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Rock Band 3 Includes Pitch Shifting

Moving the goal posts.

Rock Band 3 will include middleware from iZotope, Inc that will allow real-time pitch shifting. That statement probably made little sense to some of you so I’ll try and explain without sounding too patronising.

Middleware is software that connects other software components and performs a function, in this case the iZtope software will sit somewhere between the input of the microphone and the output of your speakers. Pitch shifting is, put simply, cheating at singing.

The most widely known vocal pitch shifting software is called Autotune and it does exactly what it says on the tin. You input your off key, out of tune karaoke vocal quaverings and Autotune magically turns you in to Leona Lewis. With the new middleware incorporated in to Rock Band 3 your singing should sound better than ever

“The ability to have pitch correction in real-time helps to enhance the vocal gameplay and players’ in-game performance in Rock Band,” said Eran Egozy, CTO and co-founder of Harmonix. “We’re excited to feature iZotope’s technology and this new middleware in Rock Band 3 so that our players can enjoy the type of vocal effects that professional rock stars utilize for live stage performances in their homes.”

Source:  Gamasutra

  1. Foxhound_Solid
    Is a smart cookie.
    Since: Dec 2009

    Home made 808s and Heartbreak?

    Comment posted on 30/06/2010 at 11:19.
  2. 3shirts
    Since: Aug 2008

    So we can record playbacks without sounding terrible? That would be sweet

    Comment posted on 30/06/2010 at 11:27.
  3. shields_t
    Since: Oct 2008

    Doesn’t that take the fun of having your housemates murder their favourite song away?

    Comment posted on 30/06/2010 at 11:28.
  4. dizwod
    Since: May 2010

    who would have thought that performers “cheat” at singing at their gigs… shock horror ;)

    Comment posted on 30/06/2010 at 11:29.
  5. BIGAL-1992
    Since: Jan 2009

    I know what middleware is. Back on point, I’ve never played a singing game before on my PS3, but this sounds like cheating.

    Comment posted on 30/06/2010 at 11:34.
  6. BrendanCalls
    Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc - YOHIMBÉ!!!
    Since: Forever

    I think this is a decent idea, as long as it can be switched on and off. Turn it on when its my go, turn it off on everyone else’s.

    Comment posted on 30/06/2010 at 11:35.
    • colmshan1990
      Since: Apr 2009

      Ha. Just what I was thinking… :)

      Comment posted on 30/06/2010 at 11:40.
  7. Gaztee
    Since: Mar 2009

    I always knew that one day I’d have the voice of an angel :oD

    Comment posted on 30/06/2010 at 11:54.
  8. mayflame
    Since: Nov 2008

    “One day, even you can sing like an angel and do a Final Fantasy theme song one day”

    Comment posted on 30/06/2010 at 15:29.

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