Rock Band Network beta takes stage

Harmonix opens up create-a-song tool for indie musicians; call goes out for peer reviewers.

Like any good headlining act, the Rock Band Network is taking the stage fashionably late. When the idea of an online storefront for user-made Rock Band songs was announced in July, Harmonix and MTV Games said the open beta would debut the following month.

Finally, purveyors of jazz-punk-power-pop-fusion-scat will have a place to sell their wares.

Today, some five months later than originally expected, the developer officially launched the Rock Band Network open beta to anyone with an XNA Creators Club membership. Those interested in authoring their own Rock Band tracks or signing up to be a peer reviewer to assist others with in-development works can register on the Rock Band Network Web site.

Using the Reaper Digital Audio Workstation program, beta participants will be able to take their master-track recordings and add note charts for each instrument. Once the note tracks are in place, users will be able to upload it through the Xbox 360's XNA Creators Club. There, the track will go through peer review from other Creators Club members. After earning approval from that community, the song will go up on the Rock Band downloadable song store, where musicians will earn 30 percent of whatever revenues the song garners.

The tracks will be exclusive to the Xbox 360 versions of Rock Band for at least 30 days, but "a selection of standout tracks" will find their way to the PlayStation 3 and Wii editions of the game. Harmonix has not said how long the beta period will last or when an official launch of the Rock Band Network will take place.

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25 comments
heywowlookitsme
heywowlookitsme

Its basically Rock Band iTunes mixed with Rock Band Dev Kit- Pretty awesome...

Megamanx266
Megamanx266

To quote a certain trailer.. "Hell, its about time!"

SuprSaiyanRockr
SuprSaiyanRockr

Rock Band is updating its gameplay... if they ever have gameplay that matches/exceeds GH5 in quality, the GH series may die due to RB having a bigger list of songs. If the people at Activision weren't a bunch of cheapskates that release all the best songs on disc, don't bother making the song list fully exportable, and release dlc that pales RB's monthly dlc in quality and quantity, GH probably would have dominated RB by now. GH has better gameplay, but at least RB knows what their customers want the most: dlc, NOT MORE DISCS. GH will die if they don't shape up their act. I will not buy GH6 unless all songs from the previous GH games are fully exportable to it. (which, based on the tendency for Activision to milk the hell out of anything they make and try to avoid spending a cent over, probably means I won't be buying GH6) :p

Gblazer01
Gblazer01

NICE!! this is what im talkin' bout ^_-

Bigbomb94
Bigbomb94

Looks pretty cool.Hope somebody makes a extremely hard song like Through the fire and flames

StJimmy15
StJimmy15

This should be good. Hopefully they have a good filter system, but I can't wait for all the great original music that'll be made available.

InsertWittyID
InsertWittyID

For some reason this really interests me, even though I do not have a band. To me its stuff like this that separates Guitar Hero from Rock Band in terms of quality and originality of ideas.

lhscouchmonster
lhscouchmonster

i doubt this will make much of a difference. in theory it sounds good but any band worth hearing would go through rockband to make more than the 30%. this will fill up with a bunch of wanna bes and the majority of players will eb turned off permanently in a few weeks. This is only for a select few who have favorite local bands. even then, those guys usually suck too.

jer_1
jer_1

Cool, good to see people able to do this. Seems a bit dickish of them to only give the band 30% for their own music but I guess it's still a good way to get the word out about a band.

Beastcake
Beastcake

This is a fantastic idea. I'm signing up for peer review!

Elite_Baller
Elite_Baller

O snap i sense a Lil Wayne- Rebirth album on da way!!

wiifan001
wiifan001

Well, don't we have a new way of interacting with the gamers? :P

SDBusDriver1979
SDBusDriver1979

I think its a smart move on Harmonix to limit this tool to the system that sold the most copies on. Instead of dividing up the resource staff 3 ways to make if for all the systems, they dedicate it to one system that has the most developer friendly network tools available. Sooner this rolls out, the sooner we will have more songs available for all platforms. I am not to thrill to see a 30 day exclusive on the 360 but its better than having the network broken at launch and having to wait a week or two before its patched or have it broken on some systems where users are having different experiences than others and get turned off by it.

BachataKight
BachataKight

This is WAAAAYYYYYYY BETTER than guitar hero will ever be, creating music in guitar hero is the worst but this rock band create a song thing SUPER BRILLIANT its the best

thetravman
thetravman

I only have Ps3 and Wii. I'm hoping it will come to Wii since I have the full band and DLC on it, but if it only comes to Ps3, I will buy another band set just for it. But I have no intention of ever getting an Xbox.

gnbfd
gnbfd

Good news: About damn time it opened up. I can't wait to play some s... Bad news: WTF 30-day exclusivity for 360? That's some bull**** right there. Still excited, but substantially less so >_

Lucas830
Lucas830

I want japenese group, like Arashi and Alice Nine on Rock Band Network.... ^_^

abbnormmal
abbnormmal

Brawndo; Its got what plants crave!

lafigueroa
lafigueroa

Guess it's time to reactivate my Creator's Club membership...

yoshi_64
yoshi_64

This is really a great way for people to try their hands at the industry and possibly get noticed. If I had any musical talent, I'd like to try and put my work out there. What real risk is there, other than your song not doing well? 30% revenue, and if it goes to PS3/Wii editions, you get even more money? Heck ya!