Rocksmith 2014 Presents Bachsmith

 

Well, this is quite awesome. I won’t bore you with a bunch of text but check out the making of this week’s DLC on YouTube right now!

Bachsmith Song Pack – $4.99 / Steam (No Single Tracks)

  • Edvard Grieg “In the Hall of The Mountain King” (Arranged by Gregory Barr) – 3:24
  • Johann Sebastian Bach “Little” Fugue in G Minor” – Drop D [Rhythm] – Alt. Bass – (Arranged by Anthony Martinez) – 4:31
  • Ludwig van Beethoven “Moonlight Sonata: Adagio Sostenuto” (Arranged by Shane Gann) – 5:33
  • Richard Wagner “Ride Of The Valkyries” (Arranged by Jason Kocol) – 3:29
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart “Rondo Alla Turca” (Arrranged by Matt Montgomery) 3:31

 

 

How’s that for a surprise? If you like what you hear let @UbisoftStudioSF, @HailTheShane, @BrianAdamMcCune and @MMontgomery18 know what you think!

 

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Scoobs
Scoobs
August 28, 2014 4:33 pm

Where’s all the Skid Row?! I thought you said this was Bachfest! 😉

dave
dave
August 29, 2014 8:21 am
Reply to  Scoobs
MadMan
MadMan
August 27, 2014 2:56 pm

I agree with whoever said it. How long til we can note ducking technology? That the next step up! Great pack only missing duck feature

Rob
Rob
August 27, 2014 10:24 pm
Reply to  MadMan

Since they recorded the songs themselves, surely they could have just released an alternate version of each, minus the part being played?

Honky thom
Honky thom
August 28, 2014 4:24 am
Reply to  Elliott

I don’t see the need for ‘note ducking’, if you play it right you won’t notice anyway, surely? Or am I misunderstanding what it actually is?

Acorn-san
Acorn-san
August 27, 2014 12:56 pm

Best DLC of Rocksmith in 2014? Doubt that. Personally I would choose Billy Talent, System of a Down or Rise Against as they all have helped me improve albeit in different ways. Define best, you come up with varying answers.

Best implementation of an idea into a music game in 2014? 100%. Even tho I enjoyed this month`s Biffy Clyro`s Lead charts more than this, I will still vote for Bachsmith in this month`s DLC roundup, as it is so unique that it needs to get credit where it is due. Big fucking props to the developers.

Rich
Rich
August 27, 2014 12:28 pm

Played through them all on bass. Quite fun! Die Valkure is a bit over my skill, but I’ll dial it back a bit to work on it. Moonlight Sonata is gorgeous. A nice fall back after a rough go at the previously mentioned composition.

Excellent DLC, for sure.

And yes, Duran Duran pack has lost no luster! 😀

dougybongy
dougybongy
August 27, 2014 10:10 am

yeah, Bachsmith finally arrived on PSN EU, and you know the good surprise? it costs 11,99 euros, it does 15,80 USD… 🙁 👿 ❗ 😥

who do i have to thanks?
i’m so disappointed…

dougybongy
dougybongy
August 27, 2014 10:57 am
Reply to  Elliott

yeah, I know it happens OFTEN, but this time i’m really fed up..

Bob
Bob
August 27, 2014 8:35 am

After buying them and playing them… They’re just not that fun. But hopefully, this opens the door to other stuff, like Jazzsmith or Bachatasmith.

Rob
Rob
August 27, 2014 8:20 am

This reminds me of that cool Xmas pack released for the original Rocksmith. Except that was free.

Nick
Nick
August 27, 2014 3:34 am

Should have called it Baroquesmith.

This is great though, loving them all!

JakeSeattleX19
August 27, 2014 1:45 am

I like this pack, I can’t fly through it like the rest. It forces you to learn some of the parts.

j
j
August 26, 2014 10:09 pm

Thank you Rocksmith for a most excellent morning! You have succeeded in challenging me thoroughly, and I hope that there are many more songs of this ilk to come in the future.

Jake
Jake
August 26, 2014 7:51 pm

This is the best dlc in recent memory. This dlc pack also gives me hope for tv/video game music -- legend of Zelda, super mario, metroid music anyone?

j
j
August 26, 2014 10:03 pm
Reply to  Jake

Yeah Mario world in particular has a song I really want to play but I have a feeling cross game licencing will be a challenge. I do I hope I am wrong though.
Also anything by the Black Mages would be EPIC!

Fantom
Fantom
August 27, 2014 12:15 pm
Reply to  Jake


but I already learned the bassline from final fantasy 2

j
j
August 28, 2014 1:16 am
Reply to  Fantom

I’m more of a guitar man myself.

and on nintendo, Gerudo valley from Ocarina of time has had some pretty good full instrumentals done.

dave
dave
August 28, 2014 10:24 am
Reply to  Jake

I’d rather see the music of Star Wars 🙂

j
j
August 28, 2014 12:24 pm
Reply to  dave

or a John Williams Pack. hehe. All sounds good to me.

Javier
Javier
August 26, 2014 7:28 pm

Good Music, good DlC… I will buy it… 🙂

HA!
HA!
August 26, 2014 6:14 pm

A) I hope we never, never get the Bloodhound Gang. This is not due to classical music being introduced, but people having any semblance of taste in music whatsoever.

B) This DLC is epic! I tried everything on bass and was able to get up to 70% or above on every song so far. I am kind of afraid to try the guitar parts though…they sound wicked hard!

C) I had never played bass before and bought one to learn with Rocksmith. I have played guitar for years, both acoustic and electric, and I was dubious at how well it could teach me techniques. My qualms have all been allayed as my improvement continues in the game. As of today, I started learning how to do slapping/popping, and after struggling until my fingers hurt and then some, I managed to get up to about 90% mastery on “My Iron Lung” by Radiohead! I don’t know how many people connected to the developers read these posts, but I want to say thank you. This is the reason I continue to spend (way too much) money on this game! 😀

Cedrick C
Cedrick C
August 26, 2014 4:22 pm

Daniel Bryan approve that DLC

U2 For Rocksmith
U2 For Rocksmith
August 26, 2014 3:36 pm

Best part is having songs listed from the 1700’s and 1800’s in a category.

Rob
Rob
August 26, 2014 3:20 pm

This reminds of that cool xmas pack they came out with for the original Rocksmith. Except that was free.

Too bad there is no option of “ducking” the notes.

Bartz
Bartz
August 26, 2014 3:08 pm

I just finished my first playthrough on every song, guitar/bass and all i can say is, this dlc is fucking amazing.

Every arrangement is nice and unique.
There’s definitely something for everyone in this pack.

Also i saw some people doubted this would work on bass.
The bass arrangements are some of the best in the whole game in my opinion, especially moonlight sonata is wonderful.

Leorstef
Leorstef
August 26, 2014 3:35 pm
Reply to  Bartz

I agree.
The Bass is definitely challenging to play on many of the arrangements.
It’s also good finger exercises/learning too.

“Moonlight Sonata” is my favorite right now on Bass. Bass chords!
Love “Rondo Alla Turca” for the whole Chet Atkins “vibe”.

Thank you, Ubi! Please do another one of these SOON!!!

Zombie Client
Zombie Client
August 26, 2014 2:06 pm

(Xbox 360/ Lead)
Only played for a few months now, but Rocksmith has completely changed my lifestyle. In the 25% to 50% mastery on most songs after 4 months is amazing. I purchased this DLC and watched it DL add I drank my first cup of coffee. Skipped breakfast, shower, and lunch. These songs are amazing. Very refreshing! Ubi team outdid themselves this time. (Not so happy with the arrangement for “Flight of the Valkeries”) My 5 year old son instantly recognized all of the sons from various cartoons and is rocking his little heart out to the classics with his 1/2 size Emerson and my spare cable. Thank Ubisoft for another Father/Son morning that couldn’t be beat!

John
John
August 26, 2014 11:56 am

Where i cant buy this ? The Product is not listed in Steam Shop.

Gutterling
Gutterling
August 26, 2014 1:45 pm
Reply to  John

Noon(central) is when Stream releases everything for the day.

Rockwarrior86
August 26, 2014 10:26 am

i was worried rocksmith was running out of ideas for dlc, but apparently they do. and if they keep up on the weekly dlc and we should expect scorpions, motley crue , possibly black sabbath, and yes maybe even sublime

deltaXkila
deltaXkila
August 26, 2014 4:44 pm
Reply to  Elliott

And the award for best question asked in 2014 is this.

unmuscleman
unmuscleman
August 26, 2014 12:07 am

I was hoping for free but after watching the videos $5 is a fair price for some classical rock.

Mocha
Mocha
August 25, 2014 10:16 pm

Nice surprise this week! This is a day one purchase for me. Can’t wait to rock out with my Bach out 😈

Terminus
Terminus
August 25, 2014 9:45 pm

Very nice -- totally buying this.

Rich
Rich
August 25, 2014 8:30 pm

Fun! The guitar is certainly above my skill level, but it will make for great material to practice to improve my chops.

Quite interested to see the bass arrangements!

j
j
August 25, 2014 7:08 pm

“I want one!, I want one now Daddy!!”

j
j
August 25, 2014 7:17 pm
Reply to  j

Seeing this just makes me think, “Why not make this a regular thing?” I can think of at least 100 classical songs I want to learn.

Rossome
Rossome
August 26, 2014 4:15 pm
Reply to  j

I hear you! The possibilities are endless!

dan
dan
August 25, 2014 6:46 pm

Awesome, when can I buy this?

Aces High
Aces High
August 26, 2014 3:10 pm
Reply to  Elliott

PSN might update the storefront between 6--8 PM EST, but Bachsmith is already available in Rocksmith 2014’s store. DLC has been available “early” right through Rocksmith 2014 since it launched.

Aces High
Aces High
August 26, 2014 5:55 pm
Reply to  Elliott

Sure. I hope it helps some potentially impatient people out!

jeam95
jeam95
August 25, 2014 6:11 pm

Awesome pack, this is the best dlc and more cheaper, thanks ubisoft

Louis
Louis
August 25, 2014 5:37 pm

Blurred out Ibanez!

This is going to be so much fun, also 5 string bass? (I’m not a proponent of HEY WHY CAN’T WE HAVE 7/8/9 strings.)

Chris
Chris
August 26, 2014 8:42 am
Reply to  Louis

Ha yeah i spotted that too

I doubt the arrangement will be for 5 strings though…

What’s Alt. Bass then? Two arrangements?

Torch
Torch
August 26, 2014 1:12 pm
Reply to  Louis

I had a laugh at that as well, prolly their sponsoring in the game that made that happen 😀

Dan Amrich
August 26, 2014 7:46 pm
Reply to  Torch

Honestly, it was “do we have the legal right to show this? No? Do you think someone will get upset and sue us? Maybe? Better to blur.” Gibson and Marshall, we know are cool with us showing their gear, because we have paperwork that says they are. Everybody else — including soft drink logos, computers, whatever — we went the safe legal route. Please don’t take it as an editorial comment.

Louis
Louis
August 27, 2014 1:26 pm
Reply to  Dan Amrich

Dan is this one of the most positive responses to DLC you’ve seen, other than Roy Buchanan?

Rossome
Rossome
August 25, 2014 5:20 pm

5 for the price of 1 2/3 of beautiful shredding music! This is gonna be fun! I was already considering getting this at full price, but since it’s only 5 bucks, this is automatic.

Rossome
Rossome
August 25, 2014 5:24 pm
Reply to  Rossome

For me to poop on! 😛

hammer1021
hammer1021
August 25, 2014 4:37 pm

Sounds interesting for me to poop on

Just kidding a definite buy for me

Jed
Jed
August 25, 2014 4:20 pm

Um

HA!
HA!
August 25, 2014 3:49 pm

Without even playing it or hearing it the full way through, dare I say “Best DLC of 2014 So Far?”

Thank you for only charging $5. I will happily pay for this and continue to support you in the great work that you guys do!

blackhealer
blackhealer
August 26, 2014 3:51 am
Reply to  HA!

“Best DLC of 2014 So Far?”

Absolutely!

old guy
old guy
August 25, 2014 3:48 pm

This really is fantastic. I don’t care what genre THE developers choose as long at it makes me a better musician. I grew up on classical and jazz before all else.

dougybongy
dougybongy
August 25, 2014 3:14 pm

For several reasons, I can’t say I’m totally excited for that DLC..
first, I guess I’m more a hardcore noisy punk fan than a metalhead, so I’m not too much into epic melodies..
second, it will be seriously above my skills, so I could maybe get through some of the riffs but I can’t imagine to play those songs entirely..
and last, maybe i would have prefer some known band arrangements.. RS team seems to have done a pretty good job on those songs, but I have to listen to them entirely before making a opinion..

BUT, as we get DLC every weeks, I may buy this DLC anyway, cause I like my RS to have different styles, cause it’s not too expensive, and cause we finally get some gipsy jazz with that version of rondo alla turca..
so, all in all, this week DLc is a good news.. 🙂

Bonza Bloke
Bonza Bloke
August 25, 2014 2:40 pm

This looks all very exciting. Can’t wait. Mountain King is going to kill.

Many thanks to the Ubi/Rocksmith devs & artists who are still cranking out new DLC every week.

This game has amassed such a large library of content, there is something out there for every musical taste. Now even the classical orchestra geeks are covered.

I hope that the continued success of Rocksmith brings some of the holdout bands that have refused to licence content to the table.

Aces High
Aces High
August 25, 2014 6:53 pm
Reply to  Bonza Bloke

I would imagine “classical orchestra geeks” would be the type of people to scoff at this interpretation of their revered compositions. It’s like saying a rap-infused version of Stairway to Heaven would appease Zeppelin fans-- nonsensical.

I can’t wait to try these out though. I really need to grab another cable so my friends can jam out along side me.

Bonza Bloke
Bonza Bloke
August 26, 2014 10:21 am
Reply to  Aces High

Not so sure. I think that probably people that appreciate classical music have a fairly open mind when it comes to music as a whole.

I mean there are always the hardcore that only listen to one style. The difference though with people that play and listen to it is that classical music was never the music they grew up listening to. It was never the music that was on the radio when they were growing up. Unless they are Connor McCleod…

You tend to get a fairly robust education growing up playing a classical instrument. It’s not all Mozart and Bach. Most music schools require a broad education which excludes no musical influences.

I’ve been playing violin for 35 years and I would say I like any style of music if it is played well, and with soul.

Gabivad
Gabivad
August 25, 2014 2:38 pm

5€! Awesome!

Andrei
Andrei
August 25, 2014 2:26 pm

This is awesome, I’d buy more DLC like this in a heartbeat.

Honky thom
Honky thom
August 25, 2014 1:43 pm

I am stoked on this!!! Although Moonlight Sonata looks like a doddle on bass compared to the one I recorded and posted this last week on the ubisoft forum, I’m still going to have a lot of fun with this pack. 🙂

dXk
dXk
August 25, 2014 1:43 pm

Just finished watching the videos. I was actually worried what would happen if they did it themselves, but holy hell was I proved wrong! With the different variety of genres all packed into one pack, I’d probably go as far to say this pack is a must-have.
I was afraid they’d cut out movements two and three of Moonlight Sonata, but I don’t feel like I’m at a loss with what was presented. Can’t wait for this release!

PS -- They technically used a classical instrument: the double bass in “Little” Fugue!

Thomaz
Thomaz
August 25, 2014 1:42 pm

not such a great surprise for who was hoping for a next gen release date… oh well… 😥

Thomaz
Thomaz
August 25, 2014 2:53 pm
Reply to  Elliott

i saw that already 😆 i was hoping for a date to hold on to 😥 but great dlc though, i will buy it 😆

elemenohpe
elemenohpe
August 25, 2014 1:40 pm

awesome selection. great price!

chris
chris
August 26, 2014 4:01 pm

this is great but now game is too high brow and means we will never get bloodhound gang music. I cant see ballad of chasey lain next to beethoven

Dan Amrich
August 26, 2014 7:16 pm
Reply to  chris

Music is music. Adding some of one type doesn’t restrict another. 🙂