Rocksmith Remastered Patch Notes (12/13/2016)

Hello Rocksmith fans!

The year isn’t over yet and it seems like @UbisoftStudioSF have a surprise for us!

It wasn’t a pony…

It’s a new patch!

What was added/changed in the December 13 patch?

We added a few new features (including one big one!) and improved a few others based on user feedback. The latest patch includes:

Microphone Mode

If you don’t have an electric guitar or simply want to use an acoustic to play Rocksmith, now you can! Use a USB microphone as your input device, point it at your acoustic guitar or bass, and enjoy strumming and picking in Rocksmith without a Real Tone Cable. (We still recommend using the Real Tone Cable for best results and the most direct/cleanest signal input for any guitars with pickups.)

Disconnected Mode

Want to just play along without plugging in? You got it. You no longer have to have a Real Tone Cable plugged in to play along with Rocksmith – note detection is deactivated, and you can just read the notes on the screen for more casual practice sessions.

Endless Replay Mode in Guitarcade

Guitarcade fans asked for less downtime between games — request granted! Instead of kicking you back to the menu after each round, you can now immediately restart your next run.

We’ve also tweaked a few other key elements, thanks to the feedback we’ve received from players:

  • You can now edit your Song Lists from the Learn a Song menu as well as the Nonstop Play menu
  • Rocksmith can now hear your guitar better during Calibration
  • Added ability to choose Other Arrangements in Score Attack
  • Added the ability to replay the “Welcome to Rocksmith” introductory lesson

Does Microphone Mode work the same as if I were using a Real Tone Cable?

Yes – all your songs are available, dynamic difficulty adjusts to your skill level, Emulated Bass mode is available to you – it’s the Rocksmith experience you know and hopefully love. The only audible difference: Your guitar signal will not be processed through Rocksmith 2014’s Authentic Tones when you’re in Microphone Mode. You won’t hear stompbox effects, but you will be scored normally when playing songs.

Will any acoustic guitar work with Microphone Mode?

Any normal six-string should – we tested this mode with a variety of shapes, sizes, and styles of acoustic guitars. Specialty acoustics like 12-strings or baritone instruments still aren’t recommended, but a standard six-string acoustic should be fine.

What kind of microphone do I need?

Any dedicated USB microphone that your machine recognizes should work fine. (We do not recommend using a microphone that is part of another device, like a webcam or chat headset.) Not all USB microphones are supported by all gaming platforms. If in doubt, please contact the microphone’s manufacturer.

Any tips for best results with Microphone Mode?

You bet:

  • Be sure you have a working, dedicated USB microphone plugged into your computer or console. Sounds simple, but it’s worth checking.
  • Recalibrate any time your set up or environmental conditions change. Notes above the 15th fret may not be accessible on some acoustic guitars.
  • Minimize background noise as much as you can. If the background noise is too loud, Rocksmith won’t be able to distinguish your guitar from everything else.
  • Different microphones have different ranges of sensitivity, so you’ll need to make sure you’re close enough for it to hear you. If you’re having trouble with note detection, trying adjusting the angle and distance of the microphone itself.
  • Be sure the microphone is pointing the right direction. Some microphones are designed to pick up sound from any direction while others can only pick up sound from one particular direction.



Wow, we didn’t see that coming at all! Are you excited about these changes to Rocksmith Remastered? Let us know!


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Isaac Boyer
Isaac Boyer
December 15, 2016 7:52 pm

Is there a way to just completely disable this update at least the microphone part? It messed up my audio big time. Have a gaming headset and occasionally chat with friends while playing or want them to listen in for feedback on performance through services like Discord etc. Wasn’t a problem in the past didn’t need my mic set up for audio exclusivity, but now Rocksmith FORCES me to have my gaming headset set up for audio exclusivity for it to pick up the sound on the Realtone cable which makes no sense whatsoever to me and doing so means that it wont work in chat services since Rocksmith takes exclusive control. I’ve tried all the settings for turning off microphones in the options but no matter what i cannot use my headset on Discord (etc) and Rocksmith at the same time. Other than that good update.

December 15, 2016 6:49 pm

I always wanted disconnected mode!!

December 15, 2016 11:48 am

I’m still missing better support for left handed guitarist, but I guess we are such a small minority it’s not worth the time to fix it.

Brian Kargela
Brian Kargela
December 15, 2016 5:43 pm
Reply to  dallasdave

What’s the issue you are having with lefty mode? I’ve used it since day 1 and haven’t noticed anything egregious.

Cärlös Dängër ✓certifiable
Cärlös Dängër ✓certifiable
December 14, 2016 10:01 pm

Yay all the way around. Acoustic jam sounds fun. One nice thing would be no lag. I still get a tiny bit, enough to really bug me on certain songs.

December 14, 2016 8:39 pm

I will probably get some use from the play along mode. Will have to give the mic mode a shot too. I know it isn’t recommended, but I had previously had luck with a soundhole pickup passed through an inline tuner to the real tone cable.

George Carlinlives
George Carlinlives
December 14, 2016 5:01 pm

“You can now edit your Song Lists from the Learn a Song menu as well as the Nonstop Play menu”

Didn’t see that today. How to do this?

December 14, 2016 6:34 pm

Will it work with any usb to jack cable in microphone mode?

December 14, 2016 8:30 pm

On PC you’ll have luck with that

December 14, 2016 12:56 pm

OMG, THANK YOU UBISOFT! You guys weren’t bullshitting about superior note detection and calibration with this update (previously a major problem for bass). I’ve been playing low tuned stuff today and so far down to Db is being recognized as well as E (I’m going to go down to C soon but I’ve already heard good things from others). Also recalibrating after switching between an active and a passive bass was a breeze (didn’t need to argue with the game and do it three times). This improvement alone is worth more to me than every other new added feature combined. I used to dread playing the low stuff but now that I can play it and concentrate on making each note sound good, instead of doing backflips to get the game to register the notes, the level of enjoyment and satisfaction that I get out of this game just went up dramatically. Maybe I can retire the bass I strung with transoceanic telegraph cables now, lol. Thank you Ubisoft for continuing to improve this awesome game and for making the patch available for older consoles as well. Well done. 🙂

MPF Project
MPF Project
December 14, 2016 8:29 am

Love the new calibration! I was able to clear a bunch of songs that I wasn’t able to before, even though I was sure I played it correctly!

December 14, 2016 6:33 am

Bram Breda je kunt kiezen: realtone cable of nieuwe gitaar!

December 14, 2016 5:02 am

Stop screwing with stuff. First I couldn’t hear my bass at all no matter what I tried. And now it won’t pick It up at all.

December 14, 2016 7:47 am
Reply to  Allen Miller

Has it switched to emulated bass?

December 14, 2016 7:51 am
Reply to  Allen Miller

I’m not sure because now it crashes during start up.

Igor Pankiewicz
Igor Pankiewicz
December 13, 2016 7:51 pm

For anyone having troubles with the game not recognizing the Real Tone Cable on PC, just deactivate any other sound inputs

December 13, 2016 7:34 pm

I know it’s minor, but I’d still like to see some new games in guitarcade. (or maybe include a few from the original Rocksmith)
Maybe add a few new lessons too.

elemenohpelmnop .
elemenohpelmnop .
December 13, 2016 7:13 pm

I was shocked that the alt arrangements accessible in score attack when 2014 launched. I was blatantly offended when they weren’t accessible in Remasted. Now I am at peace.

December 14, 2016 1:01 am

What’s cool is that someone had the foresight to include them over on RS buddy anyway, lol.

December 13, 2016 6:19 pm

Will Elison be showing an example video of this new mode with one of let’s say, the original songs on the main setlist?

Riff Repeater
Riff Repeater
December 13, 2016 8:13 pm
Reply to  Mike

Elison mentioned he might give “Have You Ever Seen The Rain” a shot

Chris S
Chris S
December 13, 2016 6:10 pm

What a nice surprise with the microphone feature added. It just reminded me of bandfuse when I heard that damn I miss that game

December 13, 2016 5:15 pm

Super happy that the ability to play alternative arrangements in score attack was added (and that’s about it). Now if we only had more than a handful of alternate bass arrangements…… =

December 13, 2016 9:20 pm

ppl want Guns N’ Roses DLC!

December 13, 2016 10:53 pm

December 13, 2016 11:08 pm

Why the aggression??!!

December 13, 2016 11:08 pm

Don’t bother Elliott. Let annoying request idiots stay ignorant. They’ll never learn or accept the truth.

December 13, 2016 8:27 pm

YAY for Microphone mode! I’ve really wanted the endless replay (or at least much faster replays) and the ability to edit songs in Learn a Song a lot, so this is awesome news.

December 13, 2016 8:49 pm

Oh wow.. really didn’t see this coming at all, haha. Being able to play Rocksmith with out a real tone cable? That’s amazing! If they’re putting this much effort into 2014 edition, just imagine what they have planned for future games or content! Fantastic job Ubisoft. U guys r great!

December 13, 2016 8:57 pm

Daniel Bobber Smart

December 13, 2016 9:01 pm


Ross Martin
Ross Martin
December 13, 2016 4:06 pm

Great updates! I am a fan off all of them. I would love to pay for an even better expansion next time! What would you want to see in an expansion that is worth paying for?

Here’s my list:
1) new games in arcade
2) access to the songs in tablature form
3) An update to session mode that gives you the ability to customize the band’s notes that plays with you
4) A loop station

December 15, 2016 7:40 am
Reply to  Ross Martin

2) Nice idea, and while they are at it I would guess a sheet music format should not be too hard to implement also. One step forward to keyboardsmith.

December 16, 2016 3:23 pm
Reply to  BigHairyTroll

2) Fantastic idea. I agree. I’m a visual guy and sometimes I need to be able to see the whole section, since I started learning music on the piano and through printed books. It’d be really great to be able to zoom in and out on the score and choose between tablature and staff and customize it.

George Carlinlives
George Carlinlives
December 13, 2016 3:13 pm

But you still can’t sort songs according to the most important metric for learning a song: Speed.

Von Helen
Von Helen
December 14, 2016 8:06 am


I mean I guess a “sort by BPM” feature wouldn’t be pointless, but “speed” has no definitive relationship with the difficulty of a song.

And since you can slow songs down in the riff repeater every song can be learned at any speed you like.

George Carlinlives
George Carlinlives
December 14, 2016 9:36 am
Reply to  Von Helen

Oh, I get it. Your first music lesson consisted of an Eddie Van Halen solo slowed down 1000%.

December 14, 2016 8:34 pm

Speed of the notes on screen or the song in general? I like having the notes on screen longer in learn a song mode so I can prepare for them. I wouldn’t mind an option to squish / spread them, even if they were a bit harder to read.

George Carlinlives
George Carlinlives
December 15, 2016 7:14 pm
Reply to  EchoN

Song speed is what I’m interested in.

December 13, 2016 7:23 pm

Wonder if the microphone mode will work in multi-player mode?

December 13, 2016 7:13 pm

Great patch keep up the good work

December 13, 2016 6:55 pm

They took a page from Yousician’s play book. Nice job! Looking forward to trying this out!

December 13, 2016 6:48 pm

After seeing the big update, I thought ASIO support was here.

December 13, 2016 6:22 pm


December 13, 2016 6:23 pm


December 13, 2016 6:40 pm

Dude I’m in heaven!! Best Xmas gift!

Jocemir vieira
Jocemir vieira
December 13, 2016 2:02 pm

Nice!Now more people can enjoy the game without buying the RTC (its pretty expensive here in Brazil),I already have a cable,but still a nice addition

Mitchell Campos
Mitchell Campos
December 13, 2016 1:59 pm

Score Attack for Alt/Bonus Arrangements yessssssssssss

I mean, I never play Score Attack, but this was one of the first things I noticed was missing when this game launched. Glad to see this fixed!

Michael Opton
Michael Opton
December 13, 2016 1:09 pm

Definitely like this: “ability to choose Other Arrangements in Score Attack”. Playing an acoustic is also very cool.

December 13, 2016 5:29 pm

What does this apply to? Is it only those who have the ‘Remastered” version? Can those with RS 2014 get it?

December 13, 2016 5:31 pm
Reply to  Charles Kline

RS2014 automatically becomes Remastered.

December 13, 2016 5:32 pm
Reply to  Charles Kline

Nice, I really need to get back into it.

December 13, 2016 5:33 pm
Reply to  Charles Kline


December 13, 2016 5:28 pm

Wow, this is just great customer service. Detached mode is awesome for those times I can’t get the cable to work on my laptop. This may be the best Xmas gift of the year!

December 13, 2016 5:36 pm

Awesome news for acoustic players!! I play both, so this will be fun 😀

December 13, 2016 5:30 pm

Now I need a mic stand for a USB microphone. It also seems to load faster, but that may be my imagination.

December 13, 2016 5:18 pm

Holy fuck a games developer listening to people wow!!! Good work ubisoft

December 13, 2016 5:35 pm
Reply to  Mark Daisley

….and Ubisoft at that!! Damn..

December 13, 2016 6:05 pm
Reply to  Mark Daisley

Hey we listen sometimes 😉

December 13, 2016 5:48 pm

yep its like waiting for a bus nothing for ages, then 2 come at once 🙂

December 13, 2016 5:38 pm

Neat stuff !!!!! THANKS