Those seeking the upper echelons of virtual guitar wizardry have a third option now -- the You Rock Guitar
, which is now compatible with Rock Band 3's Pro mode
. So long as you've also got Mad Catz' MIDI-Pro adapter
handy, the multi-touch fret board sounds like a solid middle ground between the uber-realistic Squier Stratocaster
strings and the tiny toy-like fret keys of the Mustang Pro
, and at roughly $200 street it's priced right between the others as well. PR after the break, and find our early impressions of the You Rock here
You Rock Digital Announces You Rock Guitar™ Compatibility with Rock Band™3 Pro Mode
SIMI VALLEY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--You Rock Digital™ announces You Rock Guitar compatibility with Rock Band 3 Pro mode, in addition to already controlling legacy five-button music video games like Guitar Hero® and Rock Band®.
"Compatibility with this latest release of the Rock Band platform delivers an enhanced 'guitar-like' experience for newbies and experienced players alike, using You Rock Guitar's familiar, simulated strings instead of buttons."
"You Rock Guitar is the bridge from video games to real music, teaching people how to play real guitar," said You Rock Digital President Cliff Elion. "Compatibility with this latest release of the Rock Band platform delivers an enhanced 'guitar-like' experience for newbies and experienced players alike, using You Rock Guitar's familiar, simulated strings instead of buttons."
In addition, You Rock Guitar has 25 guitar sounds and 50 synth sounds so players can jam along with the game. "Hearing yourself playing along with your favorite song makes all the difference in the experience," said Elion. "To those who say lack of innovation has damaged the future of music games, we say, 'Play a You Rock Guitar.'"
You Rock Guitar users should install firmware upgrade 1.2, available from the You Rock Guitar website: http://yourockguitar.com/support/firmware-updates Mad Catz® Rock Band 3 MIDI-Pro Adapter™ and standard five-pin MIDI cable are required. The adapter is available separately from Mad Catz for Nintendo Wii™, Sony PlayStation®3 and Microsoft Xbox360™.
You Rock Guitar features include:
99 built-in presets combining sounds, tunings, etc.
25 digitally-sampled guitars, and it Never Needs Tuning™ so you are always ready to play. Choose 6 and 12-string acoustics, electrics for jazz, grunge, shredding leads and more.
50 synthesizer sounds: pianos, organs, strings, brass, etc.
75 built-in song and drum loops for instant play-along.
65 custom tunings and 9 custom user programmable tunings.
Record your own creations with the on-board MIDI recorder.
Built-in whammy bar for pitch bend-both up and down.
Removable neck for a truly mobile digital guitar.
High speed USB to MIDI and legacy MIDI five-pin connectors.
Exclusive GameFlex™ port expands connectivity to additional platforms wirelessly (Bluetooth® for the Nintendo Wii and Wi-Fi™ for the PlayStation3).
Download new guitar sounds, song loops and firmware online over the Internet.
Standard guitar cable and stereo headphone outputs. Stereo audio input for MP3 players.
Uses USB power or 4 AA batteries (not included).