Custom songs for Rocksmith 2104 (CDLC)

This is just a reminder of how to create custom songs for Rocksmith:

First, visit www.customsforge.com this will give you great information on how to get started and links to the following software.

Editor on Fire (EOF) this is the main song editing software, it allows you to import an MP3 of the song and then overlay a GuitarPro tab. Then synchronize the two so your notes are in time. You can add sections and phrases, lyrics and generally get everything working the way it should in RS.

  • Adding a slide in EOF is easy, you have to left click on the note, add a sustain tail to the note (use the mouse wheel to do that) that reaches the note your are sliding to then use control [up arrow] or down arrow for a slide down. It will ask you the ending note for your slide once you type it in you will see the slide added to the notation.

After a song is opened or created you will need to know how to add, edit, move, and delete notes. The following keys will help you do that:

Playback and Seek controls:

  • Space Bar: Play/Pause the currently loaded song Hold Ctrl when pressing Space to play at 50% speed Hold Ctrl and Shift when pressing Space to play at 25% speed Hold D when pressing Space to play at 100% speed Hold Shift when pressing Space to play the current fret catalog entry (see manual for information about the fret catalog). Hold S when pressing Space to play only the currently selected notes. Keep S held down to cause the selected notes to replay on a loop once the last selected note is reached.
  • Left/Right Arrow: Rewind or Fast Forward song. Hold Ctrl while pressing to move slowly. Hold Shift while pressing to move quickly. Hold both Ctrl and Shift while pressing to move very slowly (1ms at a time). (If Feedback input method is active, each left/right press seeks one grid snap backward/forward.)
  • Page Up/Page Down: Move to the previous/next beat marker (moves to previous/next measure when Feedback input method is active). Hold Ctrl while pressing to seek to previous/next screen. Hold Shift while pressing to seek to previous/next note. Hold both Ctrl and Shift while pressing to seek to the previous/next grid snap position (when grid snap is enabled). Hold both Ctrl and Shift while pressing to seek to the previous/next anchor position (when grid snap is disabled). (If Feedback input method is active, Pg Up/Dn seeks one measure back/forward if there is a time signature in effect.)
  • Numpad 0-9: Seek to the desired bookmark Hold Ctrl while pressing to place the desired bookmark at the current position
  • M: Toggle metronome.
  • C: Toggle claps.
  • V: Toggle vocal tones.
  • ;/’ (Semicolon/Apostrophe): Adjust audio playback rate in increments of 25% (or 10% if Feedback input method is active) if the chart is NOT playing, or 10% if the chart is playing. Hold Ctrl while using these keys to change the playback rate in increments of 1%. Note and Beat Editing: Right-Click/Insert (notes): Add a new note to the song, if Classic, Piano Roll or Hold input methods are used. If SHIFT is held while clicking, a newly created note is given a a length of 1 millisecond, otherwise the length is determined by the current grid snap setting.
  • Left-Click (notes): Select the highlighted note for editing Hold Ctrl while clicking to select multiple notes Hold Shift while clicking to select a range of notes
  • Middle-Click (notes): Open the selected pro guitar notes in the edit pro guitar note dialog. If no notes are selected, the note under the mouse when the middle click is performed is opened in the dialog.
  • Left-Click+Drag (notes): Move selected note(s)
  • Mouse Wheel: Move up and down to lengthen or shorten the selected note You can also press the ‘[]’ keys to do the same Turn off Grid Snap and hold Shift while lengthening/shortening for small adjustments. Hold both Ctrl and Shift while using the wheel to make even smaller adjustments. Holding Control while scrolling the mouse wheel increments/decrements the fret value for selected notes (pro guitar/bass tracks only).
  • Up/Down: Transpose selected notes up/down.
  • Left-Click (beats): Select the highlighted beat
  • Left-Click+Drag (beats): Move the beat marker. An anchor is automatically created when you move a beat marker. Surrounding BPMs will be adjusted automatically. An anchor will not move unless dragged, nonanchor beats will adjust to fit. Hold Shift when dragging a beat to prevent the notes within from being adjusted with the beat markers. Useful if you are beat syncing someone elses songs, for instance. Shift has opposite effect when the “Note Auto-Adjust” preference is turned off.
  • Right-Click (beats): Seek to the highlighted beat line.
  • A: Toggle anchor for current beat.
  • H: Cycle the HOPO status for the selected notes.
  • Ctrl+E: Toggle the Expert+ double bass status for the selected green Expert drum notes.
  • Ctrl+G: Toggle the Pro drum cymbal notation for selected green drum notes.
  • Ctrl+Y: Toggle the Pro drum cymbal notation for selected yellow drum notes.
  • Ctrl+B: Toggle the Pro drum cymbal notation for selected blue drum notes.
  • Tab: Cycle through difficulties. Hold Ctrl to cycle through the tracks. Hold shift in addition to Tab or Ctrl+Tab to cycle through difficulties or tracks in reverse.
  • Ctrl+Shift+~ , Ctrl+Shift+#, Ctrl+Shift+Fn #: Changes the active difficulty to 0 (Ctrl+Shift+~), 1 through 10 (Ctrl+Shift+1 through 0), or 11 through 22 (Ctrl+Shift+F1 through F12). Difficulty levels higher than 4 are used to author tracks for Rocksmith. Ctrl+~ , Ctrl+#, Ctrl+Fn #, Ctrl+X: Changes the fret number for all gems of all selected notes to 0 (Ctrl+~), 1 through 10 (Ctrl+1 through 0), or 11 through 22 (Ctrl+F1 through F12), or X (Ctrl+X, to denote string mutes). These shortcuts are used for authoring real guitar transcriptions for Rock Band 3, Phase Shift and Rocksmith.
  • Ctrl+G: Enables ghost status for all gems of all selected notes. This note mechanic is used for authoring real guitar transcriptions for Rock Band 3 and Phase Shift. Comma/Period: Cycle through grid snap settings.

Editing a PART_VOCALS track works the same as any other track but there are a few extra keys that only pertain to this kind of track. The preview pane displays a large piano which can be used to aid in the editing process. Here are the keys:

Vocal Track Editing:

  • P: Play the tone at the current mouse position when hovering over the piano roll.
  • Right-Click/Insert (Piano): Center the piano roll on the clicked note. Hold Ctrl to snap the view to the octave of the clicked note.
  • Left-Click (Piano): Play the clicked note.
  • Left-Click (Mini-Piano): Play the clicked note.
  • Shift+Up/Down: Shift the piano roll view up or down. Hold Ctrl to shift by a whole octave. Shift+1-4 (Not Number Pad) Shift the piano roll directly to a specific octave.

Miscellaneous Controls:

  • +/-: Increase/decrease the tempo of the beat (if Feedback input method is in use) or anchor (if any other input method is in use) immediately at or before the current seek position by 1BPM. Hold Shift to adjust in .1BPM increments. Hold both Ctrl and Shift to adjust in .01BPM increments. +/- (Numpad): Zoom in/out.
  • Shift + +/- (Numpad): Lower/raise the 3D preview’s camera angle. Backslash / Shift+Backslash Lower/raise the 3D preview’s camera angle.
  • Shift + Enter (Numpad): Reset the 3D preview’s camera angle.
  • Ctrl + Backslash: Reset the 3D preview’s camera angle.
  • Ctrl + Shift + +/- (Numpad): Increase/decrease the AV delay.
  • Ctrl+I: Toggle the rendering of the Info panel on/off.
  • Ctrl+F: Toggle full screen 3D view on/off.
  • Ctrl + Shift + Up /Down: Cycle to the next/previous track of the same type (ie. “pro guitar/bass”). EOF provides many useful functions which can be accessed through various menus and dialogs. Shortcuts keys are provided to access some of the more frequently used functions. This screen is not an exhaustive list of keyboard shortcuts. All menu functions with shortcuts will display that shortcut next to the name of the function in the menu.

WWISE, this allows you to create the necessary files for Rocksmith, essentially creating an Ogg Vorbis file for the main song and the preview.

Rocksmith Toolkit, this is the software that allows you to build the final custom song file (psarc) that contains your song, your cover art and your tones. It also allows you to add dynamic difficulty to the song, this is a critical part to make the songs playable/learnable [sp].

Once you have all the software installed you can identify the song that you want to create. Then you need to assemble and mp3, the guitar tab, the artwork, the lyrics, the beats per minute (bpm) and any tones that you want to use.

A good source for guitar tab is songsterr it has a lot of tabs of varying quality. To download the tab from there you have to click the button to submit an updated version of the tab, on the following screen you will see the current tab file ready for download.

Or you can use Ultimate Guitar it will ask you to download a player but you can scroll down and download the tab without playing it. If you choose Guitar Pro files you can load them in Tux Guitar there you can play the tab and see if sounds correct. You can modify it and/or stave it.

A good source for the artwork is Google, just search by exact size and look for 512×512 images.

A good source for the lyrics files (.lrc) minilyrics, ipod lyrics downloader. You can search for the lrc file and save it locally.

I have yet to find a good source for tones.

Mp3’s are available depending on what the song is you may already have it in your library.