Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Project Bombs and Eternity Instructions

1. You will need a MIDI pro adapter, a USB to MIDI cable, and a PC or Mac with enough hard drive space to install a free trial of reaper. I recommend the USB to MIDI cable I use, it’s cheap and functional.

2. Do not expect this to work on the first try. I would allow 15 to 30 minutes on your first few song attempts. After doing a few successfully, you will learn the timing for syncing and songs will go much more smoothly.

3. You will need to go to this link to download either a free 60 day trial or a full paid version of Reaper. You will be using Reaper to play the files I provide with your MIDI pro adapter.

4. After Reaper has been installed choose the song you want to play from the directory of files here. Click on this link and download the file(s) that you need.

5. Get your MIDI pro adapter and USB to MIDI cable. Connect your USB to MIDI cable to your computer via USB, plug the MIDI out end of the cable into your MIDI pro adapter, and then plug your MIDI pro adapter into your console.

6. Open up the file you downloaded in Reaper by double clicking it. On the input/output option on the “Part_Drums” piece of the MIDI file choose USB 2.0 as the MIDI output.

7. Zoom in and drag the start point as close to the first note as you can without touching the first note.

8. Start up the game of your choice and select the song that matches the file you have downloaded and opened.

9. Start the song and get ready to press play in Reaper.

10. There is a slight delay between pressing the play button in Reaper and when Reaper actually starts playing the notes, so press play slightly before the first note crosses the “hit zone” in Guitar Hero or Rock Band.

11. If you have timed it perfectly, Reaper will now play 100% of the notes in the song and unlock the desired achievement(s). If Reaper is missing notes continue reading.

12. If Reaper is missing notes it is because you pressed play either too early or too late. All you need to do to get Reaper to work is to is try again. I found the easiest way to succeed is to first hit stop in Reaper, restart the song, and try again.

Friday, 3 May 2013

Project Bombs and Eternity Rock Band MIDI file directory

All songs are charted for Expert (Expert+ if available) difficulty unless otherwise noted.

Don't know how to use these files? Click here to learn how.

Looking for vocals files? Click here for the vocals directory.

All of the songs for the Rock Band tracks packs are unable to hit 100%. I am not sure why this happens but it is not a syncing issue. They can usually hit about 96%.

MIDI pro adapter format

AC/DC Live Rock Band Track Pack

The Beatles Rock Band
And Your Bird Can Sing
Back in the U.S.S.R.
Can't Buy me Love
Get Back
Hello Goodbye
Helter Skelter
I am the Walrus
I Feel Fine
I Me Mine
I Wanna be Your Man
Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds
Octopus' Garden
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
The End
Twist and Shout
While my Guitar Gently Weeps
Yellow Submarine
Beatle Beats
All Beatle Beats
Beatle Beat 12

Country Track Pack
3 Dimes Down
Any Man of Mine
Can't Let Go
Cry Lonely
Free and Easy
The Gambler
Good Times
Gunpowder & Lead
Hillbilly Deluxe
I Told You So
Me and My Gang
Mud on the Tires
On the Road Again
Satellite Radio
She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy
She's Country
Sin Wagon
Suds in the Bucket
This One's for the Girls

Green Day Rock Band
American Idiot
Are We the Waiting/St. Jimmy
Boulevard of Broken Dreams
Brain Stew/Jaded
Extraordinary Girl
Give Me Novacaine/She's a Rebel
Homecoming (Very hard to sync. Very high, but possible, gold star cutoff.)
Last Night on Earth
Tre's Greatest Hits
10 - Grooving Around
11 - Grooving Around Var. 1
12 - Grooving Around Fill
13 - Crashing Through
14 - Crashing Through Var. 1
15 - Crashing Through Var. 2
16 - Crashing Through Fill
17 - Green Bossa
18 - Green Bossa Var. 1
19 - Wide Awake
20 - Wide Awake Fill
21 - Around the Kit
22 - Oh-ay Oh-ay!
23 - Oh-ay Oh-ay! Var. 1
24 - Oh-ay Oh-ay! Fill
25 - Quarter Note Punk
26 - Quiet Yelling
27 - Quiet Yelling Var. 1
28 - Ride to Paradise Fill
29 - Upbeat Eights
30 - Eighth Note Kicks
31 - Eighth Note Kicks Fill
32 - Green Mambo
33 - Staggered Hits
34 - Opened Hats
35 - Opened Hats Fill
36 - Anticipated Crash
37 - Anticipated Crash Var. 1
38 - Anticipated Crash Var. 2
39 - Anticipated Crash Fill
40 - Wearing Out
41 - Wearing Out Var. 1
42 - Wearing Out Var. 2
43 - Wearing Out Fill
44 - Wearing Out Var. 3
45 - Classic Punk
46 - Classic Punk Var. 1
47 - Classic Punk Fill
48 - Triplet Groove
49 - Triplet Groove Var. 1
50 - Triplet Groove Var. 2
51 - Triplet Groove Fill
52 - Hitchin Some Toms
53 - Hitchin Some Toms Var. 1
54 - Punk Shuffle
55 - Punk Shuffle Fill
56 - Distilled Snares
57 - Tom-View
58 - Suburban 6
59 - Suburban 6 Fill
60 - Bring it Home
61 - Glorious Toms
62 - Glorious Snares
63 - Glorious Snares Fill
64 - Cracked Sticks and Broken Toms
65 - Toms of Hysteria
66 - Toms of Hysteria Var. 1
67 - Toms of Hysteria Fill
68 - Kicking Off
69 - Sixteenth Rolls
70 - Quick Toms and Crashes
71 - Quick Toms and Crashes Fill
72 - Drum Fill of Suburbia
73 - Cool Solo Pt. 1!
74 - Cool Solo Pt. 2!
1-74 - Complete Set

Guitar Hero 5

Guitar Hero Metallica
Blood and Thunder
Dyer's Eve
Stone Cold Crazy

Guitar Hero Smash Hits
Beast and the Harlot (Intentionally misses last note)
Free Bird
I Love Rock and Roll
Raining Blood
Through the Fire and Flames

Guitar Hero Van Halen
Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love
And the Cradle Will Rock
Atomic Punk
Beautiful Girls
Best of You
Come to Life - Credit to Patrick F
Dance the Night Away
Dope Nose
Double Vision - Credit to Patrick F
The End of Heartache - Credit to Patrick F
Everybody Wants Some
Feel Your Love Tonight
First Date
Hang 'Em High
Hear About It Later
Hot For Teacher
I want it all
I'm the One
Ice Cream Man
Intruder/Oh Pretty Woman
Jamie's Cryin'
Little Guitars - Credit to lll Gambler lll
Loss of Control
Master Exploder
Mean Street
Pretty Fly for a White Guy
Rock and Roll is Dead
Romeo Delight
Runnin' With the Devil
Safe European Home
Semi Charmed Life
Sick, Sick, Sick
So This Is Love
Somebody Get Me a Doctor
Space Truckin'
Stacy's Mom
The Takedown
White Wedding
You Really Got Me

Guitar Hero Warriors of Rock
Bleed it Out
Burnin' for You
Fury of the Storm
No Sleep Till Brooklyn

Guitar Hero World Tour
No Sleep 'Till Brooklyn
Trapped Under Ice

Rock Band
29 Fingers
Are you Gonna be my Girl
Ballroom Blitz
Black Hole Sun
Blood Doll
Blitzkrieg Bop
Can't Let Go
Celebrity Skin
Cherub Rock
Dani California
Day Late Dollar Short
Dead on Arrival
Detroit Rock City
Don't Fear the Reaper
Electric Vision
Enter Sandman
Flirtin' With Disaster
Foreplay/Long Time
Gimme Shelter
Go With the Flow
Green Grass and High Tides
The Hand that Feeds
Here It Goes Again
Highway Star
I Get By
I Think I'm Paranoid
I'm So Sick
In Bloom
Learn to Fly
Main Offender
Mississippi Queen
Next to You
Orange Crush
Pleasure Pleasure
Run to the Hills
Say It Ain't So
Should I Stay or Should I Go
Suffragette City
Time We Had
Timmy and the Lords of the Underworld
Tom Sawyer
Train Kept a Rollin
Wanted Dead or Alive
Wave of Mutilation
Welcome Home
When You Were Young
Won't Get Fooled Again

Rock Band 3
Been Caught Stealing
Before I Forget
Caught in a Mosh
Combat Baby
Dead End Friends
Don't Stand So Close to Me
Everybody Wants to Rule the World
Fly Like an Eagle
Free Bird
Get Free
I Wanna Be Sedated
King George
Livin in America
Low Rider
Need You Tonight
No One Knows
Oh My God
Outer Space
Portions for Foxes
Power of Love
Radar Love
This Bastard's Life
Viva La Resistance
Walk of Life
The Perfect Drug
Pro Drums
All pro drum trainers
Pro Drums - Advanced Beats - Credit to GermanLS7
Pro Drums Advanced Fills - Credit to GermanLS7
Pro Drums - Advanced Techniques - Credit to GermanLS7

Rock Band Classic Rock Track Pack
All Right Now
Baba O' Riley
Bad to the Bone
Behind Blue Eyes
California Uber Alles
Can't Stand Losing You
Closer to the Heart
Funk #49
Holiday in Cambodia
Hymn 43
Kiss Them for Me
Love Spreads
Peace of Mind
Red Barchetta
Rock and Roll Band
Truth Hits Everybody
Rock and Roll Band

Rock Band Metal Track Pack
3's and 7's
Are You Dead Yet?
Blinded By Fear
Laid to Rest
Red Devil
Screaming for Vengeance
Two Weeks
Waking the Demon

Rock Band Track Pack 2
Call Me
El Scorcho
Girl U Want
Girls Who Play Guitars
It Hurts
Just What I Needed
Message in a Bottle
Monkey Gone to Heaven
The Perfect Drug
Saints of Los Angeles
Simple Man
Snow (Hey Oh)
This Ain't a Scene It's an Arms Race
Time Is Running Out
Why Do You Love Me
You've Got Another Thing Comin

Rock Revolution
Holy Wars challenge - Credit to OfficeroftheSun

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Project Bombs and Eternity - Update 2 - It works!

On Monday I successfully got my computer to play drums using Reaper. So far it works with a MIDI pro adapter but I have not had any success with a Guitar Hero drum set yet. I have made usable charts for a few Guitar Hero Van Halen songs, Brain Stew/Jaded, Raining Blood, and Tre's Greatest Hits. All of them are able to hit 100% of notes in a song, except for Tre's Greatest Hits, assuming I hit play at the right time in Reaper. It seems that each fill is played back in the game at a different speed than the MIDI file plays back in Reaper so it will take some experimenting to get the right playback speeds, however, it is definitely doable. In my experiments I was able to hit 99% of Cool Solo Pt. 2 on more than one occasion and it was more than likely my timing that prevented it from hitting 100%.

Although Reaper playing back the MIDI files I converted will hit 100% of notes 100% of the time it does not make the achievements as easy as I thought it would. Because of the way Rock Band and Guitar Hero work sometimes notes in fast sections of songs will be missed if the start time of the Reaper playback is not perfectly synced with Rock Band. For some reason it will play the slow part of the song perfectly but as soon as it speeds up it will begin missing entire sections of notes (a similar problem can occur when auto kick is turned on in Guitar Hero in a fast double bass section). Even though this happens when the timing is slightly off, as long as it is synced near perfectly it will hit 100% of the song and unlock the desired achievement.

I had a much more difficult time with Rock Band than I did with Guitar Hero because of the smaller timing window. It took me about an hour to unlock "Louder Than Bombs and Eternity" but I usually unlocked the Guitar Hero achievements on my third or fourth try. I would expect to put 30-90 minutes into each achievement because timing can be quite annoying.

I'm going to try make charts for most or all of the miscellaneous Guitar Hero and Rock Band drum achievements some time this week as well as make a video walkthrough of how to set up and use Reaper to play the MIDI files. For anyone who wants to prepare in advance you will need a MIDI to USB cable, a PC or Mac computer with a free USB port and enough hard drive space to download a free trial of Reaper, and a MIDI pro adapter. I hope to add support for Guitar Hero drums in the future as well. I will make another blog post with instructions when I complete my guide and create some more charts.