A Guide to Creating Rock Band 3 Custom Songs

Discussion in 'Wii - Tutorials' started by HarvHouHacker, Mar 31, 2019.

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  1. Yes, it works perfectly!

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  2. Yes, but my songs are buggy.

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  3. Well, yes and no. They show up, but I can't play them.

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  4. No, it didn't work! :-(

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  1. HarvHouHacker
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    New branches added. These are RBHP upgrade information for DLC released on the Rock Band Network between 2007 and 2010. If you don't have the DLC already, then these probably will be little use to you unless you have a friend who has downloaded them. Please do not get the downloadable DLC off of the internet, as it promotes piracy and could be corrupted or tampered with!

    If you are using git pull to get the software, I suggest you run it again to get the new changes. Else, download a new ZIP, extract it to your project directory, and let it overwrite your existing files.
     
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    The Known Issues Snippet has been updated. I will edit the tutorial to show Issues, and add direct links to relevant forum threads.
     
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    The Known Issues tab has been updated to allow one to easily follow the links to threads I've started on certain issues. Although some are solved now, if you have any of those issues and the answers did not resolve your problem, feel free to post on those threads.
     
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    Hello.:)

    Thank you for your time and your work on "custom" Rockband 3.
    It´s very good to know there is a good guide/manual on ONE place and you don´t have to search the whole internet and you have to "scrape up" infos about making your own songs.

    :yay:
     
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    You're welcome! :)
     
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    The Known Issues tab has been updated. Three new issues have been added to the tutorial, as well as their corresponding GBAtemp threads (two of which I opened today).
     
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    Over several days, I made a few edits, both minor and major. Here are the most significant:
    • After looking at the RawkSD list (archived on the Wayback Machine), I discovered that the first four (sZAE through sZDE) actually work with Rock Band 2. This makes me confused as to how many generations are actually compatible with both Rock Band versions, so I re-edited in an attempt to state how many I think are compatible. If anyone has proof to support or disprove this, please leave a comment to me somewhere (preferably here). Once I can confirm this, I'll update both the wiki and tutorial with this information.
    • The section on Album Make now has it's own wiki page: How to Create Custom Album Covers using Album Make.
    • I assume the list from RawkSD proves that each song takes up slots 001/002 to 507/508 only (a total of 254 songs). If it is possible to reach up to a higher number, please comment and link to sources.
     
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    I've been testing several USB Loaders. So far, USB Loader GX has been the most user-friendly and has the most customization options. I'm also trying out CFG USB Loader and WiiFlow (now called WiiFlow Lite, though it has all the same features and more). If anyone has problems with Rock Band 3 through a USB Loader, comment here or open up a new thread and link me to it.
     
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    Tutorial Update
    The tutorial now has the How to Create Custom Album Covers using Album Make wiki page text in the tab "Album Make"! This enhances somewhat on the original by giving step-by-step instructions on how to make your own album covers that will appear in Rock Band 3 for Wii.

    The tutorial will be updated infrequently for errors and small enhancements, but if you want to get the most out of importing custom songs, please read my GitLab wiki!
     
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    Shew!!! I did a lot of work on the wiki guide today, plus I moved the sZGE and sZHE packers to the Master branch and deleted the Beta branch.

    Some things I did on the wiki guide:
    • A lot more can be explained, thanks to Atruejedi on Customs Creators! This includes better descriptions of terms, content generations, and mathematics on packing songs.
    • WiiFlow link was added to provide another USB Loader alternative.
    • Better video descriptions, so you know what to expect before clicking. Thanks to StackOverflow0x for the awesome videos!
    • More links to other wiki pages, as well as links to a couple of GitLab repo issues.
    • A direct link to C3's Rock Band 3 Wii Customs Manager, and some instructions on how to use it.

    If you are using git pull to get the software, I suggest you run it again to get the new changes. Else, download a new ZIP, extract it to your project directory, and let it overwrite your existing files.
     
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    Sorry for the delay in announcing what's changed here; I got sidetracked. The tutorial has been simplified so as to be clear and concise without being as wordy as the wiki page.
     
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    • Expanded the wiki page on PAL packing. If anyone knows where there are more of these DLC packers for PAL, leave me a link!
    • Shortened the DTA section in How Each File in the DLC Works, and redirected to my DTA wiki page.
    • Reserved a new wiki page on importing Xbox and Playstation content for Rock Band 3 for Wii. Coming soon!
    • Eventually, I want to add an additional guide for hacking for Rock Band 2 for Wii, but for now, I expanded the existing wiki page on Rock Band 2 and Rock Band 3 cross-compatibility.

    ...Plus other minor edits and enhancements. You are welcome to browse the page history of my wiki pages and see the changes.
     
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    Double checked the files left by Koetsu at http://ge.tt/8f2aVwf. I discovered that I had forgotten another packer! So I added it.

    If you are using git pull to get the software, I suggest you run it again to get the new changes. Else, download a new ZIP, extract it to your project directory, and let it overwrite your existing files.
     
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    In order to simplify the tutorial further, the Album Make tab has been removed. You can still see it here, and this wiki page is still linked in my tutorial.
     
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    I realized that a crucial step on getting instruments to be recognized was missing in both the wiki guide and the tutorial. I added the line about, and link to, the Complete Softmod Guide's guide on installing custom IOSes 249 and 250. Make sure to change the IOS settings in the USB Loader that you want to use so that the USB detection can work!

    A tweak here, an addition there... slowly but surely, this project is coming together. If only I had help...
     
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    The GitLab repository "Rock Band 3 for Wii - Custom Songs" is now "Rock Band Customs". In the future, I want my repository and wiki to be about not just hacking Rock Band 3, but also Rock Band 2, and perhaps other Rock Band titles for the Wii that also have DLC (i.e. Rock Band: The Beatles). That may include more wiki pages and more GBAtemp tutorials, so stay tuned to the comments of this tutorial for updates!
     
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    I'm in contact with StackOverflow0x/Koetsu, who posted the original RB3 hacking guide and developed some of the C3 software. He suggested some edits which I've made, and I'm hoping to get his help on some of the issues I'm having. I suggest you go check out his work on Customs Creators, if you need further assistance in all things Rock Band for Wii!
     
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