Playing real instruments to your favourite GH tracks

We were recently sent an interesting email by one of our visitors telling us how to record your favorite Guitar Hero tracks for playing along with your real instruments, what better way to show the effect Guitar Hero is having in turning fans of music games into real musicians!

Before we get started we should point out this is not a tutorial on unlawfully coping music for distribution in any way, this is another way fans of the game who own their own copy can use the content on that disk to play the game in a different way. To use this for any other purpose would be unlawful and we do not do not condone it.

What you will need before we start:

  • Tv, console and Guitar Hero game disc (works with Rock Band also)
  • The instrument you wish to have DEDUCTED from the final track (i.e. if you want to record drumless tracks for playing with your real drumkit, as we will here, then you will need the Guitar Hero drumkit controller)
  • PC with a audio input port (see below for more details)
  • 3.5 mm audio cable (go to Amazon store)
  • Copy of the free audio editing programme Audacity

Setup your equipment as you usually would but plug the 3.5mm cable from the headphone socket on your TV into the line in on your PC (a great visual tutorial for setting up your PC to record from an external input can be found on the Audacity Tutorial pages) and set Audacity up to record from that input.

Start the game and go into the practise mode (so you don't get the crowd noises) choose the song you want and start it up. When the song is about to start pause the game, start Audacity recording and then unpause the game and leave it. If you do not hit any of the notes what you will be recording is the original track without the drum track on it, allowing you to play the drum part on your kit in the garage or wherever it is. This works perfectly well if you are a bassist, guitarist or singer that would like to practise your favourite songs from the game on your real instruments!

To clean up the audio you record have a look at some of the Other Audacity Tutorials for improving your recordings.



7 Comments on "Playing real instruments to your favourite GH tracks"

  1. CrummyDrummer on Fri, 4th Jun 2010 10:20 am 

    Really good idea. As a drummer backing tracks always appeal to me but they aren’t that easy (or cheap) to come by.

    Cheers for the tutorial, have ordered my cable!

  2. John on Thu, 11th Nov 2010 7:44 pm 

    Thx Loads man!!

    I’ve been looking for something like this!
    Now i can play drums with some amazing songs!

    Cheers! 😉

  3. Great man on Tue, 22nd Mar 2011 10:14 am 

    I’m going to buy guitar hero just for that.. Thanks!!

  4. kevin on Mon, 2nd Jan 2012 9:29 pm 

    I have a few of these tracks recorded through guitar hero and other games however the tempo seams to go up and down throughout the song.

    I have tried matching the songs to a click track but it seams almost impossible. any idea why this is or how it can be resolved

  5. Steve on Mon, 2nd Jan 2012 9:37 pm 

    thanks for your comments Kevin

    This is not an issue we have come across before all of our tracks seem to keep perfect time. Could you tell us more about the process used to record tracks.

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