The Official Harmonix Rock Band Podcast Episode 31 – The Sousaphone is a Necessary Evil

Hey guys and gals in Rock Band Land! If you like your podcasts really nerdy, then this one is for you. Joining us this week are two of our most talented, intelligent, and ponytailed members of our Audio Department to discuss their methodology in authoring PRO GUITAR and PRO BASS songs for Rock Band 3. They talk about their professional backgrounds as well as their teaching philosophies, and how that informed their approach to the new PRO mode introduced with RB3. There were musical terms thrown about in this podcast that I honestly have never heard before.

The reason for bringing these dudes on was to discuss our particularly amazing DLC release announcement this week. I don't want to spoil it for you, but here's a hint: the band's name rhymes with spleen. Tune in!

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Music Credits

  • Bang Camaro – “Rock of Mages”
  • Spirit Kid – “Flytrap”

Podcast Credits

  • Audio Engineer: Nick Kallman
  • Guest Roster: John Drake (Program Manager), Bill Whitney (Composer/Sound Designer), Chris Wilson (Composer/Sound Designer)
  • Hosts: Alli Thresher, Eric Pope (Community Moderators)


Best episode yet. Keep them nerdy!

Great podcast, nice to know about the design behind the various pro track configurations. Can't wait to see what's next in DLC. Jimi Hendrix would be amazing.... Just Saying... Purple Haze, Fire, All Along The Watchtower, Stone Free, Voodoo Chile (Slight Return), Red House, Castles Made Of Sand... these would be essential, and would easily move a lot of units :)

Interesting discussion of the fine line between education and enjoyment. I would be interested to hear a similar discussion from the pro drums perspective. Whoever did their trainers went slightly overboard into the education aspect with trainers like "learn crossover technique on a kit that doesn't allow crossovers" =P