Noble Rhythm is still just getting started, but we've already had a fantastic response so far. Lots of artists have signed up for accounts and a huge majority of them have already uploaded songs. We've been working non-stop and and we haven't even started promoting the service yet!
What this means is that even without looking at our site analytics I can guess that most of you probably got here via the Rock Band Forums, where we are listed along with many of our peer authoring groups. One of the things about RBN that we have been most encouraged by is the fact that the RBN community is just that, a community of Rock Band players, audio professionals, game designers and enthusiasts. It feels more like a group of volunteer mod developers or an open-source software community than a group of self-interested small businesses and cash-strapped musicians. The only difference is that we all stand to generate some actual cash money for our enthusiasm and cooperation.
Thanks especially go to rockband.com forum member Sayburr for putting up (and maintaining) the "charting group" listing on the Rock Band forums.
nose, meet grindstone
If you've signed up and submitted a song already, it means that (a) you're part of the vanguard of this new distribution frontier, and (b) you chose [nr`] to be your RBN representative over many of the other worthy authoring groups. We are very thankful for your early endorsement.
The only drawback is that we're waaayy busier than we thought we'd be at this early stage. Not a bad problem to have, for sure, but if you've noticed that your song status still hasn't moved from submitted to authoring yet, don't worry. We've ramped up our production pipeline and you can be 100% confidant that we haven't bitten off more than we can chew... we just skipped the appetizer and are diving headlong into the main course!
now is the best time, what are you waiting for?
And if you're just stopping by, either because you're just curious, or because you're shopping for an authoring service, you're as much a part of the vanguard, too, because the RBN basically is as new as it was over a month ago when we launched. Harmonix has released the developer tools and is refining the documentation, but hasn't yet launched the peer review infrastructure or the RBN Store.
And actually, this is good news, especially if you haven't signed up for an Noble Rhythm artist account yet, because you can still get in on RBN for the launch. Why would you want to get in now? Let's just say that we're predicting that it will be good going for the first batch of artists who are part of the store, as millions of Xbox LIVE users put in their copy of Rock Band 2 and say "what's all this about RBN, then?"
take a tour
In other news, we've launched our new site tour page, which gives you a behind-the-scenes look at the artist account and song submission interface. It's the kind of information that doesn't really belong on the faq, but is useful to get out there. It serves as a helpful guide for prospective artists looking to see how easy it is to work with Noble Rhythm, but it's also a great resource for current [nr`] artists looking for clarification on the inner workings of the site. Check it out!
We're working hard on the latest song submissions now, and we're also deep in the process of developing some exciting professional partnerships. We'll be announcing those, and a few other nifty new things soon.