Disclaimer - I know nothing about using these “games”/instructional support videos.
So, I am sitting in my office at my new job, getting work done. I hear this guy talking in the next room - someone’s obviously borrowed the office and closed the door to make a call. He’s loud enough that I hear “oh yeah, we’ve got Slash, Zakk Wylde, Five Finger Death Punch, Nancy Wilson, and of course Jimi Hendrix via his estate - great players!” And I’m thinking “who the heck is using this office?!”
So he comes out and I introduce myself - he’s an executive whose day job brings him in touch with my company, but he’s also got this company that he’s involved with that puts out this instructional program - I don’t know why these are called games - called Bandfuse.
We talk, and he points out some key differences vs. Rocksmith, who he clearly sees as the big competitor:
- Zero Latency - apparently they figured this out and there is none.
- Tab vs Rock Highway - Bandfuse is based on real guitar tabs - which real guitarists like me use - vs. this other format the Rocksmith uses. I took a look at what RS uses and can’t imagine using it, but then again, I don’t use any of this stuff. But if Bandfuse uses Tab, I can certainly support the fact that learning tab is a useful skill that will benefit outside of this “game.”
- Playing over vs. Track Suppression - so apparently with RS you play over the song you are learning. With Bandfuse, they license the individual tracks, and when you play guitar, bass or whatever, that particular track in the song is suppressed, so you are really playing “within” the song. That, to this completely ignorant guitarist, sounds like it would be much better.
Here’s a track I found on YouTube - this is a mobile link: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=C9IcbGnLArc (Reptilia, lead guitar part, by The Strokes)
So - if even half of this is correct, this sounds like a superior product. The fact that Slash and the Jimi estate are involved means that either they are getting a HUGE cut or that this is really good.
I throw it out to you Dopers - anyone heard of this? I see you discussing Rocksmith in the GOGT and other threads and all of the issues you have with it. If this is a better product, it seems like it would be worth checking out.
Let me know if you have experience with it or may end up testing it - I may end up doing business with this guy and would love to be able to speak to what real users are experiencing…