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Rock Band Reloaded released for iPhone, iPad

Posted in iPad by Conner Flynn on December 2nd, 2010

EA has just released the update to its Rockband for the iOS called Rock Band Reloaded. It’s available for the iPhone for $4.99 and iPad for $9.99. There’s a bunch of new songs and a number of new features for both including vocal recognition.

Now you can tap the tune notes for the vocals or you can use your voice and sing the melodies. There’s also a Tour Mode where you can earn achievements and awards, and you can play with friends via Bluetooth or WiFi locally.

Rock Band Storage Ottoman from Level Up

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on November 17th, 2010

Rock Band is fun, but those fake instruments and accessories sure do take up a lot of room. Now LevelUp has a solution for you with the Rock Band Storage Ottoman. It’s an ottoman made of wood with fake black leather for the cover. There are also Velcro loops under the lid for two guitar controllers. The drum kit stores in the bottom once it’s disassembled.

But that’s not all. There are other pockets on the inside for storing the drumsticks and the microphone. You can even add trays to hold video games and normal controllers from your game console. The black version is aptly called Back in Black and will cost you $89.99 at Costco.

Rock Band 3 to add piano

Posted in Games by Shane McGlaun on May 26th, 2010

For a long time if you wanted to play a music game you had guitar Hero to choose from and the lead or bass guitar. When Rock Band hit the market the game added in vocals, drums, bass, and lead guitar players.

Kotaku reports that Rock Band 3 will add yet another instrument to the mix. In Rock Band 3, you will be able to man the piano. This will add a new dimension to all those crappy 80′s songs packed with synthesizers.

Omega GM-1: Real drum set for Rock Band

Posted in Musical Instruments by Conner Flynn on February 1st, 2010

Sure, there are some mods for using a real drum set with Rock Band or Guitar Hero, but Omega Music Technology’s new GM-1 system is the first off-the-shelf option, which is great if you are DIY challenged. The kit is available on its own or bundled with a Pearl drum set. The system is equipped with individual sensors that detect each and every drum hit with “speed and accuracy”, so it should be pretty reliable.

You won’t have to worry about the neighbors or other members of your family getting annoyed either as there is support for mesh heads and a dampening system for the cymbals. If you go for the actual drum set package, you’ll also get some authentic drum heads. Omega even says that the system is a great way to learn to play the drums.

Gambridge Z line MIDI guitars are compatible with Rock Band

Posted in gaming accessories by Conner Flynn on January 11th, 2010

The whole rocking with fake plastic instruments thing is getting old. So how can you put some excitement back into it? Well, you can try out Gambridge’s Z line of dual game / MIDI guitars for something different.

These are full-sized instruments with built in sound modules that also function as game controllers. And yes, they’re compatible with all major music video game titles. Pricing and availability are yet to be announced, but we will let you know.

Mad Catz’s Wireless Fender Telecaster is distressed

Posted in Controllers by Conner Flynn on October 7th, 2009

Mad Catz's Wireless Fender Telecaster is distressedWe’ve seen plenty of Rock Band guitars, but the new Rock Band ‘Player’s Edition’ Fender Telecaster for the Xbox 360 has a distressed look. For $110. By now I would think everyone has a Rock Band guitar, so $110 seems pretty steep, distressing or no.

The Mad Catz guitar also features Shredderz fret buttons that should make it easier to rock those solos. Some other features include the optional Electro-Harmonix Overdrive Pedal, the back tuning button, tilt mechanism, and a new touch sensitive pickup.

The Beatles: Rock Band special edition console

Posted in Xbox 360 by Conner Flynn on September 9th, 2009

The Beatles: Rock Band special edition consoleOh Special Edition Beatles Rock Band Xbox 360, I want to hold your hand. Uh, controller. This Xbox 360 console is a beauty. I don’t care if the walrus was Paul or John, I just want this. Even though it would cost small fortune.

Proceeds from the auction will go to Doctors Without Borders. This rare Xbox 360 was custom made to honor the Fab Four and will go on sale this holiday season on eBay. Each console will be numbered and come with illustrations straight from the intro for “The Beatles: Rock Band.”

Mad Catz announces $300 Fender Stratocaster Rock Band guitar

Posted in Controllers by Conner Flynn on September 4th, 2009

Mad Catz announces $300 Fender Stratocaster Rock Band guitarIf you’re in the market for a fake guitar that costs more than some real guitars, than this is your lucky day. Mad Catz has started to ship this Rock Band Wireless Wooden Fender Stratocaster. It’s a 1:1 replica of the axe that is constructed from genuine Stratocaster wooden blanks.

Fake guitar aficionados will have plenty to love. Even the tuning keys and bridge are built from genuine Fender metal parts and fittings. It also sports a wireless module that will work with Microsoft’s Xbox 360. For your $299.99 you also get a Fender guitar strap and a headset socket for online play.

Retractable Guitar Hero/Rock Band controller

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on September 1st, 2009

Between Rock Band and Guitar Hero, it’s amazing you have any room left in your house that isn’t occupied by plastic instruments. Do you even have room for DJ Hero? Probably not. But here’s a clever solution.

This retractable Rock Band/Guitar Hero controller from NEXiLUX can fold down to a tiny size for easy storage. And it still has all the buttons you need to rock out. It’s compatible with the Wii, PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3. Sadly there’s nothing on a price or release date just yet.

Rock Band coming to a bar near you

Posted in Games by Shane McGlaun on September 1st, 2009

rockbandbarnights-sbIn my town karaoke is a stable at bars and just about every one of the 600 Mexican restaurants we have. Anytime I have been in and someone was singing, I wished for a mute button. It seems like no one who can sing ever tries karaoke.

I would never sing karaoke myself, but Rock Band Bar nights might be fun. I like to play Rock Band and as long as I could be on an instrument and not sing, I would be good. Harmonix is signing bars up to be official Rock Band spots and offering materials to help get people into the location.

Rock Band Metal Track Pack coming

Posted in EA by Shane McGlaun on August 14th, 2009

rockband2-logo-sbI am a big fan of Rock Band and the last track pack I bought was for some friends that like country music. The only downside to the Country Track Pack was that it was over very quickly. If country isn’t your thing, a new metal track pack is coming soon for Rock Band.

EA, Harmonix, and MTV Games have announced that a Metal Track Pack is coming on October 13 for Rock Band and Rock Band 2. The track pack offers 20 tracks and six of them are new to the platform. That means the majority of the songs are not new so you will want to be sure you don’t already own some of them before you buy. The pack will sell for $29.99.

The full track list is below:

Artist Song Title
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1. All That Remains Two Week…

Rock Band Country Track Pack now available

Posted in Games by Shane McGlaun on July 23rd, 2009

rockband2-logo-sb1Rock Band is one of the most popular music games available for fans of the genre. Typically, the game sticks to rock and pop music but country fans can now get their fix of playable tracks form some of the most popular artists in country music.

The new Country Track Pack is now available in America and can be purchased in retail locations for $29.99. The track pack has 21 country tracks from artists like Willie Nelson, Alan Jackson, Kenny Rogers, Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean and Shania Twain.

Harmonix and MTV Games offers bands a helping hand

Posted in Games by Shane McGlaun on July 20th, 2009

rockband2-logo-sbMusic games like Rock Band and Guitar Hero are very popular and have proven to be a great way for record labels and bands to sell music to the public. Playable track sells for a while outpaced the sales of the normal music tracks for some groups.

Harmonix and MTV Games announced today that bands and record labels can now access the tools they need to turn music into playable tracks for Rock Band online. The new service is offered through the Rock Band Music Network Music Store.

Harmonix announces Rock Band Country Track Pack

Posted in Uncategorized by Conner Flynn on June 16th, 2009

Harmonix announces Rock Band Country Track PackYee-haw and giddy up little doggies. Harmonix has announced that they will be releasing a new song update for their Rock Band game. The Rock Band Country Track Pack features 21 brand new songs to rock out to.

This new “Track Pack” will be available for all the major consoles like the PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and the Wii. It features hits from numerous country artists including Shania Twain and more. Now I don’t know much about Country music and I’m not a fan, but I can only imagine that your screen will be filled with things like tractors, horses and perhaps Willie Nelson riding both. You can get this song update starting on July 21 for $29.99. The complete track listing below.

Beatles Rock Band trailer, screenshots and drums unveiled at E3

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on June 1st, 2009

Today E3 was seriously rocked by Beatles Rock Band as they unleashed the awesomness that is the fab four upon the world. Turns out that you will be able to perform multiple vocals (harmonies). Harmonix showed off what you can expect in the game.

The Beatles: Rock Band will be released simultaneously for XBox 360, PS3 and the Wii in North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and other territories. The trailer above is pretty awesome for Beatles fans.