Rock Band Network 2.0 launches

Rock Band Network tracks are now able to include Keys, Pro Keys, harmonies and other fancy Rock Band 3 features.


Musicians bringing their tracks to the Rock Band Network are now able to take advantage of fancy Rock Band 3 features including keys and harmonies, thanks to an update which launched today.

The Rock Band Network 2.0 update brings support for Keys, Pro Keys and vocal harmonies to RBN tracks. Developer Harmonix explains that it also "lets authors customize song practice sections and gives authors greater flexibility with camera, lights, focus, and post-processing to make the greatest visuals possible." Pro Drums support will also now be mandatory.

However, 2.0 will not add support for Pro Guitar and Pro Bass. Harmonix previously explained that implementing the feature would require "substantial work" from both itself and Microsoft, and that it would be very time-consuming for track creators. Back then, in August 2010, Harmonix noted that this decision might be revisited later.

The Rock Band Network launched in March 2010 on Xbox 360, built around the instruments and features of Rock Band 2. It allows musicians to convert their own songs to Rock Band downloadable content, which has opened the doors to unconventional--for Rock Band--music such as Beethoven and tracks from VVVVVV's chiptune soundtrack.

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    March 8, 2011 2:35 PM

    Comment on Rock Band Network 2.0 launches, by Alice O'Connor.

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      March 8, 2011 3:13 PM

      I for one an very happy they are going to continue to do things with Rock Band, 3 was the best of everything that led up to music games in general but really got the short end of the sales pole. i am glad Dance Central has been selling though, so hopefully they dont feel defeated.

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      March 8, 2011 3:56 PM

      I really hope they do add Pro Guitar/Bass support at some point - that is 100% up my alley as a working guitar transcriber...

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