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Rock Band Game Platform Opens to Indie Music July 19, 2009

Posted by David W. King in Uncategorized.

As an independent musician, if you or a friend have experience with software development, here is an opportunity to make some money with a gamer’s program:

MTV Games and Harmonix have announced the Rock Band Network, a program that lets users make and release their own tracks for sale as DLC in the Rock Band titles.

Using the Reaper Digital Audio Workstation and Microsoft’s XNA program, musicians will be able to create their own note sheets for each instrument, using their own recorded music.

To program songs for the game, you or your developer friend first needs a membership to Microsoft’s XNA Creators’ Club, which was launched a couple years ago to let independent developers create casual games to sell through the Xbox Live Marketplace.

You’ll then be able to get free tools and instructions from the Rock Band Creators Web site to convert your master recordings to the MIDI charts used by the game. Next, you’ll have to submit your song for other creators to critique and finally to MTV Games for approval.
If it is accepted, it will be added to the Rock Band store.

As a musician once accepted you can charge between 50 cents and $3 per song; the Rock Band Network will keep a 30 percent cut of all sales.

That may seem small, compared with the 70 percent cut musicians get for selling their songs on iTunes, which requires much less work, but Rock Band is a much more exclusive platform. You’re more likely to stand out here than among all the songs available through Apple’s music store.

The tracks will be exclusive to the Xbox 360 versions of Rock Band for at least 30 days, but MTV Games has said some songs may find their way to the PlayStation 3 and Wii editions of the game.

Harmonix and MTV Games plan to begin beta testing in late August.

For more information on the Microsoft’s XNA Creators’ Club:
Creator’s Rock Band Specs:


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