Harmonix stopped using covers for Rock Band forever ago. Do you have any idea what a terrible idea it would be to release a Beatles game and make most of the songs "as made famous by The Beatles"? Especially if they turn out like Limelight or The Number of the Beast. Or if what you're suggesting entails getting a session drummer to play over the original recording and just muting that, that would make absolutely no sense, since the original recording would still play the original instruments.
If you want to see a big difference, play "I am the walrus" on guitar and play the part where it is only the guitar playing and miss a note, it gets all quiet and its kinda spooky
now imagine playing that but when you miss a note the guitar still keeps playing?
takes away a lot of the fun
How many notes does one miss any way? If you're not hitting 97%+ then you're playing at a level above your ability.
really, i need to install some kind of machine inside my real guitar so that every time i miss a note or chord, it gives me a bad sound but the notes miraculously keep playing
EDIT: plus its good to play above your ability, thats how you get better!
Well, apparently you're not explaining your whole Beatles Tribute Idea very well, because most people still don't get you. I think what you're trying to say is that you want people to imitate the Beatles parts and play them for Harmonix so they can chart it, but I wasn't even sure of that idea until you restated your ideas midway through the topic.
Frankly I wish I'd never even mentioned the "tribute band" part at all, it's not even critical to the concept. I'm sure there are folk at HMX who could do the job just as well. The only purpose of that idea was to give the audio programmers something to work with but on reflection they probably don't even need it.
As the thread has developed it seems that the only benefit from separated tracks is the muting of the instrument when a note is completely missed. I still feel that bleeping the missed note would be almost as good, especially considering the other "liberties" which have been taken, such as charting non-guitar instruments to guitar and mashing lead and rhythm guitars to a single controller.
However, the current behaviour is probably contractually stipulated so the whole idea is a moot point really, although it has been fun discussing it.
In closing let me say that I am a real Beatles fan, and have been since 1963, so there's no way I would ever support tinkering with the music itself, the very idea is anathema to me.
Honestly I think we're getting enough songs at this rate. Skipping the separation process probably wouldn't do anything.
And I'm quite sure it's not jamming along that Apple is afraid of, but "sampling" - there's a reason techno songs with Beatles samples don't really exist. Giving people the ability to listen to a song in its entirety while one or several instruments are muted would allow them to record it and tinker with it, which is what Apple is afraid of - and sometimes I wish other musicians would, too.
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I think he meant that it should just be the song playing, with the notes. No need to seperate there. When you miss, nothing stops. Keeps playing.
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