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Game_GuitarHeroWorldTour Guitar Hero World Tour Music Studio Guide


The Music Studio is a recent addition to the Guitar Hero series, being introduced in Game_GuitarHeroWorldTour Guitar Hero World Tour. The Music Studio incorporates advanced Line 6 PodŽ Technology and allows users to upload their own custom content to an online database of custom music called GHTunes, as well as downloading other users' content.

Getting Started

To access the Music Studio, simply click on the Music Studio menu option from the game's main menu. At the main menu of the Music Studio, you are given four options. The tutorials probably cover everything in this guide, but the purpose of this is to save you from actually having to watch the tutorials, which can be quite time consuming as you get into advanced topics.

The Recording Studio is, essentially, useless. There is nothing in the Recording Studio that cannot be done with GHMix, and GHMix has many more capabilities. That being said, the Recording Studio is an excellent starting point if you want to create a very basic song with a simpler interface. Be warned though, without GHMix it is nearly impossible to get a nice looking chart (as in, the notes that you think are being played on time will be slightly shifted around and your chart will look very awkward) so I highly recommend GHMix anyway. If your sole purpose is just jamming and playing some cool riffs, the Recording Studio can be useful, and definitely very easy.

GHMix is by far the best option for creating your song, and rather than delving into all of its features here I will expand on it below, because this guide mainly focuses on GHMix.

GHTunes is the online song database which holds all the uploaded user created songs, including some from Neversoft staff, which are uploaded under the gamertag GHTUNES. The different options given after clicking on GHTunes are: These should be fairly self explanatory. One important thing to note is that the search engine can be very finicky. If you cannot find a song and you aren't searching with its exact name, there's a good chance it's there and you have to search by its full name.

Frequently Asked Questions

First, I will cover some basic and common questions, and then go into slightly more advanced uses of GHMix.

Pause the game while in GHMix or the Recording Studio, and click on Settings.

With (I hope) all of the basic questions out of the way, I will go into a little detail about each specific section of GHMix now.


The Snap feature simply sets what type of note your notes will be set to. For example, if you set the snap to 1/8 note and play 1/16th notes during a live record, only half of your notes will get recorded because of the snap. This is more useful for doing a step record or copying/pasting, so that your notes will be on time and your chart will look nice and normal. NOTE: There was a patch for the Xbox 360 version which allowed new snap values such as triplets and 32nd notes. If you do not have an Xbox 360 or did not get this patch, you cannot use those snap values.

Skip to last note
Self explanatory I hope

Skip forward
Skips forward to the distance the snap is set to. As in, if you have the snap value set at Measure, you will skip forward a Measure every time you click on this. NOTE: You can also just press the blue button to Skip Forward if you have not selected an option from the GHMix left hand menu. Pressing blue will always skip forward by the half measure, regardless of the snap setting.

Plays the song. One useful feature of this, besides obviously hearing your song, is that you can play along with whichever instrument is highlighted and hear yourself on top of the song. You will not be recorded, so you can test out different things using this feature.

Live Record
Essentially play except whatever notes you hit will be added to the note chart of your highlighted instrument. Also, as I explained in the Snap section, your notes will be 'snapped' to that value, so this can be fairly limiting. This is basically the extent of the Recording Studio too, as far as I know.

Step Record
I highly, highly recommend this option while recording a song. The only problem is that you are hearing your song one note at a time, but you can easily go back and play after step recording. This allows you to record a note on each snap value, without playing live or anything. If you want to skip ahead or behind, hold down the whammy bar and move the strumbar up or down.
Skip backward
Skips backward to the distance the snap is set to. As in, if you have the snap value set at Measure, you will skip backward a Measure every time you click on this. NOTE: You can also just press the yellow button to Skip backward if you have not selected an option from the GHMix left hand menu. Pressing yellow will always skip backward by the half measure, regardless of the snap setting.

Skip to beginning
See Skip to last note

Allows you to select a section that will loop (play over and over again) when you select play or live record. This can be nice if you want to work on one riff but don't want to use step record, but I find it more frustrating than anything since you can't delete a note in the loop without stopping it and starting it again. In my opinion you're better off using the Step Record, but obviously it's up to you.

Allows you to select a section to be deleted from your instrument's track. Not every instrument's. If you want to clear a whole track (still, one instrument at a time), pause and select Clear Track.

Allows you to select a section of your track (one instrument at a time) to be copied.

Pastes whatever has been copied, if applicable. If you have copied something on your rhythm track, you cannot paste it onto your lead track, and as far as I know this goes for all instruments. You have the option to paste your selection once, or multiple times.

Note Nudge
Moves every note in a selected section up one snap value or down one snap value. Useful if you accidentally get off by a beat somewhere and need to move everything back a bit.

Add Marker
Add a marker in your song which you can easily jump to. This allows you to name different sections from a preset list of "Intro, Riff, Fill, Verse, Bridge, Solo, Chorus and Outro". It also allows you to add lighting effects to your songs. You may choose from the lighting settings of "Verse", "Chorus", "Tension", "Climax", and "Mellow" with speeds of "Fast", "Med", or "Slow" for each one. Four more effects, "Strobe", "Pyro", "Silhouette", and "Blackout" do not have speed options.

Switch Instrument
Switch to the instrument to the right of your current instrument (the left most).

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