Rock Band: Harmonies Project
Officially available for Xbox 360 and Wii. PS3 support soon, hopefully!
What is this?
The Rock Band: Harmonies Project is an ongoing project that was initially created to add vocal harmonies to pre-Rock Band 3 official DLC tracks that did not have them. Since then, it has expanded into a project which looks to add various features, fixes and optional variants to pre-RB3 DLC and RBN 1.0 tracks. At this time, the types of features currently falling under the RB:HP umbrella are the following:
- Vocal harmony upgrades.
- Pro drum upgrades (for RBN 1.0 songs).
- Custom Pro Guitar/Pro Bass upgrades.
- Keys/Pro Keys upgrades.
- Non-score impacting fixes for songs, both pre- and post-RB3.
- Variants allowing you to further customize library sorting (e.g. different album/artist classifications).
- New chart variants, such as misheard lyrics or rhythm-on-keys (only for songs without an existing keys part).
As of this writing, we have currently provided upgrades for all pre-Rock Band 3 core game discs (track packs are not yet complete) as well as a large assortment of DLC content (see the spreadsheet for a full summary).
How does it work?
The project allows us to issue upgrades by taking advantage of Harmonix's existing "upgrade" format used for official pro guitar/pro bass upgrades. These upgrades allow us to replace and add charts to songs that did not previously have them while leaving your original content intact. By using this upgrade format, we do not have to distribute the original audio or other components of the original package, ensuring that file sizes are small and piracy is nearly non-existent.
Adding harmonies and keys upgrades, or making changes to song information, requires an additional "tricking the song cache" step, explained in the documentation. All other upgrades (e.g. fixes and pro guitar/bass/drums) merely require the applicable upgrade file being introduced into your system.
Best of all, since this process uses the upgrade schema, which still works with CONs under Title Update 5, RB:HP upgrades can be deployed in both a customs-friendly TU4 environment and an online-friendly TU5 environment.
For more information, please visit the spreadsheet and review the main page's FAQ and the Questions/Comments page for answers to many received questions; if your question has not been answered here or there, feel free to reply with your question or e-mail the project e-mail address.