Thursday, 27 June 2013

Project Bombs and Eternity - Update 6 - partial GH drum support, new songs, pro instruments, guitar, and vocals.

Today I woke up with the intention to make a whole bunch of drum charts, however, I got distracted and that did not happen. I uploaded a few new ones from Guitar Hero Van Halen and Rock Band in Guitar Hero drum format as well as MIDI pro adapter format. Thank you to Pedro for making the Van Halen charts, providing me with the Van Halen MIDI files, and helping with Guitar Hero drum support. and thank you to zzUrbanSpaceman for providing me with MIDI files.

Guitar Hero drums are now supported. I have not yet made a tutorial video for them, however, the setup and playback is exactly the same as the MIDI pro adapter except you download GH format files also available here.

While I was distracted I had a look into the format of pro instrument files and they are much more complicated than I expected. I think support will be possible but it is going to take some time and I don't plan on even starting to work on them until I have finished making all of the drum (and possibly vocals) charts that I intend to make. So I would not expect pro instrument support in the near future.

I have been getting a lot of questions regarding the possible support for standard guitar lately so I thought I would include a section covering that topic. I looked into it this morning and things do not look good. The only possible way other than very heavily modifying a guitar I can think of would be to use a MIDI pro adapter on the pro guitar setting. I tried using the adapter on multiple Guitar Hero games and it was only recognized as a standard controller, so unless there is another guitar controller with a MIDI input out there that I do not know about, there is no possibility of guitar support for Guitar Hero games. I do not currently have any Rock Band games with me so I was not able to try the adapter with Rock Band, but even if it was recognized I think it is very unlikely that it will work. In order to work, the adapter would have to accept five different MIDI notes as the five buttons on screen as well as strum and since it is not designed to function as a normal guitar controller I think it is pretty unlikely that there is a possibility of it working in the unlikely chance that is is recognized as a guitar. If anybody has any ideas on how to add guitar support please let me know and I will look into it, but for now I think guitar support is not possible.

When I was fooling around in Reaper today I decided to look into adding vocals support. I assigned sounds to the vocals track of the MIDI file for different songs and played it back and it seems to work. I can't test it until I return to Canada because I currently do not have a microphone with me. Assuming it works, I will begin to record and upload videos for each song with a specific achievement as well as careers for Rock Band and Guitar Hero Van Halen to YouTube. I also plan on making harmonies for The Beatles Rock Band. As long as you have reasonably loud speakers and a USB microphone for your Xbox or PS3 this should, theoretically, 100% the song every time.

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Project Bombs and Eternity - Update 5 - New songs, Guitar Hero brains, and pro instruments.

I was going to try and fulfill all of the requests today but it turned out the site I usually download my files from was down so I was only able to make files for three songs I had previously downloaded. Those songs are Blood and Thunder, Dyer's Eve, and Assassin. They are available for download here. When the site goes up I hope to fulfill all of the requests and begin working on a complete set of drum charts for Guitar Hero Van Halen.

Some progress has been made towards using a Guitar Hero drum set instead of a MIDI pro adapter. It is now playing notes but is still having some problems. I won't be able to do any more work on it until I return to Canada in July, however, I don't think it will take too long to have it up and running. A thank you to Pedro  and Planet13 for helping me out with the Guitar Hero testing.

Lately a few people have been asking me about the possibility of pro instrument support. I think it is possible, however, I have not yet looked at any pro files and I am not sure how different they are. I strongly suspect it will be possible but I do not know what kind of time investment is going to be required. I want to finish all of the standard charts I want to work on before tackling the challenge of pro instruments but it is something I look forward to working on in the future.

Friday, 7 June 2013

Project Bombs and Eternity - Tre's Greates Hits now posted.

I just got a functional set of charts for Tre's Greatest Hits up. You can download them here.

Project Bombs and Eternity - Update 4 - Tre's Greatest Hits coming tomorrow.

Tonight I stayed up late working on PBaE. I managed to create a tested and working set of Tre's Greatest Hits charts. Another huge thank you to zzUrbanSpaceman because he saved me about 40 hours by digging around in some files and providing some very useful information to me. I hope to have these charts up some time tomorrow because I am way too tired right now to upload, organize, and link all 74 of Tre's hits.

The files will be very easy to use. They will work just like any other song I have posted because I have adjusted the playback speed accordingly in each of the 74 files. All you will have to do is open it in reaper and sync it with your game just like you normally would.

The song requests have not gone unnoticed. I plan on fulfilling all the requests next time I do some work on PBaE. After the requests have been completed I am going to start exploring the possibility of using a Guitar Hero drum set instead of a MIDI pro adapter. If anybody has a USB to MIDI, a Guitar Hero drum set, and is willing to test a few songs out for me send me a message or post a comment because I'm going to need at least one person with a stock GH kit to do some testing for me.

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Project Bombs and Eternity update 3 - Tre's Greatest Hits and new songs

Hello everyone that is following the project and thank you for all of your positive feedback and support so far. An extra thanks to zzUrbanSpaceman for providing me with all of the trainer charts for Green Day Rock Band, The Beatles Rock Band, and Rock Band 3 and potentially making "A Very Troubled Youngster" a reasonable achievement.

I have had multiple messages in the last couple of weeks regarding the possibility of a set of charts for Tre's Greatest Hits. I thought instead of messaging each of you back individually I would just create this blog post and I can add other news as well. A complete set of charts for Tre's Greatest Hits is possible, however, it is much more difficult and time consuming than creating a single song. Fortunately, every song I have put in Reaper so far has had a 1:1 playback speed so all I have had to do is delete the notes for easy, medium, and hard and switch the numbers around in order for the song to play back to the MIDI pro adapter. The first problem with Tre's Greatest Hits is that it does not have a 1:1 playback speed, each beat in Green Day Rock Band seems to play at a different speed. This is possible to fix by determining the playback ratio by dividing the playback time in Reaper by the playback time in game. For example, the playback ratio for Cool Solo 2 is ~1.41:1 so for every 1 second played back in game Reaper will be behind by .41 seconds. Fortunately Reaper allows the playback speed to be changed making this achievement possible. The second problem is that all of the beats are crammed into one single MIDI file so in order to make this easily accessible to every one, regardless of knowledge, I will have to cut each of the beats out of the large MIDI file and create an individual file for each one. Luckily, this will also allow me to implement the ratio directly into each of the files so it does not need to be adjusted manually, making it much more convenient when the set is finished. Tonight I was able to complete Cool Solo 2 using the adjusted ratio I calculated so when I get all of the miscellaneous drum charts created and posted I will begin to calculate ratios for each of the beats and hopefully make this achievement possible for every one.

In other news I have created and posted charts and achievement guides for Beast and the Harlot, Free Bird, and Through the Fire and Flames. I will continue to work on creating charts and achievement guides for all of the miscellaneous drum achievements. If there are any requests for songs please leave a comment on my blog and I will put it on the top of the priority list on a first come first served basis. If I do not receive any requests I will create them in whatever order I feel like.

I don't expect to get a lot created in the next few weeks because I am in the middle of moving from Canada to the United States and that, along with work, is keeping me very busy but I will do my best to get some new content out when I have some time.