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This thread will be probably the only place I will post new charts, and I may contribute to other projects on the forum.
Currently Released:
BLUE ÖYSTER CULT
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Bells & Whistles / Conversion: Sideshow
5-Lane Keys: MrBurpler
NOTE: This is NOT the GHIII version.

Audio Source Lineage: 1972 Analog Master -> 2001 Remastered CD -> EAC -> WAV
Additional Notes: Another classic and BOC's first single. Always played at their live events. Since the organ doesn't come in until the end, this has Rhythm on Keys for the chorus sections. This was done entirely from scratch starting with my very badly done 2012 Drum Project submission, and finalized in early 2016 (again, poorly). I did not use the GHIII version as a guide, so my version is charted differently.

COLDPLAY
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Reductions / Venues / Extras / Consultation: Fat Ha1p3rt

CON: HERE
Audio Source Lineage: 2000 Digital Master -> CD -> EAC -> WAV
Additional Notes: One of Coldplay's earliest tracks, had its own mini-EP called "Mince Spies". The group was going for a James Bond feel here.
Originally planned to have Rhythm on Keys, but changed due to time constraints.

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5-Lane Keys / Reductions / Venues / Extras: Fat Ha1p3rt

Audio Source Lineage: 2000 Digital Master -> CD -> EAC -> WAV
Additional Notes: Another big Coldplay single now available. The band don't play it much anymore, but it's good.

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5-Lane Keys / Fixes and Extras / Redux / Venues: Fat Ha1p3rt

Audio Source Lineage: 2008 Digital Master -> CD -> EAC v.99 -> WAV
Additional Notes: Probably one of my top tracks from the album (though I like the whole thing), following close to the album's Enlightenment-era themes of war and revolution. Centered around a church-sounding Hammond, this semi-dreamy war march gives the feeling of fighting spirit and resistance towards the powers that be, since the world and civilization have cycled through the ages. Note that is the third (and FINAL) time I've released this song in any form (last two on FoF forums) and hence my most revisited chart so far.

GENESIS
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Harmonies / ProKeys / Venues: AJFOne23
5-Lane Keys: ghostbyob
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Audio Source Lineage: 2007 Nick Davis Remix -> Remastered CD -> iTunes -> .M4A -> Audacity -> .OGG
Additional Notes: A heavy synth-laden song, this is another "fantastical story" in reverence to their older pieces, like Epping Forest and Hogweed. It tells a story of a mouse's night adventures from different points of view, only played live during the 1977 tour.

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Harmonies / ProKeys / Venues: AJFOne23
5-Lane Keys: ghostbyob
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Audio Source Lineage: 2007 Nick Davis Remix -> Remastered CD -> iTunes -> .M4A -> Audacity -> .OGG
Additional Notes: Deep In The Motherlode describes the United States gold rush of the mid-1800s and emulates the journey westward, including the famous phrase "Go West, young man". It was a limited release single and used to open their concerts in 1980.

FRANK ZAPPA
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Conversion / Reductions: beard216
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NO KEYS OR HARMONIES YET.
Audio Source Lineage: 1975 Analog Master -> 2012 Remastered UMe CD -> EAC v0.99 -> 256kbps MP3 -> Audacity -> .OGG
Preview Notes: Sofa was originally the second portion of the Sofa Suite, or Divan; a prelude to Billy The Mountain introduced in November 1971. A mockup of German creation operas, it was only played for a few short shows leading up to the Montreux fire.
Additional Notes: GLORIOUS GERMAN VOCALS ABOUND. Aided with Zappa's commentary during these shows, the Sofa Suite was in essence a mockup of German creation operas, the likes of Wagner and Handel, only properly imagined in the studio version. The few versions of the story usually involved a maroon sofa floating the void of space, nothing else but itself, God appearing and calling upon some flooring unto the sofa, summoning his short girl and Squat the Magic Pig, God filming the short girl and Squat performing lewd acts as part of a home video, and God sending the tape off for editing. Lastly, God proceeds to take a nap on the Sofa, and the story of Billy The Mountain begins.

IRON MAIDEN
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Venues / Sections / Conversion / Fixes: Sideshow
CAT Reductions: beard216

CON: HERE
Audio Source Lineage: 1998 Remaster -> EAC -> Audacity/OGG
Additional Notes: A leftover track from my unreleased contributions to the FoF Forum's Drum Project 7, patched and full-band. This is one of my personal favorites off of Killers because of the chord sequencing and smooth feel.

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Venues / Sections / Conversion / Fixes: Sideshow
CAT Reductions: beard216

CON: HERE
Audio Source Lineage: 1998 Remaster -> EAC -> Audacity/OGG
Additional Notes: A full-band upgrade to a chart I did for FoF Forum's Drum Project 6. This was my first time ever charting Harmonies in Reaper! As most subject matters on Piece Of Mind came from literary works, Sun And Steel originated from an essay about the legendary ronin, Miyamoto Musashi, who wrote the Book of Five Rings and developed the Niten Ichi-ryuu sword-style.

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Venues / Sections / Fixes: Sideshow
CAT Reductions: beard216

CON: HERE
Audio Source Lineage: 1998 Remaster -> EAC -> Audacity/OGG
Additional Notes: A leftover track from my unreleased contributions to the FoF Forum's Drum Project 7, patched and full-band. This is my first release featuring ProKeys (though not first time charting them), and first time doing multiple harmonies! At this point in the Seventh Son concept, our protagonist has foreseen the local village is meeting disaster. No one believes him, but the village is sure enough destroyed. As our prophet laments, the villagers blame him for the catastrophe.

JUDAS PRIEST
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Bells & Whistles / Conversion: Sideshow

CON: HERE
CON (2x Pedal Version): HERE AS WELL
Audio Source Lineage: 1978 Analog Master -> 2001 Remastered CD -> EAC -> OGG
Additional Notes: Another leftover from my unreleased contributions to FoF Drum Project 7. Popular live staple of the group. Some of you may not know, but may notice here for the first time, that this song actually has a fake fade-out. It fades out, but the ending is still tacked on.

KANSAS
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Harmonies / Venues / Conversion / Reductions: AJFOne23
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Audio Source Lineage: 1974 Analog Mix -> 2004 Remaster/Epic CD -> MAX audio convert -> 256kbps(VBR) .M4A -> Audacity -> .OGG
Preview Notes: Many early Kansas songs were commentary on politics, nature, and various other themes. Can I Tell You is classic enough that it was resurrected for their 40th anniversary tour.
Additional Notes: Played at concert I went to during the 40th Anniversary Tour, Summer 2013. Nothing else to say.

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Sections / Conversion: Sideshow

CON: HERE
Audio Source Lineage: 2004 Remaster -> EAC -> Audacity/OGG
Additional Notes: A full-band upgrade of my chart from FoF Forum's Drum Project 6. This one has been about 1 2/3 years in the making, as other projects came up.

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Bells & Whistles / Conversion: Sideshow
5-Lane Keys: MrBurpler

CON: HERE
CON (2x Pedal Version): HERE AGAIN
Audio Source Lineage: 1986 Digital Master -> 1986 US Vinyl -> Click/Noise Removal -> OGG
Additional Notes: Probaly my favorite track off this record (though I enjoy the whole album), where Kansas still shows off a little prog in this symphony-tinged instrumental

Venues / Conversion / Reductions: AJFOne23

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NO KEYS YET.
Audio Source Lineage: 1976 Analog Master -> 1976 US Vinyl -> ION Profile LP Converter -> Audacity -> Click/Noise Removal -> 256kbps .MP3 -> Audacity -> Detailed Click Removal -> .OGG
Preview Notes: Even though it was not released as a single, The Wall has been frequently played at Kansas concerts, sometimes alone or in a medley. It metaphorically discusses overcoming difficulties in life, a sort-of continuation of Carry On Wayward Son.
Additional Notes: Played at concert I went to during the 40th Anniversary Tour, Summer 2013. Also released as part of a medley with Mysteries And Mayhem and Lamplight Symphony on Two For The Show.

 

U2

 

Even Better Than the Real Thing
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Electrical Storm (William Orbit Mix)
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Audio Source: Original CDs

OD/Practice Sections: TomGuy
Last Minute Assistance on EBTTRT: Fat Ha1p3rt

Running to Stand Still
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Audio Source: 1987 CD
One Tree Hill
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Audio Source: 1987 CD
All I Want Is You
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Audio Source: 1988 CD
Ultra Violet (Light My Way)
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Audio Source: 1991 CD
Stay (Faraway, So Close!)
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Audio Source: 1993 CD
The First Time
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Audio Source: 1993 CD
Walk On
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Audio Source: 2000 CD
City of Blinding Lights
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Audio Source: 2004 CD
Song for Someone
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Audio Source: 2014 Vinyl
OD/Practice Sections: TomGuy
VENUES: battlepenguin (Except on Walk On)
Regarding Files:
I understand that most of this forum works with Rock Band customs, but please understand that most of my work is prepared for FoFiX/PhaseShift. I'm beginning to learn to use Reaper, but I am still comfortable and skilled with using Edits on Fire, which automatically creates the midis for Rock Band separately. Base work will be done in EoF first, then sent through Reaper for finalizing.
Regarding Audio Sourcing and Quality:
In the past, I have had complaints about audio quality, and knowing that this being a somwhat professional forum, there are higher standards to quality.
Please understand that nearly half of my music collection is taken from used vinyl records, all of which come from by-gone eras, and includes a lot of the music I intend to chart. Every vinyl I possess has been cleaned with isopropyl alcohol and digitally transferred using Audacity with click and noise removal applied. The degree of success on this depends on the quality of the medium (i.e. the amount of scratching, roughness and skipping). Thankfully a good portion of this music has come from my parents' collection, who took really good care of their records.
Hence, most of my records are free of terrible quality, though I have had cases of really bad copies (Journey's Infinity, Traffic's Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys), cases of copies that could be better (Jethro Tull's Aqualung, Yes' Going For The One and Genesis' The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway), and cases where I need to redo the digital conversion (Vangelis' Albedo 0.39 and a few others). The only other issue here is the effect on the tempo, which can be due to the mastering on the record itself.
If I have determined (or asked by others) that the vinyl source is bad enough, then I will try to find another source for the audio, or anyone here on the forum is free to help provide it. To give warning and compensate for any of these issues, sourcing information for each song / pack released will be included, and any additional modifications made.
Regarding File Quality:
My charting abilities have evolved over the years, ranging from not fretting enough (long ago), to about 2012-2013 when I was over-charting. It was only since mid-2015 that I really started to hone on what was being played. This is directly related to training my ears, but believe me, I have noticed that the biggest culprit here can be the mixing quality.
My methods of tempo-mapping have changed as well. I was able to chart fast and properly for a while, but I found that it really depends on how tight the musicians stick to the tempo. Sometimes charts were worked over a period of time, and some packs may include songs where I did not go back and fix the tempo maps to be as pristine.

 

 

Upcoming Stuff:
See my WIP Thread, in my signature.
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This thread will be probably the only place I will post new charts, and I may contribute to other projects on the forum. Currently Released: BLUE ÖYSTER CULT Bells & Whistles / Conversion: Sides

I PM'd you the files to take a look see. Tempus Fugit is a really great song. Chris Squire's bass part is awesome on this tune. Will be happy to see it full band someday.

This is only scratching the surface of what's to come later.     You're very welcome.    

Welcome my friend. Your presence is long overdue :)

Welcome, nsw1-6!

Welcome to the other customs forum!

Can't wait to play more Kansas on drums, welcome.

 

Thank you all!

 

 

Hoping Inside & Out makes it to your next Genesis pack. It really should of been on Wind & Wuthering

 

The next pack will have a few B-Sides on it. I can make sure that Inside & Out will be added to that list.

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It's been a month already and I'm sorry to say that I still don't have the Kansas pack ready. (Life)

But I will say that it is coming along well (most of the instruments written down) and should be done once I get a real move on.

 

YES Pack has been announced and added to the thread. (~16 songs, subject to change)

 

WIP Thread to detail my progress a little more is being worked on and will be up shortly. is now available.

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That Yes pack looks duly epic. Glad to see some Drama on there, and something from Talk and the Peter Banks era. Has anyone taken a crack at Tempus Fugit yet?

 

Tempus Fugit was done by Italianstalion on the FoF forums, and if I remember correctly it was full band. If it wasn't done entirely, I may take a crack at it.

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Then I may as well upgrade that to full band at some point.

If I remember correctly the tempo map wasn't easy to handle when doing the conversion. I still have the reaper project files that you could take a look at or just start from scratch.

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If I remember correctly the tempo map wasn't easy to handle when doing the conversion. I still have the reaper project files that you could take a look at or just start from scratch.

 

Alright. I've been having oodles of problems with tempo map conversion (working with AJFOne on some stuff) to my program of EoF, but I was told that a recent update fixes this issue.

 

I might just find the chart back on the FoF Forums and patch it up in EoF, and have it converted back again, if it's not too much trouble.

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I am pleased to announce the release of my first custom, conversion courtesy of AJFOne23!


It soon dawned that whipping out the whole pack at once was going to be too much of a hassle for both of us, so from now on all my stuff will be released weekly, or biweekly, or every three weeks, or whatever, depending on how well it goes.


Weekend Of 10/7: Kansas - Can I Tell You


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Harmonies / Venues / Conversion / Reductions: AJFOne23





Audio Source Lineage: 1974 Analog Mix -> 2004 Remaster/Epic CD -> MAX audio converter -> 256kbps(VBR) .M4A -> Audacity -> .OGG


Preview Notes: Many early Kansas songs were commentary on politics, nature, and various other themes. Can I Tell You is classic enough that it was resurrected for their 40th anniversary tour.

Additional Notes: Played at concert I went to during the 40th Anniversary Tour, Summer 2013. Nothing else to say.


No Keys here yet



ENJOY! :rock:


EDIT: Was the wrong version for an hour, with stuff missing. Sorry about that.

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NOTICE:

If any of you managed to download it in the past 30 minutes or so (5-5:30PM GMT), it has been fixed, DOWNLOAD IT. Stuff was missing from the previous one. The PhaseShift version has the difficulties updated as well.

 

 

Congrats on your first release man. I don't know much by Kansas but I'll check this out.

 

Thanks man. It's a really fun song.

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