Table of Contents
- The Basics
- Customs Songs
- Scores, Save Data, and Online Play
- Custom Creators Collective (C3)
- Rock Band Harmonies Project
How do I play custom songs?
Where do I download C3’s custom songs?
From our song database or the weekly release posts on this blog.
Do I need a modded Xbox 360 to play customs?
No! As long as you have an EA version of the Rock Band 3 disc (the MadCatz and Games On Demand versions don’t work), you can play customs on any Xbox 360.
Can I play customs on PS3/Wii?
You can also play all C3 releases in Phase Shift, a PC clone of Rock Band 3.
Can I play customs in Rock Band Blitz?
A modded Xbox 360 is required to play custom songs in RB Blitz. (Blitz only accepts signed LIVE files, which won’t work on a normal console).
Help! Custom songs won’t load for me! What do I do?
Find your problem below:
If the songs do show up in Rock Band 3, but …
- …you get a dirty disc/disc read error, it means you’re running under Title Update #5 (“TU5”, the most recent update to Rock Band 3) or using the Games-on-Demand/MadCatz disc version of Rock Band 3, which have TU5 baked in. Customs cannot be played under TU5 on a non-modded console. If you have the correct, older version of the disc, install TU4 as explained in our tutorial.
- …the songs crash or otherwise hang, it usually means there is a problem with the .mid file inside the custom package. Contact the custom’s author for troubleshooting, or post in our troubleshooting forum.
If the songs do not show up in Rock Band 3:
- Check out your storage device through the Xbox 360’s menus. If the songs are listed as Corrupted, there is either a problem with the custom song package or its download (which should not happen for our releases), or the file is in the wrong spot. Check our tutorials for info on where to put custom song packages. If the songs are not listed at all, you may have run into the “256 songs” bug (see below).
What’s the “256 songs” bug?
Party Buffalo, the most commonly used tool to move files to and from an Xbox 360 flash drive, has a bug where it can’t correctly process more than 256 song packages per node. There are two easy solutions for this:
- Use another program to load packages beyond 256, then switch back to Party Buffalo. Party Buffalo can handle 257+ packages, it just can’t get there.
- Use C3 CON Tools (formerly Le Fluffie C3) to package all of your customs into a single CON file. This also has the advantage of faster load times when you boot up RB3!
What’s the quality like on these songs? I’ve heard that customs are poorly charted compared to official DLC.
We’ve put together this collective with the specific goal of providing the best releases we can. Our releases are as close to the original thing as possible. Many of our authors were/are part of RBN, and most of us have several years of authoring experience. We try our best to peer review all of our songs before release, and if you find an error in any of our songs, you can let us know in our troubleshooting forum.
Remember, however, that we are not an alternative to official releases. We will never author a song that is or was officially released as DLC. Go buy those from the official in-game store (while using TU5)!
Will instrument parts on these songs mute / drop out when I miss notes?
Some will, but most will not. All official Rock Band songs have audio straight from the record label’s archives, with all instruments on separated tracks. This enables Rock Band to mute that instrument when you miss a note. Our customs, however, are usually based on the song’s “mixdown”, the single audio file version you can buy from iTunes or a record store. Since we don’t have separated tracks, we can’t mute individual instruments, and we prepare the song files so that nothing gets muted when you miss a note. When we do have those master multitracks, however, we use them! Check the “Audio” column in our song database to see whether a song is multitracked or not. You can also filter to just multitracked songs with the checkboxes at the top of the database.
Can I lower or mute the vocals track?
The answer is usually “no”; see the previous question for details. Isolated vocal tracks are slightly easier to find and create than full multitracks, though, so we offer a decent number of “karaoke” tracks (where the vocals can be muted but instruments cannot). As with multitracks, this info is available in the database.
Do these songs have all instruments? All difficulties?
Yes! If the song itself has a given instrument, it will be in our customs — no “single-instrument” (i.e. “guitar only”) customs are released through C3 — and those instruments will each have Easy, Medium, Hard, and Expert charts.
What’s the deal with “Rhythm Version” songs?
If a song has a rhythm guitar part alongside the lead guitar, an author may choose to release an alternate version of that song with the rhythm guitar playable. If the song does not have a keys part, it’ll be assigned to keys. Otherwise, it will override bass, Guitar Hero 2 style. (The original version of the song without rhythm guitar will be available in all cases).
If you’re playing one of our “rhythm on keys” songs, you’ll need to 5-star 50 songs on Medium or 3-star 50 songs on Hard/Expert to unlock the ability to use a guitar controller on keys parts.
Scores, Save Data, & Online Play
Can I play custom songs online?
Not on the Xbox 360. You can’t use an old title upgrade (i.e. TU4) while connected to XBL. Online play may be possible for the Wii.
Do custom song scores get saved to your save file? Do scores set offline get uploaded when you go back online?
They do and they will. We suggest having a separate non-Live account for customs and TU4. Consider it a sandbox; you can pretty much do whatever you want, because you can’t go online with it. If you want to play for the leaderboards or access the store to buy official songs (which we very much encourage), use the TU5 stick.
Will I get banned from XBL if I accidentally upload custom song scores to Rock Central?
We obviously can’t guarantee that you won’t, but to date, we have had no reports of any problems with custom song scores. Just don’t upload fake scores for official DLC.
Can I use the same save file in TU4 (customs) and TU5 (online play)?
No. The save file won’t be read by both versions, and if you save it with TU5, it will cause issues with TU4. Our recommendation is to use two different save files, saved on the same storage device as that title upgrade.
Customs Creators Collective (C3)
Why are you guys doing this?
C3’s admins and authors all have their own reasons for contributing to the project, but ultimately it’s about continuing “DLC” support for one of the greatest video game franchises of all time.
Do you make any money from this?
No, and we have a zero tolerance policy on commissioning customs or otherwise discussing money on our forums. We are here to give you free DLC, and we don’t want any of the trouble that comes with money.
Do you accept donations for hosting costs?
No, for the reason above, but we appreciate the sentiment.
Do you take requests?
Not in a direct “you request a song and we author it” kind of way. We maintain a Song Requests forum, however, and we try to encourage our authors to author well-known or popular songs.
Rock Band Harmonies Project
Do RBHP upgrades affect scoring?
RBHP upgrades don’t change scoring for single instruments. Even chart “fixes” do not change scoring. So, no worries — these upgrades are not “illegally” boosting scores for instruments.
Do I need an EA disc to play pro drums/keys/harmonies and pro guitar/bass upgrades?
No! Upgrades will run on any version of Rock Band 3, including the MadCatz disc and Games On Demand version.