RBN Tools Update

HMXMister_GameHMXMister_Game Harmonix Developer
edited October 2009 in The Rock Band Network
We just released a big update to the RBN tools.

We updated Magma (version 1.1.0) to allow PAL versions of Rock Band 2 to transfer songs. There are no other functionality changes, but you will get notified that there is an available update the next time you run Magma. If you are running the North American build of RB2 you can install it if you wish. Just be sure you select the correct region for your Rock Band 2 disc when you install.

We also added a sample song .zip file for you to try out.

We also made a ton of changes to our Reaper addons.

For the PC, install the new Addons after you have installed Reaper. If you have already installed the addons you can safely run the installer again and it will properly overwrite any old files.

For the Mac, double click the .dmg and it will mount a disk on the desktop. Open that and double click the script called "Run to Install".

Because we know that Mac users are inherently smarter than PC users, we also require you to do more work.* There's one preference that's unaddressed with the installer. Go to

Preferences->Media->MIDI

and check "RBN Friendly MIDI editing settings"


That's it. Now check out these shiny new toys:


RBN Template:
- Fixed note colormap assignments
- Added RBN Preview windows to all appropriate tracks
- Turned off Reasynth playback for Instrument tracks
- Lowered Reasynth on vocal track to -12dB
- Changed Project Timebase for items/envelopes/markers to Beats(position only) to reduce destructive tempo track edits
- Fixed positioning of PART VOCALS track name text event
- Changed example “Lyric” text event to Lyric event type
- Added initial [crowd_intense] text event in EVENTS track at bar 3 as a reminder to add crow animation events.
- Added initial [verse] text event in VENUE track

RBN Blank Template
- Added RBN Preview windows to all appropriate tracks
- Turned off Reasynth playback for Instrument tracks
- Lowered Reasynth on vocal track to -12dB
- Changed Project Timebase for items/envelopes/markers to Beats(position only) to reduce destructive tempo track edits

A brief note about the Blank Template. You should open this template project whenever importing RBN MIDI files into reaper, it will make sure the note name mapping will be applied to the MIDI track you import.

Keymap Changes
- Added Unison Burn action to Keymap
- Added new keymap 'P' for opening a selected tracks fx chain, Really handy for bringing up the RBN Preview window quickly and easily
- Fixed keymap for shifting lyrics left and right on Mac


New Templates!

Autodrum Template
This project is designed to automatically generate a great starting point for expert kick and snare authoring when you have separate kick and snare stems.

How to use:
1) Insert your kick stem into the track labeled Kick, and your Snare stem into the track labeled Snare
2) Insert any other tracks you need for tempo mapping into other tracks
3) Tempo map your song
4) When your tempo map is set, open the fx channel for the Kick and Snare Tracks, you’ll notice a ReaGate plugin has been setup on each track.
5) You’ll need to adjust the threshold value on these plugins (the leftmost slider) so that the slider is set a little below the volume of that drum being hit. As you play the kick and snare track, you’ll notice a green meter around that slider that follows the volume of the track.
6) Click on the timeline just before the first hit in your drum tracks and hit record.
7) At the end of your song, hit the record button again. You notice that you’ve recorded a bunch of MIDI notes on the PART DRUMS track
8) You should quantize those notes by selecting them in the MIDI editor window and hitting Q, which will bring up the quantize menu (I recommend quantizing to 32nd notes, or perhaps even 16th notes if your drum part is simple enough.
9) You can then set about cleaning up your expert drum part and adding cymbal gems to it.


Mix Template (found in your Program Files/REAPER folder, or in the Templates folder in the Mac install DMG file)

This is a Template made to get your tracks much louder. We’ve been very impressed with the quality of the mixes being submitted to RBN, so for most people this won’t be necessary, but this template can help if you need a little more oomph from your tracks. I’ve also included a “Mix Game Stems” action in the Mix Template folder that you can import from the action list in Reaper. This action, used in conjunction with the Mix template, will normalize all tracks to the same gain value, and will render new files including the fx in the template. You should use this action with caution, as it’s a pretty drastic change.


* Technically that's what we call in the industry "Not True", except for the more work part.

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