Step Up Your Game……

Looking for the next big market to tap into? Look no further, as it’s about to unfold.

Video Games.

Music in console video games has always been a big deal. Bands like Power Glove, and the Mini Bosses are touring, playing retro video game soundtracks.

In the late 90’s/early 2000’s, EA’s John Madden Football franchise started using hit singles from upcoming, popular bands, eventually resulting in them forming their own small scale record label.

Over the last 4 years, we’ve seen the biggest boom in video game music, with the Guitar Hero and Rock Band franchises. You have no doubt seen it, or more likely, played it.

Now imagine an online/in-game store (not unlike iTtunes), where you could download new songs to play. Now, picture your band being available on this store.

This is looking to be happening in the not-so-distance future. The geniuses behind RockBand are already hard at work on this concept. You now have the option to sign up for an account, and get the tools to convert your songs into the RockBand format.

Check it out here.

For a great overview on the process, check out this great article over at Createdigitalmusic.com/!

Rock God Games was a company started by members from the band Codeseven, where you could send them your multitrack files, and they would do all of the dirty work to convert it to a RockBand file. The price was in the ballpark of $500 per song. Unfortunately, at the time of writing this post, their website has gone down. Let’s hope that it’s merely technical difficulties, and we’ll see more of them in the near future.

Obviously, this won’t replace any standard formats, but it’s cool to see a new, legitimate format available for bands to release their music on!

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