I’ll be the first to admit that I am not the world’s greatest Rock Band/Guitar Hero guitar player. Sure, I play on expert, and even won a local Guitar Hero night several years ago, but when I compare myself to most of the people that visit the site here, RockBand.com, and ScoreHero, they could probably crush me with their eyes closed. It’s all relative, I guess. And even though I got in on the ground floor of the plastic peripheral games with the original Guitar Hero, I still can’t beat one or two songs on Expert in most of the Rock Band and Guitar Hero games. And with a new Kickstarter campaign, it looks like I may finally be able to get past some of the nightmare songs.
Enter “Guitar Zero,” a programmable circuit created with the explicit purpose of recording, saving, sharing, and replaying Rock Band and Guitar Hero song tracks, or as they describe, “a self-playing Xbox 360 game controller.” A working prototype already exists, but a recent Kickstarter campaign has been initiated to help fund this technology into a “DIY Hobbyist Kit” for the masses (or at least, the masses on the Xbox 360).
Supporters of the campaign can, if fully funded, get a DIY kit or (what appears to be) a fully functional Guitar Hero 3 Les Paul with the module installed. The chipset currently supports the GH2 Xplorer and GH3 Les Paul, with RB Stratocaster functionality expected to be supported “immediately.” The Kickstarter campaign appears to support all of the Xbox 360 Guitar Hero titles (including Band Her), as well as all of the Rock Band titles (although Rock Band 3 is missing, despite mentioning that RB3′s Pro mode is not supported…), and should support all on-disc songs. It is also capable of supporting additional songs from future games (no mention of DLC, but I’m assuming the TTL Serial to USB connection would enable that, as well).
Here are additional videos of the prototype in action, along with more supplementary technical discussion.
Prototype Song Track Replay Operation Demo
Through the Fire and Flames – Expert 100% FC