythm Section, finally complete and playable and singable on everything, at all skill levels.  Image linky.

 

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Notes from the WIP thread:

 

This is a cover of the Classics IV song, which is no surprise given several ARS members were originally in the Classics IV!

I had a very good MIDI to work with when putting together the drum and keys tracks, but even then I'm not entirely sure they're accurate. In the original song, particularly during the guitar and keys solos at the end, there is a lot of subtle play in the cymbals. A standard MIDI file can't really capture those little nuances that effectively, but the authors definitely tried, which then made it difficult to determine exactly which cymbal is being played at a given time, and whether it's worth trying to capture that in the game chart. I decided to mix it up at least a little bit, and I think it turned out all right. Opinions and critiques welcome, of course.

The keys were another mystery. There is a lot of jazz color in the original chords, and the MIDI chart had that as well. Whether they got all those jazz bits right is anybody's guess, but I think the resulting game chart does well enough. The solo is another matter. There were definitely some notes missing in the MIDI that I could clearly hear in the original, but putting those notes back in made the solo a lot harder to play! I don't think it's impossible to play, but it's certainly above my current skill level. I'd like to hear from other keys players on whether they think the solo is at least realistic for someone who plays for a living.

Oh, and when is a triplet not a triplet? I swear those are supposed to be quarter-note triplets at the very beginning, the very end, and in all those fills through-out, but when I actually charted them that way, they ended up very off. This just goes to show that rock and roll is indeed "sloppy" and sometimes you just have to accept, and chart, a little sloppiness, even in a game like Rock Band that demands precision.

Finally, I have to say, ARS is woefully neglected, even within the classic rock community. They've got a lot of great songs, but you just don't hear about them anymore. This neglect is apparent even on the Internet. I actually had to put some effort into finding a decent shot of the album cover for Underdog, and even when I found one I had to do some GIMPing to make it more presentable.

 

Guitarists, you get three solos!  Keyboardists, you get a solo too!  Bassists, you get a special little treat:  If you play on expert and don't make a mistake, you'll enter the bass groove just as the singer sings, "when everything is gettin' kind of groovy."

 

Hope you like it!



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Posted November 2, 2015 - 07:18 PM

Re: Atlanta Rhythm Section.  I was in the camp of "somebody already produced a custom of the Classics IV version...do we really need another?" when Fuji said he's working on their cover of "Spooky".  But the final result is a really fun song to play.

 

Great job on that and "Witchy Woman".  Both played great at my Halloween party on Saturday.  Really looking forward to the rest, sir.



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Posted November 7, 2015 - 05:07 AM

I'm happy to hear you liked those, Sam.

 

Newly polished and now ready for prime time is Heart's "What about Love".  Rummage through the customs database or just click the image below.

 

 

 

Notes from the WIP thread:

 

This song is this close to needing a 2x-bass alternate, but I think the tempo is just slow enough to get away with all those beats in the outro. It certainly wears my leg out, but I am able to play it all the way through. Let me know if anyone thinks there is too much bass. This could very easily turn into the easiest 2x-bass song in the game!

 

Please enjoy!

 

"What about Love" is now available for Rock Band 4!



#33 mcatrn

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Posted November 8, 2015 - 01:12 AM

REALLY excited about What About Love.  About to give it spin.  Thank you!



#34 mcatrn

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Posted November 8, 2015 - 06:02 AM

Update: it rocked.

#35 LlytheWulfmoon

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Posted November 8, 2015 - 03:29 PM

Would you consider doing some Drivin and Cryin songs Like Fly me courageous, to build a fire , Let's go dancing? Your customs are really great to play!



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Posted December 5, 2015 - 06:12 PM

Finally!  Two Billy Joel tracks are ready to ship!

 

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Now you can play "Honesty" and "Allentown" along with all the other awesome Billy Joel tunes already in the game.

 

Notes for "Honesty" from the WIP thread:

 

I think pro-keys players will like this very faithful chart. Only the final chord actually had to be fudged, though I also shifted one note and dropped another to avoid a two-measure range shift. Even the animations are pretty authentic. Some left-hand notes had to be shifted, but otherwise what you see is what's actually being played.

 

Notes for "Allentown" from the WIP thread:

 

Back to New York, with a stop in Pennsylvania along the way.  The reference MIDI for this one was originally a collaboration between myself and Dale Aston, who MIDI enthusiasts might know as "OnNTwo". Dale did some excellent MIDI tunes back in the day, and I enjoyed working on this one with him. Actually the MIDI for "Witchy Woman" was also a collaboration between us, but we never did quite finish that one, and it was around that time that other hobbies pulled me away from sequencing. Thanks to RB3 and customs, I'm back in again!

 

Hope you enjoy!



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Posted December 5, 2015 - 06:34 PM

Yay!

So pleased to finally be able to play "Allentown". Looking forward to playing tonight.

#38 Lowlander2

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Posted December 6, 2015 - 06:08 PM

Allentown is a bloody good song to add.



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Posted December 16, 2015 - 06:05 PM

Just went through this forum on a whim yesterday and stumbled on this. Thanks for the Billy Joel songs brother, very accurate. Honestly, not that many songs custom or otherwise that I can leave my keyboard volume on for.

Great work, keep it up.

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Posted February 7, 2016 - 03:31 AM

Hot off what had been a very cold press, here is... finally... "Boat on the River" by Styx!

 

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Notes from the WIP thread:

 

Trivia question! What is Styx's most successful song, globally? "Come Sail Away"? "Babe"? "Mr. Roboto"? Nope, it's "Boat on the River". The song didn't even chart in the U.S., Styx's homeland, but elsewhere the song reached the top five, even #1 in some countries, as it became the band's highest-selling single. More recently I heard someone suggest this song might not be the best fit for Rock Band 3. My response? "Challenge accepted!"

Of course I give permission to anyone who wants to convert "Boat on the River" for play in Phase Shift, Frets on Fire or this game.

 

In addition to the solo guitar, there are two rhythm guitars heard through-out "Boat on the River".  I decided to dedicate the game chart to the higher-pitched part.  I felt it made for a more interesting and far more challenging guitar track.  It also means you can legitimately play the song in this game as well!

 

I'm curious what people think about the solo.  Those trills are beyond my skill level, but I don't believe the chart is actually impossible to play if you're a master of the frets.

 

The keys charts were tweaked slightly from what was in the WIP.  The changes are subtle, but I think they make for an even more faithful chart, which I pulled out completely by ear.  Of course the finished product has 5-lane keys as well, and all difficulty levels on all instruments.

 

Hope you enjoy!

 

PS - Only one song to go from the batch I originally promised last October.  With any luck it'll be ready before next October! :D






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