Friday, 19 April 2013

Project Bombs and Eternity - Update 1

My MIDI to USB cable finally arrived in the mail today so I did some testing with Reaper. I used the MIDI chart for the Brain Stew/Jaded drum part and used my USB to MIDI cable as the output device and plugged it in to my Guitar Hero drum brain but I had some problems. The light on the cable flashed indicating that there was an output, however, my drum brain did nothing. I then plugged the USB to MIDI cable into my electronic drum brain to see if I would have any success there but I ended up having the same problem. After some playing around in Reaper, I came to the conclusion that I probably need to change the MIDI note number before my drums will recognize the output. I will need to do more research on Reaper to learn how to do this and unfortunately I need to get back to my studies so it will have to wait for another day.

Friday, 12 April 2013

Project Bombs and Eternity

Any completionist that has played Green Day Rock Band knows there are two achievements that are nearly impossible to obtain. "Louder Than Bombs and Eternity" and "A Very Troubled Youngster".

I consider myself very good at playing Rock Band and Guitar Hero drums but after sitting down and spending a significant amount of time playing Tre's Greatest Hits yesterday and not even being able to hit the notes on the final solo at 50% speed I realized I will probably never unlock this achievement.

That is why I am starting a project and calling it "Project Bombs and Eternity" so I can unlock these annoying achievements and hopefully help many others unlock them as well. The only materials required will be a Guitar Hero drum set (a Rock Band 3 MIDI pro adapter might work), a computer, and a MIDI to USB cable.

I will probably not be able to get a good start for the next week or two due to finals at school, but when I begin I will try to keep my blog updated with any progress I have made. When I do start I am going to look into using a computer as a MIDI output (by using the USB to MIDI adapter) connected to the MIDI input on either a Guitar Hero drum kit for games prior to Rock Band 3 or a MIDI pro adapter for pro instruments in Rock Band 3. I hope to do this by either obtaining rips of the MIDI charts used in the making of Guitar Hero or Rock Band charts or if I cannot find those I may make the charts manually.

I plan on making at the very minimum a MIDI chart for the kick notes in Brain Stew/Jaded, but I hope to make Charts for all of Tre's Greatest Hits as well. Depending on how much time is required to make new charts and how much time I have, I hope to also chart all of Rock Band 1's drum charts (for those that do not have co op partners), the pro keys trainers, pro drum trainers, pro guitar trainers, some vocal parts, and other miscellaneous drum achievements.