With Guitar Hero World Tour, Neversoft attempted to shut up all of the “go play a real guitar” folks by introducing “GHStudio,” a suite of tools that allowed Guitar Hero players to actually make music, of a sort, using plastic instruments. But upon trying it out, many criticized the clunky interface, MIDI-sounding songs, and limitations placed on the amount of music that they could create.
Guitar Hero 5: GHStudio 2.0 (PS3, 360, Wii)
In GHMix 2.0, you can mess around with all kinds of effects, which are, once again, provided by Line6. Thankfully, it actually lets you switch effects during a song -- yes, that means that your lead guitar can start out clean and get distorted in the chorus. And if you want to work with sections, you can go into the all-new Pattern Mode. It contains over 400 preset patterns in different genres, which does a lot of the work for you, and it also allows for moving and repeating parts of your song (say, for a verse or coda).
Unfortunately, you still can’t record vocals, but if you’re playing your created song in the game, you can song over the track. At last, the old three-minute barrier is gone; songs can now be up to ten minutes long, and you can upload 50 of them with album art. The tool for creating artwork is similar to the tattoo creator in the game’s main create-a-character mode -- it has options for layers.
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