More Details on ‘Rock Band 3’ Pro Mode and Instruments

Following up on yesterday’s announcements, Harmonix has released some screen shots of the upcoming Rock Band 3, giving us a taste of what we can expect to see in the upcoming rhythm game.  The screenshots, tangentially, also enlighten us as to how the Pro mode will be played on the guitar, the keyboard, and drum set.

Normal Mode

This screenshot illustrates the Rock Band setup we all know and love (right-click and “view image” for full size.)  Not much has changed, but the visual style has been ramped up a bit.  The keyboard, at its easiest, only requires you to hit a key within the range defined as “red,” “green,” or, in this case, “yellow.”

Pro Mode

This shot illustrates Pro mode enabled for the guitar, bass, and keyboard.  As you can see, Pro mode shifts the look accordingly.  Guitar and bass now work on a six-string note highway, with a number illustrating (presumably) the fret to be pressed.  (Yes, bass guitars use six strings here, instead of the more common four.)

The Pro keyboard demands that the proper notes be hit at the appropriate times, instead of the just “hit a note in the red area” from the easier modes.  According to Harmonix, once you learn the keys in this game, you will be able to sit down at an actual piano and play out the song — that’s how accurate the notation is.

While pro drums aren’t illustrated, the press release states that the drums will incorporate the three cymbals, each one differentiating between toms and cymbals to be played accordingly.

Hit the jump for shots of the instruments (you’ll want to see the Fender Mustang Pro and cringe in fear, as you immediately search for the Squier upgrade) and the press release, which details more info on the gameplay modes and social aspects, including Facebook and Twitter integration.



Rock Band 3 Features Announced, including amazing soundtrack plus access to the most music available in any video game with more than 1,500 tracks and growing; new keyboard gameplay and three-part harmonies for up to seven players rocking together; Rock Band Pro Mode and much more!

CAMBRIDGE, MA and NEW YORK – June 11, 2010 – Harmonix, the world’s premier music video game developer and MTV Games, a part of Viacom’s MTV Networks (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B) today announced features for Rock Band™3, the next generation of the ultimate social and interactive music gaming platform.

Featuring an incredible 83-song setlist and access to far more music than any other music game, as well as innovative new gameplay modes and instruments, Rock Band 3 will change the way fans think about and play music games. This next iteration in the Rock Band platform has something new for everyone and also supports traditional Rock Band gameplay with players’ existing instruments.

The Most Music. Period.

The Rock Band 3 disc soundtrack contains 83 of the best bands from around the world, including bands that have never appeared in a music game, as well as support for existing Rock Band tracks (Rock Band and Rock Band 2 discs, downloaded songs, track packs, AC/DC Live: Rock Band™ Track Pack, LEGO® Rock Band and Green Day: Rock Band™).

Additionally, Rock Band 3 will give players immediate access to a music library approaching 2,000 songs by launch, with new content added regularly. Rock Band’s gigantic music selection dwarfs that of any other music game on the market.

Announced Tracks:


  • Metric, “Combat Baby”
  • Rilo Kiley, “Portions for Foxes”
  • Them Crooked Vultures, “Dead End Friends”
  • The Vines, “Get Free” • The White Stripes, “The Hardest Button to Button”
  • Phoenix, “Lasso”
  • Ida Maria, “Oh My God”
  • Juanes, “Me Enamora”


  • Jane’s Addiction, “Been Caught Stealing”
  • Smash Mouth, “Walkin’ on the Sun”
  • Spacehog, “In the Meantime” • Stone Temple Pilots, “Plush”


  • Dio, “Rainbow in the Dark”
  • Huey Lewis and the News, “The Power of Love”
  • Joan Jett, “I Love Rock and Roll”
  • Night Ranger, “Sister Christian”
  • Whitesnake, “Here I Go Again”
  • The Cure, “Just Like Heaven”
  • Ozzy Osbourne, “Crazy Train”


  • Queen, “Bohemian Rhapsody”


  • Jimi Hendrix, “Crosstown Traffic”
  • The Doors, “Break On Through”

Redesigned Library for Better Music Management

Rock Band 3 allows players to create and save setlists and share them with friends, both in-game and through New song filters make it easier to find the types of songs fans want to play and hide the songs they don’t, while a built-in song recommendation system will suggest tracks from Rock Band’s colossal music library, based on personal fan preference.

Expand the Band

In addition to guitar, bass, drums and solo vocals, Rock Band 3 adds three-part vocal harmonies that were introduced with The Beatles™: Rock Band™ and, for the first time ever, a keyboard peripheral to the band. Up to seven players can rock together for the ultimate social gaming experience.

Go Pro: Play Just for Fun or Rock for Real with Rock Band Pro 

Rock Band 3 empowers players to develop actual musical skills through the fun of fully scalable Rock Band Pro gameplay. Fans can dive in on Easy to try out basic skills and work their way up to Expert for real mastery.

  • Pro Drums supports three expansion cymbals, with gameplay differentiation between toms and cymbals.
  • Pro Keys features pitch-accurate keyboard performance across a two-octave range, displayed on an easy-to-read keyboard track.
  • Pro Guitar features notated guitar and bass performances, available for play with either the new FenderTM MustangTM PRO-GuitarTM simulated guitar controller from Mad Catz or the Rock Band 3 Squier® by Fender Stratocaster® Guitar Controller that is a real guitar/controller hybrid. The Rock Band 3 Squier Stratocaster is a fully functional, full-sized, six-string electric guitar that also functions as a game controller.

Something for Everyone (New Gameplay Modes!)

For the casual player, Rock Band 3 has great new party modes that allow fans to get rocking with friends quicker than ever, including party shuffle and persistent drop-in/drop-out and difficulty selection from any gameplay screen. For the serious player, the revamped Career Mode features 700+ goals and rewards and seamless leaderboard integration for an endlessly deep campaign experience. Rock Band 3 also adds a suite of social networking tools to the game so fans can engage friends and fellow rockers over Facebook, Twitter and more. Whether players want to jump in for a quick song or take their band to the top, Rock Band 3 has a mode for everyone.






Written by: Dwight Tejano

Dwight is the founder of Open the Fridge, which he started in 2008 and rebooted in 2010. Due to the nature of early adopting, his bank account is normally empty. He likes to sing in world-renown choruses to forget such things.

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