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    Note About 9/6 DLC: Survey Results & Song Arrangements

    Earlier this year we asked some questions via a survey to help shape the future of Rocksmith DLC. Once again, huge thanks to YOU and the entire Rocksmith community for sharing your thoughts with us.

    Our next release will be the first time results from the survey have been reflected in a DLC pack. Our upcoming Staind song pack features the most heavily downtuned tracks to be included in Rocksmith 2014 thus far. Thanks to your feedback, we’re offering more than just the true tunings for these songs.

    Here is a list of arrangements for each song in the pack:

    “Outside”
    Bass: Db Standard
    Lead (Main): Eb Drop Db
    Lead (Alt.): Ab,Db,Ab,Db,Gb,Bb (True tuning)
    Rhythm: Eb Standard

    Song #2
    Bass: Eb Drop Db
    Lead (Main): Eb Drop Db
    Lead (Alt.): Ab,Db,Ab,Db,Gb,Bb (True tuning)
    Rhythm (Main): Eb Standard
    Rhythm (Alt.): Ab,Db,Ab,Db,Gb,Bb (True tuning)

    Song #3
    Bass: Eb Standard
    Lead (Main): Eb,Ab,Db,Eb,Ab,Eb
    Lead (Alt.): Ab,Db,Ab,Db,Eb,Ab (True tuning)
    Rhythm: Eb Standard
    Rhythm (Alt.): Ab,Db,Ab,Db,Eb,Ab (True tuning)

    Each true tuning arrangement will allow you to play the songs in the Staind pack as the band originally intended. Additionally, you’ll have the option to learn each song without heavily downtuning your instrument to Ab. We’re offering the best of both worlds with this release. This approach is something we’re looking at doing more of in the future if the opportunity presents itself.

    We definitely want to hear your feedback on this and want to encourage you to share your thoughts with us here in this thread. Have any questions? Feel free to ask them here as well.

    Enjoy the brand new Staind song pack!
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    Great decision! That way no one can complain! Or could? Wouldn't be surprised... lol
    Either way, thanks for keeping the game a true experience as it always was intended to be!
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    Very interesting. Are the alternate arrangemts transposed +1 octave or is there some other funny business going on?
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    This is excellent news. Thank you for catering to both groups. Personally, I prefer to stick to true tunings, but only because I have a drop tune pedal which makes it easy on me (and my guitar).
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    Originally Posted by kidmeatball Go to original post
    Very interesting. Are the alternate arrangemts transposed +1 octave or is there some other funny business going on?
    For Bass: We had to use some tone switches to emulate the pitches played with a 5 string.

    For Outside: A few positions and fingerings were altered to be able to play the song in Eb Drop Db.

    For Song #2: We omitted the low Abs played in the song’s true tuning.

    For Song #3: This custom tuning (Eb,Ab,Db,Eb,Ab,Eb) had to be used on the main path because the main parts of the song wouldn't be possible to play otherwise. The guitarist used a guitar in Eb Standard tuning to play octaves which wouldn’t work in this tuning. As such, they had to be moved to a different part of the neck to avoid many wide finger stretches.
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    Originally Posted by JasonParadise Go to original post
    For Song #2: We omitted the low Abs played in the song’s true tuning.
    I get that the software most probably wouldn't recognize this low Ab open string, but couldn't it be tracked and "graced" just like those notes above the 22nd fret?
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    So I looked up the other two tunings for Staind and I got It's Been A While in both searches.
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    Wow! Thats some low stuff! I was excited to see Staind, but I don't have anything I'll take that low. I may take a look at the Eb Drop Db version and see if I like it. I've been playing the Tom Petty, Bon Jovi and Brooks and Dun lately, so I'm good.
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    I would go further. If I had my way, the player would be able to choose whatever tuning, reference frequency for A, and key they wanted and RS would adjust.

    I play 5 string bass instead of 4 string precisely for the flexibility of alternate fingerings and tunings, and the bigger neck.

    So, these changes are not controversial to me at all.
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    Well, I think this is great, if it took extra work, thank-you
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