Also, I don’t know if it’s possible, but for some of the more popular tracks that have both prominent harmonies AND keys is there anyway to add on new animations or whatever else is missing from tracks updated this way.
I understand part of the issue being that we want to make sure that people buy the official dlc that’s still being offered and it’s wrong to create customs of songs that would take money out HMXs pocket. Understood. I didn’t even get into customs until the end of dlc was announced. I’m all for continuing support for official dlc. I’ve bought way more than I care to admit.
That said, considering a lot of the forums dedicated to customs also have tons of people posting official dlc files for anyone to grab, it feels like this shouldn’t be an issue of principal, but if it’s worth the work.
Maybe there could be a version where if an author wanted to fully integrate harmonies and keys into an older RB track, they could create the components, distribute them and then it’s up to each person to extract their official dlc with LeFluffie, add in the new bits, then repackage as a new con. That way, only the people who already have the official dlc can update the tracks.
It’s very much an issue of principal, of course. I don’t want to pirate the contents. I can’t stop other people from pirating them, but I’m sure as hell not going to be distributing them. For one, piracy as mentioned, and I know that sounds hypocritical, but I’m not pirating content that is for sale. For another, and this is one that was asked and placed in the old FAQ several times (before I took it out when we weren’t able to do keys the first time around) I don’t have time to go in and bring all these pre-RB3 charts up to RB3 standards to run through Magma. I’d have to re-do guitar/bass charts (at least temporarily) to get them to code. I’d have to clean up the vox charts. I’d have to redo the venue/event tracks. Blah blah blah. I certainly do not have the time or inclination to do it, even if I /did/ distribute “only” the new animation files.
If someone really wants to repackage their own LIVE files as “RB3 Version” CONs, they’re more than welcome to take the .mid file available to them in the release, merge it with the .mid from the existing LIVE file, fix them up to RB3 standards, and run them through Magma or whatever using dummy audio to get the animations or what have you, and build their own packages. Part of my reason for using the new, .mids-aren’t-in-CON-files distribution method was to give people raw access to the upgrades should they decide to do just this (one guy had been in PM contact with me pretty frequently on 360iso about doing this when this was a Harmonies-only affair, actually).