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Slapping ideas here for a couple of packs this year so I won't forget 'em:

 

Canada Day stuff:

July Talk - The Garden

July Talk - Guns + Ammunition

Arkells - Cynical Bastards

 

Election Day stuff:

Frank Turner - 1933

Bad Religion - The Empire Strikes First

The Offspring - Change the World

 

'Merican Dream stuff:

Hard-Fi - Suburban Knights

 

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Oh. Hi there.

 

This thread is for providing details about custom songs for Rock Band 3 on which I am currently working. More importantly, it will function as a classified ad for freelance instrument charters interested in contributing to these songs. I will provide the vocals and venue work (and maybe more), and you can donate the other components necessary to make the custom complete and worthy of publication. Full-band or bust!

 

As a general rule, all songs will have as many bells and whistles as I can provide and/or elicit. This includes dryvox lip sync, instrument reductions, and custom venue work. If you need an example of my vocal charts, dryvox, and venue work, you can check out my first custom here.

 

"That is the greatest custom I've ever played! I'm dying to work with you!"

 

Flattery will get you everywhere.

 

"Do I need prior experience?"

 

Honestly, a bit would help. I'm still somewhat green myself. But basic experience with Reaper would be nice. I think it's more important that you have an understanding of and/or feeling for how a real-life instrument translates into a Rock Band chart. Personally, I do not. That's why I chart vocals :)

 

"Are you taking requests?"

 

...Sort of. If you visit my own requests thread, you'll certainly see something there you find interesting. I'm all about prioritizing those songs that have the interest of players and authors.

 

"Why should I work with you?"

 

I have plenty of experience working with other authors, and I've slithered my slimy tentacles into the depths of this community. This place is all about back-scratching; you chart this for me, I'll chart that for you. With vocals it's a bit more difficult/miserable/time-consuming, but since I don't know the first thing about, for example, drums, I might have to make some unequal trades. We all have strengths and weaknesses, and if we work on what we enjoy most, we're more likely to be happy, productive charters that provide a musical bounty for the database.

 

That said, here's what I'm currently working on:

 

The Killers - Caution

 

Vocals: I will do this.

Guitar: I will do this.

Bass: Partially completed already.

Drums: Chainsaw Octopus is doing this.

Keys: Synthesizers for days.

Venue: Not started.

 

The White Stripes - My Doorbell

 

Vocals: I will do this.

Guitar: None

Bass: I will do this.

Drums: Needed

Keys: I will do this.

Venue: Not started.

 

Gin Blossoms - Lost Horizons

 

Vocals: I will do this.

Guitar: I will attempt this.

Bass: I will do this.

Drums: Needed

Keys: None that I hear.

Venue: Not started.

 

Sarah Shook & The Disarmers - Damned If I Do, Damned If I Don't

 

Vocals: I will do this.

Guitar: I will attempt this.

Bass: I will do this.

Drums: Needed

Keys: None that I hear.

Venue: Not started.

 

The Wallflowers - 6th Avenue Heartache

 

Vocals: I will do this.

Guitar: I will do this.

Bass: I will do this.

Drums: Needed.

Keys: Lots of synth.

Venue: Not started.

 

Less Than Jake - Look What Happened (Anthem version)

 

Vocals: I will do this.

Guitar: I will attempt to do this, but I'd prefer somebody else :)

Bass: I will do this.

Drums: Needed.

Keys: I will not be charting brass to pro keys, sorry.

Venue: Not started.

 

Less Than Jake - History of a Boring Town

 

Vocals: I will do this.

Guitar: I will attempt to do this, but I'd prefer somebody else :)

Bass: I will do this.

Drums: Needed.

Keys: I will not be charting brass to pro keys, sorry.

Venue: Not started.

 

Delta Spirit - Streetwalker (original version)

(The video is the wrong version, but the original isn't on YouTube)

 

Vocals: I will do this.

Guitar: Needed. Sounds fun!

Bass: I will do this. I love this bass part. Groovy.

Drums: Needed.

Keys: None. Maybe put another guitar part here? They're pretty distinct.

Venue: Not started.

 

Three Dog Night - Never Been to Spain

 

Vocals: I will do this.

Guitar: Needed. I have a MIDI.

Bass: Needed. I have a MIDI.

Drums: Needed. I have a MIDI.

Keys: Extra. I have a MIDI.

Venue: Not started.

 

Ike Reilly - Hangin' Around

 

Vocals: I will do this.

Guitar: Needed

Bass: I will do this.

Drums: Needed

Keys: Snyth. I might be able to handle this.

Venue: Not started.

 

Ben Folds Five - Do It Anyway

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEyrfFwf3rI

 

Vocals: I will do this.

Guitar: None

Bass: I will do this.

Drums: Whizzer (complete)

Keys: Needed. Yikes!

Venue: Not started.

 

Frank Turner - 1933

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWmnBcNijvo

 

Vocals: I will do this.

Guitar: Needed.

Bass: I will do this.

Drums: Needed.

Keys: I might be able to handle this.

Venue: Not started.

 

Talking Heads - (Nothing But) Flowers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2iiGqBfyLaw

 

Vocals: I will do this.

Guitar: Needed.

Bass: I will do this.

Drums: Needed.

Keys: Probably.

Venue: Not started.

 

The Zutons - Pressure Point

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFrE0uQDVOs

 

Vocals: I will do this.

Guitar: Needed.

Bass: I will do this.

Drums: Complete (clumbsy_plumsy)

Keys: Horns. I should be able to handle this.

Venue: Not started.

 

Mumford & Sons - Little Lion Man (on hold)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xd8tOAJMA8Q

 

Vocals: I will do this.

Guitar: Complete (murlatok)

Bass: I will do this.

Drums: Fat Ha1p3rt

Keys: Would be nice :)

Venue: I will do this.

 

Editors - All Sparks (on hold)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6x26O237kP8

 

Vocals: I will do this.

Guitar: Complete (murlatok)

Bass: I will do this.

Drums: Needed.

Keys: None.

Venue: I will do this.

 

Feel free to express your interest here (that gives us a sense of community!) or send me a private message (you shy devil, you!) if you want to contribute and collaborate. Thanks for stopping by, and I hope to hear from you!

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I can handle Runaway Train drums

 

There goes my hero.

(watch him as he goes)

 

Check your inbox. Finally, the tables have turned in our charting relationship! :D

 

This thread is a runaway train.

 

ALL ABOARD THE CUSTOMS EXPRESS.

(I can't think of anything more clever than that at this point, sorry)

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Added Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes - Home and Blitzen Trapper - Black River Killer to the original post.

 

I had put my pencil mark on those but if you want them, fine by me! I'll make Jedi some new tempo maps instead.

 

Look at you boys, fighting over me... :blush:

 

The miscommunication is my fault. I haven't updated the post. [Edit] The post is more accurate now. [/Edit] In addition to that fumble, I told Prez I'd contact yaniv and see if he was interested in doing drums for Post Break-up Sex, but I haven't yet. Prez said he'd do it if yavin wasn't interested. And now Ryan is interested in that one too... which is fine by me! However...

 

AJ can't do drums for Runaway Train until March, so if one of you wants to "steal" that one from him, that would be very helpful. That way both can get done and I don't have to wait :cool:

 

Prez, you'd be proud... I realized the tempo map for Runaway Train was really out of whack from the middle to the end so I redid it from the beginning! Of course, I had to then re-tweak all of my vocals from August... however, I've learned so much since then that they're way, way more detailed now. It was a chore, but that song holds a special place in my heart and deserves the love. I'm gonna get the bass down now.

 

Thanks for all of your interest, everybody!

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Just noticed this

Soul Asylum - Runaway Train

 

 

I have had this on the go for a long while

Bass is done

Had just started work on guitar.

Drums which are not my forte, I could do a rough draft & someone with superior skills could look it over.

You are welcome to any & all files I have for this!!

I am off to work but let me know & I will get in touch later today.

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Just noticed this

Soul Asylum - Runaway Train

 

 

I have had this on the go for a long while

Bass is done

Had just started work on guitar.

Drums which are not my forte, I could do a rough draft & someone with superior skills could look it over.

You are welcome to any & all files I have for this!!

I am off to work but let me know & I will get in touch later today.

 

Very cool! I'm not surprised to hear somebody was working on making a full-band version... that's long overdue! The guitar part I'm using is courtesy of some dude named Kassu, as I said above. I haven't even played it or watched it in the RBN plugin yet, but I assume it's not too shabby (although the tempo map was, whoops). Fingers crossed.

 

I would be curious to compare our bass parts! I am new at this and still want to learn how others do things. I'm pretty satisfied with it, but I'll gladly look at what you did and make it the best of both worlds (unless we're brothers from another mother and charted the same part :o )

 

Okay, I'll take drums for "Runaway Train" and Prez or Yavin can take "Post Break-Up Sex".

 

My man. Check your inbox.

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I have converted a few of Kassu's charts before. They were pretty good. I do see Beard also has Kassu's guitar version in the DB. I will send you my files later today. It has a really good midi maybe Ryan would like to have a look at the drum part.

 

I've finally played Kassu's guitar chart for Runaway Train and yeah, it's nice! It can be tricky at times, too. I dig it.

 

Spindoctor, I got your bass MIDI and it's strikingly similar to what I charted, with minor differences in some parts. Thanks! This is good! It confirms I'm not awful at charting bass. I'll reconcile the differences later today and after that, the song is basically ready to be published... without keys. Just a few more venue tests to go (ugh) and some rudimentary questions to have answered and I'm good to go. Actually, I guess here and now is as fine a time as any to ask those questions...

 

In Magma, under the audio tab, the drum mix is set to kit. But there are three other options. And I know nothing about drums. I assume kit is fine... but why? Brain not drum. :)

 

Also in Magma, drum kit SFX is set to Hard Rock Kit (default). Same as above... I know nothing of drums. Is this the kit I should select? If yes, why?

 

Also, and I'm not sure if this is a Wii-only issue... I've tried to sync lighting keys using the [next] key to occur on beat at the beginning of measures, but the lights always seem to change just after when I want them to. I assume this is working as designed... does that mean it's normal to have to place lighting changes very shortly before when you want them to happen? I read that that applies for the spotlight, but I'm not sure if it does for normal lights. I'd hate to be tweaking this for/on my Wii and having it throw off the Xbox version...

 

Oh, and does [directed_crowd] seem broken more often than not? Or is this a Wii issue? It's driving me mad. It just doesn't fire! No other directed events are near it... just just won't go. I've now decided to leave it in place, but I've put a non-directed event stacked on top of it. Maybe it'll work for you Xboxers...

 

Finally, a poll: What genre and subgenre should this be? I went with Alternative for both, but I'm unsure if that affects animations drastically...

 

If anybody is interesting in adding a keys part, great! But I am not going to delay a release for long because I (and many others!) have already waited long enough for full-band Runaway Train to hit the database. Everything-but-keys is basically full-band to me. Keys can always be added in an update!

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In Magma, under the audio tab, the drum mix is set to kit. But there are three other options. And I know nothing about drums. I assume kit is fine... but why? Brain not drum. :)

 

Yes, keep it set to Kit and put your mute audio file in the Kit location. The reason that it allows for other settings is for people who use multitracks, so until you chart a song with those you will not have to worry about this.

 

Also in Magma, drum kit SFX is set to Hard Rock Kit (default). Same as above... I know nothing of drums. Is this the kit I should select? If yes, why?

 

Well this one really depends on the song. These are the sounds your drum kit makes in-game (like during classic fills or before you get any notes). Hard Rock is default and sounds fine for most songs, but you may need to test the others out.

 

Also, and I'm not sure if this is a Wii-only issue... I've tried to sync lighting keys using the [next] key to occur on beat at the beginning of measures, but the lights always seem to change just after when I want them to. I assume this is working as designed... does that mean it's normal to have to place lighting changes very shortly before when you want them to happen? I read that that applies for the spotlight, but I'm not sure if it does for normal lights. I'd hate to be tweaking this for/on my Wii and having it throw off the Xbox version...

 

Strange, that shouldn't be I wouldn't think.

 

Oh, and does [directed_crowd] seem broken more often than not? Or is this a Wii issue? It's driving me mad. It just doesn't fire! No other directed events are near it... just just won't go. I've now decided to leave it in place, but I've put a non-directed event stacked on top of it. Maybe it'll work for you Xboxers...

It does seem broken more often than not.

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Thanks for the response, DemonUnicorns!

 

Home by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes now has completed vocals and bass. The vocals are super complex but an absolute joy. I spared you all and did not chart the whistling :)

 

Is anybody interested in helping to slay this beast? Guitar and drums are definitely needed. Keys would be a (very lovely) bonus.

 

Here is their 2009 Tiny Desk Concert performance as your incentive, during which Jade is drugged out of her mind (or just naturally possessed by the spirit of the still-living Joe Cocker):

 

https://youtu.be/XWIvfE01J0k?t=4m50s

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I'll make you an offer you can't refuse. I'll do drums on this song and any other song, provided you do the tempo map.

 

Well, technically, I didn't make the tempo maps... Prez did B)

 

I'll send you the Reapers for Black River Killer and Home!

 

Coincidentally, I just watched all three Godfather films this week.

 

I knew it was you, Whizzer... :wub:

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Added July Talk - Picturing Love to the original post.

Sounds like great progress. More tempo maps are needed, I'll get a few more of those started to keep this thread's momentum going!


Great progress, indeed! I've updated the original post, but I'm keeping one song secret that I'm working on with DenVaktare as a Valentine's release. I will say it's by the Fratellis, but the track title shall remain unknown until release. Nonetheless, it is a love song, and it is not Whistle for the Choir (which will come eventually anyway).

Runaway Train is 99% ready to go, just waiting to get some feedback from an anonymous (and obvious) benefactor. Once I get the all-clear, it'll be posted. Can't release a shoddy product! As a Wii user, I hate having to update songs all the time... :argh:

(but I do love updates! just not every week!)

Thanks to all for your help and interest!

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Status of Post Break-Up Sex:

 

Whizzer, apparently a glutton for punishment, has provided drums for Post Break-Up Sex by the Vaccines. :)

TomGuy has reviewed my bass and guitar charts for the song and didn't hate them, but I asked him to take a look at my revisions. If he doesn't still hate them, we're good to go on those fronts.

Venue work is complete.

Expect release within the next couple of days :)

 

Status of Picturing Love:

 

Bass and vocals are done.

Whizzer has once again come to the rescue and donated drums :D

Venue work is nearly complete but untested.

Keys play a big part of this song so I'd hate to release it without them, and I also need guitar. Any volunteers for either/both?

 

Status of Black River Killer:

 

Venue work is now complete. The only thing preventing Black River Killer from release is the lack of a guitar chart. Any brave souls?

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oh man Moneygrabber and Home are 2 song I've always wanted! cant wait for those 2 to come out!

 

Only venue issues are holding me back from releasing MoneyGrabber. It's coming!

 

Black River Killer by Blitzen Trapper and Imposters (Little by Little) by The Fratellis have been released and removed from this thread.

 

Black Magic by Band of Skulls and Cash Machine by Hard-Fi have been added to the original post. As usual, I'll handle bass, vocals, and all the little details... you give me the drums and guitars!

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