Positive Grid and Harmonix Music Systems today announced that the new line of BIAS Amp technology will be available for the just-announced Freestyle Guitar Solo gameplay in Rock Band 4. The in-game BIAS Amp technology consists of an assortment of classic and modern types of amplifier simulations to match the variety of guitar tones playable in the game. The BIAS Amp technology available in Rock Band 4 will allow gamers and music lovers around the world to experience the sound and feel of legendary amplifiers in a completely new and fun way through all-new Freestyle Guitar Solo gameplay in Rock Band 4.
“Freestyle Guitar Solos are a completely new form of music gameplay we’ve designed for Rock Band 4, and it wouldn’t work unless those solos sounded amazing,” says Harmonix CEO, Steve Janiak, “By partnering with Positive Grid to integrate their world-class amp simulations into the game, we can assure that the solos players are able to create in Rock Band 4 deliver the sonic impact we’re going for.”
"Rock Band is a giant in music games we all love to play," says Calvin Abel, CEO of Positive Grid, "we are very excited that our BIAS Amp technology can make Rock Band 4 even more fun and powerful. With BIAS Amps and Freestyle Guitar Solos, players can experience rich guitar tones right in the gameplay, it's authentic and game changing.
Songs in Rock Band 4 will feature Freestyle Guitar Solo gameplay sections that will use the BIAS amp simulation that is the best tonal fit for the guitar sound featured in that specific song. Accessible and fun to even non-musicians, Freestyle Guitar Solo gameplay allows players to string together incredible solos, and players will be able to enjoy the BIAS Amps tone experience without any technical knowledge about guitar amplifiers.
BIAS Amp is Positive Grid’s best selling guitar-amp modeler and designer for both iOS (iPhone/iPad) and desktop devices (Mac/PC). BIAS Amp captures the warmth and feel of real tube amps in every aspect, component by component, and it’s fully customizable, allowing users to swap out the tubes, preamp, transformer, tone stacks, cab, and mic to create custom amp models. Users can easily plug and play into BIAS Amp just by using a guitar interface and a standard guitar cable.
Additional information on BIAS Amp technology available in Rock Band 4 will be released in the coming months. Rock Band 4 will be available for Xbox One™ and PlayStation®4 on October 6, 2015.
About Harmonix Music Systems, Inc
Harmonix Music Systems, Inc., based in Cambridge, MA, and established in 1995, is the leading developer of groundbreaking music-oriented videogames. Harmonix was founded to invent new ways for non-musicians to experience the unique joy that comes from making music and has pioneered music and rhythm gaming in the US. For more information please visit www.harmonixmusic.com.
About Positive Grid
Positive Grid focuses on delivering superior and highly creative computer and mobile music experiences. Since 2008, the company has designed and developed a core technology base and is currently expanding it to various applications. Positive Grid’s best-known product range features the BIAS and JamUp guitar software.