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Old Jun 10, 2009, 11:49 PM   #41
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How Beatles Rock Band’s Vocal Harmonies Work

http://www.wired.com/gamelife/2009/0...les-rock-band/

Wondering how The Beatles Rock Band’s biggest new feature, vocal harmonies, works? Since I spent several of my nights at E3 trying it out, please allow me to elaborate.

You can connect up to three microphones, including Microsoft’s sparkly wireless Lips mics. (Convenient, as the karaoke game comes with two of them, and it’ll greatly cut down on the controller cord tangle that would result from using three USB mics.)

The three microphones are counted as a single “player.” On the screen where you select your instrument difficulty level and choose between guitar and bass, you’ll be able to pick either “solo” or “harmonies” for the singer.

If you pick “Solo,” it’ll just have one line, for the lead vocals. If you choose “Harmonies,” up to three lines will be shown at once: blue for the lead, and orange/brown for the two harmony parts.

Sounds difficult, right? Here’s the helpful catch: You don’t need to decide who sings what part. If you want, everyone can sing the lead vocals. Hitting the harmonies is additive, not punitive; if you sing two distinct parts, you’ll get a “Double Fab!” score for that phrase, and if you sing all three you’ll get the coveted “Triple Fab!” Anyone can sing any part they wish.

As you might imagine, some songs are easier to sing in harmony. The easiest would be something like “Octopus’ Garden” or “Back In The U.S.S.R.,” in which the parts are totally separate — somebody can sing the melody while somebody else takes the lies beneath the ocean waaaaaves part, for example.

Slightly more difficult, but still easy to fudge, is “I Feel Fine,” or other such earlier songs where the harmonies follow a pretty standard formula and are easy to pick out of the mix. Where it gets tough is “Day Tripper,” which has very strange close harmonies — I sang it quite a few times but wasn’t able to pick out more than a few of them on the fly.

How about scoring? When the song is done, you can switch between a simple view of the score and a more complex one. The simple view combines all scores into one and shows you how well the whole group did — if at least one person hit each note, then you’ll get 100%. (This happened a lot.) If you flip to the breakdown, it’ll show you what percentage of each of the three color-coded parts each person hit.

There’s really something about Beatles Rock Band and singing — I don’t know if it’s the wonderful music that everyone knows, or the fact that three people can join in, but whereas many people shy away from singing in Rock Band 2, everyone seemed to love grabbing the mic for the Beatles at E3.
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Old Jun 11, 2009, 08:38 AM   #42
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So cool. I was so ridiculously excited when I heard about the three part harmonies that it's not even funny. I can't wait for this game to come out!
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Old Jun 19, 2009, 01:37 AM   #43
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Old Jun 19, 2009, 04:00 AM   #44
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Awwwww great!
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Old Jun 19, 2009, 09:54 AM   #45
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Thanx for sharing that video, FPSHOT !

I wish they'd just release the darned game already.
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Old Jul 11, 2009, 06:45 PM   #46
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I can't wait to get this game! Wish it would come out already.
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Old Jul 14, 2009, 03:50 PM   #47
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If anyone here was waiting for in-store preorders to begin at Best Buy, wait no longer. You can now go to your local Best Buy store and put U.S. $5.00 down to preorder the game for the 9/9/09 release date. I did today!
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Old Jul 17, 2009, 08:50 AM   #48
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I'm not a huge video gamer but I do enjoy playing Rock Band and I've already pre-ordered this. The vocal harmonies thing is particularly awesome. I actually think this is good music practice (at least the singing and drumming parts, the guitar bits are kind of silly and non-musical.)
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Old Jul 18, 2009, 05:43 AM   #49
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A new article on IGN.com interviewing the lead artist on The Beatles Rock Band.

I seriously don't think I've ever excitedly anticipated anything more than this game!
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Old Jul 19, 2009, 09:05 PM   #50
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I was just going to post that! haha. Good interview. But is it just me, or does the "live demo" look a little fake? As if they're not actually playing the game.
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Old Jul 20, 2009, 10:28 AM   #51
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i hav a wii but now i have to but the rockband controles :)
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Old Jul 21, 2009, 04:09 AM   #52
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Default A new Trailer for The Beatles Rock Band reveals 8 more songs!

Click here to watch the new trailer on Youtube.

The eight new songs are...

"Paperback Writer"
"Twist & Shout"
"Can't Buy Me Love"
"Eight Days A Week"
"Yellow Submarine"
"Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"
"Within You Without You"
"Revolution"

Now we know 18 of the 45 tracks on the game.

"Back in the U.S.S.R."
"Can't Buy Me Love"
"Day Tripper"
"Eight Days a Week"
"Get Back"
"Here Comes the Sun"
"I Am the Walrus"
"I Feel Fine"
"I Saw Her Standing There"
"I Want to Hold Your Hand"
"Octopus's Garden"
"Paperback Writer"
"Revolution"
"Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"
"Taxman"
"Twist and Shout"
"Within You Without You"
"Yellow Submarine"

We also know that "All You Need Is Love" will be an Xbox exclusive download on the first day AND that the Abbey Road album will be downloadable for all systems shortly after release. We can also assume that "Got To Get You Into My Life" will be there somewhere since we saw the video for it at Paul's Coachella performance.

God this game is "getting better, it's getting better all the time!"
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Old Jul 21, 2009, 06:04 AM   #53
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I want it to be out for PS2!!!
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Old Jul 21, 2009, 07:30 AM   #54
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7 More songs named today on thebeatlesrockband.com!!!

"And Your Bird Can Sing"
"Birthday"
"Dig A Pony"
"Do You Want To Know A Secret"
"I Wanna Be Your Man"
"I've Got A Feeling"
"With a Little Help from My Friends"

Also, I mentioned "Within You Without You" in my last post. It's actually the "Within You Without You / Tomorrow Never Knows" mash-up from LOVE! How cool!

We now know 25 tracks all together. Only 20 to go...what will make the cut?

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Old Jul 21, 2009, 01:01 PM   #55
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How great would And Your Bird Can Sing be playing this game! A great guitar track
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Wow I cannot wait for this game
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Probably too advanced for the PS2
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This is going to be awesome. I hope there will be lots of online gamplay to!

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I'm going to try the game out with my son at Paul's concert this Saturday. They have booths set up with The Beatles Rock Band before the show.
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