WholeLottaIzzy
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Join date: Apr 2011
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#1
So I did it. I bought Rocksmith. Time to clear the air about it.

Bit of background first. I have been playing guitar for about five years, so I guess I'm a fairly competent guitarist.

The cable the game comes with is very durable and well made. I was expecting it to be similar to the Xbox 360 wired controllers cable. Nope, more like a standard guitar cable. It is usb to a 3/4 inch jack and the same cable works with the Xbox, PlayStation and pc's.

At first, when you start playing the game, it is quite patronising for an experienced guitarist, but I guess for people who have never played, it needs to be. It explains all the parts on the guitar. Frets, tuners, jack, strings. Basically anything you'll need in the game. It teaches you how to tune the guitar with a tuner in the game. Here is my first complaint. The tuner is absolutely shit. It was saying I was in tune when I could clearly hear my G string is out. So the game teaches you that your guitar is in tune, when sometimes, it can be out. And that's not me being picky, it was quite obviously out of tune.

After everything's explained, you play your first song, (I can't get no) Satisfaction by The rolling stones. The game plays with a guitar hero layout, so it's already familiar. At first, I was finding it difficult. I already know how to play the song, so it wasn't that. It's just getting used to it. The strings are colour coded. You have a coloured note come towards you and you have to play the note on the guitar. It takes some getting used to but the game does adjust to your performance. At first, you haven a few notes in the riff. If it sees you're doing well it adds more notes in. If you're missing them, it takes notes out. It's a good feature.

After a while, I started realising my playing was a lot more sloppy than it usually is. My left hand wasn't staying in the Same place, I wasn't alternate picking and there was a lot more movement than there should have been. It's because you have so much more to concentrate on. If there is an arpeggitated chord, it doesn't suggest you hold that chord. Timing is another issue. I found if I didn't know the song, I found it hard to tell how long I have to hold the notes for. Until the next note? Staccato? With some notes, it does tell you, but only if they last for several beats.

The guitar's sound isn't that great. I was playing into a full hd 46 inch TV and the speakers are very good. I was using a Gibson Les Paul Standard Faded. However, it didn't sound like it. Sounded like a cold fuzz through a solid state amp. The rest of the instruments sounded great. Tone controls, volume controls on your guitar don't do anything. I haven't yet tried the game with a different guitarist, but I'd bet my bottom dollar it sounds the same. Haven't experimented with the pedals in the game as you have to unlock them.

Oveall, despite the fairly negative review, I'm glad I bought it. It is a lot of fun. There is a good variety of songs plus more to buy. It teaches you the actual song at your own pace. Yes, technique wise, it's not great but it probably isn't designed as a standalone guitar teacher, it is a tool to make learning it more fun. Which it does a Brilliant job at. As I''ve said, I've been playing for five years and I can definitely see it helping me. Very glad I bought it and would definitely recommend it. Sorry for grammatical or spelling errors, I'm on a tablet so I often miss buttons! It also has predictive texts, so there might be words that don't make sense haha
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Can you use the cable to directly connect the guitar to a PC (and possibly use it with DAWs)?
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#4
I really enjoy Rocksmith and it's lots of fun to do 2 player with my girlfriend.
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WholeLottaIzzy
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Join date: Apr 2011
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#5
Quote by BlueIceBox
Can you use the cable to directly connect the guitar to a PC (and possibly use it with DAWs)?

I don't know sorry.
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#7
Quote by WholeLottaIzzy
I don't know sorry.


Ah well, never mind, I'll be getting this soon anyway
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stepchildusmc
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#8
i picked it up on Ebay for a song a few weeks ago. it definitely is fun to play. my only problem with it is that it has a minor delay that throws me off. the notes on the screen are perfectly in time with me but the sound is a little behind. don't know if its just me and there's some way to fix it.
my cable does hook up directly to my laptop and using programs like audacity and guitar rig it works ok. and that does lead me to a new thread.........
WholeLottaIzzy
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#9
Quote by stepchildusmc
i picked it up on Ebay for a song a few weeks ago. it definitely is fun to play. my only problem with it is that it has a minor delay that throws me off. the notes on the screen are perfectly in time with me but the sound is a little behind. don't know if its just me and there's some way to fix it.
my cable does hook up directly to my laptop and using programs like audacity and guitar rig it works ok. and that does lead me to a new thread.........

I only have a slight delay between my sound and my playing during the loading screen before a song. Otherwise it is fine.
NvRShred
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#10
Rocksmith is great. It's basically like my guitar recess. When i'm not working on improving skills or songwriting i'll play Rocksmith and just mess around on it.

And for people having issues with sound/picture delay-

I eliminated it completely by purchasing the Xbox audio adapter and some Turtle Beach headphones.
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W4RP1G
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#11
Quote by BlueIceBox
Can you use the cable to directly connect the guitar to a PC (and possibly use it with DAWs)?

He said it does. However, I bought a USB-1/4" cable years ago at target for like $10. I barely used it, so I can't give any testimonials, but they do exist and they are for plugging an instrument directly into a computer.
jugglingfreak
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#12
Quote by BlueIceBox
Can you use the cable to directly connect the guitar to a PC (and possibly use it with DAWs)?


Yes, it can..
Darkdevil725
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#13
Quote by BlueIceBox
Can you use the cable to directly connect the guitar to a PC (and possibly use it with DAWs)?

I use mine on the PC with Reaper.

I love rocksmith, one of my favorite games for my PS3
Not a Les Paul
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#14
I've always just played songs with tabs, is Rocksmith worth it to learn scales and what the chords actually are, so I can stop standing there with a stupid look on my face if someone says "Play an A minor"?
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#15
Quote by Not a Les Paul
I've always just played songs with tabs, is Rocksmith worth it to learn scales and what the chords actually are, so I can stop standing there with a stupid look on my face if someone says "Play an A minor"?

You've been playing for what I'm guessing is three years by your join date. How can you not know your basic chords?
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#16
Quote by King Donkey
You've been playing for what I'm guessing is three years by your join date. How can you not know your basic chords?


I know how to play them, I just don't know what any of them are. I remember everything as "3553" or something, not "G" and "F". My entire learning process has been listen to song, find tab, learn to play along with song, and repeat. I play plenty of chords but couldn't tell you what any of them are, and I still don't know a single scale.
Darkdevil725
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#17
Quote by Not a Les Paul
I know how to play them, I just don't know what any of them are. I remember everything as "3553" or something, not "G" and "F". My entire learning process has been listen to song, find tab, learn to play along with song, and repeat. I play plenty of chords but couldn't tell you what any of them are, and I still don't know a single scale.

Im the exact same way, using rocksmith along with using justinguitar.com works really well.
W4RP1G
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#18
Quote by Not a Les Paul
I know how to play them, I just don't know what any of them are. I remember everything as "3553" or something, not "G" and "F". My entire learning process has been listen to song, find tab, learn to play along with song, and repeat. I play plenty of chords but couldn't tell you what any of them are, and I still don't know a single scale.

Learn what they are. It's literally as difficult as learning someone's name.
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#19
I came for awesome guitar porn. Instead I got a wall of text about Rocksmith. I am dissapoint. (Jk , hngd TS )
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