Harmonix unveils Rock Band Network, track upload system
- Posted July 17th, 2009 at 20:35 EDT by Eric Blattberg
- 34 Comments
Many fans were wondering what the next 'big thing' from Rock Band developer Harmonix Music Systems would be, and today we can finally confirm that the studio has been slaving away on the Rock Band Network.
Rock Band Network, or RBN, is a comprehensive toolset that allows the creation and distribution of original Rock Band songs, vocals included. Song prices can be set anywhere between $0.50 and $3.00 USD, with a 30% cut of each sale going to the creator.
When prompted for comment, Harmonix COO Mike Dornbrook told PSU, "...we’ve been dreaming of this since Frequency. I’m thrilled that it has finally come to pass. I think it’s the most important step Harmonix has made to date, and look forward to the day when bands break through [using] Rock Band."
Rock Band Network is currently in closed beta, but Harmonix hopes to open up the beta to the public in August, in time for an official release sometime this year.
Maybe Breadpig will finally get its "music" in Rock Band, after all.
- 3:37pm EDT - July 17th, 2009
BOOM take that Guitar Hero. I think they sunk your battle ship!
- 3:48pm EDT - July 17th, 2009
I knew Harmonix would do something but damn, I never thought it would be something like this.
- 4:16pm EDT - July 17th, 2009
oh my GOD! Will GH return?
- 5:01pm EDT - July 17th, 2009
that sounds really cool to bad i don't play any instruments
- 5:07pm EDT - July 17th, 2009
that is awesome
- 6:27pm EDT - July 17th, 2009
The thing that makes it great is that it wont be just ANYONE making music, it'll be pwoplw who actually KNOW what they're doing and they wont be making music out of horrible 8bit midi samples. This will mean the songs are potentially quality offerings rather than a bunch of remade zelda and mario bros themes.
- 6:53pm EDT - July 17th, 2009
Rock Band <3
- 7:11pm EDT - July 17th, 2009
very very good feature looking forward to bands getting a cut of the sales bravo ... poor Guitar Hero fading away lol
- 7:24pm EDT - July 17th, 2009
This is great and all but it will actually be a while before this makes it to the PS3.
RBN was developed using XNA and is thus for the XBox 360. They plan to 'eventually' launch this for the PS3 and possibly the Wii but there is not even a rough date for those plans.
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I can't wait for this to come out, and am super stoked for it but it sucks that I am going to have to wait.
- 8:00pm EDT - July 17th, 2009
just means that there will be even more time for the gems to really rise to the surface.
- 8:36pm EDT - July 17th, 2009
Yeh this will be great to spot upcoming talent too, i can see some really good bands popping up and me jamming to their tunes. Bring it on i say.
- 8:37pm EDT - July 17th, 2009
Rock Band Network eh...? Sony should sue for copyright infrigiment :P
But seriously this is an extremely cool idea :D
Sonan | Sonan
- 9:26pm EDT - July 17th, 2009
That is actually a really good idea. I'll never use it though.
jamesobachand | snake2112
- 9:58pm EDT - July 17th, 2009
My wife and I play Rock Band all the time so this is great.
- 10:41pm EDT - July 17th, 2009
Finally, people like myself who actually play music can finally play our REAL instruments on this music program (hopefully) and expose our music. Bada55.
- 11:43pm EDT - July 17th, 2009
can't wait for this to come to the PSN. Right now even the wiki for the application shows that it is tied to the xna creator's club.
Sony doesn't presently provide a way to do this, so it may be a long while or we'll just be stuck with the favorites from the 360 crowd.
- 11:59pm EDT - July 17th, 2009
I would rather the cration tools stay on the 360, and let the best songs get sold on the PSN.
- 12:13am EDT - July 18th, 2009
I will totally be putting my band's music on here
- 12:20am EDT - July 18th, 2009
you see gutiar hero, thats what happens when you rush an idea, and rockband perfects it
- 3:53am EDT - July 18th, 2009
the only way GH can top this is if they come up with a code that makes the tracks for any game you have on your HDD.
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